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$2.99/mo* Renews @ $9.99/mo*

Rating85%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: USA

Features: FREE Domain, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder

Optional extras: ShowDaily Backups, Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate.

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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The price requires at least a 1 year pre paid hosting term. The monthly price after the initial period (which is on sale) is higher. Check the billing page for details. Currently the 1 year contract which costs $2.99/mo will cost a lot more, $9.99/mo when it renews. It will renew for the same duration as your initial purchase. Select even longer billing cycles for more discounts. $2.49/mo for 2 years and $1.99/mo for 3 years. The price is higher for visitors from EU which pays in Euro – the amount will be the same (€2.99/mo) for 1, 2 and 3 year plans. Tax is not included in the price.

Cheap plan with lots of features

What is most impressive about this cheap hosting plan is that you can actually use it to host unlimited websites. Most other hosts restricts their cheapest plan to allow for a maximum of 1 hosted website and domain. With the shared web hosting plan from iPage you will get all the basics + some sweet extras. FREE Domain is great. Whois Privacy is $9.99/year for the first year, and then renewing at $12.99/year.

WordPress Optimization includes free themes and plugins and is $3/mo. SSL Certificate is $1.67/mo. and G Suite from Google will give you professional tools like professional email, online storage, shared calendars and video conferencing and cost you $5/mo. Daily Backups is $1.25/mo but goes down to $1/mo with a 3 year plan. SiteLock Monitoring is another $1.66/mo. SiteLock monitoring will scan for malware and viruses that might cause downtime and hassles if not discovered and dealt with quickly.

iPage data center location and support

Servers are located in Boston, MA, USA.

This host offers 24/7 live chat support for billing and sales questions, and can also help with technical questions and will post a ticket on your behalf, when required, to the server technicians that are available 24/7. Their support is outsourced to India and I did try them out. I would say that they were only mediocre. They were taking a bit long to answer questions and not answering all the questions. I guess having outsourced support is one of the ways you can get really cheap hosting, so it's all OK. Having 24/7 live support is a petty nice feature to have even when it is outsourced.

Conclusion

If you want to get a discount hosting provider – and most of your visitors will come from the USA, or at least North America, then iPage very well might be the best option. Even though this is a really cheap plan it has lots of available extra features, live support. Notice that there is a non refundable fee for the free domain name if you cancel your account during the 30 money back guaranteed days. You will keep ownership of the domain name in that case which is good. Domain privacy is overpriced at €12.99/yr after the initial year which almost will negate the positive bonus of the free domain.

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$3.25/mo* Renews @ $3.99/mo*

Rating80%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: Asia, EU, USA

Features: BitNinja Smart Security, SpamAssassin Protection, Website Builder

Optional extras: ShowSSL Certificate.

Space: 10 GB

Bandwidth: 100 GB

Max websites: 1

Payment options: Bitcoin, Credit Card, Cryptocurrency, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back, 99.9% Uptime

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Pre pay for 1 year to get the listed discounted price. You can get even more discounts if you select 2, 3 or 4 year billing cycles.

Cheap but limited hosting

The cheapest plan at Hostinger is truly cheap. But it is severely limited. You can host max 1 website, 1 MySQL database, and max set up 1 e-mail address, as well as having low storage and bandwidth limits.

Hostinger features

Add SSL Certificates for the one time fee of $9.99 each. One is included with the Business plan. You can also add FREE Let's Encrypt SSL. But that is a little bit of a complicated procedure, however they do have a guide for it at the Hostinger site. Daily Backups is included with the Business plan and available for $1.29/mo for the other shared plans. This host accepts Bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies.

Data center location

After purchasing a shared web hosting plan with Hostinger you can select if you want to use the data center in USA, EU, or in Asia.

Conclusion

Several data center around the globe is a plus, and so is the included website builder app and the wide range of accepted payment options.

