If you’re serious about your affiliate business, you must launch a website (or websites) where you promote a range of products from a given niche. When we’re talking about launching websites, the topic of hosting comes into discussion naturally. Let us say right from the get go that you can forget about free hosting. There’s a reason why it’s free – the service is simply not of such great quality…
If you want to be certain that your websites are available round the clock to audiences from all over the world then you have to invest some money in a good web host. Read on for some of the best in the US:
HostGator has been around since 2002, and today it’s one of the most recognizable hosting providers on the internet. Now without a reason … perfect service and great packages to choose from that everyone can afford.
Hosting a single domain with unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, and shared SSL certificate (important for any kind of private data processing) will cost you only $3.96 per month.
On the other hand, hosting unlimited domains with unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, and private SSL certificate and IP address will cost you only $10.36 per month.
If you’re planning to create a bigger network of sites you can also get one of their reseller hosting plans, VPS hosting, or even dedicated servers starting at $139 for the first month.
2. Blue Host
Blue Host is one of those companies that provide truly affordable solutions. You can get started at $5.95 per month, which will get you unlimited domain hosting, unlimited disk space, unlimited transfer, unlimited email accounts, one free domain, and a range of software tools to help you work with your hosting account. Also worth mentioning is the 24/7 phone, chat and email support.
WPWebHost found its place on this list for two reasons. First, they obviously provide a quality service. Second, they are a WordPress-centered hosting provider.
WordPress is probably the most popular website platform among affiliate marketers, and WPWebHost offers servers optimized to work with WordPress. Starting at $4.95 per month you are sure to find a suitable plan for your WordPress sites.
This concludes the list of top 10 hosting providers for US affiliates, but we might as well make it a top 11, so feel free to comment and let us know if you know of any other hosting providers worth including here.
Established in 1998, Rackspace is one of the oldest hosting companies on the market. Among their client portfolio you can find a very popular blogging platform – Posterous. If you’ve ever been using Posterous you know that their service is always available and is very responsive to users’ input. This is the best recommendation for Rackspace.
Rackspace isn’t your average hosting provider. They offer a truly wide range of services and programs with excellent cloud hosting as their flagship product. Cloud hosting is the most scalable solution available on the market. Rackspace provides great load balancing and affordable pricing starting at 1.5c per hour (which turns out to around $10.95 per month).
If you’re looking for traditional hosting you’ll find it here too. Sign up for Rackspace now.
Site5 does something really bold for a hosting provider. They guarantee 99.99% uptime, which should be a really important factor for every website owner. Quite simply, your website isn’t making you any money if it’s offline, and that’s why the uptime numbers are one of the most important traits of a good hosting offer.
Apart from that, Site5 also gives a money back guarantee (45 days for shared/reseller hosting, and 15 days for virtual servers).
You can choose from a wide range of hosting plans starting at $4.95 per month (you have to get it for at least 12 months). No matter what plan you end up signing up for, you always get access to their Easy Website Builder, backups, and SiteAdmin platform.
Verio has been offering their services since 1996, and the company has been awarded with a number of industry trophies along the way. It’s the #1 reseller hosting company of 2010, and the readers’ choice 2010 by HostReview.com.
Their basic plan starts at $9.95 per month and gives you unlimited disk space, 6TB of monthly transfer, and up to 100 email accounts to create. The hosting is WordPress friendly with an easy way of installing it on your website.
ServInt is the oldest company on this list. Established in 1995, it still provides hosting for customers all over the world till this day.
The offer starts at $49 per month for the “Essential VPS” plan, with 60GB storage and 1TB of transfer. ServInt presents their offer in a nice graphical interface with a slider you can use to set your budget.
Codero is a rather new player in the game (established in 2009), but it proves to provide excellent plans and service when it comes to dedicated and cloud hosting.
The prices for dedicated servers start at $70 per month, which is one of the cheapest offers on the internet. Cloud hosting starts at $54 per month or 10c per hour.
SoftLayer’s offer consists of a range of managed, dedicated, and cloud-based plans. Most affiliate businesses should find a perfect option among the dedicated and cloud-based offers.
Dedicated server hosting starts at $139 per month, while cloud-based hosting can be bought for 10c per hour or $50 per month. What’s good about this particular cloud hosting offer is that it can be deployed in no more than five minutes.
FireHost is a Dallas-based hosting company providing affordable and secure cloud hosting. Starting at $200 per month, FireHost offers independent scaling flexibility (CPU, RAM, storage), unlimited disk space, managed support, managed backup, and even third party application support. The hosts are VMware based with a hardware network firewall.