Section 2

Hosting:
A definitive guide

Let us face it, finding a hosting provider can be a challenging job. The challenge is doubled for people who are new to the online business world. There are tons of hosting providers out there. While some are dedicated to their cause and provide you the best value for your buck, there are those who do the exact opposite. In order to differentiate, you need an expert opinion on the which hosting is the best for you.

Fortunately, we have you covered. We have scoured hosting providers throughout the internet and compiled a list of the best hosting providers out there.

As of this writing, the best web hosting provider is InMotion Hosting. It is an all-rounder in the market that provides hosting services to businesses of all sizes looking for WordPress and E-commerce hosting. A close number two that gives InMotion a hard-time is 1&1 IONOS, which caters to international and multilingual audiences with its services.

Best Hosting

Providers

You will read more about these hosting providers below!

In terms of web hosting providers, InMotion certainly stands out among the top-ranked. This web host is a respected operation that has been in operation for a long time. It has a wide array of plans that include shared hosting starting from $3.99 per month.

InMotion has some impressive bundles and extras embedded into its plans. Perhaps the most shining feature about InMotion’s service is its cost-effective security plans that include malware, e-mail security, and DDoS protection.

InMotion has a cPanel and a newer, Softaculous panel in its hosting service. In addition to that, there is top-notch technical support present in case you get stuck with anything. When we tested out this hosting service, we found that the overall performance levels are above average. This is very good news for individuals looking for faster loading websites.

  • WordPress: Yes
  • Business Plans: Yes
  • Web Design support: Yes
  • 24/7 Customer Support: Yes
  • Pricing for Launch: $3.99 per month.
  • InMotion Pro: $13.99 per month.

Web Hosting Coupons:

  • Get a shared business hosting for as low as $3.99, which includes a free domain.

  • VPS hosting, which includes discounts for all plans for the first year, regard less of the term.

  • Get a 10% off on your Dedicated servers today.

  • WordPress hosting for speed and reliability for 37% off.

You can find these and many more here.

If there is a second major player in the web hosting industry, it is 1&1 IONOS. It is currently competing against GoDaddy in terms of services and is the biggest hosting provider in Europe. A company based in Germany, it provides an amazing range of services with prices that start from a tiny sum of $0.99 per month, which rises to $8 after the first year.

1&1 IONOS, in addition to being cheap, has a wide array of coupons and discounts that provide value to the hosting service that you purchase. Free domains, unlimited storage, SSL certificates, free web design software, there is a coupon for every single one. Moreover, the service provides you with a 30-day money back guarantee and a bulky 300 Gbps network connectivity.

  • Network Security: Yes
  • SSL certificates: Yes | Email marketing tools: Yes
  • Baremetal Servers: Yes
  • 1&1 IONOS Business: $1 per month.
  • 1&1 IONOS Pro: $5 per month.
  • 1&1 IONOS Expert: $9 per month

Web Hosting Coupons ($5 cash back on each):

  • Cloud solution coupon for a managed PaaS (Platform as a Service) cloud starting at $10 per month.

  • Google Ads Management Service at $19 per month.

  • Dedicated Servers starting at $50 per month.

  • Online Marketing from List Local at $1 per month.

  • Microsoft Office 365 suite starting at $9 per month.

  • WordPress hosting at $9 per month.

You can find these and many more here.

Well, HostGator is one hosting service that needs no introduction. It is the pinnacle of budget web hosting and if you are on a budget, then look no further than HostGator. It has a bunch of amazing plans that you can buy, the best one being the Hatchling plan for beginners. The best thing about this provider is that even its basic plans are not limited. There are no limitations with respect to bandwidth, disk space, subdomains, MySQL databases, FTP and emails. With that, you also get a 99.9% uptime guarantee.

However, there are limitations. You can only operate one site at a time with the Hatchling plan, which is not that uncommon, but the biggest limitation is that it only provides you with a free domain name for a year.

  • Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes | Unlimited disk space: Yes |
  • Searching credits: $150 | Money-back: 45-day guarantee
  • Hatchling Plan: $2.64 per month.
  • Baby Plan: $3.78 per month.
  • Business Plan: $5.68 per month.

