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Finding a cheap web hosting provider isn’t an easy task.

Why?

Many popular web hosting companies use industry-standard pricing strategies, which usually attract new customers with their low introductory prices.

However, according to our research, renewal costs are usually 2x to 3x higher. Before you sign up with a cheap host, it’s essential to check their renewal prices as well as features.

Sometimes they are limited to minimal storage space, not enough bandwidth or no SSL.

Although most web hosts throw in a domain name and SSL for free (at least for one year), some don’t.

Below you can find 7 cheapest web hosting providers (last checked December 2019):

1. Bluehost $2.75/mo (36 months) | Renews $7.99


Bluehost

Bluehost currently hosts over 2 million websites. They are by far one of the most popular, inexpensive, shared hosting options available – for a reason. They are well used (and recommended) by a variety of popular webmasters and bloggers.

Out of the 31 hosts that we’ve reviewed, Bluehost’s last 24-month uptime has been the best we’ve seen – 99.99% (with only 2 hours of downtime). In addition to their reliable performance, their average speed is on the faster side, too – 380 ms (which is fast compared to other similarly priced web hosts, such as SiteGround (681 ms) or DreamHost (654 ms).

Bluehost is also our top 1 ranked web host in our overall web hosting reviews. Mostly because of their excellent and reliable performance and 24/7/365 live chat to all of their customers.

All plans include a free domain name for 1 year, one-click installs for different website builders, and WordPress.

The biggest disadvantage in their offer is that the cheapest plan ($2.75/mo) comes with a 36-month commitment. If you decide to use their services for less than 12 months, you’d need to pay $4.95/mo. SSL is included for free. Cheapest “basic” plan comes with 50GB of storage space, 5 email accounts, and unmetered bandwidth. Bluehost renews at $7.99/mo after the initial sign up period.

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2. Hostinger $0.99/mo (48 months) | Renews $2.15


Hostinger

Hostinger is the cheapest web hosting company we’ve reviewed to date.

Usually, very affordable hosting providers are either slow, unreliable, or with virtually no customer support.

Fortunately, Hostinger is quite the opposite. Over the last 23-months, their uptime has been 99.95%.

What’s more, they are among the fastest web hosts with an average load time of 363 ms (only beaten by A2 Hosting and MDDHosting which are slightly more expensive).

They also offer prompt 24/7 customer support via live chat which is an excellent feature to have.

Low prices, great load times, and reliable uptime – is what makes them a great cheap web hosting option.

If you sign up for their cheapest plan, it will only cost you $0.99/mo. This makes a total of only $47.52 for “almost” lifetime hosting – not bad. Hostinger’s cheapest plan renews at $2.15/mo after the initial sign up period.

This “Single Shared Hosting” plan includes 1 website, 1 email account, 100GB of bandwidth (which can handle a lot of visitors), and unlimited storage.

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3. DreamHost $2.59/mo (36 months) | Renews: $2.59 | Month-to-Month Plan: $4.95/mo


dreamhost

DreamHost instantly stands out among web hosts due to their impressive money-back guarantee: they feel so confident about their service that they allow you up to 97 days to request your money back (the industry standard is 30 days).

DreamHost’s last 24-month uptime is 99.94% – which isn’t bad. They have a load time of 654 ms. While that isn’t too slow, you get better load time with our top three picks.

DreamHost does not offer free email accounts, however. Whereas Bluehost offers 5 email accounts and A2 Hosting offers 25, you have to pay $1.67 per email account per month with DreamHost.

Besides having an impressive money-back guarantee (97 days), DreamHost offers pretty remarkable features: a free domain name for 1 year (renews at $15.99), unmetered bandwidth, 50GB SSD storage, WP website builder, free SSL, and support for 1 website – all for $2.59/mo on its cheapest plan which renews at the same price.

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4. HostGator $2.75/mo (36-months) | Renews $6.95


hostgator shared

Hostgator is, without doubt, one of the biggest and most popular web hosting brands today. They host an impressive 10 million+ domain names and have been in the industry for 19 years now. That’s hard to beat!

