TL; DR: Founded more than 10 years ago by a team of tech-minded entrepreneurs, Atspace has grown into a giant in the hosting industry and now powers the sites of upward of 5 million customers. The company prides itself on offering a cost-free hosting package that allows emerging businesses to get their feet in the door of the eCommerce space. And, when site owners are ready to upgrade to a higher tier of service, Atspace makes the migration to premium shared, VPS, or dedicated server hosting seamless. With a commitment to evolving its services in tandem with changing technology and plans to launch a comprehensive SaaS marketing platform, Atspace is positioned to continue to help the world’s budding entrepreneurs build web presence for decades to come.
As the business landscape shifts further into the digital realm, it is more important than ever for SMBs to focus on developing a robust web presence. Most modern consumers have abandoned phone books and print directories and are now turning to the web to find the products and services they’re looking for.
Yet, despite statistics that demonstrate the financial advantages of having a website, about half of small businesses still aren’t online. According to industry numbers, 30% of small businesses that have set up shop on the web generate more than 25% of their revenue because of their sites. And this number is sure to grow with the rising trends in mobile shopping. This is why an increasing number of entrepreneurs are looking for a low-cost solution to join the online business community — and millions are finding it with Atspace.
“We allow users to create their own web hosting source with a complete turnkey solution,” said Chris Velev, Digital Marketing Manager at Atspace’s parent company AttractSoft. “We actually provide everything from the web hosting service itself to the billing and customer support.”
For more than a decade, Atspace has been helping millions of entrepreneurs enter the eCommerce space through its free hosting service. It’s an entry-level, ad-free plan emerging businesses can employ to begin building the online presence that has become so crucial to connect with the millions of tech-savvy consumers shopping on the web.
And, once these businesses outgrow the free tier, Atspace makes it simple to migrate to its premium shared, VPS, and dedicated server hosting solutions. For Atspace, it’s all about helping organizations lay the foundations necessary for successful business models in today’s digital-centric world.
Free Hosting for Millions of Site Owners to Broadcast Their Ideas Online
Boasting more than 5 million users, Atspace’s free hosting plan powers sites in a variety of industries and applications — from entrepreneurial photography blogs to electronics repair shops.
“We are one of the oldest free web hosting providers on the web,” Chris said. “People have been coming to us for more than 10 years because of the level of service we offer at no cost.”
For companies intimidated by the costs and difficulty associated with web development, Atspace’s free hosting solution can provide an easy and painless way to test new ideas with little investment. The plan grants users 1,000 MB of disk space with unlimited data transfer and three subdomains. Unlike many free hosts, Atspace’s free package does not display ads on a user’s site and is available for life.
“We never actually close any free accounts,” Chris said. “That’s one of the things that makes our free plan unique.”
As businesses scale, Atspace offers the ability to upgrade to premium services at competitive prices. Because most SMBs operate on tight budgets, they need to make every investment count, and this low-cost hosting can provide a significant return on investment.
Offering Seamless Migration to Upgraded Services When Sites Scale
Atspace operates on the freemium service model — free services are made available to all users, and those who need to upgrade to paid plans can easily do so. Atspace provides fledgling businesses painless migration to enhanced hosting packages that guarantee high uptime rates.
Upgrading to larger packages and more advanced services allows SMBs to grow their sites as their businesses expand. Atspace’s premium shared hosting plans are competitively priced and provide unlimited disk space and bandwidth to keep up with traffic and content demands.
When considering a hosting plan, businesses need to think about both cost and reliability. Free and low-cost shared hosting packages often sacrifice availability, resources, and services to keep prices competitive. But this isn’t the case with Atspace. The host guarantees 99.9% uptime, even with its free services.
“It’s our mission to offer our users the best possible experience no matter what plan they’re on,” Chris said. “We offer the full spectrum, from free to shared and VPS to dedicated server hosting.”
As companies begin to outgrow their free hosting plans, Atspace sends notifications for suggested upgrades. Once businesses decide to enhance services, Atspace makes migration simple.
“As soon as the demand of your project is growing, the system automatically notifies you of approaching limits,” Chris said. “We have designed the platform to handle the upgrade in a very smooth way, so users don’t have to experience any downtime or interruption of the service.”
Evolving Teams and Solutions to Maintain Pace With Changing Tech
Atspace helps businesses grow by helping them recognize when upgrades are advisable. To keep pace with its thousands of growing clients and continuously shifting industry trends, Atspace has turned to new solutions, including virtualization.
“We constantly try to innovate, so we’ve onboarded new team members in the last few years,” Chris said. “We are trying to adopt a lot of new technologies like virtualization.”
Virtualization has become a growing trend as businesses look to save space, resources, time, and money by migrating away from physical servers in cramped data centers. Atspace’s easyVPC plan is a low-cost VPS hosting package that offers flexibility with unlimited shared storage and traffic. Upgraded packages, including the company’s Advanced, Professional, and Enterprise plans, offer dedicated CPUs with sizeable RAM, storage, and bandwidth availability.
“We’re trying to not only follow the industry but actually set trends by the solutions that we are offering,” Chris said.
That’s possible thanks to Atspace’s dedicated team that spans many cultures and continents, Chris told us. Atspace employs some of the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the technology space, Chris said.
Up Next: A Smart Marketing Platform to Help SMBs Build Web Presence
Serving the eCommerce industry requires a lot of innovation over a short period of time, Chris said. And Atspace is constantly challenged with providing new and improved ways of helping online businesses.
“We have a huge customer base in Europe and the United States, in the categories of insurance companies, banking organizations, and more,” Chris said. “Those customers are actually using our infrastructure to scale their projects and services.”
To keep pace with advancing tech, Atspace plans to implement more SaaS solutions and a smarter marketing platform built specifically with SMBs in mind. Improved SaaS solutions allow Atspace users to employ a greater variety of cloud-based software.
“We are going in the direction of hosted solutions because we see that infrastructure is becoming more and more of a commodity,” Chris said. “We have to differentiate our offerings from the competition by adding more value-added services.”
Atspace is working to implement Solera as a smart marketing platform that allows SMBs to more easily manage assets in response to digital trends.
“Smart marketing is the new thing,” Chris said. “And we aim to be right at the cutting edge.”
While it’s true half of the world’s SMBs still don’t have a web presence, hosts like Atspace are beginning to change this by offering affordable hosting to help them build and market their brands to get in front of the growing community of consumers shopping online.