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How to Save Money on WebHosting Renewals For WordPress Blogs?

How to Save Money on WebHosting Renewals For WordPress Blogs?

Webhosting is one of those essential investment, which every blogger have to make every month to run their self-hosted WordPress blog. Usually a cheap and reliable shared hosting for WordPress starts from $4/month and depending upon your requirement it can go up to $20/month for shared hosting, and goes really up when you move to VPS or dedicated hosting. When a newbie blogger takes baby step to self hosted blog, he is not aware of cost involved in web-hosting, and they usually end up buying web hosting at higher price (Without any discount), or even if they get discounted hosting, they end up paying a fortune when renewal time comes. Here I’m sharing few quick tip which will help you to save money on your web-hosting  renewal. Some of the ideas could be use from day 1 (From your first hosting purchase), and some of the ideas could be used when your hosting time is about to expire, and you have to pay for the renewal.

How to save on Hosting Renewal bills:

There are many scenario which I need to consider, as many of you might be about to buy a hosting, and many of you might be about to renew your hosting account. So, I will point out various methods which will fit and will help you to save your money. This guide is for shared hosting only, but will work for any other hosting plans too (VPS and dedicated too).

Save money on Webhosting

For new Hosting purchase:

If you are about to buy a hosting package for your blog, this is the right time to save money for long-term. Usually when you buy hosting from any hosting companies, you can easily find discount coupons on web. One mistake which people make is, they buy hosting for 1 year only, and next year they have to pay in full for hosting renewal. Usually, there is no discount coupon for renewals, and you will end up saving zero.

But, when you make the first purchase, you have an option to buy hosting for more than 1 year, and a good idea is to stick to a reliable hosting company, and buy a package for 2 or better 3 years. I have purchased hosting from Bluehost for 3 years, which costed me $3.95/month, and helped me to save a lot.

Let me do a quick calculation for Bluehost hosting here:

  • If I purchase for 1 year with discounted link, and pay in full for next 2 year renewal: $4.95 * 12 + $166.8 = $226.2
  • Now, lets consider I buy hosting for 3 years from Bluehost with discounted link: $3.95 * 36 = $142.2

That’s straight away saving of $84, which is a lot, when you buy 2-3 hosting packages for multiple websites.

Now, lets look at Hostgator Hosting, and I will be considering Baby plan in this case. Hostgator offers maximum possible 25% off (Coupon code= Shuotmeloud25 )on your first bill, and again no discount on renewal.

  • Hosting purchased for 1 year with discount + 2 year renewal payment without any discount:  $89.55 + $191.04 = $280.59
  • Hosting purchased for 3 year with discount: $214.65

So, this is one way to save money by purchasing webhosting for longer term, and get better hosting discount. Though problem with this approach is, you are stuck with same hosting for long. I usually use this technique for my small niche websites.

Move hosting to save money on webhosting:

This is 2nd technique which you can use every time on renewal to save money on your hosting renewal bill. From my experience, Hostgator, Bluehost and Eleven2 hosting (Discount coupon- Secretsale)offers almost same quality, so it doesn’t make much difference, where you are hosted. When your hosting term is about to expire, you can sign up for hosting package from alternative hosting company, and move your sites there. Good part is, few of them offer free migration, so you don’t need to worry about tech hassles. (Ex : Hostgator free website migration).

Hosting save money

Usually moving a WordPress site is not very tough, and you can refer to this guide to learn how to move WordPress site between any hosting company. This way you will end up saving a good $20-$40 every year. Though, this trick is preferred by people who are technically smart, and don’t mind changing the hosting company, but for non-technical people, first trick is suggested.

Ask your hosting company for discount:

This trick will work with almost every hosting company. Retaining a customer is upmost priority for any hosting company, and when your hosting term is about to expire, you can ask your hosting sales team for a discount on your renewal.

You could straight away say:

Hey, I’m getting a decent discount on ($competition name hosting), and I want to save some money. Since renewal with you will cost me $120 and if I move my website to X hosting, I will save atleast $50. I was hoping if I could get some discount on renewal, as I would love to stay with you, and at the same time I want to value my hard-earned money.

This may or may not work, depending upon the policy of a hosting company. But, if you put your words in the right way, you will surely end up getting a decent discount. Else, you always have trick number 2 to save money.

Since it’s our hard-earned money, with bit of smartness and social engineering, you could save a decent amount. Most of the people ignore such small saving for the sake of their comfort level, but do remember “Money saved is money earned“.

Do you have any additional trick to share to save money on Webhosting bills? If you find this article interesting, do share it on Facebook and Google plus.

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  • vijay kumar

    @Harsh Agrawal
    Any VPS discount coupons Available with you.
    I need good vps hosting.

    Reply
  • Geetansh

    Any other alternative of Hostgator which provides the service of free migration ?
    I find these transfers so hectic.

