Cheap WordPress Hosting
Because Cheap Can Be Awesome!
What’s up?! It’s Mike here again, and in this opportunity, I’m going to save your day once again by sharing with you the 7 best cheap WordPress solutions in the market!
Once again, I’ve wasted my own time and money so you don’t have to, because there are so many bad hosting company… so many!
Anyway, let’s go straight to the good stuff and let you know what companies and plans are simply PERFECT for WordPress and your business 😉
Should You Really Choose a Cheap Hosting?
There are multiple reasons to prefer this kind of hosting:
- You own a small business and don’t need much resources
- You are going to start a small personal blog with not big expectations of traffic
- You want to conduct some experiments (think of SEO)
- Or simply put, you are a cheapskate and want to save as much as possible (fair enough!).
On the other hand, if you have a website with several thousands of visits per month (or even per day), then you are better off with a premium-tier WP hosting plan, a VPS or a dedicated server, because you will need far more resources to keep your business running.
If that’s your case, then this article is not for you! Instead of chasing the lowest price, you should be looking for the best performance, so you can increase your profits, because making your website even just slightly faster will have a positive effect.
Who Are The Contenders?
The Winners Are:
- Bluehost (my favorite, I will let you know why!)
- HostGator (I’ve reviewed this company and their WP against Bluehost’s, make sure to check it here)
I’ve selected them because they offer a great performance for a low price, which is exactly what you are looking for.
Of course, we are going to review the cheapest plans, which are perfect for small businesses, personal blogs, small websites and the like!
Now, let’s start with the reviews!
Bluehost: My Personal Favorite and Champion
Even WordPress itself recommends Bluehost, and that means a lot!
Their plans are not necessarily very cheap, but they are awesome and offer tons of value for the price.
The most affordable plan is the Standard, and here you have what it offers:
30-day Money Back Guarantee
Not the cheapest from this listing, but if you want a superior performance for a decent price, then this option is by far the best.
The unique downside is that, in order to get the $19.99/month price, you will have to sign up for a 36-month plan, which equals to over $700 USD.
Not bad if you are looking to host the website for your already-existing business, but if you are just running an experiment or setting your own personal blog that you don’t know how much will last, then that price may be a problem.
They offer nice incentives though:
- Free domain
- Free dedicated IP
- Free SSL certificate (a must-have for increasing the trust of your site and it will even have a positive effective in your search engine rankings, especially Google).
However, worry not, because the other options in this listing will fulfill all of your needs!
First, if your site receives tons of visits, then Bluehost’s plan is your best choice, because as you can see, it is equipped with enough resources to deal with approximately 100K visitors per month.
They offer you the following features to make sure that your website loads fast:
- VPS power. If you didn’t know it, VPS platforms are ideal for high-traffic websites, and yes, they will make yours load very fast
- Cutting-edge NGINX architecture for optimal performance and efficient usage of resources
- Custom PHP-FPM configuration for a smooth performance.
The power of running on a VPS platform plus this unique architecture and configuration will make your website run smoothly and efficiently.
Furthermore, the 2 GB RAM is more than enough for your website to run with excellent speed and please even the pickiest visitors!
All of this will make your website load in less than a second (server wise) in the US and have similar results in other parts of the world.
Ease of Use:
It is very easy to use and thereby excellent for beginners.
It doesn’t matter if you have never done this before, because the interface is to intuitive that you can set up your website in no time with the help of WordPress.
First, the MOJO Marketplace makes it super easy and fast to find the plugins, themes and extensions necessary to build your website. All in just one click, it cannot get easier than that.
Of course, if you do other things like technical configurations and editing the code of your themes and plugins, you will have to hire a developer. This is out of the scope of what Bluehost offers.
Overall, it is very beginner-friendly and you will set up your website in no time!
With their WordPress hosting, you will get 24/7 customer support. You can either use the live chat, submit a ticker or call them. They have proven to be reliable, which is very important if you are a beginner, because chances are you will need assistance at some point.
However, there is a dark side: they will not transfer your site for free. It costs almost $150 USD, and that is a downside if you have already built your website and simply wish to transfer it to a better hosting company.
This is another essential aspect, because the last thing you want is to get your site infected or hacked.
They offer the following features that make this plan pretty safe:
- Web Application Firewall by SiteLock
- SiteLock Security
- Advanced Content Delivery Network
- Dedicated storage backup + automatic backup process.
