SSL certificates encrypt the data that passes between your website and its visitors (and enables you to use the “https” version of your website and adds the little padlock you see in the address bar of your browser). Where this was once a nice thing to have, it is now a must if you intend for your website to be competitive in search engines, like Google. The hosts below have SSL certs available, in many cases for free.

Basic Plan by Bluehost

Hosting Type: Shared
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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Basic Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $7.99
Plus Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $10.99
Choice Plus Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $14.99

Hatchling Plan by HostGator

Hosting Type: Shared
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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Starter Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.84
Regular Price: $4.99
Baby Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $9.95
Hatchling Plan (Cloud Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $4.95
Regular Price: $8.95

Ecosite Starter Plan by GreenGeeks

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $14.95
Ecosite Premium Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $16.95
Regular Price: $24.95
1 GB RAM Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 25 GB
Bandwidth: 1000 GB
Today’s Price: $39.95

Lite Plan by A2 Hosting

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.70
Regular Price: $9.99
Lite Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $4.90
Regular Price: $9.99
Unmanaged Entry Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: 2 TB
Today’s Price: $5.00

Basic Plan by Just Host

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 10
Disk Space: 150 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $10.99
Prime Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $14.99
Standard Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Promo Price: $19.99
Regular Price: $29.99

WP Starter Plan by FatCow

Hosting Type: Wordpress
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$3.75

Regular Price: $10.49

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Original Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $4.08
Regular Price: $12.95
WP Essential Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $12.49
Basic Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 40 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Promo Price: $19.99
Regular Price: $24.99

Starter Plan by One.com

Hosting Type: Builder
Disk Space: 25 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$2.45

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Starter Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 25 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $2.45
Professional Plus Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 200 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.49
Regular Price: $6.99
Plus Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 200 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.49
Regular Price: $6.99

Launch Plan by InMotion Hosting

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: 2
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$6.39

Regular Price: $7.99

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WP-1000S Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 40 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $7.26
Regular Price: $8.99
Power Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 6
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $8.49
Regular Price: $9.99
WP-2000S Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 2
Disk Space: 80 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $11.38
Regular Price: $12.99

Basic Plan by iPage

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$1.99

Regular Price: $7.99

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WP Starter Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.75
Regular Price: $7.49
WP Essential Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $10.49
Basic Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 40 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Promo Price: $19.99
Regular Price: $24.99

WP Starter Plan by IPOWER

Hosting Type: Wordpress
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$3.75

Regular Price: $7.49

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Pro Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $11.95
Starter Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: 250 GB
Promo Price: $3.99
Regular Price: $8.99
WP Essential Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $10.49

Simple Plan by PowWeb

Hosting Type: Shared
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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Simple Plan by WebHostingPad

Hosting Type: Builder
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$1.99

Regular Price: $3.99

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Power Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $1.99
Regular Price: $3.99
WP Basic Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 5
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $2.99
Regular Price: $4.99
WP Pro Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 10
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.99
Regular Price: $5.99

Starter Plan by DreamHost

Hosting Type: Shared
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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Standard Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Contact provider
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Today’s Price: $4.95
All Access Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Contact provider
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Today’s Price: $7.95
Unlimited Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $7.95
Regular Price: $10.95

Personal Plan by AccuWeb Hosting

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 500 GB
Today’s Price: $3.49
Personal Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 500 GB
Today’s Price: $3.52
Personal Plan (Cloud Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 500 GB
Promo Price: $4.79
Regular Price: $5.64

Basic Plan by Hostwinds

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 4
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $4.23
Regular Price: $8.99
Unmanaged Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Promo Price: $4.49
Regular Price: $4.99
Cloud Plan (Cloud Hosting)
Websites: Contact provider
Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Today’s Price: $4.99

Standard Plan by InterServer

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 25
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $4.00
Regular Price: $5.00
Standard Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 25 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Today’s Price: $6.00
Standard Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 25 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Today’s Price: $10.00

Beginner Plan by Liquid Web

Hosting Type: eCommerce
Disk Space: Contact provider
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$39.00

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Standard Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 40 GB
Bandwidth: 10 TB
Today’s Price: $59.00
Basic Plan (eCommerce Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Contact provider
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Today’s Price: $99.00
Professional Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 10
Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: 5 TB
Today’s Price: $99.00

