Do you have plans for a website and are ready to start the process that gets it published? The method is fairly simple but there are two requirements in order to have your site live on the Internet. The first is a domain name. This is the address of your site which ends in .com or .org, etc. There is a small yearly fee for the domain name and a multitude of companies on the Internet that will provide the service for you. The second requirement is a good web hosting company. The web host supplies the “parking space” for your site and makes it available from their servers to the World Wide Web. To help you find a web host, let’s take a look at five top quality hosts and five less expensive quality hosting companies.
QUALITY WEB HOSTING SERVICES
Purely Hosting – Their most popular plan is the Pro Silver and costs $9.95 per month. This includes hosting for up to five websites, unlimited space, a website builder, unlimited emails and a control panel. They offer a cheaper service if you only have one website, and a more expensive plan if you need the space for an unlimited number of sites. Purely Hosting uses top quality servers that are controlled by Intel Xeon processors. A support staff is available 24 hours a day by email, phone or chat to answer any of your questions. Traffic generating help and assistance with SEO is provided for you also.
Brain Host – Brain Hosts best value is a plan that runs you $7.95 per month. With this package you will get unlimited hosting, 24/7 customer support, unlimited domain names and email accounts, a free website builder and a guarantee of 99.9% uptime. That guarantee means that their system very rarely experiences any problems that would knock your website off the web. Brain Host also offers packages that include free traffic and SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization and pertains to keywords and site ranking.
GoDaddy – Probably the most advertised and best known hosting company on the Internet. They provide a long list of services and products to suit any person or company on the planet including site development, web storage and email services. As far as hosting plans, their most popular package will cost you about $6.64 a month and comes with 150 GB of space, unlimited websites and bandwidth, 500 email accounts, 25 databases and free credits for Google Ads, Bing, Yahoo and Facebook. They say that their cloud hosting is totally secure and lightning-fast.
Network Solutions – Their middle-of-the-road package will run you $12.41 a month. They do have available a cheaper plan and a more expensive plan depending on your needs. The $12.41 plan includes 500 GB of disc space, unlimited data transfer, 2500 email boxes and one free domain. Some other features of this plan are a website building tool, worry-free uptime, easy FTP access and 24 hour customer support. Online storage and file sharing is also available and offers a secure and safe method of communicating sensitive materials. You can also have your email address match your web address to simplify your business correspondence. Network Solutions email service is protected by Cloudmark Authority which guards against spam and viruses.
LunarPages – Lunarpages also has a large variety of plans to choose from but we will use the Windows Web Hosting plan which runs $9.95 per month. This plan includes set-up and domain name registration, 5000 MB of storage, unlimited email accounts, 400 GB of bandwidth, compatibility with Dreamweaver and a FTP account. Lunarpages also offers media support for Microsoft Silverlight, streaming video/audio, Flash and Shockwave.
LESS EXPENSIVE QUALITY WEB HOSTING SERVICES
Web Hosting Hub – These less expensive companies provide most of the same services and work fine for general purposes. Web Hosting Hub will charge you $4.95 a month for their services which include unlimited disc space and bandwidth, unlimited number of websites, free domain registration or transfer, free blogging software and website building tool. Their email services aren’t too shabby either. You can enjoy having unlimited email addresses with security features, spam protection, auto-responders and email forwarding. These services are all compatible with your mobile devices.
Fat Cow – Fat Cow has been around for a long time and highly respected in the industry. Their basic service is priced at $4.67 per month and includes site building tools, oodles (their description) of disk space and bandwidth, online store and selling tools including shopping cart capability, email service, 24 hour support and a yellowpages.com listing. Another feather in the Fat Cow cap is that their hosting service is powered 100% by wind energy.
iPage – Their basic service is normally listed at $7.95 but at the present time, the sale they are having will bring the cost down to $3.50 per month. This great deal includes all of the basics: unlimited domains, loads (their description) of bandwidth and disc space, drag and drop site building tool, a template-based site tool, one free domain name for a year, a blog set up wizard, unlimited email addresses with forwarding and auto-responders.
Web Hosting Pad – This service is normally $4.95 per month but it looks like if you act pretty quick, you can grab it for a low $1.99 per month. Some of their features include unlimited hosting space, unmetered bandwidth, free domain name, free site building tool, unlimited email accounts, email forwarding, email auto-responder, spam protection and 24 hour support. Web Hosting Pad has a 99.9% uptime guarantee and plenty of features for this price.
HostGator – Hostgator will run you about $5.56 a month for their cheapest plan which is quite impressive. With this plan you will receive unlimited disc space and bandwidth, an easy to navigate website builder, unlimited sub-domains, you also get unlimited FTP accounts and email accounts. With Hostgator you can receive your emails on your mobile devices and they provide weekly off-site data back up. Online support is available with 500 video tutorials and over 680 help articles. You also have access to the Hostgator community forums.
SO MANY CHOICES – SO MANY PLANS
Yes, there is a lot of information to weed through when picking the best web hosting service for you. Once you are sold on a particular company, someone in their sales department will surely help you pick the right plan to fit your needs. Free web hosting can be found on the Internet but you should be warned – these services will plaster classified ads all over your website to make money, this is the way they recoup some profit while providing you a “free” service. Your customization of the website will probably be limited also. Another good point would be to find out if the host you choose uses shared or dedicated hosting. With shared hosting, you will be on a server with many other site owners – this is fine for a small business with less than five sites. But if you run a larger company with multiple sites, you might need dedicated hosting which provides you with your own server.