Sure, even with these features hackers can get through, but if you use strong passwords and keep your theme and plugins up to date, then the chances are minimal.
Overall, Bluehost’s WP hosting plan is very safe and I can vouch for it!
The unique downside is the price, because it barely fits the definition of cheap.
However, it is a nice price if you are looking for host a site that gets a lot of traffic, if that’s your case, then you will be glad you got it!
It offers everything you need to run your WP website and that is why I recommend it!
HostGator: A Cheap Plan with Great Features
HG is one of the leading companies in affordable web hosting and this WP hosting plan is the proof of it!
I already compared their plan against Bluehost’s in another edition, but now let’s check what their cheapest option has to offer you:
45-day Money Back Guarantee
A cheaper price, unmetered space (although, remember that if you use more resources than a normal small business, then your account might be suspended) and other great features that you will discover in just a few moments.
$5.95 per month is very cheap, although remember that similarly to Bluehost, you will have to pay 36 months upfront, which is equal to $214.20 USD.
A bit over $200 USD is far more affordable for a small business owner than $700 USD upfront, so that’s a huge advantage.
However, there as I said moments ago, even though you will get tons of value with your purchase, there is something you need to remember about unmetered bandwidth and web space: it is not unlimited.
If you use more than 25% of system resources for longer than 90 seconds, then you will incur in a violation of the TOS. You will be notified about this, so you can stop.
However, the chances of doing this are very slim if you are actually just managing a small business or personal blog.
Overall, the price-value relationship is optimal, because you receive everything you need for your website to run perfectly and smoothly!
This is what matters most in the end, because a slow website will just kill your business.
Fortunately, HG’s plan is excellent in this department. Sure, you cannot expect it to be as fast a dedicated server, but for a small business or blog it will be more than enough. Far more.
Unlike Bluehost it doesn’t run on a VPS platform but on the cloud. There are certain difference but for the bigger picture the performance is pretty much the same.
Here you have the features that will make your website blazing fast:
- Cutting-edge Content Delivery Network for managing your website content smoothly and efficiently
- Advanced Cloud Architecture for the optimal usage of web resources
- Low-density servers for bringing your website an optimal performance
- Multiple caching layers for deliver your website content faster to recurrent visitors.
This is far more than necessary for a small business or personal blog, because it means your website will load super-fast for your visitors… guaranteed!
Furthermore, HG has engineered this hosting package for the needs of WordPress, so your website will run smoothly every single time.
Ease of Use:
It is excellent that HostGator has designed a custom WP Cloud Interface that makes it easy for you to manage your website and install everything you need with just one click.
Even your grandmother can set up a WordPress website thanks to this interface… it is really that easy to use!
Another cool feature is that you can handle important increases in traffic with just one click. You can expand the resources of your website easily, so you can make your website load fast for all of your visitors.
Finally, they will transfer your website for free. However, to take advantage of this, you need to do it within 30 days of creating your account.
Overall, it is incredibly easy to use for beginners, and it is cool that you can even handle traffic spikes with just one click, something that would require technical knowledge with other hosting plans.
HG is a champion in this department, because they put the following at your disposal:
- Dedicated WordPress Cloud Hosting experts team at your disposal
- Live chat
- Phone support
If you want a hosting company that practically takes you by the hand and will help you in every step, then it is HostGator.
It doesn’t matter when you need help, because you will always get it, be it a simple fix or something deeply technical.
They offer excellent security features to keep your website secure:
- You can monitor and allocate resources easily with only a few clicks
- Automatic backups thanks to CodeGuard
- Daily malware and virus scan thanks to SiteLock
- Automatic malware removal
- Features to protect your website against DDOS attacks.
As you can see, it is excellent in the security department.
Now you know everything HG has to offer, so it is time for you to choose.
If I were you and I were going to set up a personal blog or a website for a small website, then I would choose this package, because it offers pretty much everything you need to run your website.
However, you should look to what the other companies have to offer, because you are going to discover even cheaper alternatives if your budget is very limited.
iPage: Insanely Cheap
Ok, if you are chasing the hottest deal, then this will be perfect for you.
Not all of us can afford to spend several hundreds on web hosting, especially if it is your first time dealing with websites and digital marketing.
That is why iPage is perfect for you, because it has a plan that is insanely cheap!
