Best WordPress Hosting Providers Compared [By the Numbers]

Looking for the best WordPress hosting that you can actually afford? We did the testing for you. Here are 10 best hosts on the market compared:

There’s no fluff, no “empty opinions,” no hidden agendas here. This comparison of the best WordPress hosting providers is based on pure performance data, actual speed test experiments, user ratings from the largest WordPress hosting survey to date (skip to learn more about our testing methodology), plus our own experience running websites regularly visited by 670,000+ people each month.

Dig in to find out which firm is going to be the best WordPress hosting match for your individual needs:

How to read this WordPress hosting comparison

If you’re in a hurry, just check out the four hosts featured in the tables below. Those are the main companies that we recommend to 95% of our users/customers. In a nutshell, those are the best WordPress hosting companies in the market.

Apart from that, this comparison goes from general to detailed. We start by giving you our honest recommendations and then get into the specifics of why we’ve made those recommendations + the data behind them. Enjoy:

Best WordPress hosting 2017 shortlist for small business and bloggers
SiteGroundInMotion HostingA2 Hosting Logo
Hands down the best WordPress hosting for small business in 2017. SiteGround offers an easy-to-grasp installer that everyone can use, which makes it the perfect entry-level solution – in other words, perfect if you want to launch your very first site.Perhaps the best hosting for WordPress if you’re planning to launch more than one website. For example, launching two sites with InMotion will cost you the same as launching one with SiteGround. Quality-wise, on par with SiteGround.Great if what you need most of all is good site performance. A2 offers one of the fastest hosting around and for a good price. Possibly the best web hosting for blogs in 2017.
User rating: 4.6User rating: 4.3User rating: 4.6
Av. load time: 0.41s

Av. load time: 0.95s

Av. load time: 0.48s

10GB of disk space | Unlimited BandwidthUnlimited disk space | Unlimited BandwidthUnlimited disk space | Unlimited Bandwidth
Websites: 1 | Free Domains: 0Websites: 2 | Free Domains: 0Websites: 1 | Free Domains: 0
From $3.95 / monthFrom $3.99 / monthFrom $4.40 / month
Do you have a larger site with an already established audience? Or maybe your site *is* your business and you can’t afford to have any problems with your host later down the road? In this case, you best look into managed WordPress hosting, and particularly: WP Engine – the leading managed WordPress hosting solution out there.

WP Engine allows you to host WordPress websites *only*, which means that their entire server infrastructure has been optimized to provide the best WordPress experience possible.

It’s a little more expensive, but it’s the right choice for a serious WordPress-based project (website on the rise, e-commerce store, popular online publication with a lot of traffic, and also good for developers who just want to avoid any problems in the future when working on client sites).

If you want something a bit more affordable, consider the GoGeek plan by SiteGround ($11.95 / mo.) – also a managed hosting plan, and also a quality one.

Top managed WordPress hosting platform
WP Engine
The best WordPress hosting provider among managed hosts.
User rating: 4.2
Av. load time: 0.37s

10GB of disk space | 25,000 visits/month
Websites: 1 | Free Domains: 0
From $19.33 / month (with our coupon)
 

If you’re in a hurry, you can stop here and go straight to one of the above four recommended WordPress hosts. But if you want to dive a bit deeper into the topic of best website hosting, with each paragraph you will learn more about:

  • the performance scores that you can expect from each hosting solution on this list,
  • the ratings that each of the hosts has gotten in the hosting survey,
  • the load that each of those hosts can withstand should your website experience a spike in traffic,
  • the ins and outs of the WordPress hosting industry, and much more.
Need help?

WordPress hosting can be a complicated thing, and we understand that. There’s a lot of components that make up a good hosting setup for your site, and potentially a lot of things that can be problematic or confusing.

So we just want you to know that we are here to support you. If you find yourself stuck while setting up your site, or have any WordPress hosting question at all, we’re here for you and we’re happy to help. Feel free to shoot us a comment or reach out via social.

What makes a host great + why

Bonus: The dirty little secret of most WordPress hosting reviews

Basically, the web is chock full of hosting recommendations and glowing reviews proclaiming this company or the other to be the best WordPress hosting around. But how do you really know who’s 100% honest with their recommendations, and why Company A is higher rated than Company B by some reviewer?

Well, you don’t.

So if you really wanted to find out where specific web hosting companies come in the race, you would have to do two things:

  1. Ask the actual users of some popular hosting platforms what their experiences are.
  2. Do some testing yourself on multiple hosts and measure the performance you’re getting.

We did both:

a) We found out what real users think of best WordPress hosting
b) We did performance tests ourselves
 

Most popular / top WordPress hosting package components

Aka. what you get when you buy WordPress hosting + what matters and what doesn’t.

Like their cousins in the ISP and mobile phone provider space, even the best web hosting sites are often far too fond of blind-siding consumers with an overload of options and information in the hopes of forcing a sale.

An example here from the milder end of the spectrum would be the HostGator shared WordPress hosting comparison page »»

HostGator features
 
In an attempt to keep things manageable, we’ve highlighted the following most important areas for our overall package comparisons:

  • Cost per month: Even the best hosting companies have a nasty habit of quoting the cheapest of all possible prices as the standard monthly price. To simplify matters, we’re taking the bare-bones, entry-level package from each provider and listing monthly fees at 12-month and 36-month contract durations, so you can compare like with like.
  • Space: The amount of physical storage space listed as being available on the server.
  • Bandwidth: The amount of traffic it can handle per month. Be aware from the outset that “Unlimited” will nearly always mean “Unlimited subject to certain terms and conditions”; just as with space, check your provider’s terms. DreamHost have admirably clear guidelines in this respect.
  • Sites: The number of websites you are allowed to run on the package.
  • Domains: Any free domain registrations on offer.
  • Marketing options: Any significant marketing incentives, such as free Google Adwords or Facebook advertising vouchers.

As we walk through each package, we’ll point out other relevant features on offer on a case by case basis.

THE OVERALL RANKINGS

 


Top 10+ best WordPress hosting platforms
HostPrice / monthUser ratingAv. load time *Go to
SiteGroundFrom $3.954.60.41sVisit | Read Review
InMotion HostingFrom $3.994.30.95sVisit | Read Review
A2 Hosting LogoFrom $4.404.60.48sVisit | Read Review
WP EngineFrom $19.334.20.37sVisit | Read Review
BluehostFrom $4.953.00.93sVisit | Read Review
DreamHostFrom $9.954.30.84sVisit | Read Review
HostGatorFrom $7.953.70.79sVisit | Read Review
GoDaddyFrom $8.603.50.45sVisit | Read Review
kinsta hosting logoFrom $1004.9N/AVisit | Read Review
FlywheelFrom $154.7N/AVisit
 
Now let’s look at the providers individually. The following is our full review of the best WordPress hosting companies out there. The list covers both affordable shared hosts, best hosts for small business, plus those little more pricey managed WordPress web hosting packages, and the best web hosting for WordPress overall.

 

SiteGround

No list of best WordPress hosting could be complete without SiteGround playing a prominent role. The company has been making a name for themselves in the WordPress community for a while now. And not without a reason. Their hosting platform is strong when it comes to for-WordPress optimized servers, plus they offer managed WordPress hosting at price points that are unheard of (read: you won’t find a cheaper managed host of the same quality anywhere else).

