Web Hosting Comparison (Shared Hosting — Standard)

Web Hosting Companies

Shared Hosting is the most popular — and also the most affordable — web hosting plan. It’s super-easy to manage a shared hosting plan and it’s equally good for beginners as well as experienced webmasters. Shared hosting basically means that you’re sharing your server (resources as well as the cost) with hundreds (or even thousands) of other websites. And that makes it affordable for everyone.

The majority of websites on the web are actually hosted on a shared hosting plan. It can cost as low as $1 per month to as high as $25 per month depending upon the hosting brand and their resources. If you have a new website or an existing blog or website that’s not getting a lot of traffic then a shared hosting plan is all what you need.

Also, it’s good for a personal website or a small business website (assuming that they do not get a ton of traffic every single day and all they need is an online presence plus business email). And hey, a shared hosting is all you need to host multiple websites as well — as long as they are not getting thousands of visits a day.

Standard Shared Hosting Plans are best suited for websites that are getting more than 30,000 visits a month. And it obviously costs more than $100 per year although the first year cost could be much less than $100. And that exactly is the reason why I have included the renewal pricing as well on this comparison chart. Because majority of the users end up buying a web hosting plan based on their first billing only to realize later that the renewal pricing is actually 2x-5x more than the welcome pricing.

Top 10 Standard Shared Hosting Plans (Comparison)

Companies Price Comparison Web Hosting Comparison Chart
InMotion Hosting
(Power Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
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N/A (monthly)
$83.88 (12 months)
$150.96 (24 months)
N/A (36 months)
$131.88/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space & Bandwidth, 6 Websites, Unlimited Emails, 100 Subdomains, 26 Parked Domains, 50 Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 90-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name (1st year)
Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups, 24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: SSD Storage; SSH Access; Free Advertising Credits (worth up to $250); Domain Name costs $14.99/year after the first year.
GreenGeeks
(One Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up
$9.95 (monthly)
$95.40 (annually)
$166.80 (biennially)
$178.20 (triennially)
$95.40/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Parked Domains & Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name For Life
Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups, 24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: SSD Storage; SSH Access; $15 Setup Fees (for monthly plans); They’re offering only one shared hosting plan.
StableHost
(Pro Plan)

Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up
$8.95 (monthly)
$95.40 (annually)
$166.80 (biennially)
$234 (triennially)
$95.40/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Parked Domains & Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 45-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name For Life
Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups
Comments :: SSD Storage; No Live Chat Support; Domain Name costs $14.95/year; You can choose a hosting location of your choice (Phoenix, Chicago, or Amsterdam) during the signup process.
WebHostingHub
(Spark Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up
N/A (monthly)
$83.88 (12 months)
$143.76 (24 months)
$179.64 (36 months)
$107.88/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space & Bandwidth, 2 Websites, Unlimited Emails, 25 Subdomains, 5 Parked Domains, 10 Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 90-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name (1st year)
Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups, 24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: SSD Storage; SSH Access; Free Advertising Credits; WebHostingHub is a sister brand of InMotion Hosting; Domain Name costs $11.99/year after the first year.
WireNine
(Plus Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up

$15 (monthly)
$168 (annually)
$336 (biennially)
$504 (triennially)
$168/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Parked Domains & Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 60-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name (1st year)

