When you start with your website you always tend to find hosts which are less costly and cheap and at times get into hosting which are actually cheap in price but not very reliable and so I thought I would share some of my best list of cheap web hosts which either I have tested over time or have worked for my client and have interacted with the support. The Shared Web Hosts Listed below offer shared hosting for less than $5 per month and the rank is based on best value for money. Overall value is determined by price, reliability and customer service to me or to my friends or clients.
Hostgator.com though offers plan for $4.95 ( called Hatchling ) their best and Most Popular Hosting Plan is the one for $7.95 per month ( called Baby ) and the main difference between both the plans is Hatchling does not offer adding more than one domain but Baby plan offers unlimited domains. There are few other slight differences but they are not mainly used by users starting with the new hosting.
I have rated highly hostgator.com because they are the only one shared host I have come across who offer shell access. Though its not active by default but when you need it they just can do it for you. One of my client had huge database which needed an export and that could not be done through any interface and so Shell was the best bet and they activated the shell access within hours for me to use it.
BlueHost.com offers only one plan of $6.95 per month but they offer features which many other hosts charge much more than $6.95 per month. What I like about BlueHost is their support. They offer chat support at $6.95 per month and this means if you have any issue you do not need to create support tickets and then wait for some representative to see and respond to it but can directly get in touch with the team in no time. I have not seen this for majority of shared web hosts.
I will tell you a short story. A friend of mine who is hosting with BlueHost had messed up MX entries when using Google Mail for his domain and till we finished our cup of tea he could manage to chat with BlueHost people to get things back on track.
Godaddy is one of the first host where I started my web presence and the main reason to start with them was I had few domains already in Godaddy. I chose to use Godaddy.com as my hosts and was pretty satisfied with them when it comes to price, reliability and support. I was with Godaddy till my requirement was Virtual Dedicated Server but when it comes to Dedicated Servers they do not have good value for money.
JustHost.com is one of the least expensive web hosting companies around, with good quality of service. Justhost is very reliable for its shared hosting and utilizes load balancing technology to virtually eliminate downtime. With load balancing, your site is hosted on multiple servers. Thus if one server experiences a problem, your site will remain online on a different server.
Apart from all the normal feature that any web hosts provide they additional provide free domain for lifetime with unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth for both their plan JustPlan and JustPlan Premium.
I would be adding few more to the lists here as I interact with more hosts in the near future.