In this tutorial, I want to recommend some specific web hosting companies that might be a good fit for you and your business. The idea is to narrow down your number of choices from a seemingly endless number of web hosting companies to sort through, to just a handful of the best. This will give you a great starting point.
If you checked out my tutorial, The 3 Critical Web Hosting Features Every Small Business Needs, then you know that all the recommendations I'm making here nail our biggest hosting concerns.
I've spent a huge amount of time and money (in the magnitude of years, and thousands of dollars) trying to find the best web hosting companies in the industry for business websites. I undertook this massive task of researching and finding the best web hosting companies because I was frustrated with bad customer service, unreliable hosting, and companies who were...let's say less than desirable in their business practices. My online businesses and projects were suffering, so I decided to search out and find the best of the best. The good news is, while there's no shortage of low quality web hosting companies, we have plenty of great ones to choose from, too.
For your own assurance, know that you really can't go wrong with with any of the companies I'm recommending here, so long as you purchase the right kind of web hosting from them (more on that in a moment). I've rigorously researched every one of these companies. In fact, I use several of them for my various web projects. All of these web hosting companies have great pricing structures, have top customer service, and provide excellent reliability and security.
But, please remember to use my recommendations as a starting point. Investigate a few that you think might work for your business, and take a closer look for yourself. And when doing your own research, please be careful! Learn about the sorts of things that go in on the web hosting industry. Also, be wary of web host review sites too. Many are riddled with spam reviews and fake customer comments. TechCrunch ran an article about this a number of years ago.
Below, I've broken everything down company by company. Some of these hosting companies specialize in offering just one kind of hosting, like shared hosting or managed WordPress hosting, while others offer several kinds of web hosting. If you're not familiar with the various kinds of web hosting, be sure to check out my tutorial, The 6 Types Of Web Hosting For Your Business.
A quick note on how I've ordered the companies below: This is not a best-to-worst list or anything like that. What I've done is listed them in a way that make sense for you, as you get started with your business online. I've tried to list the companies I think are most likely to fit general small business needs first, followed by companies that cater to more specialized needs.
By the end of this tutorial, you'll have a short list of web hosting providers that you can then independently research further, or even get started with.
There's lots of good stuff to get to, so let's get started!
Let's start off with Web Hosting Hub. They're a great choice if you're just starting out in your business endeavours, or if you have very straightforward needs for your small to medium-sized business. Web Hosting Hub specializes in providing low-cost, reliable, feature-rich shared hosting. So, if you're looking to keep your expenses under control, but also have solid hosting with lots of features, then Web Hosting Hub is a perfect fit.
Web Hosting Hub's plans start at just $4/month, and each plan includes the easy to use cPanel interface, which makes it a breeze to handle file management, monitor web stats, set up email accounts (which I don't necessarily recommend you use) and much more. One-click installers for applications like WordPress are also included.
On top of all that, their US-based customer support is excellent. Support is available via chat, email, and telephone 24 hours a day. Additional security features are also available, like daily site backups and SSL certificates.
To ensure they're a good fit for your needs, they offer a very generous 90-day money back guarantee. Web Hosting Hub is tough to beat, so if you think they might fit your business needs, give them a closer look.
If you're interested, I put together a tutorial that walks you step-by-step through the process of signing up with Web Hosting Hub, How To Set Up Simple, Easy, Low-Cost Web Hosting With Web Hosting Hub. Give it a look!
Next, let's take a look at some companies who offer several different kinds of web hosting, depending on your needs...
If you're looking for a web host that will grow with you as your business expands, then SiteGround is a great choice. SiteGround has a solid reputation in web design circles as one of the most popular, reliable web hosting companies in the market. They specialize in offering a wide variety of hosting types, from shared plans starting at just $4/month, to dedicated, cloud, and managed WordPress hosting. All SiteGround plans are backed by their fast, secure infrastructure.
What's great about going with a web host like SiteGround is that it makes scaling your site, and therefore your business, easy. So for instance, as you're just getting started, you could begin with SiteGround's low-cost shared hosting, and then as your site grows and your hosting needs change, you can easily upgrade your account to more powerful hosting—all with just a few clicks.
Each SiteGround plan comes with free domain registration (which I don't recommend you use), and the easy to use cPanel interface. CPanel provides one-click installers for popular applications like WordPress, making it fast and easy to get your site online. Plans also come with free regular data backups for extra peace of mind. SiteGround’s customer service is top notch as well. They're friendly, very knowledgeable, and are available via telephone, chat, and support ticket.
All in all, SiteGround is a great choice to handle your business's web hosting needs, and they're also officially endorsed by WordPress, too.
Not too long ago I published a tutorial that outlines the process for signing up with SiteGround, Setting Up Rock Solid Web Hosting That’ll Grow With Your Needs Using SiteGround. Give it a look if you think SiteGround's a good fit for you.
WP Engine specializes in providing what's called managed WordPress hosting. This means that if you'd rather focus on your business and have someone else handle the more technical aspects of your website, then this is a good fit. Their premium hosting relies on robust, secure servers that can handle just about anything, including huge spikes in traffic. Plans start at $30/month with a 60-day risk-free money-back guarantee. Further, each plan includes daily backups and site restoration points, hacker-proof security, and their proprietary auto-caching, which ensures your business's website will always run fast. No wonder top brands like HTC, Foursquare, and ConstantContact rely on WP Engine's superior service.
If you're looking for worry-free web hosting, where the technical side of your WordPress site is handled for you, then WP Engine is a perfect fit.
Alright, there's a whole pile of excellent web hosting recommendations for you. After all my intensive research, these are the companies that stood out as the best. Remember that I tried to list these companies in the order that they'd most likely fit your business needs, followed by companies that cater to more specialized needs.
That's why I started with Web Hosting Hub. Most likely, it's shared hosting that you'll be looking for, which is what they specialize in. Then, we talked about SiteGround and WP Engine. Both are great options, depending on your needs.
This is more than enough to help you get started. I've said this a few times, but you really can't go wrong with with any of the companies I'm recommending here...so long as you've selected the right kind of hosting for your website. And remember to use my recommendations as a starting point, and do your own careful research!
I hope you learned lots here. Happy web host hunting!