WordPress Hosting – Options For Speed & Quality

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Many businesses and marketers agree nowadays that wordpress is a phenomenial CMS to upload content and allow businesses to learn internet marketing. Although, other CMS platforms offer higher development capabilities and I will not argue that, WordPress has gained so much popularity and an extremely affordable solution. I personally recommend WordPress for 80% of non-Ecommerce businesses but one item I’ve always struggled with or constantly try to keep up on is hosting. With so many companies offering a wide variety of pricing structure and capablities, how do you choose? Numerous web hosts support WordPress, but they’re not all the same. Some offer hosting plans just for WordPress sites while other support various alternatives. It’s important to review all the features and not just pricing before choosing the best and most reliable host for you. These are four very popular WordPress hosts and some data to help you choose if you are consider a switch or new host.

WP Engine

WP Engine is dedicated to just WordPress and their features show it. They offer four levels of plans including:

  • Personal – $29/month – Up to 25,000 visitors
  • Professional – $99/month – Up to 100,000 visitors
  • Business – $249/month – Up to 400,000 visitors
  • Enterprise – Varies based on needs – Over 400,000

All their plans include the following features:

  • Storage starting at 10 GB
  • Customizable storage (can include overage charges)
  • EverCache (automatic cache handling without extra plugins)
  • 1 to over 25 WordPress installations (depending on plan)
  • Content delivery network partnership for optimal site performance
  • Built-in firewall and malware scanning
  • Security guarantee (fix site for free if it’s hacked)
  • Managed updates
  • Daily backups
  • Large number of customer support representatives

Overall, customers are pleased with WP Engine. Some users reported issues with migration, but most are happy with the features and customer service. The major downside is the price.

Go Daddy

Go Daddy is a well known web host that also has WordPress hosting plans. They offer the following three plans:

  • Start – $6.99/month – Up to 25,000 visitors – 1 site
  • Business – $19.99/month – Up to 250,000 visitors – 5 sites
  • Pro – $69.99/month – Millions of visitors – 25 sites

Their managed hosting plans are often discounted, making them popular for those wanting lower cost hosting. All of their plans include:

  • Storage starting at 100 GB (unlimited for Pro)
  • 1 free domain name
  • Nightly backups
  • Firewalls, malware scanning, DDoS protection
  • Automatic core updates
  • One-click staging
  • Built-in caching
  • Optimized loading

User reviews vary greatly for Go Daddy. Many agree their support isn’t knowledgeable or readily available. Most agree the cost is one of the cheapest around.

Site Ground

Site Ground offers three plans of managed WordPress hosting including:

  • StartUp – $9.95/month – Up to 10,000 visitors – 1 site
  • GrowBig – $14.95/month – Up to 25,000 visitors – Multiple sites
  • GoGeek – $29.95/month – Up to 100,000 visitors – Multiple sites

They boast unique hosting solutions with features such as:

  • Auto updates
  • Server level protection
  • Daily backups (30 days kept at a time)
  • 10 GB – 30 GB storage
  • SuperCacher for optimal caching (not available on StartUp)
  • Multi-location data centers
  • Content delivery network for faster loading times
  • Knowledgeable support staff
  • Fast support response times
  • WordPress staging

User reviews for Site Ground are overwhelmingly positive. Users agree the cost is well worth the level of service and features. They also love the knowledgeable support and consistent uptime.

Bluehost

Bluehost is recommended by WordPress. Their four levels of plans are use managed VPS hosting and include:

  • Blogger – $24.99/month – Up to 100 million visitors – 5 sites
  • Professional – $74.99/month – Up to 300 million visitors – 10 sites
  • Business – $119.99/month – Up to 600 million visitors – 20 sites
  • Enterprise – $169.99/month – Unlimited visitors – 30 sites

All their plans include features to optimize performance and security such as:

  • Built-in W3 caching
  • Automated backups
  • SiteLock security
  • Advanced content delivery network
  • Dynamic resource upgrades
  • Custom technology
  • Trained staff support

Cost and support were common complaints from Bluehost users. Some even listed issues with site performance. Many users are happy with the features and are long term users.

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