WordPress is the most popular way to start a website online. With an estimate of over 75 million sites using this content management system and 25% of all new websites starting on this platform, it has become a focus of many hosts.
Most hosting companies now cater specifically to WP users with a special set of plans and servers specifically set aside for the CMS.
That doesn’t mean that they’re all the same. You probably chose to put your site on WP because of how versatile it is, and choosing a host is an important part of getting the most out of it. You should carefully list your needs and put them up against the features and price of any company you may want to use.
To help, HostAuthority has compiled a list of the best WP hosting plans from all over the web and sorted through them based on speed, service and options. All of that data has led us to the top 5 hosting options for WordPress.
Number One: Bluehost
Bluehost was an early adopter of the WordPress platform, and due to their specific support they have become the preferred hosting platform of internet marketers and bloggers from around the web. In fact, they have been endorsed and recommended by WordPress.org since 2005. All of the WP plans from Bluehost are placed on a specially tailored VPS platform which enhances the speed of your new blog. With the basic “blogger” plan you can have up to five sites, which is a feature not offered by many other WP hosts. You will also have access to an enhanced cPanel, SiteLock pro and SiteLock CDN which are included with every plan. Knowing your files are secure is a must for any new site. Another feature that helps Bluehost propel to the top of our list is the bandwidth. Some hosts limited the amount of traffic to unrealistic levels in an effort to get you to a higher payment level, but Bluehost’s blogger plan allows for up to 100 million visits every month. You’ll have no problem handling that amount of traffic on the plan that starts at $12.49 for the first month. This is a solid WP option for anyone who wants to use a host that is recommended by WordPress themselves.
Number Two: A Small Orange
The second spot on our list goes to a hosting company that doesn’t have a specific WordPress plan. With the simplified pricing and excellent customer service offered by A Small Orange, they make our best pick for beginners. If you’ve never had a website before WP is a great option. It’s easy to use and update with plugins available to do just about anything you want. That’s why ASO goes so well with first time webmasters and WordPress. Their tiny plan is perfect for just starting out and at under $3/mo it’s a huge bargain. To keep the good value going you will get a free domain name and 2 months of free hosting when you purchase a year’s worth of service in advance. This makes hosting through this provider an incredible value for your first site. If you already have a site the transfer is free and with a rolling 7 days worth of daily backups your files will always be protected. A Small Orange is a great beginner’s hosting platform for any WordPress User.
Number Three: InMotion
InMotion makes it onto the list in large part due to the value they provide specifically to WordPress users. Most hosts charge a premium price for WP hosting due to the resources and hardware that has to be modified, but not InMotion. Their plans start out at similar prices to their normal hosting plans. The low cost doesn’t mean they skimp on service, you’ll have WP installed for you by a technical expert, get free updates and backups, and access to the 24/7 support team. Your site will be hosted on SSD hardware to ensure speed. InMotion has even developed a drag and drop site builder for WordPress that is included with all hosting plans to help you build an attractive site easily. If you just want a great theme, there are several that come free with your hosting plan. InMotion’s goal is to help you have a site online in under an hour. This is a great value for bargain hunters or anyone else who wants a fast WordPress site.
Number Four: GreenGeeks
GreenGeeks is an environmentally friendly hosting company that can host your WordPress site and create incredible speed and security. The problem with many WP specific plans is that they are on servers that are still shared with other customer’s files. This can, but not always, lead to issues on all other sites on that particular hardware. While GreenGeeks does still employ shared servers, they employ something called “account isolation” which means that your files (website) is completely separated from the other clients on that server. The top priority of this host for your WordPress site is security. Your site is updated automatically to keep your site up to date and safe from the hostile internet. There will also be real time security scanning to pick up malware and proactively block vulnerabilities. Pair all of this with expert support, daily backups and some excellent hardware and software solutions and you have a solid performing WordPress host for the globally conscious webmaster.
Number Five: HostGator
Rounding out our top five list is a well known host to the blogging world. HostGator is known for it’s great value shared hosting used for blogs all over the internet. That’s why offering WordPress hosting was a natural choice for this provider. The company also understands that WP is no longer just used for blogs, but entire rich websites and ecommerce platforms can be hosted using this CMS. That’s why they provide suPHP which helps increase security from malicious attempts on your files. If you’re transferring from another platform, the entire process will be handled by the tech support team for free. Once your site is off the ground and growing it will be easy to scale your resources. HostGator’s cloud architecture makes it easy to quickly allocate new resources due to spikes in traffic. Not to mention this is one of the most affordable WP specific options online, making it a great choice for avid WordPress users.