The Best WordPress Web Hosting

The Best WordPress Web Hosting Companies of 2017

The Best WordPress Web Hosting

It can be overwhelming to select the best WordPress web hosting for your website. There are so many choices and the prices and features vary greatly.

We manage websites for all kinds of clients that are on various WordPress web hosts so we have a lot of experience with dozens of popular web hosts from GoDaddy to HostGator to WP Engine and many others. Previously we have explained the 9 qualities of the best web hosting companies and here we are going to make our recommendations based on these factors.

In our experience there are two WordPress web hosting companies that shine above the rest. We’ll explain why below.

WP Engine

WP Engine is the one of the best managed WordPress web hosts around. They optimize their servers for WordPress and comes ready to go on every account. If you are looking for a reliable host that will ensure your website operates smoothly and without issues, this is the WordPress web hosting solution for you.

Why We Like Them

Of all the websites we manage, the WordPress websites on WP Engine have the fewest issues. They are reliable, have great support, and a number of managed WordPress features that make operating a professional website

How They Score

Here’s how they rate on the 9 qualities of the best web hosting companies:

  • Reliability (Uptime): 100%*
  • Speed: #1 Ranking. Average 1.1 seconds (see results here)
  • Space: 10 GB on Personal Plan
  • Bandwidth: 25K visits/month
  • Support: Award winning support, 24/7 Live Chat & Ticketing System
  • Features: Staging site & Daily backups for 30 days
  • Email: Not included. They recommend using a third-party solution such as Google Apps or Office 365.
  • Security: Let’s Encrypt SSL option for free
  • Pricing: $35/month

We always recommend paying annually to receive 2 months free and using the promo code “wpe20off” to get 20% off the first year and save $70. Bringing the yearly cost down to $280 or $23.33/month.

SiteGround

SiteGround is a managed WordPress web hosting company that was started in 2004 by university students wanting to create a better web hosting solution. Now they are a top worldwide hosting solution with over 280 employees. They pride themselves in their focus on speed, security and excellent support.

Why We Like Them

They are very affordable and offer great support. SiteGround’s uptime is consistent and reliable.

How They Score

Here’s how they rate on the 9 qualities of the best web hosting companies:

  • Reliability (Uptime): 99.97%*
  • Speed: #5 Ranking. Average 2.27 seconds (see results here)
  • Space: 20 GB on GrowBig Plan
  • Bandwidth: 25K visits/month
  • Support: 24/7 support
  • Features: Free daily backup, host multiple websites
  • Email: Limited using Squirrel or Horde. We recommend using a third-party solution such as Google Apps or Office 365.
  • Security: Let’s Encrypt SSL option for free
  • Pricing: $19.95/month (with $5.95 introductory price)

The Best WordPress Web Hosting – Bottom Line

Don’t waste your time with low-priced low-quality web hosts such as GoDaddy, BlueHost, HostGator, DreamHost, etc. You won’t go wrong with WP Engine or SiteGround – we have dozens of sites that we manage that are using these WordPress web hosting companies, so we have a long track record with them and can recommend them both with confidence.

If you are running eCommerce, a membership site, or just want complete peace of mind, then go with WP Engine. They are on the high end scale of WordPress web hosting and you will get what you pay for.

If you have more of a brochure website that does not change frequently and is not generating revenue, then SiteGround might be a better fit for you. They are a very affordable and reliable WordPress web hosting solution.

WP Engine and SiteGround are the only two WordPress web hosting companies we recommend to our clients.

Feel free to share your hosting experiences and thoughts on these results in the comments below.

*We pulled the uptime over the last 30 days from all of the websites we manage that are on this web host.

 

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