Business owners know that to compete in today's marketplace, they must have an online presence. And to get online, you must first get a domain name, also known as the Web address consumers type in to find a business' website.
To get a domain address, many businesses use domain hosting services, which specialize in providing domain-centric features, such as registering the domain and providing email addresses that feature the domain name. These services also offer a number of other extras, like Web hosting services, privacy options and domains using the latest extensions.
The best hosting service should also offer competitive prices and advanced domain services like subdomains, dedicated IP addresses, site-creation tools, advertising credits and 24/7 customer support.
To help businesses find the service that best suits their needs, BusinessNewsDaily's sister site, Business.com, has researched the best options and come up with in-depth reviews of the best 10 domain hosting services out there. Here are their top three recommendations for domain hosting services.
Bluehost is Business.com's is the best cloud hosting service, providing everything needed to register and host a domain. It also offers noteworthy extras to assist with site creation and maintenance. Bluehost provides free domain setup and a free domain for one year with its shared Web-hosting plan. The company also allows businesses to have an unlimited number of domains, provides domain transfers and can host international domains. Additionally, Bluehost offers parked domains, which resemble add-on domains, and dedicated IP addresses, which are popular with more advanced websites because they provide a secure interaction with visitors. This allows sites to run more sophisticated scripts like Dada Mail and Ventrilo.
Extras: Bluehost provides unlimited bandwidth and disk space, as well as tools to assist with creating and hosting a website. The service's control panel is neatly organized and easy to use. It lets users check their site's traffic statistics and access a Web-based file manager. With this, they can complete a variety of tasks, including backing up the site and managing FTP accounts.
Customer Support: Bluehost offers top-notch, 24/7-customer service via the telephone, email and live chat. The company's website includes a knowledgebase, terms of service and a user forum. Bluehost also has over 60 video tutorials covering a broad range of subjects, including step-by-step guides outlining common tasks for new customers, such as how to transfer a domain, redirect Web pages and purchase an additional domain.
Just Host earned high marks for providing a variety of domain services, such as website hosting, unlimited subdomains, unlimited parked domains and dedicated IP addresses. In addition, the service can host and transfer international domains. Just Host also allows site owners to create as many email addresses as they'd like using their "domain.com" name. For site owners looking for enhanced security, Just Host provides courtesy site back-ups and 24/7 monitoring.
Extras: Just Host's extras include unlimited disk space and bandwidth, as well as unlimited MySQLdatabases, FrontPage extensions, additional FTP accounts and various site builders. The service also offers Google Webmaster tools and a huge bank of advertising credits.
Customer Support: Just Host provides 24/7 live phone support for both technical and sales inquiries and a support ticket system on its website. The website also includes troubleshooting tours, video tours and a searchable knowledgebase.
HostMonster provides web-hosting options, unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domain transfers and unlimited subdomains, at an industry-competitive price. HostMonster also allows for unlimited data during domain transfers, and offers its Spam Assassin to block spam email and bot-replies to company blogs.
Extras: HostMonster offers extras including website-creation tools, 100 MYSQL databases, a full range of free scripts, 2000/2002 FrontPage extensions and e-commerce tools, such as shopping cart scripts and a SSL secure server. The service will also submit a customer's site to search engines for free and provides site creators with $75 in Google credits.
Customer Support: HostMonster provides courtesy site-backups, around-the-clock monitoring and 24/7 and toll-free phone support from its U.S.-based call center for both technical and sales inquiries. Its website features a variety of video tutorials, which cover common topics like "How to transfer a domain" and "How to create custom name servers."