With the surge in popularity of the internet and personal websites, almost everybody wants to have a web presence of his own. Numerous individuals have set up their own blogs and websites for purely personal purposes. But the exponential increase in websites and requirement for web presence has hit the world of business hardest. While it was usual to expect large corporations to showcase the range of products and services they offer, it is now almost the norm to expect even small business establishments and professional practices to have websites of their own.
There is a heated battle going on among web hosting service providers and among the many companies which offer web hosting, HostGator (www.HostGator.com) is one of the leaders.
Because the battle is in the web, consumers are better informed; they can easily compare price, services, bundles, guarantees and special offers even from the comfort of their homes. And HostGator certainly has a lot to offer.
Its shared hosting services start at a very cheap rate of just $3.96 a month for the first invoice, but include a shared SSL, unlimited bandwidth and disk space. Each shared hosting plan also comes with free site builder software & templates, application hosting, email, and a host of other features.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting services are also available for those who need more customization and better web security. There are five plans providing increasing levels of CPU power, disk space, bandwidth and RAM capacities to choose from. Plans start at a modest $15.96 for the first month, with renewals at $19.95 per month.
There is also an option to avail of Reseller Plans, where any person can then become a mini web hosting company backed by HostGator’s resources and years of experience. Each reseller plan comes with unlimited domains, sub-domains, Email accounts, MySQL databases, FTP accounts, free client management software, site builder software and a lot more. Plus, HostGator tech support is always just a call away.
For companies who require large bandwidths and disc space along with a secure environment, there are eight (8) Dedicated Hosting Plans to choose from; four are for Linux based servers, and four others for Windows based servers. HostGator even offers Domain Registration Services.
There is no doubt that HostGator is one of the biggest web hosting companies out there. But client needs are not always the same, and may better fit service bundles offered by the other big web hosting companies. As such, it is good to know a few companies who can provide good web hosting alternatives to HostGator. Here are some of them:
BlueHost offers several Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Reseller Hosting, WordPress Hosting and Dedicated Hosting plans to suit almost every client.
Its basic shared hosting plan, called ‘Starter’ is offered at only $4.95 for the first month and $5.99 per month thereafter. This plan comes with one website, 100GB of website space, unlimited bandwidth, 1 domain, 5 parked domains, 25 sub domains, 100 email accounts, with each email account having 500 MB of storage and $50 worth of marketing offers. The Plus and Business Pro plans provide greater storage space, bandwidth and special services.
Bluehost offers extreme flexibility with four different VPS hosting plans: Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate. The Starter plan costs just $14.99 for the first month and renews at $29.99 per month. The Standard plan features Two CPU Cores, 2GB Available RAM, 30GB SAN Storage, 1TB Bandwidth, 1 IP, and free domain.
BlueHost has Standard, Enhanced and Premium Dedicated Hosting Plans on offer. These plans offer instant provisioning, RAID storage, on-the-fly storage upgrades, extreme speed and complete root access to CentOS. Also available are a number of advanced and optional services to improve speed, security, spam protection and other capabilities. Included with the Standard Dedicated Hosting Plan are 2 x 2.3 GHz 4 x 2.5 GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, 1TB of mirrored storage, 5TB of Bandwidth, 3 IPs, and free domain. Standard plans go for just 74.99 for the first month and $149.99 per month thereafter.
People who want to start a hassle-free web hosting business may avail of BlueHost’s Sky Blue, Electric Blue and True Blue Reseller Hosting Plans. For the price of $19.95 per month, Sky Blue offers 100 GB of Disk Space, 15 Mbps Transfer Speed, Unlimited Accounts, and free domain.
BlueHost is relatively unique in their offering of an Optimized Hosting for WordPress, for which it charges an affordable price of only $12.49 per month for the first month and $24.99 per month thereafter. This is designed to make WordPress as fast, secure, and simple for users.
2. RFE Hosting
If you are looking for a web hosting company that boast of the better security features and really competent technical support, then you should take a closer look at RFE Hosting. RFE is powered by CloudFlare, a company which claims to boost web loading speeds and enhance security. As a bonus RFE only uses their own in-house technical support team to address clients’ concerns.
For a mere $7.95 per month, RFE Advanced Shared Hosting Plan offers 10GB of disk space,100GB of premium bandwidth, daily off site backups, unlimited domains and unlimited email accounts. The RFE Pro Shared Hosting Plan at $13.95 per month increases the disc space and premium bandwidth allocations five-fold.
