Cheap Web Hosting Recommendations

Cheap Web Hosting

 Web HostPriceRenewal
 InterServer Logo InterServer $4.00 mo. $4.00 mo.
 Namecheap Namecheap $1.66 mo. $6.58 mo.
 GoDaddy GoDaddy $3.99 mo. $7.99 mo.
 Bluehost Bluehost $3.49 mo. $7.99 mo.

Can cheap web hosting actually work for you? I believe in most cases, the answer to that question is yes. But first, let’s define what we mean by cheap web hosting. In the past, we’ve referred to Budget Hosting as those hosting plans costing less than $3 or $4 a month. However, many web hosts offer introductory deals where plans cost less than $5 mo. But when we consider true Cheap Web Hosting, we also have to take into account the renewal rates—which are often higher. Although you might be able to sign up for a hosting plan at cheaper rates, what takes these hosting companies out of the cheap arena are the higher rates you’ll be charged once your initial term is over.

So for our quest for quality cheap web hosting, here we’re just considering those hosting plans that are $5 mo. or less during initial signup, and that also cost less than $8 mo. when you renew.

InterServer

InterServer

Advantages:

  • Price Lock Guarantee for Same Renewal Rate
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • Host Unlimited Websites
  • Guaranteed Email Delivery
  • cPanel Interface
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
  • Automated Weekly Backups
  • No Charge for Data Restore
Disadvantages:

  • Live Chat Response Times Can Vary Greatly

When it comes to quality cheap web hosting, InterServer definitely deserves consideration. While they may not be as well-known as GoDaddy or the other larger web hosts, InterServer’s unique price lock guarantee assures that you’ll pay the same price even at renewal time. So, not only can you sign up for their feature packed hosting plan for $5 or less per month, you’ll also be able to renew at the same price.

It’s very easy to sign up at InterServer. And, their Standard Hosting plan includes unlimited storage, data transfer, email, and you can host an unlimited number of websites. The InterServer account dashboard is very easy to use and lets you easily log in to cPanel.

Overall, InterServer’s hosting plan provides the best value we’ve seen in a long time. They offer many features that will cost you more elsewhere—especially when you factor in renewal rates.

GoDaddy

GoDaddy

Advantages:

  • Domain Name Registrar
  • Quick and Easy Setup
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • 100 GB Disk Space
Disadvantages:

  • Live Chat Support Not 24/7
  • Limited to One Website
  • Backup and Restore is a Paid Option

GoDaddy has one of the largest selections of web hosting products and services. And yes, that includes cheap hosting. You can get their Economy hosting plan for $3.99 mo., and the renewal price is $7.99 mo. While in the past, GoDaddy hasn’t always had the best reputation, I’ve found their web hosting to be pretty good, not perfect, but much better than you might expect.

First of all, the set up process with GoDaddy is very quick and easy—allowing you to get your website online faster. And, as far as website speed performance, again the results have been good—maybe not always the fastest in terms of raw number testing, but definitely acceptable.

Another advantage with GoDaddy is that they’re the largest domain name registrar. So in the future, if you need more domains, you can easily purchase and manage them with your GoDaddy account.

Bluehost

Bluehost

Advantages:

  • Nice Website Setup Guide
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
Disadvantages:

  • Limited to One Website
  • Slower Live Chat Support Response Times
  • Many Upsells Throughout

Bluehost is another well know web host that you may not consider as a cheap web hosting source. However, their Basic hosting plan is often on sale and is currently available for $3.49 mo. The renewal rate is $7.99 mo.

Like GoDaddy, with Bluehost you also get cPanel as your control panel interface and we definitely like their enhanced implementation of it. While I’ve found the customer support agents at Bluehost to be very helpful, sometimes the wait times can be a bit long. However, I should note that their response time has improved somewhat lately.

Namecheap

Namecheap

Advantages:

  • Lowest Initial Price
  • Low Renewal Rates
  • Domain Name Registrar
  • 24/7 Live Chat Support
  • Host Up to 10 Websites
  • 100% Uptime SLA
  • Internal Backups Twice a Week
  • Free Attracta SEO and Marketing Tools
Disadvantages:

  • No Webalizer Stats
  • Only 14 Day Money Back Guarantee

With a name like Namecheap, you’d expect lower prices—and that’s exactly what you get. In fact, Namecheap is the ultimate in cheap web hosting plans. You can actually get hosting for only 83 cents per month. However, in this comparison, we’re going one step up with their Professional plan—which is still cheaper than either of the above plans from GoDaddy or Bluehost. Namecheap’s Professional hosting plans costs $1.66 mo. and you can renew for only $6.58 mo.

As you can see from the above list, there are definitely a lot of great features with Namecheap’s hosting. And, like GoDaddy, they are a quality domain name registrar if you need multiple domains in the future.

There are a few negatives with Namecheap. Although the website speed and performance I’ve received is definitely acceptable, page loading isn’t quite as fast as more expensive web hosting plans. Also, they don’t include Webalizer to view your web stats—which isn’t a huge deal as you do get AWStats and you can of course use Google Analytics on your own. However, as I tend to use Webalizer a lot, I would prefer that they include it with their cPanel.

Keep in mind that with Namecheap, you only have a 14 day window with their money back guarantee—as opposed to 30 days with InterServer, GoDaddy and Bluehost.

Recommendations

Regarding customer support, I would put InterServer, Namecheap and Bluehost ahead of GoDaddy. InterServer, Bluehost and Namecheap both offer more accessible 24/7 live chat support. And, the support agents have been more consistent in providing helpful, friendly resolutions to questions and issues.

As for speed and performance, Namecheap, InterServer, and GoDaddy all had good overall speed and the numbers were very close. All were superior to Bluehost in website speed. In fact, Bluehost was the most disappointing when it came to webpage loading times.

So which cheap hosting provider should you choose? If you’re looking for the best overall value, then the choice is between InterServer and Namecheap. I’ve been happy with both of these web hosts. Overall, I like the features included with InterServer’s hosting a bit more. If you’ve had some prior experience or you are comfortable working with web hosting admin tasks, then I’d choose InterServer.

Namecheap is a little more suited for newbies. Their welcome email will guide you through your setup. And since Namecheap is also a popular domain name registrar, you’ll be able to easily get and manage your domain names there.

InterServer Logo
Sign Up: $4.00 mo.
Renewal: $4.00 mo.
Visit: InterServer.com
Namecheap
Sign Up: $1.66 mo.
Renewal: $6.58 mo.
Visit: Namecheap.com
GoDaddy
Sign Up: $3.99 mo.
Renewal: $7.99 mo.
Visit: GoDaddy.com
Bluehost
Sign Up: $3.49 mo.
Renewal: $7.99 mo.
Visit: Bluehost.com