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Hosting a Website for the First Time?

Our hosting and website guide is like a map - only useful if you know where to go.

You need to understand what you need from a web host before you pick one.

For newbies, the no-brainer rule is to always start small with an affordable plan such as shared hosting. For more advanced users, your site usability is crucial - this means you need a stable and flexible hosting solution.

Step-by-step guide to hosting your first website







Compare Web Hosting Providers

Can't decide which web host to go with?

Use our comparison tool to compare through a wide list of hosting companies. You can compare up to 3 hosting companies at once and it lists out all the details you need such as our rating, pricing, basic features, and also a quick pros & cons review.

WHSR Host Comparison Tool / Our Web Hosting Reviews

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Market Study: How Much to Pay for a Web Host?

hosting prices based on our market study (2018)

Hosting prices have changed drastically over the last 10 to 15 years.

In early 2000, a $8.95/mo package with basic features was considered cheap. Then the price dropped to $7.95/mo, then $6.95/mo, $5.95/mo, and lower.

We studied recent market trends and found that, on average...

  • Entry level shared plan costs $3.40/mo at signup & $4.94/mo during renewal,
  • Entry level VPS plan costs $17.20/mo at signup & $20/mo during renewal, and
  • The highest shared and VPS hosting plans sould not cost more than $25/mo and $170.

In case you wonder how much you should pay for web hosting...

Read Our Study in Website Hosting Cost.



Web Hosting Discounts & Deals


GreenGeeks Coupon Code

  • Coupon
  • By Jerry Low
Coupon Code: 10YEARSGREEN For those signing up GreenGeeks for the first time, use this coupon code to save up to 70% on shared hosting (click here to order). Disclosure: WHSR receives referral fees fr…

Interserver Coupon Code

  • Coupon
  • By Jerry Low
Coupon Code: WHSRPENNY Interested in Interserver shared hosting? You can now try them out for just $0.01 for a month with the promo code “WHSRPENNY” (click here to order). Disclosure: WHSR…

GlowHost Coupon Codes

  • Coupon
  • By Jerry Low
Coupon Code: WHSR30 For those making their purchase for the first time at GlowHost, use this discount code to get 30% off on GlowHost web hosting plans (click here to order). Disclosure: WHSR receives…



More on Website Hosting


7 GoDaddy Alternatives for Domain & Hosting

  • Hosting Guides
  • By Jason Chow
GoDaddy may be the ‘big daddy’ of hosting services but the biggest isn’t necessarily the best. Established in 1997 as Jomax Technologies, this Arizona-headquartered behemoth today serves over 18 milli…

Best Cloud Hosting Providers in 2020

  • Hosting Guides
  • By Jerry Low
The best “Cloud” hosting providers today offer users more than just a collection of resources. They often differentiate themselves in an already saturated market. With web services becomin…

Best VPS Hosting Providers to Consider (2020)

  • Hosting Guides
  • By Jerry Low
VPS Hosting plans are the power points of most web hosting service providers solution range. They are the sweet spot of transition for many users and in fact, are where most do end up once they gradua…

Plesk vs cPanel: Compare World’s Most Popular Web Hosting Control Panel

  • Hosting Guides
  • By Jerry Low
Control panels are such an integral part of our website hosting experience and yet not many of us give them much thought. For example, did you know that the two most popular Web Hosting Control Panels…

The Best Free Web Hosting Sites (2020)

  • Hosting Guides
  • By Timothy Shim
* Updates: Price list and comparison table updated.  We all love freebies and it should come as no surprise that even in web hosting there are tons of freebies if you know where to look. Not…

The Curious Case of Absolutely Free Domain Name

  • Hosting Guides
  • By Timothy Shim
With more than 348 million domain names registered as of end 2018, domain names are hot selling commodities. In fact, there has been such great demand that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names …





WHSR Blogging Guide

Building a Successful Blog

How to create your first blog using WordPress? How to make more money blogging? How to actively grow your blog traffic? What are the right blogging tools to use?

Learn everything - from basics to advanced blog marketing tatics from probloggers who have "been there and done that".

