7 Excellent Companies When Choosing WordPress Hosting

The health of the website relies heavily on a hosting provider. Thus, choosing the right hosting for the WordPress website is vital for the business. There are numerous WordPress host providers to choose from such as Bluehost, SiteGround, HostGator etc.

How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting?
How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting? | Credits: Shalini Dixit on Flickr

Before choosing the host, there are three important factors to keep in mind:

  • Speed: Also referred to as ‘load time’
  • Uptime: Needs to be at least 99.94%
  • Customer Support: WordPress related questions are solved by the customer support team

Once you’re happy with these factors, you can undertake your migration  as recommended by CollectiveRay’s guide on how to move a WordPress site.

Here are some of the best WordPress hosting companies to try out.

1. Bluehost

Among small business owners and bloggers, Bluehost is a popular choice for hosting. Therefore, people looking for creating their website using WordPress, Bluehost is the recommended option. The reason is, each year they are hosting more than 2 million websites. Bluehost is owned by EIG (Endurance International Group).

Notable Features:

  • Uptime: >99.99%
  • Load Time: 419 ms
  • Support: 5/5

If last 12 months average uptime is compared, it was >99.99% and load time is 406ms. With only 1 hour of downtime per year, Bluehost is the most reliable web hosting. Thus, it ranks first in this list.

If the business owners have any questions regarding website setup, Bluehost has 24/7 customer service available to help them solve the query. The services come at a slightly higher price and all the organization will be able to afford it, but they do give a free domain name for one year plus site migration for new accounts, too.

Pros:

  • Strong Uptime and load time
  • Free site transfer
  • Free domain name
  • Recommended by the WordPress.org

Cons:

  • A customer has to pay yearly as there is no option to pay monthly.

2. SiteGround

Around the world, SiteGround has grown to a large network of over 800,000 domain names, since 2004. Although they have servers worldwide, their half of the staff is located in Bulgaria.

Notable Features:

  • Uptime: 99.99%
  • Load Time: 714 ms
  • Support: 5/5

As it can be seen, SiteGround has the average uptime of 99.99%. The load time is 714 ms which is notable but not the best compared to other hosting providers.

The customer support staff are friendly and available to help and solve any queries related to the hosting. Additionally, SiteGround offers free transfers for an existing website and they’re officially recommended by WordPress.

Pros:

  • Good uptime
  • Stable speed
  • Best WordPress support
  • Free site transfer
  • Officially recommended by WordPress and FreeSSL

Cons:

  • The GoGeek plan is expensive

3. HostGator Cloud

HostGator is another popular hosting service available for the business. It was founded back in 2003 by Brent Oxley and later sold to Endurance International Group (EIG).

As per their internal report, yearly they host more than 10 million domains, making them one of the most popular web hosting providers on the planet.

Notable Features:

  • Uptime: 99.97%
  • Load Time: 421ms
  • Support: 5/5

About the load time, their last 10 months average load time is 421 ms and uptime 99.97%. It cannot be disregarded as overall it is pretty impressive. Over the past 12 months, they were offline for only 3 hours. Additionally, they were the third fastest web hosting service, only beaten by A2 Hosting.

The HostGator also offers improved cloud hosting. They also offer one-month purchasing option or 6 months along with yearly purchasing option. After the tenure gets over, it will get renewed at the regular price.

Pros:

  • Good load time
  • Reliable
  • One-click install for WordPress
  • 1 free site transfer

Cons:

  • Higher renewal fee

4. A2 Hosting

This one is new in the WordPress hosting niche. A2 hosting was founded in 2001. They attained the popularity thereafter. They are 20x faster than their competitors as claimed by the company.

Compared with SiteGround or HostGator, they have a higher load time.

Notable Features:

  • Uptime: 99.91%
  • Load Time: 392ms
  • Support: 4/5

For the customer support, they offer their live chat, emails, phone, and ticketing systems. The staff will answer quickly with easy to understand responses.

Pros:

  • Fastest WordPress hosting
  • WordPress optimized servers

Cons:

  • Weak uptime (only 99.91%)

5. Site5 Hosting

It was founded in 1999 by Matt Lightner. Later it was sold to EIG. It promises the best web hosting for serious web designers & developers.

The uptime of Site5 hosting is spectacular. The average uptime over a period of 12 months is 99.98%.

Notable Features:

  • Uptime: 99.98%
  • Load Time: 704ms
  • Support: 4/5

Their support staff is good and also offers phone support in case the customer has questions. They also offer a 90-day money back guarantee.

Pros:

  • Very flexible host

Cons:

  • Their price isn’t worth the value

6. iPage Hosting

This hosting service was started in 1998 and has since grown to serve over one million websites. This hosting service is also owned by EIG brand.

Notable Features:

  • Uptime: 99.98%
  • Load Time: 831ms
  • Support: 3/5

Majority of the users does not opt the iPage hosting in WordPress. Even though the price and customer support are nice. The average time is good.

Pros:

  • Cheap hosting available for the WordPress

Cons:

  • Customer support is not up to the mark and has a bad reputation online

7. DreamHost Hosting

The last hosting service in this list is the DreamHost. They have been around since 1996. It has a huge network of over 1.5 million sites.

Notable Features:

  • Uptime: 99.94%
  • Load Time: 724 ms
  • Support: 4/5

Majority of the people finds that the pricing of DreamHost is pretty high. Their lowest plan is still pretty high than the competitors’ site. However, they have the longest money back guarantee, 97 days, to test drive their service before getting locked into a lengthy contract.

Pros:

  • Reliable
  • Fast
  • Good customer support

Cons:

  • Recent DDOS attack
  • An expensive option for beginners

Once you’ve made your move to the new host, you should also implement a number of optimization tips to make sure you are always getting the most out of the site, with the new host.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the best hosting services available around the globe for WordPress. Take all the aspects into consideration before making the final choice as after all business should get all the benefits.

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