Quality web hosting can be an expensive affair – but it doesn’t have to be. There’s a growing number of cheap providers that deliver honest, reliable performance and great value for money without breaking the bank.
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.
Bluehost basic |
$7.99 $2.75 per month
This is a very fine effort from Bluehost – a provider we’re quite fond of. The 65% discount is clearly very eye-catching, and you can’t really argue with an effective monthly cost of just $2.75. You get 50GB webspace and unlimited bandwidth.View Deal
WP-Engine Startup |
$30 $20 per month
WP Engine is the leading WordPress Digital Experience Platform. When you sign up for a WP Engine plan, you receive the Genesis Framework and 35+ StudioPress themes for free, that’s over $2,000 in value. Their managed WordPress hosting plans start at $30 per month, but, you get 20% off your first payment with the coupon code WPE20OFF.View Deal
SiteGround StartUp |
$11.95 $0.33 per month
SiteGround is offering a massive discount for its StartUp shared hosting packages. These plans will be renewed at 50% off the regular price and the renewal discount applies for one 12-month renewal only. You get 10GB storage space, unlimited bandwidth plus loads of freebies like free CDN and free SSL certificate.View Deal
HostGator Hatchling |
$6.95 $2.64 per month
Get HostGator’s web hosting plans at reduced prices only for our readers. With the Hatchling plan, you’ll pay $2.64 per month for the 3-year deal and you’ll get unmetered bandwidth, free SSL, $200 marketing offer and other goodies.View Deal
GoDaddy Economy |
$8.99 $1 per month
GoDaddy is offering a great starter plan for only $1 per month for the first year. This gets you unmetered bandwidth, 100GB storage, free domain and a free Microsoft Office 365 business email.View Deal
Domain.com Basic |
$4.99 $3.75 per month
Domain.com might be better known as a good domain provider but their hosting plans are worth a look too. You can get a good deal for the Basic plan for just $3.75 per month. You’ll get unlimited disk space, bandwidth and subdomains, and an SSL certificate.View Deal
Zyro Unleashed |
$4.99 $3.49 per month
Zyro’s offering a reduced price for its most powerful plan. Unlimited bandwidth and storage, SSL certificate, website SEO, AI writer, designer-made templates and dozens of other features can be yours for $3.49 per month.View Deal
Below are the best cheap web hosting providers of 2020
1. HostGator Hatchling
Ideal for the long-term
Unlimited disk space and bandwidth
cPanel plus website builder
45-day money-back guarantee
$31.68 per year when purchased for three years. Total cost of purchase is $95.04
HostGator is backed by EIG, one of the biggest hosting companies, and its Hatchling plan is great for getting started. As with most of the offerings highlighted here, you can only run one website on this plan.
What you do get is unlimited disk space and bandwidth (but note that you won’t be able to use this space for storing non-website files as this is against the terms and conditions), along with a $200 marketing budget (Google and Bing Ads credits). You also get 24/7 support, unlimited backups, subdomains, MySQL databases, email inboxes and FTP accounts. And finally, HostGator provides access to the popular cPanel control panel as well as its very own website builder (check our best website builder list).
Every plan includes an industry-leading 45-day money-back guarantee alongside a 99.9% uptime guarantee. HostGator also provides free transfers for new accounts within 30 days of signup, and to newly upgraded accounts.
2. Hostinger Business
A great pick for novices
Free SSL certificate
(US) $3.99 per month when purchased for four years.
(UK) £3.99 per month when purchased for four years.
While Hostinger has a cheaper $0.99 per month plan, it’s rather basic in features and it supports only one website, but at that price depending on your needs, it might be enough.
That being said, the “Business” plan gives you unlimited bandwidth, websites, databases, FTP and email accounts, and 30GB disk space, which compared to rivals isn’t that much but it should be enough for the majority of people.
Extras include free SSL, daily backups, Cloudflare protection, and SSH access. All in all a good deal and if you’re not satisfied, Hostinger provides a standard 30-day money-back guarantee.
