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Web hosting for cheap: the best deals for January 2022

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The new year is upon us, which means plenty of exciting new deals for anybody looking for web hosting for cheap. We’ve scoured the internet for special deals from some of the best web hosting services available today. 

Below, you’ll find a variety of deals from web hosts offering cheap domain names, powerful website builders, and good security. Many also offer free phone and chat support, which can be of great help when you’re just starting out. 

January has a number of great deals for hosting of all types, storage sizes, and bandwidth needs. Hostinger’s starting off the year with 75% off WordPress hosting (just $3.79 a month). It features a good website builder, making it a sound choice for beginners. 

SiteGround is another popular choice with easy one-click ecommerce installation options. It’s offering 73% off both web hosting and managed WordPress hosting starting at $3.99 a month

Finally, you’ll definitely want to check out GreenGeeks—the most environmentally friendly hosting company out there—for up to 77% off new Lite, Pro, and Premium plans (starting at $2.95 a month).

Keep reading for more great deals on a variety of hosting packages.

Web hosting for cheap: the best deals for January 2022

Bluehost: 60% off shared hosting, 40% off domains

Bluehost: 60% off shared hosting, 40% off domains
With shared hosting, you share server resources with other customers—but you also share the cost, making it particularly inexpensive. Bluehost is also one of our favorite WordPress hosts, garnering 4.5 out of 5 in our Bluehost review thanks to its 24/7 support and great performance.

Hostinger: save 75% off WordPress hosting

Hostinger: save 75% off WordPress hosting
Another great option for WordPress hosting comes from Hostinger, and they’re offering 75% off the first year when you sign up now. That’s just $3.79 a month! You can also get 69% off cPanel Hosting, for just $1.85 a month. As highlighted in our Hostinger review, it’s a great choice for novice and intermediate users, with a solid website builder, a large knowledge base, and a ton of useful features.

SiteGround: get 73% off shared and WordPress hosting

SiteGround: get 73% off shared and WordPress hosting
You’ll pay just $3.99 a month for your first year with SiteGround if you sign up in January. We gave this premium hosting company 4 out of 5 in our SiteGround review, and especially appreciated the daily site backups that come standard on most plans. SiteGround also offers one-click WooCommerce installation, making this a great choice for selling products or services online. SiteGround will even keep the software up to date for you.

Namecheap: 35% off Starter, Pro, and Ultimate Plans

Namecheap: 35% off Starter, Pro, and Ultimate Plans
For the month of January, Namecheap is offering 35% off all plans with an annual billing cycle. You can also get 27% off PositiveSSL multi-domain security, and discounted registration and domain transfer. Namecheap may not have as many advanced security or management features, but we still gave it 4 out of 5 in our Namecheap review thanks to its great shared hosting and a wide range of useful freebies to get you started.

GreenGeeks: save up to 77% off new Lite, Pro, and Premium plans

GreenGeeks: save up to 77% off new Lite, Pro, and Premium plans
GreenGeeks is one of our favorite web hosts, with solid security features and a good overall value for your money. You can read our GreenGeeks review for more details, but suffice to say this is one of the most environmentally friendly options out there. If you care about the environment but still need an online presence, GreenGeeks is for you.

Web hosting January 2022: deals round up

What is web hosting?

Just as your business needs an office, a website needs web hosting in order to stay online. Web hosting is a service whereby a dedicated provider allows access to its computer servers on a subscription basis, with each server containing the storage space and bandwidth needed to host one or many websites online. 

It’s not feasible for every business and individual to host their own web servers—that would be too expensive and inefficient. That’s why web hosts have massive data centers across the world, where they keep and maintain these servers, allowing access to their resources for a fee.

There are different types of web hosting solutions available at different price ranges. Starting with shared hosting, which is the most cost-efficient, it goes all the way up to expensive dedicated hosting for large-scale websites. 

The majority of cheap hosting plans are shared in nature, with multiple websites sharing resources on the same physical server. However, a few select hosting companies have also been offering cloud hosting, managed hosting, and virtual private server (VPS) hosting at some really attractive rates.

What should you look for in a cheap web host?

When you are looking for a cheap hosting provider for your website, it’s also important to keep quality in mind. Most of the major hosting providers online have a range of cost-effective plans available, but not all of them provide the same level of value. 

A good web hosting provider offers excellent support in case you run into any issues. It also has a reliable uptime guarantee—the percentage of time your website is guaranteed to stay online during any year. Your hosting provider has to have fast server response times as well, so that people don’t get frustrated and leave while trying to load your website.

Of course, a cheap shared hosting plan won’t offer the same server speeds or support as the most expensive dedicated hosting. It is also worth noting that most web hosts will cap your maximum storage capacity and bandwidth on cheaper plans, so you have to make sure you buy into one that works for your business. 

However, there are a lot of competitors in the market, each with their own distinguished offerings, to suit your specific needs and circumstances. 

What’s the difference between free and cheap web hosting?

There are web hosts that offer a limited version of their services free of charge, but these offers are usually meant to help you get a taste of what it’s like to host your website with them before you actually sign up. 

Free web hosting hardly ever offers the same number of features as a paid hosting plan, not to mention it imposes a slew of restrictions to cap your usage for economic feasibility. A free hosting plan is fine if you want to test-run things before a full launch, or if you only require a website for personal use, but professionals and business owners should always consider a paid hosting plan.

Further reading on web hosting

See how web hosting security impacts your website and how to stay safe, and check out our comparisons pitting web hosting vs WordPress hosting, dedicated servers vs VPS, and bare metal vs dedicated servers.

Take a look at our buying guides for the different types of web hosting, including: the best Linux web hosting; the best WordPress hosting; and the best free web hosting.

Ritoban Mukherjee

Ritoban Mukherjee is a freelance journalist from West Bengal, India. His work has been published on Tom's Guide, TechRadar, Creative Bloq, IT Pro Portal, Gizmodo, Medium, and Mental Floss. Ritoban is also a member of the National Association of Science Writers.