The 5 best hosting platforms of 2020

Let’s cut straight to it. Do you own a business?

There’s no point in relying on word of mouth for business anymore. And TV advertising will only get you so far. What you need is one of them fancy websites everyone is going on about. Seems pretty simple, right? Er – maybe not. Creating a website means you need a hosting platform. And there’s plenty out there. So which one is right for you?

Luckily for you, we’ve put together the 5 best hosting platforms of 2020.

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But – what is a hosting platform?

Hey, there’s no stupid questions, right? Web hosting is a service that allows organisations, or individuals, to post a website or web page onto the internet. Without a web host, your website can’t be seen online. Websites are hosted or stored in servers. When someone wants to visit your site, they type your domain into their browser. Their computer will connect to your server, and take them to your site. Easy peasy.

DreamHost

Looking for a platform that’s both speedy and ethical? Then DreamHost is the solution! DreamHost offers free shared websites to non-profit organisations.  It also operates its own control panel, which makes it easy to use. It doesn’t have 24/7 phone support, but it does have a pretty impressive live chat. And there’s a 97-day money-back guarantee. It’s a win-win!

Bluehost Hosting Platform

Bluehost gives you a free domain name and SSL certificate for the first year when you sign up. Who doesn’t like a bargain?

And if you love WordPress, then we have some good news! Bluehost has both specific WordPress and WooCommerce hosting plans available, as well as management support.

Just remember to keep an eye on your account after the year ends – the prices jump after their promotion period.

A2 Hosting

Often considered the best of all the platforms, A2 Hosting offers Linux and Windows-based servers, SSD, caching, CDN and SSL for all their plans. Sign up to A2 Hosting’s management service ‘HostGuard’ for 24/7 access to their ‘Guru Crew’. But read their offers carefully. For example, A2 Hosting offers an “Anytime” 30-day money-back guarantee – meaning you can ask for a refund at any time, but after your first 30 days. And how much you get back will depend on a painful, complicated process.

Hostinger

Hostinger signs a new client every five seconds. And with all its features, it’s not hard to understand why. With a wide range of plans, all optimised for WordPress, Hostinger offers SSD performance, dedicated IP and regular backups. And the best part? It’s cheap! Run your website for a dollar or less a month in the first year you sign up.

HostGator

But what if you’re really clueless? Or need a little more from your hosting platform? Then HostGator is for you! This is a full-service hosting company. Which means that no matter what you need, HostGator has a plan for you. You can customise your dedicated or virtual server, or choose Linux or Windows hosting. And with a 45-day money-back guarantee, you really have nothing to lose!

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