Web Hosting Coupons:

  • Web Hosting: 60% off.

  • Cloud Hosting: 44% off.

  • WordPress Hosting: 56% off.

  • VPS Hosting: 75% off.

  • Reseller Hosting: 58% off.

You can redeem these coupons here.

GoDaddy is another amazing contender for the best hosting company out there. It is a U.S based web hosting company and is one of the largest players in the game. Moreover, it is also the biggest domain name registrar in the world with millions of domain name in its portfolio. GoDaddy’s economical since its cheapest web hosts is available at $2.49 per month when you sign up for the year.

The provider offers free backup and restore service with a built-in Microsoft Office 365 email for one year. It guarantees a 99.9% uptime with almost unlimited storage (100GB for the Economy package). It also has unlimited bandwidth and free domains in the annual plan. Best of all, because of its position, it is the most trusted web hosting brand out there.

  • SEO: Yes
  • Free Domain: Yes
  • Backup & Restore for Database: Yes
  • Unlimited bandwidth: Yes
  • Economy Package: $2.99 per month.
  • Deluxe Package: $4.99 per month.
  • Ultimate Package: $7.99 per month.

Web Hosting Coupons:

  • Unlimited domains for .com starting at $9.99

  • Economic web hosting with free domains at 87% off.

  • Regular list price hosting plans at 50% off.

  • $1 per month basic managed WordPress hosting.

You can find out more about these coupons by clicking here.

New Bluehost is a Utah based hosting company that is owned by the web giant Endurance International Group (EIG). It is a mammoth hosting service that offers basic shared hosting starting from $2.99 per month on a contract of three years, with WordPress plans beginning at $20 per month.

You get a lot for your money since you get an automated WordPress setup and other popular applications through the Mojo Marketplace. The cPanel that they provide allows power users to tweak things.

In addition to that, Bluehost offers a website builder based on the Weebly platform. The website builder helps you create a website of up to six pages, and there is nothing extra like site templates. It is still better than having nothing in terms of a site builder, plus you get it with the basic account.

  • Unmetered bandwidth: Yes
  • WooCommerce Support: Yes
  • Free domain provider: Yes
  • 24/7 customer service: Yes
  • Basic Plan: $2.95 per month.
  • Prime Plan: $5.45 per month.

Web Hosting Coupons:

  • 42% off on starter shared hosting.

  • Holiday winter sale at $3 off.

  • Shared basic hosting package at 34% off.

  • Monthly rental professional web hosting at 29% off.

You can redeem these coupons here.

This UK-based provider focuses more on value creation. With an entry-level plan that starts at $2.16 per month, it provides you with a two-year sign-up. That plan, however, is limited to just 500MB of storage but it does come with unlimited bandwidth, SSL by Let's Encrypt and 10 mailboxes.

It provides a lot of flexibility because you can either opt for a regular cPanel hosting, or an advanced “cloud web” host, which might appeal to website owners who need an added layer of security.

The technical support from Tsohost might not be the fastest you have seen, but they do provide a clear and accurate answer to queries. Performance levels are solid, and the company offers a 60-day money back guarantee. The guarantee period itself is very long when compared with other providers.

  • Backup: Yes
  • SSL: Yes
  • Web console: Yes
  • Personal Plan: $2 per month.
  • Startup Plan: $5 per month.
  • Business Plan: $12 per month.

Web Hosting Coupons:

  • Hosting at 10% off.

  • All plans coupon for 15% off.

You can see more of them here.

Wix is the primary headliner in our list. It is a website building service that offers an amazing range of hosting plans, tailored to match your needs. The service is very user-friendly that is filled with content and functionality. It allows you to customize your size in many different ways.

It provides never-before-seen depth when it comes to templates. You do not get a simple smattering of predefined templates, but you get at least 500 different templates. You will find yourself spoiled when you are selecting a template from Wix. Some of its other powerful features include integrated image editors with Instagram-type filters and a collection of e-commerce templates that come along with it. Wix comes with a free plan, but it provides limited bandwidth and storage (500MB). It also does not give you your own domain name, which means that your site (yourwebsite.com) will instead have a sub-domain (yourwebsite.wixsite.com) attached to it.

