Hosting your own website doesn’t have to cost a monthly fee or require a lot of technical knowledge to setup. If you just need to host a small website that will only have a few visitors, you can turn your Windows PC into a WAMP server.
Price – Managed WordPress hosting is significantly more expensive when compared to shared hosting. Base plan usually starts around $29/mo. where as shared hosting plan starts at $3.95/mo. But if you factor in the cost of running a large website and the salary of system admin, then this will sound like a pretty good option.
Many thanks for this article Syed – incredibly useful. I’ve been using Weebly Pro for a good year now and, while there have certainly been benefits for me in terms of time to launch, I have always found it very restrictive, sometimes painful and invariably I’ve ended up having to massage the code anyway – although the “free” hosting certainly helps (and it’s great for very small businesses to launch quickly).
Once you’ve settled on the technology you want to use, you can use the Compare tool to find hosts that specifically support it. Check the “Easy Installs” list. If it isn’t there, you can look for it with the Search feature.
Unlimited is a popular buzzword that many shared hosting services use to describe their bandwidth and storage limitations; however, there actually are limits. Your bandwidth and storage aren’t constrained unless you exceed what the company deems regular use, as defined in its terms of service. However, these limits are usually more clearly defined for higher-end web hosting services, such as cloud, VPS and dedicated hosting.
Most web hosting companies do offer email, allowing you to have an email address that uses your domain name, either as an optional add-on or as a part of a hosting package. There are a few web hosting companies that do not offer this, so it’s important to check this before purchasing a hosting plan.
I’ve been with HostGator for years and their customer service has gone considerably over the last couple years. I’m changing to SiteGround. I’m tired of asking them for help, pointing them to their own inadequate help pages and them still not knowing what I’m talking about, not to mention the 8 minutes I wait for them to chat and then 3 minutes from one remark to another. Its excrutiating.
All WordPress Hosting plans use blazing fast SSD storage- up to 20x faster than traditional hard drives. We also use NGINX, advanced server caching, PHP 7 and more for hosting that is more than 10x faster than standard shared hosting.
If you really want to cut costs, you can skip all of the extras and be publishing from your very own self-hosted WordPress website for as little as $150 to $200 per year, which is probably less than you will spend on coffee!
This is another UK-based provider, and Tsohost also plays the value card, with an entry-level plan which starts at £1.61 per month (providing you sign up for two years – it’s £1.79 per month if you commit for just one year). That plan limits you to 500MB storage, admittedly, but you do get unlimited bandwidth, Let’s Encrypt SSL and 10 mailboxes.
If you can’t be bothered, just check out the four hosts featured in the tables below. Those are the main companies that we recommend to 95% of our users/customers. In a nutshell, those are the best WordPress hosting companies in the market.
We’ve added uptime monitoring to our review process, and the results show that most web hosts do an excellent job of keeping sites up and running. Web hosts with uptime issues cannot qualify for inclusion among the best services in the field, no matter how solid the rest of their offerings are.
An approximate number of unique monthly visitors that the hosting plan is most suitable to accommodate. This is not a limit, this is only a reference point. Every website is unique and capable of handling different amounts of traffic.
If you’re running WordPress you can’t go wrong with WPEngine’s VPS service. MediaTemple are also a good option – although I don’t recommend their WordPress VPS hosting as they seem upload all of their own themes/plugins onto your server. We’ve had several instances where our sites have broken due to MediaTemple deciding to update our WordPress files without telling us.
If your site needs to work a very specific way to accomplish your goals, there’s a good chance you’ll need to pay for it. Most niche-specific plugins are paid because they only apply to a unique set of circumstances. A good example of this would be eCommerce plugins.
I have found that InMotion was painfully slow for my “still-under-construction” website that contained 1 page saying “WEBSITE COMING SOON” and 2 rows of text and one graphic, which was less than 100 KB.
All of our top picks include most add-ons and upsells for free, like daily backups and basic levels of SSL encryption. But we recommend everyone also pay the $10 a year for private domain registration. It’ll keep your personal information out of the internet’s required registration database, WHOIS. Instead of listing your phone and address, your server will list a proxy, so you won’t have to contend with spam calls to your real phone number. (One tester from our original review on web hosting, published in 2016, has just recently stopped receiving daily telemarketing calls — well over year later.)
If you should run into problems with the website or are nervous that something has faltered on the server-side, then you need an expert to turn to — and that shouldn’t require you to hire a web developer or other expert to assist in troubleshooting.
One major downside to saving money on site maintenance is that you may wind up in a situation where you’ve crashed your site and don’t know how to restore it. We see this sort of thing all the time, so definitely be careful if you decide to look after your site yourself. Remember to always make backups!
Lowest price – $3.92/month. Ideal for hosting your personal blog or website as it is optimized for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. The plan includes unlimited storage, unlimited transfer, one website, five databases, cPanel, and free SSL and SSD.
Dreamhost holds a special place in my heart. The company, in addition to its commercial services, offers a free shared website to nonprofits. They provided a free website to a nonprofit I was affiliated with, which at the time, was a huge help for the cause. That offering is still available to 501(c)(3) nonprofits to this day.