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Small Business Web Hosting: Types of Web Hosting PDF Print E-mail

There are various types of web hosting available for small businesses. As your website grows, your web hosting needs will become more complex. It is important to familiarize yourself with the different types of hosting in order to make an informed decision and find a service that suits your needs.

Free Hosting Plans

Free hosting is ideal for small websites and blogs with low traffic. If you opt for this service, you may not choose your own domain name. Its features are limited in some way compared to paid hosting.

Shared Hosting Plans

If you purchase this service, your website will be placed on the same server as many other sites. With shared hosting, you can have your own domain name. This plan usually includes multiple software solutions, including ecommerce features, control panel, scripting languages, PHP, CGI, multiple email addresses, and editing options. This is a good option for small business websites with average traffic.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting plans are priced from $100 and up. If you opt for this service, your website will be hosted on a dedicated server and you will have full administrative access to the server. This type of hosting features powerful email solutions, unlimited software support, and strong database support. Dedicated hosting is suitable or websites with high traffic.

Reseller Web Hosting

This service allows users to become web hosts themselves. It is ideal for individuals or companies that want to start a web hosting business. Most companies offering this service provide billing software, free website templates, advanced technical support, and private name servers. This type of hosting allows you to earn a potential income.

Ecommerce Hosting

Ecommerce hosting can be any of the above types of web hosting plans, but it comes with extra features such as secure socket layer (SSL) certificates and electronic payment processors. If you have an online store or you sell products and services through your website, this plan is a viable option.

This service comes with ecommerce tools that will enable you to do business easily. Ecommerce hosting plans usually feature a shopping cart, a web analytics program, a dedicated IP for SSL, merchant account, and a mailing list program to send out newsletters. Some companies also offer free software upgrades, free shopping cart installation, website marketing packages, and ecommerce website templates. These features allow merchants to track inventory, create online catalogs, process payments, and accept orders from customers.