Verio Web Hosting: Focusing on the Needs of Small Businesses


Verio is a web hosting company that is primarily aimed at businesses. With Verio, you can register a domain name, get a hosting plan, get a virtual private server (VPS), build and market your site, or join their reseller programs. They boast a solid track record with getting business websites up and running. Incorporated in 1996, Verio went public in 1998, which paved the way for their future successes with acquisitions of other up-and-coming hosting and Internet companies. In 2000, they became a subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation which put them in an entirely new class which now has 5,000 resellers to speak of.

Verio is also partnered with several industry leaders which helps ensure that their customers receive the best service possible. For instance, Verio is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, an Elite SunTone Certified Service Provider, ISO 9001:2000 certified, and have achieved third party validation under the Statement of Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS70) Type I & Type II certification.

Their two main web hosting plans are Featured Unix Hosting, which starts at $11.95, and Featured Windows Hosting which starts at $12.95. Some features on the Unix Hosting plans have 10GB of disk space, 400GB bandwith, and up to 200 email accounts. The Windows Hosting plans start with 20GB of disk space, 500GB bandwith, and up to 400 email accounts.

Some starter plans can be used successfully by individuals, though the bulk of their plans are geared more for small to medium sized businesses. Their starter plans also allow for the customer to build the site themselves, this way you don’t have to put a chunk of money down for website design like a business would. All variations of these two plans have a free setup, come with a free domain name, and have a 30 day risk-free trial period. Verio wants to make sure that you like the services they provide for you, before you stake any money on it.

If it’s an Ecommerce hosting plan you seek, Verio can accommodate. They enable you to build the best online store for your needs. The Hosting 2000 & Shopsite is $28.95 a month and offers you a shopping cart with sufficient disk space, file transfer, email accounts and opt-in email marketing. The Windows Storefront starts at $24.95 a month and also offers sufficient disk space, file transfer, email accounts, opt-in email marketing, as well as commerce-enable existing sites.

Verio does everything they can in order to achieve 100% uptime. If they do not, they offer a pro-rated system of credit. Their credits can only be used toward future billing charges.

Verio also offers virtual private servers for your needs. If your business has outgrown the shared servers, this is an option worth investigating. Their five VPS plans range in price from $89.95 with 10GB of disk space to $599.95 280GB of disk space.

With every Windows Web Server, Verio offers a variety of online marketing tools to help you grow your business. Some of these tools include Search Engine Marketing, Banner Ads, and access to a marketing library with over 80 tutorials. All websites and applications run in their state-of-the-art data centers with rapid connections through Verio’s Tier 1 network.

Finally, Verio’s support staff is available 24 hours a day to ensure that your questions are answered and issues resolved as quickly as possible. Their technical support includes access to their team of experts via phone or email. They will help get an answer to you quickly and offer a workaround solution when necessary. They also have extensive, searchable documentation, and searchable online help available.

Some awards Verio has received include: 2006 Finalist in the Selling Power Excellence Awards, 2006 Microsoft Hosting Service Provider of the Year, NTT Named to Forbes Global 2000 in 2006, and NTT Named to Fortune Global 500 (retained the #1 spot), to spotlight a few.