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Listed on this page are cheap web hosts (commercial web hosts, of course) and brief reviews of the hosts. Note: only where I have information pertaining to the host will there be a review. What constitutes a "budget web host" for the purpose of this page? Essentially I just use common sense (my definition of it!), looking at the price of the package and its features. A package which costs $20 or under per month might make it here. On the other hand, a package that costs more (eg $30) but providing additional features (eg an exceptional amount of data transfer or free web design) might also make it here. Most of these web hosts have more than one package available. To keep each description from being overly-long, I often only list their cheapest package on this page. You can click the link to find out more about the other packages if that host interests you.

I strongly recommend that you read the article How to Choose a Web Host before committing yourself to any web host. You can also find my personal favourites (with a more detailed review of those hosts) in my FAQ: Which Web Host Do You Recommend?.

If your site is resource intensive, that is requiring a lot of memory or CPU time, you may be interested in the Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Web Hosting and the Web Hosting: Dedicated Servers pages instead. Those plans allocate more resources to your website, allowing you to do things you would not normally be permitted in a shared web hosting environment. You can read more about this in the article The Fine Print in Web Hosting: Resource Usage Limits.

Warning: take all claims of "unlimited" disk space and bandwidth in the web host's packages with a pinch of salt. If you're not sure why, read the article The Myth of "Unlimited" in Web Hosting and investigate the host's Terms of Service carefully. In addition, the prices and features listed here were correct at the time I checked it. However, the web hosting industry is very competitive, and thus the hosts tend to change their prices and package features very frequently (with emphasis on the "very"), so much so that the current prices and package details will probably be different by the time you read this. Your best bet is to check the host's site for the authoritative information.

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GoDaddy Web Hosting

This well-known domain registrar also provides web hosting plans, with its cheapest plan starting at $2.99 per month (paid 3-monthly). The Linux package provides 100 GB of disk space, unlimited data transfer, 100 email addresses (total 100 MB storage), 10 databases (each with 200 MB of storage), preinstalled scripts (blogs, shopping carts, CMS, image galleries), etc. Payment methods include both credit cards and PayPal.

1&1 Internet Web Hosting

This web host is one of the biggest web hosts around. They offer both Linux and Microsoft Windows packages (see Should You Choose a Linux or a Windows Web Hosting Package? if you don't know which to choose) as well as Dedicated Linux Servers. Their $5.99/month (paid annually) Linux package includes 1 free domain name, unlimited web space, unlimited data transfer, hosting for additional websites (500 subdomains, unlimited number of domains), a site builder (meant for beginners who want to build sites quickly from a set of templates), 500 email accounts (2 GB mailbox space), email forwarding, autoresponders, email forwarding, 25 MySQL databases (1 GB), PHP, DNS management, FTP, a control panel, etc. They accept both credit card and PayPal payments.

Volusion: Ecommerce Web Hosting

This web host targets websites selling products and services. All its plans come with a built-in online store that can be accessed on a normal computer as well as on mobile devices (like smartphones), and can be listed directly on your Facebook page and shared with other social media sites (eg, Twitter, YouTube, etc). You can use any payment gateway (to collect credit and debit card payments) you like. (If you don't have any, and are a US citizen, you can also sign up for their own payment gateway services.) The packages offered vary according to how many products you're offering, and the bandwidth you need, starting from $15 per month if you're selling 100 products or less. The higher priced packages let your customers order by telephone as well as list your products on eBay (and so on). If your site exists to sell stuff, you may want to check them out since they seem to provide a way for even newcomers to quickly set up an online store with all the bells and whistles that you need to promote and sell things.

FutureQuest Powerful Web Hosting

This web hosting company has consistently good reviews from many users. They are known for their reliability, honesty and competence. Their cheapest package, $8.95 per month gives you 1,200 MB of web space, 40 GB bandwidth, 15 POP email accounts, unlimited email aliases and autoresponders, spam filtering (via SpamAssassin), 5 FTP / Secure FTP (SFTP) accounts, 5 MySQL databases, SSH, telnet, CGI-BIN access, SSI, PHP, Perl, Python, gcc, .htaccess overrides, web site statistics, error logs, dedicated IP address, web email access, etc. You can add subdomains and other domains to your site for one-time setup charges. You can also read a more detailed review of FutureQuest in one of my FAQs.

