Just like everything else, when buying web hosting services too, you need to know what it is that you should be paying, so that you don’t get ripped off. However, there is no exact figure that can be set since there are so many different types of web hosting with different levels of services. That being said, there are some commonly found averages for each type of hosting that should help you figure out whether you are in the right ball park.
To being with, there are free web hosts that do not cost you anything, and can be a great starting point. However, since these are free, you should not be expecting too much from them.
For shared hosting, the price would be the lowest compared to all other types. The prices would vary depending upon various factors like the amount of disk space, monthly bandwidth, etc. However, it is not uncommon to find shared web hosting costing around $4 a month.
Some advanced shared hosting may even cost around $20 a month. As per the prevailing trend in the industry, you get discount if you buy for a longer period. Most of the web hosting companies offer cheapest price for a 3-year plan.
Dedicated hosting is the most expensive type of hosting since you exclusively get to use the whole server. It could cost you anything from $50 to $100 a month, and sometimes even more than that.
Virtual Private Server or VPS hosting, as it is usually called, is something in between shared hosting and dedicated hosting. The server is virtually partitioned into different sections, each section functioning as a full-fledged server. And in this sense, you get exclusive access to the ‘virtual section’ or your private server. VPS hosting can cost you anything from $20 to $50. But again, much depends upon the server hardware configuration that you get in the deal.