Top 8 Cheap WordPress Hosting Providers in 2019

There are plenty of WordPress hosting providers that offer plans so cheap, they're a bit hard to believe. That's great for you as a customer, especially if you're on a budget. However, when it comes to low-cost hosting, you need to be extra picky if you want to end up with a quality provider.

The good news is that there are some WordPress hosts that offer amazing plans for very low prices. If you do your research, you can get away with paying only a few dollars each month for hosting. At the same time, that doesn't mean you'll need to compromise on quality.

In this article, we're going to talk about what qualifies as ‘cheap' WordPress hosting. Then we'll introduce you to eight of our favorite WordPress web hosts, and talk about what each of them can offer you. Let's get to it!

What Qualifies as ‘Cheap' WordPress Hosting

Prices can vary a lot when it comes to website hosting. You can find plans that only cost a few dollars per month, and others that will set you back hundreds. In most cases, the more expensive the plan is, the more features you'll get access to:

An example of several hosting plan tiers.

More expensive plans also tend to offer more bandwidth, extra server space, and better performance. That last benefit is very important, since the more popular your website gets, the more strain there will be on your server. That can lead to long loading times, particularly if your hosting plan can't cope with the amount of traffic you get.

A lot of people are scared away from budget hosting because they think they need something more robust. That can be true, depending on what your needs are. However, most websites can get away with using low-cost shared hosting plans, at least while they're just starting out. To give you an idea of what to expect, it's very possible that you may not need to spend more than $5 per month (or less) on hosting.

More importantly, if you do your research, you'll find that there are a lot of budget hosting providers for WordPress that offer excellent service. We'll introduce you to our top picks in the following section, and help you decide which one is right for your site.

How We Tested Each Hosting Provider's Performance

There are a lot of factors to consider when you're choosing a web host. However, the three criteria we usually weigh most heavily are:

  1. Pricing: Ideally, you're looking for a low-cost host that still offers a high level of quality.
  2. Features: Whichever web host you choose, you want it to offer as many helpful options as possible.
  3. Performance: Your web host should provide excellent performance, so your website always loads fast and updating it isn't a chore.

In the sections below, we're going to evaluate eight of our favorite cheap WordPress hosting providers by taking these three criteria into consideration. Pricing and features are pretty simple to talk about, but let's go over how we plan to test each competitor when it comes to performance.

To start with, we're going to run a simple speed test using a service called Pingdom Tools. With Pingdom, you choose a test server, enter a URL from your site, and it will tell you how long that page takes to load:

The Pingdom Tools homepage.

However, a single speed test doesn't offer the entire picture. For that, we need something more thorough, such as a stress test. To do that, we're going to use BlazeMeter, which is a service that enables us to simulate how a site will react when it has to deal with heavy traffic:

The Blazemeter homepage.

We configured our BlazeMeter tests to run the same way for every host. Each test lasts three minutes, during which BlazeMeter loads ‘visitors' one by one until it hits 30 simultaneous users, measuring loading times throughout. This methodology will give us a more accurate picture of the performance of each host, enabling you to make an informed decision.

Of course, for the comparisons to be fair, we need to set up identical websites on each hosting provider's service. So we went ahead and did just that. For each host, we created a new WordPress website, installed the same four plugins, used the same theme, and imported the WordPress Theme Unit Test Data. The result was eight identical websites, which we subjected to the same tests, the only difference being where each was hosted.

Top 8 Cheap WordPress Hosting Providers in 2019

If you opt for any of the web hosts on this list, you're likely to have a positive experience. However, each provider offers different plans and perks, so it's worth your while to do some research before making a decision. Let's take a look at the options!

1. iPage

The iPage homepage.

iPage is one of the cheapest WordPress hosting options you'll find. It offers plans starting at $3.75 per month, which is about as low as it gets. For WordPress users, this provider offers a broad selection of pre-installed themes and plugins, so you can get your website up and running faster.

Pricing

When it comes to plans, iPage only offers two for WordPress users. That's more limited than most hosting providers, but it's not necessarily a deal-breaker. The options are:

  1. WP Starter ($3.75 per month): Includes unlimited bandwidth, storage, and support for a single website.
  2. WP Essential ($6.95 per month): Offers all the same features as the first plan, along with access to a dedicated support team, protection against malware, and increased security features.

