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10 Best & Dirt Cheap Web Hosting Providers Reviewed (2020 Update)17 min read

Bluehost is not the cheapest but is one of the best, and is also officially endorsed by WordPress. Read the post to know the full breakdown.

With growing Internet technology, evolving is necessary and a website has become what we call the need of the hour. Whether you’re a giant business, a small business, or a blogger, you need a website to promote your cause in the online world.

A website is like a door to your business in the online world. It also helps in scaling your business, and if your potential customers are out there in the world, besides your own country, you’ll never wanna miss this opportunity.

But there are many myths — some people even think they cannot afford to have a website. The major expense they’re mostly worried about is the hefty charges of hosting their website. Now, all that has changed, and with this post, we’ll tell you 10 best and cheap web hosting providers that’ll not only save your bucks but will be top-notch in their performances too.

What is an ideal hosting for you?

That is really a subjective question. It depends on what your needs are and what type of business you operate.

So if you’re a big business owner (like Nike), and require your site with a lot of functionalities, you need to go for Dedicated Web Hosting or Virtual Private Servers.

For smaller business or personal bloggers, shared web hosting is ideal and saves money in the beginning.

The following table will help you understand everything in a better way, see:

The Dirt Cheap Hosting Plans

Hostinger

When it comes to the cheapest, Hostinger wins all the races. At first, $0.99/month hosting will drool you but this price comes with a sacrifice for a 4 year lock-in period. You can nowhere get affordable prices other than from Hostinger.

Hostinger has been while on the market, and many web experts have put their trust in it. It is definitely one of the cheapest web hosting companies if you are new to this world or starting afresh.

The only bummer is that they don’t give you a free domain but it can be bought alongside or with the cheapest domain name provider, Namecheap. Here are the pros and cons of web hosting by Hostinger along with pricing & plans.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Single Shared Hosting ($0.99/month) : 1 Website, 1 Email, Limited Bandwidth (100 GB), Free SSL Certificate, 1X Allocated Resources.
  • Premium Shared Hosting ($2.89/month) : Unlimited Number of Websites, Unlimited Email Accounts, Unlimited Bandwidth, WordPress Acceleration (LSCWP), Free SSL Certificate & Domain, 2X Allocated Resources.
  • Business Shared Hosting ($3.99/month) : Unlimited Number of Websites, Unlimited Email Accounts, Unlimited Bandwidth, WordPress Acceleration (LSCWP), Free SSL Certificate & Domain Daily Backups, 4X Allocated Resources.
  • Cloud Hosting ($7.45/month) : Unlimited Websites, Unlimited Email Accounts, Unlimited Bandwidth, WordPress Acceleration (LSCWP), Free SSL Certificate & Domain Daily Backups, 48X Allocated Resources.
PROSCONS
24/7/365 customer supportNo free domain
1 EmailLack of daily backups
LiteSpeed cache
99.99% uptime

Namecheap

Namecheap takes pride in being one of the cheapest. Their name reflects the core. They also give the flexibility to choose from their UK or US data servers.

While Namecheap is the best choice for getting a domain name at a cheaper price, they’re one of the cheapest in web hosting providers.

If you’re tight with the budget and looking for cheap web hosting for WordPress or others, Namecheap can be a decent choice. Given below are their pros and cons.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Stellar ($1.24/month) : 20 GB SSD, 3 Websites, Domain Name, Free CDN
  • Stellar Plus ($2.24/month) : Unmetered SSD, Unlimited Websites, AutoBackup, Domain Name, Free CDN
  • Stellar Business ($3.88/month) : 50 GB SSD, Unlimited Websites, AutoBackup & Cloud Storage, Domain Name, Free CDN
PROSCONS
20 GB SSD spaceNot the best for hosting
Up to 3 websitesUptime can be an issue (99.87%)
Free Top Level Domain (TLDs)Customer Support is messy
Free CDN

iPage

iPage was founded in 1988 with over millions of users at the present time. Their inexpensive plans, responsive customer support, and dedicated cheap web hosting plans for WordPress are some of the things that I like most about.

