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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 September 2019):

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


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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 16-months, their uptime has been 99.97% with less than 10 hours of downtime. What’s more, they are among the fastest web hosts with an average load time of 369 ms (only beaten by A2 Hosting, which is 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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2. 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 32 hosts that we’ve reviewed, Bluehost’s last 16-month uptime has been the best we’ve seen – 99.99% (with only 10 outages). In addition to their reliable performance, their average speed is on the faster side, too – 405 ms (which is fast compared to other similarly priced web hosts, such as SiteGround (713 ms) or DreamHost (719 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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3. A2 Hosting $2.96/mo (12 months) | Renews $7.99


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

With an average load time of 336 ms, A2 Hosting is a lot faster than the majority 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 99.92% uptime over the past 16-months, which is quite weak and the lowest on this list.

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 $7.99/mo after the initial sign up period.

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


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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 1,007 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 16-month uptime is quite impressive at 99.98%, 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. DreamHost $2.59/mo (36 months) | Renews: $4.95


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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 16-month uptime is 99.96% – which isn’t bad. They have a load time of 719 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 $4.95/mo.

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6. GreenGeeks $2.95/mo (36 months) | Renews: $7.99


greengeeks

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 (369 ms), Bluehost (405 ms), or A2 Hosting (336 ms), but their load time of 493 ms is impressive and a 99.95% 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 $7.99/mo.

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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 16 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 787 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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To Wrap Up:

RANK WEB HOST Monthly Plan 12-Month Plan 24-Month Plan 36+ Months Money Back Performance
1 Hostinger Starts: $9.59/mo
Renews: $7.99/mo
Starts: $2.34/mo
Renews: $3.25/mo
Starts: $1.69/mo
Renews: $2.85/mo
Starts: $0.99/mo
Renews: $2.15/mo
30-days
(see terms)
99.97%
369 ms
2 Bluehost No option
to pay monthly
Starts: $4.95/mo
Renews: $7.99/mo
Starts:  $1.69/mo
Renews: $2.85/mo
Starts: $0.99/mo
Renews: $2.15/mo
30 days
(see terms)
99.99%
405 ms
3 A2 Hosting Starts: $2.96/mo
Renews: $9.99/mo
Starts: $2.96/mo
Renews: $8.99/mo
Starts: $2.96/mo
Renews: $7.99/mo
Starts: $2.96/mo
Renews: $7.99/mo
Anytime
(see terms)
99.92%
336 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
30 days
(see terms)
99.98%
1007 ms
5 Dreamhost Starts: $4.95/mo
Renews:
Same
Starts: $4.95/mo
Renews:
Same
No option for
24-months
Starts: $2.59/mo
Renews: $4.95/mo
97 days
(see terms)
99.96%
719 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)
99.95%
493 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%
787 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. Hostinger: $0.99/month [cheapest quality web host]
  2. Bluehost: $2.75/month [easy to use, reliable]
  3. A2 Hosting: $2.96/month [fastest cheap web host]
  4. HostGator: $2.75/month
  5. DreamHost: $2.59/month
  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 :).

63 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. Dreamhost is great. I’ve tried to leave a positive review about it, along with a negative for GoDaddy and this site wouldn’t allow me to do it. That defeats the purpose of the site.

    • HostingFacts Team
      HostingFacts Team

      We update user-reviews 3-4x times a year. Please allow it some time to appear on our website. Thanks.

  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?

    • 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

    • 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

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

  6. Had a WP site with HostGator 4 years ago. Tried to cancel it and it took 4 months. The pressure they put on you is incredible but I still wanted it canceled. The guy said he did and actually lied over the phone and I was billed the next month. So I called again, yep, missed the cutoff so I was billed again. Then a “glitch” meant I was billed again. Just be prepared and make sure you get everything in writing when you cancel and then call back to verify. I was canceling for my own reasons not for a HostGator issue.

  7. Great article! The list really helps to choose a best suiting web hosting provider. Just a quick note, if you have any problem with availability, stability, or performance you can use a tool like https://cula.io/ that is completely for free up to 20 urls and 5 servers (APM), and can provide an evidence about your provider uptime quality.

  8. Shared hosting is cheap for sure, but not safe and definitely doesn’t have good performance. A better alternative is to use vps that are affordable. You get better performance and dedicated server. If you don’t know how to setup a vps, then you can use PHP hosting platform, like Cloudways, that automatically setups a server of your choice with OS, stack and PHP already installed on it.

    • HostingFacts Team
      HostingFacts Team

      It’s load time when you page gets fully loaded (we’ve default WordPress themes installed on all of them). Hope this helps.

