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:

  • Whether the plan offers free migration of an existing website from a different host
  • How long their refund period is
  • How many domains you can put on the 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 HostCheapest Plan NameMonthly Price (If paid monthly)Annual Pricing (prorated monthly) Max DomainsFree Website Migration?Free Domain With Purchase?Refund PeriodLink
HostingerSingle Shared Hosting$9.99 plus set up fee of $4.99$35.88 ($2.99/mo)2 domain maxYes free for 1 website.
Any more migrations will cost $10 each
30 daysVisit
HostGatorHatchling 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.YesYes45 DaysVisit
AccuWeb HostingWordPress Personal$4.33$47.88 ($3.99/mo)YesYesYes30 DaysVisit
A2 HostingLite$7.99$52.86 ($4.41/mo)You have to pay $14.99UnlimitedYou have to pay $14.9930 daysVisit
GreenGeeksLite$9.95$59.40 first year introductory discount
UnlimitedYesYes30 daysVisit
SiteBuilderPro 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 SiteBuilderfree for 1 year with annual and biannual plans. The renewal will cost $22 and all the additional domains other than free domain will cost $2214 daysVisit
HostPapaStarter$7.99 $71.40 ($5.95/mo)2may varyYes30 daysVisit
GoDaddyEconomy$ 8.99$71.88 ($5.99/mo)1YesOne (1) free domain registration or transfer during year one.30 DaysVisit
Inmotion HostingLaunch$7.99$89.52
($7.46/ mo)
YesYesYes90 daysVisit
JustHostBasic11.9910.99/mo for 12 month term1One and Three month web hosting services require a $20.00 setup feeYes30 DaysVisit
Liquid WebSpark plan$19$190.00 ($15.84/mo)UnlimitedFree if website is WordPress, if not starts at $59.00 per month or a one-time annual price of $348Domain would be $15.00 per yearcan cancel anytime and get prorated refundVisit
EasyWPEasyWP 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.Yescan host as much domains as you want. But, only 1 website can be hosted on 1 EasyWP subscription.30 DaysVisit
2 months free
may varyYesYes30 daysVisit
WP EngineStart up$30$300.00
2 months free
25YesNo. You have to use third party provider30 daysVisit
NamecheapStellar$2.88$33.88 ($2.82/mo) currently under promo for $17.28 for the first year3YesFree .website domain is provided for free for the first year with the hosting purchase.30 DaysVisit
HostwindsBasic Shared$3.29 for the first month $8.99 every month afte$39.42 ($3.28/mo)1YesOne (1) free domain registration with a purchase of 1 yr or more30 DaysVisit
1&1 (Ionos)Essential$4.00$48.00
you can have as many domains as you wishNoOne (1) free domain registration or transfer during year one.No risk, cancel anytimeVisit
InterserverStandard Web Hosting$5.00$54.00 ($4.50/mo)UnlimitedYesNo ($1.99)30 daysVisit