Most of the hosts we evaluated performed pretty well, but those are the ones we consistently recommend to our customers and friends looking for affordable, fast WordPress hosting. If you’re interested in the data-driven reasoning behind our opinion, keep reading while I’ll break it down and explain how we ran our tests.
After the speed test, we ran the Load Impact test on Bluehost servers. We gradually built up to 100 unique visitors at once to see how the server would handle increased requests from multiple connections at once.
Laura Bernheim (HostingAdvice.com): Behind a mission to make life easier for website developers and their customers, Hostinger provides fast, stable, and streamlined services at a price that is very hard to beat.Founded in 2004, the bootstrapped company hit the 10 million users mark a decade… Go to full review »
If you are staring at a blank slate trying to decide how to design your website it can be helpful to sketch up a plan. It may seem counter intuitive to start your design with Navigation and content then pick a template after but it will be much easier to choose a template that works once you know what content you have and what pages you need.
Trusted by brands like Asana, Soundcloud, and Arizona State University, WP Engine has built a reputation for being the best WordPress hosting company by ensuring that their clients’ WordPress sites are always protected from the latest security loopholes – which if exploited would cause downtime.
Ryan Frankel (HostingAdvice.com): Web.com is known for offering both simple, no-frills hosting plans and a popular website builder. The initial signup rate is very attractive at just under $2; however, the regular rates for the second month and thereafter aren’t quite justified by the quality… Go to full review »
Our Build It For Me (BIFM) professional design plans take the hassle out of creating a website for your business. Your website is built to be mobile friendly so it will look great on all screens and devices. After choosing your BIFM plan you’ll be up and running in a few simple steps.
PHP is an open source scripting language that borrows from the likes of C, Java, and Perl, and can be HTML-embedded. Using a PHP hosting provider rather than any old generic host save you loads of trouble, including not having to parse and compile your files or install and learn any additional web publishing tools.
Another option is cloud hosting, which is where your information and bandwidth is spread across multiple servers to improve redundancy. Like a dedicated server, cloud hosting is expensive, and you’re responsible for any maintenance and repairs.
With our auto-migration feature, you can migrate your WordPress site to us with one click. If you use a custom login page or host at WordPress.com, our 24/7, award-winning support can walk you through your migration.
By merging web servers and webspace on a common platform, as well as the new network protocol HTTP/2 for encrypted data, you benefit from the best project performance possible. And now with the new 1&1 Performance Levels, you can adjust the output of your projects at anytime.
The managed packages we tested break out their entry-level plans by traffic, storage space and number of sites supported rather than our test criteria of performance. You’ll need to consider your own anticipated traffic requirements when weighing up the exact package to suit your business.
If you’re a beginner, you’ll want a web host that you can bug the heck out of. Even if you’re experienced with web hosting, it pays to have a host with a helpful technical support team that can solve any issues you run into.
Don’t want to build a site from scratch? Our exclusive Quick Start wizard lets you choose from a library of pre-built websites, including thousands of high-quality images. Best of all, you can easily customize your site – add text, edit images, even move entire sections – with our simple, drag-&-drop design tools.
A Linux hosting choice often comes down to cost, stability, and security. The open source Linux hosting alternative allows websites to be built on the Linux Operating System. Find out how Linux is different from Windows hosting.
They need to offer at least three types of hosting. We required all of our web hosts to offer shared, dedicated, and VPS or Cloud hosting. These upper service tiers are unlikely to be immediately necessary, but they offer upgraded services that can help your website flourish as it grows. You won’t need to migrate to another company and sign a new contract.
The company does loose some points for its hefty price increase after the first year for most plans, although we do commend 1&1 for making that price increase clear, visible, and easy to understand on their site.
There are even companies, such as WP Engine, that only host WordPress sites. In addition to offering servers that are optimised for running WordPress, these companies proactively out for the latest WordPress security flaws and ensure that their customers’ websites are always protected against them.
GoDaddy surprised me in more ways than one. GoDaddy started at a blazing 483 ms response time, but once traffic hit 25 users, it essentially fell off the face of the earth. The report lists times of above 4 minutes, and that may be true, but it almost looks like the server became completely unresponsive or started rejecting connections. The load test reported a number of failed attempts to connect to the server. While GoDaddy shined at lower traffic levels, it fell apart completely as traffic passed the 25 user mark.
Last but not least, we use Bitcatcha service to test server response times across numerous geographical locations including United States, London, Singapore, Sao Paulo, India, Sydney, and Japan. This helps us decide which hosting company is best for which geographical location.