These days, it's common for web hosts to offer plans with unlimited storage and bandwidth. In most cases, storage isn't an issue. However, bandwidth can be more important. Technically, unlimited bandwidth means that your website can receive unlimited amounts of traffic. What it doesn't guarantee is how well your server will perform under a heavy load.

We'll go over iPage's performance in a minute. First, however, let's focus on price. iPage takes a strong lead when it comes to low prices, and both plans come with a ‘free' domain. These deals are possible because the provider requires you to sign up for one, two, or three years upfront. With a one-year subscription, for example, you could pay as low as $35.88 for 12 months of hosting.

Performance

iPage was the first host we tested for performance. Just to give you an idea of what we're looking for, you want your website to load in under two seconds in most cases. Past that point, users usually start to get annoyed and your bounce rate can spike dramatically. Anything below one second is a very good result, and anything over three seconds is troubling.

Fortunately, iPage came in well below one second during the first portion of our performance testing:

Our iPage Pingdom speed test results.

A page with real content that loads in 0.33 seconds is fantastic. The real test, however, is how iPage performs once we turn up the heat. In this case, that means getting 30 virtual users to visit the site at once. Here's the graph from our stress test:

Our iPage Blazemeter stress test results.

Surprisingly, we got even lower loading time averages than the previous result. You can see that the first few users take a bit longer to load, but the server quickly adjusted to the increased demand and deals with it smoothly. From a performance standpoint, iPage takes a commanding lead.

Support Quality

One of the best ways to gauge a web host is by its support service. If everything goes well, you're likely to stick with a web host for years. This means that at some point, you will need help with technical issues. If you get stuck with a provider that doesn't offer decent support, that's likely to be a frustrating experience.

iPage, however, is fairly good when it comes to customer service. In our experience, waiting times for live chat support can sometimes get a little long (in some cases more than ten minutes). However, once you connect with a support specialist, the process tends to go smoothly.

Overview

Although iPage offers some of the cheapest WordPress hosting plans around, it does require you to commit to at least 12 months up front. In practice, that means you'll need to spend more money right away. However, if you can afford to do that, the savings are well worth it.

From a performance standpoint, iPage offers fantastic results. Overall, this provider is an excellent choice for small websites. If you require no-frills hosting and your primary concern is spending as little as possible, this is a good pick for your site.

2. DreamHost

The Dreamhost homepage.

DreamHost is another web host that takes a simple approach, by offering a small selection of plans for WordPress users. Its cheapest option starts at just $2.59 per month and it packs a lot of features given the price. Since this article is all about savings, let's jump right to discussing the costs and what you'll get.

Pricing

With DreamHost, you have two WordPress-specific plans to choose from. Let's break down what they offer you:

  1. Starter ($2.59 per month): Support for one website with unlimited traffic, a free Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, and WordPress pre-installed.
  2. Unlimited ($7.95 per month): Provides all of the above, plus you get a free domain, support for unlimited websites, and email.

As you might expect, if you want to get the best possible prices for each plan, you'll have to commit to a yearly subscription. However, you can also pay month-by-month if you choose to. In that case, prices go up to $4.95 and $10.95 per month, respectively.

The Starter plan doesn't include a free domain, unfortunately, even with a yearly subscription. You can, however, purchase a .com domain through DreamHost for $11.95. That's about the price you might pay through a dedicated registrar, so it's not a bad value.

If you decide to sign up with this provider's Starter plan for a year, you'd pay $43.03 in total, when you include the cost of purchasing a domain. That's a bit more expensive than iPage. However, the difference isn't that significant and it can be worth those extra dollars.

Performance

The smaller your selection of hosting plans is, the more important performance becomes. We'd heard excellent things about DreamHost's speeds, but the real-life results we saw could have been better. During the first part of our test, the website we set up took 1.49 seconds to load:

Our DreamHost Pingdom speed test results.

As we mentioned before, anything below two seconds is considered acceptable. However, we were expecting better numbers, since the test website we set up was fairly lightweight. As we moved on to the stress test, those numbers held steady:

Our DreamHost Blazemeter stress test results.