Outstanding value for money – especially for mid-term buyers
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. GoDaddy Economy
Great if you want scalable hosting coupled with Microsoft Office email
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.
5. 1&1 Ionos Business
Capable service with tons of storage and extras
Very impressive amount of storage
Free domain for a year
Extras like DDoS protection and geo-redundancy
(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.
The cheapest of the lot – but also one of the most limited
Hosting doesn’t come any cheaper than this
SSL and website builder in basic plan
Short 15-day money-back guarantee
$2.49 (£1.99) per month ($29.88 for a year), renews at $4.99 (£3.99) per month
Let’s start with the downsides here: One.com is the only outfit here that charges a setup fee and has a short 15-day money-back guarantee. However, the price you see includes VAT (unlike most of its rivals).
The fee is also very reasonable and you do get a lot for your money. We’re talking unlimited bandwidth, 50GB storage, a single database, a website builder (single website), SSL certificate and 100 email accounts. SSH, backup and restore features are optional. This company is based in Denmark and has more than 1.5 million active users.
7. Tsohost Economy
Very cheap but also very capable hosting
Free domain and daily site backups
UK-based data centers
$44.82 (£35.88) for the first year, renews at the $59.8 (£47.88) a year.
Tsohost is owned by GoDaddy and operates solely in the UK. You get one domain name (free for the first year) and three websites with up to 100,000 page views, 100GB storage, unlimited bandwidth, hundred 200MB mailboxes, an SSL certificate and one basic migration package. You also get free daily site backups, plus a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Tsohost uses Dell hardware and UK-based data centers. Our review found this outfit to be a “capable web host with some feature-packed, versatile and honestly priced plans”. We concluded that it was worth a look for beginners and experts alike, particularly if you need a UK provider.
8. 123 Reg Unlimited
Great value for the first year, but watch out on the renewal front
Host up to 10 websites
Three domains free for a year
Considerably more expensive when you renew
£7.79 ($9.65) per month for the first year, renews at £12.99 ($16.4) per month
Another GoDaddy-owned provider, 123 Reg is a well-known service in the UK. Its Unlimited package delivers an attractive hosting solution if you have ambitions to grow your website business fast. For £7.79 per month for the first year, you can host 10 websites, which is particularly impressive seeing as many of these cheap deals limit you to just one site, as we’ve seen.
Sadly you only get one 5GB mailbox, which is poor compared to the competition, and the monthly cost of renewing the service after a year gets considerably more expensive.
9. Clook shared-0
Upgrade as required
£25 ($32) per year. Renews at the same price.
Clook are a British company with servers based in the UK and USA. While they may not be one of the big brand names, they have a solid reputation in the website hosting industry, especially for support and stability, which is something many cheap web hosting providers are poor with.
While most of their shared and dedicated server plans are priced at normal market rates, ie, not discounted, they do offer a shared web hosting plan which is especially cheap: the Clook shared-0 plan, which costs around $32 (£25) per year.
This comes with a respectable 200MB of diskspace and 5GB of bandwidth per month. While these resources are far below what some of the other companies offer, Clook don’t oversell which means their servers are less packed and therefore less prone to failure due to too many accounts competing for too many resources.
Additionally, the resources provided by the shared-0 plan are absolutely ideal for most small business start-ups and local traders. Most people running a business fear to have too few server resources allocated to their shared plan, just in case they enjoy a spike in internet traffic and web sales. However, this is a needless fear, and Clook – as with most good hosting providers – can easily upgrade the hosting account if and when resource use and internet traffic use shows that it’s needed.
In the meantime, the shared-0 plan easily provides enough for any new website and business, and there are all the standard features included so you don’t need to feel like you’re missing out on anything. While the Clook website states that it’s not designed to host dynamic PHP scripts, there should be no problem hosting a WordPress website or similar.
You might also want to check out our other website hosting buying guides:
Best cheap web hosting deals of 2020 – TechRadar