6 Best Hosting Companies For SaaS | 2020
“In this article we’ll explore what the best hosting options are for SaaS companies. We’ll place a heavy focus on hosting companies with great reputations for reliability, affordability, scalability and security.”
Written By Simon Alcott: Published April 1st, 2020 | Updated April 1st, 2020.
Simon Alcott is a growth hacker and the driving force behind WhalePages, a SaaS marketing agency ⚡. Today, he focuses on talking about the best SaaS hosting companies.
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“Your SaaS company needs a hosting provider 💾 that is reliable, affordable, scalable and secure… Let’s look at the options.”
If you’re a SaaS founder who is looking for hosting for your website and SaaS project, you’ll likely have an assortment of questions and concerns.
Picking a host is an important business decision. However, the decision is particularly important for SaaS companies. Site speed will have an impact on your SaaS company’s organic ranking in serps. The higher you rank in organic search, the more users will sign up. The more users who sign up, the higher your SaaS MRR will be.
Site speed and software realiability will also have a huge impact on User Experience (UX). By selecting the right host, you can avoid UX problems before they ever have a chance of becoming problems. Nobody likes engaging with slow applications. Your SaaS website and product need to run fast. Optimized UX plays a big role in helping reduce user churn. The less friction between your users and app, the better.
Sclability, reliability and security are also other big concerns for SaaS founders. So what are the best hosting companies for your SaaS?
We’ve compiled a list of great SaaS hosting options below. And don’t worry, we are not affiliated with any of the companies listed within this post. This is an honest roundup of some of the best SaaS hosting companies out there. So let’s dive in! 👇
We love Heroku because it makes deploying apps a breeze (or at least more of a breeze than launching an app on AWS). You can launch front-end and back-end applications using various coding languages including Node.js, Ruby, Java, PHP, Python, Go, Scala or any language that runs on Linux. However, keep in mind that Heroku is a PaaS (Platform as a Service), while AWS is a IaaS (infrastructure as a Service). With AWS you’ll have the ability to fully customize your hosting environment. With Heroku, you don’t need to manage servers at all, which many SaaS founders see as a huge benefit. However, because you’re not fully managing a server, you’ll lose some of those hosting environment customization opportunities. However, what Heroku loses in flexibility, it makes up for with fast app launch times and ease of use. With Heroku you simply use their git push feature which will detect your stack and then simply deploy your app. It’s fantastic, simple and fast. Best of all, Heroku comes with a free tier. This means you can sign up and see if it’s a hosting solution that fits the needs of your SaaS company. We’ve had many conversations with SaaS founders and they tend to love ❤️ Heroku as a SaaS hosting solution.
AWS (Amazon Web Services) is one of the most popular cloud hosting options for SaaS companies looking for a digital home for their applications. Some of the biggest tech names run their websites and apps on AWS. For example, both Spotify and Pinterest run on AWS. We had scaling problems ourselves a couple of years back on other hosts, so we moved our platforms to AWS and we loved the AWS experience. Our site reliability and site speed increased dramatically, and we were able to scale under the website traffic pressures we were experiencing. However, AWS does require a level of technical expertise that options like Heroku don’t require. That said, with AWS, what you lose in simplicity, you gain in power and flexibility. AWS gives technical teams access to a fully customizable cloud hosting environment. With AWS, you can simply create the best hosting stack for your SaaS company by using their cloud hosting infrastructure, and then easily integrate many of their add-on services. For example, many SaaS companies will use EC2, SES, S3, SQS, Lamda and Lightsail to help them accomplish the various technical requirements of their SaaS company. And of course, you can expect that AWS will always be adding new services to stay up to date with the quickly shifting business needs of technology companies.
DigitalOcean is another favorite hosting company for SaaS projects. A lot of smaller SaaS companies tend to be drawn towards DigitalOcean due to their easy to understand pricing and developer friendly hosting environment. Generally speaking, DigitalOcean is much less complex than AWS (in terms of both pricing and backend workflow). Many SaaS founders are not looking for the enterprise grade solutions that AWS provide. They are simply looking for a hosting provider that can deliver them fast, reliable and secure hosting for their SaaS project at a reasonable price. I’ve personally talked to many SaaS founders who love the speed and reliability of the DigitalOcean platform. I encourage you to read the online reviews yourself. As you’ll see for yourself, SaaS founders tend to love DigitalOcean as a hosting provider. From a pricing standpoint, DigitalOcean uses a very different pricing model than many of the other hosting providers listed on this page. DigitalOcean uses Droplets, which are simply Linux-based Virtual Machines (VMs) that can accomplish an assortment of tasks for your SaaS company. You’ll simply be required to pay for the droplets you use.
Google Cloud Services (GCS) is a go-to option for many SaaS founders due to the draw of building and deploying SaaS applications using an engine that powers hugely popular apps online. Google is one of the most trusted names in technology. Google Cloud Services offers computing resources (Compute Engine, App Engine), storage (Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL), Networking (Virtual Private Cloud), big data tools (BigQuery, Cloud Dataflow) and machine learning tools (Cloud Machine Learning Engine). This suite of tools makes Google Cloud Services a popular option for many SaaS founders. Best of all, like many of the other options on this list, you only pay for services that you use. This helps ensure you don’t pay for more than you need. Best of all, your hosting scales with you as your SaaS scales in size. No need to migrations or upgrades. The elastic nature of cloud computing handles your scaling needs with ease.
Azure is another big name in the cloud computing space. While AWS has more market share, Azure serves roughly 80% of fortune 500 companies. As one of the largest cloud computing platforms, Azure gives SaaS founders access to continuously growing list of resources including computing, networking, IoT and analytics to name only a few categories. In fact, Azure offers services in 18 categories and offers over 200 services within those categories. Azure, like the other cloud computing options within this list, continuously adds new services each year. Best of all, Azure offers a “free to start” pricing model. This will allow you to get familiar with this cloud hosting option to see if it suits the needs of your SaaS company.
IBM is another player in the cloud computing space. It may not be as popular as AWS, Google or Azure, but IBM does offer a powerful suite of cloud computing and hosting technologies that many SaaS founders we’ve talked with have had great experiences with. They offer various types of cloud solutions including public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud options. They also have “IBM Cloud”, which is suite of data, AI, blockchain, IoT and machine learning tools that are available in the cloud for SaaS companies to use as part of their hosting infrastructure. You can get started with IBM on their free “light” plan or use their “pay as you go” pricing model which scales as your SaaS company scales.
🏁 Wrap Up
I hope you’ve found this “best of” SaaS hosting roundup list helpful. Again, these are hosting providers who we have no affiliation with. We’ve simply either used these services ourselves in the past, or know many SaaS founders who use and say wonderful things about these hosting solutions.
Before signing off today, I want to remind you that we offer creative marketing solutions to SaaS companies who are looking to grow. So if you’re interested in scaling your SaaS company’s website traffic🚀, then I suggest you check out our homepage to learn how we can help.
Written By Simon Alcott: Published April 1st, 2020 | Updated April 1st, 2020.
Simon Alcott is a growth hacker and the driving force behind WhalePages, a SaaS marketing agency So, if you have a SaaS company and you’re kinda into things like website traffic and increasing your MRR, then be sure to check out our homepage.
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