Almost 10 million domains are registered with HostGator, a hosting company that’s been around for years. Because of their reputation, I recommend HostGator for small business hosting as they are a reliable host who keeps to their promises (if they don’t, they refund you).
HostGator have a 99.9% uptime guarantee and use cPanel for their dashboard, meaning it’s easy to use and install software like WordPress, shopping carts, and more. However, I would like to see HostGator update their control panel soon as it’s starting to look a little outdated.
If you need to contact HostGator for any reason, they’re generally pretty good. As they are a U.S. based company, getting hold of them on the phone might be tricky, but their support ticket system is often quick to respond.
Their Hatchling plan starts from just £2.10 per month, which makes it very affordable, offering unmetered bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, and a free domain name. However, if you want to boost your business efforts, I’d recommend their Business plan which comes with a dedicated IP and SEO tools to help market your small business.
• 99.9% uptime guarantee
• Affordable web hosting
• Popular and reliable provider
• Good customer support
• A little outdated
• Can be hard to contact telephone support