On average, it took about 1.6 seconds for our website to load throughout the entire run. The real issue here is the dramatic spikes in loading times, which you can see in the graph above. Although the variations aren't that significant, you're ideally looking for a line that's much smoother and more consistent.

Support Quality

As we mentioned earlier, support can make or break a web host. With DreamHost, you get access to 24/7 support via live chat. Waiting times are rather short, in our experience, and you'll often be able to connect with someone in less than five minutes.

More importantly, the DreamHost support team is knowledgeable when it comes to WordPress-specific questions. Plus, this provider has an impressive knowledge base. So if you're a DIY kind of person, you should be able to troubleshoot some issues on your own.

Overview

If you're looking for a budget WordPress web host that offers monthly plans, DreamHost is among our top picks. It offers top-notch features for its price, and the quality of its support is excellent. In our experience, DreamHost performs decently for smaller sites, but performance can become an issue once you start dealing with significant traffic (at least on the base plan).

It can also be a turn-off not to get a free domain with a yearly subscription for the Starter plan. However, once you add up the numbers, the price you'll end up paying for that first year (including the cost of a .com domain) is in line with other budget hosts.

3. Hostinger

The Hostinger homepage.

Hostinger is one of the most aggressively-priced web hosts you'll find. It offers shared plans starting at an impressive $1.45 per month, and prices are rather low on all of its tiers. This provider is cheap even by budget web hosting standards, so you'd expect it to cut corners somewhere. Let's talk about whether or not that's the case.

Pricing

This web host broadens the plan selection a bit, in comparison to the two we've looked at so far. With Hostinger, you can select from among three shared hosting plans, and that's not counting its Virtual Private Server (VPS) and cloud hosting services. However, since we're talking about budget hosts, we'll focus on the shared plan selection only:

  1. Single Shared Hosting ($1.45 per month): Offers support for a single website, 100 GB of bandwidth, and one email account.
  2. Premium Shared Hosting ($2.95 per month): Provides support for unlimited websites, email accounts, unmetered bandwidth, weekly backups, and a free domain.
  3. Business Shared Hosting ($3.95 per month): Includes all of the above, plus daily backups and a free SSL certificate.

One of the reasons we like Hostinger so much is that it offers automated backups on most of its plans. Backing up your website is something you should do often, so we appreciate hosting providers that take care of this task for you.

As you might imagine from its pricing, Hostinger requires you to make a long-term commitment if you want to see real savings. To get the prices we quoted above, you need to subscribe for at least four years, which can be a lot for a new user. Another downside is that Hostinger doesn't offer any monthly hosting deals, which can be a dealbreaker for some.

Performance

Out of all the web hosts we tested, it was Hostinger that gave us the biggest surprise. The first speed test we ran returned results within the range we expected, with loading times being just a bit less than one second:

Hostinger's Pingdom speed test results.

However, the real surprise came when we cranked the heat up on Hostinger. Considering its bottom-of-the-barrel pricing, we expected to see a lot of spikes in performance. However, if you look at the graph below, you'll notice that Hostinger's loading times held so steady, they almost look like a straight line:

Hostinger's BlazeMeter stress test.

Overall, Hostinger's times rose to only about 0.2 seconds, which is fantastic for a web host with such cheap prices. However, it's worth noting that despite Hostinger's front end performance, our experience using the dashboard felt a bit sluggish. That means making changes to your WordPress website can feel like a bit of a chore.

Quality Support

Despite its aggressive pricing strategies, Hostinger offers a soft touch when it comes to customer support. You can contact agents via live chat, and waiting times are almost non-existent in our experience. Plus, they offer help in multiple languages, which is fantastic if English isn't your native tongue.

On top of that, Hostinger also features an extensive knowledge base with well-written tutorials. When it comes to WordPress issues, in particular, we can vouch for the quality of its tutorials.

Overall

If you don't mind committing to at least four years of hosting in advance, then Hostinger is the cheapest option you'll find. Just to give you an idea, you could end up paying only $69.60 for four years of hosting. That's on the Single Shared Hosting plan, though, and it doesn't include the cost of registering a domain.

