A reliable web host is a must for all websites and blogs, but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Not all cheap web host sucks! Some budget web hosts are as good as that VPS hosting deal you were looking at. And hey, that “awesome” web business idea you have in mind doesn’t need a dedicated hosting yet. You can host it on a shared hosting first and make the switch after it accumulate enough buzz.
When looking around for a web host, it is always good to settle with a host that gives you the opportunity to grow. Rather than pick a cheap hosting plan with a host that does not expand beyond shared hosting is very ridiculous. There comes a time your website grows beyond the host and it will be difficult to move.
Such an experience sucks, but you only have yourself to blame on. That is the price of being naïve.
As a good cheap-host-hunter, you must learn how to save some money on hosting.
How Cheap Is Cheap?
First, let’s define the term “cheap”.
In order to fall into the ‘cheap web hosting’ category, how cheap a hosting plan needs to be?
Being in this line for more than a decade, I see hosting prices drop drastically for the past 10 years – first, we called $8.95/mo cheap, then $7.95/mo, $6.95/mo, $4.95/mo, and it goes as low as $1.95/mo in certain occasions these days.
So how cheap is cheap (by today’s standard)?
Quick answer: Below $5/mo, with adequate features.
By adequate features, I mean hosting services that come with features that match current market standard. The standards may change from time to time (for example years ago a $5/mo hosting deal can get you only 6 addon domains, 5GB storage, and 10GB data transfer; now everything goes unlimited).
At this time of writing, a standard cheap hosting deal should at least cover sufficient power to host at least 50 – 100 not-so-active domains with basic web statistics support, email and web mail services, auto script installations, updated PHP and MySQL, basic after-sale technical support, and at least 99.8% server uptime. It would be a plus if the host can provide regular server backup, periodic malware scanning, and additional dedicated IP as well as private SSL certifications; but honestly you really can’t ask for too much with a host cheaper than your coffee.
- Basic Hosting Plans @ $5/yr
- Standard Hosting @ $1.85/mo
- Advanced Hosting @ $2.99/mo
- Unlimited Hosting @ $3.99/mo
- Offshore Hosting @ $2.99/mo