Every business—from sole-proprietorships to enterprises—needs a website. But not everyone needs a full-blown ecommerce presence that can stand up to hundreds of simultaneous customers hitting your shopping cart, and not everyone can afford one, either. Sometimes, you just need a static page listing your hours and location, with maybe a little blogging functionality to keep things interesting—and sometimes that’s all you can afford, too. Cost is a critically important consideration when selecting a Web host. But while it’s a truism that you get what you pay for, it’s also true that every penny counts and that there are some great Web hosting deals to be had.
What Is a Cheap Web Host?
First, let’s define Web hosts in general. A Web host is a company with servers that you use to store and deliver the files that make up your website. Large businesses can spend hundreds of dollars each year on dedicated Web hosting or virtual private server (VPS) hosting, but there are plenty of Web hosts designed specifically for very small businesses, too.
That’s exactly what the services collected here focus on—these are good, functional Web hosting companies that will get your website online with the least amount of damage to your wallet. That’s something that we can all appreciate. But how cheap?
Pricing in our list of cheap Web hosts is based on the regular monthly prices, with no discounts applied for the starter plans. If the host offers monthly plans, that’s the price we use, even though many of them work out to be cheaper on a per-month basis if you pay upfront for the annual plan. If you’re buying on price, you might not want to pay the full year up front, even if it means saving a bit on the back end. Some budgets really are that tight, and some projects may not last a year. Our cutoff for inclusion in this table is that a provider must charge $8 per month or less. Yes, that’s an arbitrary number. We chose $8 per month because that means you can have Web hosting…