Its unlimited plan, however, is very unique and offers 10GB of storage with a free domain, unlimited bandwidth, and $75 worth of Google Ad voucher. Opting for Wix is a good option since there are predictions that it is going to dominate the hosting market in the years to come.

  • Ecommerce: Optional
  • Domain (Free): Yes
  • Credits: $75
  • Site Review: Optional
  • Wix Combo plan: $11 per month.
  • Wix Unlimited plan: $14 per month.
  • Wix for E-commerce: $17 per month.

Web Hosting Coupons:

  • Unlimited yearly package at 15% off.

  • 35% off on E-commerce subscription with a free domain.

You can see more of them here.

The Importance of

Choosing a Web Host

The primary goal of a business is profitability. If you are feeling that your decision to choose a wrong web host won’t have a negative impact on your business, think again. Here are some of the bad things that might happen if you do not choose a correct web host:

Loss of revenue

Your site goes down, and you find out that your provider is the one responsible for it. Your potential customers will not be able to view your products, services, or blog. You will lose a potential customer base in the process, and if you run an e-commerce business, you will be losing a potential source of income.

An example of this can be taken from the 40-minute power outage that Amazon faced recently. It cost them about $5million in losses. The losses that you suffer might not be as expensive, but they are still losses.

Negatively affects SEO Ranking

What is your goal with content marketing? To rank higher in search results and gain more exposure as a brand right? Let’s say you achieved all of that, but the moment your site goes down it ceases to exist to the online world. Needless to say, your ranking is going to suffer because of the downtime.

Website Security

There is no one-size-fits-one approach when it comes to keeping a website secure. What website providers, however, can do is that they can back up your data to their remote servers in the case of a security breach. In addition to that, they should provide technical assistance during such a breach to keep the user at ease. Any such provider who does not offer such a solution is simply not worth the effort.

We talked about the drawbacks of choosing an incorrect or mediocre web host, but the question still remains: If there are bad hosting providers, how do I differentiate them with the good ones? Read the piece below and you will find the answer.

Choosing the Right

Web Hosting Provider

In order to ensure that your site stays safe, active, and accessible, you need to have a reliable web host. If you are a novice, with little-to-no knowledge regarding web hosts, or are running into troubles with your existing provider, here are some tips that can help:

Understand the World of Hosting

There are several hosting options at your disposal. They range from Shared, Dedicated hosting, and even VPS’s (Virtual Private Servers). You might be confused, but this article will certainly help you overcome that confusion. The whole point is to make an educated decision and choose the option that suits your needs best.

Customer Service

The customer service of your provider should be above par because the internet is active 24x7. Now, many web hosting providers might claim that they provide such an excellent customer service. It is best not to take their word for it. Instead, you should test out their customer service claim before committing to a hosting contract.

Uptime

Again, before committing to a plan, you should make sure that your hosting provider has maximum uptime. It is true that no web host can offer a 100% uptime, so your aim should be towards the 99% uptime mark on average.

Do Not Consider the Costs

This might sound a bit unconventional. Cost is a primary consideration, but do not let cheap costs get in the way your business. As a business, downtime is dangerous. Basic shared web hosting is good if you are running a small business. However, if you are in the e-commerce industry, you need to have a dedicated or managed hosting provider which gives you the best value for your investment.

Scalability

There is no qualm about the fact that “if you run your business right, it is going to expand”. We can all agree on that. Once your online business gets up and going, you need to scale it accordingly. Your web hosting provider plays a crucial role in your scalability efforts. Because of which, it should provide your site with enough upgrade and scaling that satisfies your traffic growth.

Background Checks

There is no better advice than this. Before committing to anything, you need to make sure that your web hosting provider has a reputation for good service. The best way to do that is to visit the site and view the testimonials. If you want to go a little further, you can always search for independent reviews of the hosting service.

Conclusion

In this section, we talked about hosting, and everything related to it. We talked about the best hosting providers on the internet, and provided their comparison in terms of services offered and costs. Perhaps our most important section was the section on the importance of choosing a web host. We listed the various drawbacks of choosing a mediocre web host, and later on, mentioned the qualities you should be looking for in a good web host. In the next section, we are taking things towards the field of web design, and its importance for an online business.