Features for All
Unlike other hosting companies, Hostwinds provides a separate shared hosting service that is specifically geared towards small businesses. Their aptly named Business Web Hosting service has three plans that you can choose from, but all offer features that can benefit small businesses. Right off the bat you get a ton of unlimited features, which include storage, bandwidth, subdomains, email accounts, FTP accounts, and MySQL databases. Other companies would have you pay more to get one or two of these unlimited features, but Hostwinds provides it across the board – meaning these features come standard for all their Business Web Hosting plans. What’s more, each plan also provides a free dedicated IP address, free Web CEO account, Softaculous 1-click installer, and cPanel. The only difference between each plan are the number of add-on domains, as well as the allowed domains.
As mentioned previously, you can choose between three of Hostwinds’ Business Web Hosting plans. Although each plan has near-identical features, each is good for different kinds of businesses. For starters, the Basic plan is more for small businesses, so you only get 1 domain, and no option for add-on domains. This will cost you $5.00 per month, but you would have to avail of a 12-month term to get this pricing. They also allow you to choose between a monthly term, as well as 3, 6, 24 or 36-month terms. This will cost you $7.00, $6.00, $5.50, $4.50, or $4.00 per month, respectively.
If your business has surpassed the startup stage and is now growing, the Advanced plan should be able to cater to your needs. You can have up to 4 business websites with this plan, which means you get 3 add-on domains. Much like the previous plan, you can choose between 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, or 36-month terms, with the price going lower the longer the term. Going for the monthly will cost you $9.50, while the 3 and 6-month terms will cost you $8.50 and $8.00 per month, respectively. Meanwhile, the yearly term will set you back $7.50 per month, while the biennial term will cost you $7.00. Finally, the three-year (36 months) term will cost you a mere $6.50 per month.
For businesses who need a robust solution, the Ultimate is the way to go. For a little bump in price, you get unlimited domains, which you can use to maximize the reach of your business. The month-to-month price of this plan will set you back $12.00 per month, while the 3 and 6-month terms will cost you $11.00 and $10.50 per month, respectively. Meanwhile, if you want to get the best prices, much like the other plans, you would have to subscribe to the longer terms. Going for a yearly term will cost you $10.00 per month, for instance. And going for the biennial or triennial terms will set you back $9.50 or $9.00 per month, respectively.
Finally, you can also avail of advanced monitoring for the security of your website. At an additional $1.75 per month, you can get Hostwinds to monitor your website for you 24/7. And should your website experience any issues, a support ticket will be automatically opened for you.
Should your business ever grow to the point that Hostwinds’ Business Web Hosting plans become insufficient to your needs, they also offer numerous VPS services that can offer more a more secure, speedy and reliable experience. Their fully managed, budget VPS services should be able to satisfy small to medium businesses, what with their plans starting as low as $7.50 per month. You get a redundant network, round the clock monitoring, nightly backups, and more. They also offer premium VPS, as well as Windows-based VPS, and SSD-powered VPS hosting. Hostwinds also offers dedicated hosting services, if your business has grown enough to require a really robust solution.
Hostwinds has excellent customer support options on tap. On the self-help side of the spectrum, you can peruse a pretty comprehensive knowledgebase that dive deep into topics like Control Panels, Pre-Sales Questions, Networking Issues, and more. Once you have exhausted those, you can contact Hostwinds via 24/7 phone support, live chat, or by submitting a support ticket. Customer representatives usually responded quickly and were very helpful.
What's the Verdict on Hostwinds?
Hostwinds SMB Hosting Review 2020 – Conclusion
Overall, Hostwinds offers a very compelling service that should make a lot of small businesses happy. Their SMB-specific service, the Business Web Hosting, comes with a lot of unlimited features on tap across all plans. Beyond that, all plans also come with features like a free Web CEO account, Softaculous, cPanel, and more. The prices, meanwhile, lean on the affordable side of the spectrum, especially if you opt for the longer terms. And when your business grows beyond the capabilities of their shared hosting plans, it is easy to find a more suitable service thanks to Hostwinds’ numerous budget or premium VPS plans. On the other hand, some businesses might not like the fact that some features are lacking, there is no managed WordPress hosting service, and the option for Windows-based servers is only available for a few select services. That said, these are pretty minor gripes compared to all that you will be getting – and for the price their plans come in, Hostwinds is definitely worth it.