What is the best hosting for WordPress?
Choosing a hosting service for your WordPress site often seems like an afterthought, as most hosting companies out there seem to be providing the same services at similar prices. Especially if you are a small business and only need the basic hosting package, the difference between hosting providers become even more negligible.
However, as incredibly powerful a platform as it is, WordPress has its quirks when it comes to metrics like site speed. There are several factors that contribute to the speed of a WordPress site including the theme you choose to use, the plugins that you install and the server that the site is being hosted.
Managed WordPress Hosting
As WordPress has become more and more popular, hosting companies have started offering plans that are tailored to WordPress sites. Nowadays pretty much every hosting provider out there is offering Managed WordPress Hosting plans to their customers. The biggest advantage of this is that the servers are optimized specifically for WordPress sites that work on databases rather than static HTML sites. Managed WordPress accounts optimize your site for performance, make sure that your site is secure, and keep regular backups. On top of that they advise you if a specific plugin is having a negative impact.
In short, if your site is developed in WordPress, Managed WordPress Hosting is a no brainer. That is the easy part. But going back to our original question about which hosting provider to choose, making a choice is not as easy.
We work with different clients who have their websites hosted with us or they have their hosting plan from another provider. This diversity has given us a good chance to work with different hosting platforms including WP Engine, Blue Host, Siteground, GoDaddy, DreamHost and HostGator to name a few.
Most popular WordPress hosting platforms
Started in 1996, BlueHost has become the biggest name when it comes to WordPress hosting. They are an official ‘WordPress’ recommended hosting provider. With Bluehost, you never have to worry about your website being slow even when there is a lot of traffic. Their 24/7 expert support is always there to help when you need it by phone, email, or live chat. They are rated #1 in web hosting for small businesses.
SiteGround is one of the most popular and highest rated hosting provider in the WordPress community. They provide unique in-house WordPress speed and security solutions to make your site as fast and secure as possible. They are known for the best 24/7 support in the industry which is why they’re an official ‘WordPress’ recommended hosting provider. SiteGround features include automatic upgrades, daily backups built-in WP caching, free CDN, free SSL, one-click staging and GIT version control. They are also one of the few companies offering location specific hosting with 6 data centres in USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Also founded in 1996, DreamHost is known for making web hosting easy. You get a custom dashboard, 1-click WordPress install, automatic WordPress updates, unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth and free SSDs which makes your site 200% faster. DreamHost powers over 1.5 million WordPress blogs and websites. They’re also an officially recommended WordPress hosting provider.
HostGator has become more and more popular in the last 5 years among WordPress users. They host over 10 million domains and is one of the most popular web hosts in the industry. With 1-click WordPress installation, 99.9% up time guarantee, and 24/7 support, it’s a smart choice for every website owner.
While all of the options above are great providers for WordPress hosting, we host our website with SiteGround. After having tried numerous providers and having worked with different hosting dashboards through our clients, we settled on SiteGround for 3 main reasons:
- Fast servers
- Incredible customer service
- Custom SiteGround plugins to improve website performance
SiteGround has very fast and reliable servers that are optimized for WordPress sites and they are maintained on a regular basis to ensure that their performance are top notch. In dealing with their customer service on a daily basis, we can also assure you that their response time is incredibly fast through live chat and they won’t let you go until your problem is solved.
Lastly, they have been adding custom plugins to their WordPress sites to optimize website performance and security including image optimization, frontend optimization as well as security features. These plugins make life very easy as a user, as you can simply turn these features on and off with the flip of a switch.
If you want to learn more about Managed WordPress Hosting, there is a great article by WPBeginner that offers an in-depth look into hosting platforms. WPBeginner is the largest free WordPress resource site that we highly recommend you check out for all your WordPress related questions.