We have mixed feelings about Hostgator’s shared hosting performance, however. 

They perform quite poorly when it comes to speed: a load time of 1,113 ms makes them the slowest of the cheap web hosts we reviewed (Hostinger and Bluehost are at least twice as fast, and A2 Hosting is three times faster). A lack of SSD storage doesn’t help this. Hostgator’s 24-month uptime is quite impressive at 99.99%, though. They have the second-best uptime on this list after Bluehost. This gives a level of assurance about the reliability of their service.

Hostgator’s cheapest plan costs $2.75/mo but requires a 36-month commitment. For this, you get unlimited bandwidth and storage, a free domain name for 1 year, instant backups, free SSL, and $100 ad credit for Google and Bing. Hostgator renews at $6.95/mo after the initial 36-month period is over.

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5. A2 Hosting $2.96/mo (12 months) | Renews $8.99


a2 hosting homepage

A2 Hosting is the fastest shared hosting provider we’ve tested to date.

With an average load time of 320 ms, A2 Hosting is the fastest of the web hosts we’ve reviewed — and it has been this way for years. They are the only web host that gets a perfect score for speed among web hosts we’ve reviewed.

In a world where being slow can hurt both traffic and conversions, web hosts that pride themselves on speed charge a premium for it – or at least a lot more than the $2.96/mo that A2 Hosting charges for their cheapest plan.

A2 Hosting’s uptime isn’t very impressive, though. They’ve maintained a 99.93% uptime over the past 24-months, which is quite weak.

You’re also restricted to 1 website on their cheapest plan; this makes it difficult to enjoy some of the amazing features they offer fully. If you want more sites, you need to upgrade to their “Turbo server.” While this promises up to 20X faster speed, it costs a lot more at $7/mo for a 24/36-month commitment.

At $2.96/mo, A2 Hosting’s cheapest plan comes with unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, free SSL, 25 email accounts, a site builder, and 1-click WordPress install. You also get a free domain name for 1 year. A2 Hosting renews at $8.99/mo after the initial sign up period.

To get the cheapest price, use “HOSTINGFACTS” coupon on the checkout page.

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6. GreenGeeks $2.95/mo (36 months) | Renews: $9.95


GreenGeeks homepage

GreenGeeks’s focus on being eco-friendly might endear them to some users, but how do they stack up when compared to other cheap web hosts?

GreenGeeks isn’t as fast as Hostinger (363 ms), Bluehost (380 ms), or A2 Hosting (320 ms), but their load time of 453 ms is impressive and a 99.96% uptime isn’t bad, too. It’s also worth noting that you benefit from 24/7 customer support through live chat (that we’ve found to be quite reliable) should your site ever go down.

While GreenGeeks is quite generous when it comes to some of the features on their cheapest plan (such as unlimited storage and emails), we want to note that you can only use this plan with 1 website.

Their cheapest plan costs $2.95/mo, that comes with a 36-month commitment. For this, you get unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited emails, a free website builder, and a free domain name for 1 year (renews at $13.95). You also get free SSL. Once the initial 36-month sign up period is over, GreenGeeks renews at $9.95/mo.

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Or read our full review on GreenGeeks


7. iPage $1.99/mo (36 months) | Renews: $7.99


ipage

At $1.99/month, iPage’s offering would seem to be one of the best as far as cheap web hosting goes – particularly because they appear to be the cheapest after our top pick (Hostinger).

Don’t be deceived, however. 

You only get iPage’s super cheap pricing when you make a 36-month commitment. More importantly, once the initial 36-month sign up period is over, iPage’s cheap shared hosting price instantly balloons to $7.99/mo.

That said, it’s worth noting that iPage has an impressive 99.97% uptime over 24 months, and they offer reliable 24/7 customer support through several means including live chat.

iPage doesn’t offer SSD storage, however. With a load time of 759 ms, they are also the second slowest of the cheapest web hosts we reviewed.

