Based on my own experience, its not about choosing which hosting company but choosing which plan and which type of hosting environment your site(s) needs to run smoothly on.
The reason for this is there’s different types of plans which offer different levels of resources for different individual site needs.
In this post, i’ll show you the different types of hosting plans to help you choose the best web host for your WordPress site.
You won’t find any information here on dedicated server plans as i have never used a dedicated server.
Some webmasters think that VPS is the next level of hosting you should upgrade to once you outgrow shared hosting. Then once you outgrow VPS, you need to start renting a dedicated server.
It really depends on your own situation. That’s the reason i have written this post. To give you my opinion based on:
- My experience using different types of hosting plans for my own WordPress sites
- My experience with fixing problems for client sites
- My experience discussing web hosting on the WordPress forums
- The feedback and advice i have received from different hosting company server engineers.
Here’s a list of what i consider to be the best web hosting providers for hosting WordPress sites depending on the needs of your site(s)
Best WordPress Hosting Recommendations
Hosting One Small Website or Blog – If you’re searching for a web host for one small website or blog, i suggest you take a look at Hostgator.
*They also offer a free transfer service to help you move your WordPress site to your hosting account on their servers hassle free.
The difference between these 2 are that Hostgator offer a full range of hosting plans you can upgrade to if needed down the track whereas Bluehost ONLY offer shared hosting.
Bluehost also let you choose a domain name and install WordPress on the same account quickly and easily.
Hosting Multiple Small Websites and Blogs – If you own several websites and/or blogs, i suggest you take a look at a Bluehost Pro account. This type of hosting plan gives you more resources than a standard shared hosting package were you can also host unlimited sites.
A Bluehost Pro account doesn’t provide you with unlimited resources so if you have too many sites using too much resources, your account will be slowed down by CPU throttling.
A Pro account does provide more resources than a standard shared hosting plan so your sites will run faster on this type of account.
Hosting Large Websites/Blogs – If you own a site which is over 500mg in size and receives over 1000 visitors, i suggest you take a look at WPEngine.
If you are worried about your site speed being to slow, WPEngine are regarded as the fastest web host for WordPress.
WPEngine are the only hosting provider who specializes in WordPress which have been financially backed by the owner of WordPress, Automattic is WPEngine.
They don’t provide hosting for email because they focus purely on WordPress speed and security so you’ll need to host your emails using Google Apps which is regarded as the best free email hosting solution.
Reseller Hosting – The best reseller hosting in my opinion is Hostgator’s Resellers Plans. You can easily create different packages for reselling hosting to your customers who will also receive their own cPanel for easy management of their own hosting account.
VPS – If for some reason you want to use a VPS to host your sites then i suggest you take a look at GreenGeeks.
I have tried several VPS plans including Hostgator’s level 3 and 4 accounts however GreenGeeks offer the best value for money.
Green Geeks also offer a free migration service on all their hosting plans to help you move your WordPress site.
You’ll get one on one technical support with Green Geeks which will help you setup and configure your VPS making your site run faster as well as saving you time.
Beginners Hosting – If you are totally new to WordPress and have NO experience or knowledge of hosting or WordPress and are a bit technically challenged, i suggest you look at the standard Bluehost plan.
This way you can buy a domain and install WordPress on the same account rather than trying to figure out how to change your name servers to point from your domain registrar to your web host.
This is normally required if you choose to host your WordPress site with a different provider than your domain manager.
Clustered Hosting – WordPress actually recommend Media Temple as the best clustered host for WordPress sites. If you want your sites to be hosted on a network of servers across the United States, Media Temple provide the best hosting solution.
If you want to migrate your WordPress site(s) to Media Temple, Wikipedia offer some useful information which will help you with the move.
Read more about Media Temple hosting.
Fastest & Most Secure Web Hosting – WPEngine guarantee your WordPress sites will never be hacked and if they are, they will unhack them free of charge. Most other hosting packages will not secure your WordPress sites and leave security as well as backups in your hands.
Read more about website security in this post about 4800 websites hacked with No chance of recovery.
WPEngine also focus on speed and will configure your site including W3 Total Cache to run as fast as possible on their speed optimized servers
Why You Need To Choose The Best Hosting Environment
I spend time on many WordPress forums everyday and it seems working out which hosting plan to choose isn’t clear cut. Even some of the full time WordPress consultants discuss the difference between shared and VPS not really knowing which type of hosting is needed.
Shared hosting doesn’t give you very much control over the resources your site receives meaning you will experience slow page load speeds resulting in a decrease in page views when other sites on the same shared server are using far too much resources.
If you are needing to change hosts, i suggest you find out how much cpu resources, disk space and data transfer your site uses and then decide on which web hosting plan is best suited for your WordPress sites needs.
Once you know how much resources a hosting plan offers, you can then choose the best web hosting provider for your site.
Web Hosting Video Tutorials
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