If you’re looking for a green web host, there’s a large and expanding number of companies out there offering it. Trouble is, for the most part they do nothing different than their conventional counterparts, save buying RECs to offset their energy use. Server farms are a major user of energy, and to eliminate that all together, safely, is a huge, tangible step your business can take.
Solar Host does this, and is a company unlike any other host I’ve seen out there.
Yes, a handful of other companies are fully solar powered, but it’s Solar Host’s whole approach that differentiates it from all the rest. How? This article, “How much webspace do I need?”” is a prime example. They step you through figuring out roughly how much your site would actually need, versus just giving what sounds like an impressive figure that you don’t ultimately need.
According to their calculations, many sites could easily run on a 250mb package, a quarter of what most host sites begin at! And they even offer a 100mb package.
It’s important to note that in my comparisons to other sustainable site hosts, solar powered or not, the monthly bandwidth allowance is 2 to 5 times what’s typically offered. So you need not get a huge package just to make sure you’ve got enough bandwidth for site traffic.
This allows them to offer quite affordable packages, closely approximating your needs. And, given my experience with their staff, they would tell you if what they offer does not meet your needs, referring you to a company that does.
That sort of approach will, in the long run, earn them loyal customers that see them as more than just another host, and at the same time not cost a premium to get more planet and people friendly service.
The site overall does a great job of being both accessible and helpful to those who aren’t tech focused, and pleasing those who need to know, to the last detail, what they’ll be getting. Overall, it’s more in line with how modern business is moving: More human, less tech, great results.
Readers: Where else can your business go more sustainable in a cost and service comparable way to your current options? What other ways are you greening your computing needs?
Paul Smith is a sustainable business innovator, the founder of GreenSmith Consulting, and has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. He creates interest in, conversations around, and business for green (and greening) companies, via social media. Who he has and wants to work with includes consumer, media, clean tech, NGOs, social ventures, and museums.