A free domain name for 1 year (renews at $14.99), free SSL, unlimited storage, and practically unlimited bandwidth are some of the features you get with iPage’s cheap hosting. While most cheap hosts have a 1 website limit, iPage allows you to host unlimited websites.

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Or read our full review on iPage


To Wrap Up:

RANK WEB HOST Monthly Plan 12-Month Plan 24-Month Plan 36+ Months Money Back Performance
1 Bluehost No option
to pay monthly
Starts: $4.95/mo
Renews: $7.99/mo
Starts:  $2.95/mo
Renews: $7.99/mo
Starts: $2.75/mo
Renews: $7.99/mo
30 days
(see terms)
99.99%
380 ms
2 Hostinger Starts: $9.99/mo
Renews: $9.99/mo
Starts: $2.99/mo
Renews: $3.25/mo
Starts: $1.59/mo
Renews: $2.85/mo
Starts: $0.99/mo
Renews: $2.15/mo
30-days
(see terms)
99.95%
363 ms
3 Dreamhost Starts: $4.95/mo
Renews:
Same
Starts: $4.95/mo
Renews:
Same
Starts: $3.95/mo
Renews: Same
Starts: $2.59/mo
Renews: Same
97 days
(see terms)
99.94%
654 ms
4 HostGator Starts: $10.95/mo
Renews:
Same
Starts: $5.95/mo
Renews: $8.95/mo
Starts: $3.58/mo
Renews: $7.95/mo
Starts: $2.75/mo
Renews: $6.95/mo
45 days
(see terms)
99.99%
1113 ms
5 A2 Hosting Starts: $2.96/mo
Renews: $9.99/mo
Starts: $2.96/mo
Renews: $8.99/mo
Starts: $2.96/mo
Renews: $8.99/mo
Starts: $2.96/mo
Renews: $8.99/mo
Anytime
(see terms)
99.93%
320 ms
6 GreenGeeks Starts: $9.95/mo
Renews: $9.95/mo
Starts: $4.95/mo
Renews: $9.95/mo
Starts: $3.95/mo
Renews: $9.95/mo
Starts: $2.95/mo
Renews: $9.95/mo
30 days
(see terms)
99.96%
453 ms
7 iPage
No option
to pay monthly
Starts: $2.99/mo
Renews: $9.99/mo
Starts: $2.49/mo
Renews: $8.99/mo
Starts:  $1.99/mo
Renews: $7.99/mo
30 days
(see terms)
99.97%
759 ms

Just because you don’t have a big budget doesn’t mean you should settle for a low-quality web host.

There are dozens of options on the market that strike the perfect balance between affordability and quality. With a little bit of research, you can easily find a provider that matches your needs and your budget.

  1. Bluehost: $2.75/month [easy to use, reliable]
  2. Hostinger: $0.99/month [cheapest quality web host]
  3. DreamHost: $2.59/month [ability to pay month-to-month]
  4. HostGator Shared: $2.75/month
  5. A2 Hosting: $2.96/month [fastest cheap web host]
  6. GreenGeeks: $2.95/month
  7. iPage: $1.99/month

P.S. Make sure you are OK with the higher renewal prices. Nobody on this list has the same renewal price as the signup price.

Which cheap hosting providers have you used? Would you recommend any of them? Let us know in the comments below. We can also test and try cheaper hosts, so shoot your suggestions to us :).

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66 Comments

    1. HostingFacts Team
      HostingFacts Team

      That’s correct – they don’t raise prices on renewal, which is pretty rare in the industry.

  1. I find most of these companies are deceptive in their offerings. A2 even admitted in a chat session that that deceive potential customers on their pricing on purpose to get them signed up. Is there any honest web hosts who offer a fair program that stays the same after the first or second year?

