Best Shared Hosting

If you’re considering shared hosting, make sure you understand the differences between shared, dedicated and VPS. And once you’re sure that shared hosting is a good fit for your needs, take a look below and pick the right hosting provider.

Hosting ProviderBest ForMonthly Price
BlueHostFree Domain$2.75
HostGatorUnmetered Bandwidth$3.13
iPageDrag and Drop Setup$1.99
1 & 1Business Website$0.99
HostMonsterUnlimited Storage$4.95
FatCowUnlimited Domains$3.15
IPOWERUnlimited Hosting$3.25
InMotionHosting with SSD$5.99
Just HostFree Site Builder$3.95
LunarpagesUnlimited Email$4.95
WebhostingPadFree Website Transfer$1.99
Hosting24Unlimited Hosting$3.99

One thing to consider when looking at shared hosting is to determine if the provider includes a domain in your monthly price or if you need to bring your own. I recommend getting your domain through someone else so you’re not tied to your hosting provider if you decide to move in the future. I’m a big fan of Google Domains and have all my domains through them. I’ve also used GoDaddy and NameCheap for comparison and found Google Domains to be the same price with more features included and a far more intuitive and less cluttered user interface.  Google Domains also makes it easy to forward all your emails to your Gmail account.

As you pick a hosting provider, it’s also a good idea to think about a year or two down the road to make sure your provider can scale with you. While everyone hopes their site will grow month over month and be as popular as Facebook, that usually isn’t the case. If you’re not expecting to get more than 10K visitors a month, you’re probably safe with a shared host for the foreseeable future (once you’re on track to hit 10K a month, check out our list for best dedicated hosts and VPS hosts). And if you think you’ll be driving more than 10K visitors a month to your site, you’ll want to think about a provider that can scale and grow with you. For example, BlueHost, HostGator and iPage all provide VPS services that you could upgrade to once you have outgrown your shared host.