Finding a great host for your WordPress websites can sometimes be confusing. There are so many hosting providers out there all fighting for your business, and almost every website you go on for impartial advice suggests you join a different company than the last website you visited.
The truth is that there are many reliable hosting companies out there, and as long as you choose from one of the most recognized providers your hosting account will probably be in good hands.
WordPress is an advanced CMS, and can be hosted on a run of the mill host such as Hostgator, or can be run on a host that specializes in WordPress hosting. Your choice will largely depend on what you are willing to pay, and this will determine which host you are likely to join.
As with most beginners I began with a Hostgator account, then later moved my websites to a dedicated WordPress host as my needs grew. I currently host with Traffic Planet Hosting, which I have found to be exactly what I was looking for at a reasonable cost (also the support is amazing).
I have therefore listed two of the cheaper webhosts first, and followed them with a number of dedicated hosting providers that specialize in WordPress. These specialists are definitely more expensive, but worth considering for those that are willing to spend that little bit extra every month.
Hostgator is without question the most well known hosting provider worldwide. They offer shared hosting, and at very reasonable monthly cost. I have always found their online chat support to be exceptionally proficient and the tools they provide (included one click installation for WordPress to be easy to use).
Prices start from just $3.65 per month, they offer 24 hour support 7 days a week, and upgrading to a larger plan can all be done simply by contacting them.
While I have read of one or two people that have had difficulties with the company I have personally only ever experienced first class support. If I was starting again today I would definitely use them again.
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Bluehost is similar to Hostgator in almost every single respect. They make use of the same control panel, offer all the same set tools, and provide hosting plans that start at $3.95 (only $0.30 more expensive than Hostgator).
I suppose this similarity is hardly surprising when you find out that the parent company actually own both hosting companies.
So while I don’t see much difference between the two providers I have added them both for the sake of this article. Bluehost promise no contracts, no gimmicks, and a money back guarantee!
After a short flirtation with WP Engine I decided that their hosting was not only too expensive to host WP Squared on, I also had a few issues with their support team.
On a recommendation I made the move to Traffic Planet Hosting and so far (its been 12 months) I have been more than happy with both the support and speed of my website.
When I initially moved, the support staff insisted on moving all my websites to my new hosting account to ensure everything was set up perfectly (this added service did not cost me anything, and certainly made the process of moving the websites a lot easier).
Traffic Planet Hosting is a WordPress optimized host, and therefore specialize in only hosting WordPress websites. My website is backed up daily, I have access to unlimited email boxes (something that WP Engine does not provide), and the support is second to none. If I had to recommend only one host it would be this one. Did I mention their one click WordPress install?
WP Engine is a good host, that ensures your website runs quickly, and is backed up often. They also have an amazing staging area which means that you can work on a website and at the click of a button make that version supersede the current live version for seamless updates.
While I count WP Engine as one of the best managed WordPress hosting platforms available I found their support team to be poor, and their backend systems to be too complex.
In addition there is a large list of plugins that you are not allowed to use, and there has been reported cases where WP Engine have altered websites core WP Engine install.
A great host that has amazing industry support, though I believe they have a long way to go before I would once again decide to move my website back to them.
Please bare in mind that much of what I have said above is down to my personal experience, and some of the hosting providers that I have called into question may have improved their services beyond what they were when I initially used them.
WP Squared has been hosted with Traffic Planet Hosting for over 12 months and I have never been happier with a hosting service.
I have only included services that I have had direct dealings with in the past as I believe that is the only fair way for me to offer my personal recommendations however there are many hosting services available, but for the time being I am happy to only include those that I have had first hand dealings with.
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