FatCow Web Hosting

This web hosting company provides unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, a free domain name, site builders, unlimited POP email accounts, PHP, unlimited MySQL databases, CGI directory, Python, website statistics, FTP, wizards to install blog and forum scripts, a shopping cart and shopping cart builder, a control panel, shared SSL, etc, for $3.15 per month for the initial term ($8.99 per month for subsequent terms if you choose the annual payment plan).

Media Temple Web Hosting

This web host offers something they call "Grid hosting", which provides multiple servers (computers) to handle your website, so that when it experiences heavy traffic (such as if your site is very popular and has a lot of visitors), their system will be able to handle the load. This ability to handle spikes in traffic apparently extends also to the MySQL resources allocated to your site. The shared hosting plan costs $20 per month. The plan lets you host up to 100 domains (which you can use for 100 sites) on your account. You get a 1 TB monthly bandwidth, 100 GB disk storage, 100 MySQL databases, 1,000 email addresses, PHP with FastCGI, Perl, Python, Git, SVN and a control panel.

Yahoo! Web Hosting

This famous company offers a variety of web hosting packages. The "Advanced" plan (which is the smallest realistically-usable plan offered, since the "Basic" plan lacks important features) costs $3.89 for the first 3 months and $5.99 per month thereafter (paid annually), and includes 500 GB disk space, 5000 GB data transfer, a free domain name with the ability to control the DNS records for your domains if you wish (such as the MX, A and CNAME records and name servers), 500 email addresses (unlimited email storage, 20 MB attachment limit), FTP (specifically, FTPS or FTP-SSL), a site builder with more than 380 web site templates, PHP, Perl, MySQL, web site statistics, and so on. You can pay by credit card or PayPal.

InMotion Hosting Inc - Your Complete Hosting Solution

The cheapest business package for this host (there are cheaper personal packages though) costs $5.99 per month. It allows you to host up to 2 websites on the same account (although you can park 6 domains and add up to 25 subdomains). You are given unlimited disk space, unlimited data transfer, spam-filtered secure POP3/IMAP/SMTP email, a site builder, a free domain name, 2 MySQL databases, email aliases, filters and forwarding, Frontpage extensions, PHP, Perl, SSI, FTP, custom error pages, raw logs, etc.

StartLogic Web Hosting

This web host's cheapest package costs $3.95 per month (for its 2-year plan; $4.95 per month + $30 setup if paid monthly). It offers 60 GB of disk space, unlimited email accounts, 600 GB of traffic, the ability to host up to 10 domains, Perl, PHP, 1 MySQL database, SSL secure server, SSI, FrontPage 2000/2002/2003 extensions, website builder, unlimited POP3 email, email forwarding, autoresponders, spam filtering, custom error pages, etc. (Note that like all web hosts listed here, from time to time they have promotions which offer something different from what is listed above. Check their site for the latest.)

HostGator

This web host offers a number of web hosting plans. Their cheapest plan, at $3.96 per month (the result of a 20% discount for the first invoice for a 3-yearly plan; it's $7.16 per month if paid monthly), offers unlimited disk space, unlimited data transfer (bandwidth), unlimited subdomains, unlimited FTP accounts, unlimited MySQL, CGI, Perl, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python, server side includes (SSI), FrontPage extensions, cron access, unlimited POP3 accounts, email aliases, autoresponders, Spam Assassin spam filtering, a control panel (cPanel), 4,500 website templates and Flash templates, various preinstalled scripts that you can use on your site (including blogs, forums, chat rooms, etc), web statistics, raw web logs, shared SSL, SSH (on request with the submission of a photo ID), custom error pages, etc. At $7.96 a month, you can even place unlimited domains in your account (among other things — see their site for details). Both credit card and PayPal payments are accepted.

DreamHost: Host Unlimited Domains

This web host provides you with unlimited disk storage and unlimited monthly bandwidth. Other features include a free domain name (with privacy features), an unlimited number of MySQL databases, email POP3/IMAP accounts, FTP and secure shell accounts. You can host an unlimited number of domains and subdomains, as well as have an unlimited number of forwarded or mirrored domains (that is, parked domains). Also provided is custom DNS handling for your domains (create subdomains, custom MX records, that is, send your mail to another server, etc), PHP, Perl / CGI-BIN, crontab access, Ruby on Rails, SSI, the ability to create your own CVS and SVN repositories, web statistics, raw logs, password protected directories, custom error pages, .htaccess, etc. The package costs $8.95 per month. You can pay by credit card or PayPal.

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