SQLite is a very lightweight relational database management system. Unlike others, it doesn’t run from its own server. No, SQLite doesn’t run as a separate process and it is actually contained in a small C programming library. The full size of SQLite system itself is only about 350kb!
As a result, SQLite is perhaps the most widely implemented database engine since it can be used as an embedded database in an application, in web browsers, and many other things. It is accessible directly from the client application.
This has many advantages. One of them is speed. With SQLite, speed is never a problem. It is self-contained, serverless, and zero-configuration. While it may not be suitable for large scale applications that need more dynamic database solutions, it is, in fact, very useful for many kinds of applications.
Web applications are not an exception. There are many content management systems and other open source web apps that use SQLite as their choice of database engine. This way, you can effectively create a busy website that doesn’t use too much system resources. After all, database servers can take the most system resources.
The only thing is to find a web hosting provider that supports SQLite hosting. Sure, it is a self-contained C library but if the web host doesn’t support it (assuming you are looking for shared hosting), then you can’t use it.
The Best 5
- Arvixe : Separate lines of Personal and Business Shared hosting plans to meet any need,
- A2 Hosting : A cutting-edge provider with a deluxe Shared hosting plan,
- HostGator : A huge Shared hosting provider with economy and business Shared hosting plans,
- A Small Orange : Deluxe Shared hosting plans starting at only $2.92/month,
- Lithium Hosting : High performance Shared hosting at great prices.
Read more about them after the break!
Winner – Arvixe – From $4/month
Arvixe is a mature hosting provider with a plethora of packages, options, and types of hosting services. They offer different levels of shared hosting plans as well as VPS, Reseller, and Dedicated hosting.
Whenever we are looking for a specific kind of hosting, we look at Arvixe first. And guess what? Most of the time, they have it. SQLite hosting is no exception. In addition to their full line of Linux-based plans, Arvixe also offers parallel Windows hosting. If you want to run Windows applications, you can — but it’s better to stick with Linux hosting for SQLite.
They offer two categories of Shared hosting, with two plans in each. Personal Class plans are for low to moderate traffic sites while Business Class plans enjoy more server resources, a free SSL certificate, and a dedicated IP address.
Each type of plan has a ‘regular’ and Pro version. Regular plans let you host up to 6 domains, while you can create an unlimited number of domains on a Pro plan.
The Personal Class plan is $4 a month while Personal Class Pro is $7/mo. The Business Class plan is $22 and Business Class Pro is $35. The price differential between Personal and Business is proportional to the number of accounts per server. With Arvixe, you can make the choice.
One thing we love about Arvixe is that since they offer a wide range of hosting services, the upgrade path is clear. If your needs grow out of shared hosting, you can easily upgrade to VPS or a dedicated server.
Arvixe has a pretty good and attentive customer support team. To them, you are not just a customer ID #23713. They know you, they care about you and they will make you feel like you are the VIP.
2. A2 Hosting – From $5.99/month
A2 Hosting, based in Ann Arbor, MI (“A2”), has a lot to offer the serious shared hosting customer. A2 was founded in 2001 and they position themselves as a cutting-edge shared hosting provider. They are consistently among the first to offer the latest versions of the core components of the LAMP stack.
They were among the first to offer SSD storage in shared hosting and claim they are up to 300% faster than mechanical disks. This is easy to believe, as old-fashioned spinning disks are on their way out. They boldly say that they are faster than others and name several competitors by name: GoDaddy, Dreamhost, Bluehost, and HostGator.
Like Arvixe, they are also on our short list of go-to companies when it comes to specific hosting services like SQLite. All of their shared hosting services run on their high performance hosting platform called SwiftServer. They also offer SSD storage as a $3/mo option. This allows them to deliver up to 300% faster page loads. According to their tests using a PrestaShop installation, it loads within 1.9 seconds. Pretty fast, indeed.
Within the limits of the shared hosting paradigm, they do everything they can to offer the best performance. They use CloudLinux as their OS and use Dual core Xeon CPUs in their shared servers.
Their pricing schedule puts them at the upper end, but they do have the personality of being cutting-edge on both the hardware and software fronts. If you are in the market for a Shared hosting company that offers unlimited sharing and storage, then it’s a great choice.
Graded Price Schedule
Their price sheet is more complex than their front-page marketing implies, but this is how the shared hosting industry works. In effect, they offer nearly 50% off over their month-to-month price for a 3-year prepayment.
