The world has changed a lot since the early 1990’s, when hosting a website requires setting up your own server at home. In today’s internet environment, hosting is as easy as choosing your address and picking a hosting provider. Setting this up is rarely free unless you want your website completely unusable and bombarded with advertisements or you want to share a web address with a common site and simply have a page within it (WordPress, for example). There are now a number of inexpensive options to get you started on having your own site though. Below are some of the cheaper options to get started.
GoDaddy touts themselves as “the worlds most popular domain”. They offer creation services such as a website builder, online store functionality, and they have templates you can choose from if you don’t yet have a design set for your site. Their web hosting starts at $7.99per month.
Bluehost interfaces with WordPress better than some of the other hosting providers. Their normal cost is $7.99 per month, but right now they are hosting a special at $2.95 per month which includes a free domain name when signing up.
Hostwinds offers guarantees for updates which are lacking with some of the other small providers. Their shared hosting offering starts at $3.29 per month.
FatCow also offers a free domain name, and their hosting starts at $4.08 per month.
iPage has a $1.99 offer, however it requires a three-year contract to sign up.
HostGator starts at $2.75 per month, but during the signup process you’ll find the cost to be more like $4.99 minimum unless all you want is a static page with no content.
Note that most of these options charge extra for added services. If you want more than just the basics – say a blog, marketing, or file share services… that starts adding up in addition to the basics offered with the initial service setup.Other considerations include downtime for the site and speed. Before committing to any option, it’s best to read the fine print and make sure you know what you’re signing up for.