    • Hello, Deepak. I have visited your blog. Seems you use Let’s Encrypt for your site’s SSL certificate, and you use Godaddy. May I know whether or not Godaddy charged you to install a third-party SSL certificate for your Godaddy-hosted website?

  9. What would make your reviews helpful is to know what your cost will be after the initial period. I’ve had a few in years past where my fee like it did with cable and satellite companies got jacked up, and up, and up into the realm of the ridiculous. Further, in two cases 1.5 decades ago, my credit card continued to be billed undr varying excuses and delays in resolution. Since my card company proved unhelpful in stopping it as well, I had a single option. I ceased subscription to the card. So, it wouldbe helpful if you could add two areas of foci. One, how much do post-initial fees increase. Two, integrity of the business, specifically customer service, and specifically again when a customer opts to cease service.

  10. Shared hosting is cheap for sure, but not safe and definitely doesn’t have good performance. A better alternative is to use vps that are affordable. You get better performance and dedicated server. If you don’t know how to setup a vps, then you can use PHP hosting platform, like Cloudways, that automatically setups a server of your choice with OS, stack and PHP already installed on it.

  11. I see Hostinger is second on this list, I have used them for 2 years.
    Altho I have had my share of problems, mostly due to my own lack of knowledge running a cpanel etc… they have been very helpful when I have needed them, and have also compensated me a couple times for any inconvenience I may have experienced with extra months of hosting tagged to my account.

    I run 3 full shops with blogs on WordPress, and a main website with blog, on one of thier shared premium hosting plans.

  12. Those are good review but I have my reservations.

    For me, you cannot quantify the price of a host by the initial payment made just to lure customers.

    The actual pay is in the renewal.

    Secondly, speed and security should be paramount for any web master and as such it should be greatly considered which you actually did but ignoring hosts that are better in the industry.

    Maybe you should try checking out Fatcomet.

    I am not here to market for the company but odds are they are favourites, for me.

    I’m currently using Inmotion for my business blog and Fatcomet for another blog.

    I joined inmotion from Fatcow and it was like from frying pan to fire. My site was always down and the tech guys will keep on telling you the same thing and never coming up with solution.

    I got tired of writing them.

    My biggest mistake was paying for 24 months upfront.

    • Yeah they are all cheap on the “first year” but soo expensive in the succeeding years…. they do have some affiliates that is why they are promoted well by bloggers….

      Just go for those transparent hosting co that offers as is where is plans.

  13. Can someone share what is the cheapest in the long -run? All of these just have a offer that will last max 3 years and then after that the price spike is 80% on all of them. I don’t think ( nor do I know) if you can jump from host site to host site taking advantage of their sign up offers of $3 a month but it looks like there is no way to avoid paying $9 a month for the lifetime of my website!

  14. Hi HostingFacts Team,
    This is really great write-up, hosting provider list for cheap web hosting is quite useful to choose the best one. I want to know what do you recommend?

    • If the HostGator discount is still valid ($2.99/mo), then I’d go for them. If not, I’d probably take Hostinger/InMotion 🙂

  15. Great list! I have always found Hostgator to be a great hosting company and at that $2.99 offer that’s a pretty good deal. Bluehost I’ve had billing issues with and iPAGE is not great on performance like you show in your report.Hostinger I haven’t heard of before but based on your review I might try them out as a cheaper alternative for some of my basic sites.Thanks for the information!

  16. HostGator excellent customer service? Mate, are you kidding?

    I just waited 32 minutes on a call to customer service to HostGator… and nobody picked up.

    Then I waited 26 minutes to initiate a “live chat” which a rep who must have been attending over 10 customers at once.

    HostGator’s customer service is pathetic.

    Have you actually tried using it?

  17. I have used several hosting services, I started with Justhost which at the time offered something like a 3-4 year package for a reasonable cost but what a stinger when it came to renewal. I was impressed by the usability, tools and response and uptime was great initially. The I tried reg123, what a crock absolutely appalling service, One was ok till renewal. I wouldn’t even go near Godaddy the amount of bad reviews I have come across, I am currently using Hostmetro and 1&1 and both are up for renewal towards the end of this year or early next year.

    What I am looking for is not particularly cheap but reasonably priced for a long period, sick to death of all the gimmicks for first year then sting you after. The problem is, particularly with WordPress sites once you have set up your site if you don’t stay with the same host you have to start from the bottom when you move and they know this. Hence they promote WordPress.