Limitations of hosting max 1 website would be a drawback for many. The discounts for choosing up to 4 years of hosting are great but makes no sense if you think you might outgrow the server in that time.

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$5.84/mo* Renews @ $8.84/mo*

Rating85%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: Asia, EU, USA

Features: BitNinja Smart Security, FREE Domain, SFTP, SpamAssassin Protection, SSD Storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder

Optional extras: ShowSSL Certificate.

Payment options: Bitcoin, Credit Card, Cryptocurrency, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back, 99.9% Uptime

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Pre pay for 1 year to get the listed discounted price, and a FREE domain name. You can get even more discounts if you select 2, 3 or 4 year billing cycles.

Hostinger features

Add SSL Certificates for the one time fee of $9.99 each. One is included with the Business plan. You can also add FREE Let's Encrypt SSL. But that is a little bit of a complicated procedure, however they do have a guide for it at the Hostinger site. Daily Backups is included with the Business plan and available for $1.29/mo for the other shared plans. This host accepts Bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies.

Data center location

After purchasing a shared web hosting plan with Hostinger you can select if you want to use the data center in USA, EU, or in Asia.

Conclusion

Several data center around the globe is a plus, and so is the included website builder app and the wide range of accepted payment options.

Here you get lots of value for your money. You can get the price down really low if you pre pay for 4 years. The FREE domain is also adding to the value pack for this plan. Fast hosting with SSD storage. However if you have mission critical sites you might want to go with the Hostinger Business plan, or similar, for better support and 2x resources allocated for your sites.

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$5.95/mo* Renews @ $8.99/mo*

Rating70%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: USA

Features: Daily Backups, FREE Domain

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

Max websites: 1

Payment options: 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 do costs 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 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 inital billing cycle.

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$6.95/mo* Renews @ $12.99/mo*

Rating65%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: USA

Features: FREE Domain, Unlimited Websites, Unmetered Bandwidth

Optional extras: ShowBluehost SEO Tools Start, Daily Backups, Dedicated IP, Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate.

Payment options: 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 do costs 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 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 inital billing cycle.

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$7.95/mo* Renews @ $16.99/mo*

Rating60%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: USA

Features: Daily Backups, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Whois Privacy, Unlimited Websites, Unmetered Bandwidth

Optional extras: ShowBluehost SEO Tools Start, Dedicated IP, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate.

Payment options: 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 do costs 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 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 inital billing cycle.

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$8.95/mo* Renews @ $11.95/mo*

Rating65%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: USA

Features: cPanel, Unlimited Websites, Unmetered Bandwidth

Optional extras: ShowDaily Backups, Domain Whois Privacy, Professional E-Mail, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate.

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 45 Day Money Back, 99.9% Uptime

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The prices they advertise on their site and other sites ($5.95/mo) is the greatly discounted 3 year contract prices – so keep that in mind when choosing your hosting company. The advertised prices on this site, WHCompare, are for 1 year contracts unless specified otherwise. If you choose a 2 year pre paid billing cycle the price would be $6.95/mo. If you want to pay on a monthly basis the price would be $11.95/mo.

On sale

The shared web hosting plans from HostGator is currently on sale, as they seem to be constantly. Pre pay for as long as possible to get the greatest discount. Be noted that the prices will be higher after your initial period is over. You can see those prices on the billing page, they depend on how long billing cycle you have. HostGator has very large price differences whether you pay monthly or pay in advance for 1, 2 or 3 years of hosting.

Extra features

SiteLock monitoring comes in at $1.67/mo and is recommended by HostGator. If you do not have this you might struggle if your server gets infected with malware or viruses and HostGator may block you if you can't find all the infected files and then fix them. Daily Backups from CodeGuard offers lets you restore your site when needed with 1-click. It costs $2/mo.

