By far the most popular content management system (CMS) available to website owners, WordPress is currently home to over 450 million active websites (that’s over 40% of all websites in the world!). If you’re already using WordPress, you’ll know that its ease of use, its versatility and its countless themes and plugins are why it’s the number one choice for many — whether you’re a blogger or you’re managing a growing online business.
But of course, if you’re running a website on WordPress you’ll also need somewhere to host it. Investing in the right hosting solution is vital, since the speed, performance and user experience of your site (not to mention SEO) depend on a reliable host. To that end, there are an increasing number of managed hosting providers you can choose from, some tailored specifically to WordPress and others that adapt to fit.
But which of these is the right solution for your WordPress site? Whatever the needs of your website, here’s our rundown of the 10 best-in-class hosting solutions for WordPress users.
One of the most popular and highest rated hosting services around, SiteGround is an endorsed WordPress hosting partner, and comes with in-house WordPress speed and security features to ensure your site is as fast and as secure as possible. Perhaps its calling card is its 24/7 technical support, which is widely considered to be the best in the industry. With super-fast servers powered by Google Cloud, SiteGround offers automatic upgrades, free website migration and free SSL, CDN and website backups for enhanced peace of mind when it comes to security. It’s not the cheapest option available, but there are affordable startup plans for newbies and smaller businesses.
Best for: Inexperienced users, since the support is second-to-none.
Currently home to over 1.5 million WordPress sites and blogs, DreamHost is an award-winning hosting solution and one of WordPress’s recommended providers. With affordable plans and no setup fee, DreamHost even comes with a 97-day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with their service. We think that’s unlikely, since it rates highly for performance, reliability and tech support. Even the most basic plans account for unlimited traffic and come with WordPress pre-installed, so you don’t have to worry about integrations. If you’re already using WordPress, you can migrate for free with no downtime using its automated migration plugin. What’s more, DreamHost is a certified carbon-neutral hosting provider.
Best for: DIY users who want affordable prices.
One of the longest established hosting providers on this list, Bluehost (launched way back in 1996) is another WordPress-recommended hosting solution. With a range of affordable pricing plans, it’s a great option for small businesses and startups looking for a low-cost hosting provider. Its ease of use also makes it a winning solution for beginners — it won’t require the services of an experienced developer, put it that way. Of course, optimal uptime and performance are essential factors, and Bluehost is rated highly for its dependability, even resolving the majority of server-related issues within 15 minutes.
Best for: Beginners, small businesses and startups.
A powerful, cloud-based managed WordPress and WooCommerce hosting solution, the chief advantages of Cloudways lie in its flexibility and its ability to scale. With a series of affordable pay-as-you-go plans, a free 3-day trial and a choice of cloud providers (including Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform), Cloudways promises constant availability, maximum performance and enterprise-grade security. And with a 24/7 support network effectively acting as your extended team, Cloudways takes away server-related worries so you can scale your website the way you want.
Best for: Growing agencies and e-commerce businesses.
Boasting almost 30 million users across the world, Hostinger is fast becoming one of the most popular hosting platforms for WordPress. Suitable for experienced WordPress developers as well as novices thanks to its no-frills user interface, Hostinger offers very affordable pricing plans, one-click WordPress installation, enhanced security features and a choice of geo-specific data centers — although traffic-heavy sites might suffer from performance glitches from time-to-time. Perhaps its primary advantage, however, is its dedicated and speedy customer support, with 24/7 live chat in over 20 languages.
Best for: Everyone, but ideal for beginners.
6. WP Engine
Currently hosting close to 550,000 live websites, WP Engine is a fully managed, WordPress-specific platform that is focused on accelerating business growth, marketing itself as the fastest WordPress hosting solution. It can back up those claims, too, as WP Engine proved to have the highest percentage of top WordPress sites that load under 200ms (it also promises to increase website speeds by up to 40%). There are a range of flexible options, with plans tailored for SMEs, large enterprises, e-commerce stores, agencies and freelancers, with a 60-day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied.
Best for: Businesses that want to accelerate growth.
Boasting a varied suite of features for managing your WordPress site, InMotion has to be one of the most versatile and flexible platforms around. Possibly the number one advantage of InMotion is the ability to host multiple websites, even across some of its more affordable plans (the entry-level Launch plan allows hosting for an unlimited number of sites). You’ll find that most providers don’t offer this kind of scope coupled with that kind of affordability. With WordPress auto-installed at checkout and a simple drag-and-drop builder included, InMotion also comes with unlimited professional email accounts (this doesn’t come as standard with all providers).
Best for: Users with multiple websites to manage.
Currently hosting over 10 millions domains worldwide, HostGator isn’t a dedicated WordPress hosting solution, but it is one of the most popular and widely-used. With its cutely-named Hatchling and Baby plans, HostGator offers affordable options for startups and inexperienced users, while even the more richly-featured business plans offer surprising affordability — often making it a go-to solution for medium to large-sized businesses. With one-click WordPress installation, a 99.9% uptime guarantee and 24/7 support, HostGator also includes dedicated e-commerce tools as standard, making it a perfect choice for hosting an online store.
Best for: Large businesses and e-commerce stores.
9. A2 Hosting
As WordPress hosting goes, the power of A2 Hosting lies in its simplicity. It prides itself on the three Ss: it’s secure, it’s stable and it’s simple to use. With A2 you can install WordPress with just a couple of clicks (hmmm, no one-click installations here), and enjoy a managed WordPress hosting service which gives you the power of a Turbo shared web hosting plan (speed is very much the name of the game), with additional tools and support to keep your WordPress site up-to-date and secure. It’s not particularly feature-heavy (and the entry-level plans aren’t the cheapest) but if you’re looking for simplicity, this might be for you.
Best for: Inexperienced users, since simplicity is key.
A hosting provider that’s been around since 2003, AccuWeb has one of the more generous WordPress hosting plans when it comes to storage, bandwidth and email limits. Boasting a 7-second chat response and an 11-minute ticket response time, customer support is up there with the best (you get enterprise-level support no matter what plan you select). Furthermore, AccuWeb can host unlimited WordPress websites on all plans, too, with even the Starter package allowing for up to 100,000 monthly visitors. You’ll also get up to 150 email accounts (that rises to 500 on the Business plan) which is rare feature of these hosting services.
Best for: Websites with a high number of monthly visitors.
In short, there are an almost bewildering number of options when it comes to choosing a hosting solution for your WordPress site, but these 10 first-rate platforms provide a multitude of varied features, functions and benefits. Whether you’re a first-time WordPress user or an established business owner, we’re sure you’ll find the right solution among these options.