With WordPress powering 25% of the internet, there are companies springing from the mire to host your WordPress site and many of our readers and clients come to us asking which one to choose. We're here to share our experiences and expertise on the matter.
Option 1: Bargain Basement Hosting
Many hosting companies offer their “bargain basement” hosting, coupled with “hard to say no” prices. Please… Don't do it. Seriously, it's cheap up front, but you'll pay for it in the long run. We're talking overtaxed servers, poor technical support and debilitatingly slow speeds.
For many years, we've used and recommended these rock bottom services with no concern. However as websites grow, they start to bloat(especially WordPress sites) and start to tax hosting servers. Search engines and users hate slow websites. We've relied on HostGator for years, however their rock bottom pricing has left their servers and support team over-worked. We're now moving every site we manage for clients away from such hosting companies for this reason. Seriously, just don't.
The bottom line is bargain basement hosting should never be used for websites looking to have a competitive edge.
Option 2: High Quality Standard Hosting
For our budget-minded clients, we push hosting companies that provide modern configurations. These offerings come at a slight price premium, but is well, well worth the few dollars extra per month.
Internally, we rely heavily on Media Temple's Grid System hosting, and for our consulting client's we affiliate with Bluehost, who offer's seriously competitive pricing for those who are committed to a full year of hosting.
Option 3: Premium Managed Hosting
For those who like to see speed and performance at it's best, we look to premium managed WordPress solutions.
Options 1 and 2 leave you to fend for yourself when it comes to squeezing performance out of your site, option 3 is for those who want it taken care of for them. These solutions are more expensive, but you get what you pay for. Without any configuration, these hosting solutions usually drop our site speeds below our preferred load time of about 2 seconds. We've used WPEngine and Flywheel and both are highly recommended if you're looking to have a competitive edge without the hassle.
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