Best Deal for Business Web Hosting Windows Central 2019

Generally, any hosting plan can be used for business purposes, but various factors have to be considered. For example, if your website gets a lot of visitor traffic, then you'll want to look at plans that grant enough bandwidth. Other factors include plans that come with helpful extras (such as backup of your website, domain registration, email) or use technology to optimize your site so that your visitors don't experience slowdowns. Some of the major hosting companies sell a "business" category of hosting plans that are specifically tailored for professional use. Among them, Hostwinds offers the most features at the best prices.

Best Overall: Hostwinds

Hostwinds sells three plans under its business hosting category: Basic, Advanced, and Ultimate. All come with unlimited bandwidth and web storage on solid-state drives (SSD), so your websites should perform faster compared to running on hard drives. These plans also include domain registration, a drag-and-drop website builder, SSL certificates, and can host an unlimited number of databases (MySQL) and email accounts.

The main difference among these plans is down to how many domains that can be hosted on them: Basic can host only one domain; Advanced can host four; and Ultimate can host an unlimited number.

Price Specifics: These business hosting plans cost the following per month when you subscribe for one year: Basic for $5.64, Advanced for $6.58, and Ultimate for $8. Plans come with a money-back guarantee within 30 days.

Pros:

  • Unlimited bandwidth & storage
  • SSD storage
  • Unlimited databases, email & websites
  • Domain registration
  • SSL certificate
  • Website builder

Cons:

  • Website number limits (on two plans)

Best Overall

Hostwinds

A lot for little money

Hostwinds' three plans designed for business websites are packed with a lot of features at low prices.

Best for More Websites: InMotion

InMotion's three plans for businesses are named Launch, Power and Pro. All come with unlimited bandwidth and web storage, and storage is on SSD. Additionally, you get domain registration, a drag-and-drop website builder, SSL certificates, and these plans can host an unlimited number of email accounts.

The main differences among them: Launch only hosts up to two of your websites and up to two databases (MySQL and PostgreSQL), while Power allows up to six websites and up to 50 databases. Pro can host an unlimited number of websites and databases.

Price Specifics: InMotion's plans cost the following per month when you subscribe for one year: Launch for $7.46, Power for $9.56, and Pro for $14.71. Plans come with a money-back guarantee within 90 days.

Pros:

  • Unlimited bandwidth & storage
  • SSD storage
  • Domain registration
  • SSL certificate
  • Unlimited email
  • Website builder

Cons:

  • Database number limits (on two plans)
  • Website number limits (on two plans)

Best for More Websites

InMotion

Host more than one site

InMotion has a low-cost plan if your business needs to host up to six sites. This is a go-to if you have multiple websites to host.

Best with VPS: GoDaddy

GoDaddy sells four hosting plans for businesses: Launch, Enhance, Grow, and Expand. All of these plans come with un-metered bandwidth, and allow for an unlimited number of websites and databases to be hosted on them. They also include an SSL certificate and, for the first year that you subscribe to one of these plans, email for business through Microsoft Office 365.

These plans are on VPS hosting, which means your site is run on a virtual machine on a server. Compared to shared web hosting, this gives more computing resources and power to your websites. The Launch plan is run on one CPU with 2GB of RAM that is virtually allocated to you. This plan also includes 60GB of web storage. These specs scale up over the next three plans, respectively: Enhance comes with two CPUs, 4GB RAM, 90 GB storage; Grow with three CPUs, 6GB RAM, 120GB storage; Expand with four CPUs, 8GB RAM, 150GB storage.

Price Specifics: These plans cost the following per month when you subscribe for one year: Launch for $22, Enhance for $40, Grow for $51, and Expand for $70. Plans come with an anytime money-back guarantee.

Pros:

  • VPS
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited databases & websites
  • Domain registration
  • SSL certificate
  • Office 365 email

Cons:

  • Web storage limits
  • Expensive

Best with VPS

GoDaddy

Virtual Private Server

GoDaddy's business plans are on VPS hosting which optimizes computing resources to your websites.

Best with Prioritized RAM: 1&1 IONOS

1&1 IONOS sells two business plans designed for "agencies and freelancers." They go by the names Business and Expert. These plans include domain registration, SSL certificate, and unlimited bandwidth. They also come with backup for your websites and databases, and an installation tool that lets you install apps, such as WordPress, onto your site with one click. Over 70 apps are available here.

The main differences between the Business and Expert plans: You get 50GB of web storage with Business but 10 times more on Expert (500GB). 1&1 IONOS has also designed these plans so that the server allocates a minimum and maximum amount of RAM to your websites. Under Business, this range is 3–6GB, and under Expert it's 9–19 GB.

Price Specifics: Business is $8 per month, and Expert is $16 per month. Both come with a money-back guarantee within 30 days.

Pros:

  • Allocated RAM
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Domain registration
  • SSL certificate
  • Database & website backup
  • App installer

Cons:

  • Web storage limits
  • Only two plans

Best with Prioritized RAM

1&1 IONOS

More memory

These two hosting plans assign a range of server RAM to optimize your website's performance.

Bottom line

Among the companies selling web hosting packages that are labeled for business use, Hostwinds offers the best deals across three plans that have no limits on bandwidth and storage, and that permit an unlimited number of email accounts and websites. Its storage is on SSD, and they throw in domain registration, SSL certificate, and a website builder. Their prices are also very low, making them even more compelling for your website hosting needs for your business.

There are plenty of other plans though. It's important to take note of what exactly you need out of web hosting before deciding on a purchase. Do you need more bandwidth or more websites to host? Do you need a deal on email or more memory to optimize performance? It's up to you.

Credits — Who worked on this guide

Howard Wen is the Web Hosting Researcher for Windows Central. Throughout his career, he's written about technology for several publications that include Computerworld, MAKE, Popular Science, Salon, and Wired.

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