Hosting Wars Heat Up as Microsoft Readies Free Service
The hosting marketing wars are heating up, with leading providers rolling out dirt-cheap shared hosting accounts with massive allowances of disk space, bandwidth and e-mail. Hosting behemoths 1&\11 Internet and Go Daddy are competing for small business customers, while also raising the bar for Microsoft, which will begin offering free web hosting and free domain names early next year.
The intense competition for small business customers is further commoditizing the shared hosting space, as plans with monthly fees under $5 now offer more resources than most prospects can imagine, much less use. That's good news for hosting customers, but a challenge for smaller hosting providers, who are pursuing new services and strategies to capture profitable niches. Netcraft: Hosting Wars Heat Up as Microsoft Readies Free Service
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