Hostinger also offers shorter subscription periods that are a bit more expensive. However, at those price points it's no longer as competitive, and costs are about in line with other budget web hosts. Still, even putting price aside, Hostinger offers excellent performance and great support. All of those qualities put together make it a smart choice for small websites.

4. SiteGround

The SiteGround homepage.
SiteGround is one of the most well-known names in hosting, and with good reason. It offers a decent selection of plans, and it's on the cheap end of the pricing scale. More impressively, it's the only company on our list that offers managed WordPress plans on the cheap.

As you may know, managed hosting refers to a type of plan where your provider takes care of day-to-day management. In practice, that means tasks such as automated backups, updates, and optimization are taken care of for you. However, what exact perks you get access to can vary a lot, depending on which managed host you choose. Let's see what SiteGround in particular has to offer.

Pricing

This web hosting provider is all about perks, as you'd expect from a managed service. Even its cheapest plan comes with a lot of freebies, which is a great way to sign up new customers. Here are the basics of what each plan offers:

  1. Startup ($3.95 per month): Gives you support for one website, 10 GB of space, and up to 10,000 visits per month.
  2. GrowBig ($5.95 per month): Supports unlimited websites, 20 GB of storage, and up to 25,000 visits per month.
  3. GoGeek ($11.95 per month): Also offers unlimited websites, but with 30 GB of space and up to 100,000 visitors each month.

One of the things we like about SiteGround is that it gives you a rough estimate of how much traffic each of its plans can handle. That way, it's easier to gauge which plan is a better fit for you, depending on how much bandwidth you expect to use.

Now let's get to the fun part of this web host, which are its perks. All of SiteGround's plans include WordPress installation, a free SSL certificate, email, and integration with a Content Delivery Network (CDN). On top of that, you get automated daily backups, WordPress updates, and support for the WordPress Command Line Interface (CLI).

That's an excellent set of features for a budget web host. To get the prices we listed before, you need to commit to at least a 12-month period, which is the minimum option. As with many other low-cost providers, SiteGround doesn't offer a monthly payment option, and you'll also need to pay for your domain separately. For the latter, SiteGround charges a bit more than usual for .com domains, so you may be better off using a registrar.

Performance

SiteGround is one of the names you hear thrown around the most when you talk about cheap WordPress web hosts, so we came into this test with high expectations. They were rewarded during our first speed test, which returned a loading time of 0.65 seconds:

SiteGround's Pingdom speed test results.

Now, let's see if that positive result holds when we subject our SiteGround website to a bit of stress:

SiteGround's BlazeMeter test.

The overall results aren't bad – our loading times never rose beyond 0.45 seconds, which still falls within the realm of ‘excellent'. However, there are a lot of spikes in that graph, which means there's more variation in loading speeds than we'd like. Even so, SiteGround still gets good grades from us when it comes to performance.

Support Quality

So far, we haven't encountered a web host that offers a poor-quality support experience, and SiteGround continues that streak. In fact, it raises the bar a bit higher, since you can usually get in touch with a support agent via chat in less than a minute.

More importantly, the quality of the support you'll receive is excellent. Since you're dealing with a managed host, your expectations should be higher. Yet in every case, SiteGround's support was able to assist us quickly and efficiently.

Overall

It's pretty hard to beat SiteGround, thanks to its combination of budget prices, performance, and excellent support. The only downside we can find is that it doesn't offer monthly plans, and domain registration is a few dollars more expensive than usual.

If you can look past those factors, SiteGround offers an all-around fantastic WordPress hosting experience. You get a lot of perks, a knowledgeable team will ensure that your site is always running in top shape, and assistance minutes away in case you need it. This makes it the perfect choice if you want a host that offers a headache-free experience.

5. InMotion

The InMotion homepage.

Right away, you'll notice that InMotion is a bit more expensive than the other WordPress hosts we've featured so far. However, that's not saying much, since none of our previous entries have even crossed the $5 per month line.

InMotion, on the other hand, offers managed WordPress hosting plans starting at $7.26 per month. Let's see if these plans are worth the extra cost.