The best thing that I like about iPage is that they give so many extra features even with their hosting plans such as one-click PayPal integration, site builder, Webmail, etc. To give you a better picture, look at the table below along with pricing & plans.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Basic ($1.99/month) : Unlimited disk space, Scalable bandwidth, Unlimited domain names allowed, Unlimited MySQL databases, Free SSL Certificate, Free domain for 1 year ($14.99 value).
PROSCONS
One of the cheapest web hosting with FREE domainSite migration is not free
EmailUses vDeck instead of cPanel
24/7 SupportCustomer Support is messy
Free site builderHeft amount of fees is charged when you go further with extras
One of the cheapest web hosting with a FREE SSL certificate as well.
99.96% Uptime

Dreamhost

What sets Dreamhost apart from other popular and cheap web hosting companies is that Dreamhost doesn’t increase the price of hosting in renewals. And this is clearly a good factor to consider.

Dreamhost is almost 25 years old in the industry. Even during such a span of service, their uptime and loading speed is above the average of the industry standard. This makes them a good cheap web hosting provider.

They believe in their service and are so confident that they provide a whopping 97-days money-back guarantee while the industry standard is just 30 days.

Here are a few pros and cons to consider before buying Dreamhost plans along with pricing & plans.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Starter ($2.59/month): 1 Website, Free Domain included, Unlimited Traffic, WordPress Pre-Installed, Free Automated WordPress Migrations, NEW WP Website Builder, Fast SSD Storage, Free SSL Certificate, Add Email as low as $1.67/mo, 3 Year, 1 Year & Monthly Plans.
  • Unlimited ($4.95/month): Unlimited Websites, Free Domain included, Unlimited Traffic, WordPress Pre-Installed, NEW Free Automated WordPress Migrations, NEW WP Website Builder, Fast SSD Storage, Free SSL Certificate, Unlimited Email @ Your Domain, 3 Year, 1 Year & Monthly Plans
PROSCONS
Free domainMigrations are paid
WordPress pre-installedNo cPanel offered
Free WP Website BuilderLimited live support
SSD storage (Unlimited)
Free SSL certificate

Hostgator

With excellent 99.98% uptime and being one of the industries’ oldest web hosting companies, Hostgator won’t let you down if you’re going to pick this cheap web hosting company. 

Their Hatchling plan is the cheapest one with a free domain and free SSL certificate. They have a 45 days money-back guarantee. Not only this, but Hostgator also has pretty responsive customer support. The only thing that bugs me out is their load time. According to Hosting Facts, it’s just 1191 ms.

So if you’re someone who has a heavy website or doesn’t care about website speed, this is not going to be a big problem. However, here’s the table of pros and cons along with pricing & plans to help you decide.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Hatchling ($2.75/month): Single Domain, One Click Installs, Unmetered Bandwidth, Free SSL Certificate
  • Baby ($3.95/month): Unlimited Domains, One Click Installs, Unmetered Bandwidth, Free SSL Certificate
  • Business ($5.95/month): Unlimited Domains, One Click Installs, Unmetered Bandwidth, Free SSL Certificate, Free Upgrade to Positive SSL, Free Dedicated IP, Free SEO Tools
PROSCONS
Free domainSlow loading speed
Migrations are freeCostlier for short terms
Great customer support
Good for beginners
Free SSL certificate

Bluehost

Bluehost is definitely the one that should be paid most attention because it is officially recommended by the world’s best content management system, WordPress. Dreamhost and SiteGround being the other two recommended by WordPress.

I researched a lot about Bluehost and read many people’s reviews. I have been their customer as well. In my findings, I came to the reasons why Bluehost is one of the best and yet cheap web hosting for WordPress and others.

Whopping 99.99% of uptime and approximately 0.4 seconds of load time as per a study by Hosting Facts. I used to have a blog hosted with Bluehost and I hardly remember any issue with them. All in all, they have dedicated 24/7 customer support to answer all your queries.

Have a look at the pros and cons’ table along with pricing & plans.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Basic ($3.95/month): 1 Website, 50 GB SSD Storage, Unmetered Bandwidth, Free SSL Certificate, Standard Performance, 1 Included Domain, 5 Parked Domains, 25 Subdomains
  • Plus ($5.95/month): Unlimited Websites, Unlimited SSD Storage, Unmetered Bandwidth, Free SSL Certificate, Standard Performance, Unlimited Domains, Unlimited Parked Domains, Unlimited Subdomains, Spam Experts, 1 Microsoft 365 Mailbox – Free 30 Days
  • Choice Plus ($6.95/month): Unlimited Websites, Unlimited SSD Storage, Unmetered Bandwidth, Free SSL Certificate, Standard Performance, Unlimited Domains, Unlimited Parked Domains, Unlimited Subdomains, Spam Experts, Domain Privacy + Protection, Site Backup – CodeGuard Basic, 1 Microsoft 365 Mailbox – Free 30 Days
  • Pro ($13.95/month): Unlimited Websites, Unlimited SSD Storage, Unmetered Bandwidth, Free SSL Certificate, High Performance, Unlimited Domains, Unlimited Parked Domains, Unlimited Subdomains, 2 Spam Experts, Domain Privacy + Protection, Site Backup – CodeGuard Basic, Dedicated IP, 1 Microsoft 365 Mailbox – Free 30 Days
PROSCONS
Recommended by WordPressRenewal rates are costly
Free domainSite migration is not free
99.99% uptime
SSD storage
Great customer support
Good for beginners
Free SSL certificate
Many integrations such as DrupalDroopal, Jumla, etc.
Beginner-friendly

