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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
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: 4.6 User rating: 4.3 User rating: 4.6
Av. load time: 0.41s
Av. load time: 0.95s
Av. load time: 0.48s
10GB of disk space | Unlimited Bandwidth Unlimited disk space | Unlimited Bandwidth Unlimited disk space | Unlimited Bandwidth
Websites: 1 | Free Domains: 0 Websites: 2 | Free Domains: 0 Websites: 1 | Free Domains: 0
From $3.95 / month From $3.99 / month From $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
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
Hosting is big business. It’s a $16 billion industry in the US alone and growing at 10% per year. And while it’s hard to isolate the exact percentage of that made up by shared hosting, over 50% seems a reasonable guess.

Also, the next time you’re reading some breathless paean to some best WordPress hosting company, bear this in mind: they offer some of the biggest payouts in the affiliate marketing industry.

This simple fact alone is responsible for a substantial percentage of the “reviews” you’ll come across online, which are often little more than barely researched puff pieces designed solely to get you to click on an affiliate link.

Our approach is fundamentally different. We purchased real plans and performed real-world tests, and in this feature we cover every aspect of the hosting experience, from initial offer presentation and sign-up through to backend administration, WordPress installation options, customer support, and site load speed.

What you’re reading here is not some rehashed piece cobbling together a couple of existing WordPress hosting reviews, or the result of a cushy backroom deal with a hosting partner. It is the product of actual research in a live environment.

With that mini-rant out of the way, let’s get cracking!

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
In our point of view, you can’t really name some company the best WordPress hosting around until you’ve seen that company rated highly by real users (and a lot of them) – people who have tested the company themselves and have gotten top results out of it.

So to find out who actually comes on top according to the users, we’ve conducted the biggest WordPress hosting survey to date. That survey has taught us a lot about the nature of WordPress hosting, what people’s expectations are and who’s best at meeting them.

(If you’re interested to see the whole thing take place, click here.)

So that’s the first element in our puzzle to discover the best WordPress hosting in the market. The other element: performance tests. For that, check out section b):

b) We did performance tests ourselves
For each hosting firm, we’ve signed up for their most popular or entry-level WordPress hosting plan and launched a basic WordPress website on it.

We decided to go for a really stripped-down WordPress install to make comparisons as fair as possible.

Each install used WordPress with the standard Twenty Fifteen theme and all plugins and caching disabled.

For the purposes of testing customer support, we installed each site on a temporary URL with the WordPress hosting provider, and reached out to them for assistance with how to set that up.

In terms of performance, each WordPress install was tested in the following two ways:

  • Pageload tests with Pingdom: The homepage is loaded from three separate locations and the results tabulated.
  • Basic load testing with LoadImpact: We used LoadImpact to simulate up to 40 concurrent users hitting the homepage over a five minute period. The figures you see here are based on test runs with servers geographically close to the WordPress installations themselves. We also sense-checked these results with limited tests on more geographically dispersed servers.

Disclaimer. Due to the nature of WordPress hosting, there is no magic single definitive test that will hold true under all circumstances. What we were looking for here were illustrative page load times and reasonable overall performance indicators at low usage levels. Remember that your mileage may, and probably will, vary.

 

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 »»

 
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
Host Price / month User rating Av. load time * Go to
From $3.95 4.6 0.41s Visit | Read Review
From $3.99 4.3 0.95s Visit | Read Review
From $4.40 4.6 0.48s Visit | Read Review
From $19.33 4.2 0.37s Visit | Read Review
From $4.95 3.0 0.93s Visit | Read Review
From $9.95 4.3 0.84s Visit | Read Review
From $7.95 3.7 0.79s Visit | Read Review
From $8.60 3.5 0.45s Visit | Read Review
From $100 4.9 N/A Visit | Read Review
From $15 4.7 N/A Visit
 
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.)

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 location Load time 1 Load time 2 Load time 3
Amsterdam 0.40s 0.40s 0.42s
New York 1.07s 1.16s 1.15s
Melbourne 3.76s 3.76s 7.75s

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.

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.

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 location Load time 1 Load time 2 Load time 3
Stockholm 1.70s 1.56s 1.72s
New York 0.97s 0.93s 0.96s
Melbourne 2.38s 1.98s 1.90s

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.

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.

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 location Load time
Stockholm 0.91s
New York 0.48s
Melbourne 2.24s

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.

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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).

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 location Load time 1 Load time 2 Load time 3
Stockholm 0.94s 0.79s 0.77s
New York 0.42s 0.36s 0.34s
Melbourne 1.16s 1.14s 1.13s

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.

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.

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 location Load time 1 Load time 2 Load time 3
Amsterdam 1.8s 3.14s 1.57s
New York 1.01s 0.92s 0.87s
Melbourne 1.73s 1.71s 1.72s

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.

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.

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 location Load time 1 Load time 2 Load time 3
Amsterdam 1.51s 1.25s 1.26s
New York 0.93s 0.79s 0.79s
Melbourne 2.74s 2.06s 2.18s

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.

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.)

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 location Load time 1 Load time 2 Load time 3
Amsterdam 1.31s 1.28s 1.22s
New York 0.93s 0.72s 0.72s
Melbourne 2.47s 2.45s 2.45s

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.

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.

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 location Load time 1 Load time 2 Load time 3
Amsterdam 1.06s 0.93s 0.92s
New York 0.52s 0.42s 0.41s
Melbourne 3.04s 1.82s 2.14s

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.

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:
 
SiteGround InMotion A2 Hosting WP Engine Bluehost DreamHost HostGator GoDaddy
Plan tested Startup Launch Lite Personal Basic Shared hosting Starter plan Economy
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