5 Best Web Hosting for Freelancers
If you’re a freelancer looking to launch your new website, this article is for you. As you know, any website needs a hosting service, for it to be online. But there are literally tens of hosting companies on the web. How do you know which one is best suited for your needs?
We will talk about the 5 best web hosting providers for freelancers. This way, you don’t have to go through all the companies you can find online. Any of the 5 listed in this article could be a great service for you as a freelancer.
After I talked about each host separately, I will help you choose the best for you personally. We’ll see what you have to look out for, so your next web host to meet all your requirements.
Let’s start with the first company on the list, called HostGator:
It’s quite likely you already heard about HostGator. They are one of the most notable players in the online hosting business. What makes them special?
For start, they’re one of the cheapest companies on this list, but not only. Actually, on a worldwide scale, HostGator offers reasonable prices for all their hosting services. If you’re a freelancer who’s just starting out, price could be an important aspect when choosing your next host.
HostGator offers many different types of hosting services, but for most freelancers, the shared hosting service is perfect. This is the one I will talk about more in each company’s case.
HostGator comes with 3 different shared hosting plans:
- Hatchling Plan: $2.75/month
- Baby Plan: $3.95/month
- Business Plan: $5.95/month
As you can see, all of them have reasonable prices, great for freelancers. If you want to get the most out of your plan, you should look more closely at the Business Plan.
This one comes with every feature you might need now, or in the future. For example, you’ll get hosting for unlimited domain names, free SSL certificates, free dedicated IP address, SEO tools to get noticed online, unlimited storage on SSD drives and unmetered bandwidth.
Of course, since you’re a freelancer, you also need a professional email address, right? This one comes for free no matter which plan you choose to go with. Your clients will feel that you’re a professional, with using such an email address.
Of course, there are many more features and bonuses included with each hosting plan. but these are the most important that I listed above.
2. InMotion Hosting
InMotion is another well-known company from the USA. They have grown to be a huge web hosting business, that offers all kinds of hosting plans and other digital services too. But we’re here to see what the company has to offer in the web hosting field.
Just like HostGator before, InMotion also comes with top-notch shared hosting capabilities, that’ll work for most freelancers. The service is split up into 3 separate plans, like usually.
- Launch: $5.99/month
- Power: $7.99/month
- Pro: $13.99/month
As you can see, they are not as cheap as HostGator, but still it’s worth taking a look. I want to mention more specifically the second plan called Power. This is the most popular service from InMotion, and for a good reason.
It comes with all the following features and bonuses: free domain name, support for 6 websites in a single plan, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, unlimited email accounts, 2x performance compared to the first plan, security feature (free SSL and others), marketing tools.
I should also mention something else that comes with each hosting service on the site: the customer support. InMotion is famous for its customer support team. If you sign up for one of their services, you can be sure to get all the help you need getting started. And if any issue surfaces later on, they will answer you within minutes to give you the perfect solution to the problem.
Bluehost in another American company in the web hosting business. They are one of the most popular choices for new site owners as well as already established big websites. So, no matter if you already have a freelance website with many daily visitors, or you’re at the beginning, they have you covered.
This is mainly due to the wide array of hosting service offered by them. For instance, you can choose between regular shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, WordPress hosting and reseller hosting. As you can see, they also offer standard shared hosting, just what we need.
This comes in 4 different plans, unlike most other hosts who offer 3 service in this category. The plans from Bluehost comes like this:
- Basic: $2.45/month
- Plus: $4.41/month
- Choice Plus: $4.85/month
- Pro: $12.42/month
With so many plans in the shared hosting category, you can surely find one that suits your needs. The most popular plan at Bluehost is the Choice Plus package. It lets you host an unlimited number of websites using it.
Also, you get unlimited SSD storage and bandwidth, a free SSL certificate to make your website safe for any visitor, $200 of marketing credits, Spam Experts, Domain Privacy and site backup features for free.
Just like InMotion, Bluehost is also a top-level hosting company when it comes to helping customers. Every user will get quick answers from the support team, and solutions for any problem that might come up.
A2Hosting is a company who puts a lot of effort into bringing fast hosting service for any client. They even developed a special feature called Turbo, only available at them. This feature will make your site load even 20x faster than it normally would.
Like you’d expect by now, this host also splits up the shared hosting service into 3 separate plans. But there’s a difference here. You can choose to opt for either Linux hosting or Windows hosting.
For a freelancer who specializes in development work with Windows specific technologies, this could be a real chance to invest into your working domain. But if that’s not the case, the Linux-based hosting service is better for a usual website.
The most popular shared plan at A2Hosting is the 2nd one called Swift. It comes for a monthly $4.90 and it gives you 2x the resources and features when compared to the first plan. For instance, you have unlimited websites available for hosting, unlimited storage and databases, unlimited data transfer, free SSL certificates, cPanel for managing your site, free site transfer and free SSD drives for storage.
The Turbo feature that I mentioned above is only available in the 3rd and most expensive plan, that costs a monthly $9.31. This plan is almost the same as the 2nd one, only you get the Turbo bonus with the A2 Site Accelerator service as well.
FastComet is the last company on our list. This doesn’t mean that they are the least likely to offer reliable hosting services. On the contrary: they are at least as good as the others.
You can get all kinds of hosting services from FastComet. For instance, they offer specific hosting for WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart and SocialEngine. Of course, all the other services are here, with standard shared hosting among them.
If you only want hosting for a single website, the first shared hosting plan is all you need. It costs only $2.95/month. You get 15GB of SSD storage, which is more than enough for one website. Also, a free domain name is included in the package. This means that your first website won’t cost a dime, since you only have to pay for the hosting service itself.
If you have a site already built, but hosted with another company, you can freely transfer it to FastComet. The company will take care of everything for you, no matter how complex your site is, or where it was previously hosted.
Of course, every important feature is also included in the plan, like a professional email address, daily backups and many others too.
How to Choose Hosting as a Freelancer?
Now that we talked about each hosting company separately, you should know how to choose the perfect one for your needs. It isn’t as hard as you might think. There is a good method that works for most people.
Make a list of all the things you expect from a reliable hosting service and also the features that need to be in the plan for your site to work at its peak performance. Also, think about how much you want to pay for that service.
When you have the list made, go through all the service listed in this article. It’s best if you take a look on the official website of each company. Notice which features are present in certain plans that you look at, that are also present on your list.
When you find the package that has most of the options you want, and it’s also according to your budget, it’s likely that you found your service. Be aware though, that not every feature will be present in that one plan. The fact is, that there isn’t a perfect hosting package to work with everything.
Just pick the one that is most likely to work with your needs.
All in all, owning a website as a freelancer is the best choice you could make. After all, you can use it to find new clients and sustain a working business.
Be sure to choose the right hosting service that will cover most of your needs. This way, you’ll make the most out of your new freelancer website.