WP Engine offer a number of standard packages split out by traffic, storage and number of sites that can be hosted. These range in price from $29 to $249 per month. For our tests, we ran on the entry-level Personal package.
Update 2 (Dec 2015): I’d definitely advice against using Bluehost. They had some major outages in last few days, also according to our customer analysis, their live chat support takes at least 35-40 minutes.
WordPress is the world’s most popular website building tool. It gives you access to thousands of free themes and plugins that help simplify the design process and allow you to add powerful features with just a few clicks. Plus, with GoDaddy Managed WordPress, you get:
It has three shared business hosting packages: Launch, Power and Pro. All plans include one free domain registration or transfer and allow you to set up an unlimited number of email accounts. InMotion Hosting is one of the few companies that provide multiple security features with all of its plans, including a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate, a secure shell (SSH), a solid-state drive (SSD), a spam-filtering program and free data backups.
For the most part, our web hosts did well. We took a few points away from the ones that we quickly identified as robots — they might be helpful for common, preset questions, like the differences between packages, but they won’t be able to answer questions that are overly specific, or help you diagnose why your website might be running slowly. A few companies had the option to choose which department (technical support, sales, or billing) you wanted to speak to, but this wasn’t always as impressive as it sounded. Scala Hosting offered this feature, but we only ever saw Technical Support online; the other two departments were constantly dark — not a problem until you need to ask a question about your billing cycle, or upgrading your plan.
Dedicated is typically the most expensive of the hosting types, so the best dedicated hosts make it worth your while. You can expect 99.999% uptime, market-leading hardware, a redundant network, and ultra-reliable support with InMotion.
Reseller hosting is ideal for users who are interested in using his or her allotted hard drive space and bandwidth to host websites on behalf of third-parties. To do this, the reseller will need to purchase the host’s services wholesale and then sell them to customers separately for a potential profit at retail prices.
At this stage, we narrowed our list down to top 10 web hosting companies based on all of the criteria above. Because not all web hosting companies are suitable for everyone, we split our top 10 into two lists:
SiteGround developed several in-house innovations that put them ahead in this market, including a unique technology to actively monitor their servers, preventing downtime in real time, and custom software for live chat and support ticketing. These examples of going the extra mile for the user have resulted in 99.996% uptime annually and exceptional customer support around the clock. Read our review for more on why SiteGround is a stellar choice for small business hosting.
Our WordPress Hosting solutions are designed to be user-friendly, yet they are loaded with a number of features that developers are looking for. That means both WordPress experts and users who have never hosted a site before will both love our solutions.
WordPress’ origins can be traced back to the beginning of 2001 when the blogging solution B2/cafelog was launched by French programmer Michael Valdrighi. B2/cafelog was an innovative solution at the time because it introduced the ability for pages to be created dynamically with a MySQL database. Valdrighi continued to work on B2/cafelog and released version 1.0 in 2002. Shortly afterward, Valdrighi stopped developing his solution. This was particularly unfortunate because B2/cafelog had actually grown its user-base to a reasonable number. These users were left without a supported solution.
We also use Load Impact service to send virtual users (VU) to each website to see how the hosting server would handle increased requests from multiple connections at once. This helps us see how the individual WordPress hosting company would perform during peak traffic times.
I recently moved my email and websites to GoDaddy. I have contacted support on several occasions due to my lack of knowledge of Outlook 365 and Managed WordPress. Both chat and phone support were able to resolve my issues quickly.
I’ve been using Hostgator since a year and hosted many of my sites there! Their customer service is pretty good! I only faced couple of downtimes when their Provo servers had outrage. . . apart from that, I’m very satisfied with performance. . .
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 »
Before we committed to signing up for a trial month or three, we evaluated the websites of all 49 web hosts. We wanted to find environments that would be easy for a brand-new customer to navigate while providing a range of technical resources to educate more experienced users.
Our WordPress search engine optimization (SEO) plugin walks through your site and automatically handles your site’s basic SEO needs, so get seen by Google and other major search engines. No tech skills needed.
Bluehost’s suite of options represent an excellent compromise between quality and price and should be able to handle successive waves of traffic increases elegantly. They also have over a decade of WordPress hosting experience behind them and continue to be recommended on WordPress.org. The inclusion of ManageWP is a nice additional bonus.
Cloud hosting: For basic sites with limited memory and CPU requirements, cloud hosting starting costs are higher than shared web hosting, but less than VPS hosting. However, starting costs for managed cloud hosting can be higher than dedicated hosting.
Website Builder also offers business email, with your own domain. You’ll look a lot more professional using a business email account than one that’s derived from one of those commodity email services everyone else is using.
Our hosting platform is built on the latest SSD hardware. Then we add our own caching tool, the SuperCacher, which uses NGINX technology to drastically increase WordPress speed. Last, our servers support PHP7 and HTTP/2, and come with a free CDN to make your website fly!
One of my favorite things about using a VPS is that you can store multiple websites on one VPS server. Our Bluehost VPS currently hosts five websites – including ‘staging sites’ that we use for testing, as well as sites like Marketing Automation Insider, and Qosy. Having the one account makes it easier for us to manage lots of websites, without having individual hosting accounts for each of our websites.
Because WordPress uses templates, edits are quick and easy. The vast template library offers thousands of layout options and variations, and WordPress accommodates no end of adjustments, customizations, and tweaks. With only basic coding knowledge, users can adapt and modify themes for whatever they need.
People use websites for all kinds of things, and exactly what you want to do will dictate what kind of web hosting you need. In addition to the types of web hosting we covered in the previous section, which can generally be used for many different types of websites, there are specialty options that to a specific subset of users. We will cover these options below.