Hosting

SocialDzine’s Preferred Website Hosting Companies

Choosing a website host can be difficult and confusing.  Basically if you’re starting an online business, blog or just a landing page so that people know how to find you, all you need is shared hosting plan with a control panel.  Every website designer should know how to access and install all that you need to get started and can even recommend their favorite host.  Don’t be fooled into purchasing photo storage (flickr gives you 1TB for free) or an online calendar.  Do some research.  These are sites I’ve worked with for nearly a decade now and would recommend any of them to my clients.

Web Hosting Pad

webhostingpadWebhostinpad is my hosting company of choice for my websites.  While they aren’t the largest, they provide everything I need at a reasonable price.  For $1.99 a month I have domain hosting with access to a control panel, support, a free domain name and more bandwidth and space than I can use.  They are perfect for hosting a basic e-commerce or a blog/website.  They offer additional products such as CloudFlare for free and other products such as an SSL or Barracuda at a very good, competitive price.  You’ll receive over $200 in online advertising credits on sites like Google, Facebook and Yahoo when you sign up.

A Small Orange

asmallorange.comA Small Orange offers a small business everything they need to run like a big corporation.  The 99.9% uptime guarantee also features daily backups, with multiple restore points. Password-protected directories, IP-blocking, and hotlink/leech protection are all also included.  Screaming fast load times, 24/7 support and one of the best prices in the industry at $35 a year for shared hosting.  It’s is probably my new favorite for hosting.

Host Gator

hostgator website hostingAgain, a host I’ve worked with for clients.  Good prices and plenty of options. Their middle package offers unlimited domains hosted on one account for one monthly fee. According to Inc. Magazine, HostGator is the 21st fastest growing private company in America, the second fastest growing private company in the “business services” sector, and the fastest growing private company in Texas.  Host Gator only offers Google ad credit but you get a shared SSL and with the premium package you receive a free Toll-Free number for your business.

Arvixe

Arvixe web hostingArvixe offers a free domain name for life and with their smallest package you can host 6 domains.  If you’re looking to start an online business and want a few different websites or maybe everyone in the family is looking to say something to the world.  With this package you’re not limited to just one domain and one site hosted.  They offer a 60 day money back guarantee, free CloudFlare and $200 in online advertising credit.

Blue Host

Host 6 Domains on 1 AccountBlue Host is another well known hosting company.  They were recently awarded Best New Hosting Company and Best Customer Support by the some of the leading hosting review companies.  Blue Host offers free WordPress hosting along with shared hosting options.  They provide $50 worth of online ad credit or more with the larger packages.