HostAdvice Guide to Buying A Web Hosting On A Shoestring Budget

Currently, the market offers a wide diversity of web hosting providers. In general, shared hosting is the cheapest option, starting at an average of $2.50 per month. On the other side of the spectrum, we can find dedicated hosting, as the most expensive kind, costing an average minimum of $80.

No doubt, there are many options in between. And if you are in it for a while, you might decide to spend over $500 per month on a web hosting provider. Still, this doesn’t make sense for most companies.

In some instances, there is no point in going for the pricey web hosting providers. Luckily, there is an alternative, dollar hosting.

If you considered $10 per month as a low price a few years back, that’s not the case anymore. The web hosting industry was much more expensive. However, with the significant improvements in the niche, the prices of monthly plans have significantly dropped.

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Monthly Update – May 2022

During May:

  • Hostinger: Extended its XXL Web Hosting Sale. Offered 70% off plus a 10% Student Discount. Announced its first newsletter. Experienced 20 issues, including scheduled server US-221 maintenance, hVPS maintenance, phpMyAdmin Dashboard issues, databases crash on, Webmail accessibility issues, databases crash on, degraded server LT-431 performance, scheduled Node IMM-97 maintenance, emergency US-655 Server maintenance, database service maintenance on 431 server in LT datacenter, emergency server maintenance on LT-431, hPanel Accessibility Issues, scheduled server US-538 maintenance, scheduled server US-500 maintenance, scheduled server US-501 maintenance, scheduled server US-539 maintenance, scheduled server US-537 maintenance, scheduled server US-536 maintenance, scheduled server US-534 maintenance, scheduled server US-535 maintenance.
  • Flaunt7 announced a 50% discount exclusive deal with HostAdvice.
  • Hostens: Announced a 70% discount on VPS, Shared, and Reseller Hosting.
  • InterServer: 65% off Web Hosting. Announced its deal of $2.50 for 1 month of service.
  • Webdock: Offered an exclusive deal to HostAdvice users to get 5 Euros to their accounts with the code: HOSTADVICE which expires on 8/1/25. Experienced network issues in Canada and Postmark emails were delayed.

Anything between $0.99 and $4 per month falls within cheap web hosting. But that’s where I draw the line.

At this point, you might be wondering, are these cheap web hosting services worth it? Or can I trust these providers? Fast forward, the answer is yes, you can.

Why Go For A “Dollar” Web Hosting?

In general, dollar hosting providers are the perfect solution for new websites. Even though they don’t provide fancy add-ons or extensive features, these web hosting vendors can still get your site up and running. Essentially, it’s a good starting point.

Take, for instance, a site with little to no traffic. If you are the owner of one, you are well aware that you have a limited number of pages and files. So, there’s no point in paying $30 per month, or worse yet, more.

You can always upgrade to a more expensive plan or even a web hosting provider allowing domain transfers. The best time to increase your monthly expenses is when you spot a decline in your website performance. It’s only then that you can justify this extra spending.

The Best Dollar Hosting Providers By Rank

Now that you get the idea, I will get right into it. Here’s my list of the top five dollar hosting vendors.

To better compare the five web hosting providers, I have taken the cheapest shared hosting plan as a base for each. Then, I have reviewed and tested the features it offers.

