Cheap web hosting is available virtually everywhere. If you’re going to be creating multiple sites, you may want to invest in a virtual private server or even dedicated server; long-term, it’ll be cheaper and more effective than trying to cram everything on a shared hosting plan or trying to open multiple shared hosting plans. You really can’t go wrong with most of the common web hosting solutions.
1&1 is probably the most affordable web host to get started with, offering $0.99 cent domains (first year) and $1.99/mo hosting pages (for the first few months). They also periodically have offers such as free trials. The catch, as there always is one, is that 1&1 isn’t the cheapest host overall; the hosting and domain prices go up after the trial periods. 1&1 is aimed at less tech savvy consumers; it makes opening e-commerce portals and creating WYSIWYG websites much easier, but it also doesn’t have some of the more advanced tech features as other hosts. The cheapest plans also only allow a single domain name, which can be very restrictive.
Bluehost offers affordable hosting that starts at $3.95/month. Their shared hosting packages offer one-click installs for most content management solutions and they offer optimized WordPress hosting. While the shared hosting services offer unlimited file transfers, hosting space, domain names and databases, you may run into a file limit early on; WordPress alone contains thousands of files for a fresh install. As of 2015, Bluehost offers $200 in advertising credits along with its hosting plans.
Dreamhost occasionally offers prices comparable to Bluehost, but is otherwise usually more expensive. Dreamhost used to be more stable and faster than Bluehost, but in recent years both services have been largely comparable, especially given the increases in technology and the low burden that most shared hosting service plans actually have on a modern server. As of 2015, Dreamhost offers $100 in advertising credits along with its hosting plans. Dreamhost does offer a 100% up-time guarantee, which Bluehost does not.
Fatcow is comparable to Bluehost in terms of general pricing and features — and its promotional sales often make it a cheaper or even the cheapest option. Fatcow is also powered by wind energy, making it one of the green hosting solutions. However, Fatcow has been found to be notoriously slow for WordPress installations and other similar content management systems — basically anything that might require some CPU cycles. For simple websites, FatCow is an easy and fast solution.
Though known primarily for its domain services, GoDaddy also offers affordable web hosting. It’s one of the cheapest options — at the time of this writing, a website and domain package is $12 for a full year, but only for the first year. GoDaddy is a simple web solution; it doesn’t have many of the advanced features of a service like Bluehost or Dreamhost, but it’s easy to use. GoDaddy also has 1-click support for WordPress installs and an internal content delivery network.
In terms of functionality, GreenGeeks is similar to Bluehost and Dreamhost in almost every way. It’s usually more expensive but it occasionally runs promotions. The appeal of Green Geeks is largely in its eco-friendly marketing and its smaller size, which makes it feel as though both marketing and support is more personal. For those who are concerned about the environment, Green Geeks is 300% wind-powered rather than 100% wind-powered — in other words, they actually add more energy into the system than they use.
Hostgator is usually seen to be more reliable and stable than Bluehost, in addition to being generally faster. Hostgator also has very similar pricing, when promotional prices are taken into account — and includes a $100 Google AdWords offer. Where Hostgator occasionally falters is in its billing services and in its customer service; there are widespread reports of billing issues, being sent to collections on accounts that are paid up, and having accounts shut down. That being said, there are also many who have never encountered a single problem.
For blogs, hosting on WordPress can be an easy option. But it’s usually not the best option. Hosting on WordPress is fairly limited — you can just have a blog, after all, and you have to buy your domain somewhere else — and it’s expensive. Really the only benefit to this is that you will be on the WordPress servers (which conveys some social media functionality) and that you won’t need to fuss with anything. For most, it won’t be worth the loss of control over the site.