Hi guys, today I wanted to write about WordPress and I thought I should start by hosting service providers since most people wanting to start their own web sites are often confused and indecisive about this. To clear things up, we’re first going to discuss a little about web hosting providers and then take a look at the top 10 best ones for WordPress beginners.
Why a Good Hosting Provider is Essential?
Whether you are creating your site using WordPress or Joomla or any other CMS, your web hosting service provider plays an indispensable role in how stable your site is and how it performs. That however is only the tip of the iceberg, because once your site starts to grow (that’s what you ultimately want) you’re going to need more resources to handle the incoming traffic and increasing requests that will put a load on your hosting server.
Since you can’t necessarily monitor your website for performance issues or availability (whether your site is actually online and serving incoming traffic or not) 24/7, choosing a reliable hosting service provider only makes sense. It also makes sense to shop locally, Australian Website Hosting if you are in Australia, USA hosting if you are in north America.
Finally, if you’re a beginner, you’re going to need support. There will be times when you will break your WordPress site thanks to poorly coded themes and plug-ins, and that’s when you’re going to need to talk to live support and get your issues resolved. A good hosting company will stand behind its service and you won’t run into customer support issues.
Now that we’re clear about the role of good hosting services, we’re going to look at the top 10 web hosting providers that work with WordPress sites and have plans that suit beginners.
Site5 takes the top spot on this list due to excellent performance, customer support and a couple of offers that beat the competition. For starters, you get unlimited disk space, that means you won’t have to worry about hosting your own images or videos. That is coupled with unlimited bandwidth, which means your hosting account will not run out of resources when incoming traffic actually views the images and videos you have hosted!
They also have a free migration service for those of you who already have their sites hosted on other providers and to top it all they have a 45-day money back guarantee. The only downside is that Site5’s plans aren’t exactly the cheapest, but if you go for a 24-month (2 year) hosting plan you’ll be paying as low as $4.95/month.
The folks at Bluehost are so dedicated to WordPress that they not only have two full-time engineers working for the further development of the CMS but are also offering discounts for WordPress users. So if you’re thinking of starting your own WordPress based site you’re going to find their plans and customer support very helpful.
They’re currently starting with $3.49/month (after the first term expires you will be renewing your plan at $5.99/month) and offer a reliable service for the price.
Siteground is another web hosting provider that offers great WordPress support and a start-up package good enough to support your site for about 10,000 monthly visitors. Their packages start with $3.95/month and you get the basic WordPress security and backup features along with CloudFlare CDN integration. However, on a side note, I’d like to add that CloudFlare CDN services can be used for free even without integration from within your hosting service. Nevertheless, Siteground is a good hosting service option if you’re a WordPress beginner.
#4. WP Engine
If you want a hosting service dedicated to WordPress alone you can’t go wrong with WP Engine. The folks over there are insanely helpful when it comes to WordPress issues and will even recover your site if it’s hacked (not uncommon when using WordPress). However, the only downside is that their hosting is expensive, starting at $29/month for one WordPress site that can take up to 25,000 visitors per month. Nevertheless, if you want no compromise on quality and WordPress related support, WP Engine is the way to go. If you’re concerned about taking a risk with such high costs involved you may like the fact that they offer a 60-day money back guarantee.
A lot of people don’t know about Namecheap but they have great service and support for WordPress based sites. Their hosting plans are very affordable, starting at around $3.24/month ($38.88/year) and currently they’re offering a discount on your first year, which will cost you $9.88 for the first 12 months. If you run into any WordPress related issues their support is quite helpful and will recover your site for free in case you manage to break something.
Inmotion is known for its reliable and easily scalable business hosting solutions and works well for WordPress based sites with maximum up-time. Their plans start with $5.99/month and all their packages come with a free domain and SSDs (solid-state drives) for faster performance. Once you decide you want to scale you can easily move up to their Power package which offers double the resources for only $2 more.
#7. A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting is another great web hosting service provider with a lot of additional features you can benefit from. They boast SSD storage for your site which translates into faster performance and lower page load time. Moreover, their packages start at €3.19/month and if you use 51SPEED coupon code at the time of purchase you will get 51% off your first year’s hosting cost. Unlimited storage and bandwidth also get A2 Hosting more points and there are tons of more features you can upgrade with as and when you need to scale your site for more visitors.
Dreamhost actually has two great hosting plans to choose from – one without managed WordPress support and one with it. The first plan starts at $8.95/month and offers unlimited hosted domains, storage and bandwidth with a 97-day money back guarantee. However, if you’re looking for a secure and managed WordPress hosting package with Dreamhost, it will cost you $19.95/month with automatic backups, security and Virtual Private Servers. Once again, even though the hosting costs with Dreamhost are high, they have great support and you won’t be risking a lot with their generously long money back guarantee period.
#9. Go Daddy
Go Daddy needs no introduction since the company has been serving millions of websites since 1997 and is the world’s largest registrar. On the side, they also have web hosting packages for WordPress blogs and sites starting at $3.99/month with daily backups, security features and thousands of themes and plugins to choose from. However, when it comes to performance, Go Daddy may not be the most reliable, even though their startup plan claims to accommodate 25,000 visitors per month on one site. On the plus side you also get one free domain with your first year, so if you’re looking for a balance of performance and affordability Go Daddy is a good choice.
Just like Go Daddy, HostGator is one of the most popular names in the industry and offers affordable hosting services along with good resources for beginners. At $3.96/month you’ll be getting unlimited storage and bandwidth for one site along with over 4,000 templates and a $100 Google Adwords offer (terms and conditions apply). The only downside to HostGator is that their support isn’t always the most prompt (due to the sheer number of customers they have), so if you’re thinking someone will walk you through the steps of setting up your WordPress site, you might want to consider another hosting provider.
In some of the upcoming posts we will talk about the advantages of a self-hosted WordPress site and also take a look at some of the best themes and plugins you can use. In case you have any questions please don’t hesitate to comment below and ask.