There are hundreds of website hosting services available to small business owners, from the big name providers like GoDaddy and Dreamhost, to all-in-one services like Squarespace and Wix that offer websites, hosting and email bundles. There are even IT professionals and web designers who have purchased their own private servers and offer hosting.
As a Marketing Consultant, I’ve worked with hundreds of small business owners and nonprofits who’ve hosted their websites using a variety of services. In all those years, Dreamhost always stands out above the rest for quality, service and functionality.
As long as I’ve had my website it’s been hosted by Dreamhost and when we’re building new websites for our clients we always recommend hosting on Dreamhost and here’s why:
Dreamhost Has the Best Support
I am a huge stickler for customer service and Dreamhost’s support team never disappoints. Whether I call or put a ticket in on their website, they’re quick to respond, extremely helpful and can always answer my questions and solve my problems quickly and efficiently.
Dreamhost is Easy to Use
Both their webmail and their web hosting control panels are user-friendly and easy to use. There isn’t a huge learning curve on how to get personal email set up, domains registered or other administrative tasks related to hosting and maintaining a website.
Dreamhost is Reliable
In the seven years my websites have been hosted on Dreamhost, I think I had one incident of downtime (about 6 years ago) and they had it fixed within an hour – with zero impact to my website. I come from a background of web development and hosting – so trust me when I say, this is impressive! For most small business websites, having an hour of down-time is no big deal, but if your business relies on your website being up and working all the time, Dreamhost now offers a 100% uptime guarantee.
Dreamhost is Affordable
With hosting and email plans starting at around $8.95/ month, they are affordable. They aren’t the cheapest, but for the excellent support, functionality, ease-of use and virtually NO downtime in my seven year relationship with them, it’s well worth it – and still much less expensive than many of the website/email/hosting services which can cost anywhere from $25 – $75/month.
Dreamhost Offers a Free 97 Day Trial Period
Yup – you get to try Dreamhost free for 97 days and if you don’t like it, you can move. That simple. But I can pretty much guarantee you won’t want to!
If you’re a start-up looking for your first website or an established business looking to refresh your existing website, we can help. Fortune Marketing combines the best strategic marketing guidance, content writing and custom WordPress web design to give you a great website that attracts and engages potential clients. Contact us for a complimentary consultation today.