Web hosting options to replace Microsoft Office Live Small Business Web site

Do you have a Microsoft Office Live Small Business Web site? You won’t after April 30, 2012. What are your Web hosting options if you choose not to transition to Microsoft Office 365’s monthly subscription plan?

 If you are clueless, start by reading PC World’s  Find A Good Home For Your Home Page.”  Be aware that prices have changed since this was first published in 2006.

Type “Web host” or “Web hosting for small business” into Google Search. Already there are many more offers from established and/or familiar companies in the right side bar than there were immediately after Microsoft made their announcement. Do your own research and make the decision that is best for you.

You can check out the testing and rankings at Consumer Rankings. This is their disclaimer:

“We provide product information based on the objective and thorough analysis of our professional team of product experts. In order to provide our visitors with this free service, we accept compensation from the companies whose products we review. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.”

iPage presents Top5 Hosts along with information about different kinds of hosting based on customer need. Their disclaimer:

“All hosts listed are part of the iPage family.”

Hosting Review also offers input, although at least one of their links was not functioning when I was doing my research. This is their disclaimer:

“As is the case with many other industry/topic specific magazines, websites and trade publications, we do receive compensation from some of the companies whose products we review within and outside of the web hosting industry, including, but is not limited to, paid advertising placements, referral fees, contextual advertising links and sponsorship packages.”

If you are thinking of switching to WordPress or are already familiar with WordPress for blogging, check out their Web hosting recommendations. Their disclaimer:

“We’ve dealt with more hosts than you can imagine; in our opinion, the hosts below represent some of the best and brightest of the hosting world. If you do decide to go with one of the hosts below and click through from this page, some will donate a portion of your fee back—so you can have a great host and support WordPress.org at the same time.”

Be sure to read the fine print wherever you search and be aware that some links may be affiliate links (the honest people admit it). If, for instance, you already own an Intuit product/service and have a strong opinion about their customer service and their value for the price, you may/may not be thrilled to discover that Homestead Web hosting is part of the Intuit family. Let the buyer beware.

One final consideration: Office Live included Web site design and editing tools that were easy for those familiar with other Microsoft Office products to use. If you want to build and maintain your Web site yourself, choose a package that includes hosting and the tools you need.

If you still can’t decide, sign up for the free 6-month trial offered to current Microsoft Office Live customers. You’ll spend some time following 21 pages of directions to make the transition, but you will buy time to make an informed (rather than hasty) decision.

My disclaimer: “I am providing this information to benefit those who must decide what to do with a Microsoft Office Live Web site. No links in this post are affiliate links for me.”


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