Top 12 Best Monthly Web Hosting Services 2018

When you are seeking the monthly web hosting, you should be mentally prepared to pay slightly higher prices. The web hosting companies usually offer discounts when you sign up for a longer duration 2 or 3 years such as BlueHost which is one of the best WordPress hosting for small business offer huge discounts.

The month to month web hosting seems pricey for the first month due to setup fee (one-time) associated with them which is same for the monthly as well as the annual plans. But need not to worry as every company has its policies where some companies charge setup fee while some are not.

The huge benefit of month-to-month web hosting is you have to pay after each month for renewal. So, you can discontinue their services at any time while on yearly hosting plans you get a money back guarantee for specific duration commonly 30-days and after the expiry, you cannot ask for the refund, i.e. you are bound to use their services.

So here we carefully crafted the truly monthly web hosting providers with a comprehensive review on each. These providers are well-reputed, stable and come with various customer care channels to promptly assist you.

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Top 12 Best Monthly Web Hosting 2018

A2 Hosting

The company founded in 2001 as Iniquinet for selected customers and soon in 2003 they launch as A2Hosting. The company take various tech initiatives and becomes one of the leading company who supports PHP 5 at that time. A2Hosting is very popular among the developers, bloggers, and designers. They not only offer solid performance services but also a cheap monthly web hosting service.

The “Lite” (basic) plan cost just $4.90 for the first month. After the first month, you have to pay $9.99 for the monthly billing cycle. It includes unlimited bandwidth and storage. Everything stored on the SSD’s such as files, OS, and databases. They allow you to choose from the applications such as WordPress, Drupal, Magento, and Opencart, etc. during purchasing for auto-install. We suggest “Turbo” plan that cost $12.25/month enabled with HTTP/2, SPDY, Turbo server, free railgun, CloudFlare Plus and lot more.

A2Hosting is a developer-friendly provider allow the developers to work seamlessly. They support PostgreSQL, MySQL, SSH access, Git, Perl, Python Ruby, various versions of PHP and much more. Every plan got website staging and free Let’s Encrypt SSL. We really appreciate their security measures like virus scanning, brute force defense, HackScan, and KernalCare. Besides the “Lite” plan all others included free backup services.

  • Price: $4.90/month
  • Auto Site Migration: Free
  • Choice of location: USA (Michigan, Arizona), Europe (Amsterdam), Asia (Singapore)
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email

SiteGround

SiteGround came onto the scene in 2004 and soon becomes an eye-catching option for individuals and enterprises. They are very popular because of using the state-of-the-art technologies for fastest web hosting, proactive security protocols, and brilliant support services. We are using SiteGround for a long time and more than satisfied with the quality provided by them.

SiteGround web hosting monthly billing will be $3.95 + the setup fee ($14.95) for the StartUp plan. But here is a twist, you can only avail monthly billing system just for initial activation so after the first month you can’t renew it for just next one month you have to renew it for one year. According to the company official as most customer wish to go for annual billing so they stick to this policy. Apart from the billing system, “StartUp” plan contains 10 GB SSD, 10K monthly visits and you can host one website on it. There is no limit on the number of databases and email addresses you can create.

Low latency is very crucial for conversion and SEO perspective. That’s why SiteGround includes HTTP/2, SSD, and different data center locations. Moreover, you’ll be given with their in-house SuperCacher plugin that significantly improves site speed. Most importantly they provide secure services by using account isolation, pro-active monitoring, 1H hawk, brute force prevent, kernel updates and firewall. SiteGround is our top recommend hosting that provides outstanding services. Just make sure to pick the plan carefully as they put the cap on storage space and monthly visits.

