Window Shared hosting: Choosing the best one
Window Shared hosting is website hosting that uses a Windows operating system. But what does that really mean? Basically, Windows hosting is the most compatible hosting solution for anyone with a website that also uses other Windows tools and languages, like Microsoft Exchange or ASP.NET. A pretty small number of providers offer Windows hosting – apparently, being ‘the ideal hosting type for Microsoft technologies’ is a bit of a niche superlative. But those that do offer it each have their own strengths and weaknesses, and those are discussed here.
Top 5 Window Shared Hosting Providers are:
1) HostGator Window Shared Hosting
- HostGator earns the “best value for money” title for Windows shared hosting. It has the second-lowest starting price on this list and still doesn’t skimp on features. Pretty much every hosting provider on the market offers noticeably low introductory prices, which then gets hiked up when the user renews their plan. HostGator is no exception – one gets 20% off in their initial payment, which can cover 1-36 months up front.
- HostGator provides a free SSL certification with its entire Windows hosting plans. This ensures that the user’s website is flagged securely. The HostGator support team also conducts 24/7 server monitoring on shared Windows plans, to properly allocate server resources, and automatic weekly data backups to keep your files safe.
- HostGator email features aren’t just secure, but robust, too: one gets unlimited accounts, forwards, and auto responders, along with 25 mailing lists. This will all come in handy if customer engagement is important for the success of the user’s site.
2) A2 Hosting Window Shared Hosting
- A2 Hosting is no different from other providers in that it offers much lower introductory prices – with this provider, the user will get 51% off in the first year. The user needs to make sure to keep an eye out for the inevitable jump in prices when the time comes to renew their plan.
- Like most providers, A2 Hosting provides a free SSL certificate with all of its Windows plans. But A2 Hosting also goes above and beyond with its unique Perpetual Security initiative, which it describes as “unrelenting and constant hosting protection, squashing threats before they potentially develop into something larger.”
- A2 Hosting’s cheapest Window Shared Hosting plan includes one website and five databases. While the rest of its Windows plans offer unlimited websites and databases. It also offers free site migration, which will make life easier if you decide to switch to A2 Hosting from a different provider.
3) GoDaddy Window Shared Hosting
- GoDaddy’s introductory Window Shared Hosting prices let the user save a maximum of 33% in the first year. The Economy plan is the cheapest and offers one website, 100 GB of storage, and unmetered bandwidth. The Deluxe and Ultimate plans both offer unmetered bandwidth, unmetered storage, and unlimited websites. The Ultimate plan goes one step further by including unlimited MySQL and MSSQL databases, as well as unlimited FTP users.
- All of GoDaddy’s Windows hosting plans include 24/7 security monitoring and DDoS protection to keep your server safe. Along with that its security measures are up-to-date with industry standards.
- GoDaddy earns the “best for features” title when it comes to Windows hosting providers. That’s no small feat since “features” was voted the most important factor when choosing a hosting provider, with 32% of the votes from people after conducting a survey.
4) Hostinger Window Shared Hosting
- Hostinger’s introductory prices save you 17-28% on Windows VPS plans in the first year. After that, the price range is still pretty wide – the cheapest Windows shared hosting plan costs $36/month, while the most expensive plan comes in at $300/month.
- Hostinger uses high-level enterprise data backups that allow the user to restore their files easily. So peace of mind is never more than a few clicks away. However, Hostinger’s support team explained that “VPS plans have root access”, so basically the majority of security concerns should be taken care of from the user’s side.
- Hostinger doesn’t use the popular Plesk control panel for its Windows plans. Instead, Hostinger has developed its own custom control panel, which is just as intuitive and easy to use.
5) DreamHost Hosting
- DreamHost describes itself as “completely a Linux environment” – so if someone is looking for the provider with the most resources or support for Windows shared hosting plans, they will want to look elsewhere. That being said, while DreamHost’s cloud service (called DreamCompute) is the only DreamHost plan that supports Windows, it’s nothing to write off just yet!
- DreamCompute pricing is different from most pricing plans. In that one only pay for the number of resources they end up using each month. In other words, they won’t be charged at sign-up, but they will be billed monthly for what one uses.
- DreamCompute uses a self-healing storage system called Ceph. It creates and manages replicas of your data, and can automatically detect potential data corruption. However, with DreamCompute, one will still be responsible for their own backups.