Pricing

InMotion offers a staggering six different plans for WordPress users. Each packs a bit more punch than the previous one. For the purposes of this article we're going to focus on the starter plan, however, since it's the only option that's priced at less than $10 per month. The WP-1000S plan costs $7.26 per month if you subscribe for a two-year period. There's also a one-year option, although its price goes up to $8.29.

On this plan, you get a free domain, support for one website, 40 GB of storage, and resources for up to 20,000 visitors per month. On top of that, you also get unlimited email accounts and several managed WordPress hosting perks. Among those are a custom WordPress site builder, plenty of premium themes and plugins, and other integrated apps.

InMotion also includes free staging functionality on all its plans. With this feature, you can test changes to your site in a safe environment before pushing them live. That makes InMotion a very developer-friendly option.

Performance

Since InMotion is more expensive than other budget hosts, we're crossing our fingers that its performance matches that cost. To get started, we tested how long it took our InMotion website to load:

InMotion's Pingdom speed test results.

A loading time of 0.75 seconds is pretty great, so we're off to a good start. What's really important, though, is if those speeds hold up during our stress test:

InMotion's Blazemeter stress test.

Sadly, the results here weren't as great. The test started off well, with InMotion holding steady in response to the first few concurrent users. However, once we started adding more, loading times climbed to around 1.2 seconds and stayed there throughout the rest of the test.

To be fair, 1.2 seconds is still a pretty solid loading time. However, keep in mind that we're talking about a low-impact test page. This means that a more media-heavy website (which is the norm these days) might take even longer to load.

Support Quality

We went into this section with a lot of expectations from InMotion's support team. Since you're paying a bit extra than with other comparable WordPress hosts, you'd expect top-notch service across the board.

Fortunately, our experience with InMotion's support lived up to those expectations. Although their live chat isn't the prettiest, you can usually expect to be connected with someone in less than five minutes. More importantly, once you are, it's obvious that the agents in charge of assisting you are knowledgeable when it comes to WordPress.

Overall

Let's jump straight to the point – InMotion hosting is more expensive than its peers in this article. Moreover, you need to commit to a two-year subscription if you want to get the best possible price. For the WP-1000S plan, that means you'll need to spend a steep $174.24 right away.

If you can manage that price, however, there are some things to like about this web host. InMotion's performance is decent, and its support is fantastic. Plus, the plan is actually quite affordable for managed WordPress hosting. Finally, it can support up to 20,000 visits per month, which makes InMotion a solid deal for growing websites.

6. A2 Hosting

The A2 Hosting homepage.

A2 Hosting makes some pretty bold claims about being one of the fastest web hosts around. We're going to see if it lives up to them in a minute. For now, suffice it to say that this provider offers a strong selection of WordPress-focused plans, and they come at very reasonable prices.

Pricing

This web host offers four unique WordPress-focused hosting plans. Almost all of them fall under the $10 per month mark, which is excellent news for your wallet. Let's see what they each have to offer:

  1. Lite ($3.92 per month): Includes support for one website, unlimited storage, bandwidth, and a free SSL certificate.
  2. Swift ($4.90 per month): Provides all of the above, but also supports unlimited websites.
  3. Turbo ($9.31 per month): You get all the previous perks, plus a feature A2 Hosting calls ‘Turbo' (more on this in a moment).
  4. Managed (starting at $11.99 per month): A2 Hosting also offers a handful of managed WordPress plans, and this one is the entry-level option.

As usual, if you want to get the best possible price, you'll need to sign up for a long contract. For example, if you're looking to get that $3.92 per month deal for the Lite plan, you'll need to commit to at least three years of hosting. That's $141.12 out of your pocket at the start. It's also important to note that the Turbo plan is significantly faster than the previous two tiers.

Performance

We've seen a lot of top results so far, but A2 Hosting often boasts about its speeds. That means we expected nothing but the best from this host's performance, and at first glance the results weren't bad at all. The initial loading time we measured was just under one second:

A2 Hosting's Pingdom speed test results.

By now you know the drill, so let's go right to the stress test:

A2 Hosting's BlazeMeter test results.

Out of all the web hosts we've tested so far, A2 Hosting featured the biggest spikes in loading times. Soon after our test began, there were a few instances when our test website took over six seconds to load. That's unacceptable when it comes to performance, and such long loading times are likely to scare a lot of users away. To its credit, A2 Hosting's performance stabilized after a while, but spikes as significant as this aren't something you want to see.

