List of Inexpensive & Reliable WordPress Hosting Services For Your Blog

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Most of the time new users make the mistake of paying lots of money for webhosting plans which they do not even need. If you are starting a WordPress blog and you’re shopping for a hosting service, my advice would be to get a shared hosting plan which is not only inexpensive, but is also perfect for a new WordPress blog.  Such a plan will be at least 50% less expensive than other forms of hosting such as managed WordPress hosting or VPS hosting.

WordPress Hosting for blog

If you are new to the WordPress blogging platform, you may initially find your options for choosing the right hosting company confusing.

Here at ShoutMeLoud, I continue to share tips which help other Shouters to create their perfect blogs.  In this post I will be sharing some quality tested WordPress hosting companies which should fit perfectly into your budget, whatever your budget may be!

In the following paragraphs I will be giving you various excellent options for inexpensive WordPress hosting companies, but if you are simply looking for a single recommendation, I would suggest that you go ahead and sign up for Bluehost (discount coupon added in the link), and follow this guide to get your WordPress blog up in the next 30 minutes.Cheap WordPress Hosting

Back in 2008 when I started Blogging , I began with a self-hosted WordPress blog on a Dreamhost server. In time, as my site traffic increased, I moved to a better server, and then later moved on to VPS, and then back again to shared hosting! So on my journey I experienced various hosting options, all of which have given me a great foundation from which to offer my recommendations to you.

I was once a “newbie” in the online world myself, so I know that it is helpful to create a post containing lists of good, inexpensive options that a new blogger can refer to when starting an online career.  In the following paragraphs I will offer just such a list, allowing you to see your various options and the cost (or lack of cost!) associated with each.

Reliable & Cheap WordPress Hosting Companies:

Here I will list only those WordPress hosting companies which are perfect for WordPress sites and are used by millions of WordPress users worldwide. These hosting services are globally renowned and are popular in social media spheres for their quality services.

Bluehost: $4.95/month unlimited hosting

Bluehost cheap Hosting

Bluehost is the top recommended webhosting service for hosting a WordPress blog, and it is also the most affordable service available to you. They offer various hosting packages, or you can simply grab their shared hosting plan which offers unlimited resources and one free domain at the cost of $5.95/month. (A special discounted link is added below.)

I have four WordPress blogs hosted on Bluehost, and many of them are seeing traffic of close to 10,000 hits per day, and yet Bluehost ensures that my sites never go down!

Bluehost offers simple scripts, which will allow you to Install WordPress on Bluehost with just a few clicks.

Check out Bluehost  (Discount added in the link)

Important points regarding Bluehost’s offerings:

Hostgator:

I am currently using Hostgator, and while it is certainly not the cheapest hosting service on the list, their outstanding support and server quality make them definite stand-outs in the game.

At the time of the writing of this blog post, ShoutMeLoud is hosted on Hostgator’s Baby plan, and they are handling our server load on their shared hosting service.

Hostgator offers various hosting packages, but for a beginner I would suggest starting with a shared hosting package for WordPress, one of the more reliable PHP/MySQL hosting packages.

Hostgator’s shared hosting service offers the following shared hosting packages with discounted prices after applying the coupon code:

  • Hatchling plan: One website hosting
  • Baby plan : Unlimited site hosting
  • Business plan: Free private IP + Private SSL

Hostgator is one of the few hosting services which also offer reseller hosting, VPS and dedicated servers. This makes it easier for clients to quickly upgrade to a higher server package when their site’s traffic increases.

I have already shared a fair amount of information about Hostgator’s 1-cent hosting deal for those who would like to try before buying a plan. You can also check out a more detailed review on Hostgator’s baby plan from a previous post.

Check out Hostgator : Use coupon code: ShoutMeloud30 to get 30% off.

Pointers:

  • Unlimited Hosting
  • Free Site migration
  • Free 1 year domain registration of primary domain
  • 24*7 live Chat and Telephone support
  • Payment via Paypal, Credit card.
  • $100 Adwords Credit
  • Rating : 5/5

Dreamhost:

Some how, when ever I talk about Dreamhost, I feel happy. Probably, because this is the first server where ShoutMeLoud was hosted. I had a good experience with Dreamhost for a year and later I moved to VPS server, as some of my scripts were causing issues on their shared hosting environment.  Dreamhost is one of those cheap WordPress hosting company, which offers custom cPanel and their cPanel is designed in a way so that any newbie user with less technical skills can operate it.

