Web hosting is one of those essential investments that every blogger has to make every month to run their self-hosted WordPress blog. Usually, cheap hosting for WordPress will cost anywhere between $3/month to $15/month, depending on your requirements. The cost explodes when you move to managed WordPress hosting, VPS, or a dedicated hosting server.
When a new blogger takes the initial steps to set up a self-hosted blog, he is often unaware of the costs involved in web hosting. Frequently a new blogger may end up buying web hosting at an unnecessarily high cost (and without a discount).
Even if you manage to get discounted hosting, the cost of hosting renewal is excessively high when the time comes to renew.
In today’s post, I will share with you a few important tips which will help you to save money on your web hosting renewal. Some of these ideas may be of use from day one of your first hosting purchase.
Others may 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:
Some of you are considering your first purchase of hosting service, and others are looking at a renewal of your current hosting account. For this reason, I will take care to point out various methods which will fit either scenario and will help you to save your money whether you are just starting out or renewing your service.
Please note that this guide is for shared hosting only, but will also work for any other hosting plans you may be seeking, such as managed WordPress hosting, VPS or dedicated.
For the purchase of new hosting:
If you are about to buy a hosting package for your blog, this is the right time to save money for the long term. Usually, when you buy hosting from any of the hosting companies, you can easily find discount coupons. We also have a dedicated section sharing discounts on popular hosting companies here.
One mistake that most beginners make is that they buy hosting for one year only, and then the following year they face having to pay in full for their hosting renewal.
Rarely is there a discount coupon available for hosting renewals, so opting to buy service for over one year at the time of your original purchase will save you money in the long run.
So – when you make the first purchase, you have the option to buy hosting for over one year.
It is a good idea to buy your hosting from a reliable company, and purchase a package for two or three years. I have purchased hosting from Bluehost for three years at the cost of $3.95/month, and this saved me a lot of money in the long run.
Let me do a quick calculation for Bluehost hosting here:
- If I purchase for one year with the discounted link and pay in full for the next two years of renewal: $4.95 * 12 + $166.8 = $226.2
- Now, let’s consider the cost if I buy hosting for three years from Bluehost with the discounted link: $3.95 * 36 = $142.2
That’s straight away savings of $84, which is considerable when you buy 2-3 hosting packages for multiple websites.
Now let’s look at SiteGround hosting, in particular, their “GrowBig plan“. SiteGround offers a maximum possible up to 70% off your first bill using this special link, and again no discount on renewal.
- Hosting purchased for one year with discount + two-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 your web hosting for a longer-term, thus getting a better hosting discount. The one problem with this approach is that you stuck with the same hosting for a lengthy period. I usually use this technique for my small niche websites.
Moving your hosting service to save money on web hosting:
This is the second technique that you can use every time your renewal is due. This technique will allow you to save money on your hosting renewal bill. From my experience, SiteGround and Bluehost offer almost the same quality, so it doesn’t make much difference which company you choose as your hosting service.
When your hosting term is about to expire, you can sign up for a hosting package from an alternative hosting company, and move your sites. A great aspect of this transition is the fact that some companies such as WPXHosting offer free migration, so you don’t even need to worry about tech hassles.
Moving a WordPress site is not very difficult, and you can refer to this guide to learn how to move a WordPress site to a new host.
This way you will end up saving a good $20-$40 every year. This approach is preferred by people who are technically savvy and don’t mind changing hosting companies, but I suggest the former method for users who are less technically oriented.
Ask your hosting company for a discount:
This approach 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 simply say:
“I’m getting a decent discount on (name of competing for hosting service), and I want to save some money. The renewal with you will cost me $120, but if I move my website to X hosting, I will save at least $50. I was hoping I could get a 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 ask in the right way, you may well end up getting a decent discount. Otherwise, you can always fall back on method # 2!
Most people ignore such small savings for the sake of their comfort level, but remember, “money saved is money earned.”
Do you have any additional tips to share that are helpful for the purpose of saving money on web hosting bills?
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For further reading:
- Which is the Top WordPress Hosting for High Traffic Sites?