As we mentioned earlier, the base A2 Hosting plans don't include its Turbo feature, which is supposed to improve performance drastically. With that in mind, unless you can afford to opt for the plans that do include this speed optimization, it's hard to recommend A2 Hosting for its performance alone.

Support Quality

A2 Hosting is on the ball when it comes to customer support. Waiting times are on the short end, with typically swift responses. During our tests, we reached out to support agents via live chat a couple of times. On each occasion, we didn't have to wait more than a minute or two.

Once the conversation began, the agents we chatted with were quick to help us solve our issues. Therefore, A2 Hosting gets passing marks on support as well. It's also worth noting that the support team can help you via phone, if you prefer a more personal touch.

Overview

Almost every hosting provider claims to offer the best service around. A2 Hosting is no exception, and it provides top-quality support and plenty of great features. It does seem inconsistent when it comes to performance, however, which can be worrying if your site is large and/or popular.

Of course, if you're really serious about speed, you can pay a little more for the Turbo tier. That will set you back $9.31 per month if you sign up for a three-year period, which means you'll be paying $335.16 right up front. This is a fairly steep price, but is recommended if you're looking to host anything besides a small blog or personal site.

7. Bluehost

The BlueHost homepage.

Next up comes Bluehost. This is a very popular hosting provider that offers a broad selection of plans. When it comes to WordPress, you can pick from among three options, all of which are very budget-friendly.

Pricing

As we mentioned before, Bluehost offers three WordPress-specific plans, and they're all pretty strong from a feature standpoint. Let's check them out:

  1. Basic ($2.75 per month): Includes support for one website, 50 GB of storage, and a free domain registration.
  2. Plus ($5.45 per month): Offers all of the above, and includes support for unlimited sites and unmetered storage.
  3. Choice Plus ($5.45 per month): Provides the same perks as the Plus plan, but also takes care of backups for you.

You'll notice that both the Plus and Choice Plus plans cost the same, which isn't a typo. To start with, you only get those prices if you sign up for a three-year period. Bluehost's goal, of course, is to get you to compare both plans and opt for Choice Plus, since it's the best value. Then, after the initial period, the price goes up.

There's also the cheaper Basic plan, which comes with several additional perks. Among those, you have automatic WordPress setup, updates, and staging functionality. Plus, you get access to a pretty generous collection of free and premium themes to choose from with every plan.

Performance

Let's dive right into the results portion of our performance tests for BlueHost. Right out of the gate, this provider came out swinging with a loading time of 0.66 seconds, which is good by any metric:

BlueHost's Pingdom speed test results.

Next up, let's see how BlueHost does when we throw more than one user at it:

BlueHost's BlazeMeter test results.

This is the seventh web host we've tested, and it's the second prettiest performance graph we've seen. There are a couple of spikes, but as you can see, the variations are hardly significant. In fact, BlueHost held steady at around 0.56 seconds throughout the entire test. It's not the fastest provider we've tested, but it holds its own quite well against the other contestants.

Support Quality

When it comes to the quality of its support, Bluehost is a bit of a mixed bag. The good news is that waiting times for its live chat tend to be low. However, in our experience, the quality of the support you get depends heavily on the agent. In some cases, the responses we got weren't quite at the level we would expect.

We wouldn't go as far as to say the quality of Bluehost's support is poor overall. However, it can be a bit frustrating if you're dealing with urgent issues.

Overall

Bluehost presents a strong mix of cost and performance. It's not the fastest web host around, but it offers solid speeds, a respectable feature set, and great prices. The only downside is that the support could stand to be improved. That doesn't mean our experience with Bluehost was negative overall, and to be fair we can troubleshoot most of our own issues. If that applies to you as well, then Bluehost is at least worth a look.

It's also worth mentioning that Bluehost is one of the three web hosts recommended by WordPress.org, alongside DreamHost and SiteGround. That's some high praise, which scores this host a couple of extra points in our book.

8. Haphost

The Haphost homepage.

