I've never had paid hosting, always dealt with free hosting, and I feel it's time I need to step up a level and limit the hassle, but my requirements aren't that high so places like hostgator seem very expensive to me for my needs.
Bandwith traffic 30-50gb per month.
Wordpress site (so 1 database is required)
Disk space hasn't even cracked 100MB storage usage
I have my own domain so just need pure hosting.
The only things I really want is good realiability/up times that I can't get with free hosts.
Yes, you'll need to define cheap. It's good to move up from free hosting, as a paid offering will may (depending on who you pick, and making sure you don't pick a host who promises the earth for peanuts) be more reliable.
But too cheap, you could end up paying but being no better off.
One way to save money is to pay up front for a longer period. But please don't do this from day 1. Pay monthly for a few months until you know you've made the right choice, and even then be sensible about how long you pay for - your needs may change. Many hosts offer a discount only off your first invoice, but you can always ask them - they may honour that on an annual invoice if you wait a few months before moving to annual billing.
I recommend that you investigate thoroughly any host before signing up.
In fact, simply doing a feature versus price comparison of web hosts is not really very useful since most people only use a subset of all features offered.
How "cheap" is cheap to you? If $3 - $5/mo is cheap enough, many of the most recommended hosts on WHT fall within that range. If you're looking more at $10 - $12/yr choices will be more limited, and researching the provider you choose is even more important. No Support Linux Hosting is a great budget option if you're not looking for any type of hand holding.
Stay away from host gator their services isn't all that good because of the company that took then over which is EIG. I figure they say what the heck with it if we lose any customers we will always have others. Their servers are crowded and some don't even get updates or maintence. Also they are now moving all servers to a new location so right now wouldn't be good to purchase from them. Their prices aren't expensive at all. Don't forget you get what you pay for.
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