As a small business owner, it will become essential for you to have somewhere to host your website. It is the cheapest and most efficient way to ensure that your website is accessible to people around the world.
There are often different packages available as part of web hosting, but it is likely that shared hosting will be the best option for small businesses.
Shared hosting means you will share a server with a variety of sites and while some argue that this can slow down site speed, for small businesses with relatively simple and clean websites, this shouldn't be a major concern.
Dedicated hosting refers to renting your own physical server and should really be reserved for larger enterprises with high traffic levels. So while this may be suitable for your business one day, there's no need to opt for an expensive dedicated server until you're ready.
As you will probably be working to a tight budget for now, finding the best web hosting service at a low cost will be a priority. Well, all is well, we've handpicked some great services which are available for free.
If you're still looking into building a site, read our list of some of the best website builders.
GoDaddy is a well-established and respected player in this space - counting tens of millions of domain names in its portfolio - meaning that your site will be in safe hands if you opt for this provider.
You can plump for the economy package for £2.99/ $3.82 a month, or upgrade to deluxe for £4.49/ $5.74 a month. For this, GoDaddy can transfer whole existing websites to a hosting platform and offer 1-click app installation if you want your site to be linked to apps such as WordPress.
They will also provide a website with 100GB storage, and in the Deluxe plan, the same services for unlimited websites and unlimited storage.
What's more, it provides an easy to use CMS which aims to ease page uploads, and enables users to regularly access their content. GoDaddy also offers free backup, restore, and also provides an uptime guarantee of 99.9 percent.
Like GoDaddy, German company 1&1 is a web hosting giant offering both Linux and Windows packages starting from just £0.99/ $1.27 per month. 1&1 offers a variety of services including free web design software, phone and email support, a graphics archive and a pretty impressive 300Gbps network connectivity.
What's more, 1&1 provided a hybrid platform, this means that your web server and webspace are on the same platform - a good choice for those wanting an inclusive and stable package.
Sadly, 1&1 does not offer website domains and offers a fraction of the online storage that rivals GoDaddy provides, coming in at 10GB rather than GoDaddy's 100GB.
Based in the UK, Easyspace offers (unsurprisingly) a number of UK-based data centres and both online and telephone support. A standard hosting package comes in at £3.60 per month, providing 10GB of SSD storage, a free domain name, unlimited free bandwidth and 25 mailboxes. Premium hosting and Wordpress hosting options are also on offer.
Easyspace goes all in on the extras and incentives. Easyspace requires no setup fee and offers yearly discounts of up to 35 percent off the cost if they buy hosting for multiple years.
What's more, Easyspace offers £50 Google AdWords vouchers, free email marketing credits, email filter trials, free images from Fotolia and Word Press hosting, which is a unique range of extras.
SiteGround offers affordable web hosting plans, and from £2.75/ $3.52 per month for their Startup package, users can take advantage of reliable security, customer service, and an array of useful tutorials, making it ideal for first timers.
SiteGround's shared web hosting lets users choose from their US, European and Asian-Pacific data centres. SiteGround offers both Linux and Windows hosting with a range of price plans available.
Its StartUp tier offers one website, 10GB of web storage and 10,000 monthly visits, while its GrowBig service provides multiple websites, 20GB of web storage and 25,000 monthly visits. For larger companies SiteGround offers GoGeek with provides multiple websites, 30GB of web storage and 100,000 monthly visits.
It also offers other options such as cloud hosting and dedicated servers.
Shoreditch-based UK2 provides affordable web hosting with its business package offering unlimited emails and bandwidth, free SSL certificate, a free domain and an IP address for £4.48 per month.
UK2 also sells an 'essentials' package providing users with 10 websites and one free domain name but users will miss out on an IP and a SSL certificate. However, for startups or micro businesses this really won't be an issue and might be the best choice financially.
Users can always upgrade to the business package when their business is big enough.
Supporting both Linux and Windows, Fasthosts offers unlimited bandwidth across all its packages, 100MB mailboxes, one free domain for a year and unlimited FTP accounts.
If opting for its middle tier 'Momentum' package, users will receive three websites, 20GB SSD space, CMS, along with all the other standard features, for £7/ $8.95 per month.
What's more, Fasthosts offers UK data centres and free 24/7 phone support. And incentive-wise, Fasthosts provides £130 of ad vouchers for all users.
The majority of people might look at One as a website builder, but it actually offers a solid web hosting platform too. All One users will receive WordPress support, unlimited email accounts, unlimited bandwidth and a domain.
Interestingly, One offers one year free on basic packages including 15GB of storage, 512MB RAM, single database, single domain and SSL. After the year is up, it's £1.38 per month, although you'll have to pay £10.80 for the initial setup.
This web hosting platform has a solid offering, including free domain, unlimited Disk Space, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited email with all packages.
The cheapest option comes in at £3.12 /$3.99 per month, while the most expensive, 'Pro' option costs $13.99/ £10.94 per month and offers unlimited websites and four times the performance.
Bluehost is a web hosting patform offering shared web hosting starting at £2.95/ $3.77 per month. This basic package offers one website, 50GB of website space and unmetered bandwidth.
The choice plus package, coming in at £5.45/ $6.97 per month offers unlimited websites, unmetered website space and unlimited email storage and parked domains.