If you’re not interested in all-things WordPress hosting, then sorry, but we’re going at it again (with this WordPress hosting infographic).

For a good reason, though! Whether we like it or not, hosting is a mandatory element in any website-building project. 

At the same time, it’s quite funny too. I mean, if your host is doing its job just fine, you don’t even notice it. But when things go bad … this is when your day starts being all about hosting.

So as you know, we did a big hosting survey lately, which did teach us a lot about who’s actually leading the hosting space in WordPress, plus what the most common challenges are. I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already … it will surely give you something to think on.

Initially, we wanted to release a cool infographic along with that final results post. Unfortunately … you know … deadlines and stuff. So we’re doing it today.

Here are the most interesting numbers about the state of the hosting industry in 2016 – our WordPress hosting infographic:

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Karol K

Creates content, manages CodeinWP's team of writers and makes sure that every piece of content you see on this blog looks great! / Author of "WordPress Complete" / Professional yerba mate drinker / @carlosinho
  • Patty Ayers

    It’s a pain to change hosts, especially if you have 10+ sites. I think that’s the reason people say they’re “happy” with their host. I remember a famous study they taught us about in Psych 101: people will speak well of something they’re currently stuck with. For example, I’m stuck with Hostgator until I’m ready to spend dozens of hours of hard work switching my 25 sites elsewhere. So, technically I’m “happy”. :-

    • Luke Cavanagh

      You can clone a site in around 5 mins or so with Duplicator or any of the other site migration and cloning plugins, so it is not that complex a process to migrate sites to new hosting. Then just go into DNS and update to the new IP address.

    • Patty, I completely understand the feeling. I had about 10 sites with Bluehost and the thought of moving them all, even though I was super frustrated with Bluehost, was painful.

      I use ManageWP to manage mine and my clients’ sites, but even that can have its issues (tried going to InMotion and it was a disaster). Recently, I moved to Flywheel and could not be happier! They have taken care of migrating my sites for me! All it cost me was 60 seconds to fill out a form.

      I cannot more highly recommend Flywheel and their awesome team!

    • Karol K.

      I’m not sure about people speaking well about their hosts if they aren’t actually happy with them. In general, people seem to be more vocal when they want to complain about something, than they are when they want to praise something.


    Kudos to the designer! That’s a fun infographic!
    (The number of entries seem a little too low to draw any representative conclusions, though IMHO).

  • Kim Gjerstad

    Hey, not sure I understand the results of the type of WordPress websites. “XX% less popular”… what does it mean?

    • Karol K.

      It means that, for example, personal websites are 32% less popular than business websites. And so on. With business websites being the benchmark.

  • HasithaP

    Where is Liquidweb

  • Ben Arnold

    Sure, on a typical day things go well. And nothing is perfect so a problem here and there is to be expected and when compared to others yes WordPress is a dream machine truly. But lets be honest when saying that a small problem can turn into hell regardless the system is the #1 system in the world. I was transferring some highly sensitive material today (personal information of 100 persons primarily living in France, some in Thailand and Vietnam… for example info on where they live, their photo, their connections to other persons, those person’s photos and residence etc) and thought it would be safe to use my WordPress dashboard as kind of a word program and was deleting things and adding things to revise that information so that it would be ready to insert into a data base where I store all of my client’s and partner’s and associate’s information… when suddenly out of habit my dumb brain told my body to click “publish” and well the rest is history since WordPress super computer caught the breach of policy immediately and within 2 seconds suspended my account just as I was about to delete that page… giving me the blue screen of death. Hopefully them disabling my ability to correct my mistake, unable to delete that page and information, doesn’t mean that information is now published publicly permanently online somewhere or being copied and used by WordPress admin from India or Russia or China or wherever WordPress hires admin and whoever they may be. That’s a horrible situation that I’m sure programmers and designers and CEO’s at WordPress never imagined even possible where WordPress protocol to instantly freeze an account like that might result in another Hillary Clinton type scandal and lawsuits galore from persons of various echelons living in France, Thailand, and Vietnam such as Wall Street executives and such all clambering for their Senator or lawyer or jet or cell phone to try and fix this already done deal. And so to say that WordPress isn’t perfect is an understatement when you realize that it only takes one tiny glitch like what happened on the NASA Space Rocket carrying the Challenger Shuttle with the first female astronauts to space and exploded in mid flight… to turn life into a hell for everyone. The emergency board meeting at which everyone who runs the show at NASA came together that morning to make the fateful decision to overlook the dangers discovered concerning the temperatures that morning and approved that flight that morning probably is impressed in their minds profoundly forever (the commission “discovered” what caused the explosion thanks to a courageous whistle blower from that NASA board who wanted to ease his/her conscience a little). They can testify to the fact that imperfection regardless how normal or frequent is not acceptable. Let’s be honest and say not only that things like marriage, WordPress, swimming at the beach isn’t always perfect but that it can also be worse than hell. -Ben Arnold reachable by email at BigConversation@Zoho.com