What’s also worth pointing out is that SiteGround is one of the few officially recommended hosts by WordPress.org.

For the tests, we went for the StartUp package. Although for a generally more WordPress-optimized package, we’d recommend the GrowBig or GoGeek plan. They are a tad more expensive, but come with additional perks such as advanced caching (custom-built by SiteGround), staging, premium wildcard SSL certificates, and free PCI compliance – should you want to run an e-commerce store.

The initial signup with this WordPress hosting plan was simple and to the point. The backend impressed as well, with its presentation of a carefully considered initial set of options.

WordPress installation

Getting WordPress up and running with the built-in installer took just a few clicks. There really isn’t anything more to say here … the installation process really was as seamless as possible.

Customer support

SiteGround offers what they call “unmatched” support, and it’s hard to argue with that, honestly. Apart from being able to access your account and fix any issues, the support agents are also knowledgeable about WordPress and can help you out with a range of other issues that might not be strictly hosting-related.

In our little test, the SiteGround customer support was able to help us get a temporary URL working quickly and efficiently.

Special mention has to go out to the slickness of their customer support software and the extra mile the staff were prepared to go in offering detailed account advice and providing screenshots. (This makes it a great HostGator alternative, for instance, if you want a more refined support environment.)

SiteGround
PACKAGE NAME: StartUp
Cost per month (12 months): $3.95
Cost per month (36 months): $3.95
Websites: 1
Space: 10GB
Bandwidth: 10,000 visits/month
Free domains: –
Free SSL certificate via Let’s Encrypt

Pingdom test

Server location: Amsterdam

Not surprisingly, the only install on the list hosted on a European server performed particularly well from Amsterdam. Melbourne, on the other hand, was thoroughly underwhelming.

Testing locationLoad time 1Load time 2Load time 3
Amsterdam0.40s0.40s0.42s
New York1.07s1.16s1.15s
Melbourne3.76s3.76s7.75s

LoadImpact test

Server location: Amsterdam

Testing machine location: Dublin, Ireland

Minimum response time: 0.46s

Maximum response time: 0.87s

There were superb times on a geographically close test server, but we experienced more variance with different locales.

SiteGround LoadImpact test

Online reputation

SiteGround rated 4.6 / 5 by users in our hosting survey.
93% of users will extend their hosting subscription when it’s up for renewal.
SiteGround support rated 4.7 / 5 by users.

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InMotion Hosting

InMotion offers a lot of hosting options, but we wanted to look into the ones that are optimized for WordPress specifically, so we went into the “WordPress hosting” section and selected the plan called Launch. This one is the most affordable.

The great thing about it is that you get SSD disk space without any additional fees (SSDs are known for their superior performance compared to the other hard disk technologies). Also, you can have 2 websites on this plan, and you get a free SSL certificate.

WordPress installation

Another surprise with InMotion is that you get WordPress preinstalled as part of your WP hosting package. All you need to do is tick the right checkbox during the checkout process. In other words, you don’t actually need to do handle WordPress installation on your own, it’s all being done automatically. Also, during install, you get to select your preferred “max speed zone.” There are two settings: east and west. Depending on which you choose, the site is going to be faster in some parts of the globe vs the others.

After everything is done, you’ll get the access details to your new WordPress dashboard, which is all that’s needed, honestly.

Customer support

Right after you sign up, you’ll realize that InMotion has a lot to offer in terms of support and helping you to launch your website. There are tens of different guides and tutorials on various hosting-related matters. There’s also a separate knowledge channel all dedicated to WordPress.

But that’s not all, the support chat is available 24/7. We’ve tested it by asking some domain-related questions regarding the temporary URL of the site. The person on the other end was able to solve those at first try. Really cool.

inmotion hosting logo
PACKAGE NAME: Launch
Cost per month (12 months): $3.99 (promo)
Cost per month (24 months): $3.49 (promo)
Websites: 2
Space: unlimited
Bandwidth: unlimited
Free domains: –
Marketing offers: $250 of free advertising credits ($100 Google AdWords, $75 Bing advertising, $75 Yahoo advertising)
Free SSL certificate

Pingdom test

Server location: Los Angeles, CA

InMotion shows good performance near the sever location and also reasonably good results for Europe and Australia. This isn’t the fastest WordPress host on this list, but surely nothing we’d call uncomfortable.

Testing locationLoad time 1Load time 2Load time 3
Stockholm1.70s1.56s1.72s
New York0.97s0.93s0.96s
Melbourne2.38s1.98s1.90s

LoadImpact test

Server location: Los Angeles, CA

Testing machine location: Washington, D.C.

Minimum response time: 0.83s

Maximum response time: 2.75s

InMotion’s performance is good up until the 10 concurrent users mark, at which point it takes a slight dip, but then restores around 20 concurrent users and stays somewhat level up until even 50 users. Overall, more than enough for normal usage and server load.

inmotion loadimpact

Online reputation

We didn’t hear from too many survey respondents using InMotion in our survey – where we asked our readers who they thought offered the best hosting for WordPress – but the ones that did submit their opinions were very happy with the service they’re getting from InMotion. They rated InMotion’s reliability at 4.4 / 5, the support at 4.2 / 5, and gave the platform the overall rank of 4.3 / 5.

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A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is a relatively new player for us when looking for the best WordPress hosting. The company has been making a name for themselves in the WordPress space lately thanks to their affordable prices and very good performance (compared to other similarly priced hosts).

The company has more than 10 years of experience in the hosting world, and seems to know a thing or two on how to deliver a high-quality product. Their WordPress web hosting offering is set on a couple of principles: being developer friendly, offering high security, good performance, and a WordPress-optimized environment.

WordPress installation

All WordPress hosting accounts with A2 Hosting come with WordPress preinstalled. You can also install new instances of WordPress through Softaculous’ one-click installer.

Customer support

A2 Hosting prides itself on giving you access to “24/7/365 Guru Crew Support.” They claim to hand-pick their support team and only work with the most knowledgeable technicians.

When contacting the support, you can use live chat, email or even phone. The agents don’t disappoint when it comes to basic WordPress knowledge and, based on our quick test, they are ready to recommend some solutions even if the question you have for them isn’t entirely hosting-related.

A2 Hosting Logo
PACKAGE NAME: Lite
Cost per month (12 months): $4.40
Cost per month (24 months): $3.92
Websites: 1
Space: unlimited
Bandwidth: unlimited
Free domains: –
Marketing offers: –

Pingdom test

Server location: Michigan

A2 Hosting gives you three main server locations to choose from: Michigan, Amsterdam, and Singapore. But to make performance even better, they let you integrate your server with CloudFlare Free CDN.

Testing locationLoad time
Stockholm0.91s
New York0.48s
Melbourne2.24s

LoadImpact test

Server location: Michigan

Testing machine location: Ashburn, US.

Minimum response time: 0.23s

Maximum response time: 0.29s

A2 Hosting’s ability to withstand load is pretty impressive and surely puts it up there among the best WordPress hosting platforms in the market. There’s very little difference no matter if the site is hit with just one visit or 20 concurrent ones.

