Looking for a reliable host for your WordPress blog? No problem, I’ve got you covered.
I’ve been using WordPress for myself since 2009 and I’ve built a bunch of websites for clients since then.
Over this time, I’ve learned a lot about which hosting platforms are reliable, and exactly how good their services are in terms of coping with traffic.
And while there are a crazy number of web hosts, there are only a few that I really trust.
Below you’ll learn all about my go-to WordPress web hosts and why I like them. Be sure to check out my personal recommendations at the end of this page.
I’ve evaluated a lot of web hosts over the course of the last 7+ years and I’ve chosen to recommend these in particular because of the experience I’ve had as a customer (not because of how good their commissions are).
Just getting started: Siteground
Why I like them
Siteground offer a solid web hosting service for those looking to dip their toes into the world of blogging with WordPress.
They have decent support and their servers are fast when compared to most budget web hosts. Their platform is specifically designed for WordPress and their team pro-actively protect customers from possible vulnerabilities at the server level.
Stand out features
- Staging site – This allows you to test website changes before making them live on your site (available on GoGeek plan).
- SuperCacher – This is Siteground’s own caching plugin to boost your page load times (available on GrowBig & GoGeek plans).
- Account isolation – Even though Siteground offers shared hosting, your account will be isolated for others. So if someone else’s account is hacked, yours won’t be affected.
- Free SSL from Let’s Encrypt – Setup SSL on your site with a few clicks.
- Free migrations – Need help moving your site from an existing host? They’ll take care of that for you.
New customers get 60% off the full price. And plans start from $3.95/month but are usually paid annually. This is usually enough for around 10,000 visits/month and one website.
The GrowBig and GoGeek plans offer extra features and offer extra web space with the ability to support more traffic. They also support unlimited websites.
Serious blogging: WPX Hosting
Why I like them
WPX Hosting is my go-to web hosting provider. Their servers are extremely fast and don’t buckle when being used by visitors simultaneously.
Their support is incredible and they always go above and beyond. For example, on a Sunday afternoon I asked them to migrate a website. They replied within 5 minutes and the process was completed a few hours later.
I host a lot of sites with WPX Hosting now and my experience is consistently amazing.
What’s particularly impressive is how WPX Hosting offers free malware scanning and clean up at no extra cost. Normally you’d have to pay Sucuri a monthly fee of over $15/month per website for this type of thing.
Stand out features
- Staging area – This allows you to test changes to your website before putting them live.
- On-demand backups – Want to run a backup right away before you make a change? And not sure when the daily backup will run? You can run a backup from your dashboard.
- Enterprise DDoS protection – Helps to mitigate any potential DDoS attacks.
- Free website migrations – Need help moving your site? They’ll take care of that for you.
- One-click SSL setup via Let’s Encrypt – SSL is going to become more important in the future so you can get this setup easily.
- Malware scanning + clean up – If your website gets hacked, they’ll uncover what’s happened and clean up your site.
Hosting plans start from $24.99/month which supports 5 websites, 10GB of storage and 50GB of bandwidth. You also get 5 free website migrations included.
Compared to a lot of other WordPress managed hosting providers, this is incredibly competitive. That’s not taking into account the free malware scanning + clean ups which mean you don’t have to pay another company for that service.
And if you ever find that you’re running out of bandwidth, you may not need to pay more. You could use a CDN which would reduce your bandwidth usage. Even a free CDN like Cloudflare could help with that.
My personal recommendations
Sure, there are a lot of cheaper web hosts on the market but I’ve had bad experiences with most of them. So I wouldn’t want to recommend those.
Now, if you’re just getting started, Siteground is a solid option but it’s not perfect and the price jumps up a lot after your first year.
In which case, WPX Hosting becomes more cost-effective And because they offer free malware scanning + cleanups, you’ll never have to pay a monthly/yearly fee to another company for it. And their support is a lot quicker at replying to email tickets.
If you can justify the cost, it may make sense to go for WPX Hosting right away to get the benefit of their support and malware scanning/clean up service etc. I’m getting replies to my support tickets in under 10 minutes on average!
And, it’s important to note that it is possible to outgrow WPX Hosting. It’s unlikely but if you find yourself needing the ability to serve over 400K visitors/month and deal with huge traffic spikes – check out Kinsta Hosting.
As you might expect, they’re a bit more expensive but since they use Google Cloud to power their platform, they have the ability to scale and support huge numbers of visitors without compromising page load times. They have excellent support and should be able to migrate your site for free. And they offer a free CDN via KeyCDN.
A few other notes:
Don’t be swayed by free domains. You should always keep them separate to your hosting just in case you have any issues.
And whether or not the host you choose offers automatic backups, use a third party plugin/tool to create backups to ensure you have full control over your site and it’s backups.