How to Start a Blog in 2020



WHSR Blogging Tips


How to Get 8,000 Blog Comments: A Case Study

  • Blogging Tips
  • By Ryan Biddulph
Recently I received my 8,000th comment on Blogging From Paradise. After hitting this milestone I want to share a case study detailing how to get 8,000 comments on your blog too. Why do you want commen…

Blog Name Ideas: Tips To Pick The Perfect Name For Your Blog

  • Blogging Tips
  • By Azreen Azmi
What’s the biggest hurdle that every budding blogger faces? Trying to choose a name for their blog. Naming a blog can be quite hard, especially if you’re new to the whole blogging and branding thing. …

Best Blogging Practices For Nonprofit Blogs

  • Blogging Tips
  • By Azreen Azmi
A blog is more than just a way to post stats and press releases about your company. In fact, used properly, blogging for nonprofit can be an indispensable tool to further strengthen the brand of your …





Everything you need to start a new website online

Running an Online Venture

Every business needs an online precense - You need an online space to build your business, sell products or get your name out there.

You don’t have to be a tech geek nor a programmer.

Follow the right method. Select the right platforms. Use the right publishing tools. You will be 100% fine.

Three Ways to Create a Website / 50 Online Business Ideas



Latest Web Business & Development Guide


CyberGhost Review

  • Web Tools
  • By Timothy Shim
CyberGhost Pros: What I Like about CyberGhost 1. Romania is Outside the 14-Eyes Jurisdiction Jurisdiction is one of the most important things in a VPN service provider. Normally, we concern ourselves …

7 Tools to Stress Test Your Website for Heavy Traffic

  • Web Tools
  • By Jerry Low
Even the most novice among website owners has at some point or other tested their website performance. However, most of these tests normally focus on loading speed or user experience indices. But what…

How KnownHost is Spreading Enterprise-quality Services to the Average Consumer

  • Interviews
  • By Timothy Shim
KnownHost was founded in 2006 and at the time was extremely focused on the Virtual Private Server (VPS) and server co-location business. It was only roughly two years ago that KnownHost CEO Justin Sau…

Keeping an Eye on Site Reliability with Freshping

  • Web Tools
  • By Timothy Shim
Freshping, developer by Freshworks, is a very simple website monitoring tool that starts off at a fantastic price – free. In a very small nutshell, it allows you to automatically monitor a set of webs…

HRANK Aims for a New Era in Shared Hosting Monitoring

  • Interviews
  • By Timothy Shim
HRANK is a site that offers information on web hosting companies. It has a fairly large number of reviews along with a transparent methodology and something that most review sites don’t offer – compre…

Surfshark Review

  • Web Tools
  • By Timothy Shim
Surfshark Pros 1. No Logging As I mentioned earlier, the first thing that made me take note of Surfshark was the BVI-base it works from. That bodes very well for the no-logging policy that the company…





Protecting Your Online Privacy

In today's Information Age, data is the new currency. Your personal data has become one of the single most valuable assets available online today and just like anything, it can be stolen and traded or exchanged.

Companies are trying to gather more data on their users to the extent that it is becoming overly intrusive while countries are divided on how to manage the situation.

So, what can we as individual do to protect our privacy online? The answer leads us to VPNs.

How VPN Works / Top 10 VPN Services to Consider

Learn how to protect your privacy online.



More Online Privacy Guide



NordLynx Boosts NordVPN Speed Considerably

  • Security
  • By Timothy Shim
NordLynx is a protocol by NordVPN built adaptively around WireGuard. The latter has been touted by many initial testers to be the next generation in communications protocol. However, since WireGuard i…

Beware: Not All VPN that Works in China are the Same

  • Security
  • By Jerry Low
It has been over four decades since China opened up its economy. Over that period of time, the nation has spread its wings over everything from oil exploration to technology. At the same time however,…

ExpressVPN vs NordVPN: Which VPN is the Better Buy?

  • Security
  • By Timothy Shim
In the world of Virtual private Networks, there are many famous names. None more famous perhaps, than NordVPN and ExpressVPN. These two behemoths have lorded it over the field for ages. For those who …





The People Behind WHSR

WHSR publishes articles and develops tools for users who help in hosting and building a website.

The hosting market is crowded with thousands of providers, each with different options. Our aim is to clear the smoke screens and get you to the core of the quality and value these companies offer.

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Jerry and Jason at WordCamp KL 2017



Jerry and Mike, CEO of Interserver