Hosting

A2 Hosting was founded in 2001 and has been a decent choice for web hosting. Despite their newness in the industry, they have mastered the game and provide cheap hosting plans for you to start with. They have managed WordPress hosting as well as shared hosting.

Their starting price is $2.99 per month when you buy for 3 years. Even with their basic plans, you can have as many subdomains and parked domains as you want. And their customer support is responsive as well.

What sets A2 apart from other players is their ANYTIME MONEY BACK GUARANTEE, unlike 30-days industry standard norm.

Read their pros and cons.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Startup ($2.99/month): 1 Website, 100 GB SSD Storage, Free & Easy Site Migration, Anytime Money Back Guarantee
  • Drive ($4.99/month): Unlimited Websites, Unlimited SSD Storage, Free & Easy Site Migration, Free Automatic Backups, Anytime Money Back Guarantee
  • Turbo Boost ($9.99/month): Unlimited Websites, Unlimited NVMe Storage, Free & Easy Site Migration, Free Automatic Backups, Turbo (Up To 20X Faster), Anytime Money Back Guarantee
PROSCONS
Anytime money-back guaranteeRenewal rates are high
99.93% uptimeMany bindings on basic plans
Free HackScan malware protection
Migrations are free
Good customer support
Good for beginners, developer-friendly
Free SSL certificate
SSD storage

GoDaddy

GoDaddy became popular with the word of mouth and their 99.97% uptime and loading speed are worth mentioning. This makes them one of the cheap web hosting providers in the market. But are they really worth it?

First, their customer support isn’t so supportive. And they charge a hefty amount of money for pretty much any extra service that you might need with your hosting plan be it an SSL certificate or website backup.

Here are the pros and cons for them.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Starter ($3.99/month): 1 website, 30 GB storage capacity, 256 MB RAM, 1 database, Unmetered bandwidth, Free 1-click WordPress install.
  • Economy ($5.99/month): 1 website, 100 GB storage, Standard Performance, 10 databases, Unmetered bandwidth, Free 1-click WordPress install, Free Professional Email – 1-year trial, Free domain – with annual plan.
  • Deluxe ($7.99/month): Unlimited websites, Unlimited storage, Standard Performance, 25 databases, Unmetered bandwidth, Free 1-click WordPress install, Free Professional Email – 1-year trial, Free domain – with annual plan.
  • Ultimate ($12.99/month): Unlimited websites, Unlimited storage, 2x Processing Power, Unlimited databases, Unmetered bandwidth, Free 1-click WordPress install, Free Professional Email – 1-year trial, Free domain – with annual plan, Free Premium DNS, Free SSL Certificate – 1 year.
PROSCONS
Free DomainMigrations are not free
99.97% uptimeHanging customer support
1- Click WordPress installNo Free SSL certificate
High renewal rates

InMotion

InMotion is a very old name in the web hosting market. Although before 2000-01 they had very little recognition. Lately, they have gained more customers and are continuing in attracting more eyeballs.

But there’s a reason why we put them here in the list of cheap web hosting providers. It’ll be clear in a few seconds.

They have a slow server, approximately 1 second of loading time. They also do verification processes via phone for security purposes so naturally, you can’t get instant access after sign up.

