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Best shared web hosting: Multiple sites hosted at one low price

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Every serious company needs to showcase its offering and prove it means business by means of its website. This is achieved with the help of a web hosting provider.

There are multiple types of web hosting out there, one of them being shared web hosting. The ‘shared’ part means that multiple website domains are hosted on the same server, sharing the provided server resources. 

The main advantage to this solution is its low price, although sometimes perhaps at the expense of performance. If you’re looking for a good shared web hosting option, here are some ideas for you - and only the best will do to make this rundown.

 1. Hostinger

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Simple and affordable shared web host

Reasons to buy
+Novice-friendly +Cheap+There's a four year contract
Reasons to avoid
-Storage limitations

Hostinger offers three shared web hosting plans. The cheapest is the Single plan starting at $2.15/month if you choose the four-year commitment (only $0.80 during the first billing term), and includes one hosted website, one email account, 100GB of monthly data limit, as well as 10GB SSD.

If you want more disk space (20 or 30GB), unlimited websites, email accounts, and bandwidth, then the Premium or Business plan might be a better fit. The former is priced $2.15/month for the first four-year billing term ($3.49 upon renewal) and doubles up on the processing power and memory, while the latter costs $3.45/month for the initial four-year period ($7.95 when you renew) and brings four times the power.

All the plans include a free lifetime SSL certificate, while the Business plan includes Cloudflare protection, SSH access, daily backups, and free domain registration. The plans are also fully refundable during the first 30 days after the purchase.

 2.  InMotion

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Detailed and abundance on offer

Reasons to buy
+Unusually generous refund policy+Clear presentation of plans+Some advanced features on basic plan
Reasons to avoid
-The website is a bit slow

InMotion provides a solid choice of shared hosting plans, starting from $3.99/month if you sign up for the two-year subscription. Although cheaper than regular, this provider’s shared web hosting options aren’t lacking in advanced features such as a basic backup system, hacking and DDoS protection, as well as a WordPress-based website builder and cPanel management. 

The company offers on its website detailed lists of its shared web hosting plans’ specifications, allowing you to compare them and choose the right option for your business. You’ll notice that all shared hosting plans include unlimited disk space, monthly traffic, email accounts, and email storage, with only differences in the number of MySQL and PostgreSQL databases, supported websites, parked/sub domains, and the presence of a few features.

The provider’s performance is impressive in terms of site loading speeds, and if there are any issues, you can contact the skilled tech support team whenever you want. If there are any issues that you can’t deal with, you can take advantage of the unusually generous 90-day money-back guarantee and ask for a refund.

3. Namecheap

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Inexpensive and powerful

Reasons to buy
+Attractive pricing+100% uptime guarantee
Reasons to avoid
-Storage is a bit limited

As you could deduce from its name, Namecheap is a budget-friendly shared web hosting service whose every subscription option includes unlimited bandwidth, a free website builder, a free domain name for the first year, 50 PositiveSSL certificates, and a 100% uptime guarantee. All the plans are covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee if things don’t work out.

The supercheap plans begin at $1.44/month (billed annually) for the first term ($33.88/year afterward). This subscription, called Stellar, will provide you with 20GB SSD storage and support for three websites.

This is followed by the Stellar Plus plan at $2.44/month ($29.28 billed the first year, renews at $57.88/year) which includes unmetered storage space, unlimited websites, and an auto-backup feature.

The ultimate-level Stellar Business plan costs $4.44/month ($52.88 charged the first year, renews at $104.88/year) and brings 50GB of storage, personal nameservers, PCI compliance, and cloud storage.

4.    iPage 

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Ideal host if you have more than one site

Reasons to buy
+No limitations on storage, bandwith, domains and more+Low baseline prices+Quality performance
Reasons to avoid
-Support website could use some tweaking

iPage is an experienced web hosting and domain registration company with a wide range of solutions for webmasters and online businesses. Its shared hosting services are offered at the price of €2.99 or $3.30/month for the initial billing period, after which the price increases, depending on the length of the contract (€8.99/$9.90 for the one-year and two-year contracts, €8.35/$9.20 for the three-year one).

Should you decide to take this provider’s offer, you’ll get access to a platform with unlimited storage space, bandwidth, domains, MySQL databases, and email addresses, as well as a Let’s Encrypt SSL. Additional features can be purchased, such as WordPress optimization, website builder, SiteLock, G Suite, and backup & restore.

Helpful tech support is available via email, live chat, and telephone and all the plans are covered with a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with the service.

 5. 1&1 Ionos

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1&1 Ionos

Easy to use and plentiful

Reasons to buy
+Low-cost+Quality performer+Beginner-friendly
Reasons to avoid
-The website isn't very intuitive

A web hosting veteran, 1&1 IONOS offers shared hosting services starting at $4/month for the Essential package. This option covers one website, 10GB of storage, 10 databases, 10 email accounts, and one SSL Wildcard certificate.

The more expensive plans offer unlimited websites, storage, and databases, more email accounts, and enhanced processing power and memory. All the plans include SSL certificates, unlimited traffic, a free domain for a year, 10,000 subdomains, size analytics, $100 Bing Ads starting credit, and 2GB of email storage per account.

If the service isn’t up to your standards, there’s a 30-day money-back guarantee that covers such situations.

