Finding a cheap hosts that are reliable is a tedious task but I've never ran into problems by doing these 2-3 dummy-proof checks on hosts. I see a lot of people looking at recommendations on forums. Some of them are good, but many I wouldn't use. Sometimes you're just better off at Googling: 1 dollar host or cheap web hosting, and then filtering them yourself. First, check the reviews on WebHostTalk.com. Go to Google, type in: site: webhostingtalk.com.com "your host name" If there are a lot of reviews, simply click "Search tools" and select within the past year. Read some of the reviews, they won't be biased for the most part on that forum. If there are no reviews, I wouldn't risk trying them and being the first. Second, you should use their live support or email support. Simply start a live chat, and see how long it takes. Ask a question. See if the live chat even works. If they don't have a live chat, I don't use them. However, sometimes I'll email them and see if they respond to a simple sales question in 10 minutes. Sometimes I'll email "How quick does support usually respond?" Lastly, I also check over things like how long the host has been around. I don't want a host that's new in the past couple years. I also have Moz's toolbar installed so just by looking at the DA, you can tell if they're established at all. I do this for every host, and I've been more than happy with the ones I've chose.