A2 Hosting Load Impact test

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WP Engine

The plan we’ve tested here is called Personal, and it’s the entry-level plan with WP Engine. As part of it, you’re allowed to have 1 WordPress install, and it can handle up to 25,000 visits a month, so probably more than enough for most new websites.

WordPress installation

The whole sign-up process with WP Engine is very straightforward, and I’m only mentioning it here because getting WordPress installed is an integral part of that initial sign-up. In other words, you don’t need to do any WordPress installing on your own, the WP Engine team takes care of that for you.

At the end of sign-up, you simply get an email with all the access credentials and important data regarding your new site.

Customer support

WP Engine offers some great support options – via helpdesk and chat (plus phone if you’re on a higher pan).

Overall, users report very good quality of WP Engine’s support – currently rated 4.5 / 5 by our survey respondents. And we can only confirm this, as the quick interaction we’ve had with the support team has been nothing but positive (helped us get the test site going after solving a billing issue).

WP Engine
PACKAGE NAME: Personal
Cost per month (1 month): $23.20 (promo)
Cost per month (12 months): $19.33 (promo)
Websites: 1
Space: 10GB
Bandwidth: 25,000 visits/month
Free domains: –
Marketing offers: –

Pingdom test

Server location: California

WP Engine shows great performance when accessing the site from a New York server (even though New York and California are properly away). European connections are also really good. Lastly, Melbourne connections get a bit lower performance.

Testing locationLoad time 1Load time 2Load time 3
Stockholm0.94s0.79s0.77s
New York0.42s0.36s0.34s
Melbourne1.16s1.14s1.13s

LoadImpact test

Server location: California

Testing machine location: New York

Minimum response time: 0.21s

Maximum response time: 0.36s

Really good performance across the whole spectrum. The number of concurrent user connections had little impact on the results.

WP Engine LoadImpact test

Online reputation

4.7 / 5 – that’s how users rate WP Engine’s level of WordPress optimization.
92% of users say they will extend their WordPress web hosting subscription with WP Engine.
WP Engine reliability ranked 4.5 / 5 by users (the top rank among the best WordPress hosting firms here).

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Bluehost

We went for the basic package here. As you can see, a very cheap WordPress hosting option – a shared WordPress hosting plan, to be exact.

One immediate point to note is that Bluehost is the only alternative on the list that doesn’t offer a monthly package. Twelve month commitments are the minimum, though that is offset somewhat by a strong money back guarantee policy that I have personally invoked without issue.

WordPress installation

In addition to the standard cPanel options in place, Bluehost’s one-click WordPress installations are handled by a service called MojoMarketplace.

The MojoMarketplace interface for installing WordPress left a lot to be desired. It was possible to install multiple instances accidentally, and overall feedback on what was happening at any given point was inconsistent and confusing. (For instance, when we look at Bluehost vs SiteGround, the latter gives you WordPress installs in just a few clicks.)

On the plus side, this gave us an instant opportunity to talk to support!

Customer support

Service via chat support was fast and friendly and helped us with clearing up the initial WordPress installation problems and setting up a temporary URL to view our site.

Bluehost
PACKAGE NAME: basic package
Cost per month (12 months): $4.95
Cost per month (36 months): $2.95
Websites: 1
Space: 50GB
Bandwidth: unmetered
Free domains: 1
Marketing offers: –

Pingdom test

Server location: Utah

Load times reported via Pingdom were broadly respectable but showed the sort of variance often expected in a shared hosting environment.

Testing locationLoad time 1Load time 2Load time 3
Amsterdam1.8s3.14s1.57s
New York1.01s0.92s0.87s
Melbourne1.73s1.71s1.72s

LoadImpact test

Server location: Utah

Testing machine location: Palo Alto

Minimum response time: 0.62s

Maximum response time: 4.9s

The variance our initial Pingdom tests suggested seemed to be confirmed here with occasional spikes up over four seconds as load increased. Far from what we’d expect from a firm aspiring to offer the best hosting for WordPress.

Bluehost LoadImpact test

Online reputation

Bluehost reliability ranked 3.4 / 5 by users.
23.7% of Bluehost’s customers are first-timers to web hosting.
Bluehost is the first hosting platform ever recommended by WordPress.org.

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DreamHost

We selected the standard shared hosting package with DreamHost, which was the most expensive of the base offerings we tested. Still, a very popular WordPress website hosting in the market.

Overall account signup with this shared WordPress hosting provider was slick and painless, and I was eager to see how DreamHost’s much-touted SSD servers would perform.

WordPress installation

The one-click install options in the backend worked straight out of the gate and the interface was generally straightforward to navigate.

Customer support

We needed some help in configuring a temporary URL as a subdomain on the main Dreamhost domain. Customer support was easily reachable via chat and able to help us clear the issue up quickly.

DreamHost
PACKAGE NAME: shared hosting
Cost per month (12 months): $9.95
Cost per month (36 months): $7.95
Websites: unlimited
Space: unlimited
Bandwidth: unlimited
Free domains: 1
Marketing offers: –

Pingdom test

Server location: Los Angeles

DreamHost load times were impressively stable across locations and went into an early lead in terms of US response times.

Testing locationLoad time 1Load time 2Load time 3
Amsterdam1.51s1.25s1.26s
New York0.93s0.79s0.79s
Melbourne2.74s2.06s2.18s

LoadImpact test

Server location: Los Angeles

Testing machine location: Palo Alto

Minimum response time: 1.24s

Maximum response time: 1.68s

DreamHost stayed impressively solid throughout our test with just a small range of variance, but there was little evidence of the performance boost promised by SSD disks.

DreamHost LoadImpact test

Online reputation

DreamHost rated 4.3 / 5 by users in our hosting survey.
DreamHost rated 4.4 / 5 by users when asked how happy they were with the value they’re getting for their money.
DreamHost’s user-friendliness ranked 4.2 / 5.

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HostGator

We went for the Starter package here.

Signup with HostGator was straightforward and we were soon logged into a pretty traditional cPanel setup on the backend without incident.

WordPress installation

Installation was also painless using the built-in cPanel WordPress installer. We did find ourselves having to update themes post-install, but that was just a matter of a few clicks.

Customer support

Again, we reached out to customer support for assistance in setting up a temporary URL. Here we hit our first minor inconvenience with a wait time of eight minutes on chat. They weren’t quite as quick to point us in the right direction as previous providers, but we got there in the end. (E.g. when comparing HostGator vs. Bluehost, the support chat is much easier to access with the latter.)

HostGator
PACKAGE NAME: Starter plan
Cost per month (12 months): $7.95
Cost per month (36 months): $5.95
Websites: 1
Space: unlimited
Bandwidth: unmetered
Free domains: 0
Marketing offers: $100

Pingdom test

Server location: Houston, Texas

Again, the initial load times were more than respectable across territories.

Testing locationLoad time 1Load time 2Load time 3
Amsterdam1.31s1.28s1.22s
New York0.93s0.72s0.72s
Melbourne2.47s2.45s2.45s

LoadImpact test

Server location: Houston, Texas

Testing machine location: Palo Alto

Minimum response time: 0.78s

Maximum response time: 0.89s 

There’s a clear difference here in terms of both overall speed and consistency, firmly under the one second barrier and staying there. Tests from servers in other geographical locations were slower but the consistency remained impressive.

