small businessRealBasics recommends...
We recommend these companies for our clients. We either use the products ourselves or we've had excellent luck working with clients who use them.
Note: We update these recommendations from time to time
- SiteGround Blue-ribbon shared hosting -- very well-reviewed, very well respected, innovative and responsive. Their initial 1-3 year signups are heavily discounted but we strongly feel their higher regular prices are very much worth it.
Check out SiteGround shared hosting
- Hostwinds Their “business” hosting is very reasonably priced and the performance is great for small sites in located in the Pacific Northwest. This is an “old-fashioned” but also familiar “cPanel” hosting interface. But their business plans use very modern Litespeed web servers. Extra credit: unlike most other companies their “basic” plan is just as powerful and capable as their “ultimate” plan. The only difference is how many sites you want to host.
Check out Hostwind Business shared hosting
VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting
- Cloudways.com We're a little late to the VPS market as most of our small-business clients don't need the kind of horsepower you can get with a good VPS. And to be honest, until fairly recently managing your own VPS involved considerable system-administration skills -- something we rarely see in non-technical professions. That's where Cloudways comes in! They take care of the nuts and bolts server security and management tasks! Another cool thing about them? Since they're only managing servers you can sign up with a healthy array of very powerful worldwide cloud-service providers like Digital Ocean, Amazon Web Services, Linode and Vultr, and Google CloudPlatform! Unlike smaller and shared-hosting services that can "run out of room" as your business grows, with Cloudways you can scale your website to handle truly gigantic traffic.
Check out Cloudways managed VPS hosting
Important disclaimer: We're proud to recommend these products, not least because we use them ourselves or else find they work very well for our clients.
We've use all the products and services listed here ourselves, long enough to rely on, grow confident about them, and after careful consideration believe could be of benefit to our own clients and prospective clients.
Note: we've recently suspended our affiliate links. Even though we like these companies and wouldn't mind getting those small commissions, for the moment we're just happy to say "our clients have better performance and have fewer problems with these companies."