    I am sure other people feel the same that if you can find a reasonably priced long term plan or one that does not sting at renewal stage hosting services are far more likely to win business, well from me they are as i prefer not to have to keep moving hosting services from one to another.

  18. Been using Misshosting for last one year. Its cheap, the live chat service is great almost very prompt to solve the queries. I would definitely recommend it.

  19. BlueHost is an absolutely terrible host, I’m astonished anyone would put them on any list these day. I just switched from BlueHost to A2Hosting.

    BlueHost not only had terrible, and I mean TERRIBLE server response times, they had multiple unlogged downtimes daily. When I contacted “Technical Support”, I was told these outages were “probably server glitches”. I then asked if these glitches were being looked into and if the server was producing error logs of these glitches. They told me no the servers are not logging these “glitches”, that all servers have these glitches and its not something that can be fixed.

    I was dumbfounded at that conversation and immediately canceled my hosting. I would highly recommend avoiding BlueHost at all and any cost.

    That being said, I think A2Hosting has been the best Host I’ve used in 10+ years, and honestly HostGator is a close second.

    While HostGator does have its issues, their customer support, aside from long wait times, is superb to say the least and when it comes for bang for you buck, HostGator is definitely the top contender.

    A2 is slightly more expensive, but they have lighting fast servers, by far the best response times I’ve ever witnessed.

    • wow, to me bluehost is one of the best hosting provider with great customer support. I have websites hosted on bluehost, A2 hosting, MidPhase, and Hostgator. I agree that A2 hosting is expensive with great service but bluehost ain’t as bad as you painted here.

  20. I think I should go with Bluehost while I migrate my website. Very informative post, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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        But, prepare for the expensive renewal prices next year if you join Blue Host.

        In my opinion, most of these web hosting companies are expensive. But, at least they have enough benefits and provide great customer service. So, I guess that the more money we spend is worth the prices.

  21. I don’t know where you got all the information, but I know many cheaper hosting providers way better than HostGator. HostGator has awful reviews on Trustpilot, while Fastcomet has splendid ones. You review doesn’t reflect the true experiences of users apparently.
    Also, why didn’t you mention Namecheap? The offer SUPER cheap hosting (like 17 dollars a year if you include a domain name) and have nice reviews, better than HostGator for sure.

    • Fastcomet has decent pricing, and pretty good domain registration, but their customer service is sorely lacking. For three days, I have been attempting to get FTP working, and they keep telling me that it’s “my settings” that are the problem. I’ve used six different FTP clients, using the exact same login information they have been giving me, and every single one of those six FTP clients is giving me the same exact error message: Login Failed: Password or Userid is incorrect. No one in customer support has acknowledged that fact, and all they keep saying is “we can’t replicate the problem” so “try another FTP client” and “your settings are not correct”. I think they’ve given me the wrong password, but they won’t do a single thing to try to troubleshoot it. If I had to do it over again, I would look elsewhere.

  22. TMDHosting Provides a free Domain [for the first year]
    and for the business package -shared hosting- [$9.85 USD/mo]
    Transferring my other websites over was a breeze.

    Did I mention a RMS Server is Included for Dolphin websites?
    OH YES.

    • Hi Valentinez, no offense intended but the post seems to smell of some kind of promotion rather than review, just to point out that before publishing something you know what you wrote and comments such as “oh and did I mention….” suggest more or a promo conversation.

    • I too, have been with TMDHosting for a little over a year. Their support is one of the best I’ve experienced in my 20+ years. Plus $9.85 per month for unlimited domains, free SSL and 24/7 quick support turn around is a very competitive and fair price.

      • Ken – I’m looking for a new website, closed GoDaddy after one week. $8.95 a month is very steep for me but I see on their site they are having some sales now. You feel good about their service?

  23. Thanks for this helpful review. HostGator seems to be pretty affordable and reliable, I think I’ll go that route.

  24. My thoughts: iPage is cheap, yes, but it’s just one of the worst hosts I’ve ever dealt with.
    My site was offline 3 days (how they run business like that) and no-one answered my tickets.

    Ridiculous host.

    • I have also used bluehost and I can personally say they have great service and support.
      I haven’t tried iPage or hostgator so I can’t say much about them.
      I have also used hostpapa because I needed a Canadian server, and it was good with a decent price, but in the end I preferred bluehost.

      • Have just finished 12 months hosting with Hostpapa, and note the “finished “. Whilst they are excellent in Australia with their help desk, and the first 12 months offer was excellent, when I received the renewal notice I was absolutely gobsmacked at the renewal prices. Expected to be a bit higher, but 3 times higher than original was a bit too much. Hence I am looking for another host right now.

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