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Top 6 Cheap Web Hosting Services (2022)

A lot of people wonder if cheap web hosting services are any good and if you can really trust them with your website.

The short answer is Yes.

The web hosting industry has made huge improvements over the years, and the prices of quality hosting setups have dropped significantly.

Still, not all hosting companies are created equal, and you still have to be very careful about which specific company and which of their hosting plans you choose. This is where the following comparison comes into play.

We researched, bought, and tested over 40 different web hosting services to find the top cheapest hosting offerings out there. The final list features 6 great alternatives.

In this review, you’ll learn what “cheap” hosting really is, what you’ll have to pay on average, what to expect from cheap hosting, and what are the best cheap web hosting service providers in 2022.

What Is Considered “Cheap” Hosting? $0.99 to $4

Not many people realize this, but there are thousands of web hosting services out there. However, they don’t all offer the same product nor cater to the same type of customer.

With all this abundance, we have to draw the line somewhere and separate the cheap offerings from everything else.

During our research, we’ve concluded that the cheapest plans fall somewhere between $0.99 and $4 per month – these are often “shared hosting providers”. Out of around 40 hosting offers that matched these criteria, we’ve narrowed the list down to just 6 top companies that are cheap, yet still, give you all the features you might need.

Here’s what we’ve found:

Pricing Breakdown (Sort by Subscription Length)

Last updated in February 2022.

Web HostMonthly1 year2 years3 years4 years5 years
Hostinger$9.49$35.88$47.76$66.72
Dreamhost$1.999$35.40$93.24
iPage$35.88$59.76$71.64$167.52$263.40
HostGator$10.95$50.53$88.72$105.35
Bluehost$59.40$94.80$99.00$194.88$290.76
InterServer$5.00$54.00$102.00$144.00$228.00$312.00

Key takeaways from this research

You will always get the lowest prices if you opt for a long-term, three- or even five-year-long contract. The differences can be big vs the prices you’d pay on a monthly renewable contract.

Beware of the “entry-level” prices. In other words, these are the prices that a new customer pays when signing up. The length of that initial period is specified by the contract – monthly, yearly, or longer. However, once it is up, your plan will be renewed at a (usually) higher price.

Top three cheapest providers were: Hostinger, Dreamhost and Bluehost.

1. Hostinger – Cheapest “Overall”

The main thing that Hostinger has going for it is the super-low $0.99/mo intro price.

The downside is that you have to commit to a four-year-long contract upfront – and pay for that entire period on day one as well.

One thing we have to give to Hostinger is that they’re very transparent when it comes to renewal prices. Right below the plan selection box, you’ll see the renewal prices for each of the contract lengths.

Current pricing for their cheapest plan:

Monthly Plan1-Year Plan2-Year Plan4-Year Plan
$9.49/mo
(renews: same)
$35.88
(renews: $5.99/mo)
$47.76
(renews: $3.99/mo)
$66.72
(renews: $2.99/mo)

There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.

This includes:

  • 1 website
  • 1 email account
  • SSL (https:)

This does not include:

  • Domain name ($10.99/year)
  • Daily backups ($11.40/year)
  • CDN ($9.95/year)

Our Experience+ Performance Data

We have been monitoring Hostinger since September 2017 and they have continually improved their service through the years.

Hostinger’s latest user panel is an easy-to-grasp solution that highlights all of the most important sections, gets you to where you need to go, and does it quickly.

As you sign up, you also get access to a website builder and easy setup tools for WordPress. This means that you can launch your site in a matter of minutes.

Hostinger last 12 month average speed and uptime data

Hostinger’s average load time is 342 ms, with the maximum and minimum values being close to each other. This gives you consistent performance for the last 12 months. The uptime would also be very good coming at 99.97%, which is a solid result.

Overall, Hostinger has a great offer for those who want to host a website long-term for the lowest price available.

2. DreamHost – Cheapest “Month-to-Month” Hosting

The cheapest plan at DreamHost starts at $2.59/mo and requires you to sign up for three years upfront. Overall, this rate fits nicely in the realm of cheap web hosting, but there are also some upgrades/upsells to be aware of.

Feature-wise, everything is there. The disk space is going to be enough for most websites, and the bandwidth is unmetered, so you don’t have to worry about it.

