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Top 8 Cheap WordPress Hosting Providers in 2020

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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.

A Quick Look at the Best Cheap WordPress Hosting Providers

Before we get down to the brass tacks, let’s run through what each of these WordPress hosting providers offers you if you sign up for a basic plan:

  1. Hostinger ($0.80 per month): Single WordPress Hosting ($0.80 per month): Offers support for a single website, 100 GB of bandwidth, and one email account.
  2. SiteGround ($3.95 per month): Provides support for one website, 10 GB of space, and up to 10,000 visits per month.
  3. iPage ($3.75 per month): Includes unlimited bandwidth, storage, and support for a single website.
  4. DreamHost ($2.59 per month): Support for one website with unlimited traffic, a free Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, and WordPress pre-installed.
  5. InMotion ($6.99 per month): A free domain, support for one website, 40 GB of storage, and resources for up to 20,000 visitors per month.
  6. A2 Hosting ($3.92 per month): Includes support for one website, unlimited storage, bandwidth, and a free SSL certificate.
  7. Bluehost ($2.75 per month): Includes support for one website, 50 GB of storage, and free domain registration.
  8. Namecheap ($3.88 per month): Supports a single website, up to 10GB of storage, 50,000 visitors, and a free CDN.

One common thread with regard to cheap hosting is that most providers only offer you their best prices if you sign up for a multi-year contract. For the hosting providers we’ll check out in this article, only two offer monthly hosting (DreamHost and Namecheap). In practice, this means you’ll probably need to pay a little more than you expected upfront to sign up for most of these hosting services. The savings you get can be amazing over the long term, though, as we’ll discuss.

How We Tested Each Hosting Provider’s Performance

There are a lot of factors to consider when 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 quickly 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. 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 so, 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.

Keep in mind – since we’re talking about simulations, the results are often very different from a simple loading time test. In fact, sometimes they tend to be much more positive. What really matters, when it comes to stress tests, is whether there’s a lot of variation or spikes within the results. The fewer spikes, the better your web host is under pressure.

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. For each host, we created a new WordPress website, installed the same four plugins, used the same theme and configured every page to look the same. 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 2020

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. Hostinger

The Hostinger homepage.

Hostinger is one of the most aggressively-priced web hosts you’ll find. It offers WordPress shared plans starting at an impressive $0.80 per month, and prices remain startlingly low across all 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

With Hostinger, you can select from among three WordPress 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 WordPress Hosting ($0.80 per month): Offers support for a single website, 100 GB of bandwidth, and one email account.
  2. Premium Shared Hosting ($2.15 per month): Provides support for unlimited websites, email accounts, unmetered bandwidth, weekly backups, and a free domain.
  3. Business Shared Hosting ($3.45 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. If you select a shorter, two-year contract, prices almost double. Considering how cheap Hostinger is to start with, though, even one-year contracts beat most other WordPress web hosts. As of 2020, Hostinger also offers month-by-month hosting but it’s not a cost-effective option.

Performance

Hostinger was the first host we tested for performance. The benchmark is for 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.

Considering Hostinger’s bottom-of-the-barrel prices, we weren’t expecting the best results when it came to loading times. However, our test website loaded in a respectable 1.45 seconds. While not particularly fast, that’s acceptable and it’s something you can improve with a few speed optimization tweaks:

Hostinger's Pingdom speed test results.

Surprisingly, Hostinger beat those numbers once we cranked up the heat. On average, our test page returned loading times of about 0.787 seconds during the stress test round:

Hostinger's BlazeMeter stress test.

Although that’s a noticeable improvement, it’s important to pay attention to the performance spikes. The variance here isn’t all that big, but the number of spikes is. It’s also worth noting that despite Hostinger’s speedy front end performance, our experience using the dashboard felt rather sluggish. This means making changes to your WordPress website can feel like a bit of a chore.

Quality Support

Despite its aggressive pricing strategies, Hostinger doesn’t scrimp 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.

What’s more, 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, Hostinger is the cheapest option you’ll find. Just to give you an idea, you could end up paying only $38.40 for four years of hosting. That’s on the Single WordPress 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, even at those slightly higher price points, Hostinger remains highly competitive. Looking beyond price, Hostinger offers decent performance and great support. All of those qualities make it a smart choice for small websites.

