Best Shared Hosting Reviews 2018

Sharing is caring; a philosophy that extends even to web hosting services. To help bring down expenses while maintaining the quality of the server’s performance, instead of paying for the whole system, it is shared by several clients. This is a great option for websites with small to medium traffic, and for those who have very little resources to run their digital pages. But with shared web hosting services popping up left and right, how do you choose a provider that is both reliable and affordable — and meets all of your requirements? Lucky for you, we already did all the work involving research in the service, so you don’t have to.

CompanyRankingRatingPriceStorageBandwidthSupportDescription
BlueHost1st9.8 out of 10$2.95 Per MonthUnlimitedUnlimitedPhone, Live Chat, Ticket

BlueHost Review

BlueHost offers various subscription options to help meet the needs of various customers, with great introductory prices.Full BlueHost Review »
DreamHost2nd9.6 out of 10$7.95 Per Month100%EveryoneShared, VPS, Dedicated

DreamHost Review

A stellar control panel, affordable prices, solid uptime, free DDoS protection and more add up to one of the best web hosts out there.Full DreamHost Review »
SiteGround3rd9.5 out of 10$9.95 Per Month10-30 GBLimitedCall and email

SiteGround Review

A web hosting company trusted by hundreds of thousands of sites because of all the features, affordable pricing and near 100% uptime guarantee.Full SiteGround Review »
JustHost4th8.9 out of 10$3.95 Per Month50 GB - unlimitedUnlimitedLive chat, call, and email

JustHost Review

JustHost offers a lot in terms of features and extras, and even has low introductory prices. But uptime and regular pricing may be cause for concern.Full JustHost Review »

1&1

5th9.5 out of 10$0.99 Per Month99.99%BusinessShared, Cloud

1&1 Review

With dirt-cheap prices and top-notch security, 1&1 gets you started without breaking the bank, though some plans have resource caps.Full 1&1 Review »

InMotion Hosting

6th8.5 out of 10$5.99 Per MonthUnlimitedUnlimitedPhone, Live Chat, Email, Ticket

InMotion Hosting Review

Fairly affordable web hosting services topped off with great uptime, easy domain transfers and awesome customer service.Full InMotion Hosting Review »

AccuWeb Hosting

7th8.5 out of 10$3.36 Per Month3-50 GB30-200 GBLive Chat, Ticket

AccuWeb Hosting Review

Despite offering lower resource allowances than its competitors, AccuWeb scores major points for its value-for-money bundles of complementary servicesFull AccuWeb Hosting Review »

iPage

8th9 out of 10$1.99 Per MonthNo GuaranteeEveryoneShared, VPS, Dedicated

iPage Review

Sufficient performance, reliable security protocols, and an affordable price tag---these are the things that you can expect with iPage.Full iPage Review »

TMDHosting

9th8.3 out of 10$2.85 Per MonthUnlimitedUnlimitedTicket Request

TMDHosting Review

Tmd Hosting has a solid uptime performance, although there are a handful of user reviews that complain about the lax and laid back technical support.Full TMDHosting Review »

eHost

10th8.8 out of 10$2.75 Per Month99.9%Basic SitesShared

eHost Review

A newer addition to the massive EIG group, eHost claims an impressive 100% uptime rate and offers superb customer support.Full eHost Review »

HostGator

11th8.8 out of 10$3.95 Per Month99.9%Low-Cost, EveryoneShared, Cloud, VPS, Dedicated

HostGator Review

Part of the EIG house of hosting brands, HostGator offers cheap hosting plans with complimentary use of the Weebly website builder for an easy start.Full HostGator Review »

HostWinds

12th8 out of 10$6.50 Per MonthUnlimitedUnlimitedPhone, Live Chat, Email, Ticket

HostWinds Review

While HostWinds generally receives positive feedback from users, they only have one data center location which may not be enough for heavy traffic.Full HostWinds Review »

Site5

13th7.9 out of 10$4.95 Per MonthUnlimitedUnlimitedLive chat, ticket request, and call

Site5 Review

Although Site5 offers higher than average page load times and great features, the below average uptime and various shortcomings are disappointing.Full Site5 Review »

Web Hosting Hub

14th8.1 out of 10$8.99 Per Month99.93%Bloggers, E-CommerceShared

Web Hosting Hub Review

Web Hosting Hub is one of the more user-friendly blog site builder & hosting provider in the market, with WordPress and BoldGrid under its belt.Full Web Hosting Hub Review »