  • Price: $3.95/month + $14.95 (one time setup fee)
  • Auto Site Migration: Free
  • Choice of location: USA (Chicago), Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy (Europe), Asia (Singapore)
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email

FlyWheel

Flywheel established in 2012 with a mission to serve designers, developers, and agencies at their best. They are specialized in managed WordPress hosting which means you are only allowed to use WordPress on their platform. They have a lot to offer and one of the best is free demo site where you can create a site without paying any penny or connecting credit card and when you ready to go online just purchase the account and make your site available to the online world.

Flywheel offer very straightforward pricing structure and all you have to pay by month web hosting are $15. There is no setup fee and at the time of renewal, you pay the same amount. The “Tiny” plan allows 1 website, 5k visits, 5 GB storage with swift customer support. Every package got built-in SSL integration. Plus Flywheel expert team ensure the server side caching for faster speed, this eliminates the need for third-party cache plugins.

Flywheel saves the cost of third-party backup service as well because there are some hosting companies like HostGator create the free backup but demand $15 additional when it comes to restoration. Flywheel gives a great advantage by offering nightly backups and 1-click restoration. Another well-praised feature is team collaboration where you can invite team member without sharing the password and remove them whenever you want. Other prominent features are staging, transfer billing, and robust security, etc.

  • Price: $15/month
  • Auto Site Migration: Free
  • Choice of location: US (New York, California), Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom (Europe), Singapore, Canada (Toronto)
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm CDT)

GreenGeeks

GreenGeeks step into the industry with a goal to provide the green web hosting solutions. By doing the partnership with green power organization they support their goal and now they are one of the leading providers that consume energy from renewable projects and hosted over 300K websites. The company efficiently incorporate with latest technologies and offer fully secured hosting with proactive monitoring, firewalls, and real-time scanning.

The exciting thing that GreenGeeks offers only one plan which comprises with almost everything such as SSD storage, developer tools, 1-click installer, advance security and much more. The month to month web hosting cost $9.95/month. Plus, $15 setup fee is also added for the only first month which means at the time of renewal you have to pay just $9.95. You can host unlimited websites avail the unlimited storage and bandwidth.

GreenGeeks are fine-tuned for fastest load times such as SSD, HTTP/2, and well-optimized database servers. Moreover, in-house caching system “power cacher” improves your site performance. They are using a container based approach where every account treats separately thus save you from the impact of high resource consuming sites on the same server. Not for securing resources, account isolation also plays a vital role for security purposes. Unfortunately, they do not include SSL but you can integrate the SSL provided free by CloudFlare CDN. So if you want to take part in healthy environmental activities while operating your site then give a try to GreenGeeks.

  • Price: $9.95/month + $15 (one time setup fee)
  • Auto Site Migration: Free
  • Choice of location: US (Chicago, Phoenix), Europe (Amsterdam), Canada (Toronto)
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email

FastComet

FastComet is yet another best month to month web hosting that has 7 data centers located strategically around the globe. So you can easily select the one near your audience for lower latency. FastComet is well reputed that has customers from almost 70 countries. The best part is they offer monthly hosting with a free domain. The domain is free till the life of the account i.e. until you are the user of their services.

Getting started with FastComet takes $5.95/mo (basic plan) and $19.95 Setup fee when you pick to pay month by month. Without any incremental, the renewal price remains same which is $5.95. The StartSmart plan includes 15 GB storage and 25K monthly visits. Every plan support Perl, Python, MYSQL, preinstalled Git, SSH, Node.js, and Drush etc. They allow unlimited email accounts and databases. We love FastComet customer support which is the combination of speed and experts available 24/7.

Speed optimization and multi-layer caching system are pre-built in each of the plans. CDN caching, cache header optimization, and AutoMinify improves speed and load times considerably. The higher plan (SpeedUp) will provide more speed advantage by caching static as well as dynamic contents using Varnish, LiteSpeed, Memcached and OPcache caching systems. Further, they audit the sites regularly, brute force protection, Let’s Encrypt, and web application firewalls for eliminating threats. By partnering with BitNinja they add an all-in-one security solution. Unlike the most of the companies, they also include free backup & restore service even in the basic plan.

