Monday 18th March 2019

Annual prices

  • Caution: many web hosts charge renewal fees hundreds of percent higher than their introductory fees;
  • Watch out for extra or hidden costs e.g. some web hosts provide a free domain, while some don’t;
  • Other things to look out for: migration fees, domain renewal fees, domain privacy cost, any restrictions on the number of websites you can host from a single account, etc.;
  • You can compare all features or metrics in our comparison tool.

Annual prices

  • Caution: many web hosts charge renewal fees hundreds of percent higher than their introductory fees;
  • Watch out for extra or hidden costs e.g. some web hosts provide a free domain, while some don’t;
  • Other things to look out for: migration fees, domain renewal fees, domain privacy cost, any restrictions on the number of websites you can host from a single account, etc.;
  • You can compare all features or metrics in our comparison tool.

Compare hosts

We compare 18 web hosts against 56 metrics, including monthly and annual pricing and bandwidth, CPU, read/write, storage and database restrictions.

Annual pricing

Listed below is data on annual pricing and annual renewal pricing for 18 of the world’s biggest web hosts. Except for Namecheap and Hostgator, all annual pricing is for the cheapest available hosting package offered by a web host.

  • Annual pricing: the “annual pricing” metric details the cost of paying 12 months in advance for a particular hosting package.
  • Annual renewal pricing: the “annual renewal pricing” metric details what web hosts charge in year two and subsequent years (this price is often significantly higher than the introductory rate).

Many web hosts advertise monthly rates (compare monthly prices here) but don’t actually allow you to pay monthly e.g. GoDaddy advertises a monthly rate of $2.99; however, this rate is only available to customers who pay 36 months in advance.

Annual price

The table below outlines the annual price each web host charges for their cheapest package.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

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Web hostAnnual priceVisit
GoDaddy$59.88Visit
Heart Internet£94.99Visit
1&1$11.88Visit
Namecheap$24.88Visit
Hostinger$39.00Visit
FatCow$49Visit
Just Host$65.40Visit
GreenGeeks$71.40Visit
FasthostsN/AVisit
A2 Hosting$52.86Visit
Dreamhost$47.40Visit
HostGator$95.40Visit
InMotion Hosting$83.88Visit
iPage$35.88Visit
Host Papa$71.40Visit
Bluehost$71.40Visit
Siteground$47.40Visit

Annual renewal pricing

This is where they really get you. Most web hosts default to “autorenew,” which means you are automatically billed for another year upon the culmination of your first heard of paid hosting.

Annual renewal price

The table below outlines the annual renewal price each web host charges for their cheapest package.

N/A = Not applicable NS = Not specified RBNS = Restricted but not specified

Click on a host to read the full review.

Web hostAnnual renewal priceVisit
GoDaddy$95.88Visit
Heart InternetNSVisit
1&1$95.88Visit
Namecheap$24.88Visit
Hostinger$39.00Visit
FatCow$179.40Visit
Just Host$131.88Visit
GreenGeeks$119.40Visit
FasthostsN/AVisit
A2 Hosting$107.88Visit
Dreamhost$47.40Visit
HostGator$131.40Visit
InMotion Hosting$107.88Visit
iPage$119.88Visit
Host Papa$95.88Visit
Bluehost$95.88Visit
Siteground$143.40Visit

While this can be a good thing, most web hosts charge significantly higher fees for the second year of hosting than they do the first “introductory” year of hosting.

One of the more egregious examples is FatCow, which charges customers $49 for the first year and $179.40 for the second year – that’s an increase of 266%. The most egregious example is 1&1, which charges customers more than 700% more in year two than year one.

Even some hosts we would otherwise highly recommend engage in the practice e.g.  at the time of writing Siteground charges $47.40 for the first year and $119.40 for the second year.

On this basis, Hostinger shines – it charges $39 for the first year and $39 for the second year.

It can be a bit of a pain to move web hosts, and it’s easy to get caught out by autorenewals, so it’s always worth considering the total cost of hosting across two years of annual pricing.