RFE offers one of the biggest ranges of VPS Hosting services; it has seven levels simply named RFE VPS1 to RFE VPS7. The entry level RFE VPS1 ($30 per month) comes with 512 MB of RAM, 20GB of RAID-10 disc space, and 2500 GB of premium bandwidth. All VPS plans are fully managed and come with unlimited domains, 2 free IP addresses, free backups, free migration service, 99.9% network uptime guarantee, and many other features.
JustHost offers just two types of web hosting services: Shared Web Hosting, VPS Web Hosting, and Reseller Web Hosting.
Their shared hosting services are offered in just one level, very aggressively priced at only $2.75 per month. But don’t let the low price fool you; this shared hosting plan comes loaded with unlimited disc storage, unlimited websites, unlimited email accounts, free domain name, free drag and drop site builder, free domain name registration for one year, and a lot of other useful software, security and manageability features.
VPS Hosting is built on powerful cloud technology and is offered at four different levels: Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate. Interestingly JustHost’s pricing for each of the levels is the same as BlueHost’s, and the Standard plan starts at $14.99 for the first month and $29.99 per month thereafter. For that price you get a single core processor, 2GB of RAM, 30 GB of storage, 1TB of bandwidth per month, free domain name and IP. The list of other features are too numerous to list.
There are three levels of Reseller Hosting beginning with the Silver plan for $19.95 per month. It comes equipped with 100GB of disc space, 15Mbps of transfer speed, and unlimited accounts, and many other features. The Gold and Platinum plans offer more disc space and faster transfer speeds.
FatCow prides itself in easy to understand and complete web hosting solutions. It is also a 100% wind power driven website; a sure draw for people with green concerns.
Its Shared Hosting Solution is available in a single introductory rate of $49 per year. That already includes what FatCow terms ‘oodles’ of disc space and bandwidth, unlimited domains, unlimited email accounts, site builder, 24/7 technical support, and other really cool features and tools.
VPS Hosting is available in Basic, Business and Optimum plans. The Basic plan which costs just $19.99 per month for the first term and $24.99 thereafter is packed with capabilities such as: a single core processor, 1GB of RAM, 40GB of storage and 1TB of bandwidth. It features instant deployment, increased control, the flexibility of cloud-based solutions, mirrored storage and world-class tech support.
There are three options available for Dedicated Hosting Plans: the Startup, the Professional and the Entreprise plans. The Startup Plan includes a 2 core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB of storage, and 5TB of bandwidth. All Dedicated Hosting Plans feature increased speed, enhanced security, increased control, and the full scalability that cloud based solutions allow.
Fatcow is one of the few companies which offer WordPress Optimized Web Hosting services. It actually offers this service in two levels: WP Starter and WP Essential. The WP Starter package includes a core hosting plan, customized control panel, pre-installed themes and plug-ins, and standard level of support for only $3.75 per month for the first term – renewals are slightly higher. Those who need more assistance may avail of the WP Essential Plan which features super speed, enhanced security and the assistance of WP experts. The WP Essential Plan is priced at $6.95 per month for the first term only; renewals cost a bit more.
5. Host Monster
HostMonster prides itself in superior customer service, secure backups, service reliability, and the high quality of its equipment. HostMonster offers Shared, VPS and Dedicated Hosting plans.
Their Shared Hosting Plans are offered in Starter, Plus, and Business Pro levels. The Starter plan cost just $4.95 for the first month and $5.99 thereafter. For that price you get 1 website, 100 GB of website space, unlimited bandwidth, 1 domain, 5 parked domains, 25 sub domains, 100 email accounts with 500 MB of email storage per account, and $50 of marketing offers. Plus and Business Pro plans have increased capacities and features. The pricing and service offering for HostMonster’s Shared Hosting is very similar to that of BlueHost.
Like BlueHost and JustHost, HostMonster’s VPS Hosting Plans also come in Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate levels. Even the pricing for each of the plans is the same. The Standard VPS Plan includes a single core processor, 2GB of RAM, 30 GB of storage, 1TB of bandwidth per month, free domain name, IP address, and the use of CentOS 6.4 (64-bit) Enterprise-class Linux Distribution software.
JustHost offers Dedicated Hosting Plans in Standard, Enhanced, and Premium Levels. The Standard Plan alone already boasts of a dual core, 2.3 GHz Intel® Xeon Processor, a 3 MB cache, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB (RAID 1) of storage, 5 TB/month of bandwidth, free domain name, 3 IPs, and CentOS 6.4 (64-bit) software. All of that cost only $74.99 for the first month and $149.99 per month thereafter.
So for people looking for a good and reliable web hosting company, there are options out there. All you need to do is to compare the offerings with your particular requirements to be able to find the company offering a web hosting plan perfect for you.