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Some web hosting companies offer a FREE domain for a year when ordering hosting. You can compare them here. Note though that… Read more The whois privacy (if you need that) will often be more costly than with the best registrars. Also, the renewal cost could be higher than with other registrars. If you are thinking that you can just get the 1 year free and then transfer it to a cheaper registrar you would also need to consider the fee (often something like $10) associated with transferring domains.

$0.99/mo*

Rating60%100

Shared

in USA

w/ these features: DDos Protection, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Whois Privacy, SSL Certificate

+Show optional extras: Website Builder.

RAM: 1.25 GB

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Space: 100 GB

Max websites: 1

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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Incredibly cheap web hosting at only $0.99/mo with a pre payed 1 year billing cycle. Great if you are just starting out and only need to host 1 website. The price after the initial year will be $7.99/mo. If you rather want monthly billing the price for this plan is $8.99/mo.

FREE domain & whois privacy

You can get a free .com domain for the first year if you select a 1 year pre payed billing cycle. After that it is $14.99/year + a small ICANN fee. Check our domain guide to compare prices with other registrars. This plan also comes with FREE Whois Privacy which is a feature that 1&1 offers for all their registered domains. The SSL Certificate is delivered by Symantec and is included with every 1&1 hosting plan. The shared plans from 1&1 have a Resource Scaling feature which you can use to scale up and down your RAM. 5 levels are available.

Website builder

The optional Website Builder you can get with this plan is the 1&1 MyWebsite Personal and costs $6.99/mo.

Conclusion

This is currently the cheapest plan we have listed on this site, and that is great. For getting started and hosting one website for a year this plan could be decent. An included domain name for the first year and even whois privacy are big pros which equates to about $15 in savings.

The typical cloud hosting feature of resource scaling is great and also rare to find among the cheapest shared web hosting plans.

But this plan has some drawbacks

The website builder is not included which I am sure will disappoint a lot of beginner webmasters. Instead it has a hefty monthly price. Also once the first year of hosting is finished the price will about 8x making the value proposal entirely different. The lack of SSD storage like most other hosts have upgraded to will make your hosted sites slower.

Also, the limitation of hosting only 1 website and the money back guarantee that 1&1 offer is one of the shortest in the industry.

Maybe the biggest drawback and I believe it should be a deal breaker for most is the low amount of RAM of only 1.25 GB. Most websites will struggle with that low amount of ram. In comparison the cheap iPage Go plan has about 4GB of RAM for each account on their cheap shared plans.

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$2.99/mo*

Rating85%100

Shared

in USA

w/ these features: FREE Domain, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder

+Show optional extras: Daily 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 $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.

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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$3.75/mo*

Rating75%100

WordPress

in USA

w/ these features: FREE Domain, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Websites

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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You need to pre pay for 12 months to get the price of $3.75/mo for your initial period. After the first year the plan will renew at $9.49/mo. With monthly billing this server is $9.49/mo.

The iPage WordPress web hosting plans comes with pre-installed free themes and plugins for your convenience.

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

I would not pay extra every moth with a host just for pre installed plugins and themes when joining. Especially considering how easy it is to do yourself. However the WordPress hosting servers are less dense which means that you get a little bit more resources for your sites.

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$3.95/mo*

Rating90%100

Shared

in Asia, Australia, EU, UK, USA

w/ these features: cPanel, FREE Domain, Nginx Web Server, SSD Storage, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Traffic, USA Based Support

+Show optional extras: Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring.

Max websites: 1

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 60 Day Money Back, 99.99% Uptime

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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 pre paid 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 includes lots of data centers around the globe that you can choose from, and helpful and fast live USA based support team. Their plans also offers very fast loading of your hosted sites thanks to SSD storage. Long money back guarantees is also great.

Daily database backups and weekly file backups is included and saves some money. Expensive domain whois privacy negates most of the bonus of a free domain. However the hosting price overral 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 is the cheapest one of the 3 shared plans by TMDHosting, and it lacks resources, it only has 1 CPU core and 1 GB of RAM. It is also restricted to host max 1 website. You would be lacking power with this plan even with not very much daily traffic to your website.

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$4.95/mo*

Rating60%100

Shared

in USA

w/ these features: Daily Backups, FREE Domain

+Show optional extras: Bluehost 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 Prime 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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$4.99/mo*

Rating80%100

Shared

in USA

w/ these features: DDos Protection, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Whois Privacy, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Websites

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RAM: 3 GB

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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Incredibly cheap web hosting at only $4.99/mo with pre payed 1 year billing cycle. The price after the initial year will be $9.99/mo. If you rather want monthly billing the price for this plan is $11.99/mo.

FREE domain & whois privacy

You can get a free .com domain for the first year if you select a 1 year pre payed billing cycle. After that it is $14.99/year + a small ICANN fee. Check our domain guide to compare prices with other registrars. This plan also comes with FREE Whois Privacy which is a feature that 1&1 offers for all their registered domains. The SSL Certificate is delivered by Symantec and is included with every 1&1 hosting plan. The shared plans from 1&1 have a Resource Scaling feature which you can use to scale up and down your RAM. 5 levels are available.

Security addon

SiteLock Monitoring (The 1&1 SiteLock Tool) can significantly increase the security of your website and is just $0.99/mo extra with this plan. It scans your site (up to 500 pages) for vulnerabilities and malware.

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$5.84/mo*

Rating85%100

Shared

in Asia, EU, USA

w/ these features: BitNinja Smart Security, FREE Domain, SFTP, SpamAssassin Protection, SSD Storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Websites, Website Builder

+Show optional extras: SSL 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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$6.95/mo*

Rating65%100

Shared

in USA

w/ these features: Daily Backups, FREE Domain, Unlimited Websites, Unmetered Bandwidth

+Show optional extras: Bluehost 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 Prime 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*

Rating90%100

Shared

in Asia, Australia, EU, UK, USA

w/ these features: cPanel, FREE Domain, Nginx Web Server, SSD Storage, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Traffic, Unlimited Websites, USA Based Support

+Show optional extras: Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring.

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 60 Day Money Back, 99.99% Uptime

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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 pre paid 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 includes lots of data centers around the globe that you can choose from, and helpful and fast live USA based support team. Their plans also offers very fast loading of your hosted sites thanks to SSD storage. Long money back guarantees is also great.

Daily database backups and weekly file backups is included and saves some money. Expensive domain whois privacy negates most of the bonus of a free domain. However the hosting price overral 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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$6.95/mo*

Rating85%100

WordPress

in USA

w/ these features: Expert WP Support, FREE Domain, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Websites

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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You need to pre pay for 12 months to get the price of $6.95/mo for your initial period. After the first year the plan will renew at $12.49/mo. With monthly billing this server is $12.49/mo.

The iPage WordPress web hosting plans comes with pre-installed free themes and plugins for your convenience. The WP Essential plan comes with Expert WordPress Support, SiteLock Professional Security and Automatic Malware Removal. iPage delivers Enhanced Security in partnership with SiteLock and helps you defeat malware on your sites.

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

This is a budget WordPress hosting option with lots of benefits. The WordPress hosting servers are less dense which means that you get a little bit more resources for your sites. Having included expert WP support is great, if you’re not an expert yourself, but do note that you can only contact that support by phone, on a toll free USA number.

Their automatic malware removal is great and can help you from experience downtime you otherwise would have gotten if your sites got attacked with malware. To get malware that can cause downtime and lots of work trying to remove it is more common than it should be, so this is a great feature.

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