PricingStarting at $1.39 per monthStarting at $3.99 per monthStarting at $0.90 per monthStarting at $2.50 per monthStarting at $2.50 per month
  • 1X Processing Power & Memory
  • 1 Website
  • 30 GB SSD Storage
  • 100 GB Bandwidth
  • 2 MySQL Databases
  • Free SSL Certificate
  • 1 Email Account
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • 24/7/365 Support
  • Powerful Control Panel
  • Webmail access
  • DNS management
  • 2 Subdomains per account
  • 2 Parked Domains
  • 1 FTP Account
  • Inodes
  • FTP over SSL
  • File Manager
  • Weekly Backups
  • Access Manager
  • Multiple PHP Versions
  • PHP Configuration
  • Remote MySQL
  • phpMyAdmin
  • InnoDB
  • 1-Click Installer
  • Cache Manager
  • 2 Cronjobs
  • WordPress
  • Cloud Linux
  • Curl and Curl SSL
  • Hotlink Protection
  • GIT
  • 3 GB Database size
  • 1 CPU Core
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 10 Entry processes
  • 25 Active processes
  • Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited NVMe Storage
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • cPanel + CloudLinux
  • Free SSL Certificate (Issued After Purchase)
  • Free Domain with Annual Plan
  • 50,000 Unique Visits/month
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1 CPU Core @3.6Ghz
  • 10 GB Disk Space
  • 1 TB Bandwidth
  • 10 Websites
  • 10 Databases
  • 100 Email Accounts
  • 1 CPU
  • 0.5 GB RAM
  • 100 000 Inodes
  • 15 Entry Processes
  • 30 Number Of Processes
  • 10 I/O (MB/S)
  • 100 IOPS
  • PHP, Python, Ruby, Git
  • Cpanel
  • Cloudlinux
  • SSH Access/Terminal
  • Cagefs
  • Cloudflare Railgun
  • Installatron 1-Click Autoinstaller
  • Free DNS Manager
  • Phpmyadmin
  • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • Malware Removal
  • Webmail
  • Free Website Builder
  • 24/7/365 Server Monitoring
  • Daily/Weekly Backups
  • EU, USA, ASIA Location
  • Unlimited Storage Space
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • Weekly Backups
  • Unlimited FTP Accounts
  • Over 450 Cloud Apps
  • SSD Caching Servers
  • Raid-10 Storage
  • Speed Optimization
  • Ultra-Fast Web Server
  • Cloud Linux OS
  • 10GB Cisco Network
  • Free Cloudflare CDN
  • Free Migration
  • 30 Day Guarantee
  • Price Lock Guarantee
  • 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
  • 24/7 Support
  • Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited Parked Domains
  • Unlimited Subdomains
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • Control Panel
  • Cron Jobs
  • File Manager
  • Backup / Restore
  • phpMyAdmin
  • Visitor Statistics
  • Unlimited E-Mail Accounts
  • Guaranteed Mail Delivery
  • Unlimited Forwarders
  • WebMail Access
  • Spam Filtering
  • SSL Encryption
  • 100 MB Bandwidth
  • 512 Memory Space
  • 1 Threads CPU
  • 3 GB Storage
  • Free SSL Certificates
  • Free Transactional Emailing
  • Free Email Forwarding
  • Lots Of Free Backups Included
  • Scaling Built In. Built To Perform
  • High Baseline Security & DDoS Protection
  • Cutting Edge Software
  • Green Energy. CO2 Neutral
  • Root access. Dedicated IPv4. IPv6 compatible
  • GDPR Compliant and SLA Friendly
  • Docker and LXD is fully Supported

As mentioned, shared hosting is generally the cheapest of all plans. However, there’s one more thing to watch out for. Generally, the price is negatively related to the time. If you purchase a longer-term plan or commit to the web hosting provider, you will get a discount. The rule of thumb is, the longer the period, the better the deal.


Once again, I will take the Single Shared Hosting plan, with the above-listed features, as a base.

screenshot of Hostinger Shared hosting plans

Here’s a breakdown of Hostinger’s pricing.

Single Shared Hosting plan1 Month12 Months24 Months48 Months
$9.49 / month$2.99 / month (68% discount)$1.99 / month (79% discount)$1.39 / month (85% discount)

Apart from the discount, the 2-year plan comes with a free setup and an SSL Certificate Activation.

Hostinger comes with a low upfront payment. But what I like most about it is the renewal rates. While many web hosting companies offer a discount exclusively on the initial contract, Hostinger retains this price at renewal.

Better yet, Hostinger allows for scalability. You can always choose to upgrade from the Single to a Premium or even a Business Shared Hosting. The latter two offer 100 websites, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited MySQL databases, free domain registration, 100 email accounts, 100 subdomains per account, 100 parked domains, unlimited FTP accounts, up to 200 GB SSD Storage, increased RAM, and active processes. The business shared hosting plan is the only one offering daily backups.


Flaunt7 is a unique web hosting provider, as it provides a free plan. You got it right. You can get your site up and running without spending a dollar out of your pocket. And here’s what you’ll get:

  • 1 Website
  • 500MB NVMe
  • 50GB Bandwidth
  • Directadmin + CloudLinux
  • 1 Free SSL Certificate
  • No Support via Ticket or chat
  • Forum Support
  • 100 Unique Visits/day
  • Softaculous Apps Installer
  • Imunify360 Antivirus
  • Litespeed Web Server (Up to 75x faster than Apache)

When it comes to the paid pricing plans, Flaunt7 doesn’t offer discounts, even if you commit to an annual plan.

Flaunt7 Shared hosting plans

Flaunt7 offers Unlimited Domains, Unlimited NVMe Storage, Unlimited Bandwidth, cPanel + CloudLinux, Free SSL Certificate (Issued After Purchase), Free Domain with Annual Plan in all shared hosting plans. The difference is in the number of unique monthly visits (up to 2 million), RAM (up to 64GB), and CPU cores (up to 10).


Hostens is yet another web hosting company that offers discounts on its shared hosting plans.

