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$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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$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

+Show optional extras: SiteLock Monitoring.

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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$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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$7.45/mo*

Rating60%100

Shared

in USA

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

+Show optional extras: Bluehost 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 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.

Bluehost Prime renews at a substantial higher price than the Bluehost Plus plan, even though their prices for the initial billing cycle is similar.

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$8.99/mo*

Rating75%100

Shared

in USA

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

+Show optional extras: SiteLock Monitoring.

RAM: 4.5 GB

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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Incredibly cheap web hosting at only $8.99/mo with pre payed 1 year billing cycle. The price after the initial year will be $14.99/mo. If you rather want monthly billing the price for this plan is $16.99/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.

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.

Conclusion

Close to twice the price for the initial period than that of the 1&1 Unlimited Plus plan but only 50% more resources. That’s why that plan scores better than this one. However, after the initial period the value will be similar between the two plans.

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$10.95/mo*

Rating55%100

Shared Cloud

in USA

w/ these features: Caching, CDN, Data Mirroring, FREE Domain, Resource Scaling, Unmetered Bandwidth, Varnish Cache

+Show optional extras: Bluehost SEO Tools Start, Daily Backups, Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring.

CPU: 2 Cores

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RAM: 2 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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1 year pre paid billing cycle required to get the price of $10.95/mo. 2 years and the price drops to $8.95/mo and for 3 years it goes all the way down to $6.95/mo. There is no month-to-month billing options for this plan unfortunately.

You data on a cloud server like this is more reliable, it is mirrored 3 times to help withstand hardware failures and retain uptime. Loading speed benefits include a global CDN and local caching. If your traffic grows and you need more resources in the future then you can easily allocate more server resources or move to another plan all with the click of a button, all without restarts of your server or downtime at all. You can easily see how much resources you are using and if you should upgrade. Every cloud plan comes with a free domain name.

The Daily Backups extra costs $2.99/mo and lets you select backups from daily, weekly or monthly when and if you need to recover files. You can select only a couple or files and folders or the entire site depending on what you need. Domain Whois Privacy is $0.99/mo and lets you hide your personal name and contact information from your domain information that will be posted on lots of sites on the internet. Search Engine Jumpstart is a bundle with SEO resources and tips and costs $2.99/mo. You can get a lot of SEO tips for free, check out out our guide and lists with resources here. The SiteLock Monitoring scans daily for lots of bad stuff like malware. It costs $1.99/mo.

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$14.99/mo*

Rating80%100

Cloud

in EU, USA

w/ these features: Dedicated IP, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Whois Privacy, Managed, Resource Scaling, SSD Storage

+Show optional extras: MariaDB, Nginx Web Server.

CPU: 1 Core

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RAM: 1 GB

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Space: 50 GB

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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Monthly billing

The 1&1 managed cloud plans are only available with monthly billing, so no fancy pricing schemes here!

Resource scaling, FREE domain and FREE SSL

Scale resources for your cloud plan up and down when needed, with by-the-minute billing. Scale from / to: 1 - 16 CPU vCores, 0.5 - 128 GB RAM and from 20 - 500 GB of SSD storage. Note though that it is not possible to scale SSD storage down.

If you rather want root access instead of "managed" hosting you can slice $5 off the monthly price. You can select your stack and choose between Apache or Nginx + MySQL or MariaDB + PHP.

Free domain and whois privacy

You can get a free .com domain for the first year, then it is $14.99/year + a small ICANN fee. This plan also comes with FREE Whois Privacy, nice. The SSL Certificate is delivered by Symantec and is included with every 1&1 hosting plan.

Data center locations

You can choose between 3 data center locations. One in the USA and two in the EU (Germany and Spain)

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$15.95/mo*

Rating75%100

Shared Cloud

in USA

w/ these features: Caching, CDN, Data Mirroring, FREE Domain, Resource Scaling, Unlimited Websites, Unmetered Bandwidth, Varnish Cache

+Show optional extras: Bluehost SEO Tools Start, Daily Backups, Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring.

CPU: 4 Cores

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RAM: 4 GB

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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1 year pre paid billing cycle required to get the price of $15.95/mo. 2 years and the price drops to $11.95/mo and for 3 years it goes all the way down to $8.95/mo. There is no month-to-month billing options for this plan unfortunately.

You data on a cloud server like this is more reliable, it is mirrored 3 times to help withstand hardware failures and retain uptime. Loading speed benefits include a global CDN and local caching. If your traffic grows and you need more resources in the future then you can easily allocate more server resources or move to another plan all with the click of a button, all without restarts of your server or downtime at all. You can easily see how much resources you are using and if you should upgrade. Every cloud plan comes with a free domain name.

The Daily Backups extra costs $2.99/mo and lets you select backups from daily, weekly or monthly when and if you need to recover files. You can select only a couple or files and folders or the entire site depending on what you need. Domain Whois Privacy is $0.99/mo and lets you hide your personal name and contact information from your domain information that will be posted on lots of sites on the internet. Search Engine Jumpstart is a bundle with SEO resources and tips and costs $2.99/mo. You can get a lot of SEO tips for free, check out out our guide and lists with resources here. The SiteLock Monitoring scans daily for lots of bad stuff like malware. It costs $1.99/mo.

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$20.95/mo*

Rating80%100

Shared Cloud

in USA

w/ these features: Caching, CDN, Daily Backups, Data Mirroring, FREE Domain, FREE Domain Whois Privacy, Resource Scaling, Unlimited Websites, Unmetered Bandwidth, Varnish Cache

+Show optional extras: Bluehost SEO Tools Start, SiteLock Monitoring.

CPU: 6 Cores

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RAM: 6 GB

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

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1 year pre paid billing cycle required to get the price of $20.95/mo. 2 years and the price drops to $17.95/mo and for 3 years it goes all the way down to $15.95/mo. There is no month-to-month billing options for this plan unfortunately.

You data on a cloud server like this is more reliable, it is mirrored 3 times to help withstand hardware failures and retain uptime. Loading speed benefits include a global CDN and local caching. If your traffic grows and you need more resources in the future then you can easily allocate more server resources or move to another plan all with the click of a button, all without restarts of your server or downtime at all. You can easily see how much resources you are using and if you should upgrade. Every cloud plan comes with a free domain name. The Daily Backups lets you select backups from daily, weekly or monthly when and if you need to recover files. You can select only a couple or files and folders or the entire site depending on what you need. Domain Whois Privacy is free with this plan and lets you hide your personal name and contact information from your domain information that will be posted on lots of sites on the internet.

Search Engine Jumpstart is a bundle with SEO resources and tips and costs $2.99/mo. You can get a lot of SEO tips for free, check out out our guide and lists with resources here. The SiteLock Monitoring scans daily for lots of bad stuff like malware. It costs $1.99/mo.

Conclusion

Even though this is the most expensive Bluehost cloud plan it is the one that gives the most bang for the buck. It includes SSL, dedicated IP, whois privacy for the free domain. No SSD storage though which is a pretty big drawback to all the Bluehost shared and cloud hosting plans.

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