HostGator LoadImpact test

Online reputation

HostGator rated 3.9 / 5 by users when asked how happy they were with the value they’re getting for their money.
HostGator rated 4.1 / 5 on reliability .
74% of users will extend their hosting subscription when it’s up for renewal.

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GoDaddy

We went for the basic package here.

Despite their formerly less than stellar user interface reputation, signing up to GoDaddy went without a hitch. One time I spoke to a GoDaddy customer representative at WordCamp London 2015, and it was clear that they’ve put a lot of work into the front-end to possibly become the best WordPress hosting out there.

This feeling continued on into the backend, which was a modern take on cPanel and intuitively laid out – the easiest one to navigate so far in fact.

WordPress installation

WordPress installation was a snap with the built-in installer.

Customer support

GoDaddy was the only provider on our list not to support the provision of temporary URLs, so we were forced to set up a standard subdomain here.

Our initial attempt to contact support via chat was less than ideal, with wait times of over 40 minutes reported, so we hit the phones instead. (E.g. when comparing GoDaddy vs. Bluehost, the chat can be accessed much quicker with Bluehost.)

Support here was superb. Extremely friendly and professional, they talked us through the subdomain options and assisted in making changes on the account itself.

This continued on in subsequent chat support tickets that were required to clear up some minor DNS snafus that emerged on the registrar side.

GoDaddy
PACKAGE NAME: basic plan
Cost per month (12 months): $8.60
Cost per month (36 months): $4.90
Websites: 1
Space: 10GB SSD
Bandwidth: 25,000 visits/month
Free domains: 1
Marketing offers: –

Pingdom test

Server location: Arizona

GoDaddy impressed instantly with consistently strong US and European load times.

Testing locationLoad time 1Load time 2Load time 3
Amsterdam1.06s0.93s0.92s
New York0.52s0.42s0.41s
Melbourne3.04s1.82s2.14s

LoadImpact test

Server location: Arizona

Testing machine location: Palo Alto

Minimum response time: 0.63s

Maximum response time: 0.83s

As with HostGator, GoDaddy got down under one second and stayed there. Their performance in other tests wasn’t quite as consistent admittedly, but the numbers posted here are impressive.

GoDaddy LoadImpact test

Online reputation

GoDaddy is the biggest hosting company on this list.
78% of GoDaddy customers are likely to extend their hosting subscription.
GoDaddy’s reliability ranked at 3.8 / 5.

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The overall verdict

So who wins the battle to become the best WordPress hosting overall?

That’s a tough question, but:

  • Upon reflection, we would lean away from Bluehost on the grounds of a clunky backend interface, comparatively poor WordPress installation tools, slightly erratic performance and inflexible long-term contract requirements.
  • DreamHost, though more than respectable across their service offering and performance, didn’t do enough for us to justify the price differential in their offering.
  • Both HostGator and GoDaddy had slightly different plus and minus points, but none were ultimately persuasive enough to pick out a clear winner. We were impressed with their price point, setup process, backend and performance though.
  • On the managed hosting side, WP Engine has proven to deliver a really good performance, and it should be more than enough to handle any new or growing WordPress site.
  • (Oh, and there are also some free WordPress hosting options available on the web that we haven’t talked about here, but we’d generally not advise you to entrust them with any website built for any business purpose. As the old rule of the internet says, “if you’re not paying for the product you’re using, then you’re the product.”)

In Olympic style – and to highlight that all of the following need to be considered the best hosting service for WordPress – we’ll hand out medals accordingly:

Update. Taking our newest survey findings into account, we’d actually recommend you to go with the GrowBig plan at SiteGround. You get WordPress-specific features, free SSL, priority support, the best satisfaction scores, plus a great track record with our survey respondents.

Also, another thing that we didn’t point out earlier is that SiteGround is very strong when it comes to their security solutions. For instance, they act very quickly whenever a new vulnerability in WordPress gets discovered and a patch needs to be released (usually done on the same day).

In other words, this is the best WordPress hosting that you can buy in 2017.

We’d like to stress that none of the WordPress hosting providers here failed any test. The overall standard was refreshingly high. Furthermore, all providers also offer a full range of more advanced hosting options if you start to outgrow the entry-level packages.

Our hope is that the information above will help you do two things:

  1. provide a framework to distinguish between high-profile providers, and
  2. use their overall offerings as a sensible reference point if you are comparing with other hosting services in the market.

We’d love to hear more about your experience in finding the best WordPress host in the comments below. Get in touch!


Finally, one more look at the lineup, the pricing, and a quick overview of basic service offerings by our featured WordPress hosting companies:
 
SiteGroundInMotionA2 HostingWP EngineBluehostDreamHostHostGatorGoDaddy
SiteGroundinmotion hosting logoA2 Hosting LogoWP Engine logoBluehostDreamHostHostGatorGoDaddy
Plan testedStartupLaunchLitePersonalBasicShared hostingStarter planEconomy
$ / month *$3.95$3.99$4.40$19.33$4.95$9.95$7.95$8.60
$ / month **$3.95$3.49$3.92$19.33$2.95$7.95$5.95$4.90
Websites12111Unlimited11
Space10GBUnlimitedUnlimited10GB50GBUnlimitedUnlimited10GB
Bandwidth10,000 visits per monthUnlimitedUnlimited25,000 visits per monthUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited25,000 visits per month
Free domains00001101
Marketing offers$250 ad credits$100 AdWords credits
* 12-month contract
** 36-month contract

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  • Chris Finiksopoulos

    It would be awesome if you could write an article about VPS compare

    • We would probably do that, however getting different accounts here and there would be more expensive 🙂

  • I have been using Hostgator for 5 years (Business plan) and remain satisfied. Good uptime, very few problems and fast loading are some of the things I like. Recently they have switched to MojoMarketplace for the one step WordPress install and it is awful. A confusing interface and when I delete the WP installation in my test subdirectory it also deletes the installation on my main domain the old c-panel app never did this. This is one of those cases of money over customer service that we are seeing in too many places now.

    • I’m very happy with HostGator too.
      After more than 5 years of Baby plan, I’m on a dedicated server since a few months.
      Uptime is fantastic and I love the technical assistance.

      • inspectorINS

        HostGator is very good if you have only basic hosting needs. Not so long ago I find HostJedi and it turn out to be a great hosting choice for a strong dedicated servers which I really needed. Also I have some good experience with OVH, but it really depending on what you are looking for and for what you exactly need your hosting. Always search before you buy hosting, you can find some great prices and good services all around the internet!

  • Bryan Jackson

    I might have considered this to be a worthwhile comparison until I saw that GoDaddy was in the line up for evaluation which pretty much nullifies this as being anything near a serous study.

    • What is it that leads you to distrust the study because of GoDaddy being in it? Please?

