While you don’t want to overpay on hosting, you definitely don’t want to underpay either.
Avoid choosing a host exclusively on price.
Most basic web hosting plans are in the $10-$20/month range. Yes, there are cheaper options. Some of them are promotional offers that go away at renewals. Others are hosting plans with terrible support and uptime.
My rule is if the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
I also don’t worry about chasing promotional offers to save a few dollars. For every site I’ve ever managed, I used the same host without ever switching. Once you have a host you’re happy with, changing to save a few bucks isn’t going to be worth it. Promotional offers come and go pretty quickly.
The ability to easily and quickly migrate an existing site will save you weeks of time.
Even a basic WordPress site can be a real hassle to migrate. First you have to set up a new WordPress install on your new host. Then you need to export the database of content from your old site and import it into your new one. Finally you have to re-configure everything in WordPress like the theme, plugins, and settings.
That’s a real pain and that’s why I put together an entire guide on WordPress migration.
It is possible to skip all this.
Some hosts will offer a 1-click migration for popular site builders like WordPress.
If you’re switching hosts and handling the migration yourself, look for an easy migration feature. This is a great way to make the final decision once you’ve narrowed it down to a few final options.
If you are really concerned, A2 Hosting has a team of specialists that will migrate your site for you free of charge.