Web hosting platforms will normally offer a few different packages including shared hosting and dedicated servers. For startups and small businesses, shared hosting is the most fitting option as cost remains low with decent reliability and customer service.
Shared hosting means you will share a server with a variety of sites and while some argue that this can slow down site speed, for small businesses with relatively simple and clean websites, this shouldn't be a major concern.
Dedicated hosting refers to renting your own physical server and should really be reserved for larger enterprises with high traffic levels. So while this will be suitable for your business one day (all being well) there really is no need to opt for an expensive dedicated server until you're ready.
We take a look at some of the best shared web hosting services out there for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
For around £5 a month, GoDaddy can transfer whole existing websites to a hosting platform and offer 1-click app installation if you want your site to be linked to apps such as wordpress.
For the same price GoDaddy will provide one website with 100GB storage, and for a little extra, users can upgrade to the Deluxe plan which offers the same services for limited websites and unlimited storage.
What's more, it provides an easy to use CMS which aims to ease page uploads, and enables users to regularly acces their content GoDaddy also offers free backup, restore, and also provides an uptime guarantee of 99,9 percent (according to their website anyway).
Like GoDaddy, German company 1&1 is a web hosting giant offering both Linux and Windows packages starting from £2,99 per month (excluding VAT). 1&1 offers a variety of services including free web design software, phone and email support, a graphics archive and a pretty impressive 30Gbps network connectivity.
What's more, 1&1 provides a hybrid platform, this means that your web server and webspace are on the same platform, a good choice for those wanting an inclusive and stable package.
Sadly, 1&1 does not offer website domains and offers a fraction of the online storage that rivals GoDaddy provides, coming in at 10GB rather that GoDaddy's 100GB.
Based in the UK, Easyspace offers (unsurprisingly) a number of UK-based data centres and both online and telephone support. So for only £2 per month, Easyspace will provide 50GB of storage, a free domain name, 20 databases and 200 mailboxes. Although, for £10 per month you can have unlimited, well, everything.
Easyspace goes all in on the extras and incentives. Easyspace requires no setup fee and offers yearly discounts of up to 35 percent off the cost if they buy hosting for multiple years.
What's more, Easyspace offers £50 Google AdWords vouchers, free email marketing credits, email filter trials, free images from Fotolia and Word Press hosting, which is a unique range of extras.
SiteGround offers affordable web hosting plans, and from £2,75 per month (excluding VAT), users can take advantage of reliable security, customer service, and an array of useful tutorials, making it ideal for first timers.
Siteground's shared web hosting lets users choose from their US, European and Asian-Pacific data centres. SiteGround offers both Linux and Windows hosting with a range of price plans availabe.
Starting at £2,75, its StartUp tier offers one website, 10GB of web storage and 10,000 monthy visits, while its GrowBig services provides multiple websites, 20GB of web storage and 25,000 monthly visits. For larger companies SiteGround offers GoGeek which provides multiple websites, 30GB of web storage and 100,000 monthly visits.
Supporting both Linux and Windows, Fasthosts offers unlimited bandwidth across all its packages, 100MB mailboxes, one free domain for a year and unlimited FTP accounts.
If opting for its middle tier package, users will receive three websites, 20GB SSD space, CMS, along with all the other standard features, for £7 per month.
What's more, Fasthosts offer UK data centres and free 24/7 phone support. And incentive-wise, Fasthosts provides £130 of ad vouchers for all users.
The majority of people might look at One as a website builder, but it actually offers a solid web hosting platform too. All users will receive a WordPress support, unlimited email accounts, unlimited transfer and a domain.
Interestingly, One offers one year free on basic packages including 15GB of storage, 512MB RAM, single database, single domain and SSL. After the year is up, it's £1,38 per month, although you'll have to pay £10,80 for the initial setup.