A recent Intuit infographic reports that at least 15% of small businesses do not yet have a website and roughly 31% are unhappy with their current website. Both these statistics indirectly point to the difficulties a small business or SME faces in choosing a reliable hosting service. In many cases, the perceived difficulty, cost or limited features found under typical shared hosting plans may be a deterrent in either kick starting a new website or moving away from an existing shaky hosting provider. However, in recent years a small minority of web hosting companies has introduced compelling new features at affordable pricing levels that are redefining the quality of services available to an Individual, SME or SMB.
Lets focus on the TOP 5 benefits. (By the way, you can compare web hosting packages here.).
An SMB or individual can now leverage a UK2 monthly plan for as little as 99p per month. While basic, it has everything a small business needs to get started, including 500 MB of disk space and 1 GB of monthly traffic.
A business or individual can choose from a variety of UK2 plans including Starter, Personal and Business. The Business plan offers the best value including 16 free months on a two-year contract.
Social Media Integration
Intuit reported last year that 44% of businesses now use social media to attract new customers. But, how many hosts offer automated Facebook integration directly from your shared hosting account? Watch this YouTube video to see how quick and easy it is to marry a Facebook URL to your UK2 shared hosting platform.
Google Adwords Voucher
Both the Personal and Business shared hosting packages offer a free £20 and £30 Google Adwords Voucher respectively, that allow you to launch a small marketing campaign in tandem with your new website. Every bit counts, as you keep costs low and pursue new marketing angles.
cPanel & Softaculous
Together they form the Holy Grail of hosting dashboards and wizard-driven software installation. cPanel is an industry leader in offering smooth, easy, intuitive control panels to handle diverse hosting tasks including backups, redirects and sub-domain administration. Softaculous offers 1-click installs of famous software including WordPress.
Host multiple websites
The Business package, considered best value, allows an unlimited amount of websites (plus unlimited disk space). This is a perfect vehicle for running business sites and adding on additional services such as mobile sites, GoMobi, and secure VPN services.
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