Dreamhost offers only one shared hosting package, which cost around $119/year but these Dreamhost discount coupon, makes it dirt cheap by offering hosting for $22/year with one free domain. Dreamhost also integrated

Check out DreamhostGet 14 Days Complete free trial

Important points regarding Hostgator’s offerings:

  • Unlimited bandwidth/storage
  • Custom cPanel
  • Free Adwords credit
  • 2 free domains
  • 1 year of free who.is Gurad
  • Payment via credit card only
  • 14-day complete free trial
  • Rating 3.5/5

These are the best inexpensive (cheap!) WordPress hosting services currently available to you at the time of the writing of this point. These can be purchased at a super affordable price, and they offer good, reliable quality service.

There are a few other cheap hosts for WordPress such as Hostmonster (a sister company of Bluehost), iPage and siteground. I have also tried Godaddy hosting for a client, but I can’t really recommend them because of their complicated dashboard and because their servers are not as great as the others.

Here is some more information for you to study regarding the pros and cons of the following three hosting services.

I also suggest that you create a free account at AremySitesup here, which will allow you to monitor your site’s uptime in real-time.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks that Godaddy is not in this list. i have many bloggers said good thing about them but no it’s not true. Godaddy hosting is slow and very irritating. I am planning to move from it and i think hostgator might be a good choice for me. Feels like m stuck in hosting-hosting game. lol :) ,, Thanks again for info.

  2. Reshma Shah says

    I am an education professional. I plan to start a blog on educational issues,parenting and other articles. I had hosted my earlier website with the Mumbai based company but payment etc was a problem, and we did not get the admin rights, so to update a small thing we had to contact them. I need your recommendation for a host that will be affordable, payable in INR in India, preferably, Guwahati or can send by draft, and simple enough for me to use and update. Also how will I ensure traffic to my blog?

  3. James says

    80% of people seems to be speaking good of Hostgator and that is just the cue I need to try them out for my newly registered domain. I intend going for the hatchling plan but my question is how many site can you host on it (hatchling plan) in total?. I am awaiting your answers

      • James says

        Hi Harsh,
        Thanks for your reply. I have contacted Hostgator on Facebook and even had a chat with them. I have made up my mind to go for the baby plan. It will sure serve the purpose I want . Thanks

  4. Michael Oberpetinger says

    Why are some WordPress Hosting so expensive?
    Is there really such a difference between something like Websynthesis.com ($47) Pagely.com (24$) or WpEngine (29$) and something like MyWoHo.com (1$) or Bluehost.com (3.5$)?

    Or is the reason why most blogs list only companies like websynthesis, pagely or wpengine the fact that this companies earn 30-40 times what others earn and that they can spend this money in advertising?

  5. Raun says

    I am looking for a multiple domain plan. I decided to go with Bluehost but now I am in confusion. Can you please suggest Bluehost or Hostgator? Which among two is the best and can easily cator high audience and with no downtime?

  6. Reshma Shah says

    I am planning to start my own blog related to education. I do not understand the technical aspects of blogging or web hosting. I am based in Guwahati and prefer an India-based host where I can pay in Indian rupees.

  7. says

    Harsh.Whether a SSL certificate really matters about ranking high on google,because today morning i found several of these articles in my RSS feeds could u actually explain it

    • says

      @Jayavignesh
      That’s an off-topic but it’s important so let me quickly answer this.
      Google recently announced that https is now an official ranking factor so it’s important for any website to offer https. This is to make web more secure. I will do a detailed write-up on this soon.

  8. Shailja says

    Hi Harsh,

    Currently my blog brideeveryday.com is hosted on godaddy.com, it’s hosting service is getting expired in mid June. I am planning to change the hosting provider but unsure of how to take the full website backup before doing the same.

    Can you please tell me how should I take the backup of my wordpress blog?

  9. Shahbaz Ali says

    Nice Article, helpful for hosting company decision. Sir, i wanna to know which of these companies built-in SEO package which on or off page SEO automatically or more relevant ?

    • says

      @Shabhaz
      My suggestion would be to stay away from it, as these SEO addons/services doesn’t really do much. Rather hire some company which is specialised on SEO.

  10. Eternity blogger says

    Hey harsh, I thought you used wpengine?. Did you decide to change it up?, and for what reason?.