Funio

15th7.8 out of 10$1.99 Per MonthUnlimitedUnlimited24/7 Phone & Live Chat

Funio Review

There's a lot to like about Funio's services: good uptime, great features, big discounts, and more. But overall, the service is pretty lackluster.Full Funio Review »

GreenGeeks

16th7.8 out of 10$3.95 Per MonthUnlimitedUnlimitedPhone, Live Chat, Email

GreenGeeks Review

GreenGeeks offers a one size fits all web hosting services and is one of the few eco-friendly hosting companies out there. It's not perfect though.Full GreenGeeks Review »

HostMonster

17th7.5 out of 10$4.95 Per Month50GB-UnlimitedUnlimitedPhone, Live Chat

HostMonster Review

HostMonster doesn't stray away from the usual offers in terms of bandwidth and storage, although they do restrict email accounts to only a hundred and a single domain for their most affordable plan.Full HostMonster Review »

Host4ASP.net

18th7.5 out of 10$2.95 Per Month10GB-UnlimitedUnlimitedLive Chat, Email, Ticket

Host4ASP.net Review

With solid uptime, affordable pricing, and great security, Host4ASP.net makes for a very compelling Windows hosting service.Full Host4ASP.net Review »
GoDaddy19th7.2 out of 10$3.99 Per MonthUp to UnlimitedUnlimited24/7 Phone, Live Chat, Skype

GoDaddy Review

GoDaddy might have a great uptime, a lengthy refund period, and good customer support, but it falls short in a lot of areas.Full GoDaddy Review »
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Also, here are some important things we looked at for our rankings.

Uptime Performance

A major criteria that you should look into when looking for a shared web hosting provider is their record of uptime performance. Having multiple downtimes can lead to some devastating opportunity losses, so it is imperative that your website is live and accessible to visitors at all times. The industry standard for this is actually very high at 99.9%, and any web hosting service which has a lower rating is considered sub-par, and needs to step up their performance.

Bandwidth Allocation

To put simply, bandwidth is the amount of data that you and your visitors can upload and download, which usually has a monthly allocation. If your website happens to use all of the allocated bandwidth before the end of the service month, then it would not be able to accept many more visitors, and you will have to wait until the next month to resume services, or you may have to pay for the excess data your website is using. You may want to check on your expected traffic and discuss this item with their support team to ensure that you will not be incurring additional charges to excess usage.

Storage Allocation

You may also want to check on the storage space that you can use for your website's data and other files. If you are expecting your website to receive minimal to medium traffic, then an allocation around several gigabytes should be more than enough; however, do keep in mind that you should be able to have expansion options should your website grow and enjoy high traffic from visitors. Some providers advertise unlimited storage space, but this comes with a normal usage clause, so you may also want to read the fine print of the service before making a final commitment.

Price

Shared web hosting has one of the most budget-friendly prices in all of the web hosting categories, and it is deemed the perfect solution for small businesses and individuals who have very little to spare for their digital pages. But before jumping on to the cheapest plan that you stumble upon, you should also check for the difference in features that each service has to offer. You may be surprised to find out that you can enjoy a whole set of useful features just by adding just a little more. Moreover, some providers offer discounts automatically or through promo codes, so you may want to look into that as well.

Support

There are times when you will be experiencing issues with the web host, and as with any other service, receiving solid support from the provider's team is vital. No matter how big or small the problem is, the support team should be able to inform and assist you in doing troubleshooting steps in order to fix the issue. Most web hosting services open their lines 24/7 for customers to be able to contact their representatives at any time, which is a good assurance that any issues can and will be resolved as soon as possible.

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2 Comments

  • Thank you, good folks at Comparakeet, for these valuable and helpful reviews! The only problem is that there’s just too much info for me to process! I’m itching to begin building my first site ASAP, but cannot decide on which host to choose — they all have their pros and cons. And who knew there were so many hosting companies out there? Seems like there’s a separate hosting company for each individual site on the Internet! Again, thank you for these great and helpful reviews — I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into this project. (And I like parakeets, too, the noisy little buggers!)

    • Hi Danny,

      Yeah — it is a lot to take in, and it can get confusing at times. There are simpler web hosting services like FatCow, but you’ll get more mileage in the long run with BlueHost. They offer a lot of features — which might be hard to digest at first, but it’s worth it. 🙂