Choosing a host for your WordPress site is not something to be done lightly. Changing hosts can be a chore (not to mention that it’s often expensive). If you’re just getting started, take some time and do your research. Sometimes, you get what you pay for. You might be sorry later if you just pick the cheapest option now.
Below I’ve shared my experiences with some of the better-known hosts, as well as the recommendations I’ve heard from other trusted sources. Some links are affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission (at no cost to you) if you use a link below. Thank you!
After working with Agathon Group on a few client jobs, I knew that whenever one of my sites got big enough to need better hosting, they would be my first choice.
BigScoots came highly recommended, and I have not been disappointed. They are almost always available on live chat, and when they are not, they respond promptly to my emails. There are no hoops to jump through to contact support–you just hop on chat. After using BigScoots for several clients, I decided their speed and their price could not be beat: all of my normal traffic sites are on a BigScoots shared hosting account.
SiteGround is an economical hosting option trusted by friends in the blogosphere whom I trust. Plus, it’s is one of the hosting solutions suggested by WooThemes, creator of the WooCommerce plugin, which means it will run well no matter what you give it in the way of WordPress resources. Those recommendations are good enough for me.
Black Chicken comes up every time I ask my blogging friends about their favorite web host. Their site may not be much to talk about, but their customer service is known far and wide. I’ve used Black Chicken for many clients and their speeds are stellar.
This company always gets mentioned on Twitter when someone is told they need dedicated hosting and then nearly has a heart attack at the price. Media Temple has a fabulous variety of rates (without the heart attack price). Definitely a host to consider.
The cream of the crop when it comes to managed WordPress hosting is WP Engine. If you can afford it, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. (Read more from WPBeginner about when you really need managed hosting.)
I’ve heard nothing but good about A Small Orange, even though they are now owned by the same company that owns HostGator and Bluehost. Apparently they have outstanding customer service and great pricing options.
I love NameCheap’s domain services, but I’m starting to hear great things about their hosting services as well.
HostGator doesn’t throttle or slow down your site when you get lots of traffic, they simply shut it down. I used HostGator for two years, and was happy with their customer service, but not my site speeds. When HostGator shut down the sites of multiple friends and clients when they had traffic spikes from posts going viral, I started to look into other hosting options.
Bluehost is a longstanding WordPress-recommended hosting provider, but my experience with them was anything but recommended or longstanding. After they throttled my sites for “high” traffic, I moved elsewhere. The prices are cheap, but their hosting is not unlimited.
Every DreamHost site I’ve ever visited was as slow as molasses. And the DreamHost control panel area is the most confusing thing I’ve ever used.
Their distasteful advertising aside, GoDaddy sells cheap domains. And even cheaper hosting. I’ve never seen a WordPress site grind to a halt faster than when it was installed on GoDaddy’s hosting.
Want a second opinion?
- WPBeginner reviews Best WordPress Hosting
- WPMU DEV reviews web hosting: So Just Who is the Best?
- WordPress Hosting: The Definitive Resource Guide
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