 6.   Hostgator

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Something for everyone

Reasons to buy
+Budget-friendly+45-day money-back guarantee+Unlimited storage and bandwith
Reasons to avoid
- Website forums aren’t moderated by the provider 

HostGator is another affordable shared web hosting provider that allows you to save quite a bit of moolah if you choose one of the longer-term plans. For instance, the cheapest is the Hatchling subscription at $2.43/month for the initial three-year billing period (renews at $6.95). 

The prices increase for shorter lengths and amount to $2.78/month ($7.95 upon renewal) for the two-year contract, for example. This subscription will only get you a single domain, but you’ll also be getting a free SSL certificate, one-click WordPress installs and cPanel website transfers, and one free domain. There are no limitations on storage, bandwidth, and email accounts.

This pricing option is followed by a slightly more expensive but also more powerful Baby subscription, costing $3.48/month for the initial three-year period ($9.95 upon renewal). It includes all the features from the previous plan, with the exception of unlimited domains.

The top-of-the-range Business plan is priced at $5.23/month for the first three-year term ($14.95 when you renew). It adds a free upgrade to positive SSL, a dedicated IP, SEO tools, and more. Each plan is offered under a 45-day money-back guarantee if you’re not completely satisfied and there’s a 24/7/365 technical support via email, live chat, and telephone to help you out with anything.

 7.  UK2

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A comprehensive hosting solution

Reasons to buy
+Lots of storage space and bandwith+Wide array of subscription services+Top-notch performance
Reasons to avoid
-Website could use some work

UK2 provides shared hosting packages at attractive rates. For instance, the cheapest annual plan costs £1.99 or $2.50/month (renews at £5.95/$7.70) and will get you 10 hosted websites and one MySQL database. 

The pricier packages offer more: unlimited websites and MySQL databases, a free SSL certificate, and dedicated IP, while the most expensive one also throws in the UK2 cloud into the mix.

In addition to being accompanied by a 30-day money-back guarantee and 24/7 expert support, all the plans include unmetered bandwidth and website space, unlimited 10GB emails, and one free domain for the first year.

 8.  Siteground

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Eco-friendly and efficient

Reasons to buy
+Plenty of advanced options+Environmentally friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Limited storage

 SiteGround offers “a resource-efficient, environmentally friendly, powerful, and yet low-cost solution” for its customers’ shared web hosting requirements. 

The most cost-efficient is the entry-level StartUp subscription, with a price tag of €2.48 or $2.70/month initially (the price increases to €9.95/$11 after the first billing term) and includes all the beginner essentials - one website, 10GB of web space, and basic WordPress features (sitebuilder, SSL and HTTPS, Cloudflare CDN, daily backups, SSH access, unlimited traffic and MySQL).

For €4.48 or $4.90/month initially (€17.95/$19.70 afterward), you can get the GrowBig option with unlimited websites, 20GB of web space, and premium WordPress features like expert site transfer, SuperCacher system for improving the site performance, as well as advanced on-demand backup and WordPress staging.

The least affordable but equipped with all the superior features and performance is the GoGeek subscription at €7.48 or $8.20/month initially (€29.95/$32.90 later). It increases the web space to 30GB, as well as adding the ‘geeky’ WordPress features like white-label site management, one-click Git repositories creation, and advanced priority support.

Whichever plan you’ve selected, if you’re not satisfied with the service, you can ask for a refund within 30 days after the purchase.

 9.  PlanetHippo 

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Hosting as low as £1/month

Reasons to buy
+Reasonably priced+User-friendly+Top speeds
Reasons to avoid
-Not many extras

 One of the leading UK-based companies specializing in shared web hosting, Planet Hippo has several plans starting at just £1.00 or $1.30/month for 1GB of SSD web pace, free AutoSSL, one hosted website, email account, and MySQL database, as well as unlimited data transfer.

More expensive plans increase the available storage capacity, number of hosted websites, email addresses, and MySQL databases, in addition to introducing features like backups and free domains.

The priciest plan at £7.99 or $10.30/month delivers unlimited everything, plus free dedicated IP, Comodo SSL, and premium tech support (the improved version of the regular 24/7 support provided in other subscription models).

All the plans include a 30-day money-back guarantee so your money is safely back in your pocket if the service proves unworthy.

 10.  Tsohost

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Competitive pricing with lots of options

Reasons to buy
+Plans for various users+Daily backups with all plans+Powerful performance
Reasons to avoid
-Storage limits

Another cost-effective UK-based hosting provider, Tsohost has a range of plans suitable for various users’ requirements. 

The cheapest is the baseline Startup subscription at £2.92 or $3.75/month for the two-year contract and it will get you three hosted websites, 15GB of storage and unmetered bandwidth, as well as 25 mailboxes (up to 200MB each), daily backups, unlimited FTP accounts, and a Let’s Encrypt SSL.

As always, the pricier the plan, the more power and advanced features are at your disposal, such as more storage and hosted websites, larger and more numerous mailboxes, as well as more subdomains.

All the plans have something in common - a 30-day money-back guarantee if any unsolvable problems arise and 24/7 live chat and phone customer support to help you with issues that can be addressed.

Isabel Martins

Isabel is a Commercial Content Writer, and former Ecommerce Writer for our sister site, TechRadar. She specializes in B2B content, and has generated much of TTR's web hosting and email hosting content.