StartUp Plan by SiteGround

Hosting Type: Shared
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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StartUp Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $11.95
GrowBig Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $19.95
GrowBig Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $5.95
Regular Price: $19.95

C10 Plan by TurnKey Internet

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $4.99
Regular Price: $19.99
Creator Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Contact provider
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Today’s Price: $7.95
Professional Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $7.99
Regular Price: $15.99

Basic Plan by Yahoo! Small Business

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: 100 GB
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 250
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$4.49

Regular Price: $8.99

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Basic Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $4.99
Regular Price: $15.99
Advanced Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 500 GB
Bandwidth: 500 GB
Promo Price: $5.89
Regular Price: $11.99
Premiere Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.79
Regular Price: $15.99

Essential Plan by 1&1 IONOS

Hosting Type: Builder
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 1
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$1.00

Regular Price: $7.00

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Business Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Promo Price: $1.00
Regular Price: $10.00
Pro Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Promo Price: $1.00
Regular Price: $20.00
Business Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Promo Price: $1.00
Regular Price: $8.00

2G Plan by Beyond Hosting

Hosting Type: VPS
Disk Space: 40 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$49.99

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8G Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 125 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $49.99
Regular Price: $99.99
16G Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 150 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $149.99
M620 - 1 Plan (Dedicated Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 240 GB
Bandwidth: 7 TB
Today’s Price: $225.00

Economy Plan by GoDaddy

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $7.99
Basic Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Today’s Price: $8.99
Deluxe Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $10.99

Starter Plan by HostPapa

Hosting Type: Builder
Disk Space: Contact provider
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$2.99

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Starter Plan (eCommerce Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $7.99
Starter Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 2
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $7.99
Starter Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 2
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $3.95
Regular Price: $8.99

Starter Plan by Media Temple

Hosting Type: Builder
Disk Space: Contact provider
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$10.00

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Personal Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 100
Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Today’s Price: $20.00
Personal Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 2
Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $20.00
Pro Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 500
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: 2 TB
Today’s Price: $30.00

Pro Plan by Weebly

Hosting Type: Builder
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$12.00

Regular Price: $18.00

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Business Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Promo Price: $25.00
Regular Price: $35.00
Performance Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Promo Price: $38.00
Regular Price: $46.00

Combo Plan by Wix

Hosting Type: Builder
Disk Space: 3 GB
Bandwidth: 2 GB
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: Contact provider
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$11.00

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Unimited Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $14.00
Pro Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $19.00
VIP Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $29.00

Basic Plan by BounceWeb

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: 40 GB
Bandwidth: 600 GB
Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$6.67

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Standard Plan by Easyspace

Hosting Type: Shared
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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Premium Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Contact provider
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $7.81
Regular Price: $10.42
Wordpress Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: Contact provider
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $10.48
Regular Price: $13.97
Managed Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Today’s Price: $12.69

Basic Plan by eUKHost

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: 2 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: Contact provider
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$4.22

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Basic Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 1 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $4.22
Starter Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 5
Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $5.06
Intermediate Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Contact provider
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $6.33

Basic Plan by FastDomain

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $19.99
Regular Price: $27.99

Basic Plan by HostMonster

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 10
Disk Space: 150 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $12.49
Prime Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.95
Regular Price: $14.99
Standard Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: 1 TB
Promo Price: $19.99
Regular Price: $29.99

Starter Plan by Lunarpages

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: 50 GB
Websites: Contact provider
Email Accounts: 5
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$3.95

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Basic Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Contact provider
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $4.95
Starter Plan (Builder Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: Contact provider
Bandwidth: Contact provider
Promo Price: $6.00
Regular Price: $8.00
Starter Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Contact provider
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $9.95

Plus Plan by Netfirms

Hosting Type: Shared
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 (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $8.99
Business Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $12.99

Personal Plan by WireNine

Hosting Type: Shared
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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Personal Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: 50 GB
Promo Price: $15.00
Regular Price: $20.00
Startup Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 100 GB
Promo Price: $25.00
Regular Price: $30.00
Startup Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 100 GB
Promo Price: $25.00
Regular Price: $30.00

