Starting a business can be an expensive endeavor. There are so many things you need to invest in, from marketing and branding to product development and manufacturing. But one thing that doesn't have to cost a lot of money is web hosting. In this blog post, we will discuss three affordable web hosting platforms that are perfect for entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. So whether you're just starting out or you've been in business for a while but are looking for a more affordable option, read on for the best deals!
We have handpicked this list of three web hosting platforms, two of which we used when first starting out. The third web hosting platform we have not used, but it gets such rave reviews that it definitely deserves a mention. So, before we get to the list we should make a quick disclaimer:
Okay, now back to the content you came for - the list of web hosting platforms for budged conscious entrepreneurs and solopreneurs. It doesn't matter what industry you are in; consulting to blogging to content creator, these web hosting platforms are a great starting point to meet your web hosting needs.
First on the list is Siteground web hosting. We have used Siteground web hosting for a few years now and they never disappoint. They offer great features at an affordable price, and their customer service is top-notch. We highly recommend them for entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who are just starting out and need a reliable web hosting platform that won't break the bank.
Why We like it
Siteground has so many great features to like, most of which are available on every plan, but one of our favorite features is their 100% renewable energy match. Let's face it, the Internet is a part of everyday life and essential for business. So for us, the fact that we can do business while simultaneously limiting our carbon footprint is pretty awesome. This eco-friendly feature was the driving factor for our switch from our previous web hosting service (HostGator) to Siteground. We're really excited to see more green and eco-friendly services these days.
Siteground web hosting has three pricing tiers to choose from, and although they are the most expensive option on this list, they are also the best when it comes to customer service and reliability (and don't forget that 100% renewable energy match). They also have pretty regular deals. As of the time of writing this article, they are offering 73% off all plans in celebration of the company's 18th birthday. Siteground web hosting also offers free site transfers and free site security scanners.
Here's a brief description of the three Siteground web hosing plans:
|Start Up||Grow Big||Go Geek|
|1 website||1 website||1 website|
|10GB Web Space||20GB Web Space||40GB Web Space|
|10,000 visits monthly||25,000 visits monthly||100,000 visits monthly|
|Unmetered traffic||Unmetered traffic||Unmetered traffic|
|Free SSL||Free SSL||Free SSL|
|Daily Backup||Daily Backup||Daily Backup|
|Free CDN||Free CDN||Free CDN|
|Free Email||Free Email||Free Email|
|Managed WordPress||Managed WordPress||Managed WordPress|
|Out-of-the-box caching||Out-of-the-box caching||Out-of-the-box caching|
|Unlimited databases||Unlimited databases||Unlimited databases|
|100% renewable energy match||100% renewable energy match||100% renewable energy match|
|30-day money back guarantee||30-day money back guarantee||30-day money back guarantee|
|Add collaborators||Add collaborators||Add collaborators|
|On-demand back-up copies||On-demand back-up copies|
|Ultrafast PHP||Ultrafast PHP|
|Staging||Staging + Git|
|White label clients|
|Highest tier of resources|
Among the many things to love about Siteground, here are some our favorite features and capabilities:
- 100% energy renewable match
- Siteground has excellent customer service: they are quick to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. (We know this very well as we are not the most technical folks so have had to reach out to the help desk several times to ask totally stupid newbie questions)
- User-friendly control panel: easy to use and navigate, even for beginners.
- Affordable pricing: plans start at just $14.99 per month and they regularly have promotions
- Free SSL certificate: included with all plans, which is great for security
- As a web hosting platform, Siteground is incredibly reliable. We can honestly say that over the 7 years we have been using them our site has only been down once for 15 minutes before they re-routed to a new server to while they fixed the issue.
- Top tier communication when it comes to server upgrades and migrations.
Signing up is incredibly easy too - just 3 simple steps:
- Choose a web hosting plan.
- Choose a domain name.
- Review and complete the order.
Next on the list is Hostgator. We used Hostgator when we first started our business and they were a great option for us at the time. They offer a variety of plans to meet the needs of any budget, and their customer service is also excellent (on par with Siteground). We recommend them for entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who are looking for an affordable web hosting platform with all the features they need to grow their business, regardless of what industry they are in.
HostGator offers feature-rich plans that are guaranteed to meet the needs of businesses of virtually all sizes. In addition to the three basic web hosting plans, HostGator also has three robust professional/enterprise plans for larger organizations or those organizations that want/need more control of their servers. Here's a list of some of things we love about HostGator:
Why we like it
- Plans starting at just $12.95 per month: one of the most affordable web hosting options on the market. But like other web hosting platforms, HostGator has frequent promotions with plans starting at $2.75 per month at the time of writing this article.
