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Price: $71.4 first year ($5.95/mo)

Renewal: $107.9/year ($8.99/mo)

Type: Shared Hosting

Location: USA

Features: Daily Backups, FREE Domain

Optional extras: Show Bluehost SEO Tools Start, Dedicated IP, Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate.

Max Websites: 1

Payment: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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This web hosting plan needs at least a 12-month contract. They advertise low monthly prices but actually require you to pay for 1, 2, 3 or 5 years at once to get the discounted prices.

Plan features

All 3 of the Bluehost shared web hosting plans include a FREE Domain. Daily Backups is included which is nice. Domain Whois Protection is also included with Choice Plus but it does cost an extra $0.99/mo with this plan. SiteLock Monitoring is another $1.99/mo and can be very useful to have - at least if you really need your site to always be 100% healthy and to reduce the potential downtime. The SEO extra feature costs $2.99/mo and is not something I would recommend considering how the product (which consists of SEO guides) can easily be replaced by free info found on reputable site online - More info here. A dedicated IP and SSL Certificate costs $3.33/mo (Comodo PositiveSSL Bundle) - You need to select the yearly contract for this extra to be available, and it is also billed annually.

Data center location

Servers are located in the USA, in Provo in Utah.

Conclusion

Having live billing, sales and tech support is nice.

FREE domain for one year is decent but the $12/year whois privacy is very expensive, and the $15.99 cost for renewing your domain is high. You can get a cheaper domain at another registrar instead, at least if you need whois privacy. Check out our domain guide. No SSD storage will slow your sites down compared with many other hosts. The plans will renew at about twice the cost after your initial billing cycle.

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Price: $59.4 first year ($4.95/mo)

Renewal: $59.4/year ($4.95/mo)

Type: Shared Cloud Hosting

Location: Asia, EU, UK, USA

Features: cPanel, Daily Backups, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Transfer, FREE Trial, Softaculous, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Two-Factor Authentication, WAF, Website Builder, Website Migration, WP-CLI

Optional Extras: Show? Domain Whois Privacy, SEO Audit.

Shared CPU: 2 Cores

Shared RAM: 2 GB

Space: 15 GB

Max Websites: 1

Payment: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 45 Day Money Back

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Top web host w/ many benefits

A great web hosting company with lots of amazing features that most other cheap web hosting companies cannot match at the moment. You need to pay for 1 year of hosting to get the listed price. It is cheaper if you select 2 or 3 years.

Included features

FastComet will renew your domain name for free for as long as you are their customer. If you already have registered a domain name, fear not, they will also let you transfer an existing domain name to them and renew it for you. Daily backups are also included which is great and saves a bit off the monthly bill.

You also get 1 free website migration for this hosting plan which is a service other hosts can charge up to $100 for.

Extra features

Whois privacy is $2.95/year which is way less than most other web hosts.

FREE trial hosting

This host has the best free trial web hosting offer I have come across so far. You can try this host for two weeks without even giving away your credit card details.

Easy upgrade or downgrade

If your website grows out of this web hosting plan you can easily upgrade to a more powerful one. That goes even if you have a long time left of your pre-payed billing cycle. Your bill for the upgrade would deduct the period left of your current billing cycle. You can upgrade to a more powerful shared plan or a VPS plan or even a dedicated server offered by FastComet. The support team will perform the entire upgrade or downgrade for you and there will be minimal downtime if any.

The price is there to stay

One of the best things about the shared web hosting plans by FastComet is that the price is not just a cheap introductory and limited time discount, in contrast with most other hosts. The price is actually the same cheap price that the hosting will renew at also, as long as you select to renew for the same duration. Of course though, like all companies, they might need to increase their prices once in a while due to inflation, etc.

24/7 live chat support

The live chat support can assist with most usual tech questions. For the most complicated questions and request you will need to post a ticket.

Data center locations

You can select between 8 different server locations! That is great because having your web server as close to most of your visitors as possible provides good website loading time benefits.

This plan is estimated to be suitable for one website with about 25.000 monthly visitors or less.

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Price: $59.4 first year ($4.95/mo)

Type: Shared Hosting

Location: Canada, EU, USA

Features: 24/7 Live Tech Support, cPanel, Daily Backups, Eco Friendly, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Transfer, Git, HTTP/2, Litespeed Web Server, Phone Support, SFTP, Softaculous, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder, Website Migration, WP-CLI

Optional Extras: Show? Domain Whois Privacy.

Payment: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

Note that you can get an even lower price when pre-paying for up to 3 years. I am unsure about the renewal price for this plan as their support told me that they also discount renewals but that I would need to contact them when the hosting plan is up for renewal. If you want to be eco-friendly while still having great web hosting performance, this host might be for you. Their shared web hosting plans have great features like PHP 7, HTTP/2, SSD storage, and Litespeed web server. Each hosting account is offset by 300% renewable energy credits. These shared web hosting plans have a RAM scaling feature that lets you upgrade your servers' memory if your websites get lots of traffic and outgrow your plan. At the moment of writing this the cost is $2.5/mo for each extra 256 MB of RAM.

24/7 Support Team

If or once you need expert assistance you can contact their tech support team by phone, live chat, or by ticket. Their live chat and phone support operators are level 1, and if they can't help you out they've got level 2 tech support available with tickets. They told me that tickets are answered in max 20 - 30 minutes which is decent.

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Price: $83.4 first year ($6.95/mo)

Renewal: $107.4/year ($8.95/mo)

Type: Shared Hosting

Location: Asia, Australia, EU, UK, USA

Features: cPanel, FREE Domain, Nginx Web Server, SSD Storage, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Traffic, Unlimited Websites, USA Based Support

Optional Extras: Show? Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring.

Payment: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 60 Day Money Back, 99.99% Uptime

FREE domain and hosting discount

Every shared plan comes with a free .com domain name and is currently on sale for the first billing period - so choose longer billing periods to enjoy discounted web hosting for longer. You need to pay in advance for 1 year of hosting to get the listed price - even cheaper with up to 3 years of prepaid hosting, but more expensive with a monthly billing cycle. You can choose between lots of data centers located around the globe, all at the same price and with the same features.

Our coupon "whcompare7" gives an additional 7% discount!

Fast servers and optional features

Enjoy cheap and lightning fast web hosting with SSD storage and Nginx web servers! Whois privacy is $9.99/year. SiteLock Basic is $19.95/year and can help you stay clear of malicious files and malware. SiteMap Generation is $9.99 - You can find free tools for creating sitemaps online so I would not get this! Google Webmaster Account and Site Verification is $14.99 and Google Analytics Integration is $15.99 - again, you can find free guides and do this easily and quickly for free.

Conclusion

TMDHosting gets some of our highest ratings because of their great advantages that include lots of data centers around the globe that you can choose from, and a helpful and fast live USA based support team. Their plans also offer high-speed loading of your hosted sites thanks to SSD storage. Long money back guarantees are also great.

Daily database backups and weekly file backups are included and saves some money. Expensive domain whois privacy negates most of the bonus of the free domain. However, the hosting price overall can get really cheap if you select up to 3 year payment cycles. I also really like that you can upgrade pretty seamlessly to a more powerful shared or cloud plan if you come to need more power. You would only need to pay the difference between the two plans, for your unused time, even though you might only be 1 year into a 3 year contract.

This plan has 1.5 GB of RAM and 2 CPU cores. It could be enough power if you don’t have that many sites with lots of plugins or traffic.

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