Medium Plan by Contabo

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: 11
Email Accounts: 1000
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$3.42

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VPS 300 Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 300 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $4.56
Large Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 31
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $5.71
VPS S SSD Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 200 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $5.71

One Plan by KnownHost

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: 5 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: 5
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$3.47

Regular Price: $6.95

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Entry Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $5.97
Regular Price: $11.97
Two Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $6.47
Regular Price: $12.95
Business Plan (Wordpress Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $9.97
Regular Price: $19.95

Starter Pro Plan by Heart Internet

Hosting Type: Shared
Disk Space: 10 GB
Bandwidth: 50 GB
Websites: 1
Email Accounts: 1000
Operating System: Linux

Today’s Price
$5.08

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Home Pro Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 1
Disk Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $13.99
Business Pro Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: 3
Disk Space: Unlimited
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $19.08
Base Plan (Shared Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 50 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Today’s Price: $38.18

Standard Plan by Hosting.co.uk

Hosting Type: VPS
Disk Space: 20 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Websites: Unlimited
Email Accounts: Unlimited
Operating System: Linux

Promo Price
$1.27

Regular Price: $12.66

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Optimal Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
Disk Space: 30 GB
Bandwidth: Unlimited
Promo Price: $1.27
Regular Price: $25.39
Power Plan (VPS Hosting)
Websites: Unlimited
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How Much SSL Certificates Cost

SSL certificates can vary drastically in price depending on the type and scope of SSL you’re looking to add. Prices can range from $5 a year to $250 annually. However, it’s becoming common place for web hosts to offer SSL certs for free from providers like LetsEncrypt. If you’re on a hosting provider that charges for SSL, it is possible to add a certificate yourself – although that’s not recommended for beginners.

The largest factor in the pricing for an SSL certificate is the amount of coverage you’re looking for. If you’re adding it to a single domain, a simple SSL from your host or a free provider will suffice. If you need it to cover several subdomains as well, you’ll need a wildcard SSL certificate. This option is ideal for sites with client-facing portals like shopping carts, technical support, or forums. You can also install Multi-domain SSL certificates which can cover multiple domains – perfect for hosting accounts with multiple sites.

Why SSL Certificates Are Necessary

Websites can function without SSL certificates. That said, there are two major reasons why you should strongly consider adding them to your site:

  1. Browsers having started indicating whether or not your website is using a secure connect via SSL (i.e. using an “https” version). While the direct impact of https on search engine rankings is so far minimal, seeing that your site can alarm some users and hurt traffic to your site.
  2. Companies that have leaked user information to the public take a massive hit to their reputation – and sometimes they’re even on the hook for damages from lawsuits. SSL is an additional layer of security protecting people who visit your site.

SSL Or TLS

One thing that can be confusing when you first start looking into SSL encryption is the difference between the terms TSL and SSL.

  • SSL – Secure Sockets Layer: The standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This is a term often used to group both SSL and TLS technologies for ease of reference.
  • TLS – Transport Layout Security: This supersedes SSL as a technology and may be used as an underlying technology for SSL services. This provides the secure communications on the Internet for e-mail and other data transfers.

Web Managers Now Have Options For SSL

Previously, the complexity and cost of an SSL certificate were a barrier to providing this layer of security. More recently, many companies have pledged to secure their websites with SSL now that it is more accessible to all. With Google pushing the benefits of SSL, many social media sites have followed too.

Website managers now have options, they can obtain and install the certificate themselves on their web server, they can ask their host to do this (or another web professional), they can use a third party service.

Getting An SSL Cert From A Web Host

One option to get your website secured with SSL is to ask your host to acquire and install this for you. Most hosts provide this service, although sometimes for a cost. It would be worth looking into before choosing a host if you expect to need this service in the future.

This was the option I initially always took as the process was new to me, and I wanted my website to have the best security it could have. It can be a good option for busy web professionals and business owners.

Installing An SSL Cert Yourself

It is also possible to install the SSL certificate yourself. This can be a complex process and have several steps, including choosing a certificate authority to supply the SSL, generating a certificate, and installing this on the web server.