      • Bryan Jackson

        I guess my reply din’t post so I’ll give it one more try – I never said I distrust GD, I said they are not a company to be mentioned in any serious discussion about hosting because their platform is sub par to say the least. Maybe there is a GD spy lurking who had my reply removed so if you are not reading this, then it will further prove my point because only a sub par service would go to great lengths to quite unfavorable comments

        • christopher carfi

          Hi @disqus_4WoXEtvG1n:disqus . (Disclosure, I work for GoDaddy. And not a spy. Well, if I was, I couldn’t tell you anyway. You know how it is with spies.) A *lot* has changed over at GoDaddy since 2011. The results here are, frankly, pretty consistent with what we’re seeing from other neutral, third-party assessments from folks like ReviewSignal (http://reviewsignal.com/blog/2014/11/03/wordpress-hosting-performance-benchmarks-november-2014/ ) and CloudSpectator and others. This review was on our shared/cPanel infrastructure, which has been totally revamped over the last 18 months. If there are particular, current issues you’re having with any performance-oriented things, ping me at ccarfi@godaddy.com and we’ll look into them. (And forward-referencing this as an answer to @Joshua Mans:disqus’s comment below as well.) By the way, thank you, @a9poker:disqus for doing a thoughtful job on this analysis.

          • If godaddy will be the only hosting provider I will have to change my career.

            By the way have you heard about nshost? You should try to see what a great hosting service it should be 😉

            I don’t work at nshost or in not affiliate with then in any way except I move all my clients from godaddy or hostgator to them😉

        • Suefour profit

          Thats the thing Bryan, companies and corporations can’t stand when people say negative things about them, whether it is said online or offline. For this reason, yes they do have spies, very large teams of them in fact. The difference is that instead of calling them spies they call them “public relations”. Mr. Carwifi down there is an example. Want to test it out further? Go on Twitter and say something bad about a company, then tag them in it. More often than not, you’ll have a response within the hour, or a serving from their lawyers in your email.

          • drewhorine

            Actually, that’s just called providing good customer service in the 21st Century. It means companies are listening to address your concerns on your terms, wherever you happen to enjoy posting.

            I do not work for GoDaddy, but I have used them for a number of years doing WordPress development. I currently subscribe to 1 Ultimate Hosting package and multiple Premium Business Hosting packages. Here’s my 2 cents.

            Their uptime and reliability of the site itself is rock solid. Zero complaints there.

            The C-Panel interface is relatively easy to use, although it’s near impossible to find your name servers – which are not the same for every package you subscribe to. That’s not a problem if your domains are registered with them, but I work with clients who have already registered domains using other services.

            However, their email offerings are pathetically bad. You can set up as many email accounts as you want, but delivery success is notoriously unreliable. That’s worse is that there’s no indication of whether an email got through to my customer. So, I’m left wondering every time I send a message whether it was received. That’s unacceptable. I’ve had to go with third-party email services such as G-Suite or Office 365 to ensure messages get delivered when sent.

            But, this leaves us with another issue. If your website is hosted with GoDaddy, but your email is not, your website contact forms will not arrive to your inbox. This is because GoDaddy will not allow you to define an external SMTP server for sending messages from the website. It always tries to send to an address on its own server. I’ve tried numerous DNS Zone entries including A records for the mail server, MX records and even SPF records with no success. Also tried WordPress plugins to define SMTP. Again, this is deal-breaker.

            Finally, I’ll round out this op-ed with a note about customer service. Their sales team and social media response teams have great customer service. But, their support chat is almost always unavailable from C-Panel. And their people are extremely unhelpful when it comes to the previously mentioned email issues. It was like pulling teeth just to get the information to set up their own email in Outlook. Three strikes.

            I’m on this page because I’m looking for a new host. GoDaddy is good if you don’t need email or contact forms, but I don’t know a business that runs that way.

      • GoDaddy are infamous for their hard-sell, nickel and diming, constantly pushing you to upgrade and spamming the heck out of their existing customers, and then being awkward when people try to leave – both for their hosting and domain name service. They say they’ve improved? Whatever, why reward such behavior when there are other companies out there that never did such things?

    • John Owen

      Also known as NoDaddy

    • Brian Rice

      I had the same opinion, but I have heard they have really turned things around with their hosting. I haven’t tried them in the last 4-5 years but I might give them a shot. Also Bob Parsons (AKA: Elephant Killer) stepped down as CEO, which was a step in the right direction, although he is still the biggest shareholder.

      I have been with hostgator and they have declined. I have clients with Bluehost and Siteground. Both are solid. Siteground feels a bit more modern/current. Example – Siteground supports “Let’s Encrypt” a free SSL service.

  • I am a user of Hostgator, Bluehost, Hawkhost and One.com. I am very happy with all but HG and bluehost are working great when it comes to load time and uptime.

    One.com is quite well in all aspect, but their chat support is just awesome and even better than the big players mentioned in the article.

    I loved this post as it is clear unbiased whereas most of the reviews I read online seems to be either get paid for the review or they are affiliates.

    Loved the infographic as well.

    You have done a great job Tom.

    • I am using HostGator since 2012 for my multi sites and I have been really happy. Never experienced down time!

  • fatherb

    This would possibly be a reliable review if it weren’t for the fact you included GoDaddy, easily the worst place to put a WordPress hosted site on. Just moved a client’s site from GoDaddy and got a 400% boost in speed. The biggest problem with them is the number of sites that share your ip. We were on an ip address with 3000 other sites on it!

    • Bryan Jackson

      I feel your pain. As many clients as I can save from them, I will. As many as I can persuade to never go near them the better. Of course they are not entirely without merit. I do enjoy the .99cent domain sales which is pretty handy for scooping up 20 or so domains at a bargain price for testing.:)

      • Thanks for feedback Bryan! We will make sure that from time to time we will go even deeper and test those hosts again/add others. While Tom shared his own experience with GoDaddy, he also linked to different external sources for reviews, so people can check for themself, those along with real users comments here, should help our visitors decide what is the best for them 🙂

    • Thank you for the feedback, would be awesome for our readers if you can back up the comment with data, if you blog a small case study about your experience I am sure that will be helpful.

  • Mike G

    Curious why my host, WPEngine, is not included. It is certainly a hosting site, but are they a shared hosting site? What is the difference? Were the contenders selected from data that shows the most popular hosting sites?

    • Hey Mike,

      WPEngine is a managed WordPress hosting company, I don’t really know how they infrastructure looks like, probably for lower plans is still shared hosting, however due to the pricing difference, is hard to compare with companies like hostgator/siteground .

      • I’m pretty that’s exactly right Ionut: I’m pretty sure the lower spec WPEngine plans are run on shared infrastructure. Nice post btw. 🙂

        • 2000 MB (2 GB) SSD Cloud
          Monthly traffic unlimited
          Shared Ip Address LiteSpeed
          1 domain hosted
          Daily Backup Files & MySQL
          Unlimited email accounts
          Control panel – cPanel Cloud

          How this sound for 1.7 usd / month sounds 😂😂😂

  • John Owen

    Oh how the mighty BlueHost has fallen

    • Fritz Walcov

      Bluehost is totally sucking today. It’s been down pretty well all day. Their service for the past few months has been pretty sad. Dropping it tomorrow.

  • Joshua Mans

    Why is GoDaddy on this? And why would something like webhostingbuzz not be included? I can attest over and over again that WHB beats GoDaddy hands down. Have moved a few clients away from GD and NetSol to WHB with fantastic results.

    • Hey Joshua,

      This is not about the fact that GoDaddy beats WHB, we just picket 5 the most popular ones for now and analyzed those and Tom had a good experience with GoDaddy, which was posted along with different online reviews as well.

