Best Budget WordPress Hosting

by | May 11, 2018 | WordPress Hosting Reviews

The WordPress hosting companies listed below have been ranked according to cost, performance, and support quality. This list is comprised of hosting companies our company and clients have used.  We have hands-on experience on all companies listed.  This is not based on fake reviews, commission rates, or anything else.

It is important to note that these are intended to be “Starter” hosting packages.  Good for brand new business, personal sites, and websites with a lower visitor count.  The idea is that these are budget-conscious hosting companies.  Watch for our upcoming article about Managed WordPress Hosting.


Best Budget WordPress Hosting Companies : Tier 1


NameCheap Web Hosting Rated #1 Budget Web Host

NameCheap is a relative newcomer to this list.  The name is accurate – their prices are CHEAP.  Smoking prices on hosting, domain names, SSL certificates, and anything else your website might need. Among the lowest prices in the business.  However, those low prices do not translate to low performance.  Sites run nicely on NameCheap.  They have good tech support too.  Very responsive. For the price, we don’t think you can beat this.

The fact that you can get a year of hosting, domain name registration, SSL certificate and other goodies for LESS THAN $100 per year is amazing.

    • Starter packages from $2.88 to $8.88 per month
    • Also offers various levels of VPS, Managed WordPress, and more.
  • Money-back guarantee
  • FREE SSL certificate
  • Backups done 2x per week
  • IMAP & POP3 e-mail support
  • 24/7 chat, email and phone support

Justhost Web Hosting: Rated #2 Web Host

We have used JustHost for a long time.  If we had to sum up our experience with them in just one word, it would be “Dependable”.  Just dependable.  Site is always up.  Email always works.  Haven’t really ever had a need to contact tech support. One knock is that a busy WordPress site is going to run a little slow on the lower packages.

  • PRICE: $3.95/mo (promo offer)
  • UNLIMITED GBs Hosting Space**
  • FREE Domain Name Registration
  • UNLIMITED Email Accounts**
  • FREE Instant Setup
  • UNLIMITED Data Transfer
  • FREE Site Builder
  • UNLIMITED Domain Hosting
  • CGI, Ruby (RoR), Perl, PHP, MySQL,
  • 24/7 Technical Support
  • Domain Hosting, SSL, FTP, Stats

Bluehost Web Hosting: Rated #3 Web Host

We have put Bluehost through hard testing. We have hosted over 100 websites here. In the end, we have been generally happy with uptime, and the responsiveness of tech support and billing departments. NOTE: Any time we have had an issue, we have been able to get hold of tech support quickly. They are in the USA, so they are easy to communicate with.

    • Starter packages from $3.95 to $5.95 per month (promo)
    • Pro hosting $13.95 per month on promo ($23.95/mo normally)
    • Also offers various levels of VPS, Managed WordPress, and more.
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 1 FREE domain registration
  • Unlimited disk storage
  • Unlimited IMAP & POP3 e-mail support
  • Technical support located here in the USA.
  • 24/7 chat, email and phone support to our customers.

HostGator Web Hosting: Rated #4 Web Host

WordPress runs fantastic with HostGator. Really, regardless of whether you have the small Hatchling account or the bigger Business Plan, your WordPress site will run nicely. There is also a one-click installation feature – you DON’T have to do a manual install. This is great for beginners and advanced web developers.

  • Price: $3.96 to $10.96 per month.
  • They offer a 100% money back guarantee.


InMotion Web Hosting: Unrated

In Motion Business Class HostingBusiness class hosting with multiple tiers of accounts available. These guys are fantastic. Easy signup, and they give you a hosting account based on YOUR needs. If you need WordPress hosting, or hosting for anything running database applications, your hosting account is adjusted optimally.

  • Price: $6.95 to $13.95 per month (a little more expensive than the others, but you do get what you pay for here). Well worth it.
  • 100% 90-day full refund. Best in the business here.


WebHostingPad Web Hosting: Unrated

Web Hosting Pad WordPressWe don’t recommend them for resource intensive sites or multiple installations of WordPress. However, they are PERFECT for small business sites and personal WordPress blogs.

  • Best deal in town at $1.99 per month
  • Simple but strong control panel
  • Easy WordPress installations.



Tier 2 : “Just OK” WordPress Hosting Companies

The following hosting companies we have listed are “just ok.” Sites mostly run just fine, but are generally a little slow. You might have a little more downtime than normal. Also, we have found that customer service may not be the best. In short, we would use these hosts if Bluehost and Hostgator weren’t around. While the following web hosting companies are ok, our consensus is that we wouldn’t buy service again with them because they’re simply not as good as Bluehost, Hostgator, iPage, and InMotion. But you might have better luck than we did.

GoDaddy Web Hosting

  • We LOVE GoDaddy to domain registrar. For domain names only. For hosting, not so much.
  • Our developers have had several websites hosted on GoDaddy in the past, and all have noticed a huge problem with the speed. Seems that sites using any type of a database (like WordPress or eCommerce) are sloooowwww.
  • Also, you are required to use their form mailer script – and some developers have experienced delays of up to 48 hours in receiving form inquiries from my websites.
  • Any inquiries to tech support seem to always result with the initial response being a ‘canned’ answer, and they suggest you use their knowledge base. Sometimes seems as though they don’t even read the initial ticket.

Fat Cow Web Hosting

FatCow was a disappointment. We like their customer service and tech support. They are quite fast in responding. However, we found that our WordPress websites ran extremely slow on FatCow servers. Even small sites with less than 10 posts and pages. Slow to the point that it was frustrating to update the WordPress sites, and pretty much unusable. We pulled all of our primary monitized sites off of FatCow and moved them to Bluehost. We do still maintain websites on FatCow because we paid in advance for two years, and still have a year left. The websites currently hosted on FatCow are mostly just one page landing pages, or forwarders. No WordPress.

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