Note that we're speaking here of the WordPress.org CMS that acts as the foundation for your self-hosted website, not WordPress.com. The latter CMS has more in common with website builders than traditional website hosting. In effect, WordPress.com is a turnkey (and more limited) WordPress solution, whereas the services in this roundup offer a vastly more flexible (and labor-intensive) DIY approach.
Yes. Every web hosting plan includes unlimited free Let's Encrypt SSL certificates, so when visitors access your site instead of seeing a warning message they'll see that your site's secure. Also, the installation process is so easy even a chipmunk could do it. Unlike the old days, installing your SSL certificate is as easy as selecting a radio button. Even better, since Google values secure sites for SEO, you'll have instant improved SEO ranking power (aka built-in marketing on day one) with your secure site.

Shared hosting is a type of web hosting where a single physical server hosts multiple sites. Many users utilize the resources on a single server, which keeps the costs low. Users each get a section of a server in which they can host their website files. Shared servers can hosts hundreds of users. Each customer using the shared hosting platform’s server has access to features like databases, monthly traffic, disk space, email accounts, FTP accounts and other add-ons offered by the host. System resources are shared on-demand by customers on the server, and each gets a percentage of everything from RAM and CPU, and other elements such as the single MySQL server, Apache server, and mail server.
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