  • Price: $5.95/month + $19.95 (one time setup fee)
  • Auto Site Migration: Free
  • Choice of Location: USA (Chicago, Dallas), Europe (London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam), Asia (Tokyo), Asia-Pacific (Singapore)
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email

WP Engine

WPEngine provides high end secure and stable solutions since 2010 with an outstanding customer care services. The major reason behind their pricey plans that they provide totally a managed WordPress hosting where you are only allowed to use WordPress. If you are just starting out then we recommend you try other cost-effective solutions like FastComet and SiteGround etc. Whilst if performance is very crucial and money doesn’t bother you then it might be the right host.

This doesn’t mean other providers in this list lack performance, but WP Engine has an advantage due to their managed services.

The monthly billing will cost you $29 with the same pricing at renewal. This basic plan assigns you 10 GB storage and suitable for 25k visits/month. Every plan provides access to some advanced features like site staging, demo site, and seamless integration with Amazon S3 account. An automated SSL is provided on all plans which can installed with a few clicks. On the Personal (basic) plan they did not allow the user to import the dedicated SSL which is necessary for e-commerce users. So if you want to build online store then at least sign up for “Professional” plan.

WP Engine helps you to make your site smoother by using SSD’s and EverCache which delivers massive speed. For more speed, activate their premium CDN that come at additional cost $19.95/month. From security side, WPE is very cautious. They have multiple firewalls as well as threat detection and eliminate those threats. Your site data backup on daily basis so if something wrong happened you can restore it from a point. A little thing to look at for ensuring speed and security they disallow a number of plugins.

  • Price: $29/month
  • Auto Site Migration: Free
  • Choice of location: United States, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Taiwan, United Kingdom
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email

DreamHost

DreamHost has been around since 1997, allow monthly billing facility to their customers. It is one of the oldest company that has over 1.5 million customers. DreamHost powered their servers with carbon neutral projects (green energy) and certified by theGreenOffice. Besides the web hosting, they are also a well-known domain registrar. Perhaps their most highlighted thing is their refund policy. They provide generous 97 days money back guarantee on annual plans.

Actually, they offer single all-in-one solution full of features pack. You can hire them for up to 3 years to save on cost significantly. DreamHost billed $10.95 monthly and did not charge any setup fee. You can host unlimited websites on it, which means it’s great for setting up multiple projects. Plus, it is free from any monthly visits and storage caps. Their core set of features consist of SSD based servers, email accounts, Let’s Encrypt SSL, and uptime guarantee.

Instead, cPanel which is commonly used by the hosting companies DreamHost provides hand rolled control panel. It is a developer friendly hosting that provides easy access to advanced features such as PHP,  Rails, Python, Perl, MySQL, Cronjobs and much more. DreamHost does offer customer support 24/7 via emails but live chat is only available from 8 am – 4 pm Pacific. Alternatively, phone support is available via callback feature. So DreamHost is great in quality, taking its part in carbon neutralization but the absence of 24/7/365 live chat may disappoint to get the benefit of their excellent services.

  • Price: $10.95/month
  • Auto Site Migration: $99
  • Choice of location: No
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email

HostWinds

Hostwinds working since 2010, offers various hosting solutions by addressing the customer needs. Although their shared hosting is both fast and affordable but they also design business hosting plans with a very slight increase in price that gives further speed advantage due to few user on each server. The friendly, tech-savvy and anytime availability of customer support is one of their specialty that let the beginners play around freely.

HostWinds is the provider that we really can call the cheap monthly web hosting. Your first invoice will be $4.88/month while at renewal you only have to pay $6.50. Most importantly there is no setup fee. You will get a cPanel to manage the databases, email accounts, and other features. All plans have almost same specifications except the number of websites you can host. Every plan got one dedicated IP address needed for installing dedicated SSL.

