We look for the best value website hosting services
Quality web hosting can be an expensive affair – but it doesn’t have to be. There are a growing number of cheap providers that deliver honest, reliable performance and great value for money.
All bar one of the companies listed below will accommodate more than one website. So while cheap web hosting providers are great for starting your business, they might not be powerful and scalable enough to take it to the next level; which is where VPS and dedicated servers come into play.
Note that some of the eye-catching headline prices (from free to just a few dollars/pounds per month) are often only for a limited period (usually the first year), and after that they can swiftly balloon, especially when you factor in the cost of the domain names bundled.
If you plan to have a successful online business, it is important to think long-term and how the total cost of ownership (the cost of running your website over years) might impact your bottom line.
So, without further ado, below is our hand-picked list of the best cheap hosting deals.
- We’ve also rounded up the best web hosting services
Below are the best cheap web hosting providers:
- 1&1 Ionos
Cheap web hosting that delivers in so many ways
- Great value
- Plenty of features
- Good for novices and experts alike
$45 per year when purchased for one year
Domain.com has been a serious player in the web hosting world since 2002, and the company offers an attractive entry-level plan which is the obvious focus for us here.
With Domain.com’s Basic plan you only have to subscribe for a year to get the best price, which is a competitive $3.75 monthly – and you receive a good amount of hosting power for that outlay.
The Basic plan includes a single website with unlimited storage, a free SSL certificate (Let’s Encrypt), along with up to 10 databases. Additional value is provided because you also get a free domain name thrown in for a year (at least that’s the case thanks to an offer available at the time of writing).
When we reviewed Domain.com, we were impressed by the customer support offered by this provider – even on the entry-level plan, which is another boon to bear in mind particularly for the less experienced users out there. Experts will be happy as well, however, as Domain.com’s custom control panel presents everything neatly and cleanly, and allows easy access to advanced tools (including FTP, CGI and Scripted language support).
That said, you can’t get cPanel with Domain.com unless you go with the top VPS plan, but obviously we’re talking about budget hosting here – and the combination of a good price with sterling features, along with the ability to please both novice and more experienced users, makes this provider our current go-to choice.
Quality hosting at a price that’s locked in forever
- Price lock guarantee
- You get plenty for your money
- Free SSL and CDN
$5 per month
Interserver isn’t the cheapest hosting provider featured in this roundup. Indeed it’s far from it, as for the standard web hosting plan, you’ll pay $5 per month; there are considerably cheaper deals elsewhere on this page. However, that represents a 30% discount at the time of writing, and the twist is that this $5 fee is subject to a ‘price lock guarantee’.
In other words, you sign up for $5 monthly and Interserver guarantees that you’ll never be charged more for your hosting for however long you stick with the company. Also note that there’s no contract here, so you can cancel at any time you wish, which is obviously a plus point in terms of flexibility (a 30-day money-back guarantee to cover you for the first month doesn’t hurt, either).
You get a very well-featured plan for the money, too, which includes unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited FTP and email accounts, a free SSL certificate, free Cloudflare CDN, a free website migration if needed, and a website builder. Intershield Protection is also provided, additional security which aims to protect your website from attacks of one kind or another, plus you get weekly backups to boot.
Interserver offers cPanel and a huge library of over 450 apps including all the usual suspects like Drupal, PrestaShop and Magento, not to mention WordPress. In short, you might pay more than with some cheap hosting rivals, but you get plenty for your money here, and with no contract needed.
Outstanding value for money – especially for mid-term buyers
- Unlimited websites
- Includes a domain for a year
- Bundled security tools
(US) $23.88 per year when purchased for three years. Total cost of purchase is $71.64
(UK) £18 for the first year. Renews at £8.35 per month
Like dozens of other providers, iPage is part of the big EIG family and uses the bargaining power of the organization to bring prices down. iPage has it all for such a small price: you get unlimited websites, disk space, bandwidth, MySQL databases and email accounts. As with other EIG members, you get Google and Bing advertising credits and 24/7 support.
The money-back guarantee is an industry average 30-days and you don’t get domain privacy, website security or backup as standard. As a sweetener, iPage includes a domain name (for a year) plus free SiteLock security tools (although iPage doesn’t provide much detail as to what that actually includes).
4. 1&1 Ionos Business
(US) $1 for the first month, renews at $8 per month
(UK) £12 for the first year, renews at £5 per month plus VAT
Like many other premium companies, 1&1 IONOS offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. As part of one of the world’s largest hosting firms, you’re in good company as this German-based host includes DDoS protection, geo-redundancy and the all-new HTTP/2 protocol as standard.
Your website will have room to grow with unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, up to 2.5GB of system memory and unlimited databases with 1GB SSD storage each.
On top of that you also get a personal consultant, one free domain for a year (no .com or .net in the UK, though), daily backup, 50 email accounts, an SSL certificate and 24/7 customer service.
5. GoDaddy Economy
Great if you want scalable hosting coupled with Microsoft Office email
- 100GB storage
- Extras like DDoS protection
- Free Microsoft Office 365 Business Email
(US) $1 (there is a sale at the time of writing, usual price is $4.49) per month for the first year, renews at $8.99 per month
(UK) £1 (there is a sale at the time of writing, usual price is £3.99) per month for the first year, renews at £5.99 per month plus VAT
GoDaddy is the second of the triumvirate of ‘uber web hosting’ companies (the two others being EIG and 1&1) that we’ve listed in this buying guide. Its Economy package has to be one of the best on the market with GoDaddy flexing its (virtual) muscles to deliver exceptional value for money.
As expected, you get a free domain name and oodles of storage (100GB) along with unlimited bandwidth, plus free Microsoft Office 365 Business Email for a year (a freebie worth $73 (£55)).
Support is delivered 24/7 via a toll-free line and GoDaddy even guarantees 99.9% uptime for this service. Add in 1-click install functionality for more than 125 applications, DDoS protection, plus 1GB of MySQL database storage and you’ve bagged yourself a pretty solid offering. The only true limitation is the fact that you won’t be able to host more than one website, but that’s a common theme across the budget board.