If you’re planning to use WordPress, DreamHost will also pre-install the software for you along with a handy site builder feature.

Current pricing for their cheapest plan:

Monthly Plan1-Year Plan3-Year Plan
$1.99/mo
(renews: same)
$35.40
(renews: $2.95/mo)
$93.24
(renews: $2.59/mo)

There’s a 97-day money-back guarantee.

This includes:

  • 1 website
  • Unmetered bandwidth and disk space
  • Free domain (for 1 year, renews at $15.99/year)
  • SSL (https:)
  • Daily backups

This does not include:

  • Email account ($19.99/year per mailbox)
  • DreamShield Protection ($36.00/year)

Our Experience + Performance Data

DreamHost gives you a nice clean dashboard through which you can perform standard server management tasks like configuring your site, managing files, setting up databases, creating user profiles, and so on. While everything is there, a beginner will still need a moment to figure out what to do first.

DreamHost last 12 months average speed and uptime

In the last 12 months, our test website on DreamHost has been loading in 1470 ms on average, which makes them also the slowest host on this list. DreamHost doesn’t exactly impress when it comes to uptime also, coming at  99.84%, which translates into more than 13 hours of downtime.

Overall, DreamHost is a good option for users who just want to host a WordPress website cheaply and don’t care much for email hosting. DreamHost is an officially recommended host by the WordPress team.

3. Bluehost – Best Cheap “Feature-Rich” Hosting

Bluehost offers three main price points, depending on the contract length that you choose. The cheapest one at $2.75/mo is a good offer if you’re planning to keep your site up for at least three years.

Feature-wise, there’s everything that you might need to get started with one website. You get 50 GB of disk space, which is more than enough, and the bandwidth is unmetered, which means that as long as you’re not getting huge traffic spikes, your site will continue to work.

On top of that, you also get a free domain name for the first year.

Current pricing for their cheapest plan:

Monthly Plan1-Year Plan2-Year Plan3-Year Plan
Not available$33.90
(renews: $8.99/mo)
Not Available$178.20
(renews: $8.99/mo)

There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.

This includes:

  • 1 website
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • 5 email accounts
  • Free domain (for 1 year, renews at $12.99/year)
  • SSL (https:)

This does not include:

  • Domain Privacy ($11.88/year)
  • CodeGuard Basic ($35.88/year)
  • Bluehost SEO tools ($23.88/year)
  • SiteLock security ($35.88/year)

Our Experience + Performance Data

At the time of writing this review, Bluehost has one of the easiest to use dashboards of all web hosts. Everything is simple to find, and each site you own has a separate section with all the options shown neatly in the panel.

There’s no website builder in Bluehost per se, but the host has excellent onboarding for WordPress websites and a handful of integrated solutions that can be installed on your site out the gate.

Bluehost last 12-month uptime and speed data

Bluehost’s average speed is 324 ms, which is excellent compared to other offerings on the market. The metric where they also excel at is uptime, coming in with an average of 99.97%.

Overall, we have to give credit where credit’s due. They host more than two million websites, so they certainly have experience. They are one of the most popular providers on the market, and there’s a good reason why – Bluehost delivers all the features you might need and at an affordable price.

4. iPage – $1.99 per month

iPage has one of the cheapest offerings on the market if you’re willing to sign up for three years upfront, at which point the bill comes down to $1.99/month.

The standout feature in iPage’s offering is the fact that you can host unlimited websites on this cheap plan.

Apart from that, you also get unlimited emails, a free domain name for the first year, and both disk space and bandwidth are unmetered. This makes it a great plan for small niche websites.

Current pricing for their cheapest plan:

Monthly Plan1-Year Plan2-Year Plan3-Year Plan
Not available$35.88
(renews: $9.99/mo)
$59.76
(renews: $8.99/mo)
$71.64
(renews: $7.99/mo)

There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee.

This includes:

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unmetered bandwidth & storage
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Free domain (for 1 year, renews at $9.99/year)
  • SSL certificate

This does not include:

  • Upgrade to managed WordPress hosting ($36.00/year)
  • SiteLock security ($23.88/year)
  • Daily backups ($11.88/year)
  • WordPress optimization bundle ($36.00/year)
  • Domain privacy protection ($9.99/year)

Our Experience + Performance Data

The user panel at iPage is not as easy to navigate as some of its competitors. While you can perform basic tasks on your setup, the options seem limited.