No Setup Fees, Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups
Comments :: SSD Storage; No Live Chat Support; Free $100 Google AdWords Credit; Domain Name costs $12/year after the first year.
 WebHostingBuzz
(Buzz Power)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up
$26.85 (every 3 months)
$95.40 (annually)
$166.80 (biennially)
N/A (triennially)
$95.40/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Parked Domains & Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 45-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name For Life
No Setup Fees, Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups, 24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: <10 Second Live Chat Response (not verified); <30 Minute Ticket Response (not verified); Accepts Webmoney.
WestHost
(Preferred Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up
$39 (3 months)
$66 (12 months)
$108 (24 months)
$144 (36 months)
$132/year (renewal)
200 GB Disk Space, 2,500 GB Bandwidth, Unlimited Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name For Life
No Setup Fees, Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups, 24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: SSH Access; Can send only 100 emails per hour; Unlimited email accounts applicable only for the primary domain name.
TMDHosting
(Unlimited Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up
$9.85 (monthly)
$82.20 (annually)
$140.40 (biennially)
N/A (triennially)
$82.20/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Parked Domains & Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 60-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name For Life
No Setup Fees, Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups
Comments :: SSD Storage; No Live Chat Support; You can choose a hosting location of your choice (U.S., Amsterdam, or Singapore) during the signup process. 
midPhase
(Business Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up
$11.95 (monthly)
$65.70 (12 months)
$119.40 (24 months)
$161.10 (36 months)
$131.40/year (renewal) 
Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Parked Domains & Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name (1st year)
No Setup Fees, Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups, 24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: Free Dedicated IP Address; Free SSL; Nightly Account Backups; It’s not known whether they are offering a free domain for life.
Site5
(hostPro + Turbo Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up
$13.95 (monthly)
$155.40 (annually)
$286.80 (biennially)
N/A (triennially)
$155.40/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Parked Domains & Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 45-Day Money Back Guarantee
No Setup Fees, Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups, 24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: No SSD; SSH Access; Free Dedicated IP Address; Free Shared SSL Certificate; Domain Name costs $12/year; You can choose from over 50 hosting locations but they charge you $1 per month.
A2 Hosting
(Swift Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up

$12.99 (monthly)
$64.62 (12 months)
$117.48 (24 months)
N/A (36 months)
$
131.88/year (renewal)
Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Websites, Emails, Subdomains, Parked Domains & Databases
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

No Setup Fees, Accepts PayPal, Free Website Migration, Free Data Backups, 24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: SSD Storage; SSH Access;
 Free $50 Bing Ads Credits; Domain Name costs $14.95/year; You can choose a hosting location of your choice (U.S., Europe, or Asia) during the signup process.
BlueHost
(Plus Plan)
Linux Platform
cPanel Control Panel
» Sign Up

N/A (monthly)
$95.40 (12 months)
$166.80 (24 months)
$214.20 (36 months)
$155.88/year (renewal) 
150 GB Disk Space, Unlimited Bandwidth, 10 Websites, 100 Emails, 50 Subdomains, 20 Parked Domains
cPanel Control Panel, Linux Platform, Softaculous, 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Domain Name (1st year)

Accepts PayPal, Free Data Backups, 
24/7 Live Chat Support
Comments :: Domain Name costs $15.99/year after the first year; No SSD; Website Migration costs $149.99; Maximum 1,000 database tables; BlueHost is super-popular but it’s not definitely the best as it costs more, provides less.

Affordable Shared Hosting Plans | Standard Shared Hosting Plans | Premium Shared Hosting Plans

Reseller Hosting Plans | VPS Hosting Plans

I haven’t reviewed the performance or support of individual web hosting companies. Instead, I have shortlisted the web hosts based on features, pricing (current as well as renewal), user experience, and some criteria that I set personally.

For instance, I only considered the web hosting plans that lets you host more than one website (that’s why I have selected the second plan over the first for few web hosting companies).

You can always consider higher plans of a specific web hosting company — and it shouldn’t cost you a lot of money — if the one that I have chosen didn’t meet your personal requirements.

Just pay ‘special’ attention to the renewal pricing of those web hosting plans as the first year or rather the first hosting term could be well discounted.

In fact, I have also considered the promotional pricing for 12-month, 24-month, and 36-month hosting plans. But since it can change anytime I have also included the regular renewal pricing of annual plans (as it rarely changes over time).

You should always consider renewal pricing to compare different hosts in a more sensible way. Because once the first hosting term is over you will be billed at regular rates (even if you applied a coupon code during the sign up process).

Needless to say, the above web hosting comparison chart is not ranked and is not sorted based on any rating — it’s just a random order. And I was not recommending a specific web hosting company personally as its choice should entirely depend upon your current as well as future requirements.

Got a question or noticed an error? Do let me know as a comment below!

So, which is your favorite web hosting company and why? :)

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