We use several different web hosting companies for our clients’ sites. One thing they ALL have in common is that web hosting fees have gone up noticeably in the past few years. Last year alone, our primary hosting preference went up 15%; another premium provider we use went up about 35%. Part of this is catchup for inflation that has occurred the past few years. Part of it also is a recognition that the growth in the number of unique web sites – and related to that, unique server subscriptions – has slowed MORE than noticeably.
Another development has been the creation of newer web hosting subscription levels for some providers. Eventually what this can do is make older subscription levels somewhat obsolete, requiring an “upgrade” to get what you need – or require add-on services at the subscription level with add-on costs.