How to save on GoDaddy web hosting

The best deal I’ve found thus far for GoDaddy’s shared web hosting is $1.00 USD/month for the first year of their “Economy Linux Hosting with cPanel” plan which also comes with a free domain name registration.

This offer is only available through a link or promo code provided directly through GoDaddy’s own ads or from any number of affiliate website publishers. The offer may even appear on this site by way of a Google-served banner ad.

If you visit GoDaddy directly by typing it in the browser bar, you may see a much higher price starting from $5.99/month.

Conduct a Google search for “GoDaddy hosting”, and you should see one of their ads at the top of the results featuring the $1.49/month web hosting offer (unless you are using a VPN or visiting it from outside Canada).

After arriving at GoDaddy’s website from that resulting ad, scroll down to the bottom of the site and change the currency from CAD to USD.

The pricing will then switch to $1.00/month, which is valid when purchasing the plan on a 1-year term.

During the checkout process you will be prompted to enter your choice for the free domain registration. This freebie cannot be deferred for registration at a later time – skipping it will just purchase the web hosting plan by itself.

Note that the typical cost to register a new .ca domain name alone at some registrars can range from $9.99-$12.99+tax.

Even after the foreign exchange, opting for US billing will result in a better deal than the Canadian offer. The hosting product is identical regardless if you are billed by GoDaddy or GoDaddy Canada.

At the current exchange rate, the total charged to my credit card for the package was $15.96 CAD.

The plan will switch to regular price after the first year. Toggle off auto-renew to prevent any surprise billings in a year’s time should it beyond your budget.

If you are technically proficient – when you start getting your renewal reminders, backup your website and port your content to another provider. Many web hosting companies have introductory sign-up offers and some of those supporting cPanel will even provide free website migration services.

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