Top Ten Web Hosting Companies

top ten web hosting companies for small business

Being a web developer and graphic designer, business owners would oftentimes ask me which web host to use for their products, portfolio websites and blogs. I compiled a list of reputable and reliable web site hosting companies for small businesses. I have used a wide range of web hosts during my long career as a web developer and here are my top ten (and a few extras from friend’s recommendations):

1. Hostgator
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$3.96 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included. tons of extensions available, most notably Ruby on Rails for the Über-geeks. hostgator is currently my go-to web hosting company. This site is powered by Hostgator

2. Doteasy
My photography site and photo blog is hosted on doteasy since 2004, I’m using Unlimited Linux Hosting, which has all the bells and whistles I’ll ever need
$3.98 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

3. iPage!
$1.99 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

4. justhost
$2.95 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

5. GoDaddy
$2.99 with 100GB space (plenty if you want to host a portfolio website) and unmetered traffic, free domain name included

6. Fat Cow
$4.08 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

7. bluehost
$4.95 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

8. 1&1
$3.99 with unlimited space and traffic, 99.9% Uptime guaranteed

9. Host Monster
$4.95 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

10. Net Firms
$4.45 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

11. In Motion Hosting
$5.95 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

12. GreenGeeks
$4.95 with unlimited space and traffic, free domain name included

Extras
Pretty much very web host provides the basics like bandwidth and disk space, with excellent uptime guarantee. Businesses who want to showcase or sell their work, may want a few extras like a content management system (I’d suggest wordpress for a blog and easy updates), or an e-commerce solution to sell products and merchandise. Most web hosts today offer c-panel or other solutions for backend access and maintenance, which automatically includes statistics, database tools and software installs like Joomla, wordpress, phpbb and many more…

Be careful with your consideration, and don’t let price alone be the determining factor, as you may stick with your provider for a few years. Uptime is just as important as speedy delivery, especially with larger images. I’d definitely suggest using a CDN (Content Delivery Network) like cloudflare to make your website as fast as possible, the free plan is fine for starters and I’d suggest to update to pro when traffic increases.

Web Hosts with Cloudflare integration
HostGator
bluehost
justhost

If you plan on running your website on wordpress, cloudflare offers a plugin that takes care of everything for you, all you need to do is plug in their provided app codes, change the domain name servers and your site is super-charged within 5 minutes.

AdWord Credit
Many web hosts offer free google adword credit ranging from $25 to $300, which you can use to run ads on google to boost traffic hostgator just sent me an additional $300 credit in the mail