Secure Shell (also known as SSH) is a network protocol, which basically means it's a secure method for passing information and commands back and forth between a user and a server. Most beginning and intermediate web hosting users will never use or need to know about SSH, but it can be important for advanced users who want to use it pass information and send commands back and forth to a server both quickly and securely.
Since it is an advanced feature and can cause problems if used incorrectly, some web hosts don't allow users with shared hosting accounts (like the ones we review) to use SSH. Some do, however, whether by default or at the request of the user, and this can make those hosts a lot more appealing for advanced users. If you need a solid hosting account with shell access (SSH), check out:
- Host Gator
- Lunarpages ($2 extra per month to have SSH)
- 1&1 (available for all plans except the starter)
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