      Here is what article say “In this article, we’ll break down the offerings of five of the most prominent shared WordPress hosts “

      • Joshua Mans

        I was just using WHB as an example. The fact that GoDaddy was included is in fact troublesome. Not to mention that the title of your article amounts to clickbait because it’s not comprehensive, and it’s clearly not “the best” I’d expect GoDaddy to not be on any article that describes “The Best…” of anything.

        • Kind of agree with you on the title, maybe most popular would have been more objective. Again I can’t say that Tom tested GoDaddy for years with different sites/accounts, but as he says his experience was a good one and me as a blog owner, I trust the writers .

          However having the comments enabled, just allow everybody to share their thoughts, experience and I am sure the readers will make the right choice.

  • Greg Smithhisler

    I have websites at three of the five hosts reviewed and three of them are multisite installs. My experience has been good to excellent with both features and customer support. SiteGround is the latest host in my experience and I really like the extra features they offer but support, while still excellent, has not been as responsive as the support at BlueHost or even HostGator. Somewhat surprisingly, I’ve also had a great experience with test sites at NameCheap hosting (price-wise a real bargain), which is the only host I’m currently using that allows the Softaculous automatic backups. I also manage a small site hosted at Arvixe and they have also been reliable and responsive, although the biggest downtime and server headache has been on Arvixe. All of these are small sites and the challenge, as noted above, is determining the best “fit” for the type of site you want to build. With that said, I know that If I was starting over I would start with SiteGround, both for price and features, and that’s my first recommendation to anyone who asks. But with this one caveat: the reviews on TrustPilot linked above highlight problems with the autorenew feature–and I can’t see it readily in my customer dashboard (like I can at HostGator, for instance) and I can’t turn it off either. I also got caught with what I considered an early autorenew charge at an incovenient time, just like the disgruntled reviewer did. And since SiteGround requires a minimum one-year payment it can be a chunk of change. Bottom line: read the “Terms of Service” and other policy statements for ANY hosting company you’re considering BEFORE you give them your card number. If necessary, don’t be afraid to call and ask questions–this goes double if your building a multisite.

  • christine in san diego

    Oh my goodness, wish I had seen this yesterday. Went with iPage and boy howdy are they amazingly difficult to work with. I love all the intertwining data in determining the best solution that works for myself or my clients.

    • Michael

      I switched to iPage once, then switched back before 30 days got a partial refund it was awful.

      • Razvan Saileanu

        I’m with iPage right now looking to switch. Difficult to talk to, impossible to start a ticket yourself, my website always having issues, not latest version for plugins, and many other things.

  • I’m not going to say anything bad about any of the hosts on the list, other than to say that it is the most popular doesn’t usually mean the best and I would encourage people to look far beyond these five. I mean McDonald’s sells a whole bunch of cheeseburgers, but no one is saying that they make the best cheeseburger. I work with Nexcess, and as a shared WordPress host they offer great service and support and succeed within a few niche areas. Smaller hosts with a specific focus will usually offer a much better level of service and support than bigger hosts who see clients purely as a numbers game. That’s how I feel.

  • Cesar S Falcao

    In my experience A Small Orange beats in speed and support, by far. Very cheap shared plans, all with SSD.

  • Reading Wench

    It’s interesting that this article doesn’t bother to mention that Bluehost and Hostgator are owned by the same parent company, EIG. Also, the companies mentioned are hardly the “best” shared hosting companies that offer WordPress.

  • Martin

    Hi

    Thanks for the very useful Post

    I’m trying to decide if a Low-End (approx $30 a Month) Managed Hosting Service is likely to save me valuable ‘time’ over a Low Cost Host Service. I want to spend 90% of my Time Marketing, not learning WP or dealing with WP related Issues. I’m envisaging Shared Server Hosting (even if I go with a Budget ‘Manged Hosting’ Service).

    I’m a complete WordPress Beginner and think that – what I’ll need most of all – is fast, reliable help, advice and assistance with any Hosting Issues I encounter. The speed, quality and patience of the Support Team therefore seem to be the primary consideration.

    Alternatively, I could go with one of the Low Cost Hosts you’ve reviewed, but take out some sort of 3rd Party WP Annual Support Contract, which might mean I could save even more time, by being able to call on assistance – not only with Hosting Issues – but also for other WP Challenges not directly related to Hosting.

    Any idea on how much a Third Party Contract of this type might cost, where I could buy such a Contract, and if this idea makes sense?

    Also, would a Managed Hosting Plan mean I could side step the cost of a Site Monitoring Security Service Plan, or would it still be advisable to have one of those anyway.

    I’ve only looked at one Managed Hosting Service Provider (who specializes in WP Hosting) at an entry level $30 Per Month, but was appalled when my Pre-Sales Inquiry took took 4 Days to get a response (though admitted that included a Weekend). You’d think that if any Customer Inquiries should be handled ‘fast’ it would be those from prospective new customers. They failed my Responsiveness Test so I wont be using them. The (much Cheaper) Hosts you’ve reviewed seem much more on the ball.

  • Cloe Martin

    Learnt a lot about wordpress shared hosting providers, all thanks to your
    blog. This is a new chapter in the web hosting book. Looking forward
    to it.

    • I’m glad you find this article useful. Thank you for reading us and gook luck! 🙂

  • Clearly you didn’t hear about nshost. Don’t know about blue host but host gator is one of the worst services you can use I moved all my clients from hostgator to nshost and since then my life become much enjoyable.

    You should try other services not only leaders which in 99.99%of the time offers shity services.

    By the way your website is not responsive and it’s really a pain to browse our from a mobile phone.

  • In my experience DreamHost is always good because, they keep their hardware and site updated to modern standards and their customer support is fantastic. They offer SSD drives on all plans even on their shared plans which give an added speed boost to your site. Even the best guarantee won’t stop your site going offline – they are giving me 100% uptime even though they have promised 99.9% uptime. However, their web hosting admin panel is custom designed, which is clean and easy-to-use.

  • MOHAN NAYAK

    I am a user of HostGator, as of now I am not facing any problem. their uptime score and Server response time are just fantastic.

    • Heather Peck

      I’ve been with HostGator for years and their customer service has gone considerably over the last couple years. I’m changing to SiteGround. I’m tired of asking them for help, pointing them to their own inadequate help pages and them still not knowing what I’m talking about, not to mention the 8 minutes I wait for them to chat and then 3 minutes from one remark to another. Its excrutiating.

      • devcaged

        I’ve used SiteGround for 3 Years. The support is still out of country and the language barrier is very frustrating at times, with my technical issues not being resolved at times.

        My real cause of finally leaving them however is their deceptive charging tactics. They’ve charged me a week early for a service I did not want renewed, numerous times. I’ve turned off the renewals, but did not know of the hidden switches nested under a small link: billing -> billing settings. BTW, they have a renewal section under account where they have most services renewal status, just not the big costs… To resolve the issue, they offered me 30% off at the cost of double their competitive rate. ($15.95 instead of advertised $5.95). Sorry for being a long time customer, you should pay more.

        I did like their exclusive caching and somewhat optimized for WP, but I’m seeing much better results with other competitors as of late for lower costs. The language barrier would also be a non-issue if they gave more privileges to users. Even on a cloud hosting account, they limit SSH to be useless.

