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Shared Web Hosting Overview

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The world of web hosting is vast. Every hosting company offers a lot of the same, but slightly different. So how do you know what’s what? This guide will work to explain one common hosting option. Hostwinds offers our Shared Web Hosting Overview.

What Is Shared Hosting?

Shared hosting, in general, is when a single physical server is set up to be used by multiple separate tenants or clients. This is typically accomplished by setting up individual pieces of that server into sub-accounts. It is commonly compared to renting an apartment in an apartment building. Hostwinds chooses to use cPanel to give our clients the ability to manage their web hosting account in an easy to use interface.

Shared hosting includes many benefits, as well as some drawbacks. For starters, a shared hosting plan is much less expensive of an option, as the cost for the server is shared among many clients. It also saves money by sharing the cost of various license costs, as well. cPanel, for instance, can cost up to $40 per month to license by itself.

There are drawbacks, as well. Shared hosting typically comes at the cost of reduced overall performance available to each tenant. This can be just fine, in many different use cases, though. It takes very little processing power to support basic HTML-based sites or non-complex web-apps.

Shared Web Hosting Details

Hostwinds offers Shared Web Hosting plans. All Shared Web Hosting plans at this level share the same performance. That is, they all have the same amount of RAM, CPU limits, etc. The only difference between the Basic, Advanced and Ultimate plans are as follows:

  • Basic: 1 Domain
  • Advanced: Up to 4 Domains
  • Ultimate: No Limit to domains

Technical Details

Our Shared Web servers feature CloudLinux-powered cPanel accounts that provide maximum performance and security throughout. Login details are sent upon successful purchase to the registration email on file. Furthermore, we offer one-click logins from the Client Area management page for your service.

Here is a rundown of the specifications made available to each Shared Web Hosting plan:

  • Maximum Tenancy: 60 Accounts
  • Shared Server Optimized services
  • Apache2 Optimized Web Server
  • Multi-PHP: PHP Versions 5.6, 7.0, 7.1 and 7.2, Selectable Per Domain/Subdomain
  • PHP Memory Limit: 256MB per cPanel
  • Softaculous App Installer: 1-click install over 400 apps, WordPress Included.

Also included with ALL Shared Web hosting plans:

  • Unlimited Storage, MySQL Databases, Email Accounts, FTP Accounts.
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Unlimited Subdomains
  • CGI Access
  • Dedicated IP Address
  • Max Emails per Hour: 25 (cPanel-wide)
  • Parked Domains Disabled
  • iNode Limits: 250,000

Domain At No Cost

When purchasing an eligible Shared Hosting plan, a domain with a normal cost of $25 or less can be added to the same invoice and be included at no extra cost during the time of Checkout. The Hosting plan purchased must have a minimum billing cycle of 12 months to be considered eligible for this option.

Add Domain to Order

When processing your checkout, there is a place to select a domain. Be sure to click Select Domain and then Add to Cart to ensure the domain is added properly.

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To confirm that your domain has been added to your cart successfully, verify it exists as its own line item at the cart located at the bottom of the checkout page. If it qualifies, and the hosting plan qualifies, you will see a “$0.00” entry for the domain name.

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Furthermore, Additional domain name registrations are subject to registration costs. Renewals for the domain included on the first invoice also billed normally. After the first year of free registration for qualifying domain names, the renewal of your domain will be registered at the normal registration price.

WHOIS protection is not included but can be added after checkout.  For further information, please review What is Domain ID Protection

Does Hostwinds Offer FREE Site Migrations?

Absolutely! Hostwinds Hosting service can receive a complimentary migration of your web hosting account files at no extra cost. Review our migration process for more details.

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