However, in this opportunity I’m to compare their two plans (they both are very cheap honestly) so you can pick the one that suits your needs the best.
N° of Domains
30-day Money Back Guarantee
30-day Money Back Guarantee
Both plans are very cheap, however, you will be subjected to a 36-month upfront payment:
- WP Starter: $135 USD
- WP Essential: $250 USD
If your budget is very limited, then the first option is by far the most attractive. Just $135 is a steal for a decent hosting plan.
However, if you want more resources, expert support and more security features by SiteLock, then the WP Essential plan is ideal for you.
But what about the speed and performance? The plans are cheap, sure, but if they won’t make your website fast, then they are not worth it.
It offers unlimited bandwidth and web space, but as with HG, it is a tricky word used just for marketing, because if you ever use more resources than you are really allocated, then you will be warned and even suspended.
There is no much info about the features they offer for making your WP website fast, but overall if your site is not very big, then it will load fairly quickly.
I’d not recommend their plans for sites expected to be receive tons of visits per month, because the resources may not be enough to service them.
For small blog, what they offer is more than enough. However, there are not many options for scaling as your business grows, and that’s a serious flaw.
Ease of Use:
It is a so-so situation in this department.
They have a built-in interface known as vDeck, from where you can operate every aspect of your website. However, there is a downside: it is very slow. It may be very easy to use, but it drives me insane how long it takes to complete a single task.
However, for such a cheap price (especially the WP Starter), you cannot complaint much about it. Although, if we compare the WP Essential versus HG’s WP Starter Plan, the difference is gigantic, because HG’s option is cheaper and much better in this aspect.
The support is decent, although I would never compare it HG’s or Bluehost’s level.
Why? First, they outsource all the support overseas except for the phone line. They do a good job, but you can clearly see that they are not native speakers. However, in regards to phone support, it is pretty good.
Furthermore, remember that the cheapest plan doesn’t include expert WP hosting team support, and that can backfire at you if you are a total beginner.
It is sad to see that the most affordable plan doesn’t come with SiteLock, something that can expose your site to attacks especially if you are very new to this.
Furthermore, the Starter plan doesn’t even include automatic malware removal, so you will have a hard time if your site ever gets infected.
I see this tactic as a way to force people to buy the Essential package, and that is why I either recommend you to go for it or choose HG’s plan (or any other from this listing).
If you are looking for an absolutely dirt-cheap price, then go for it. However, if you are looking for excellent security and speed features along with reliable customer support, then you should look into the other options of this listing.
SiteGround: Cheap N’ Good
Welcome to the SiteGroooouuuund!
Similarly, we are going to review two plans, because they both are very cheap and offer pretty much everything a small blog or website needs to go live.
N° of Domains
30-day Money Back Guarantee
30-day Money Back Guarantee
I’d to say something right off the bat, if I had to choose between iPage and SiteGround, then every single time I’d choose SG, because it is cheaper and far better. I will show you why.
SG’s plans are very cheap, but there is another huge advantage: you only need to do a 12-month upfront payment instead of 36 months.
Therefore, you would only need this to launch your website today:
- StartUp: $47.4 USD
- GrowBig: $71.4 USD.
This is huge for people in a limited budget, because you can launch your website for less than $100 USD. Sure, you still have to pay for the domain, but you can register it with them for only $15.95 or buy it from Namecheap for less than $10 USD.
Overall, in terms of pricing it is the champion, because it offers you a low price without forcing you to sign up to a 36-month plan.
You have already seen that this company rocks in terms of prices and promos, but now it is time to check its performance and speed, because that is what matters in the end.
First, both hosting plans are designed for WP and thereby they include key features that will make your website’s performance optimal:
- Full SSD Storage (this is an excellent feature that will make your website very fast)
- Free CloudFlare CDN
- WordPress SuperCacher (only in GrowBig and GoGeek)
Even without the SuperCacher (I recommend you to get it, because it works so damn well!) your website will be fairly fast, as long as you use it within its limits.
You will rarely surpass your allocated resources, because if you are just running a small store, personal website or for your small business, then everything will fall within the requirements.
However, if you ever need to upgrade, then you can go for their GoGeek plan at $11.95/month. It makes it easy for you to scale your website as your business grows, and that is a huge advantage.