Haphost is not as well-known as some of our other picks. However, during our research, this provider stood out thanks to its friendly approach to WordPress users, as well as its low prices. Those two factors are very appealing, so we decided to take a look and see if this provider measured up against the other big players in the WordPress hosting field.

Pricing

As far as plans go, Haphost provides a selection of three tiers for its basic hosting service. Let's check out what they have to offer:

  1. Starter ($2.95 per month): Provides support for one website, 50 GB of storage, and unlimited bandwidth.
  2. Plus ($5.95 per month): Lets you run up to five sites, with unlimited storage and bandwidth.
  3. Pro ($5.95 per month): Permits unlimited sites, as well as unlimited storage and bandwidth.

Haphost comes out of the gate with some very compelling prices. However, as usual, you'll only get access to the best offers if you sign up for the long term. In fact, Haphost's shortest billing cycle comes in at 12 months.

The prices we quoted above correspond to that billing cycle, but you can get even more savings if you can afford to pay for a longer period upfront. Even if you can't, you'll still spend as little as $35.40 for a full year of hosting on the Starter plan, which puts Haphost close to the top when it comes to savings.

Performance

Considering that Haphost is not as well known in the budget-hosting game, we were prepared to give it some leeway when it came to performance. However, the results we got were better than expected.

Initially, our test website took only 0.96 seconds to load. While this isn't the best time we saw during our testing, it's a respectable result nonetheless:

Our Haphost Pingdom speed test results.

Things got a bit trickier once we started to turn up the heat on Haphost. Our test website struggled a bit during the first portion of the stress test, with loading times climbing as high as 5.3 seconds:

Our Haphost Blazemeter stress test.

However, after less than one minute, our site adjusted to the pressure and loading times dropped down drastically, to an average of 0.4 seconds. This is a fantastic result. So while the initial surge in loading times is a bit troubling, overall performance on this host seems solid.

Support Quality

One of Haphost's downsides is that it doesn't offer support via live chat for its clients. Instead, this hosting provider relies on a ticket system. Of course, that isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as the support quality is still high.

Despite not being able to just open a chat window and talk with a support agent, we found the ticket system to be reliably fast. In most cases, you can expect to get answers within a few hours, which is fine unless you're dealing with a true emergency.

Overall

As far as prices go, Haphost comes in second out of all the web hosts we've covered so far. If you're looking for a place to host a small website, and you can troubleshoot issues largely on your own, then it can be a fantastic choice.

In particular, Haphost is pretty strong from a performance standpoint. You're likely to see some spikes in loading times if you start getting a significant amount of traffic, but overall we saw excellent numbers during our tests. That makes this provider a strong, well-rounded option.

Which Cheap WordPress Web Host You Should Use?

We've gone over every detail of these budget web hosts together. Now, let's sum everything up using a single table, for comparison's sake:

iPage DreamHost Hostinger SiteGround InMotion Hosting A2 Hosting BlueHost HapHost
Plans start at $3.75 $2.59 $1.45 $3.95 $7.26 $3.92 $2.75 $2.95
Subscription length for the prices above One year One year Four years One-year Two year Three years Three year One year
Performance rating 1 7 2 3 6 5 4 8
Customer support rating 6 4 2 3 5 1 8 7

Overall, the numbers paint a pretty clear picture. In particular, Hostinger came pretty near the top in both performance and the quality of its support, which is a surprise considering its aggressive pricing.

SiteGround also took a commanding lead, which is to be expected since it's consistently ranked as one of the best WordPress web hosts. Aside from those two, iPage surprised us with its amazing performance score, which handily beat out all other hosts.

Conclusion

Usually, budget services are not something you associate with high quality. However, WordPress hosting is a bit of an outlier. There's so much competition in the field that providers have an incentive to offer low prices if they want to attract new customers. That's great news for you as a consumer.

In practice, this means that it's possible to find WordPress hosting plans starting at less than $5 per month. What's more, they are often robust enough to handle sites with significant amounts of traffic. We can confidently recommend all the providers in this roundup. However, SiteGround, iPage, and Hostinger in particular are top all-around options.

Do you have any questions about which WordPress hosting plan is a good fit for your site? Let's talk about them in the comments section below!

John Hughes

John is a blogging addict, WordPress fanatic, and a staff writer for WordCandy.
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