An initial reaction to "cheap" web-hosting services is, "What's the catch?" With inexpensive web hosting, though, you get exactly what you need for your website without paying more for extras you don't need. We've searched web-hosting services and narrowed down the six services that cost less than $4 per month.
However, to choose the right service for your needs, you must first know what you want your website to do. If you have commitment issues, you'll want to steer clear of a low-cost web host provider – most providers with rock-bottom prices require you to sign a contract of a year or longer. Be sure the provider offers a tier of service that fits for your website, the level of traffic you expect and file storage you need. Limitations are necessary to keep prices low, so if you have an established audience already and need unlimited traffic, storage and tons of email addresses for your company, you'll need a pricier solution.
These six web hosting providers all charge just a few dollars per month for their basic plans to give your site a place to reside. It's important to remember that prices are subject to change at any time, and there may be other charges that hike up your monthly total cost.
Whether you want to promote your business through a blog, a static website or an eCommerce site, you need web hosting. To take advantage of Arvixe's lowest-priced tier of web hosting, you need to choose Linux shared hosting, which starts at $3.20 per month. You get unlimited disk space, so you can add as many photos, videos and databases you need for your website. Arvixe offers unlimited monthly data transfer, which means you can drive as much traffic as you want to your website without worrying that you'll go over a certain amount in a month and have the site shut down. That said, if you have a busier site than most users or larger files, it's possible your visitors will experience slower loading times.
There's no setup fee, and if you remain a customer of Arvixe, you get free domain name registration. You may need to pay a yearly contract fee, but it typically costs less than $10 annually.
There's a lot of competition in the world of web hosting, and InMotion Hosting meets it head-on with low prices, excellent service and lots of extras at no extra cost. You pay no setup fee, and you get a free domain name.
To lock in a $2.95 monthly price, you have to sign up for a three-year contract, but you also get a 90-day money back guarantee. If you aren't happy with your website's loading times or the quality of customer and tech support, you can back out.
As mentioned above, some web-hosting services apply limitations to keep prices low. If you don't have extreme file storage or data-transfer needs, Just Host can fit the bill. Its lowest-priced plan starts at $2.50 per month. You're restricted to 50GB of website space and 100MB of email storage per account. You only get one website with this plan, and the $2.50 monthly cost is a promotional deal. When the promotion ends, the lowest monthly cost is $9.49 per month with a three-year contract.
Another web host that offers a tempting promotional package is Bluehost. For its low-totem plan, you pay $2.95 per month. This plan limits you to 50GB of storage for your website files, including photos, videos and databases. If you sign up for this same plan without the promotion, you pay $7.99 per month with a three-year contract. The bandwidth is unmetered, so you don't have to worry about too many visitors to your site causing a halt. Loading times for your website may be slower because this is shared web hosting, but it's likely to be unnoticeable.
HostGator almost always has a sale going on for its web-hosting plans, so you can always find an affordable monthly rate. The Hatchling plan starts at $3.95 per month and includes one domain name. Storage and bandwidth are unmetered, so you won't be expected to pay for excessive use. However, if you do use more disk space or bandwidth than what HostGator considers "normal operation of a personal or small business website," you may receive an email asking you to reduce your usage.
This web-hosting provider offers the lowest introductory price of all the hosts we've outlined here. For $1.99 per month, you get unlimited data storage, data transfer and email accounts. If you need a secure sockets layer (SSL)-encrypted website for eCommerce purposes, expect to pay more. To lock in the low promotional price, you have to agree to at least a three-year contract. Once your contract renews automatically, the price jumps to $3.99 for a four-year deal.
Keep in mind that these prices are extremely low because they're introductory prices. Most of them rise with contract renewals or when the promotion ends. It's easy to take advantage of a low price now and upgrade your plan when it's necessary.