It is common in the web hosting industry to charge for a year’s worth of hosting upfront. This makes sense because shared hosting is relatively cheap if prorated on a monthly basis, sometimes going as low as $2 a month. So it makes economic and business sense for companies to charge a year up front. That’s not the issue.
The issue is that many web hosting companies charge on an annual basis but show monthly pricing on their sales page. So many customers think it is paid on a per month basis. And when you go through the sales funnel, you will see that the cheap monthly price you saw was the prorated monthly price if you pay a year ahead of time. And if you choose to pay monthly, the price goes up quite a bit.
If you are in the planning phases of a new business, it might not make sense to pay a year ahead of time. You are testing and validating your business idea so you need the flexibility to pivot or pull back within the first several months.
To address this pain point, we have compiled a list of cheap web hosting companies that allows you to pay for hosting on a monthly basis. We have also put their monthly price and annual prorated price for you to compare.
We have also included these other important considerations in the table to give you a better understanding of each hosting plan:
If there is one host out of all these I recommend, it would be Interserver. I have been with many hosts through my 15+ years of doing web-related stuff, and I can say that Interserver is one of the best. They are a no-frills web hosting provider that offers free migration, unlimited domains, quick and competent customer support, and extremely reliable servers. I moved a good chunk of my websites over to Interserver’s VPS plan recently because their performance outpaced that of my other VPS servers.
|Web Host||Cheapest Plan Name||Monthly Price (If paid monthly)||Annual Pricing (prorated monthly)||Max Domains||Free Website Migration?||Free Domain With Purchase?||Refund Period||Link|
|Hostinger||Single Shared Hosting||$9.99 plus set up fee of $4.99||$35.88 ($2.99/mo)||2 domain max||Yes|| free for 1 website.|
Any more migrations will cost $10 each
|HostGator||Hatchling Plan||$10.95||$47.40 ($3.95/mo)||1 free domain if you sign up for for a 12, 24 or 36 month HostGator Shared, WordPress or Cloud hosting plan.||Yes||Yes||45 Days||Visit|
|AccuWeb Hosting||WordPress Personal||$4.33||$47.88 ($3.99/mo)||Yes||Yes||Yes||30 Days||Visit|
|A2 Hosting||Lite||$7.99||$52.86 ($4.41/mo)||You have to pay $14.99||Unlimited||You have to pay $14.99||30 days||Visit|
|GreenGeeks||Lite||$9.95||$59.40 first year introductory discount|
|SiteBuilder||Pro plan||$6 which will be for 1st month and the regular renewal fee after 1st month will be $12.00/mo for a 2 year plan|| $66.00/yr . The renewal fee after one year will be $132 which is $11 per month.|
|Unlimited, However each site must have a individual hosting plan.||Since SiteBuilder is a template based builder the site cannot be transferred in or out of SiteBuilder||free for 1 year with annual and biannual plans. The renewal will cost $22 and all the additional domains other than free domain will cost $22||14 days||Visit|
|HostPapa||Starter||$7.99||$71.40 ($5.95/mo)||2||may vary||Yes||30 days||Visit|
|GoDaddy||Economy||$ 8.99||$71.88 ($5.99/mo)||1||Yes||One (1) free domain registration or transfer during year one.||30 Days||Visit|
|JustHost||Basic||11.99||10.99/mo for 12 month term||1||One and Three month web hosting services require a $20.00 setup fee||Yes||30 Days||Visit|
|Liquid Web||Spark plan||$19||$190.00 ($15.84/mo)||Unlimited||Free if website is WordPress, if not starts at $59.00 per month or a one-time annual price of $348||Domain would be $15.00 per year||can cancel anytime and get prorated refund||Visit|
|EasyWP||EasyWP Starter||$3.88||$22.88 ($1.90/mo)||can host as much domains as you want. But, only 1 website can be hosted on 1 EasyWP subscription.||Yes||can host as much domains as you want. But, only 1 website can be hosted on 1 EasyWP subscription.||30 Days||Visit|
2 months free
|may vary||Yes||Yes||30 days||Visit|
|WP Engine||Start up||$30||$300.00|
2 months free
|25||Yes||No. You have to use third party provider||30 days||Visit|
|Namecheap||Stellar||$2.88||$33.88 ($2.82/mo) currently under promo for $17.28 for the first year||3||Yes||Free .website domain is provided for free for the first year with the hosting purchase.||30 Days||Visit|
|Hostwinds||Basic Shared||$3.29 for the first month $8.99 every month afte||$39.42 ($3.28/mo)||1||Yes||One (1) free domain registration with a purchase of 1 yr or more||30 Days||Visit|
|you can have as many domains as you wish||No||One (1) free domain registration or transfer during year one.||No risk, cancel anytime||Visit|
|Interserver||Standard Web Hosting||$5.00||$54.00 ($4.50/mo)||Unlimited||Yes||No ($1.99)||30 days||Visit|