That said, iPage lets you bypass the panel when they’re onboarding you for the first time. You get access to their website builder tool, which allows you to launch a site quickly.

iPage last 12-month uptime and speed statistics

iPage isn’t the most reliable cheap host on this list, delivering 99.82% average uptime. iPage’s speed, also, isn’t great – currently at an average of 1200 ms.

Overall, iPage is an awesome option for users on a budget looking for the cheapest long-term contracts, and it’s an absolute win for anyone who wants to host unlimited sites (regardless of the contract length).

5. HostGator – $2.75 per month

HostGator remains to be one of the most popular web hosting firms, and their affordable prices have something to do with that. Their three-year plan sits at $2.75/mo, which is in the middle of the pack for cheap hosts.

HostGator is set on giving you all the tools required to launch a single website. With the disk space and bandwidth being unmetered, you don’t have to worry about going over the limit.

Current pricing for their cheapest plan:

Monthly Plan1-Year Plan2-Year Plan3-Year Plan
$10.95
(renews: $10.95/mo)
$50.53
(renews: $8.95/mo)
$88.72
(renews: $7.95/mo)
$105.35
(renews: $6.95/mo)

There’s a 45-day money-back guarantee.

This includes:

  • 1 website
  • Unmetered bandwidth & storage
  • 1 email account
  • Free domain (for 1 year, renews at $17.99/year)
  • SSL

This does not include:

  • Domain privacy protection ($14.95/year)
  • Premium SSL ($39.99/year)
  • SiteLock security ($23.88/year)
  • Professional email with Microsoft 365 ($72.00/year)
  • Daily backups ($23.95/year)

Our Experience + Performance Data

They give you access to two main panels on the back end. First, there’s the main profile where you can tweak your setup, add new email accounts, etc. Apart from that, you can enter cPanel for more advanced settings.

HostGator also invites you to use their website builder tool, which is meant for beginners and is quite approachable.

HostGator last 12 month speed and uptime data

HostGator has shown some excellent results both in speed and uptime. Their average loading time is 660 ms on average and uptime is even better – 99.98%. This means that during the past 12 months, HostGator managed to keep up our test site without any bigger outages and downtime.

Overall, HostGator can be a good starting point for you if you want to launch a new site quickly. Having the free domain there, unmetered disk space, and bandwidth means that you don’t have to stress about anything tech-related. Plus, there’s the website builder that speeds the launch process even more.

6. InterServer – $4.00 per month

InterServer is on the expensive end of the cheap website hosting spectrum. However, they do manage to keep the price tag similar across their entire scope of contract lengths and options. InterServer also has an intro month-to-month plan at just $5, which is one of the lower price tags for this kind of service on the market.

The cheap hosting plans at InterServer offer everything you might need to get a new site off the ground. There are unmetered disk space and bandwidth, plus unlimited email accounts.

Current pricing for their cheapest plan:

Monthly Plan1-Year Plan2-Year Plan3-Year Plan
 First Month $5.00
(renews: $7.00/mo)
$54.00
(renews: $7.00/mo)
$102.00
(renews: $7.00/mo)
$144.00
(renews: $7.00/mo)

There’s a 30-day money back guarantee.

This includes:

  • 1 website
  • Unmetered bandwidth & storage
  • 1 email account
  • Weekly backups
  • Pre-install WordPress option

This does not include:

  • Domain name ($11.00/year)
  • Domain privacy ($5.00/year)
  • Website Builder ($48.00/year)

Our Experience + Performance Data

InterServer offers a generic user panel, and it’s not immediately clear where to go first upon logging in. You can perform basic account operations there, and then switch over to cPanel (industry standard) for more advanced server management tasks.

InterServer last 12-month uptime and speed statistics

InterServer has good average load times at 575 ms. The uptime is also solid, with the current value being 99.91% (8 hours of downtime per 12 months).

Overall, InterServer is a good cheap web hosting for a single website. Everything is unlimited, and you get the price lock-in, so you don’t have to worry about renewal prices skyrocketing.

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