WebHostingPad: 10+ Years of Providing Affordable and Reliable Hosting for Small Businesses Looking to Broadcast Their Brands Online

WebHostingPad: 10+ Years of Providing Affordable and Reliable Hosting for Small Businesses Looking to Broadcast Their Brands Online

TL; DR: More than a decade ago, WebHostingPad was founded to address the growing demand by small businesses for hosting services that were both budget-friendly and delivered a feature set able to quickly and reliably transmit their messages to the masses. With a customer-comes-first approach, the company is hyper-focused on providing top-tier support to ensure the best possible experience for site owners and the visitors interacting with their brands online. Offering shared, WordPress, and VPS hosting packages at affordable prices, domain registration services, and a high uptime guarantee, WebHostingPad prides itself on serving up hassle-free hosting for thousands of customers worldwide.

As the internet was just emerging from its infancy in the late 1990s and early 2000s, access to reliable and affordable web hosting was still very limited for many small and emerging businesses. The most effective hosting services were only offered by a few providers at very high premiums. And the hosts providing budget-friendly plans did so with the caveat that branded advertisements would be splashed onto user subdomains.

The small businesses of the day needed more professional and cost-efficient hosting to reach the more than one billion and growing population of web users at the time. And one of the first companies to respond to this demand was WebHostingPad.

Jessa Vanderpoel's headshot and the WebHostingPad logo

WebHostingPad’s Jessa Vanderpoel told us how the company was started to provide businesses more affordable hosting.

“There were a lot of experts who noticed this discrepancy between decent hosting and price,” said Jessa Vanderpoel, Marketing Manager at WebHostingPad. “It really cut out people who just needed smaller websites to run their businesses.”

WebHostingPad made the task of launching sites much simpler for SMBs. Today, the company continues to cater to the small business community, serving up feature-rich, low-cost hosting plans that give thousands of site owners the tools needed to easily design, build, and manage professional-grade websites.

Since its inception, one of WebHostingPad’s main differentiators has been a customer-centric approach to support that zeroes in on exactly what site owners need to deliver meaningful and reliable experiences for their visitors. WebHostingPad aims to make hosting hassle-free, and, for more than a decade, the company has been doing just that through its shared, WordPress, and VPS hosting packages that guarantee high uptime and quick page load rates to help businesses effectively reach their audiences and carve out online revenue streams.

Hosting That Zeroes In on Delivering the Best Value for SMBs

WebHostingPad was created specifically with small and medium businesses in mind. In addition to providing high-value hosting packages, WebHostingPad offers web-building tools and eCommerce solutions to help get sites and online marketplaces off the ground.

Graphic listing the "Hassle-Free Hosting" tagline and features WebHostingPad offers businesses

WebHostingPad is focused on SMBs, providing plans with price points and features to fit the needs of growing businesses.

“We generally handle small businesses or individuals who need a simple site to showcase their business or work,” Jessa said. “When you’re operating in that realm, you need to have a lot of different availability for building a site when you don’t know programming and code.”

Centering a focus on SMBs rather than larger enterprise clients allows WebHostingPad to keep its prices competitive. The host understands the needs of its primary user base and offers solutions and tools to directly address them.

Feature-Rich Shared and VPS Plans That Are Easy on the Budget

Starting a business in any environment is tough. But, in the ever-growing and competitive online space, developing an effective and profitable brand can seem like an insurmountable task. WebHostingPad recognizes this and, as a result, offers its partners access to a wide range of tools to grow their online businesses with very low overhead.