    • says

      @Eternity
      I’m still using WpEngine but I’m moving away from them as soon as possible. They are great hosting company when it comes to handling load on the server. Technically I had no downtime issue or site slow issue with them so far.

      Though what I don’t like about them is how they bill their clients. They are outrageous and this billing option is really annoying. I talked about this earlier and this post will give you complete insight on how they charge: http://www.shoutmeloud.com/wpengine-cons-picing.html

  11. Chook says

    Harsh,
    I’ve tried 2 other times, this being the 3rd and last time (3 strikes rule) so here it is…

    Have I read this correctly? The Shared Hosting servers you mentioned (BlueHost, HostGator, ) won’t hit server resource limits with 20,000 visits a day?!?!

    If’s that is true, then please enplane how you are able to do this?

    I’m beginning to think it’s a tactic to get your visitors to subscribe to the said hosting so you gain an affiliate commission. Dirty tricks “IF” this I’m correct – Happy to be proven wrong.

    Regards,
    ChookChook

    • says

      @ChookChook
      I’m happy to correct you here, as I understand that many bloggers are facing site down-time with even few thousands of visits. The magic is to use a well optimised WordPress blog. This could be achieved by using a Well-coded and optimised theme, fewer usage of plugins, and most important using a proper caching system. On my blog I was using Thesis theme with W3TC plugin and CDN to achieve it. Hope this helps. |

      Do remember, if your WordPress blog is not optimised, even a good VPS will throw error many times. Also ensure to clean up your blog database on regular basis, that helps a lot.

      • Chook says

        Thank you for the explanation.
        Although I still have some doubts… From My Experiences a $5 month hosting company just can Not host a 20,000 visits a month website and it’s servers not hit resource limit. There’s a reason why BlueHost and other budget Hosting companies don’t list CPU, RAM, and other resource limits (because it’s extremely little)

        Yes I understand the Magic is to optimize a WordPress Site. What you end up with is a WordPress website in HTML. Therefore the Hosting server only has to deliver HTML and direct the browser to the Content Delivery Network to download heavy content such as images or videos.

        I’m now a little excited and hopeful you will blog on how you do it in detail.
        :)

        ChookChook

  12. Ankur Agrawal says

    Hello harsh sir…nice post…..but i have one confusion .I want to buy dreamhost hosting but on the dreamhost website the payment option is only either via PayPal or via credit cards.I dont want to use credit cards so i opted for PayPal payment option….but the problem is there is no money in my PayPal account and also there is no ” add funds” option in PayPal so i think buying anything becomes little difficult from dreamhost ….i wish they have more payment options like most useful ” internet banking” and debit cards or virtual cards etc……

    I would like to say ” Shout me Loud ” is a great website and i m using it to create a website and blog.There are so many useful information here…So thank you for creating such a tutorial website..:)

    • says

      @Ankur
      Most of offshore hosting companies like Dreamhost, Bluehost accept payment via Credit card and Paypal only. You need to create a verified Paypal account and add a fund sourcing (which you can add using your credit card). To add funding source into your Paypal account, login to your Paypal account > Click on Profile > Click on Link edit credit card and add your credit card details. Once done and verified, you can start making payment using your Paypal account. Do let me know if you have any other questions.

  13. Pritam Nagrale says

    Hi Harsh,
    Are you really using a hostgator baby plan as you are getting huge traffic on your blog or its an old post and you forget to remove that part.

    I was earlier using HG baby plan but even after a little increase in my traffic, I needed to move to higher plan.

    I am also using GD managed hosting plan on some other blogs. Do you have any idea if its a correct decision.

    • says

      @Pritam
      I haven’t tried GD managed hosting but I would definitely love to try it someday and share a review. Regarding hostgator or other similar hosting, key is to use an optimised WordPress setup with CDN + caching. How’s go daddy managed server so far for you? Is it possible to invite you to write a review of the same here at ShoutMeLoud for our audience?

  14. Ghamdan Hassan says

    I think Hostgator is good and not that pricey, you can choose the baby hosting plan with 8$ a month. and i think that is good.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing them.

    • says

      @Ghamdan
      Thanks for your comment and adding my 2 cents here:
      Baby plan is best because it will let anyone host multiple websites. Though if your requirement is hosting only one website and no plan for adding anymore in near future, opt for hatchling plan.