2. 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 more prominent names you hear on the subject of cheap WordPress web hosts, so we came into this test with high expectations. The initial loading time wasn’t as great as we were expecting, though, with a result of 1.41 seconds. One upside is that SiteGround gets a higher performance grade out of the box than most other budget WordPress hosts. This points towards better optimization on their end, even though it may not be evident after a single test.

SiteGround's Pingdom speed test results.

With this in mind, let’s see how SiteGround fares under a bit more stress:

SiteGround's BlazeMeter test.

The results, in this case, were much better. Although we saw a few spikes, loading times remained below 0.5 seconds throughout most of the test, which is pretty darn fast.

Support Quality

So far, the web hosts we’ve covered offer a great support experience, so we’re off to a solid start. However, SiteGround takes an edge over Hostinger, 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 downsides are 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 your site is always running in top shape, and assistance is minutes away in case you need it. This makes it the perfect choice if you want a host that offers a headache-free experience.

3. 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 $45 for 12 months of hosting.

Performance

As we mentioned before, there’s a two-second ‘line in the sand’ when it comes to website loading times. Anything below that is great and when you creep over it, things get dicey. During our first round of testing, iPage went well beyond that line in the sand, with a loading time of 3.04 seconds and a poor performance grade:

Our iPage Pingdom speed test results.

Before we can render judgment, we need to check if iPage can improve those numbers during a more strenuous testing round:

Our iPage Blazemeter stress test results.

On average, iPage returned loading times of about 0.5 seconds. However, as you can see, there’s a worrisome number of spikes in terms of performance. At its peak, our iPage test page took over seven seconds to load, which is unacceptable. Taking that poor performance into consideration, it’s hard to recommend iPage, even despite its budget prices.

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 you’ll usually need help with technical issues at some point. If you get stuck with a provider that doesn’t offer decent support, it’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 upfront. As we’ve seen so far, though, that’s par for the course when it comes to cheap WordPress hosting.

From a performance standpoint, iPage offered the most disappointing results we’ve seen so far. Unless you’re planning on using this host for a small website with low to moderate amounts of traffic, we recommend you look elsewhere.

4. 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, the more important performance becomes. We’d heard excellent things about DreamHost’s speeds, but the real-life results we saw could have been much better. During the first part of our test, the website we set up took 2.99 seconds to load, which is discouraging for a brand-new and lean installation:

Our DreamHost Pingdom speed test results.

As we moved on to the stress test, those numbers improved somewhat, but we still saw loading times beyond what we’d consider an acceptable threshold:

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 too 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 could be significantly better out of the box.

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 the first year (including the cost of a .com domain) is in line with other budget hosts.

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 cross the $5 per month line.

InMotion, on the other hand, offers managed WordPress hosting plans starting at $6.99 per month. Let’s see if these plans are worth the extra dollars.

Pricing

InMotion offers 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 $6.99 per month if you subscribe for a two-year period. There’s also a one-year option, although its price goes up to $8.99.

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 the 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 1.22 seconds isn’t all that bad, considering we’re talking about a page full of content. What’s really important, though, is if those speeds hold up during our stress test:

InMotion's Blazemeter stress test.

That same number held rather steady, even as we started adding users throughout the stress test. In the screenshot above, you’ll notice that right at the beginning, we were getting loading times of about 0.422 seconds, which quickly rose to over one second. Despite that initial spike, the results here are rather consistent, which puts InMotion squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to performance.

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 and it’s a managed service, 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. What’s more, you need to commit to a two-year subscription if you want to get the best possible price. For the WP-1000S plan, this means you’ll need to spend a steep $167.76 right away.

However, if you can manage the price, 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. This means we expected nothing but the best from this host’s performance, so the initial test results were somewhat disappointing:

A2 Hosting's Pingdom speed test results.

It turns out – to get the performance benefits that A2 Hosting boasts, you have to sign up for one of its Turbo plans. If you opt for basic shared hosting, you get below-average performance. With this in mind, let’s get 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 this 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. However, there are some inconsistencies, 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. This 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, the numbers could be significantly better. A loading time of 2.43 seconds doesn’t put it at the bottom of our list, but it’s near:

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 a significant improvement over a simple loading time test, which means that while you might get an occasional spike, Bluehost holds its own quite well under stress. In fact, Bluehost held steady at around 0.56 seconds throughout the entire simulation. In practice, that means if you do some optimization work on your end to lower initial loading times, Bluehost offers great bang for your buck when it comes to performance.

