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The Best Web Hosting Services

You're ready to build your business website, but who's going to host it? That's the question most business owners have to ask themselves before taking their company online.

There are many Web hosting services to choose from, and finding the one that's right for you can be a challenge. These services provide packages with varying capabilities, offering an array of both beginner-friendly and advanced features that appeal to budget-conscious business owners.

BusinessNewsDaily's sister site, TopTenREVIEWS, has done extensive research to come up with in-depth reviews of the best 10 Web hosting services out there. Here are TopTenREVIEWS' top three recommendations for Web hosting services:

iPage

iPage took home this year's TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for its unlimited bandwidth, disk space and email accounts, which give businesses room to grow. In addition, options for basic shopping-cart tools, marketing tools and around-the-clock support are available. iPage also scores highly for its easy-to-navigate interface. The service is perfect for beginners and intermediate users.

Features: iPage allows users to choose among three site builders, which can help build a basic Web page or more complex sites with multiple pages. iPage also has blog and photo-gallery setup wizards, and supports numerous content management systems. Users can access an FTP account manager, add unlimited FTP accounts and enjoy the benefits of anonymous FTP security. iPage includes Google AdWords, Yahoo/Bing Sponsored Search and Facebook Advertising credits, which allow businesses to purchase ad space on those high-profile sites to drive traffic directly to their site.

Help and Support: Technical support is available 24/7 via phone, chat or email. The service also offers an extensive online help center and ticketing system. Step-by-step tutorials on how to fully take advantage of the service features also are available.

Costs: To compare costs, visit the full TopTenREVIEWS' best Web hosting services.

Editor’s Note: Need help choosing a Web Hosting Service for your business? Fill in the following form for a quote.

Just Host

Just Host earns a high grade for being beginner-friendly while alsohaving a number of features for advanced users. The Web hosting service delivers well-rounded packages with everything needed to build, publish and maintain a website. It provides unlimited disk space, bandwidth and domains — a nice option for businesses planning to add more websites or for those that want a site that can expand with their anticipated growth.

Features: Just Host offers creation tools that allow businesses to build a completely new site or add new components — such as blogs, image galleries or message boards — to an existing site. For e-commerce websites, shopping carts and shared SSL certificates are also available. Just Host includes a host of email services, including Web mail, unlimited storage and an unlimited number of POP3 or IMAP email addresses. The Just Host control panel provides access to site statistics to gauge how it is performing and to track advertising credits, which let businesses place ads for their site on popular search engines such as Google and Yahoo.

Help and Support: Features 24/7 live support. Support personnel can be reached via phone, email and live chat. Just Host also provides several additional support resources, including a knowledgebase, video tutorials and user forums. It also offers a setup wizard for new users.

Costs: To compare costs, visit the full TopTenREVIEWS' best Web hosting services.

HostGator

HostGator earned this year's TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award for its flexible and feature-rich service that excels in terms of unlimited services, with unrestricted bandwidth and disk space. It also provides unlimited domains, giving businesses the freedom to host as many websites as necessary. HostGator offers three different hosting packages, including the business plan, which includes a dedicated toll-free number for users, a dedicated IP address and private SSL.

Features: HostGator provides a wide range of features, including a site builder, shopping carts for e-commerce websites and easy, one-click installs of popular website apps and platforms. In addition to offering a Web mail option, HostGator lets users create an unlimited number of POP3 accounts. Additional email features include email aliases, auto-responders, mailing lists, catch-alls and mail forwarding.

Help and Support: The HostGator website provides frequently asked questions, user forums and video tutorials. Users also can contact the company for technical support via email, live chat or toll-free telephone.

Costs: To compare costs, visit the full TopTenREVIEWS' best Web hosting services.

Editor’s Note: Need help choosing a Web Hosting Service for your business? Fill in the following form for a quote.

Chad  Brooks
Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.