Sometimes, the SSL Cert can be conveniently installed via the cPanel of your hosting account. To do this, navigate to the SSL Certificates section of cPanel and look for the option to install it. This is also the section that can be used to find out if your host provides free SSL certificates (usually from LetsEncrypt). If this section or option is not available, you will likely need to follow a somewhat complex process of installing it using shell access to your account – and that access may or may not be permitted by your hosting.

Using A Third Party SSL Service

There are now services available that make the SSL process easy. Two high-quality free services are Cloudflare and Let’s Encrypt. These are services I use myself as they are free, easy to use, and have added performance boosting benefits in areas like security and optimization.

Cloud Flare – Get Started

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Plans start for free for those who just want to secure a personal blog or other small websites, with various paid plans also available for business and enterprise level. Cloudflare guides you through the process, and I find is especially easy to use as you will be helped with SSL configuration and optimization and don’t have to worry about expiring certificates.

I also really like the fact that each page my visitors visit renders as fast and efficiently as possible due to performance boosting features. These include a content delivery network designed to bring your content closer to your users and several optimization features, like auto-caching to lower the load on your server and auto-minify to save up to 20% load time by automatically minifying your CSS and Javascript files.

A word of caution: when updating your website with auto-caching, you will need to disable Cloudflare to see the results. The caching limits how frequently visitors can see changes to core files like CSS and HTML modifications.

Something else worth noting: Cloudflare won’t encrypt the full pathway from your visitors’ browser to your servers. When you use Cloudflare, you point your domain to their servers, and they point their servers to your hosting provider’s server. If you do nothing else and only use Cloudflare, only the connection from the browser to Cloudflare’s servers will be secure.

For most small websites or blogs, this isn’t an issue. However, if you collect and process personal or financial data from your visitors, you will want to take measures to ensure that encryption protection is in place every step of the way for their data.

Let’s Encrypt – Get started 

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Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority. This service offers only free plans and have provided more that 10 million SSL certs since their inception. It is a service that is supported by Mozilla.

There are not quite as many benefits as Cloudflare, but it is a more singular focused service with the security of your website at the heart of its services. Let’s Encrypt automatically renews SSL certificates, is community-run service built on transparent and cooperative principles, and compares this approach to the SSL/TSL protocols themselves.

Are Free SSL Certificates Safe?

Yes! All SSL certs provide an additional layer of security to your site and protection for your customers. While all SSL cert aren’t created equal, depending on type and coverage, a single domain SSL certificate that is free will provide the same benefits and safety as those that you pay for.

With services like Cloudflare, it is even possible to add free TLS encryption to your site. While SSL is the industry standard for encryption, TLS, or transport layer security, represents the next step up.

How To Install A Free SSL Certificate

There are generally 3 ways to add a free SSL cert to your website. The first is through the control panel for your account. Log into your hosting account and navigate to your control panel (often labeled cPanel). Once there, look for the section called “SSL Certificates” and click on it. In this section you will be able to choose from a selection of SSL certificates (both paid and free) and install them. At this point, installing the certificate is just a matter of clicking a couple buttons.

Adding SSL through a service like CloudFlare can be a bit more involved. Sometimes, you’ll be able to add this through your account’s control panel with relative ease. If not, you’ll need to create an account with CloudFlare (don’t worry, there’s a free level that’s suitable for most users). Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to log into your domain registrar and point the nameservers to CloudFlare. During this process, your site shouldn’t experience any downtime.

It should be noted that CloudFlare technically doesn’t add a full SSL connection between your visitors and your site, just between your visitors and their servers. For most businesses though – especially those with no online transactions – this is a non-issue.

The final way of adding a free SSL certificate to your site is to do it manually through accessing your server directly. This approach is not recommended for beginners though.

The Best Free SSL Certificate Authorities

When it comes to free SSL certs, there is only one thing to take into consideration: some certifying authorities only provide the initial certificate for free. Once it expires and you must renew, you will have to pay at that time. While many web hosts do include free SSL as a part of their hosting plans, some host do not – and you might be surprised that this even includes some of the most popular names in hosting. Always research a web host before making a decision.

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