  • Juan Rodrigues

    I’m new to the hosting world. I wanted to go with Hostgator but i read on reddit that they are EIG and their support is very bad.
    I am not very experienced with Linux so I want a very good support from my host. After long search on the internet I decided to try with Rosehosting.
    Does anyone have experience with the Rosehosting services?

    • a.janos

      I have been with RoseHosting for more than 6 months, and I am very satisfied with their level of service. Highly recommended.

  • Michael

    Ok, I have to put it out there. How in the hell did bluehost get the bronze based on those numbers? That is ridiculous, like seriously?!?!

    As the amount of users jumped up the whole system got erratic with a 4.9sec load time when it hit 30+ users. The platform wasn’t scaling quick enough to cover the load and 4.9sec is an eternity online. I can guarantee you all of the 30+ users having to wait almost 5sec would have clicked away. This alone should have made them come last. But it didn’t just happen once but twice during the scaling process (seriously?).

    Where as GoDaddy was one of the most stable and consistent platforms tested here. It consistently stayed under 800ms and scaled impressively as the load increased and got down to a very respectable time of almost 600ms at 40 users and it didn’t have to deal with that load just once (as every other test you did), but stayed stable for 3 consecutive 40 user attempts. Now that’s impressive and it looked to be getting quicker the more attempts at that load. I wonder what would have happened if that continued?

    If that’s not what you want your hosting to do then you’re in the wrong business.

    I know there are lots of GoDaddy haters out there, but it looks like they are getting their stuff together (finally) and the numbers don’t lie…Lol. The Siteground figures were impressive though.

  • I am a former site developer for commercial clients, and I have used Bluehost for at least ten years. I stuck with them because of their good customer service and reliable server performance. But the last several months I have experienced many, many server resets as I worked on client sites, causing me to lose data repeatedly. They also went with that useless MojoMarketplace. But the main thing is server performance, which is not consistent at all, followed by a degradation in technical support among their first level responders. They are not up to speed on technical issues and have to ask someone else every time I contact them. So after well over a decade of delight w/ Bluehost, I am looking for smaller, faster, better – elsewhere.

    • That’s exactly how I feel – they seemed to have bombed over the last year or so. Also I’m getting really irritated with their marketing. I work in marketing and I know good marketing from bad and there’s is bad, pushing hard on scare tactics and crude pitching. For example the reason I’m here today looking at alternatives is the “Renew now or make a backup as your account is due to be deleted!” email I just got from them. My account isn’t due for renewal for another 2 months. They sent me a similar email a few months ago, nowhere near my due date. When I complained I was told, literally, that “You don’t have to renew if you don’t want to.” Yeah, thanks, f^ck you very much Bluehost. After 7 or 8 years with them I’ll take their advice and look elsewhere.

    • Fagner Consorte

      Tenho usado WordPress Multisites, primeira experiência com a Bluehost que me deu muita dor de cabeça, serviço muito ruim, perdi dados, clientes, não recomendo e nunca mais volto!
      Tenho trabalhado com Siteground, está indo bem!

  • Greatly balanced post that makes a nice & smooth read! It provides nice insights on best WordPress hosting, keep up the good work!

    • Hey, we are glad it helped. Thanks for reading us.

  • Impressive comparative review. This is very well written in detailed information. These web host providers are truly the top of the game. However, have you considered WP Engine? I would like to know your thoughts about it.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome article by the way!

  • David London

    So I guess Managed WordPress hosts are left out from this piece. I’m surprised WP Engine and StackPress were not included. These guys focus solely on WordPress.

  • I think sitegroud is good but i recommend bigrock beacuse of live chat support and many awesome feature

  • Adam

    Hi ,I have also researched about hosting providers .you can check that here http://shoutmyidea.com/best-hosting-for-wordpress/

  • I’m using Bluehost from more than one & half year. And I’m happy with Bluehost. If any beginners Want to start their blog then I think bluehost and siteground is best for them.

  • Hasan Raza

    Cloudways also provides excellent WordPress managed cloud hosting, the best things about Cloudways is that they offer 1-click setup, user friendly easy to use console and cloud scalability.

  • Hi! Thanks for giving us new suggestions.

  • Hi! We have featured InMotion here, you can check it out: https://www.codeinwp.com/blog/siteground-vs-bluehost-vs-hostgator-vs-inmotion-hosting/

  • Hi, thanks for the suggestion. It’s good to hear new names that are not so known. 🙂

  • nhmtnbkr

    I honestly don’t know how you guys can seriously include HostGator, GoDaddy or Bluehost in this mix. HostGator is one of the most abysmal
    hosting providers on the market and their customer support is terrible, very hard to reach and frequently useless when you do get them. They
    recently had a WordPress breach that should never had occurred, if they had the property server-side security measures in place. I’ve used them for a number of client installs, as well as my own staging server and totally regret ever believing any of the positive reviews on them. Bluehost is
    little better, likely because they’re both owned by Endurance International – they too suffer from rampant performance issues and have
    atrocious support, forcing me to help two clients migrate to other providers. GoDaddy once was decent, many years back, but grew too big and their hosting performance has suffered because of it.

  • I am using hostgator from last 2 years and still going good. may be good for me because i don’t get too much traffic on my blog.

  • This is great and everything but showing “promo price” is entirely meaningless to anyone thinking of having a real website that will stay up for some time. What are the actual prices, after the “promo”?

  • simon

    I am a user of HostGator, as of now I am not facing any problem. their uptime score and Server response time are just fantastic.

  • Viva_Astronzo

    How about 1and1? They are one of the biggest hosting companies in the world. I have been with them for almost a decade and never had a serious problem. I currently administer 12 small biz wp sites on their shared hosting and everyone is happy.

  • Fritz Walcov

    Bluehost is disgusting. Can you imagine a host being down all day. No web site. No email ALL DAY. Pathetic.

    • Giorgio Panicucci

      Try with Rosehosting. They offer manged VPS packages and have awesome tech support. Management and optimization for many popular CMS are included in the package so my sites are always fast and up to date.

  • snsj2

    I’m more than satisfied with BGOcloud’s hosting services. The speed is awesome!

  • From my personal experience, Inmotion is more preferable one. We do prefer our clients to host there. The customer support is fantastic with 24X7 service. No down time at all. Thank you for such detailed comparison. Planning to buy WP Engine which plan should i prefer?

  • Heather Brown

    You also missed out on ecomlane, great dedicated service. Been with them for just over a year.

  • I am Running My Domain on Namecheep this is very good hosting site.

  • Amazing collection of WordPress hosting. Thanks for great share.

  • Farhang

    None of them are impressive if you compare it to Liquidweb’s new managed WordPress hosting. i was amazed by the speed of their hosting. and their support team? well they are 59 seconds away when you need something. BUT it’s really expensive starting from $119 it worth it if you plan to grow your business.

  • krishkusuma

    I’ve been using inMotion for almost 1 year .. so far I’m happy with them .. very low down-time, good and helpful support.
    Unfortunately I can’t choose my preferred date & time when they perform maintenance service. And the last time they did it during office hour after lunch.
    But they do maintenance not very often. I give them 4 of 5 stars.

  • Shahroze Nawaz

    Cloudways is one on the TOP giving competition to the managed hosting companies with five Providers DigitalOcean, Vultr, GCE, AWS and KYUP.

