Best Website Hosting Platforms For Small Business
If you’ve ever shopped around for a web host, you know how tiring of a task it can be. There are virtually countless web hosting platforms out there. Each one claims to be the “best of the best,” while there is little to no differentiation between them and their competition. This can be confusing for someone trying to get their business website up and running.
With so many web hosting options out there, finding the right one for you can be a chore. It really comes down to what type of hosting you need, what type of features you want, and what your budget is. And even then, it can still be hard to choose.
Below, we’re going to layout 10 of the best web hosts around, and detail any key components they offer that set them apart from the competition.
Here’s the list of web hosting platforms that we’ll discuss below:
It would be silly to say we aren’t partial here, but Wix is an all-in-one free web hosting platform for small business owners. It doesn’t matter if you’re just looking to build a simple, informational website, or you need an online store, a bookings site, or even to sell event tickets, Wix allows you to do it.
What separates Wix from other website hosting platforms is its drag and drop website builder -- a highly advanced editor that intuitively enables you to build the site of your dreams. This lets anyone build a website, not just tech-savvy users. Of course, you don’t have to start from scratch when building a Wix website (though you can if you want to). Get a head start on your design by using one of hundreds of website templates created by our own Wix designers.
Moreover, for those who do want to get into more intensive website building, there’s Velo by Wix that allows you to build advanced HTML 5 applications into your website. Other web hosting platforms out there do offer drag and drop website builders, but none provide the flexibility of what you’ll find on Wix.
Not looking for bells and whistles and just want a simple website, and fast? The Wix ADI Editor is for you. Simply answer the questions about your business and ADI will build a website in front of your eyes. You’ll have a functional website within minutes, not hours. Best of all, no matter which editor you choose, they’re 100% free to use and create a site with.
Highlight: Wix offers a best in class drag and drop website builder and much more to get your business off the ground, including free web hosting.
Price: Free to $500/month
Bandwidth: 500MB to unlimited
Storage: 500MB to 50GB
BlueHost is a very popular website hosting platform that offers an assortment of plans for a variety of needs. Its plans are broken down into Shared Hosting, VPS (virtual private server), and Dedicated Hosting plans. While a majority of small business websites will fall into the shared hosting option, Bluehost offers flexibility for larger-scale websites. From a simple site to an advanced, demanding corporate website, there’s a plan available.
This is a host that also tightly integrates with Wordpress, so you can choose from dedicated plans for the platform as well. And because Bluehost has a web hosting plan for virtually everyone, it can be a bit overwhelming if you’re new to the world of website hosting.
Highlight: The popularity of Bluehost allows people to feel comfortable using them as a web host.
Price: $8 to $210/month
Bandwidth: Unmetered for shared hosting
Storage: 50GB to unlimited
Hostgator is a name that’s been in the website hosting game for a very long time. Not only does it offer shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting like Bluehost above, but it also has hosting plans that include a drag and drop website editor for easy site creation. It’s not free to use like Wix’s, but it definitely has some leverage against several of its competitors.
One benefit that you’ll get across the board with HostGator is that even the basic plans offer unmetered storage and bandwidth. So that’s one less thing to worry about.
Highlight: HostGator is a good option for someone who wants an all-in-one solution that’s user-friendly, and has generous storage and bandwidth.
Price: $6.95 - $289/month
If you haven’t heard of GoDaddy before, welcome to the internet. The web host has been around since the late 1990s and had a heavy advertising push for purchasing domains. Of course, times have changed since then and domains are just one of the several options it offers alongside website hosting.
In addition to website hosting, GoDaddy also offers advanced DNS management and easy website building tools.
Highlight: People flock to GoDaddy not only because they know the name, but also because of the variety of features and services it offers. This is a good option if you don’t know what you need, as GoDaddy will more than likely have it.
Price: $7.99 - $349.99/month
Storage: 100GB - unlimited
5. InMotion Hosting
InMotion Hosting gets high marks across the board thanks to its wide variety of hosting plans for basic or professional needs, including VPS and dedicated server hosting. Its combination of choice, price options, and security make it a solid web host that people love. If you’re still in need of a website, it offers a drag and drop website builder add-on, BoldGrid, through WordPress. This sort of makes it an all-in-one platform.
Highlight: While there isn’t one particular thing that makes InMotion Hosting a dramatic standout among the others, it’s still a great option that earns some points for its hosting options.
Price: $6.39 - $559.99/month
If paying a low price is your number one priority, look to Hostinger. While it’s prices are regularly a standard affair, you can sometimes find discounted basic shared hosting plans under $1/month, which is very impressive.
Outside of hosting websites, Hostinger also offers a drag and drop website for you to build your own site with. Before you get access to it though, you’ll have to pay for your plan ahead of time.
Like most web hosts (to some extent), Hostinger also offers standalone email hosting, so you can also use it for your email and have your website hosted elsewhere if you so choose.
Highlight: Hostinger’s sales are really something to admire, but even without them, it’s still a good, middle of the road web host.
Price: $2.15 - $300/month
Bandwidth: 100GB - Unlimited
Storage: 10GB - 400GB
InterServer is another well-rounded web host that offers a lot of value with its basic plans, with prices as low as $4 per month. More advanced plans, for larger scale websites, are also available.
It also boasts a free website builder. However, the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor is free with the standard plan, so there’s no way to create a website for free and continue to use it for free, like Wix free sites.
Highlight: A web host doesn’t have to be perfect to be worth it. InterServer is a decent web host with some solid pricing on its basic websites.
Price: $4 - $160
DreamHost’s name doesn’t just have a ring to it — it’s a highly affordable, robust web host. Shared hosting, VPS, Cloud, and Dedicated hosting are all available through DreamHost, each with their own respective plans.
The more common, shared hosting plans are very affordable and annual plans offer a free one-year domain with free privacy protection. DreamHost also outdoes a ton of its competition by offering an insane 97-day money-back guarantee for its shared hosting plans, making it virtually risk-free.
Highlight: With cheap basic plans and a very good money-back guarantee, DreamHost is a good option for the fickle.
Price: $2.59 - $299/month
Storage: 50GB - Unlimited
9. A2 Hosting
Whether you’re a small business or a corporation looking for a website, A2 Hosting has you covered. This is a particularly good choice for small businesses just starting out, as the shared hosting plans are affordable and have some great features for newcomers.
Even it’s most basic plans have something going on for them. Impressively, the “Lite” plan includes free email addresses, a free SSL Certificate, and its own drag and drop website builder.
Highlight: This all in one host is well-reviewed, reliable, feature-rich, and affordable.
Price: $5.99 - $349.99
Last but not least is SiteGround, a simple and straightforward web host that offers just about anything you could think of in the space. Affordable plans are available no matter what your site needs are, though plans start a bit above average compared to some of the other options on this list.
SiteGround offers flexibility for how your website is built, as you can build it using either Wordpress or Weebly.
Highlight: SiteGround isn’t bursting at the seams with extras and must-have features competitors lack, but it’s a solid option for those looking for a no-frills web host.
Price: $11.95 - $240/month
By Blake Stimac
Wix Blog Writer