Shared Hosting plan1 Month12 Months24 Months36 Months
$3.00 / month$1.50 / month (50% discount)$1.20 / month (60% discount)$0.90 / month (70% discount)

I like Hostens because you get a free domain, website builder, and backups in all its shared hosting plans.

Hostens Shared hosting plans

Their free domain feature allows for .Online, .Store, .Website, Tech or .Site domains with annual billing cycle. The website builder is an easy-to-use and quality tool that Hostens gives free of charge. Finally, the Installatron tool enables you to install, update, and backup over 100 scripts and CMS.

If your business grows in the future, you can also upgrade to a more advanced (and pricier) plan. Hostens offers up to 40 GB disk space, 4 TB bandwidth, 40 websites, 40 databases, and 400 email accounts in its Shared hosting plans. All of Hostens plans come with a 99.95% uptime guarantee and proactive support.


Interserver is another quality yet affordable web hosting provider. It offers Shared Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Quick Servers, and Dedicated Servers. Once again, I will use the Standard plans for comparison.

screenshot of Interserver standard web hosting plan

As part of its 461 Cloud Apps, Interserver works with WordPress, AbanteCart, PrestaShop, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, phpBB, SMF, WHMCS, Dolphin, PHP-Fusion, Cubecart, and osCommerce.

When it comes to development, you can find all Unlimited MySQL DB, PHP 5.5 & 5.6, PHP 7, Fast CGI, Ruby on Rails, Python, node.js (beta), PERL 5.10 SSH Access in the shared hosting plans.

Interserver is also compatible with WordPress, offering Easy WordPress Installer, Weekly Backups, Automatic Updates, and the Use of Any Plugin.

As you can spot, Interserver offers lots of freebies. What’s not included in this package is the Domain Registration.


Lastly, I decided to rank Webdock on my list as an incredibly unique web hosting company.

screenshot of WebDock hosting plans (Europe)

Once you launch their site, you will instantly spot the two types of servers they offer. You can choose one in Europe or America. They differ in terms of features and price.

I took the lowest pricing plan for comparison in the table above. The cheapest server in the USA comes with 1 GB Bandwidth, 2 GB, 8 Threads, and 5 GB Storage. Yet, it’s a bit over my price range for a cheap server. So, I went for the one in Europe named SSD Nano.

If you decide to upgrade your hosting plan with Webdock in the future, you can get a maximum of 200 GB SSD Drive, 15 Cores, 30 Threads, 1 GB S-Port, 20 GB RAM, and 1 dedicated IPV4 address.


The web hosting industry has expanded to a level that companies offer superior features at low prices. The five web hosts mentioned before provide all features needed to get your site up and running for less than $4.00 per month. You might even go for the free option to get a grasp of how things and tools work.

You can always upgrade your shared hosting plan or even change it completely. After all, the benefits should cover the costs. Essentially, there’s no point in going for the more expensive option if you don’t need it.

The best way to choose a dollar web hosting is to list your requirements and priorities. Then, you can match them to what web hosts offer on the market and make your final decision.

Monthly Updates

During April 2022:

  • Hostens: Announced exclusive deal with HostAdvice for 50% discount for yearly orders with coupon: HOSTAD50.
  • Hostens: Announced exclusive deal with HostAdvice for 50% discount for monthly orders with coupon: HADVICE.
  • Hostens: Announced a 90% discount on all plans.
  • InterServer: offered 65% off Web Hosting and an exclusive offer for viewers: $0.01 for the first month (coupon code: tryinterserver).
  • Hostinger: Offered XXL Web Hosting Sale that ended in the middle of April.
  • Hostinger: Offered 70% off plus a 10% Student Discount.
  • Hostinger: Released important information regarding Phishing Emails using its name.
  • Hostinger: Introduced the new Plan Boost feature.
  • Hostinger: Introduced the Hostinger Referral Program.
  • Hostinger: Launched a new datacenter in Mumbai, India.
  • Hostinger: Announced its Super Admin sponsorship of WordCamp 2022.
  • Hostinger: Had 15 incidents, including Degraded Server Performance on its US-402 server and US-647 server, performed Emergency Server Maintenance on its NL Shared Server, performed Scheduled Server Maintenance on its Brazil ASC Datacenter, experienced Degraded US Backup Server Performance, performed Emergency Server Maintenance on its NL-328 server, performed Scheduled Maintenance on its CPL03, US-187, CPL04, CPL07, CPL08 and CPL09 servers, experienced issues with its Hostinger Business Email, performed Emergency Network Maintenance on its CPL06 server.
  • Webdock: Offered an exclusive deal to HostAdvice users to get 5 Euros to their accounts with the code: HOSTADVICE which expires on 8/1/25.
  • Webdock: Performed urgent updates on its server in Finland and scheduled maintenance on its Helsinki Datacenter.

