Web Hosting Directory and Tips for
Building a Small Business Website
The purpose of this site is to provide useful information to small businesses and organizations that wish to build their own websites.
Check back often to view updated tips and links to tools and resources that will assist you in creating a fully functional website even if you don't have design knowledge or technical expertise.
Web Hosting Companies:
To get the most from your web hosting service, look for a company that has been in business for five years or more and that offers the following features:
- Website Security
- Automated Daily Backups
- Scalable storage space
- Scalable bandwidth
- Do-It-Yourself website design/build tools such as point and click site building, website templates, blog wizard
- One-click installation scripts for software such as Wordpress or Drupal
- eCommerce tools - shopping cart software, Paypal integration
- E-mail addresses (@your domain name)
- Admin control panel
- 24/7 Technical Support
- Marketing Tools
- 30-Day (or more) Money-Back Guarantee
Tip: If a web hosting company offers you a free website, you will most likely have to pay an additional monthly or yearly fee for hosting your website on their server. Keep this in mind when budgeting for your website.
The following is a list of website hosting companies that have been in business for several years. The list is not in any particular order as web host rankings tend to change from year to year as new features are added and improvements are made based on customer feedback.
Tip: When choosing a web hosting plan you should look for one that has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. That is the industry standard.
Tip: Start with a low-cost monthly plan. You can always upgrade later after your website has increased in size and traffic.
Domain Name Registrars:
When registering your domain name, look for a registrar that offers free Whois Privacy. If it's not free, you will need to pay a yearly fee for this service if you wish to keep your registration information (name, address, email and telephone number) from being made available to the public. You can verify the privacy of your domain registration information using Network Solutions' WHOIS Search Tool.
The following is a list of domain name registrars that have been in business for several years:
Network Solutions - first domain name registrar
Tip: Most web hosting companies offer domain name registration for an additional fee. Some include the cost of a domain name in the monthly hosting fee.
Tip: You can use the domain search tool on any registrar's site to find an available domain name or use the
WHOIS Search Tool
on Network Solutions' website to get additional information on that domain name.
Tip: If you have an established business, register a domain name that matches your business name.
After you've registered your domain name, it's a good idea to create accounts with matching handles on social media networks such as a twitter or blogger.com so you can begin branding yourself or your business. Keep in mind that twitter handles are limited to 15 characters.
Tip: Check if your web host offers One-click-Installation that will enable you to install your blog to your domain.