Commercial Web Hosts

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Commercial Web Hosts

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. Although I mostly list packages that cost around $10 a month, there are exceptions. For example, a package that costs more but providing extra or perhaps specialized features might also make it here. Note though that most of these web hosts have more than one package available. To keep each description from being too long, I usually only list their cheapest package on this page (which may not necessarily be their best package). You can click the link to find out more about the other packages if that host interests you.

I recommend that you read the article How to Choose a Web Host before committing yourself to any web host.

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.

Unless otherwise stated, I try to list prices in US dollars (to standardize things a bit, where I can), although some hosts may show you the prices in your local currency when you go to their site.

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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.

TsoHost

This UK web host offers packages for standard shared web hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS (virtual private servers) and dedicated servers. For shared plans, the cheapest package costs £2.99 per month (paid annually for the first term; 3.99 in subsequent terms). It includes a free domain name (with 25 subdomains), 100 GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, 100 email mailboxes, email forwarding/aliases, 50 FTP accounts, 10 MySQL databases of 1 GB each, PHP, Perl, SSH access, cron, .htaccess, mod_rewrite, custom php.ini, Cpanel control panel, etc. Incidentally, in case you're wondering about the odd name (I was), it is a palindrome, where the word is the same whether you read it forwards or backwards.

DreamHost

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. You can also enable the free Let's Encrypt SSL certificate for all the websites you host here (ie, put your website under "https" instead of "http") for free, by simply clicking a checkbox in your control panel. The package described above costs $3.95 per month ($7.95 per month after the purchased term, ie, when renewing). You can pay by credit card or PayPal. They also have various WordPress Hosting plans, which are designed specifically for those planning to start a blog using the well-known WordPress software. At present, thefreecountry.com (this site that you're reading) is hosted here.

HostGator

This web host offers a number of web hosting plans. Their cheapest plan, at $2.75 per month for the first term when paid for 3 years in advance ($6.95 per month for the same 3-yearly plan when you renew), offers unlimited disk space, unlimited data transfer (bandwidth), unlimited subdomains, free SSL certificate (so that your web address can start with HTTPS instead of HTTP), 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, SSH, custom error pages, etc. At $3.95 a month (first term, 3-year plan), 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.

FatCow Web Hosting

This web hosting company provides unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, a free domain name (free for the first year only), 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 (I'm not sure how long that is), $14.95 per month for subsequent terms if you choose the monthly or annual payment plan (cheaper if you pay for a longer period in advance).

Yahoo Small Business

This company has a variety of plans designed for the beginner webmaster. Their basic package, in the "Websites" category, priced at $4.99 per month (probably paid annually, or longer, in advance; the information is not easy to find on their site), includes a free domain name, 5 GB of disk space, 1 email mailbox and an unspecified number of email aliases, unlimited bandwidth, and an online site builder, which you probably have to use to make your website. They also have a different set of plans in their "Hosting" category, starting at $2.59 per month (again, probably paid annually, or longer, in advance), for a 10 page site. (I'm not sure I understand their packages, though, since they also say that this 10-page plan comes with 100 GB of space. Please read their description yourself, and ask them if you are interested.)

HostPapa

This web host's Business package, at $3.95 per month (paid 3 years in advance) allows you to host unlimited domains and subdomains, with unlimited space and bandwidth, a free domain, free SSL certificate, multiple FTP accounts, FTPS (SSL/TLS), unlimited MySQL databases, PHP, unlimited email accounts (subject to a maximum of 500 MB per mailbox for an overall maximum of 5 GB for all mailboxes), unlimited email forwarding/aliases, unlimited email autoresponders, maximum of 250 emails sent per hour and a maximum of 10 MB for an email attachment, the usual one-click installers for popular programs like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and shopping carts like OS Commerce Cart, Open Cart, Prestashop, AbanteCart and CubeCart, custom cron jobs, custom error pages, etc.

Hostinger

This web host's cheapest plan, at $0.80 per month (paid 4 years in advance, $2.15 per month when you renew), lets you host 1 website with 100 GB of bandwidth, 10 GB disk space, 1 MySQL database, 1 email account, a website builder and control panel, 2 subdomains, 2 parked domains, 1 FTP account, and 1 cron job. (Like all the other hosts listed here, their higher priced plans have additional features.)

iPage Web Hosting

With this web host, for $1.99 per month paid 3 years in advance (for the first term only; $7.99 per month paid 3 years in advance thereafter), 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.

Just Host

For $3.95 per month paid 3 years in advance (for the first term only; $9.49 per month paid 3 years in advance thereafter), 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), 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 $4.95 per month for the first term (paid 3-yearly; it's $9.49 paid 3-yearly for subsequent terms). The hosting package includes 50 GB of disk storage, a free domain name, a site builder, hosting for up to 25 subdomains and 5 parked domains, unmetered data traffic (bandwidth), 5 POP3 and POP3 secure email accounts (with up to 100MB per account), and so on.

One.com Web Hosting

This web host offers 25 GB of web space, unlimited data transfer, unlimited email accounts, FTP, PHP, MySQL, free SSL certificate, some ready-to-install scripts (blog, photo gallery), etc, for $1.45 per month (with a $13.80 setup fee).

Bluehost Business Hosting

For $3.95 per month for the first term (paid 3-yearly; $7.99 per month, paid 3-yearly, for subsequent terms), you get 50 GB of web space, unmetered data transfer, a free domain name, free SSL certificate, 5 email accounts (with 100 MB per account), etc.

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