- Free SSL certificate included with all plans; again, great for security
- 99.9% uptime guarantee (after using some budget web hosting services that didn't have this guarantee, we definitely grew to appreciate it).
- Unmetered bandwidth
- One-click WordPress installs
- Free 1-year domain registration (for your first year of service).
Here's a summary of the HostGator web hosting plans:
|Hatchling Plan||Baby Plan||Business Plan|
|Single website||Unlimited websites||Unlimited websites|
|Free 1-year domain registration||Free 1-year domain registration||Free 1-year domain registration|
|One-click WordPress installs||One-click WordPress installs||One-click WordPress installs|
|Free HostGator Website Builder||Free HostGator Website Builder||Free HostGator Website Builder|
|Free website & domain transfers||Free website & domain transfers||Free website & domain transfers|
|Unmetered bandwidth & disk space||Unmetered bandwidth & disk space||Unmetered bandwidth & disk space|
|45-day money back guarantee||45-day money back guarantee||45-day money back guarantee|
|Free SSL certificate||Free SSL certificate||Free SSL certificate|
|Free Email||Free Email||Free Email|
|Free MySQL transfer & script transfer||Free MySQL transfer & script transfer||Free MySQL transfer & script transfer|
|Unlimited addon/parked domains||Unlimited addon/parked domains|
|Free dedicated IP|
|Free positive SSL upgrade|
The final web hosting platform on our list is Bluehost. Of the three web hosting platforms on our list, Bluehost web hosting is the only one we have not personally used. However, we hear so many good things about it from virtually everyone who uses it, that we figured no list about the most affordable web hosting platforms for entrepreneurs and solopreneurs would be complete without it.
Bluehost webhosting is a perfect start for those who are just getting started and are interested in just the necessities. Compared to Siteground and HostGator web hosting, Bluehost web hosting is by far the most affordable of the three options. However, that is due to the fact that the Bluehost web hosting plans do not include nearly as many features as Siteground and HostGator web hosting. Despite not having as many technical frills as Siteground and HostGator web hosting, Bluehost web hosting still has some pretty amazing perks up it's sleave - like a free domain for one year or free Microsoft 365 for 30 days across all plans except for the least expensive Basic Plan.
Bluehost web hosting will have everything you need to get your website up and running quickly.
Why We Like It
- Great for security
- Plans starting at just $9.99 (at the time this article was written there was a promotion going on with plans starting at $2.95/month).
- They offer a wide variety of features, and their customer service is excellent.
- Free SSL certificate included with all plans.
- Free drag & drop website builder functionality is available with every plan
- Bluehost web hosting is the web hosting partner of choice for WordPress.
- Free domain for a full year on all new plans.
Here's a brief summary of the Bluehost web hosting plans:
|1 website||Unlimited websites||Unlimited websites||Unlimited websites|
|50GB SSD storage||Unlimited SSD storage||Unlimited SSD storage||Unlimited SSD storage|
|Custom website themes||Custom website themes||Custom website themes||Custom website themes|
|24/7 support||24/7 support||24/7 support||24/7 support|
|WordPress Integration||WordPress Integration||WordPress Integration||WordPress Integration|
|Drag & drop website builder||Drag & drop website builder||Drag & drop website builder||Drag & drop website builder|
|AI-driven templates||AI-driven templates||AI-driven templates||AI-driven templates|
|Free domain - 1 year||Free domain - 1 year||Free domain - 1 year||Free domain - 1 year|
|Free CDN||Free CDN||Free CDN||Free CDN|
|Free SSL certificate||Free SSL certificate||Free SSL certificate||Free SSL certificate|
|Free Office 365 - 30 days||Free Office 365 - 30 days||Free Office 365 - 30 days|
|Free domain privacy||Free domain privacy|
|Free automated backup - 1 year||Free automated backup - 1 year|
|Optimized CPU resources|
|Free dedicated IP|
So, if you’re an entrepreneur or solopreneur and are in the market for a web hosting platform, we highly recommend Siteground, HostGator or Bluehost. They all offer amazing value and features, along with top-notch customer service teams who will be there to help you every step of the way. And most importantly, they are all extremely reliable – meaning your website will always be up and running when you need it. Which web hosting service is best for you? Let us know in the comments below!