Selecting a web host for a smaller business varies a larger business can be different in several ways, because often time a smaller businesses website is smaller and less complex then a website a larger business might have. Also, while a larger business can afford to "shoot the works" and can easily afford to pay for extra features and services that they may not even use, a smaller business owner will tend to like to keep a closer watch on the expenses with regards to their web hosting services.
Just heading out blindly on the net looking for a web hosting service can be difficult, because there are so many of them and they all offer a wide variety of features and services as well as prices. It is for this reason that you need to study up a bit on web hosting services and come to a determination as to what you do and do not need in your web hosting service features and functions.
There are many basic plans that are in the $ 5 price range that you may qualify for if you are a small business owner but they have absolute minimum services and features. If you have a business website that has less than one-hundred pages and you do not plan on doing any Internet marketing then you may want to consider one of these easy to find "entry level" plans.
One of these entry level, plans would work great if your website is not going to have any streaming videos in it and is a basic and simple website. You might also want to consider what is referred to as shared hosting and these plans are in the $ 10 price range. Feature advantages of a shared hosting is that they have BROADER bandwidth and storage capacity compared to a standard plan.
If you are going to be using your website for Internet marketing then you will definitely want to give some thought to your strategy for SEO or search engine optimization. Far too many new Internet business people think that the products or service that they are going to market on the net are so in demand that they will not have to do much in the way of promoting, because they will "catch fire" and take off on their own.
This is almost automatically without exception a mistake and you will have to do some promotion of your website with SEO like it or not. You will have no problem locating a web hosting service that offers SEO services but it will cost you money. The other option is to do the SEO yourself in which case you will need certain tools made available by your web hosting service.
One thing that you will want to know is whether or not your hosting service currently creates site maps and if they automatically ping Yahoo, Google and Ask after you have upgraded or added a page to your website. There are a few other tools that you will need to have to do your own SEO but the best way to find out about them is to take the time to research SEO tools on the net and learn about them.