Earth Day: 5 green hosts to reduce your environmental impact

A website is an important part of a photography business, but creating a great photography website is about more than just adding stunning images. By choosing a green web host, you can improve the process for the planet, without affecting your daily workload.

Building a more sustainable future for the photography industry benefits us all, and we all have the opportunity to make our photo workflow more environmentally friendly. Whether you are professional or passionate, finding the weak points of your company in terms of environmental impact is useful.

Data centers account for 2% of global carbon emissions, as much as the airline industry

Trey Gardner, CEO/Founder of GreenGeeks

Web hosting is an area that many photographers may not think about. Since there is no direct impact of our activity on the environment, it is easy to overlook our online exploits as damaging. Hosting several hundred websites is energy-intensive – but yours isn’t the only one your host supports, of course.

Here we’ve taken a look at the best green web hosting services for photographers – those platforms that are the most environmentally conscious and allow you to run a successful photo website with a minimal carbon footprint .

1) iPage

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“For every kilowatt-hour (kwh) of energy iPage uses, the company purchases renewable energy certificates to offset that amount with wind power by 200 percent.”

This is how iPage describes his approach. This is a clear statement that leaves little room for vagueness about how green the business is – a common problem among web hosts. The iPage system is also easy to use and the products are good, which contributes to true carbon neutral quality.

2) Greens

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GreenGeeks claims to be the world’s leading green hosting provider. It’s a confident claim, but it’s backed by a 300% carbon offset standard.

This means that the use is more than carbon neutral, it is technically carbon reducing! The host provides features like WordPress integration, 24/7 technical support, and a 30-day money-back guarantee.

3) A2 Hosting

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Carbon neutral for 15 years, A2 Hosting has shown commendable dedication to making strides towards environmentally friendly operations. In addition to obtaining energy from sustainable sources, its partnership with carbonfund.org has enabled work on reforestation projects. The offer for photographers is also reasonable, offering a wide variety of plan choices. Prices are a bit higher, but you get performance-enhancing features and built-in antivirus scanning.

4) Kualo

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Kualo isn’t as far down the road to carbon neutral as others, but it has committed to carbon offset programs and has a dedicated page that provides updates on its progress. The company uses sustainable energy sources in the UK and the US, while its data center facilities are deemed to be as efficient as possible. It also offers a free website builder and uses machine learning firewall and malware protection.

5) DreamHost

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Another hosting service that eventually aims to get all of its energy from renewable sources, DreamHost has company-wide efficiency improvement practices, ranging from using reclaimed water for its cooling facilities to in-house composting for its office kitchens. The company also invests as a partner in clean wind energy programs. Starting at just $1.99 per month, you can get a beginner-friendly shared hosting plan, and best of all, if you’re already using a WordPress site, you can migrate it for free.

Conclusion

A website is an important part of a photography business, but by simply choosing a green web host, you can improve the process for the planet, without affecting your daily workload.

Read more:

Build a Brilliant Photo Website
6 Ways to Improve Your Photo Website
Go green: make your photography more sustainable

Sherry J. Basler