During March 2022:

  • Hostens continued the 70% discount on all plans.
  • Hostens: Its server was under a DDoS attack.
  • Hostinger had 8 incidents, including Webmail accessibility issues, hPanel Order Usage section maintenance, emergency server maintenance on its VPS server in the USA, Maintenance of Datacenter in Mumbai, India, server CPL02 maintenance, degraded server BR-727, Hostinger Auto Installer service maintenance, hPanel Accessibility Issues.
  • Hostinger continued its 10% student discount.
  • Hostinger announced its XXL Web Hosting Sale that ended in the middle of March.
  • InterServer: offered 65% off Web Hosting, HostAdvice Special Deals: $0.01 for one month on InterServer with code: HOSTADVICE.
  • Webdock experienced problems with some VPS servers in Canada.

During February 2022:

  • Hostens experienced a name malfunction on the server.
  • Hostens continued the 70% discount on all plans.
  • Hostinger had 7 incidents, including degraded server UK-279 performance, maintenance of their data center in Singapore, experienced a bug that prevents customers from creating new email accounts, degraded server US-552 performance, degraded server US-140 performance, emergency hardware maintenance of VPS Node 13a in the UK, emergency server UK-159 maintenance.
  • Hostinger offered a 10% student discount.
  • Hostinger had a Web Hosting sale that expired during this month.
  • Webdock reported that all systems were operational.

During January 2022:

  • Hostens experienced issues with SpamExperts SPAM Filter.
  • Hostens continued the 70% discount on all plans.
  • Hostinger had 8 incidents, including network maintenance, VPS API maintenance, degraded server SG-352 performance, hPanel internal email service maintenance, issues with Billing infrastructure, hPanel accessibility issues, and Cloudflare connectivity issues.
  • Hostinger offered a 10% student discount.
  • Webdock performed a reboot of its host system in Canada.
  • Webdock performed a scheduled kernel upgrade and restart of host in Finland.

During December 2021:

  • Hostinger Had 11 incidents, including network maintenance, hPanel accessibility issues, degraded server performance, backup dashboard issues, emergency maintenance, and Cloudflare issues, offered a 10% discount off the first purchase on fiverr with the code: HOSTINGER10, announced a giveaway of three Shared Hosting renewals for 1 year, and announced that it will share some gifts during this month for Christmas.
  • HostAdvice Special Deals: 50% Discount on Flaunt7 available until May 1st, 2025.
  • Hostens continued the 70% discount on all plans and didn’t report any server issues.
  • Interserver: HostAdvice Special Deals: 90% Off Special Promotion which expires on 9/1/22.
  • Webdock had problems with its host system in Finland and needed to reboot it and had to reboot its host system in Canada twice this month due to some problems.

During November 2021:

  • Hostinger offered a Black Friday Sale: Up to 80% off on web hosting + Free Domains, SSL, Cloudflare, and a 30-day money-back guarantee, introduced Access Logs as a new feature within the hPanel, had 61 incidents, including scheduled and emergency server maintenance, cPanel accessibility issues, onboarding accessibility issues, and degraded server performance
  • Hostens offered 70% off on all plans and experienced node and server malfunctions
  • InterServer offered 65% off Web Hosting and an exclusive offer for viewers: $0.01 for the first month (coupon code: tryinterserver)
  • Webdock experienced issues with the IPv6 network in Finland being down and performed two network maintenances 

During October 2021:

  • Hostinger extended the special deals and offers from September
  • Hostinger welcomed its 1000th employee to the team
  • Hostens offered 70% off on all plans and exclusive prices for exclusive domains ($1 per year)
  • InterServer offered 65% off web hosting and had exclusive offers for HostAdvice users
  • Webdock launched CentOS and Debian support

During September 2021:

  • Hostinger offers a Juicy Summer Deal for Web Hosting: A free .com domain for the first year and a free SSL certificate with all annual premium web hosting plans
  • Hostens offered 70% off on all plans and a free website builder with any web hosting plan
  • InterServer offered 65% off web hosting and had exclusive offers for its blog readers

During August 2021:

  • Hostinger offers a “Juicy Summer Deal” for web hosting; offering a free .com domain with each premium web hosting for at least 12 months
  • Hostinger partnered with CoinGate to expand opportunities in crypto payments; got recommended by Neil Patel as the Best Web Hosting Provider in 2021; and rebuilt a school to improve the quality of education for a local community with Niagahoster
  • Webdock temporarily doesn’t offer servers in the USA, driving the starting price in Europe up (from $1.25 to $2.50)
  • Hostens updated its pricing policy: the price doesn’t increase at renewal
  • Hostens offered 70% off on all plans and 83% off on for Hostens package (alternative approach – use code FI1GWWHJ6SXU)

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