  15. Vishwajeet Kumar says

    Hi, Harsh! Great list of web hosting providers. All of them are well known hosting provider especially for WordPress. But Somehow I have tried Godaddy managed WordPress hosting and I never had a problem with them till now. I think that Godaddy has improved its hosting quality. By the way thanks for list. Forwarded this post to some of my friends looking for good web host.

  16. Rahul says

    Hostagtor is one of the poor web hosting i have ever used, many downtimes in a year and they say 99.9% uptime.

  17. Paritosh says

    I have had a great experience with Expertrio. It isn’t a hotshot web hosting company like Bluehost or Hostgator but they do deliver great support and experience! Plus their plans are very cheap.

  18. Sasikumar Krishnan says

    Hello Harsh,
    I think you missed to include ipage hosting. Right now I am using ipage hosting. I got ipage hosting ( 3 year plan ) for just RS 4300 . Compare to all other hosting ipage is cheap and best, they also provide one free domain.
    Thanks for the post harsh :)

  19. Sara Ashraf says

    Wpengine is not bad, but its costly. BlueHost is my favourite one. Thanks for honest reviews.

  20. Sridhar says

    I’m planning to move my word press site to my own domain while retaining the wordpress posting features, interface, etc. My blog is new with limited traffic, hence some people suggested me to take a back up (export xml file) from WP and buy a new domain and connect it to the new site. In this case can I buy any hosting service for 1 year or should I opt for WP hosting service. The WP hosting seems expensive, and I’m only thinking of transferring my old site to the new one within wordpress itself. Please advise.
    In case you want to look at my side, its mentioned along with this message.

    • says

      @Sridhar
      The question you should be asking this is:
      Do you just need a domain name or more features offered by self hosted WordPress. The migration process is easy, but if you just need domain you can use that using pro service feature of WordPress.com. If you planning to use your own theme or making money out of it, you should move to self hosted blog. I suggest you to read this post for complete understanding of difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org: http://www.shoutmeloud.com/wordpress-com-vs-wordpress-org-which-blog-platform.html

      • Sridhar says

        Thanks Harsh.
        My intention is to gradually convert my blog in to a niche website where I can interact with my fans, followers, students/participants, etc. Just to give you an idea I’m planning to offer training programs, workshops and products, and plan to use the website to reach out to people and market these.
        Eventually I want to make money, promote my products, etc. so a self-hosting is needed. However, since its a one-man set-up I would like to handle the website content management using simple user-friendly tool like WordPress.
        Can I buy domain name and hosting form a service like Big Rock and transfer my contents? In this case do I opt for regular hosting (Windows, linux, etc.) or do I need to opt for WP specialized hosting? I’m not sure about the different types of hosting and its confusing me.

        • says

          @Sridhar
          I understand your confusion, as a newbie it’s always the similar questions. Well, here is my oneshot answer and if you have any follow up question, kindly use support forum at http://shoutersland.com

          I had a look at your blog and it’s completely new, so you don’t have to worry about migration and stuff. Just copy-paste your content from WordPress.com to your new self hosted WordPress blog. Now, lets look at how you can get your own blog:

          You need hosting and domain name. You can get one year hosting + 1 free domain name from Bluehost at the discounted price of $5.95/month using this link. It will take almost 5-10 minutes to buy hosting and once you have the credentials, simply login to your bluehost panel (all details will be in welcome email from Bluehost).

          Now follow this guide to install WordPress platform on your domain. Link to the guide
          Check out ShoutMeLoud WordPress guide to learn various stuff about self hosted WordPress blog and you can find links to video tutorials on the same page.

          Best of luck!! :)

  21. says

    I’ve been using HostGator and GoDaddy and I definitely think HostGator is superior. It’s easier to use and also for setting up WordPress. I also find that they have better customer support. I am looking for a third option for a new project and I think I might give WpWebHost a try. Thanks.

  22. Kasim says

    Bluehost has a pro plan which is great in comparison to the hostagators VPS plan. If you have just one domain root, then i think its worth checking the bluehost’s pro plan.

    I dont wanna comment on others anyway. Also i have used webfusion’s VPS its also good.

  23. Rahul kuntala says

    HG is the #1 choice and it’s the best service provider in the list(as far as I know). And for the I dint know that it can handle 20k visit/day, it means a lot of capacity(for me :D).
    Thanks for sharing your views.

    • says

      Hi Rahul,
      You are right HostGator is the most powerful web-hosting provider in the list. And it can handle more than 20k visits/day using a cache plugin.

