Spec-wise, GlowHost and FastComet are pretty neck-and-neck, but GlowHost does provide a few additional server locations in Australia and the US. Theoretically, this means GlowHost is more flexible in how quickly it can serve websites up to customers across the globe, but this benefit is primarily for its higher service tiers: If you’re signing up for shared hosting, our rep told us that you’ll most likely be assigned a server based in Salt Lake City or Phoenix.
Shared web hosting is one cost effective way of launching your site because it has your site hosted alongside other people's businesses or blogs. By sharing resources, you save money but it can also slow down the performance of your site. People are used to sites loading near instantly nowadays and if your site is sluggish, it may put them off waiting around or clicking through links. Shared web hosting is fine if you're running a personal blog, but a bad idea if you have a growing business to develop online. First impressions count.
The best hosting companies provide a moneyback guarantee period. This ranges from 30 to 90 days, depending on the company. If you cancel your services within this allotted time, you'll receive a refund, but some companies will deduct certain fees from it for things like domain registration. If you cancel your services after this allotted time, you likely won't receive a refund. A few companies we looked at may even charge an early cancellation fee.
Next, we took a closer look at the security offered, defined pricing information, analyzed domain fees, considered bandwidth provided, took a look at what pre-installed apps each offering provided, reviewed their online reputation and noted their second-year pricing options. This left us with four best picks for our pre-determined use cases: InMotion Hosting, 1&1 Web Hosting, DreamHost and Bluehost.
Pricing in our list of cheap web hosts is based on the regular monthly prices, with no discounts applied for the starter plans. If the host offers monthly plans, that's the price we use, even though many of them work out to be cheaper on a per-month basis if you pay upfront for the annual plan. If you're buying on price, you might not want to pay the full year up front, even if it means saving a bit on the back end. Some budgets really are that tight, and some projects may not last a year. Our cutoff for inclusion in this table is that a provider must charge $8 per month or less. Yes, that's an arbitrary number. We chose $8 per month because that means you can have web hosting for less than $100 per year.
If you cancel within 30 days and your plan includes a free domain, Just Host will deduct a non-refundable domain fee of 15.99 from your refund. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. You may transfer it to another registrar or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. Please note newly registered domains cannot be transferred to another registrar during the first 60 days of the registration period. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you choose to not renew the domain.
Hostinger is used by millions of customers worldwide, with the provider touting local services in 39 countries. Users can benefit from steady website operations with Hostinger guaranteeing a 99.99% uptime, offering 5% credit on your monthly fees should they fail to meet this standard. It has 24/7 customer support accessible through a dedicated live chat support. With Hostinger, you don’t have to take the plunge from the get-go, as they offers a 30-day risk-free trial.
Bluehost starts its shared hosting plans at $4.95/mo, and for your money you get unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, unlimited file transfer, unlimited email, a free domain registration, and more. Even their basic plans offer unlimited hosted domains, domain parking, e-commerce features, and more, including one-click Wordpress installs, databases, and more. You can check out all of Bluehost’s features here.
Once you decide you price range, you need to consider how long you'll need web hosting. If it's a short-term project—say, less than a month or two—you can typically receive a refund should you cancel your hosting within 60 days. Some companies offer 30-day money-back guarantees, others offer 90-day money-back guarantees. Once again, it's beneficial to do your homework.