The monthly price depends on the number of months that you prepay. The upshot is that there is one “unlimited” Shared hosting plan, called “Prime”, but a varying payment schedule. For mechanical hard disks, the cost ranges from $10.99 (month-to-month) to $5.99 for a 36-month payment:
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SSD is an extra cost option ($3.00/mo) that’s added to the cost of the prepayment price.
3. HostGator – From $3.96/month
HostGator is the home of 8 million domains owned by over 400,000 customers. They operate several data centers of their own and offer shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated hosting. They’re best known for their affordably-priced and well-received Shared hosting plans.
HostGator’s customer database comes from almost 200 different countries across the globe. They have a lot of choices so if you want to go for shared hosting, cloud hosting, VPS hosting, and dedicated servers, they have it. SQLite is pre-installed on shared hosting servers so it is supported out of the box. You can easily upgrade to VPS or a dedicated server when your website gets really busy.
They offer a 45 day money back guarantee on all their shared hosting plans.
Their price table encourage customers to make a long-term commitment! Their pricing works the same way as A2 Hosting. As the length of your contract increases, the price drops. In our pricing table, the cheapest price in a row is for a 3 year commitment while the highest price is month-to-month.
Here’s their Shared hosting plans.
4. A Small Orange – From $35/year ($2.92/mo)
Founded in 2003 in Atlanta, their mission statement is to provide the best quality service at an affordable cost. Unlike a large percentage of shared hosting companies, their site and marketing deliberately rank low on the BS scale. You can pretty much read their site and learn about what they charge and the services they provide. What a concept!
They claim 99.9% uptime and offer an unusually generous 90 day money-back guarantee, the highest in the industry. They do have a long term policy of not overbooking their shared servers and a good rep among the geeks for that and for quality technical support.
Their LAMP stack is right up to date. They use CloudLinux as their OS and they recently upgraded all their plans to SSD storage at no extra cost.
Instead of offering a “one size fits all” Shared hosting plan, A Small Orange (ASO) uses a graded scale of plans that limit your storage and bandwidth. This enables them to offer super low prices to customers who are just starting out and don’t need much storage or bandwidth. As your needs increase, you can just move to the next tier in the price schedule. It’s just bookkeeping.
If you sign up for a year at ASO, your monthly charge is lower than the advertised price! This is the opposite of the usual industry practice of advertising only the price associated with the longest commitment. If you buy an annual plan, ASO adds 2 extra months and a free domain name. Geez: under-promise and over-deliver.
Here is ASO’s Shared hosting price schedule.
All the Shared hosting plans come with the cPanel control panel and the Softaculous installer. If you are migrating from another hosting company that uses cPanel, they will handle the migration for free. It is as seamless as if you hadn’t even moved from your previous host. You even keep your username and password.
Daily backups are also included, as is 24/7 technical support. ASO has a good reputation for providing excellent customer support.
5. LithiumHosting – From $1.95/month
LithiumHosting was founded in 2006 and dedicated to providing quality web hosting at a low cost. They use the Hivelocity datacenter as its back end, with private peering connections via 10G in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Seattle and have a European datacenter in Amsterdam.
- They offer a 45 day money-back guarantee,
- 99.7% uptime guarantee,
- Softaculous installer and cPanel control panel,
- Current generation LAMP stack running on CloudLinux.
It appears that they are in the process of upgrading from mechanical drives to SSD but solid state storage is not yet an across-the-board standard. They say that SSD is available on “some” servers and customers can request a no-cost upgrade to SSD if they are experiencing performance issues with database-driven sites. That’s exactly where the problems usually are!
They recently junked their “unlimited” plan in favor of a graded scale of pricing. It resembles ASO’s but it is more aggressive. Lithium Hosting is very unusual in that they offer a real 30-day free trial. Some hosting companies offer a free trial but it is only a few days and you are not allowed to install a database-driven app such as WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal. In effect, you would be unable to test what you intend to use. With LithiumHosting’s free trial, you really can try out your SQLite at no cost!
Notice that you get more storage and bandwidth for the dollar with Lithium Hosting than with ASO. That’s the differentiator between these two excellent companies.
Here is their price schedule for month-to-month hosting:
Like ASO, Lithium Hosting’s advertised prices are the real month-to-month prices and they offer discounts for long-term commitments! Regrettably, the common practice is to advertise the price on the longest contract and reveal the month-to-month cost only when you are in the process of signing up.
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SQLite will make sure your website runs faster than it normally would. Just make sure you have picked a good hosting service and you will be set. You can find out more hosting companies by yourself if you are not satisfied with this list. Just use our hosting companies comparison tool.