Shared hosting is the most common type of web hosting available and usually the cheapest. Shared hosting gets its name from having all websites – yours and otherwise – on a given server share the same resources, like storage space and bandwidth. Despite the resources being shared, other customers on the same server do not have access to your account or sites. Check out the most popular and cheapest hosts offering shared hosting plans below.

Basic Plan by Bluehost

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 5
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$3.95

Regular Price: $7.99

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Plus Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $10.99

Choice Plus Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $14.99

Hatchling Plan by HostGator

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$2.75

Regular Price: $6.95

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Baby Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $9.95

Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $14.85

Ecosite Starter Plan by GreenGeeks

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$2.95

Regular Price: $9.95

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Ecosite Pro Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $14.95

Ecosite Premium Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $16.95
Regular Price: $24.95

Lite Plan by A2 Hosting

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$2.96

Regular Price: $7.99

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Swift Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $3.70
Regular Price: $9.99

Lite Plan
Websites: 1

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $4.90
Regular Price: $9.99

Swift Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $5.88
Regular Price: $11.99

Basic Plan by Just Host

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 5
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$3.95

Regular Price: $9.49

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Plus Plan
Websites: 10

Disk Space: 150 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $10.99

Prime Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $14.99

Original Plan by FatCow

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$4.08

Regular Price: $12.95

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Starter Plan by One.com

Disk Space: 25 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price

$2.45

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Professional Plus Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 200 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $3.49
Regular Price: $6.99

Professional Plan
Websites: 1

Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $4.99

Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 500 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $11.99

Essential Hosting Plan by HostNoc

Disk Space: 2 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 5
Email Accounts: 25
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$2.99

Regular Price: $4.98

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Essential Hosting Plan
Websites: 5

Disk Space: 100 MB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $3.36
Regular Price: $5.60

Pro Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $11.95

Starter Plan
Websites: 1

Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: 250 GB

Promo Price: $3.99
Regular Price: $8.99

Simple Plan by PowWeb

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$3.88

Regular Price: $11.95

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Power Plan by WebHostingPad

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$1.99

Regular Price: $3.99

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Power Plus Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $7.99

Starter Plan by DreamHost

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$2.59

Regular Price: $4.95

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Unlimited Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $7.95
Regular Price: $10.95

Personal Plan by AccuWeb Hosting

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 500 GB

Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: 150
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$3.09

Regular Price: $3.64

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Personal Plan
Websites: 1

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 500 GB

Today’s Price: $3.52

Small Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: 750 GB

Promo Price: $5.09
Regular Price: $5.99

Small Business Plan
Websites: 3

Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: 750 GB

Today’s Price: $6.58

Basic Plan by Hostwinds

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$3.29

Regular Price: $6.99

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Advanced Plan
Websites: 4

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $4.23
Regular Price: $8.99

Ultimate Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $5.17
Regular Price: $10.99

Business Basic Plan
Websites: 1

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $5.64
Regular Price: $11.99

Standard Plan by InterServer

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$4.00

Regular Price: $5.00

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Standard Plan
Websites: 25

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $4.00
Regular Price: $5.00

StartUp Plan by SiteGround

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$3.95

Regular Price: $11.95

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GrowBig Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $19.95

GoGeek Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $11.95
Regular Price: $34.95

C10 Plan by TurnKey Internet

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$2.49

Regular Price: $9.99

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Unlimited Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $4.99
Regular Price: $19.99

Professional Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $7.99
Regular Price: $15.99

Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $14.99
Regular Price: $29.99

Pathfinder Plan by Rebel.com

Disk Space: 1 GB
Bandwidth: 5 GB

Websites: Contact provider
Email Accounts: 10
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$1.50

Regular Price: $4.99

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Adventurer Plan
Websites: Contact provider

Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: 15 GB

Promo Price: $1.50
Regular Price: $4.99

Globetrotter Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 25 GB

Promo Price: $1.50
Regular Price: $4.99

cPanel Plan
Websites: 5

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $2.00
Regular Price: $11.00

Economy Plan by GoDaddy

Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price

$7.99

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Economy Plan
Websites: 1

Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $7.99

Deluxe Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $10.99

Deluxe Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $10.99

Starter Plan by HostPapa

Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 2
Email Accounts: 100
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$3.95

Regular Price: $7.99

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Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $12.99

Business Pro Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $12.95
Regular Price: $19.99

Personal Plan by Media Temple

Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB

Websites: 100
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price

$20.00

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Pro Plan
Websites: 500

Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: 2 TB

Today’s Price: $30.00

Elite Plan
Websites: 500

Disk Space: 250 GB
Bandwidth: 5 TB

Today’s Price: $60.00

Standard Plan by Easyspace

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Contact provider
Email Accounts: 25
Operating System: Either

Promo Price

$4.57

Regular Price: $5.08

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Note: Prices for this host are based on exchange rates that are subject to change without notice.

Premium Plan
Websites: Contact provider

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $7.81
Regular Price: $10.42

Basic Plan by eUKHost

Disk Space: 2 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Contact provider
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price

$4.22

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Note: Prices for this host are based on exchange rates that are subject to change without notice.

