5 Best Hosting For Small Business

How many benefits are there that a website can bring to your small business? One? Ten?

The answer may surprise you. You see, “how many” doesn’t really matter. What matters are the actual benefits themselves. So what can a website do? Let’s take a look.

First of all, it can reach out to wider audience than your usual print advertising can. If we compare the costs, it is cheaper in long run than any form of advertising you can do outside of Web. Heck, you can even reach out to people from every corner of the world.

Second thing is in various ways a website can contribute to bottom line and cost cutting of a business. How it can do this will vary based on your industry, your market and your offerings. But it can at least expand your reach and brand awareness.

One thing that prohibited small businesses from getting a website is the cost. But those days are gone. Now even if you don’t have a budget to hire a web designer and spend a few thousands on it, you can easily get a decent looking website done by doing it yourself or ask a friend with better IT knowledge. Website hosting is cheap, domain costs are really low, and you can buy really nice looking templates from thousands in the market!

So here are top 5 hosting companies for small businesses that won’t break your bank. Check them out after the break.

Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price

1

eleven2_logo $4.95/mo Visit Site

2

hostgator-logo $3.96/mo Visit Site

3

littleoak-logo

$80/year Visit Site

4

omnis-logo $5.95/mo Visit Site

5

justhostlogo $3.25/mo Visit Site

Winner – Eleven2 – From $4.95/month

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One thing we really like about Eleven 2 is that its hosting plans are very well-optimized. Even with shared hosting plans, we can still host small eCommerce sites using resource intensive platforms like Magento. Plus, it is obvious that they are not overselling their resources so it is a good thing when we want an affordable shared hosting service with good performance.

With data centers in US, UK and Singapore, Eleven2 is now serving over 100,000+ websites. This is in no way a small number but given that they have four data centers, we can safely say that each website will have decent amount of system resources. Eleven2’s primary focus is on shared and cloud hosting. Since all plans run on Linux, you can expect the usual Linux + Apache + MySQL + PHP combination here. For businesses, another key advantage would be the choice you have on choosing where you want to host your website. With four dat centers in three continents, you can just pick closest one to your main target market. This way, they will enjoy faster speed when they access your website.

You can try out Eleven2 within 60 days since it comes with 60-day money back guarantee, which is double of industry standard. The shared hosting plan starts from $4.95/mo but you will have to go with yearly billing cycle. In this plan, you will get 50GB data transfer and 10GB storage, and you can have up to 10 domains on that account. The higher plans will enjoy more data transfer, storage and you can host unlimited domains.

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2. HostGator – From $3.96/month

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If you are a “huge brands only” guy and want to host your website at a company that is serving 3.3% of total domains on the planet, then HostGator is the one to go. With over 400,000 customers and 8 million domains (In October 2012, the world had around 240 millions domains), HostGator is among the most well-known and famous in web hosting industry. ¬†Well reputed for their well-priced shared hosting plans, HostGator has customers spanning across over 200 countries. You can choose from shared hosting, resellers and VPS as well as dedicated servers at HostGator, but for a small business, shared hosting is more than sufficient and if you plan to run a small eCommerce site, then maybe you can go with a VPS.

All plans except dedicated servers come with a 45-day money back guarantee so that you can get a refund if you are not satisfied within 45 days. The starter shared hosting plan will cost $7.16 a month if you go with monthly or 6 months billing cycle. If you are sure about going with HostGator and don’t mind shelling out upfront then go for 3 years billing cycle. It costs $142.56 for 3 years and if you break it down, it will only cost 3.96 a month.

All shared hosting plans come with unlimited space and bandwidth. While a lot of small web hosting firms offering “unlimited resources” are usually overselling, HostGator seems to be managing their resources well. We don’t know how they are doing it but even the RAM and CPU restrictions they put on each shared hosting accounts are decent.

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3. Little Oak Hosting – From $80/year

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If your business is mainly using Macs, then you might want to check out Little Oak. Created by Mac lovers for Mac users, Little Oak will make you fall in love just by looking at the website. Established since 2007 by experienced group of developers and web designers, Little Oak currently serves 400,000 accounts with 100% uptime SLA.

If there is a downtime, Little Oak will give back 10% of monthly fees for every consecutive period of ten minutes. Now that’s call confidence! It is rare for a hosting company to offer 100% SLA, let alone 99.99%. Usual standard is either 99.5% or 99.9%. They only have shared hosting services now and plans start from $80 a year, which comes with 5GB storage space and 50GB bandwidth. Although it doesn’t sound as enticing as “unlimited everything”, we are confident that Little Oak isn’t overselling, just by looking at their pricing plans.

All plans can host unlimited websites, and $100 credit for AdWords and $25 for Yahoo adCenter is included so that you can get your feet wet with paid traffic. If you are a RapidWeaver web design software user, then you will love Little Oak as they are RapidWeaver hosting partner. Overall, very easy to use and lovely hosting provider.

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4. Omnis Network – From $5.95/month

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If you are looking to have a Windows host because your IT guy developed your site in ASP.NET, then you may want to take a look at Omnis. Omnis Network offers what they call as Linux cloud hosting and Windows cloud hosting, both of which are very similar to shared hosting plans. It has 99.9% uptime SLA so it is pretty decent. Omnis Network is using their own version of control panel simply called Account Manager so if you are expecting cPanel or Plesk, you may be disappointed.

Account Manager features are limited but for a small business website, it is sufficient. Linux Cloud Hosting Plan starts from $5.95 a month while Windows Cloud Hosting will set you back for $7.95 a month. You will get free domain name if you go with yearly subscription. All plans come with unlimited storage and bandwidth.

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5. JustHost – From $3.25/month

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If you just want a reliable shared hosting and don’t want to go through the hassles of choosing a hosting plan, then you should probably check out JustHost. While JustHost may not be as famous as other companies listed here, it is a child company of Endurance International Group, the giant holding company in web hosting industry with companies like BlueHost and JustHost under their belt. So you can rest assure that you will be getting a good service. However, JustHost primarily targets budget users of hosting market so they are not geared for resource intensive scripts. So we won’t recommend going with it if you are planning on paid traffic campaigns or other online marketing that will drive a lot of traffic to your site, or starting an eCommerce site. For low traffic sites, static websites and normal blogs, JustHost is just fine.

JustHost will also give you $100 Google AdWords credit for you to test in your paid marketing campaigns. JustHost offers only one plan which comes with unlimited data transfer and storage, although fair usage policies still applied. If you go with 3 years billing cycle, it will cost you $3.25 a month. Or else, it’ll be $8.95 a month plus $20 setup fee for monthly billing cycle.

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Conclusion

There you go. 5 best hosting firms for your small business. If you want to find more companies or want to compare that 5, just head on to our hosting comparison tool and check them out yourself.


Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price

1

eleven2_logo $4.95/mo Visit Site

2

hostgator-logo $3.96/mo Visit Site

3

littleoak-logo

$80/year Visit Site

4

omnis-logo $5.95/mo Visit Site

5

justhostlogo $3.25/mo Visit Site


Published on: May 14,2013.
Find him on Google+. Pete runs Best Hosting and wants to get detailed information to the readers. He is dedicated to being the best and providing the highest quality at anything he does.

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