  • rickytell

    Siteground is the best of them all. customer support is awesome. the fastest and most friendly/ all SSD starter plans.

  • Ive used all of the hosts in this review, they all suck except WPEngine and Kinsta.

  • Sherissa

    Do test WPOven. They are great and the support has been exceptionally good.

  • rickytell

    site ground is the best.

  • Agha zahid Ali

    I cannot afford the price.Is is free for learner.Because first to learn free.As I have interest in writing.As retired worker with small I cannot afford the price.There is any chance to you your platefarm

    • Maybe you should try x10hosting, they offer a free site with nice features, the handicap is they have a list of allowed countries for their service so you should check if they are allowing your country.

  • What about the Host Asset?

  • I am using Hostasset and I have paid only for $35 per year subscription. I would like to know if there’s any good option out there for me?

  • I’ve tried GoDaddy, They always limit the resources. Inmotion hosting is good but there prices are high. I’ve moved to a new web hosting company 2cohost that are using SSD storage. Although it was risk but I was amazed by there services. Never down my website and paying only $15 for 1 year. I recommend you all to try it at least ony time.

  • Agha zahid Ali

    Not free of cost.Some one who is not business man.So only want to write arrival of different topics due to writing interest then it will be free or not.Cost is not affordable.Is it free

  • Zvi Talit

    using Siteground VPS for 3 years now and it is the best hoting experience i’ve had (bluhost was the worst, BTW).

  • Would be great if you add Neolo to the list. We are working really hard to become a smart option in the web hosting space.

  • lowcostconcept

    I lead a Web Agency. We are using Siteground since many years to host all the websites of our customer on VPS Servers. We also test in past, Bluehost, Icertified, Mavenhosting and really siteground is far above all for many reasons. But the main reason, in my opinion, is the in-house security policy they adopt to protect their infrastructure. Siteground is not the most cheaper if you go for VPS or ddicated Server but the value they give worth the price. Congrats Siteground, you are doing a good job !!!

  • Davidson

    i m using 2co host and it is very nice

  • Conor

    My recommendation is RoseHosting, they offer fully managed 24/7 support, SSD Disk, free migration, free backup and many more.

  • Saad Suhail

    what about namecheap shared hosting for newbies ?

    • I am leaving namecheat and searching for a real business..

  • What is the best hosting if price is not constrain? I’m starting to work on a startup company website which will get lot of users quickly and increasing. I feel I should take VPS. As DreamHost is the most expensive I feel it offers the best service. What do you guys think?

    • Anna Rodriguez

      I think you may consider switching to one of the VPS plans by BGOcloud. Their prices are quite affordable and their services are very reliable. I’ve been using one of their WordPress hosting plans and I can say downtime is kept to minimum. Moreover, my website is way too faster than it used to be, due to their SSD storage.

  • Alper Orus

    If it’s related to wordpress. I think you have to put DreamPress not the shared hosting one. Prices and bandwith change very much if you want a promising website running WP on shared servers.

  • Rahul

    Innovative Hosting is the best of all. Their customer support is awesome with 100% uptime. the truly fastest and most friendly SSD hosting plans.

  • Thanks for explain about best web host service! All hosting service good but I’m always like InMotion host service.

  • vikasprogrammer

    If you want to try your hands with WordPress hosting for free trial (7 days), we offer that with CMS Launcher. Our service also provides free sub domain. Please try it and let me know.

  • Thank you very much, good to know that posts like this generate so many different opinions and suggestions.

  • You analyzing site is really best. These site is more reliable for word press hosting. For the business purpose if you finding the Cloud hosting provider so you have some options such as The SageNext, Sage 50 Hosting and Tax Software Hosting companies are more reliable and cost effective provider company.

  • You are comparing the functions and features of Hosting provider company which is most useful and best forever. I am always thankful to you for sharing and show the comparison of these provider company.
    The SageNext and Sage 50 Hosting is leading Cloud hosting for Quickbooks and Sage 50 application software which is using in business and accounting works.

  • Eric Malcolm

    Huge fan of A2 Hosting, they have great plans, fast servers and excellent support! They are also one of the best independent web hosts that aren’t part of a huge parent company.

  • Useful article. I’ve migrated websites from some of these hosts before, mainly due to hacks or down time. Host Gator is one of the main ones that we see problems with, and like Heather, customers find their support somewhat lacking. But you do get what you pay for, so for a few dollars a month, it’s very good value.

  • inspectorINS

    Lets be clear, HostGator for sure keeps the crown when we talk about Hosting business but there are also so many great Hosting Services which are not even mentioned here. I am mostly interested in VPS hosts and offers depending from service to service but so far HosJedi and BlueHost showed as the most useful to my online store needs. I never tried GoDaddy hosting but I heard different complaints and not so great stories about them.

  • realbasics

    Thanks for doing this writeup! While I truly love SiteGround (I use it myself) and recommend it to clients (30+ at the moment) I’ve been looking for solid alternatives because I get nervous about having all my (clients!) eggs in one basket. A2Hosting seems like a very solid alternative. I’d agree with you about InMotionHosting (who I’ve been impressed with) but they don’t offer Let’s Encrypt or similar free signed certificates and that’s a dead-stop dealbreaker for me.

    Unlike some commenters I appreciate that you included bottom-of-the-barrel hosting like GoDaddy. Both of those, incidentally, really do offer excellent support… though it’s worth noting that of all my clients’ hosting providers GoDaddy’s the only support number I have (or need to have) on speed dial. 🙁 “Know thy enemy” is at least as important as “who’s the best,” so, again, I appreciate you including them in your roundup. Plus, hey, who knows, maybe one of these days GoDaddy, HostGator, etc., will dial back their arbitrary CPU and I/O throttling, add the Let’s Encrypt plugin to their cPanel offerings, upgrade to PHP 7, and otherwise jump back into the middle of the pack or higher.

    One last thing: While this was a review of each company’s bottom-of-the-line service offerings I have to agree with your recommendation that for most, bumping up to the next level (i.e. SiteGround’s “GrowBig,” A2’s “Swift,” or even GoDaddy’s still-horrible “Level 2”) will give you a serious upgrade in features and performance for just a little more money.

  • Thanks for this awesome in depth study. I personally love siteground. I use their Gogeek plan and its a fantastic decision. They never let me down during some traffic spike which occurs sometimes. My previous web host suspended my website for the same reason.

  • Such a great comparison. Has anybody tried Blogbing Hosting?

  • Fagner Consorte

    You gonna have problem with them soon or later. Poor service!

  • Fagner Consorte

    Is Bluehost on this list? I’ve tested the majority, Bluehost is very bad, it should not be here, site broken all the time, server reset all the time, doing an Adwords campaign with Bluehost with host has to be crazy. Get off the list! Siteground is the best there!

  • Thanks You for explain about best web host service! All hosting service good but I’m always like Hostgator host service.

  • Torie Hadel

    One thing I am confused on is what server is actually running the wordpress software? Does the hosting service (BlueHost, WPEngine, DreamHost, etc) runf WordPress or does the web sever (apache,ngix) run wordpress? What exactly is the hosting service outputting? Is is just giving the webserver the index.php/single.php/etc. or does BlueHost/Dreamhost/etc. output the html? For reference, I use apache with dream host.

  • mehedi hasan

    thanks