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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 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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iPage Web Hosting

With this web host, for $1.99 for the first 3 months, $2.95 per month thereafter (if paid 2 yearly), you get unlimited disk space and bandwidth, free domain registration for 1 year, the ability to host an unlimited number of domains on your account, unlimited MySQL databases, site builder, secure FTP, Perl, server side includes, custom error pages, FrontPage extensions, a control panel, web access and error logs, email forwarding, POP3/IMAP email accounts, autoresponders, setup wizards for some software, etc.

MyHosting

This web host offers a few different packages, with its cheapest plan of $4.95 per month (paid annually) providing unlimited disk space and file transfer, a free domain name, the ability to host multiple domains on your site, 10 email mailboxes (1 GB storage per box), SMTP, PHP, 3 MySQL databases, 3 PostgreSQL databases, site builder, FTP, web statistics, etc.

GoDaddy Web Hosting

This well-known domain registrar also provides web hosting plans, with its cheapest plan starting at $3.99 per month (paid 2-monthly). The Linux package provides 5 GB of disk space, 250 GB of data transfer, 11 FTP accounts, 200 email addresses with 10 MB of space for the email, webmail, email forwarding and auto-responders, 10 MySQL databases, ability to manage your domain name DNS, unlimited domain hosting, 25 subdomains, site statistics, server side includes (SSI), PHP, FrontPage server extensions, etc. Both credit card and PayPal payments are accepted here.

Just Host

For $3.45 per month (if you pay 3 years in advance; there are other payment plans with different prices), you get unlimited web space, unlimited data transfer, a free domain name, the ability to host an unlimited number of domains, unlimited POP3/IMAP email accounts, unlimited MySQL databases, a free site builder, the CPanel control panel, Server Side Includes (SSI), FrontPage 2000/2002 extensions, FTP, PHP, Perl, CGI-BIN access, Python, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, self-signed SSL, web statistics, etc.

HostMonster: Host Unlimited Domains

This web host provides hosting for an unlimited number of domains and subdomains for $6.95 per month (paid 2-yearly; it's $8.95 + $30 setup if paid 3-monthly). The hosting package includes 600 GB of disk storage, a free domain name if you pay for one of the annual payment plans, a site builder, unlimited POP3 and POP3 secure email accounts, 6,000 GB of data transfer (bandwidth), unlimited email forwarding addresses and autoresponders, unlimited FTP accounts, 100 MySQL databases, 100 PostgreSQL databases, IMAP and IMAP secure email support, SSI, Perl, PHP 5, Python, Ruby on Rails, custom PHP.INI files, SSH, anonymous FTP, FrontPage 2000/2002 extensions, .htaccess overrides, password protected directories, a variety of shopping carts, and so on.

pair Networks

This is a reputable and large web host that offers a wide range of plans for webmasters. You should at minimum use the Advanced plan at $17.95 per month since the cheaper plans don't allow you to install your own scripts. This plan comes with 80 GB per month transfer, 1500 MB disk space, 10 MySQL databases, PHP, Perl, Python, C, C++, Tcl, cron jobs (up to once per hour), 800 email mailboxes, unlimited email forwarding, aliases and auto-responders, junk email filters and virus scanning for your email, web based email, 10 additional FTP logins (in addition to the default FTP), SSH, SFTP (secure FTP), the ability to host additional domains ($5 setup; and $1/month additional if you want dedicated IP addresses) on the same account, etc.

One.com Web Hosting

This web host offers 3000 MB of web space, "unlimited" data transfer, unlimited email accounts, an online web editor, FTP, PHP, MySQL, some ready-to-install scripts (blog, photo gallery), etc, for $1.45 per month (with a $13.80 setup fee).

Bluehost Business Hosting

For $6.95 a month (paid 2-yearly, $7.95 if paid annually), you get 600 GB of web space, 6,000 GB of data transfer, a free domain name, 2,500 POP/IMAP email accounts, unlimited email forwarding and autoresponders, web mail, spam filtering (via SpamAssassin), SSL, 1,000 FTP accounts, anonymous FTP, SSH, CGI, PHP, Python, Perl, Ruby / Ruby on Rails, 50 MySQL databases, 50 PostgreSQL databases, SSI, web statistics and web logs, 2000/2002/2003 FrontPage extensions, the ability to host an unlimited number of domain names and subdomain names on your account, various preinstalled scripts (eg, a forum, form mail, PHP Nuke, chat, bloggers, mailing lists), shopping carts (Agora, OS Commerce Shopping Cart, Cube Cart, Zen Cart), .htaccess overrides, etc.

iPower

For $4.95 per month for the first term and $7.95 thereafter (paid annually, I think), this web hosting service provides unlimited storage space, unlimited bandwidth, a free domain name (on annual payment schemes), the ability to host unlimited domains, 2,500 POP3 email accounts, forwarding e-mail accounts, autoresponders, spam-filtering, a website builder, PHP, Perl, 25 MySQL databases, server side includes (SSI), a control panel, various free scripts (shopping cart, forum and blog scripts), FTP, web statistics, web access logs and error logs, FrontPage 2000/2002 extensions, error pages, etc.

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