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, 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. Namecheap

Namecheap WordPress hosting.

Namecheap is one of the most popular domain registrars in the world. For a while, they’ve also featured a broad range of hosting plans to round out their offering. Now, they’ve launched a suite of managed WordPress hosting plans called EasyWP at incredibly competitive prices, which begged us to take a look under the hood.

Pricing

Namecheap offers three different EasyWP plans for WordPress users. Since we’re talking about managed hosting, you also get a lot of perks alongside basic hosting. Here’s what each plan offers:

  1. EasyWP Starter ($3.88 per month): Supports a single website, up to 10GB of storage, 50,000 visitors, and a free CDN.
  2. EasyWP Turbo ($7.88 per month): You can host one website, store up to 50 GB of files, receive 200,000 visitors, and you get a free CDN.
  3. EasyWP Supersonic ($11.88 per month): Supports a single website, 100 GB of storage, 500,000 visitors per month, and a free CDN.

Beyond those features, every EasyWP plan also offers you one-click backups, free SSL certificates, and easy integration with Namecheap domains. Moreover, there’s a custom dashboard that’s much easier to manage than cPanel, for example – particularly if you’re new to web hosting services.

The one massive downside of EasyWP plans is that they only support one website. For every additional website you want to set up, you’ll have to pay for an extra subscription. When you compare this with other WordPress web hosts, it can be a major dealbreaker.

However, one plus for buying an EasyWP plan is that the prices we mentioned are the ones you pay if you decide to sign up for a monthly contract – and the first month of hosting is $1 if you opt for the Starter plan. If you sign up for a yearly contract, those prices go down. In the case of the Starter plan, you’d pay a total of $22.88 for that first year.

Performance

Namecheap talks a big game about EasyWP’s top-of-the-line performance, so we walked into this test with high expectations. During a simple loading test, EasyWP didn’t disappoint, with a respectable loading time of 1.39 seconds:

Namecheap's Pingdom results.

Namecheap then went on to beat that loading time handily during the stress test portion of our analysis:

Namecheap stress test

At its peak, our Namecheap website took 0.664 seconds to load. Aside from that brief spike, Namecheap’s servers held their own against our virtual users, with loading times of about 0.4 seconds on average. Those are fantastic results.

Support Quality

Namecheap already made a name for itself thanks to its competitive domain prices and excellent support. We’re happy to report that same level of quality holds for their web hosting team. During our tests, it never took more than a minute or two to get answers via live chat, and in every case, their agents were capable of answering our questions.

Overall

There’s a lot to like about NameCheap’s EasyWP plans. For one, they’re the only web host that offers cheap WordPress managed plans on a month-by-month basis. Beyond this, you get fantastic savings for signing up for at least a year and they offer top-notch performance and support.

Even taking all that into consideration, we can’t recommend Namecheap if you’re planning on hosting more than one WordPress website. Their decision to charge only for individual subscriptions per website is understandable, but it’s something no other web host does.

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. Keep in mind that for the performance rating, we’re taking both the tests we ran for each host into consideration. Bluehost, for example, didn’t get the best loading time results out of the gate, but it more than made up for it during the stress test portion of our analysis, which bumped it up on our rankings.

iPageDreamHostHostingerSiteGroundInMotion HostingA2 HostingBluehostNamecheap
Plans start at$3.75$2.59$1.45$3.95$7.26$3.92$2.75$3.88
Subscription length for the prices aboveOne yearOne yearFour yearsOne-yearTwo yearThree yearsThree yearMonthly
Performance rating87523641
Customer support rating75236184

Overall, the numbers paint a pretty clear picture. In particular, Namecheap and SiteGround came pretty near the top in both performance and support quality. InMotion also came in near the top, although its pricing makes it less competitive option if you’re all about that low budget.

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 and Namecheap, in particular, are great choices from a price-performance standpoint. Plus, Namecheap includes a monthly payment option, which is rare for budget web hosts.

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!

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