8 Best Web Hosting Services for Small Businesses

Few modern businesses can survive without a website, but hosting one yourself is impractical. With a web hosting service, you can have a credible web presence in minutes.

It’s rare to find a business operating in 2020 that doesn’t, or at least couldn’t, benefit from a well-designed website. Not having a website is like not having a phone number or street address or, in days gone by, having a Yellow Pages entry. How will customers find you without any internet presence?

The most effective way to establish a credible website, even if it’s just a single page describing your business, hours of operation, and contact information, is to use a web hosting service. These web hosting services provide the IT infrastructure along with simple tools and templates that you can use to create an acceptable website in minutes. For more advanced websites, you will need to do some development work, but services can also host these sites.

Web hosting providers tend to offer similar basic services for a relatively low subscription. However, as your website grows, the level of their respective services increases with it. This is where each service tries to stand out from the competition with specialized services, personalized tools and extensive customer service.

There are dozens of web hosting services available, located all over the world, but eight services tend to consistently top the lists of web hosting providers. Each of these web hosting services offers solid infrastructure foundations marked by reliability, consistency, and reasonable pricing. Competition is fierce, so bargains and special offers are often available. Any of them can give you a good web hosting plan.

Image: HostGator

HostGator is a full-service, low-cost web hosting provider offering services ranging from basic single-page websites to dedicated and VPS hosting. An enterprise-level website hosted by HostGator will typically cost around $16.95 per month for a hosting plan, but can be purchased during its summer sale for as low as $4.48 per month for 36 months from this hosting provider.

HostGator Key Features:

  • Shared hosting, virtual private servers, dedicated hosting available
  • Includes domains
  • Includes SSL
  • Email Hosting
  • Drag-and-drop tools and templates
  • 99.9% uptime
  • 24/7 Support
  • WordPress support

HostGator

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Image: DreamHost

DreamHost is another low-cost, full-service web hosting provider that also provides VPS hosting. Unlimited shared no-contract web hosting services at DreamHost are priced at $10.95 per month, but discounts for three-year contracts are available at $4.95 per month. High-performance WordPress hosting plans are available for $16.95 per month from this hosting provider.

DreamHost Key Features:

  • Shared hosting, virtual private servers, dedicated hosting available
  • Includes domains
  • Includes SSL
  • Email Hosting
  • Drag and drop tools and models
  • 100% uptime
  • 24/7 Support
  • WordPress support

DreamHost

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Image: Bluehost

Bluehost offers a full range of web hosting services ranging from shared hosting plans to VPS hosting to dedicated hosting. Email is handled by Microsoft 365 and Bluehost offers extensive WordPress support. Shared web hosting is priced at $10.99 per month for a hosting plan, but the service is discounted to $5.45 per month for Q1 at Bluehost.

Bluehost Key Features:

  • Shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS hosting), dedicated hosting available
  • Includes domains
  • Includes SSL
  • Email Hosting
  • Drag and drop tools and models
  • 99.98% uptime
  • 24/7 Support
  • WordPress support

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Picture: GoDaddy

GoDaddy includes all the standard features offered by premium web hosting services, including shared hosting plans and VPS hosting. GoDaddy’s services range from small one-page sites to huge e-commerce sites. GoDaddy’s dedicated business hosting services offer custom features based on business activity and hosting plan. For example, an eCommerce website at GoDaddy is priced at $69.99 per month, with the initial term available at the discounted price of $49.99 per month. GoDaddy’s shared web hosting services are priced at $16.99 per month, but the initial contract term is available for $12.99 per month for a hosting plan.

GoDaddy Key Features:

  • Shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS hosting), dedicated hosting available
  • Includes domains
  • Includes SSL
  • Email Hosting
  • Drag-and-drop tools and templates
  • 99.9% uptime
  • 24/7 Support
  • WordPress support

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Hostinger is a low-cost, full-service international web hosting service. Hostinger’s standard shared web hosting service includes daily backups and can be purchased for $16.99 per month. However, Hostinger is running a promotion where you can subscribe to the service for $3.99 per month and then renew for a discount of $7.95 per month thereafter for the hosting plan. There is also a plan for 99 cents per month.

Host Key Features:

  • Shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS hosting), dedicated hosting available
  • Includes domains
  • Includes SSL
  • Email Hosting
  • Drag-and-drop tools and templates
  • 99.9% uptime
  • 24/7 Support
  • WordPress support

Host

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Image: Wix

Wix offers comprehensive web hosting services, but its focus is on helping businesses create compelling websites. Wix achieves this by providing plenty of website building tools and templates. The Business Unlimited subscription plan at Wix is ​​priced at $22 per month and includes additional features like professional logo services, analytics, and SEO.

Wix Key Features:

  • Shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS hosting), dedicated hosting available
  • Includes domains
  • Includes SSL
  • Email Hosting
  • Drag-and-drop tools and templates
  • 99.9% uptime
  • 24/7 Support
  • WordPress support

Wix

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Image: Hostile Winds

Hostwinds offers most web hosting services supported by other providers. The exception is direct WordPress support. Hostwinds emphasizes friendly and knowledgeable customer service. Hostwinds Ultimate Business web hosting service is priced at $18.99 per month, but is now discounted to $7.99 per month.

Hostwinds Key Features:

  • Shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS hosting), dedicated hosting available
  • Includes domains
  • Includes SSL
  • Email Hosting
  • Drag-and-drop tools and templates
  • 99.9999% uptime
  • 24/7 Support

Host Winds

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Image: Ionos

Ionos is a full-service, low-cost web hosting provider. Ionos marketing emphasizes performance servers and systems. The Ionos enterprise-level service is priced at $8 per month, but the current promotion is offering new customers the service for $1 for the first month so you can try it out. There is no contract to continue after the first month.

Ionos key features:

  • Shared hosting, virtual private servers (VPS hosting), dedicated hosting available
  • Includes domains
  • Includes SSL
  • Email Hosting
  • Drag and drop tools and models
  • 99.9% uptime
  • 24/7 Support
  • WordPress support

Ionos

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include information about a 99 cents per month plan at Hostinger.

James S. Joseph