If you want a powerful and flexible web hosting service, Hostwinds should be on your radar. Hostwinds offers an array of shared, virtual private server (VPS), dedicated, cloud, WordPress, and reseller hosting packages designed to appeal to both mom-and-pop shop owners and bigger businesses. In fact, Hostwinds’ feature-packed VPS and reseller offerings make it an Editors’ Choice in those categories. Overall, Hostwinds is one of the best web hosts we’ve reviewed.
If your website doesn’t require high-end servers to keep it up and running, shared web hosting may be right up your alley. The low-cost web hosting places your website on a server with other websites, thus sharing system resources. You pay less money in this roommate situation, but big traffic spikes could cause your site to slow down—or even unavailable for some time. Hosts do their best to prevent this from happening, but be aware that this is the shared hosting tradeoff.
Hostwinds offers attractive, wallet-friendly Linux-based shared hosting plans that come in three flavors: Basic, Advanced, and Ultimate. Unfortunately, Hostwinds lacks Windows-based plans. Its prices have slightly increased since the last time we reviewed Hostwinds, but they’re still relatively low overall. Basic (starting at $8.99 per month) offers unlimited monthly data transfers, unlimited storage, a free dedicated IP address, and the ability to host a single domain. Advanced (starting at $10.99 per month) builds on Basic by letting you host up to six domains. Ultimate (starting at $12.99 per month) adds the ability to host an unlimited number of domains. Unless you’re on a tight budget, there’s not much reason to select anything other than the Ultimate plan if you want a Hostwinds shared hosting package that offers room to grow. As with other web hosting services, Hostwinds tosses discounts your way if you sign up for multiple months or years.
HostGator, our Editors’ Choice for shared hosting, gives small- and medium-sized businesses even more room to expand their web presences. Its Hatchling plan (starting at $10.95 per month) offers unlimited disk space, bandwidth, databases, and email addresses, plus support for one domain and third-party applications, such as content management systems and e-commerce platforms. HostGator’s Baby plan (starting at $11.95 per month) builds on Hatchling’s offering by adding unlimited domains. The top-tier Business plan (starting at $16.95 per month) also includes highly specialized options, such as a free dedicated IP and a secure socket layer (SSL) certificate upgrade. HostGator also lets you select Linux- or Windows-based server options. If you need to run Microsoft-specific scripts, you’ll appreciate the Windows option. For its flexibility, HostGator is the category’s top dog.