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Ordering a Shared Hosting Account

What is Shared Hosting?

Shared web hosting is the most affordable way to create and manage a website that Hostwinds provides. Shared Web Hosting plans live on servers with other websites and share resources with them. In addition, all shared packages receive a cPanel account and dedicated IP address.

Hostwinds servers enjoy dependable uptime, and all server maintenance is performed by Hostwinds Systems Administrators, making Shared Web Hosting far more reliable.

Ordering a Shared Web Hosting Plan

To place an order for a Shared Web Hosting Plan, you can start from either Hostwinds' Website or your Hostwinds Client Area. Both will take you to the same Orders Page.

In this article though, we will continue with the steps an existing client must take to order a new shared hosting plan.

Note: To add a shared web hosting plan to your account, you must log in to the Hostwinds Client Area. From the Client Area home page, click the Services dropdown link on the top menu of the dashboard. Selecting the Order New Services link in the dropdown moves you to the Service Purchase page, where you are presented with all of Hostwinds' services available for purchase.

On the top-left of the page, the Categories dropdown will show a list of links. Click on the shared hosting link (the top link) to begin the process of purchasing it. The shared hosting plan options we provide will appear to the right.

Hostwinds offers three (3) options under the shared hosting plan.

Basic Web Hosting

  • 1 Domain
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth

Advanced Web Hosting

  • 4 Domains
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth

Ultimate Web Hosting

  • Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth

Client Information

You will be asked to enter in your name, company, phone number and address.


When placing an order for Business Hosting, you have the option to select a domain for purchase. If you are starting from scratch, Hostwinds recommends that you enter the domain name you would like to purchase into the domain search area and click on the blue Select Domain Button. If it is available, you can add this domain to your cart.

Note that you are able to add as many domains as you wish into this search, and we will add them to the cart for you. If you would like to purchase or transfer the domain, you should do so here.

If the domain is taken, try modifying the domain name or the URL in a way that would keep your domain name or URL recognizable. Note that you need to have a URL present when you click the blue Select Domain button, or Hostwinds will see it as an unavailable domain.

Billing Cycle

You will need to select the Billing Cycle next. This will determine the periods of time between each invoice you receive for your plan. Hostwinds offers several different lengths of billing cycles outlined below:

  • Monthly
  • Quarterly
  • Semi-Annually
  • Biennially
  • Triennially


You must select the location of your hosting next. The closer the location is to your target market or main source of users, the quicker your speed. For example, If your users are primarily European, we recommend using our Amsterdam location for the best. You can test the latency and download times from your location on our Data Centers page.


The package section provides a comparison of all packages related to shared hosting in a dropdown. Note that changing the billing cycle dropdown will show you the price for the package you're choosing.


Hostwinds Monitoring: Our Monitoring system sets up real-time checks for your hosting service. If these checks catch failures at any time, they automatically open a ticket to one of our Frontline Agents, who immediately start to work on the solution.

Web hosting cloud Backups: Our Backup service provides a nightly backup of your services stored within Hostwinds' cloud Object Storage. These are used to restore your site should something happen when you are working on it.

Note: Backups are selected for your plan by default, and you can disable them at purchase by deselecting the monitoring addon. We recommend that backups are made for any service to safeguard against the potential risk of data loss.

Payment Information

Lastly, enter your payment information in the following section. Check to make sure you have selected the correct package. If you have selected Addons or selected multiple domains to purchase, these will display in the price breakdown. Please read and agree to Hostwinds terms of service agreement and click the blue Complete Order button at the bottom of the page.

Congratulations! You have successfully purchased a shared hosting plan!