How to Save Money on WebHosting Renewals For WordPress Blogs?

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How to Save Money on WebHosting Renewals For WordPress Blogs?

Webhosting is one of those essential investments, which every blogger have to make every month 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.

Save Money on Web Hosting Renewal

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 one 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 with a reliable hosting company, and purchase a package for 2 or better 3 years. I have purchased hosting from Bluehost for three 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, let’s consider I buy hosting for three 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, let’s look at Siteground Hosting, and I will be considering grow big plan. Siteground offers maximum possible 60% off using this special link on your first bill, and again no discount on renewal.

  • Hosting purchased for 1 year with discount + 2 year renewal payment without any discount:  $95.4 + $358.8 = $454.2
  • Hosting purchased for three years with the discount: $286.2

So, this is one way to save money by buying web hosting for longer term and get better hosting discount. Though the 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 web hosting:

This is 2nd technique which you can use every time on renewal to save money on your hosting renewal bill. From my experience, Siteground, and Bluehost 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 like Siteground, offers free migration, so you don’t need to worry about tech hassles.

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, the first method is suggested.

Ask your hosting company for discount:

This trick will work with almost every hosting company. Retaining a customer is the utmost 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 the renewal with you will cost me $120 and if I move my website to X hosting, I will save at least $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 a 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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Comments

  1. Geetansh says

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

  2. Mehboob says

    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

  3. hitraj says

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

  4. Sonia sharma says

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

  5. Rafeeq says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. Sachin says

    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.

  8. says

    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.

  9. Sasikumar Krishnan says

    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.. :( :(

  10. says

    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

  11. harshit says

    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

    • says

      @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.

  12. says

    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 :)

  13. Nadiar says

    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.

  14. says

    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.

    • says

      @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…!!

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