The company servers behind firewalls to eliminate the threats. Plus, they perform auto security updates to cover up the security flaws as soon as they revealed. In addition, they offer advance site monitoring with a very minor additional $21 annually. Like most the other companies they do not offer free backup but they are prominent to provide backup services at very low cost i.e. just $3/mo. HostWinds did not include Let’s Encrypt SSL by default but after purchasing hosting account just contact them and they will activate it without charging any additional cost. All in all, it’s a trustworthy provider that brings different hosting solutions on affordable pricing.

  • Price: $6.50/month
  • Auto Site Migration: Free
  • Choice of location: USA (Dallas, Seattle)
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email

TMDHosting

TMD provides lighting fast services since 2007. The plentiful features in each plan make it a cost-effective choice. They offer an above average 60-days money back guarantee on yearly plans. Like the FastComet, TMDHosting also gives a free domain name even on monthly billing, but it’s for one year while FastComet allow it free till you have the account with them. But still, it’s nice as usual – companies do not provide such freebie when you pay month by month.

Every plan comprises with limitless web space and bandwidth. Speedy services are being provided by utilizing Optimum Cache, Solid state drives, Cloudflare and NGINX web server. The “Starter” plan priced at $8.95/mo with free setup. At renewal, there is no upturn in pricing thus cost remain the same. You can create unlimited email accounts, databases, and subdomains. Moreover, they offer PHP switcher, Perl, SSI, and Cron, etc.

TMD perform various actions for security enhancement like CloudLinux distribution, SSL, web firewall, and Spam experts. On top of that, they create backups to add an extra layer of security where you have the control to restore it. Having the availability of various datacenters around the globe, you can choose the one near your target customers for fast data traveling. From the friendly customer care staff, you can seek help whenever you want. Although TMD hosting offers very economical pricing on annual plans however if you prefer to pay monthly then still it is a cost-effective solution.

  • Price: $8.95/month
  • Site Migration: Free
  • Choice of location: USA (Chicago, Phoenix), Europe (London, Amsterdam), Asia (Tokyo), Asia-Pacific (Singapore), Australia (Sydney)
  • Support: Live Chat, Phone, Email

MediaTemple

Media Temple pleases the customers with its excellent services since 1998. In 2013 they were acquired by Godaddy. In the past few year their quality drops down slightly, but now company improves much and provide sustain services. Besides the basic hosting types like shared and WordPress etc. you can buy managed cloud services from them built on Amazon infrastructure. Amazon web services are the powerful hosting solution, but in the meantime, it’s a complex one to understand. So MT is the best gateway to get into AWS without facing any challenge.

Mediatemple offers resourceful plans where on the basic hosting plan they allow you to host up to 100 websites. This “Personal” plan billed $20 month-to-month and did not charge any fee for setup. The plan also comes with 1 TB bandwidth and 20 GB SSD storage. They do offer managed WordPress plans that also comes with the same pricing but slightly different in specification like 2 websites, 50 GB storage, and 250k monthly visits. So if you’re going to use WordPress then this might be great option then their Grid (shared) hosting.

Due to DDoS attacks, numerous websites got hacked every year. MT has a security layer that shields DDoS & Intrusion attacks. Furthermore, security scan and 30 days backup & restore service put the mistakes at low stakes. If you have used cPanel, then MT custom control panel might be a new experience, but it will not bother you just require small time to get familiar. SSL becomes the part of every website, and also Google considers it a ranking factor. Unluckily MT do not provide free built-in SSL so you are free either to buy from them or any third party.

  • Price: $20/month
  • Site Migration: $150
  • Choice of location: No
  • Support: Live chat, Phone, Email

Vultr (Recommended for Developers)

It would be not wrong to say that Vultr is only suitable for skilled developers. Vultr is one of the cheapest cloud hosting provider having 15 data centers located all over the world. The reason why we called it appropriate solution to skilled users that Vultr did not offer live chat or phone support which means you can’t avail the assistance on instant basis. The major way to contact their support staff is email which is, of course, a sluggish way may take up to 24 hours for a response.

