Listed below are links to comparisons of the many ways hosting companies charge their customers.
Our annual price metric refers to the amount a web host charges for a 12 months shared hosting package paid upfront. Except for Namecheap and Hostinger, in all instances the prices compared are for the cheapest available hosting package.
Click on the links below to review prices based on the specific pricing model. Alternatively, you can compare up to 4 web hosts (2 web hosts if you’re a mobile user) against all 56 metrics by using the comparison tool available above.
- Monthly price: the price web hosts charge if they allow customers to pay monthly (many don’t even though the advertise “monthly prices”);
- Annual price: as above;
- Annual renewal price: the price a customer pays for 12 months of hosting after the introductory 12 months period (which is often hundreds of percent higher than the introductory offer).
Always check the autorenewal price
Remember, many web hosts set customers’ packages to “autorenew” after 12 months. The autorenewal price is often significantly more expensive than the introductory 12 months or 24 months introductory price.
For example, FatCow charges new customers an introductory price of $49 for 12 months of hosting; however, after 12 months, and upon renewal, they charge $179.40.
Hostinger deserves praise for its annual renewal pricing. It charges new customers $39 for 12 months of hosting and it charges the same again upon renewal.
Pay monthly or pay yearly?
It’s important to remember that many hosts only offer the “monthly price” they advertise to customers willing to pay 12, 24 or 36 months in advance. In other words, it isn’t a “monthly price” at all (when we publish web hosts’ monthly prices we publish their actual monthly prices).
While paying less in the short-term may seem like the better option, particularly if you’re working to a budget, there are very significant savings to be made from paying in advance.
For example, it costs new 1&1 customers $11.88 for 12 months of hosting; however, the same package costs $8.99 per month for new 1&1 customers who choose to pay monthly.
While GoDaddy advertises hosting for $2.99 per month, this price is only available to customers who choose to pay 36 months in advance.