- Dec 09, 2021
- by Kate Meda
Although National Small Business week passed us by, we celebrate small businesses every week. Since 2003, A2 Hosting focuses on offering all of our customers fast, reliable service, and stellar support.
Who has the best eCommerce hosting for small businesses? We tend to be a little bias when we answer A2 Hosting, but in this article, we’re going to review why we’re the industry leader in small business hosting and which plans are best for small businesses.
How Does A2 Hosting Support Small Businesses?
A2 Hosting takes pride in supporting small businesses. We not only celebrate Small Business Week, but we celebrate Small Business Month. For the entire month of May, we offer some of our lowest prices of the season, increasing the affordability of our plans but still offering the same, first-rate service.
Apart from discounts, we also highlight the most important aspect at A2 Hosting: the people. From Katie Davis, author, and entrepreneur, to the Pyrenees Cycling Company in France, to music producer Gemtracks.com, we celebrate the backbone of our company, the small businesses that make us who we are. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have small businesses supporting us along the way. Knowing this, we like to give that support back by offering the fastest servers on the market and help from our advanced technical support team.
Our CEO, Bryan Muthig said, “Small Businesses are so important and we’re trying to do everything we can to give them the prices and plans they need to flourish, everything we do is with the intention to help our customers thrive online.” We love our small businesses here at A2 Hosting and we’re committed to providing the speediest solution available for your business to thrive.
Speed might not seem like an obvious way to support small businesses, but website speed directly influences a business’s conversion rate and profitability. Also, speed isn’t a preference but an expectation. More than 45% of consumers expect pages to load in 2 seconds or less. After 2 seconds, many users leave to find another fast-loading page.
In fact, for every additional second of loading time after 2 seconds, conversions drop by 7% and continue to drop by intervals of 7% for every consecutive second.
Amazon performed site speed tests that concluded they would lose $1.6 billion every year if their site slowed down by one second. Now, Amazon isn’t a small business, but as a small business owner, you can’t afford to lose money. Sure, it’s not going to total a $1.6 billion loss, but any loss is a loss for your business.
For small businesses, a one-second improvement in page load speeds leads to $70 more revenue per day (over $2000/monthly) for sites earning $1000 a day.
That’s why it’s vital to invest in a speedy server. We offer our Turbo line of products that feature NVMe drives and our AMD EPYC processors.
NVMe stands for Non-Volatile Memory Express. These drives are the fastest on the market, delivering sustained read-write speeds of 2000MB per second, miles ahead of its SATA SSD III counterpart, which tops at 600MB per second.
As a small business, you won’t have the traffic of larger corporations like Amazon or Etsy. Your needs are smaller and it’s important to choose a plan that correctly matches your needs.
We recommend the following plans for small business owners:
Shared Hosting – Turbo Boost or Turbo Max
The Turbo Boost and Turbo Max plans both use the NVMe storage and AMD EPYC processors. They boast unlimited resources and include our 24/7/365 support on phones, tickets, and LiveChats. The reason we recommend these two plans is because of speed. Again, slow websites kill conversions but fast websites keep your customers coming back. These two plans are the speediest we have for shared hosting.
If you only have a small database, use very little, and have a tiny budget, you can opt for a Startup or Drive plan. Keep in mind, the Startup plan doesn’t offer backups and neither plan offers a Turbo option. If you choose Startup or Drive, you can upgrade to a Turbo server at any time.
VPS Hosting – Mach 8 or Mach 16
If you have a larger volume of traffic, the Mach 8 is your best bet. It offers 8GB of RAM and 150GB of NVMe storage with the privacy of a VPS server in the body of a much speedier physical server. It only offers a single cPanel though so if you’re looking for another cPanel account, it’s best to go for the Mach 16 plan.
Dedicated Hosting – Warp 2 Turbo AMD
If you’re a small business with an unusually high volume of traffic, the Warp 2 Turbo AMD is for you. This is a Dedicated server with NVMe storage, Turbo caching, and a whopping 64GB of RAM. For most small businesses, this plan is overkill but for those exceeding our highest VPS plan, the Mach 32, this is the best next step.
All of the above plans feature our 24/7/365 support team. They’re available on phones, LiveChat’s, and through tickets and they work diligently to troubleshoot your server problems.
Keep in mind that with all of our plans, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. What works for one small business may not work for yours. Every business has different needs and it’s important to find out what’s best for you. When in doubt, contact our sales team. They are web hosting experts and will set you up with the best plan for your exact needs.
In conclusion, A2 Hosting is committed to the success of your small business. By offering fast, affordable hosting, you’ll quickly rise in SEO rankings, lower your bounce rates, and increase your conversion rates, leaving your corporate competitors behind in the dust.