A host that can no longer afford to pay the bills can turn to hosting providers that have become popular in recent years.
The trend, which has become more common in the past few years, has been driven by rising costs of hosting and the need to compete with other online services, said Joel Cohen, founder of Hosted Hosting, a firm that provides hosting services for small and medium-sized businesses.
Hosted has grown to include sites for nearly a dozen companies in the U.S. as well as a few in Europe.
Hosting services have seen a steep decline in prices, but they’re still available to businesses who need a bit more room.
A host can make a living by selling the hosting, and the company will pay you a percentage of the revenue for that.
That helps offset the cost of the domain, bandwidth and other costs, Cohen said.
While some companies have stopped paying hosting bills, others have not.
Host-based services have been popular in the last year.
The average number of customers with a Web hosting account jumped from 5.4 million in January to 7.7 million in December, according to CloudFlare, a data firm that monitors Web traffic.
That’s an increase of 2.5 million over the past year.
CloudFlat also found that 37 percent of Web sites use Hosted.
“People are getting the web more accessible, and there’s an increased need for hosting,” Cohen said in an interview.
In some ways, hosting has been in decline since the dot-com bust of the late 2000s.
Hosts lost some of their traditional revenue streams.
They’ve lost customers who didn’t use their services and customers who were forced to pay a higher price for hosting, Cohen added.
But they have also seen an influx of new customers who are willing to pay more, and those are the companies that are making a lot of money, Cohen told Bloomberg.
Host companies also are increasingly finding ways to offer more services.
One example is a platform called HostedHosting that provides small businesses with access to cloud-based hosting for as little as $20 a month.
Host hosting is also offered by other companies, including CloudFlatic, which provides Web hosting services to businesses in the $200-250 price range.
The company, which also includes Hosted, is now offering $15 a month for smaller businesses.
Cloudflatic also offers services for $100 a month, and it’s offering another service for $50.
CloudFLACO, the cloud-hosting platform that Hosted was founded on, says it has about 15,000 customers.
It also offers a hosting service that costs $1,400 a month and $2,400 for larger businesses.
That service includes services like backup backups and backup protection.
Host Hosted’s most popular site is HostedForBusiness, which offers a wide variety of hosting options including hosting for $5 a month plus bandwidth and storage.
Cloudhosting also offers its own service, HostedServer, for $6 a month per server.
In addition to hosting, Hosting also provides Web sites for businesses that sell physical goods, such as cars and electronics, and services like e-commerce.
The companies that use Hosts say they can save money by using the Web hosting option.
“We have a lot more to offer to businesses,” said Andrew Hochstein, CEO of Hosting for Business, a host company in Boston.
“I think it’s a way for businesses to do the same thing.
They have a bit of flexibility.”
The Hosted platform has seen a surge in popularity as more companies have added hosting services.
Host for Business had a total of nearly 7 million customers in December as compared to just 4.5 in the same month a year ago, according the company.
That means that the company has more customers than its competitor, CloudFlurry, which had 1.6 million.
CloudHosting has also seen a boost in its business as it has grown in size, said Kevin Stroud, chief executive officer of CloudHost for Business.
Cloud Hosting is now the biggest hosting company in the country, with more than 1,000 sites.
In the first quarter, CloudHost had revenue of $1.6 billion, up 9 percent from the same period a year earlier, according a company statement.
CloudCloud, which was founded by former Web hosting company GoDaddy in 2013, now has nearly 500 sites.
“When you think of hosting companies, it’s almost like being in a big league sports league,” said Michael J. Schmitt, chief financial officer of the Web Hosting Group, which represents Web hosting companies.
“It’s really a big market.
There are companies in every league.”
The Web Hosts have some customers who pay for hosting but aren’t paying more than they need to, Cohen of Hosts said.
For instance, Hosts says that a company that charges $2 a month on a hosting plan can pay $50 a month in storage.