Choosing the best web hosting company for you
The first step in starting an online business is to get a domain name and web hosting. Whether you are starting a blog, creating an e-commerce store or building a niche site you will first need to decide which hosting company is most suitable for your needs.
A big company with thousands of visitors a day would need a dedicated server hosting package which can cost a lot. Fortunately if you are starting out then a shared hosting package is your best solution as it’s incredibly affordable and will be more than enough for your current website needs. There are free hosting packages but if you are intending to take your new website seriously then I would advise spending a few dollars a month for a proper package. You get much better support and security by paying the price of just one coffee per month for premium hosting.
I would advise buying into a good deal for as long as possible as most of the hosting companies will up the price once the annual membership is up. So the price now could be $4.99 for the first year then $10 per year after that. In this case it would be wise to lock into the $4.99 price for three years instead as you will be able to save a lot more in the long run.
The table below is a comparison of the most popular hosting packages available as at October 2016. Each company has three packages so the prices listed below are for the cheapest option available. Below the table I will go into more detail for each hosting company and the various options it has. Currently most of the web hosting companies are running huge sales so the prices might be a bit more than what is listed below when you read this.
At the end of the day most of the main hosting companies are the same. They all offer hosting that is of a similar quality where the differences are hard to distinguish unless you are a very technical user with millions of visitors.
What does differ is the price, number of websites allowed to be hosted and if the domain is included for FREE.
We dive into more detail below to see which is the best hosting for your personal needs.
Bluehost – $4.95
The prices for Bluehost vary from $3.45 to $6.96 depending on the package chosen. The middle one at $4.95 is most likely the best hosting package for you. The problem with most of the entry level packages, called Basic above, is that they only allow for 1 website. This means that if you decide to create another website then you will need to buy additional hosting. So for just over a dollar more it is worthwhile going with the package that allows you unlimited websites.
Another benefit with Bluehost is that you get a free domain name for a year which usually costs around $12 if you purchase it elsewhere.
1 & 1 – $0.99
1 & 1 clearly wins when it comes to pricing. The current special they have for $0.99 is amazing especially considering that with this package you can have as many websites as you want. The only downside is that after a year the price jumps up to $7.99 per month which is a bit more than the others.
The Unlimited hosting package also comes with a free domain so essentially you are paying less than $12 for a .com domain name and host for a whole year.
I would personally recommend this option and then when the end of the year comes to change to a different hosting company again. You can even open up another 1 & 1 hosting account at the end of the year and get the special again. My annual hosting recently came to an end and instead of paying the new few of $12 a month I simply opened up another account and am now paying $4.95 instead.
GoDaddy – $4.99
The best option with GoDaddy would be the Deluxe package at $4.99 as it allows us unlimited websites. Once again the entry level package is too restrictive and not worth the money as it only gives us the ability to host 1 website.
at $4.99 it is slightly more expensive than the other options but it also includes a free domain for the first year.
Hostgator – $4.95
At $4.95 the price once again is nearly identical to the other options. The downside of Hostgator is that it does not come with a free domain which will cost you about $11 for the next year.