Expensive domain names

Note that HostGator does not include a free domain name with your web hosting plan, unlike many other hosts does - instead HostGator, unfortunately, charges a premium for domains, $15/year for a .com per year, and a very high price for whois privacy at $1.25/mo or $14.95/year, which is triple the industry standard. Click here for our guide with information about the best domain registrars online. Use them to register your domains and to buy whois privacy at the lowest prices.

Conclusion

Responsive live chat support is one of the benefits of HostGator. It has some drawbacks though. The regular price after your initial billing cycle is pretty high for this kind of web hosting. Lack of SSD disks is another drawback.

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$9.95/mo* Renews @ $13.95/mo*

Rating70%100

Type of server: Shared Cloud

Location: USA

Features: Caching, cPanel, Data Mirroring, Resource Scaling, Unlimited Websites, Unmetered Bandwidth

Optional extras: ShowDomain Whois Privacy, Professional E-Mail, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate.

CPU: 4 Cores

RAM: 4 GB

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 45 Day Money Back

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The cloud web hosting plans is on sale and you will get a discount for your first period. Choose as long billing cycle as possible to maximize your savings and discount. The 1 year pre pay billing cycle costs $9.95/mo on sale and will renew at $13.95/mo after your initial period is over. You can pre pay for longer periods of 2 years ($8.95/mo) and 3 years ($7.95/mo) for lower monthly costs.

Shared resources

Note that the reason it looks like this plan has so much more resources than other plans at the same price point is that available CPU and RAM is the max amount of CPU cores and memory that your hosting account has access to at any given time. It is shared resources and is not dedicated to your account.

Included features

The HostGator cloud includes several safety and loading speed features. By selecting one of these cloud hosting plans you can ensure that you can easily and quickly scale your server and increase or decrease resources when required with 1 click.

Extra features

SSL Certificate is $1.67/mo. Domain Whois Protection is $1.25/mo and a .com will cost you $15/year. I would suggest to get the domain and Whois Protection from a cheaper registrar, read more about domain registration here. SiteLock Monitoring (virus scanner) is another $1.67/mo. Daily Backups is $2/mo.

Data center

The HostGator servers are located in Houston, Texas, USA.

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$9.99/mo* Renews @ $11.99/mo*

Rating90%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: Asia, EU, USA

Features: BitNinja Smart Security, FREE Domain, SFTP, SpamAssassin Protection, SSD Storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder

Optional extras: ShowSSL Certificate.

Payment options: Bitcoin, Credit Card, Cryptocurrency, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back, 99.9% Uptime

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Pre pay for 1 year to get the listed discounted price, and a FREE domain name. You can get even more discounts if you select 2, 3 or 4 year billing cycles.

Hostinger features

Add SSL Certificates for the one time fee of $9.99 each. One is included with the Business plan. You can also add FREE Let's Encrypt SSL. But that is a little bit of a complicated procedure, however they do have a guide for it at the Hostinger site. Daily Backups is included with the Business plan and available for $1.29/mo for the other shared plans. This host accepts Bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies.

Data center location

After purchasing a shared web hosting plan with Hostinger you can select if you want to use the data center in USA, EU, or in Asia.

Conclusion

I don’t know if the extra cost is worth it over the very similar, but cheaper Hostinger Premium plan. To most people that is. If you however know that you need more resources for hosting lots of sites and be able to receive lots of traffic, it probably is the better choice. The cost is about double that of the Premium plan but you also do get double the resources, making the value proposition the same, if you need those extra resources. Another few benefits for this plan is that you get priority support and the important daily backups is included. These things adds to the total value you get and rewards this plan with higher ratings that the other Hostinger shared hosting plans.

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$18.95/mo* Renews @ $25.99/mo*

Rating60%100

Type of server: Shared

Location: USA

Features: Daily Backups, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Whois Privacy, Unlimited Websites, Unmetered Bandwidth

Optional extras: ShowBluehost SEO Tools Start, Dedicated IP, SiteLock Monitoring, SSL Certificate.

Payment options: 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 do costs 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 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 inital billing cycle.

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