Deciding on a web host for your corporate blog can be a challenge. Especially if this is your first business and first time creating a blog.
There are numerous web hosts available that can host your blog, but typically it is best to stick with one of the more well known brands. Why?
Largely, because they have the support infrastructure around their business to assist with any challenges you have and can maintain minimum levels of up time.
You don’t want your corporate blog disappearing from the web for hours at a time just because you tried to save a dollar or two a month.
GoDaddy is one of the largest, if not the largest, web hosting companies on they planet. they have literally sold sold million of domains to companies across the globe and provide a comprehensive suite of web hosting packages that will meet the needs of almost any business.
GoDaddy run regular promotions on domain names and web hosting and currently you can host your blog for as little as $4.99 per month.
- They are a cost effective solution that comes with the backing of a well known brand.
- If you buy an annual web hosting plan you get a free domain included
- They have an online support that works 24/7
- The entry level package requires you to pay a year in advance in order to secure the discount.
- If you want to host more than one website you are required to by their Deluxe hosting package.
HostGator is dedicated to making web hosting easy and affordable. The basic account goes for $2.78 per month, which makes it very cost effective when compared to other web hosts on the market.
- Their hatchling plan (cheapest option) allows for unmetered bandwidth and unlimited disk space.
- They have a free website builder containing a total of 4500 templates.
- They have a comprehensive and easy to use control panel.
- They also offer comprehensive online support and a 45 day money back guarantee.
- Cost of domains on HostGator can be more expensive than some of their competitors.
- Analysis points to the fact that they may not offer the fastest service.
- To secure the discount you need to pay in advance. If you don’t secure the discounted price the rate can be 50 – 100% more on a month to month basis.
The prices for 1&1 are quite competitive. On your first year you get $0.99 per month on the starter package. They also give you a 30-day money-back guarantee trial period.
- They have 26 years of experience in the industry.
- They are very cheap, especially during the first 12 month with their introductory prices.
- The user experience of the website can be quite frustrating. It isn’t as intuitive as other platforms.
- They do not use a cPanel but instead have their own backend setup making first time user experience quite difficult.
Bluehost is also a popular solution for people looking at hosting providers. They power over 2 million websites across the globe and also have good introductory prices starting at $2.95 per month.
- Their prices are very competitive.
- They offer 24/7 support via phone, email and live chat.
- Like other providers they also have a money back guarantee.
- Email storage on their lowest tier is only 100mb.
- The websites built are slow according to customers and their customer service has had mixed reviews.
The final hosting provider we will look at today is Dreamhost. Dreamhost was founded in 1996 and is based out of LA in America. Like all other providers they have a mix of hosting solutions, including those targeted at small to medium enterprises looking to host their corporate blog.
- Their servers use SSD rather than HDD, which they claim makes them up to 200% faster than some competitors.
- You can host unlimited websites on the one account.
- Free SSL certificate.
- It does not have a free site builder, which may or may not be an issue for some users.
- Some features can only be unlocked by paying additional fees.