The packages start from $2.50/month with 20 GB SSD storage and 500 GB bandwidth, one core CPU and 512 RAM allotted to you. The storage capacity can be increased anytime by purchasing block storage that merely cost $0.10/GB. It’s free from any setup fee, and your account will get online in a matter of minutes. You can purchase their hosting plan on just hourly and monthly payments. Unlike the other hosting companies mentioned in this list, Vultr does not provide cPanel for managing hosting features so you may face complexities at first. For DDoS protection, you have to add an additional security layer by paying $10/mo.

Although, it’s kind of a different provider than others on this list. With Vultr, you manage most of the part manually such as installing SSL. However the considerably low monthly pricing, high-performance capabilities urge us to mention them here. You are free to use any OS like Windows, Ubuntu, and CentOS, etc. or even upload your own. As per our monitored uptime reports we were very impressed by their uptime that remains 99.999% throughout the months. So if you are a developer and seeking a provider to host your app, then we recommend Vultr.

  • Price: $2.50/month
  • Site Migration: No
  • Choice of location: 15 locations
  • Support: Email or ticketing

CloudWays

Cloudways is a growing host working since 2011. They offer managed cloud hosting solutions to everyone who needs. You will get cheap monthly web hosting with marvelous customer support services. In fact, Cloudways is the best way to get the benefit of the robust infrastructure of Vultr, DigitalOcean, Google, and Amazon, etc. These providers are complex to set up especially Google Cloud and AWS. Moreover, most of them do not have live chat support. So Cloudways comes in, they offer instant support channels as well as makes it easy for the very new users to play around effortlessly.

There is the availability of both hourly and monthly billing systems. The most basic plan priced $7/mo hosted on DigitalOcean platform provides 20 GB storage and 1 TB bandwidth. Plus, it’s equipped with 512 MB RAM and 1 core CPU. Most importantly installing SSL on Vultr and DigitalOcean is a messy process where you have to deal with all technical parameters on your own. So at Cloudways platform, you can come over this deficiency as they offer integrated HHTP/2 encrypted SSL certificate require no skills. Moreover if at any time you need help just open live chat to get help quickly.

It is a very suitable monthly hosting provider for developers where the user can choose between the operating systems and can make use of Git, PHP, SSH, MySQL, MariaDB, Cron job and much more. Speed is ensured by SSD’s, ThunderStack, and Varnish, etc. Every account established in a whole isolated environment and got dedicated IP address.

From the security side, Cloudways build sophisticated firewalls and keep latest security patches to protect their platform. There are many add-ons available to install regarding emails, and DNS, etc. Cloudways is an excellent choice especially for a developer, but the pricing difference has gone higher on some platforms like when you choose Google Cloud, Linode, AWS, and Kyup.

(3 days trial account – No credit card)

  • Price: $7/month
  • Site Migration: Requires a plugin that will install on your existing WordPress
  • Choice of location: Depends on the platform you choose
  • Support: Live chat, Email, Request a Call

Conclusion

Monthly web hosting is perhaps the best way to set up a site for a short duration. And we strongly believe that you will find the one from the above mentioned trustworthy providers. Our review on each host will guide you to pick up the best one.

Now all we can give you a quick recap that what we suggest

  • If you want to set up a site having traffic load under 100K, you should go for SiteGround or FastComet. They are amazing and easily hold such load also they offer tons of developer-friendly tools.
  • If money doesn’t matter to you – searching web host for a high resource eating project, then WP Engine might be suitable.
  • For developers where they can install the OS and play around the tools limitlessly then, Vultr would be a great choice.

In the end, we strongly encourage you to read the reviews to come up with your best monthly web hosting.

It would be great if you share your pick by leaving a comment below. If you have any question or need any suggestion, we will glad to assist you.

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