August 15, 2017
WordPress is world’s most popular content management system and known to extend features more than a simple blogging platform. With a library of free and premium themes along with useful plug-ins that defines and supports millions of websites, including Best Buy and The New Yorker, WordPress is surely the champion platform for hosting websites.
Most Web hosts offer WordPress services in terms of optimization or offer a managed environment, wherein the CMS comes preinstalled. Depending on the Web host, one can enjoy multiple site-friendly features, including page caching, quick CMS updates and backup options.
Here are some key differences for each WordPress hosting type:
- Shared Hosting: An affordable option with a simple and scalable interface. The price involved is low too ($2.50 – $7.50 per month).
- Dedicated Hosting: This option is perfect for heavily trafficked sites, which enjoy more than 100k monthly visitors on their site.
- Virtual Private Server: These servers are like the shared ones, where multiple sites are hosted together with more control at your end.
- Cloud Hosting: This option pulls resources from different servers thus allaying the risk of a single server that might bring the site down.
The top four criteria for assessing the best WordPress Hosting Companies
1. Pricing vs. Features
For judging the best hosting companies, we first and foremost compared the quantity and quality of features that are being offered. The best companies offer the most features at low costs.
2. Money-back guarantee
It is important to assess the guarantee of the offerings and what is being mentioned in fine print in terms of commitments from hosting providers. Some hosting providers are smart enough to mention half-truths along the way that might land many in a fix, later.
3. Site’s performance in terms of up time and overall speed
Setting up a WordPress website should be user-friendly with the help of these hosting sites. We closely monitored the performance of all the websites and the hosts with third-party sites that check your site health in periodic intervals.
4. FREE domain (optional)
Also, check for any freebies being offered in the hosting plan including a domain since that will keep the option lucrative for the deal.
The Top 10 Web Hosting Companies Ranked
We graded the following Web hosts on their uptime and speed, measured in amount of time taken for a page to load fully. We also considered customer support quality and freebies offered in our assessment. Here are the top 10 WordPress hosting companies that offer bang for the buck:
1. Blue Host
BlueHost is a hosting site with two million-plus websites. BlueHost offers a real average uptime of 99.97 percent with an average load time of a staggeringly fast 422 ms. Its 24/7 customer service is efficient too. Although prices are on the higher side starting from $5.95 per month, it adds a free domain name and site migration option for new accounts into its package.
2. Hostgator Cloud
HostGator’s Cloud Hosting offers the best uptime and speed within its packages. Since the company boasts of 100 percent uptime, and in the tests that followed, we witnessed just about 10 minutes of downtime in a five-month period.
HostGator has a user-friendly site that explains the deployment process in simple terms. The customer support and their always-on live chat option are good too. Its pricing starts at $4.95 per month and extends up to $9.95 a month with a 45-day money back guarantee.
3. Siteground Hosting
Siteground now has 450,000 domain names under its hood, from around the world. Having checked its speed, uptime, and performance over some months, the platform is incredible at all levels — 99.9 percent uptime over the year, average page loading time of 539ms, friendly and prompt customer support, free transfers for all existing websites along with a domain name, cheap hosting rates at $3.95 per month with a 30-day money back guarantee offer.
4. A2 Hosting
A2 hosting came up trumps in terms of speed, averaging 364 ms with basically instant page loading as it implements caching. The site offers 24/7 customer support and instant responses. The lowest plan starts a $3.92 for two years and a 30-day money back guarantee.
But it could not live up to their uptime claim of 99.99 percent, having slipped in recent months. Hence it lagged behind some competitors in this regard.
5. InMotion Hosting
InMotion is one of the most well-known hosting providers, with a customer base of more than 300,000 domains. The hosting provider also delivered average uptime of 99.98 percent in a five-month period with a very good page loading time of 615 ms. The customer support agents were satisfactory too with detailed answers.
Its pricing is among the lowest hosting options, starting at $2.95 per month. One drawback with InMotion Hosting is lack of instant account accessibility with hassles in verification procedures for foreigners.
DreamHost has a network of 1.5 million sites and has existed since 1996. It had an uptime average of 99.98 percent while the average page loading times were 686ms over five months. It also offers addons in the form of unlimited bandwidth and DreamHost will credit the account when there are issues with uptime. The customer support also offers quick responses.
Its main drawback is pricing since it hovers at $7.95 per month but with a long money back guarantee period of 97 days.
GreenGeeks hosts 300,000-plus websites since its advent nine years back. It claims 99.9 percent uptime and delivers it too. The average loading time though is slower than others at 942 ms. It has excellent 24/7/365 U.S.-based customer support and also offers free data transfers and site migration along with a free domain name. The pricing is OK at $3.99 per month with a 30-day money back guarantee.
8. Site5 Hosting
With an average site time of a low 99.94 percent, and a slow average loading time of 701ms, Site5 Hosting does not match favorably with its competitors. The customer support is good enough and it offers a 90-day money back guarantee if one tries Site5 out. The pricing plans are pricey, starting at $4.95 per month to up to $11.95 per month.
iPage, which started in 1998 has grown to more than one million websites. But the average uptime lagged at 99.95 percent with 32 outages, and the average loading time was the worst at 846 ms. But it does have the cheapest hosting plan at $1.99 per month, although not the best option in terms of performance.
Arvixe, founded in 2003, delivers an average uptime of just about 99.95 percent and it performs abysmally in terms of average loading times at 3,342 ms. Even the customer support is inefficient and slow while the pricing is expensive at $4 per month.
Bluehost and Hostgator Cloud top the list owing to their consistent performance in uptime, speed, pricing and freebies. One can choose any from the top six of the list and based on their WordPress hosting priorities.
Boni Satani is a passionate blogger and an Inbound Marketer. His interest lies in WordPress and is always eager to know more about various WordPress Hosting Providers. Along with a group of experts and Web developers, he is closely working with websitesetup.org