SSH is the abbreviation of Secure Shell. SSH is a network protocol for secure network services between any two or more computers connected through an insecure network via a secure channel. The network includes a client and a server. The client uses SSH client programs while the server uses SSH server. Hence, Secure Shell is used for secure channels such as remote shell services, command execution, and secure data communication. There are two versions of the protocol - SSH-1 and SSH-2. Public-key cryptography is used by SSH for the authentication of remote computers connected over the channel. There are two keys enabling the process of authentication - private and public. While the public key is present on all computers that may be used to gain access to the network, the private key is held solely by the user/owner. The private key, however, is not transferred over the network for authentication.
SSH hosting is a service rendered by web hosting sites. It is an advanced hosting option for websites that need an added layer of security. Websites that involve eCommerce, online banking, data encryption, and the transfer of sensitive information should not take the risk of using non-secure connections and most of them go for SSH web hosting.
Since a lot of websites have realized the importance of transferring their information over secure channels, the demand for SSH website hosting has increased and so has its supply. But what are the services that you can really trust? Now that is a question that we have been asked very frequently. Hence, we have compiled a list of the best SSH hosting services available for users today. But before we talk about them, let's give a quick glance at the factors other than security that we used to evaluate websites and rank them.
Reliability - Customers looking for secure channels to transfer their information value reliability much more than they value other aspects of a web hosting service. The aspect of reliability extends to not only the technology being used by the hosting service to secure information but to other domains as well, such as infrequent downtime and quick customer support. Therefore, SSH hosting services that aren’t reliable lose out on customers as these customers want no issues with their hosting service.
Price - Pricing is the next most important factor that lets customers decide which SSH web hosting service they want to go for. Interestingly, the best service providers offer the best prices too. Since they are able to attract large numbers of customers due to excellent service, economies of scale allow them to keep their prices competitive. This is what makes the SSH hosting market ideal for consumers. The prices are at the level they would happily pay, leaving no room for any discontent or the feeling of being overcharged.
Customer Support - Customer support is something that SSH web hosting clients require more urgently than users of other types of web hosting services, because the nature of the websites they are responsible for is very sensitive. Also, the business going on SSH websites is very serious and brand name, lots of money and trust are at stake. The quality customer support shows that a hosting service is committed to providing topnotch services to its clients and is willing to respond at a moment’s notice to any problem that may arise.
Bandwidth - Bandwidth determines the speed at which a certain website operates. The faster it is, the better experience it is able to extend to its visitors. For example, Google's bandwidth allows it to generate thousands of results for its users within a fraction of a second. This lets its users avail its services very quickly. Similarly, websites using SSH may be involved in eCommerce. The very essence of eCommerce lies in ease and speed. Hence, the list of best SSH hosting websites we have created contains providers that have the highest of bandwidths in the market.
Disk Space - Yet another important aspect considered important for website hosting is disk space. Websites that use SSH are those that are complex, hold sensitive information, and have significant goals to achieve. They often have to grow in terms of size for numerous reasons. For example, an eCommerce website that has been doing well with its customers will eventually face the need to increase the disk space granted by its SSH hosting website in order to upload more product details to its portfolio and other features, such as upgraded versions of the shopping cart and payment tools.
These are some of the factors that are taken into consideration when selecting the best SSH service for a website. A service that provides all these benefits is the best one to use for your website without any doubt.
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