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Small Business Web Hosting

Small business web hosting can be broken down into three types of web hosting accounts:

The shared web hosting account: Typically shared web hosting accounts have limited plans that only let you host one or two domains. However there are a few shared web hosting companies that cater to small business. Web hosting for business is more robust and should offer larger storage space, more bandwidth and the ability to host more than a couple of domain names. Some web hosting services that offer great shared plans for small business web hosting needs are listed on out top shared web hosts page.

The VPS hosting account: VPS hosting account is typically a better choice for small business web hosting needs since you are usually given a guaranteed amount of resources. VPS hosting is good for small to medium web sites.

The Dedicated server: a dedicated server is good for high demand web sites that either have a lot of visitors, use up a lot of bandwidth or require special programs. Small business web hosting on a dedicated web server also has the advantage of security. Your data is on your very own hard drive. More on security concerns of shared hosting here

Small Business Web Hosting Is Fluid

So you want to set up your first web site for your small business. Web hosting is a service that you buy just like your phone plan,think of it as flexible and fluid.You small business web hosting needs can start out with a really good and rather inexpensive shared hosting account, then as your business needs grow you can easily transfer up to a VPS (virtual private server) hosting account and more importantly you don't need to stay with the same web hosting service, you can shop around for the best VPS or Dedicated server. Once you decide on your new small business web hosting provider you just have your accounts overlap for a month or two while you transfer over the data. This way your website's users will not even notice the switch.

 

What To Look For In A Small Business Web Hosting Account

Web hosting for small business typically needs to be affordable for someone to have a web presence without impacting their small margins. The good news is that prices for small business web hosting accounts have really come down. These days you can get a plan suitable for small business web hosting for between $5 and $10 a month, compare that to ten years ago when I paid over $1500 a month just to host my own server that cost me over $10,000 and would  give me about equal performance of one of these shared hosting plans.

Small Business Web Hosting Then And Now

1998 setup cost $200
yearly hosting cost $18,000 (1,500x12)
Total cost: $18,200
Features:
Domains: Unlimited domains
Hard drive space: 9 GB
Bandwidth: 300GB
RAM: 128 MB
Control panel: no had to hire system administrator for any work such as adding domains

2009 shared web hosting
Setup cost:$0
Yearly hosting cost:$78
Total cost: $78
Features:
Domains: Unlimited domains
Hard drive space: Unlimited
Bandwidth:Unlimited
RAM: Shared resource (servers typically have between 1GB and 16GB that can be used between all accounts on the server {1000MB is 1GB})
Control panel: yes, you can easily point and click to set up a new domain, blog, or database

2009 VPS hosting
Setup cost:$0
Yearly hosting cost: $348
Total cost: $348
Features:
Domains: 30 domains
Hard drive space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 500 GB
Ram: 256 MB, Burstable up to 1000MB (1GB)
Control panel: yes, you can easily point and click to set up a new domain, blog, or database

2009 Dedicated Server
Setup cost:$0 (usually free with one year contract)
Yearly hosting cost: $348
Total cost: $348
Features:
Domains: Unlimited domains
Hard drive space: 40 GB
Bandwidth: 1,400GB (1.4TB)
Ram: 512MB
Control panel: yes, you can easily point and click to set up a new domain, blog, or database

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