Needless to say, this test provided us with some surprising results. For one, SiteGround absolutely blew away the competition by responding in less than half a minute, and promptly answering our question. Secondly, HostGator offered a quality of support that was unexpected considering their reputation.
I have been using Hostgator for 5 years (Business plan) and remain satisfied. Good uptime, very few problems and fast loading are some of the things I like. Recently they have switched to MojoMarketplace for the one step WordPress install and it is awful. A confusing interface and when I delete the WP installation in my test subdirectory it also deletes the installation on my main domain the old c-panel app never did this. This is one of those cases of money over customer service that we are seeing in too many places now.
Another option is cloud hosting, which is where your information and bandwidth is spread across multiple servers to improve redundancy. Like a dedicated server, cloud hosting is expensive, and you’re responsible for any maintenance and repairs.
After the speed test, we ran the Load Impact test on DreamHost servers to see how it would perform during peak traffic hours. We gradually built up to 100 unique visitors at once to see how the server would handle increased requests from multiple connections at once.
Our test site on A2 had a little downtime in September which has pulled the average down. During the last month the average home page load time from the West Coast was a bit slower than previous, while the East Coast improved. The overall average was also better.
Finally, there’s Wix. Unlike WordPress and Weebly, Wix is a browser-based platform, so you log in online, choose your theme, drag and drop to customize, and hit “PUBLISH.” Launching a blog is that simple. The platform is self-hosted, so you don’t have to think about what the servers are doing behind the scenes.
Long gone are the days of having to manually upload and install WordPress on your hosting account. WordPress was famous for it’s 5min install, but these days it can be done in less than a minute using one of the common installers as described above. Don’t bother with a hosting provider that doesn’t take care of this for you…unless of course you are managing your own dedicated server, in which case you don’t need our help 🙂
After days of weighing up the pros and cons of various models, he decided to go with the one that had the highest screen resolution. The phone he’d chosen was $100 more than the rest, but it had 577 PPI (pixels per inch) instead of just 440 PPI.
Media Temple was acquired by Internet giant GoDaddy back in 2013, but continues to operate as a separate unit. Media Temple fits in a hosting space above the many super low-cost consumer hosting providers, ranging all the way up to managed enterprise-level hosting. Essentially, if you want a professional hosting environment and are willing to pay a few more bucks for it, Media Temple is a go-to solution.
The drawback of shared hosting is that if the hosting company shares too few servers between too many clients, then your site could become dramatically slow. This can be acceptable to some level if your primary concern is price (see our cheap hosting page). However, studies have shown that if your home page takes more than 10 seconds to load, visitors will start to abandon your site. On this top 10, we restricted our selection to companies capable of delivering professional speed & quality hosting services.
Hey, thanks very much for this great resource. Any plans to add other hosts to the review? Specifically, I’ve had Westhost recommended to me and I’d love to see how they stack up compared to the hosts you cover here. Cheers.
One thing I recommend is do your research on how easy it is to work with the host. I started a website back in 2009 (not using a host on this list). The price was good but the backend was terrible. I had them install WordPress, so I didn’t have to deal with their backend enough to care. Then I wanted to add another website to my hosting plan. It was a pain trying to figure out how to create a folder for the domain. I finally got it. A few months later I wanted to add another one. I had to go through the process all over again because it wasn’t intuitive enough for me to remember how to add the folder. I now have 6 sites on that plan. I’ve noticed some loading issues. I’ve also noticed that I can’t install some plugins because they require a higher version of PHP than what’s on my hosting plan. I asked them about this and they said I need to move to a newer server.
We manually tested all of the web hosts that made it through to our final cut by calling up their customer support and hosting test websites with them to continuously monitor their uptime, page speed, and ease of use.
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The WordPress team continued to grow and friends of Mullenweg like Christine Sellect Tremoulet would also contribute to the project. Tremoulet actually was the one who suggested the name “WordPress”. WordPress v1.0 was released in January 2004 under the code name Davis. Some of the newest features in this release included SEO friendly permalinks, the ability to post to multiple categories, the addition of comment moderation and Atom support. A few months later in May 2004, version 1.2 was released. This was a bit of a landmark release for WordPress because support for plugins was added in this version. Plugins have played a huge part in helping WordPress grow to the levels it has today because of their ability to add just about any functionality you could want to a site.
WordPress is currently powering over 27% of the internet and its popularity is unbroken. All you need is WordPress installed on your server at a hosting company of your choice, a suitable WordPress theme and you’re ready to take your website to the next level.
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For newer WordPress sites, we definitely recommend our high speed Shared Hosting solutions. These solutions are high speed and easy-to-use. They are the perfect springboard to get your site up and running. Once your site grows, or if you have an existing site, you may want to consider one of our Managed VPS plans. Our Managed VPS plans offer the same ease of use as our Shared Hosting, you’ll get more power and support from them. The good news is that at A2 Hosting, our hosting plans are completely scalable and can grow as your site grows. That means you don’t have to worry about outgrowing your solution. We have a full lineup of services that we can seamlessly move your site into.