This post follows on from a couple of emails I’ve received over the time of running this website. Those emails were along the lines of whether it is possible to make money from the adult niche and did I know any methods. The result was I decided to publish this blog post about adult websites.

That article has proved to be very popular and has received many readers. It briefly touched on different aspects of the business. It’s an interesting industry that certainly has a horrible side to it but also a good side to it and one that if done correctly you can enjoy and potentially earn money from. In this article we’ll look at adult web hosting.

What is web hosting?

What is adult web hosting?Web hosting is what every website needs, it is essentially a server that contains all your website files. Without hosting, your site can’t be viewed live on the web. It’s one of the two essential things you need. First you need to think of a domain name. A domain name is the web address people type into their browser. Second you need the hosting to house the files.

If you’ve never owned a website before it can be a bit tricky to get your head round at first. Once you understand it then you realise it’s actually pretty simple.

The title of this blog post is, “Can you use any web hosting provider for adult websites?” The short answer to that is, NO. It’s an area you have to be careful with. Now let’s look into it more.

This guide if for you if you think you have a good idea for a website operating in the adult niche. It could be selling sex toys or be a blog discussing the topic of having sex or maybe you even write your own fictional erotica. With these sorts of businesses you can create something awesome and you can make good passive income online from home.

Good quality adult webhosting is important

It’s vital you are aware that to run a website with explicit content you need to use a web hosting provider that allows it. You can’t just use any web host! Most have it in their terms and conditions that nothing explicit is allowed. They will shut you down.

As I said in the opening paragraph this industry certainly has a horrible side to it. In pornography some performers are forced into it, and some websites have illegal content on them. When it comes to the topic of web hosts it is really tricky to know who to trust. Other blogs like this do have long lists with lots of different companies on. This page is a bit different. It’s aim is to help you navigate this murky world.

Instead there is only one clear recommendation given for you to consider. They’re called HostGator.

One of the most popular to go with is Adult website hosting provider HostGatorHostGator. They’re a very large and well-known company who’ve been established a long time. They have a variety of packages depending on how many websites you want to setup and what type of hosting you need. They also do a specific WordPress package if you wanted to use the easiest way to setup an adult blog without too much fuss.

I’ve hosted lots of websites over the years with HostGator. I’ve always had good experiences with them. Here is a screenshot of my earliest invoices when I first started making money online back in 2007! Hostgator proof of invoicesClick on it for full-size. The web domains are blanked out because I have sold those businesses.

They are the only company that I have experience with. Or at least the only company that provide adult hosting that I have experience of. Like I said, there are other companies around. But you use them at your own risk.

If you already host non-adult websites and have a high level of trust in your provider then you could drop them an email and ask if the type of content you want to host on their server is fine. Obviously it goes without saying that it needs to be legal!

Whatever you do, don’t go ahead and use any old host and risk it. If they find out you got content that isn’t allowed in their terms and conditions your website will be closed down.

Go for cheap 18+ webhosting or not?

Cheap prices

Want cheap prices?

When weighing up your options please put the prices into context. Don’t get too hung up on how much the different packages cost. I think some people get too carried away with it. If your aim is to generate $1000 per month it really doesn’t matter whether you pay $10 per month or $15 per month. As a percentage of your revenue it is tiny. What matters is getting the right package that suits you.

As I said higher up this page, some sides of this industry are bad and very shady. This is why it can be wise to avoid cheap adult hosting. For the sake of saving a few bucks you may not only end up with a slower website with poorer support that could end up costing you revenue, but they could also be hosting other websites that aren’t so nice.

How to setup your new adult website

This will be specific to the type of site you are creating. As well as your experience level. For that reason there is no “one size fits all” answer here. Be sure to take your time as you go through the process.

If you are running a blog style site then using WordPress is very easy to install. You should be able to do that via your adult web hosting provider. If you are setting up an ecommerce site then the script should come with installation instructions. If you are building a bespoke website then I’m sure you know what you’re doing.

How do free services compare?

If you are running a serious business then I would recommend a professional host. If you are only interested in running a tiny website to fill an hour or two per week then these could actually make sense. But if your aim is it to make money then you are going to need to invest a tiny bit first. But if you want a freebie try Tumblr or Google Blogger. You will need to mark them as explicit though to avoid them being seen by eyes that don’t want to see them.

If you decide to start a new business then make a big effort. Put plans together. Use a good provider such as HostGator. Before you know it you may have some nice residual income earned online from home in a sector that can fun to work in.


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