Ease of Use:
Another important aspect, because if you are a total newbie or your average business owner, then you need an intuitive and user-friendly interface.
Fortunately, SiteGround brings you this and more!
You can install everything you want – from themes to plugins – with only one click. You won’t have to deal with anything too technical, just go straight to the point and set up your website and have it running in no time.
Moreover, it will automatically update to the latest WP version and you can also test and deploy changes thanks to the WordPress Staging feature.
Overall, it is very friendly for beginners.
First, they will transfer your website for free and that’s huge, because you won’t have to make your website for scratch or pay a hefty fee for transferring it.
They provide multilingual support, so if you are not a native English speak you will love this, because there is nothing better than sorting out your problem with someone who speaks your language. For now, they only offer support in English and Spanish.
They offer live chat, ticket support and a phone line. Typically, they answer in 10 minutes and that’s huge if you need very quick assistance.
You can read here how Bluehost performed compared to SiteGround in terms of support.
They have a team that actively looks and patches vulnerabilities in WP. This is something that many other hosting companies offer, so it is a huge advantage for you, because it will reduce the chances of getting hacked or infected with malware.
Furthermore, they have features to stop brute-force hacking and stop suspicious login attempts with captchas.
They will also take care of making daily backups of your website so you can be protected in case of problems.
Unfortunately, they do not offer SiteLock or CodeGuard, however there is no need for the last, as they take care of the backups themselves.
However, SiteLock would be ideal and the same for an automatic malware removal feature.
I love SiteGround’s plans because they are affordable (without forcing you to sign up for a 36-month plan), the performance is excellent, the interface is fairly easy to use, the security is great and the support is helpful and fast!
Finally, you can easily upgrade your plan, which is excellent if your business starts growing.
Namecheap: Cheap Taken To a Whole New Level
The best domain register also offers you an excellent WP hosting plan, let’s check it!
$8.88/year (renews at $48.88/year)
5 GB SSD
Do I need to say more? It is the clear definition of dirt-cheap!
If you need to launch a simple website quickly and for the lowest price, then you won’t find a better option than this.
It renews at $48.88 per year, but it is barely $4.07 per month, which is still very affordable if you ask me. They do not offer a free domain with your purchase, but registering your own with them is very affordable as well.
However, let’s look into other key aspects to see if it is worth it.
First, it comes with SSD storage. It offers you two advantages:
- You won’t lose data if the power is disconnected
It makes your website faster.
Furthermore, they use high-performance servers that guarantee an excellent up-time and speed for your website. However, take note that this package is intended for simple websites without much content.
If you want to run your personal blog or small business website, then it will be a good match. They have done a great job with their managed WP platform, because the sites run fast and smoothly.
They have datacenters in USA and Europe, so they will deliver your website content to your visitors without hassle.
Ease of Use:
Did you know that you can set up your WP website in only 30 seconds?
It is as easy as that. Therefore, if you want a hosting plan that has everything ready for you, then this is a good option.
Furthermore, you can update and do backups with only a couple of clicks.
You can manage everything effortlessly, which makes it excellent for total newbies with no prior experience on this.
They offer you 24/7 support by live chat, ticket support or through their phone line.
You will get a fast reply most of the time, even for the most technical questions and issues. Therefore, in this department they do a good job.
If you ever need help, then they will be there to sort out your problem kind of fast!
They do not offer as many security features as other companies, and it is a downside.
You can do backups easily for protecting your website data, but it would excellent if they could make it automatic.
Their WP plan includes WP-centric security features, but unfortunately they do not disclose them openly and that is concerning, because transparency doesn’t hurt anyone.
Anyway, if you keep your WP version up to date and update your theme and plugins, then you will be safe. Moreover, remember to use strong passwords.
Overall, if you are looking for a dirt-cheap option for launching your website easily and rapidly, then this is the perfect choice. However, this plan has some cons: security features aren’t the best and backups are not automatic.
Quick note: remember that they will be launching the Grow Effortlessly feature soon, which will allow you to upgrade your resources as your website and business grow.
GreenGeeks: A Punch of Value for a Low Price
GreenGeeks offers one of the hottest and cheapest WP hosting plans in the market; it is so hot that I have to show it to you right now!
Unlimited SSD Storage
Automatic – Daily
30-day Money Back Guarantee
The unlimited SSD storage is a huge advantaged, but let’s see how well it performs in the different departments.