      It can handle 4000 visits/day without any cache plugin.

      I tested it and it’s my experience with HG.

  24. Kamal Ashraf says

    what did you mean for “wordpress hosting” , can we only host wordpress blog on these hostings?

  25. Rahul says

    The HostGator.com may be good but Indian HostGator.in is worst. I have used it for 7months, its the worst so far. The wordpress site is taking more than 20 sec to load.

    When i shifed to godaddy, the same wordpress site is taking max 1.27 sec to load.

  26. ehowdesk says

    A website needs a Domain name,Hosting Provider and a Blogging Platform to start with wordpress.org is the best and free platform I recommend users register their Domain name with name cheap or Go-daddy to get their website domain name and select a Reliable hosting provider to host their free WordPress blogging platform on it. The advantages are many if your host after charging you in advance as usual to host your site for a year is found not doing his work well you can easily transfer your domain to another host which is under your complete control because you have registered it directly and now free to make the needed changes beneficial to you but if you have registered your Domain through your Hosting provider and want to move to a new host you may not easily get your Domain as the former hosting provider does not want to lose you and lose his Business.

  27. Sahil Ansari says

    Hey Harsh,
    I am surprised seeing BlueHost in your recommended shared hosting list. Honestly BlueHost sucks in case of CPU and RAM limitations. There are several customers got suffered with hosting account ban by BlueHost and the reason is only a few consumption of CPU and RAM by client website.
    There are a lot of negative customer reviews scattered all around the internet regarding resources issues in BlueHost shared hosting.

  28. Navdeep rana says

    but now even vps server of hostgator cant handle the load and traffic.So to make things smooth, i change the theme to light one whenever the load increases so that less memory is consumed of server.

  29. Navdeep rana says

    hey Harsh it is very surprising that SML is on shared Hostgator’s server. my website was also hosted on shared hostgator server but they were not able to handle the load and traffic. So i moved to Hostgator india with VPS. it really is amazing how shoutmeloud is on shared servers. Am am very much impressed with the kind of optimization you wud have done to keep things going smooth.
    but now even vps server of hostgator cant handle the load and traffic.So to make things smooth, I change the theme to light one whenever the load increases so that less memory is consumed of server.

  30. david says

    Hi Harsh, i think Hostgator is good, I won’t comment on the others.

    I’m on a nice dedicated at HG and there have been problems but not nearly as much as some of the other hosts I have been with. I think I’ve been with at least 6 different hosts in the last 10 years, but HG is good.

  31. Amit Shaw says

    Nice to hear that you are using HG Babay Plan Harsh :) I thought SML is on Dedi Server. BTW on 12th May i bought HostGator(BabyPlan). I want to ask you how much traffic it can afford per day? And any Suggestion if you have for sharing with us about Baby Plan. As i am using it first time so would like to hear some suggestion from you.
    Thanks.

    • says

      @Amit I’m currently making some design changes and as soon as it’s done…Will be moving to VPS…Already have VPS purchased from KnownHost.
      Hostgator Baby plan is good enough to hold 20K/per day visits…Though you should make sure to use any good cache plugin like W3 total cache or Super cache plugin.
      Rest, make sure not to use too many plugins and too many php calls…Most of the time server goes down due to high execution time of any script…So try to keep your theme as simple and list of plugins to as low as possible…Also try this plugin P3 plugin performance profiler, which will help you to find out which plugin is consuming maximum resources…

      • Amit Shaw says

        Thank you so much Harsh for your quick reply. I removed W3TC the time of Moving my Domain but i’ll install it soon. P3 Plugin sounds cool. I will install it too.
        Thanks again for your advice.

      • Vijesh says

        Hi Harsh ,

        I am running a downloading site . I need 1000GB bandwidth per month. Does Hostgator -baby plan support this much in bandwidth?

        Thanks

        • I. C. Daniel says

          I recommend Amazon S3 for file sharing storage.
          You can’t run well high traffic file sharing sites on shared web hosting.
          You need a scalable VPS or a dedi buddy!

          • says

            @I.C. Daniel Amazon S3 is good for hosting file but it’s really hard for a newbie to create a WordPress blog with no tech-skils on Amazon server. You might like to look at Cloudways which is an amazing host to let you install WordPress on Cloud server such as Digital ocean and Amazon. I believe they are going to be added in this list soon.

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