Let’s have a look at their table along with pricing and plans.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Launch ($5.99/month): 2 Websites, 50GB SSD Storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, 10 Email Accounts, 500MB Email Storage, Easy-to-use cPanel, Shared Optimized Stack, 2x Enhanced Performance & Speed 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee, SpamExperts pre Installed, FREE Domain Registration, FREE SSL, FREE No-Downtime Website Transfers.
  • Power ($8.99/month): 50 Websites, 100GB SSD Storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, 50 Email Accounts, 10GB Email Storage, Easy-to-use cPanel, Shared Optimized Stack, 3x Enhanced Performance & Speed 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee, SpamExperts pre Installed, NGINX Caching, FREE Domain Registration, FREE SSL, FREE No-Downtime Website Transfers.
  • Pro ($14.99/month): 100 Websites, 200GB SSD Storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Email Accounts, 20GB Email Storage, Easy-to-use cPanel, Shared Optimized Stack, 4x Enhanced Performance & Speed 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee, SpamExperts pre Installed, NGINX Caching, 99.999% Uptime Guarantee, Faster CPU Processing, FREE Domain Registration, FREE SSL, FREE No-Downtime Website Transfers.
PROSCONS
90 days money-back guaranteeComparatively slow server
99.95% uptimeMany limitations on basic plans
Decent customer support
Migrations are free
Free domain
Free SSL certificate
SSD storage

SiteGround

SiteGround is another one recommended by WordPress other than Bluehost and Dreamhost. It’s definitely not the cheapest web hosting provider but a decent one with great performance.

Their startup plan costs $6.99/month when bought with a 1-year contract. The most appreciable features of SiteGround are free CDN (cloud delivery networks), SSL, and migrations.

They are costlier than any other in our list but they have won the game with terrific performance and loading speeds. All in all their customer support is always ready to help you and their service has a 30-days money-back guarantee.

Have a look at the pros and cons below the pricing and plans.

Pricing & Plans:

  • Startup ($6.99/month): 1 Website, 10 GB Web Space, ~ 10,000 Visits Monthly, Unmetered Traffic, Free SSL, Daily Backup, Free CDN, Free Email, Managed WordPress, Unlimited Databases, 100% renewable energy match, 30-Days Money-Back.
  • GrowBig ($9.99/month): Unlimited Websites, 20 GB Web Space, ~ 25,000 Visits Monthly, Unmetered Traffic, Free SSL, Daily Backup, Free CDN, Free Email, Managed WordPress, Unlimited Databases, 100% renewable energy match, 30-Days Money-Back.
  • GoGeek ($14.99/month): Unlimited Websites, 40 GB Web Space, ~ 100,000 Visits Monthly, Unmetered Traffic, Free SSL, Daily Backup, Free CDN, Free Email, Managed WordPress, Unlimited Databases, 100% renewable energy match, 30-Days Money-Back.
PROSCONS
Free CDNHigh renewal rates
99.99% uptimeLess storage for the basic plan (10 GB)
Excellent customer support
Migrations are free
Free domain
Free SSL certificate
Daily backups

The List of Cheap Web Hosting Providers

  1. Hostinger ($0.99/month 4 year contract, $1.59/month 2 year contract, $2.99/month 1 year contract else $9.99/month monthly contract excluding $4.99 setup)
  2. Namecheap ($1.44/month with yearly contracts else $2.88/month)
  3. iPage ($1.99/month 3 year contract, $2.49/month 2 year contract, $2.99/month 1 year contract)
  4. Dreamhost ($2.59/month 3 year contract, $3.95/month 1 year contract, else 4.95 monthly contract )
  5. Hostgator ($2.75/month 3 year contract, $3.45/month 2 year contract, $3.95/month 1 year contract else $10.95/month 10 monthly contract)
  6. Bluehost ($2.95/month 3 year contract, 3.95/month 2-year contract else 4.95/month 1-year contract)
  7. A2Hosting ($2.99/month 3 year contract, $4.39/month 2 year contract, $6.99/month 1 year contract else $10.99 monthly contract)
  8. GoDaddy ($5.99/month 3 year contract, $6.49/month 2 year contract, $6.99/month 1 year contract else $10.99 3-months contract)
  9. InMotion ($4.99/month 3 year contract, $5.99/month 2 year contract, $6.99/month 1 year contract)
  10. SiteGround ($10.49/month 3 year contract, $9.99/month 2 year contract, $6.99/month 1 year contract else $19.99 monthly contract)

Conclusion: Who’s the best?

It’s hard to choose from such great options and even harder if you are a beginner. But we didn’t mean to confuse you but to be transparent and show you everything that these companies have to offer.

There are tons of other companies to give you even more cutting edge on prices, but they significantly degrade the performances and hence I don’t recommend them. So if you wanna know one best among all then that’s definitely the Bluehost.

Considering all features and the amount of support from Bluehost, it’s definitely one of the cheap web hosting providers for WordPress and as well as for custom sites.

Let me know in the comments below what did you choose as your hosting provider.

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