- 4 Best Managed WordPress Hosting Providers
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114 thoughts on “How to Save Money on WebHosting Renewals for WordPress Blogs”
Your advice about taking advantage of multi-year Hosting discounts is greatly appreciated, however, most if not all entrepreneurs who are setting up shop initially have no idea whether their business will even exist 6 months from now nevermind 3 years from now, so a 3-year investment in hosting looks a little irresponsible to many people.
A much better solution is your second suggestion, which is to take advantage of a one-year discount and then when the 1 year “deal” expires, move to another hosting provider who has a similarly good one-year discount. That is of course, provided the move is not a horrendous difficulty!
So, what would be most appreciated by many people, is a list of Hosting providers who offer great first-year discounts + 0 move out penalties.
I’m wondering if you have a similar list of domain name providers. That is domain registrars who offered great first year discounts and then allow you to migrate to another registrar without penalty.
Thanks for any info!
True that the #1 tip doesnot apply for everyone and hence other suggestions.
You can find the list of domain here: https://www.shoutmeloud.com/best-domain-registration-services-buy-cheap-domain-names.html
Meanwhile, none of the hostings I know and recommend have moving out penalties.
Most of the time, we forget this quote “money saved is money earned” and we end up paying a more money. I always compare the price with other competing hosting companies which allows me to take the right decisions as well. Btw, great guide on saving a money on hosting renewal.
I’m very much new in blogging. Well, after I read your article, I feel I’ve heavily invested unnecessarily on my website. I used GoDaddy starter plan for hosting, paying 240 per month without getting even a single penny till now from any source. But I’ll continue reading your posts, to get knowledge on what best I can do in upcoming time.
THANK YOU HARSH
I am currently using site ground. I found the Best one. But now I am looking for renewal promo. But not find proper renewal of siteground hosting. Could you help me in this regard. Thanks
You article is great. I enjoyed reading it. One of the top to save money is just cancel the current hosting and again purchase a host in from the same hosting provider with coupon. By this way you will not have to move your site on any other hosting.
Is it ok to purchase Multi Domain Hosting package?
If you plan to run more than one website, then yes!
Thanks, for this valuable article. My renewable cost is 4500 Rs. for Single domain shared linux hosting now maybe it will be work for me..
I have a VPS hosting account with hostgator US and planing to move hostgator india account. Do you think the migration from one server to another server cause the SEO of a website?. Because of the IP address change from server to another server.
It doesn’t make a difference however, if your server location is changing, it may affect SEO.
Any difference in performance or support if we purchase hosting from Bluehost USA or Bluehost India?
Bluehost India is revamped version of ResellerClub and should be avoided.
My Siteground plan will jump from 11.95 to 29.95 when it is due for renewal. I have been happy with the service and don’t really want to change. It looks like I can purchase an additional service from them at the 60% discount. If I did this does anybody know how easy it would be to move my current sites to the new service and let the other one expire?
Good share, But sad to note that I had a very bitter experience with BlueHost and now I am using A2Hosting which is giving me a wonderful hosting support since almost 2 years.
Thanks Harsh for this post.
Have a good day
Thank you sir for guiding us. Im new blogger your articles help me so much. I dont known nothing about a website how to create it & how manage, everything i learnt from you. You are great sir for me again really thanks for everything.
Thanks for another useful article. After switching so many hosting providers, Now I have settled down with A2hosting.com, their preinstalled plugins for WordPress optimization, security, catching etc are the best. Not very cost effective but they do let you know how to configure your site without being a web developer.
Great tips over here 🙂
Indeed web hosting is the main thing, which had made our dreams come true and making money online by selling our products
and services on the Internet and that’s why we need to pay them monthly so that our services do not get interrupted.
These are great thing to have, superb discount deals and money hacking strategies according to web hosting
Thanks for the valuable tips.
Black Friday sale is also coming. we need to wait for some big discount too. they offer 50% off too. but thanks for the suggestion for long-term hosting benefits.
You have shared some good points to save money on hosting renewal but i am not so lucky to get such discount also i am afraid to lost my data in moving host. So most of the time I keep the same host year after year but as such you have mentioned bluehost- have zero migration fees, I will defiantly try this time.