I signed up with a web host a year ago and remember paying only around $15 for the year at the time. Probably less. Now my renewal is coming up and they want to charge me nearly $40 per year.

They have great support, but I feel this is a bit expensive for hosting a low-traffic website. Is this common practice? I would hate to take all the time and energy to migrate my website to a different host only to have them do the same thing after a year.

  • Generally - Yes. There is often an introductory price and the annual price for renewal. My concern is how much per month your renewal is. Like they say around here, Holy Heck!! Is this Network Solutions? ;-) Check out other hosts for better prices, but do not go for cheap. Go for quality. – closetnoc May 19 '16 at 2:42
  • Oh sorry it's per year. Edited the OP. – user64181 May 19 '16 at 3:19
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    Oh. Hells bells! That's gang good!! Don't change if you are happy. You cannot complain about that price! – closetnoc May 19 '16 at 3:22
  • In my experience... no, this is not normal. However, if this was initially an "introductory price" for new customers then that should have been clearly stated at the time. (?) – MrWhite May 19 '16 at 7:35

Yes, it is common for shared hosting plans. For VPS and dedicated servers, it is not so common as billing usually happens every month (they generally offer 1 or 2 months of free hosting/credits in case of VPS).

In shared hosting space, sellers do not call it 'introductory offer' or anything but they just mention that renewal will happen at $40 (or some other number) per year.

If you're happy with the hosting/support, do not change the host as $40 per year is very reasonable specially when support is great.

  • Thanks. I don't have a lot of experience with webhosts and it seemed like a big jump from what I was first paying. Tbh, they have great support but I was just so surprised at the price increase. Good to know it's reasonable so I will stay with them. :) – user64181 May 20 '16 at 9:56

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