Shared hosting is likely the most popular type of hosting for bloggers. It is very affordable, making it very attractive to all bloggers but particularly to new ones. What is meant by shared hosting is that many different accounts share space on one large server. (Think of one apartment in an apartment building that can hold 50 apartments.) It is the opposite of a dedicated server, which is a server just for one whose pricing generally starts at about $150 per month. Shared web hosting can typically be found for as little as $3-4 dollars per month, or even less if you purchase an annual plan. The biggest advantage to shared hosting is the cost. The biggest disadvantage is that because you are sharing a server with others, resources have the potential to be overused and a little slower.
When choosing a host you will want to consider many factors. Price is an important factor. When considering price, you will need to keep the amount of storage and bandwidth in mind, as well as the number of domains that you can host on the account. Obviously price is a big factor, but it should not be the only one. You will also want to consider how long the host has been in business, their reputation, their rate of uptime, customer support and tech support options, and feedback from customers.
Here are some of the most popular shared hosting options available today.
- Namecheap – Offers shared, VPS, reseller, and dedicated servers as well as domains and email hosting.
- SiteGround – Offers shared, reseller, dedicated and enterprise hosting, as well as WordPress and Joomla hosting and themes.
- iPage – Offers WordPress hosting and domains
- Fatcow Web Hosting – Offers WordPress hosting, hosting, vps and dedicated servers, as well as domains.
- InMotion Hosting – Offers WordPress, VPS, business, dedicated and reseller servers, as well as domains.
- 1&1 – Offers hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS and dedidcated servers, as well as domain names and email
- HostGator – Offers WordPress hosting, hosting, vps and dedicated servers, as well as domains.