How to Save Money on WebHosting Renewals for WordPress Blogs

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Web hosting is one of those essential investments that every blogger has to make every month to run their self-hosted WordPress blog. Usually, a 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 a 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.

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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 of the 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 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 the fact 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 which 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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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

114 thoughts on “How to Save Money on WebHosting Renewals for WordPress Blogs”

  1. Definitely, a penny saved is a penny earned.
    Thanks, these tips will help me save some bucks man.

    One more this, you have created an amazing community man, truly this is a blog for bloggers.

  2. On Bluehost & Host gator. I have seen they could easily manage 20K page views on a WordPress blog (You need to optimize it though).
    Regarding concurrent connection, it depends on upon how have you optimized your site.If served from cache….number could go high… I couldn’t give an exact number as I never monitored

  3. 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

  4. Hi Harsh, exactly I followed the same method as you mentioned when the plan expires, renewal rate costed much so what I did is I switched to new hosting provider for a yearly plan which was given 50% discount at that time to Siteground and transferred my site. We can save a lot by doing this way

  5. Really thanks to you.I have seen all of your tips and reply.All are very helpful.I am a service holder.I have also a site.I like to spent my leisure time with my site.I’m very interested in blog.
    I like to save money and earn extra money.My choice is Adsense advertising. How is it possible?

    1. @Waqas
      As the online marketing industry grows, price for stuff like hosting, email marketing will keep increasing as quality increases.

  6. Hi ! Harsh Agrawal.
    Im from pakistan
    THANK YOU for new ways to save money on web hosting is absolutely essential.Thanks For Sharing.

  7. Using your second option, if i later return back to my former hosting company, will they accept me back?

  8. Hey fella,
    What if I want to migrate my site from GoDaddy to blue host or any other? Please suggest something to save my life.
    (And also saving me some money as well.)

    BTW thank you so much for for awesome tips. Today I realised the mistake i made, buying myself a year’s hosting, when I could have bought for an another year or two.

  9. Is it possible to create another siteground account to take advantage of the discounted package and sign up for 3 years (made the mistake of 1 year), then use their free migration service to move an existing siteground account to the new one?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Stan
      That’s interesting & the only thing I wonder if they would honor moving the site for free that is already hosted on Siteground. I would suggest speak to SiteGround sales team on chat & let’s see what they have to say.

  10. Thanks harsh for providing the discount and money saving tips. What do you suggest for cloud VPS users ? We should go for monthly or yearly ?

    1. @Faraz
      If your usage is fixed for one year, then take yearly plan as usually companies offer 10-15% discount on yearly plans. If your usage/requirement is not certain, then pay monthly. Another thing to consider is how much money you have. Do you wanna invest money in your business growth or on logistic like this.

      1. My billing is usage based as hourly Cloud hosting. I think, i will go monthly because of traffic fluctuations. I am investing on both thing. Improving speed and on SMO & SEO.

  11. md kafilur raheman

    Thanks for this great article,my hosting is expire on december last and dont know how to renew a hosing plan and i also want some discount.If i move hostgator to bluehost my website data delete or not? please reply.

  12. 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..

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