Packages are available for shared, VPS, email, and WordPress hosting, with the cheapest packages coming with the host’s shared packages. But don’t let the cost fool you. Site owners on WebHostingPad’s shared plans enjoy a ton of features, including:

  • Unlimited hosting space and bandwidth
  • One free domain registration or transfer
  • 24/7 support
  • Compatibility with Weebly, WordPress, Drupal, PrestaShop, and Joomla
  • Secure webmail
  • FTP accounts, subdomains, and MySQL databases

WebHostingPad also offers low-cost VPS hosting in six different packages, with the beginner plan starting out with 100GB of bandwidth and 20GB of hosting space. The host’s largest package comes with three IP addresses, eight gigs of RAM, three CPU cores, 300GB of hosting space, and an astounding 3Tb of bandwidth. With plans tailored to fit the budgets of SMBs, all packages include free cPanel access, a free reseller account, and unlimited subdomains, databases, and FTP accounts.

No Coding Required: Intuitive Web Builders to Create Professional-Grade Sites

WebHostingPad gives users access to popular web builders, such as Weebly and WordPress, to help them create professional-looking sites without any coding knowledge. The goal of many of WebHostingPad’s customers is to set up blogs or simple eCommerce sites to create online presence and/or get their products in front of consumers, and these tools are the perfect springboard to help them.

Collage of the WebHostingPad, WordPress, and Weebly logos

WebHostingPad supports WordPress and Weebly, making website design and creation simple.

“We want to give our customers a lot of control over what they put on the internet,” Jessa said. “We offer site builders so people can get their site up quickly without needing to hire a developer.”

In addition to WordPress and Weebly, WebHostingPad also supports Drupal and Joomla. While Drupal and Joomla’s content management systems are normally employed for larger, more complex sites, Weebly and WordPress make it possible to set up a simple, yet elegant site within just a few hours. Professional and highly customized sites can be made with any of the available builders, depending on technical skill and the degree of desired customization.

Complete eCommerce Solutions to Showcase & Sell Your Products

In addition to basic site-building tools, WebHostingPad offers eCommerce solutions for shops looking to take their products online. WebHostingPad sites are compatible with popular platforms, such as PrestaShop and Magento, allowing webmasters to easily save carts, mark out-of-stock products, and ship orders, among other important eCommerce functionalities.

Jessa told us WebHostingPad hosts many eCommerce-focused sites and gives them the tools to succeed. The host offers SSL certificates and advanced web statistics, as well as access to eCommerce and shopping cart solutions, including osCommerce, ZenCart, and CubeCart.

Personalized Support With a Focus on Education and Customer Need

WebHostingPad provides personalized support as well as pointed advice on industry best practices so businesses can effectively manage their websites. SMBs delving into eCommerce for the first time may be unaware of some of the tools, such as SSL and related encryption needs, essential for the success and security of their sites.

“The mark of a really good host is the support you can get from them,” Jessa said. “We deal with a wide range of customer issues, and we try to do what we can for them because people might not necessarily always understand how things work.”

Photo of the WebHostingPad team at work in the office

The WebHostingPad team operates with the mission to provide personalized customer support focused on education.

The support offered by WebHostingPad thus extends beyond technical and billing support and into consultation. To maintain personalized and effective support, WebHostingPad matches clients with the specific specialists who have previously helped them. This maintains a level of continuity and works to build relationships between WebHostingPad team members and the clients they serve.

“It helps to have a consistent narrative for them when they’re in this stressful learning time,” Jessa said. “Our approach follows the teach-a-man-to-fish adage.”

New Offering: Stripped-Down Mini Plans for Small Sites & Portfolios

WebHostingPad has come a long way since its founding in 2005, but its focus remains centered on providing effective and affordable hosting solutions for the thousands of businesses it serves around the globe. Keeping with its tradition of catering to the little guys, WebHostingPad plans to implement even more cost-efficient plans for budget-conscious SMBs.

“We’ve just launched our mini plans,” Jessa said. “Some people just need to put up a really tiny site or portfolio, and they don’t need anything more complicated than that.”

Online portfolios and résumés are gaining popularity, especially among college students in design fields. These new, economical plans cater to these user types, making it easy for independent contractors and job hunters to impress prospective clients and employers.

“Our tagline is Hassle-Free Hosting™ — and we try to stick with that,” Jessa said.

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