In comparison to Bluehost and Hostgator, the price is much cheaper (especially in the first case). However, the downside is that you will have to pay 36 months upfront.
However, it offers plenty of value: Free domain registration and free SSL certificate, so you can set up your website fast and make it trustable.
SiteGround offers you the same price but instead of 36 months, you only have to pay 12 months upfront, a huge difference for a small business owner.
If you want to pick the winner, then you should compare the plans and pick the winner. However, if your budget is very limited – under $100 USD – then SiteGround will fulfill your needs much better (just $47.4 or $71.4).
You already know that SSD storage will make your website seriously faster than your average web hosting storage.
The sites load very fast, because they also have a special architecture for running WordPress.
Your site will load in less than a second, taking into account that it is not content-heavy (these plans are not intended for super big and heavy-traffic websites anyway).
Furthermore, it includes free CloudFlare CDN for delivering your content on time and protect you against problems like DDOS attacks. And let’s not forget about built-in PHP caching that will make your website even faster!
Overall, your website will load very fast and please all of your visitors, which is super important when you run a business, because you want to cause a good first impression.
Ease of Use:
You can install WordPress with just 1 click, so you don’t need to upload anything.
The interface is intuitive and user-friendly, and if you ever have a problem then you can reach out support and get a fast response.
This is one of the areas where it beats the majority of hosting companies: the customer support is simply awesome.
You have real experts at your reach via live chat, ticket support or on the phone. However, take note that phone support isn’t 24/7 as it is interrupted from midnight to 9:00 EST.
However, they are US-based, so you will get assistance in perfect English and communication will be smooth and clear.
It offers excellent security features:
- Automatic backups for protecting your website content
- Regular security scanning
- Protection against DDOS attacks
- Brute-force hacking protection
Overall, it will provide you everything to keep your website running and safe from attacks and online threats.
It is the complete pack to start your website, because it offers you the hosting (with amazing speed, robust security and excellent customer support), a free domain and a free SSL certificate.
If you can afford the 36-month upfront payment, then go for it because you won’t regret it!
Inmotion: Robust Performance for the Cheap
Let’s cut the fluff and let’s go straight to the good stuff, because inmotion is a solid pick and you will see why.
Number of websites
40 GB SSD Storage
Automatic – Daily
90-day Money Back Guarantee
As you can see, a lot of value for a low price. However, let’s analyze it more patiently.
$6.99/month is affordable if they can deliver the goods, and fortunately, they do.
However, in order to get access to that price, you will have to pay 2 years upfront, but you also have the chance to pay 1 year upfront and get it at $7.99/month. These would be the prices to pay:
- 1 Year: $95.88
- 2 Years: $167.76 ($83.88 per year).
If your business is stable, then the 2-year subscription should not be a problem because it is still very cheap, they even bring you a free domain, and free SSL certificate to get started from the get go.
Don’t forget that you will also get $150 USD free for advertising!
This is what really matters, and let’s see how it performs…
It has an interesting stack for a fast and superior performance:
- SSD storage
- Advanced server caching (essential for a fast-loading website)
- NGINX for accelerating content delivery
- PHP 7
- Multiple data centers and Max Speed Zones™.
As long as you use the resources within the limits, your website will run smoothly and fast, ready to handle all of your visitors and bring a good first impression.
Moreover, by bringing them a good UX, this will have a positive effect in your search engine rankings.
Ease of Use:
This company makes everything very easy for you:
- Automatic WordPress updates
- Automatic theme and plugins update
- Pre-installed WP
- Free data backups (automatic)
- Drag and drop WP page builder.
Everything is so beginner-friendly that you will have your website live sooner than you think!
You can receive 24/7 support through:
- Live chat
Moreover, they have real and experienced professionals in their team, so your problems will be sorted out very quickly. This is one of their strongest points.
It is great to see that they take security seriously:
- Malware and hacking protection
- Automatic backups to protect your web content
- Automatic WP, theme and plugins update
- DDOS protection
- Virus scanning.
They take care of the heavy-lifting so you can just focus on running your website!
This is one of the best companies out there and you won’t regret getting their hosting plan, because they won’t fail to deliver the goods!
We have gone through a lot!
These companies won’t fail to meet your expectations, but take your time to read each review in order to know what to expect.
Doubts or questions? Just comment below and I will answer them ASAP!