  2. I’ve been with HostGator since 2011 and they have been great. Excellent customer service (which rarely is ever needed), my site is never down, loads fast, never any issues and they honored old pricing since Ive been with them so long. Of course as a new customer you would pay normal pricing but its nice to see they value their customers especially when you have been with them for 8 years. I came to this site just out of curiosity of what else is out there. At this time I have no intentions of moving to a different host (unless they raise prices or stop honoring my grandfathered pricing plan). I have a BabyGator account which has unmetered bandwidth usage and unlimited email, ftp, addon domains, and more. I really couldn’t be any happier with them. They have been great.

  3. I am really fed up with GoDaddy due to their aggressive prices and upsells, let alone the terrible load times. I am looking at greener pastures and one particular statistic called my attention: the very high number of last and gained websites GoDaddy and all other providers presented in 2018, in the magnitude of the hundreds of thousands!

    The only explanation is that people select the introductory prices and then move to another place once the renewal time takes over. Is that plausible?

    1. Some may do so, some will stick with the higher renewal prices. Hosting industry standard seems to be higher renewal prices and lower intro prices.

  4. Nice list – I see every link is an affiliate link – I know it is nice to make a few bucks along the way, but I would feel the opinions were less biased without this.

    Here are the minimum requirements any host should offer:
    1) Free domain with free renewal
    2) One-click install of 100’s of scripts (Blog, CMS, eCommerce, etc.)
    3) Free SSL certificate
    4) Unlimited (or very liberal) bandwidth, disk space, databases and email
    5) Free Domain Privacy
    6) cPanel management (Not that crap GoDaddy thinks works)
    7) SSH shell access

    I find very few of these budget hosts make the grade – and if they do, it is not the advertised $2.99 hosted plan that ticks all the boxes. Study and compare. Personally I have found success with inMotion hosting. (I get paid nothing to say that).

    Thanks

    1. I am not that enamored by the notion of a free domain. ICANN charges an annual fee, and you should pay it.

      But I don’t want a hosting account where they give me a $9.99 domain for free, give away the farm for the first year or two, and then I have to choke down the price tag at renewal, because I’m in too deep.

      I don’t want anything for free. I want a single fair price today and forever. That’s not to mention that the really cheap price tags are for 1 website, and 1 email address; which you will outgrow as soon as you’re done with your project. Then what? You go from a 1 website plan to an unlimited plan, because those are the choices, when you know damn well you don’t need unlimited anything. How about a reasonable priced plan that adjusts the monthly fee according to your needs. It would require hiring competent programmers to write that software for you. In a world where we outsource everything, we must learn to live in a one size fits all world. Doesn’t that really suck?

    1. Many (if not all) web hosting providers will have higher renewal fees. That’s unfortunate. I agree, we don’t like them either – but that’s the web hosting business. My tip: You can always cancel before the renewal starts and move onto another host (migration is often free).

      HostingFacts Team

      1. Thanks for this article! I am a bit confused though. If you look at these hosting companies now, such as Bluehost, the prices are WAY higher than what you are reporting here. It’s only been a couple months since Dec. 19, 2019, and Bluehost has discount price of $2.75 for the cheapest package, and the renewal for that is $8.49 for the 24-month plan. Really, I can’t understand how the prices in your article here are so different from what these companies are now showing, only a couple months later. What do you think?

        1. And what I just heard from Justhost, my host, is that to get a better rate you have to pay a year up front, not monthly like all of these prices indicate…so that is very very misleading – unless Justhost was misleading me…very confusing.

          1. Very few web hosts offer actual month-to-month payment plans and the ones that do charge A LOT more for it. If you look at Justhost themselves, they charge up to twice as much if you want to pay month-to-month, rather than signing up for 1/2/3 years and paying for it upfront. Also, the prices that web hosts show don’t indicate that the payment structure is monthly, they just show what the prices are per month of hosting.

        2. Hi Ken, I think it comes down to the duration of the plan. You’re gonna get the best price with the lengthiest plan (36 months), if you signed up for the 24-month one then both the initial & the renewal price will be a bit higher.

  5. For me, IPAGE is right option because of their cost and unlimited space and bandwidth. Thanks for the other listings too!