    Reply
  • Mehboob

    Hi, Harsh
    1st of all thnx for a great tips. On my blog at the same time visitors are 50-60 max and total daily visitors are around 4000-4500. Now I am planning for new hosting provider, which hosting provider will be best for me bluehost, godaddy or hostgator. Please help, i’m confused.
    Thanks again

    Reply
    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Mehboob
      I would recommend Bluehost, as few of my sites are hosted there without any downtime.

      Reply
  • hitraj

    dude do we need to purchase these add-ons like domain privacy protection plans or site lock while purchsing our web hosting .

    Reply
    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Hitraj
      Most of the domain registrar offers free Who.is guard for 1 year (Domain privacy protection), and later you can buy it by paying a nominal price.

      Reply
  • Sonia sharma

    I just Purchased my hosting from Big Rock they Didn”t Provided me a Single rupee Discount But The Services are Good.

    Reply
  • Rafeeq

    Well said Harsh.Money matters.And yes retaining a customer is very crucial for any company,the same technique which we use to get better call rates and data plans from Telecom operators after Mobile number portability is on in India.

    Reply
  • Bernard

    Moving just for a discount is not always the best course of action. Good web hosting is the foundation to any great site. You don’t want to pinch a few pennies and end up moving to a host just for a price cut. Often times, you get what you pay for. The cheaper price can cost you more with poor performance and bad support.

    Reply
  • Sachin

    I really like your idea of getting the hosting purchased for more time like 3 years to save money. But the problem is only the users who are sure they would be having a site up and running at the end of 3 years can invest for 3 years. For starters or beginners going for a year plan should be right.
    Also these sites occasionally offer upto 50% discounts on blackfriday etc. Users can buy the hosting then and if they already has a hosting they can move the site to new hosting.

    Reply
  • Tarun Kumar

    Thank you Harsh. I am using hostgator baby shared hosting plan, so Is there any way to minimize the cost ? It is charging $10/mnth for me.

    Reply
    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Tarun
      What plan are you on what how many websites you are hosting there?

      Reply
  • Sasikumar Krishnan

    Thanks Harsh.. you are absolutely correct. I got Godaddy hosting ( 3 months plan ) using some coupons at very low prize. Now it’s time to renew my hosting, i could’t find any coupons for renewal. i think i need to pay full money.. :( :(

    Reply
    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Sasi
      If the cost after offer is too high, you should move to some other host like Bluehost or Hostgator. This will be helpful.

      Reply
  • Edson Hale

    Smart tip to negotiate with hosting company for renewal but for how many years one has to buy hosting in one-go depends upon the following factors:
    1) Is he doing blogging for trial or serious to continue it
    2) Is he still studying or completed becasue if someone gets a good job he has to quite blogging or put it on backburner
    3) Is someone confident enough to be successful in blogging or just trying his luck to see other rich bloggers
    4) Is someone has command over the niche he selected or would be laming after writing a few posts
    Secondly there are several special days when hosting companies offer huge discounts like Christmas, Black Friday, Happy New Year so one should check any upcoming such event before making a big deal with the hosting company.
    Thanks a lot for explaining the one-year and plus-year hosting buy with lot of calculations. You are a great blogger; really

    Reply
  • harshit

    absolutely right bro, i waste my money on renewing hosting every year but this is bad that bluehost is not allowing any coupon on renewal

    Reply
    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Harshit
      As I mentioned no hosting companies offer discount coupons for renewals… In that case you can apply point 3, or register for a new account on the same hosting account and cancel the old one, as suggested in above comments.

      Reply
  • Nizam Khan

    Excellent post Harsh. Well yes, indeed “money saved is money earned”. Well agreed, retaining a customer is crucial, so it’s a good strategy to ask for discount by mentioning the price of the competition hosting. Thanks for sharing and tweted :)

    Reply
  • Nadiar

    Hi Harsh,

    I have one, you didn’t mention it.

    Just cencel your current hosting, then order new package again with coupon. This, always work for me.

    Reply
    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Nadiar
      Thanks for this excellent tip and I completely forget about it, until you mentioned it.

      Reply
      • Aamir Rizwan

        I’m currently on GoDaddy. Will this method still require transferring files and changing DNS?

        Reply
  • pushkar

    Well said “A penny saved is a penny earned”. Informative article.
    Harsh my site concurrent visitors are 10-15 max and total daily visitors around 150. i am using bluehost shared hosting. What is the max user shared hosting can support reflectively.

    Reply
    • Harsh Agrawal

      @Pushkar
      On Bluehost & Hostgator (Both) I have seen they could easily manage 20K page views on a WordPress blog (You need to optimize it thought)… Regarding concurrent connection…It depends how you optimized your site..If served from cache….number could go really high… I couldn’t give an exact number as I never monitored it…!!

      Reply

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