Basic Plan
Websites: 1

Disk Space: 1 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $4.22

Intermediate Plan
Websites: Contact provider

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $6.33

Intermediate Plan
Websites: 3

Disk Space: 25 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $6.33

Basic Plan by FastDomain

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 5
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$5.95

Regular Price: $12.49

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Pro Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $19.99
Regular Price: $27.99

Basic Plan by HostMonster

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 5
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$4.95

Regular Price: $9.49

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Plus Plan
Websites: 10

Disk Space: 150 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $12.49

Prime Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $14.99

Plus Plan by Netfirms

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: Contact provider
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$4.45

Regular Price: $11.95

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Advantage Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $8.99

Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $12.99

Personal Plan by WireNine

Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: 50 GB

Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$15.00

Regular Price: $20.00

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Startup Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 100 GB

Promo Price: $25.00
Regular Price: $30.00

Small Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: 200 GB

Promo Price: $45.00
Regular Price: $50.00

Large Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: 500 GB

Promo Price: $95.00
Regular Price: $100.00

Medium Plan by Contabo

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 11
Email Accounts: 1000
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price

$3.42

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Note: Prices for this host are based on exchange rates that are subject to change without notice.

Large Plan
Websites: 31

Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $5.71

X Large Plan
Websites: 52

Disk Space: 250 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $9.14

XX Large Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 500 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $11.42

Starter Pro Plan by Heart Internet

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 50 GB

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 1000
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price

$5.08

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Note: Prices for this host are based on exchange rates that are subject to change without notice.

Home Pro Plan
Websites: 1

Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $13.99

Business Pro Plan
Websites: 3

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $19.08

Base Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $38.18

Starter Plan by Webhosting UK

Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 2
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price

$3.21

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Note: Prices for this host are based on exchange rates that are subject to change without notice.

Starter Plan
Websites: 2

Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $3.21

Premium Plan
Websites: 5

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $5.14

Premium Plan
Websites: 5

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $5.14

Stellar Plan by Namecheap

Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 3
Email Accounts: 30
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$1.29

Regular Price: $2.57

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Stellar Plus Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $2.20
Regular Price: $4.41

Stellar Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $4.12
Regular Price: $8.24

Single Plan by Hostinger

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 100 GB

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 1
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$0.80

Regular Price: $7.99

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Premium Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $2.15
Regular Price: $11.95

Business Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $3.45
Regular Price: $15.95

Basic Plan by Domain.com

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price

$3.75

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Deluxe Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $6.75

Ultra Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Today’s Price: $13.75

Essentials Plan by 123 Reg

Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 1
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price

$4.41

Regular Price: $6.30

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Note: Prices for this host are based on exchange rates that are subject to change without notice.

Business Plan
Websites: 5

Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $6.93
Regular Price: $10.09

Unlimited Plan
Websites: 10

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $11.35
Regular Price: $16.40

Premium+ Plan
Websites: Unlimited

Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited

Promo Price: $18.92
Regular Price: $25.24

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The Difference Between Shared Hosting And Other Types

All web hosting types function in similar fashion since the basics of storage space, bandwidth, and domains applies to all servers and hosting accounts. The biggest difference between shared plans and others, like dedicated or VPS hosting, is primarily how servers are configured and supplied.

Shared hosting is the only type of web hosting where the resources allocated to your site are dynamic and not dedicated; a feature that has both advantages and disadvantages. While there are shared hosting plans with resource caps, the universal server resources, like bandwidth, connect speeds, and processing power, are used amongst all accounts and sites on that server.

Shared hosting can exist on a cloud server; in this case, all accounts share the resources of the server network instead of a single machine. While shared hosting has a reputation for being unreliable at times, on a cloud server, performance and reliability typically see significant boost.

Advantages Of Shared Hosting

Most sites will tell you the obvious advantage of shared hosting is its price: while other types of hosting commonly cost well over $10 a month (and in many cases much, much more), shared plans frequently come in under that threshold. Finding a shared hosting plan for just $5 a month shouldn’t come as a surprise!

The advantages for shared hosting don’t stop there though. Shared hosting is exclusively managed hosting, meaning that your web hosting provider will take care of updates, security, and configuration for anything at the server level. In some cases, web hosts will also help with basic tasks involved in setting up your site. Shared hosting server also overwhelmingly run on Linux – the most widely-used server OS by a significant margin. If you find yourself in need of better hosting – or an entirely new host – the migration process should go relatively easy.

Finding The Best Choice For Shared Hosting

With great power comes a great temptation to abuse it! Shared hosting is likely the most susceptible type of hosting to how a web host manages their servers. Shared hosting is frequently the cheapest type because providers can continue to add accounts and hard drives to machines in order to add room for customers without increasing the speed or processing power of the machine. This results in worse performance for all sites on the server.

Many hosts with shared plans are completely responsible with their management and respect for their customers. Unfortunately, there’s no metric, hardware, or silver bullet for identifying how a host will manage accounts. In this case, it’s best to contact the web host and speak to their customer service or read reviews from trusted sources.

Things To Remember When Shopping For Shared Hosting

Not all plans are created equally, and shared hosting is no exception. Here are things you should consider when looking at shared plans for your site:

  • Many shared hosting plans offer unlimited bandwidth, storage, and domains. While this is sometimes a double-edged sword, for small businesses or individuals just looking to have an online presence, this can offer great value for your dollar.
  • Consider both the promotional and regular prices. The promotional price generally lasts the first pay cycle which could range from a month all the way to a year. The regular price will give you a better idea of what the long-term cost of your will be.
  • Read reviews from trusted sources before you purchase a plan. Shared hosting is incredibly susceptible to host a web host manages their servers. Looking at their reviews and contacting their customer support can give you a good idea of how they treat their customers.
  • There usually is no commitment to stick with the same host. I have yet to find a host that charges a penalty for leaving them before your current hosting plan expires. In fact, many hosting providers offer 30-day money back guarantees when you sign up with them. That said, if you opt in for annual pay cycles, your money will not be prorated and refunded should you decide to leave part way through.
  • Most shared hosting is on Linux OS, making the move to other hosts and hosting types easy in most cases.

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