At Venture Harbour, we start our websites on Bluehost. When they start to get some traction (30,000 monthly visitors) we migrate them across to WP Engine. I’ve shared our experience with both of these hosts in detail at the bottom of this guide. A lot of people get hung up on choosing a web host, sometimes wasting hours comparing features – hours that could’ve been spent bringing their idea to life. In my opinion, it’s more important to just choose a host and get your website live, and with the list above you’re in safe hands. If you’re still undecided, however, we’ve built an AI chatbot called Winnie and this quick tool that will recommend the best web host for you.
Please note: Most hosting companies have Terms Of Service limiting hosting of illegal and/or potentialy offending contents, including “warez”, copyright violations and adult hosting. If you are unsure, please make sure to read the TOS before signing up.
Launch Assist is full-service support for any server needs you may have when getting started at InMotion Hosting. You get one-on-one time with a T3 Sys Admin to assist with things like large data or website transfers, email server configurations, server security setup, CRON automation, and more. The WP-4000S and WP-5000S include two hours of labor from our Sys Admins while the WP-6000S includes 4 hours at no additional cost!
One immediate point to note is that Bluehost is the only alternative on the list that doesn’t offer a monthly package. Twelve month commitments are the minimum, though that is offset somewhat by a strong money back guarantee policy that I have personally invoked without issue.
Bluehost are the second best WordPress hosting as measured by Pingdom average home page load time. Along with GreenGeeks, Hostgator and Siteground they are the only host in our test to score an average home page load time below 1 second in the Pingdom test. Also noteworthy, Pingdom has reported 100% uptime for our Bluehost test site in the last 30 days.
Hi Charles, thanks for this article. What is a safe estimate on a number of users at the same time that a typical shared hosting service can handle, assuming they use caching plugin and CDN. Is it 100, 500 or a 1000, and what would be a safe # that I could assume on average, would 500 be ok you think?
Web hosting servers can be attacked by malicious users in different ways, including uploading malware or malicious code onto a hosted website. These attacks may be done for different reasons, including stealing credit card data, launching a Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS) or spamming.
BlueHost, WPEngine, DreamHost and so on are hosting companies that own web servers, which they keep in their own data centers. It’s then those servers that take care of running WordPress via server software like Apache.
We called each web hosting service multiple times at all hours of the day and night, testing the quality of the support given. We reached a percentage score by ranking five criteria. A representative needed to possess sufficient product knowledge without sending us links to the FAQs page. In support calls, we deducted points when the service tried to upsell us rather than resolve the problem. Personability, in both chat and phone support situations, was another factor in our scoring.
There are free web hosting available, but almost all of them have some sort of catch. Usually, you can find free WordPress hosting being offered in online forums or small groups. In most cases, these are managed by an individual who is reselling a small part of his server space to cover up some revenue. Often the catch is that you have to put their banner ads on the site. Some may ask you to put a text link in the footer of your site. These folks will sell that banner ad or text link to cover up the cost of your free space along with pocketing the profits. The biggest downside of having a free host aside from the ads is that they are unreliable. You never know when this person will stop offering the free service. They can leave you hanging at any time. If you are serious about your website or business, then avoid Free WordPress hosting at all costs.
If your website receives than 5,000 visits per month (you can track this using a free web analytics tool like Google Analytics), shared hosting is ideal. When your website starts to grow, however, you might notice that the server is too slow for the amount of traffic you have.
Clearly you didn’t hear about nshost. Don’t know about blue host but host gator is one of the worst services you can use I moved all my clients from hostgator to nshost and since then my life become much enjoyable.
Start by deciding how many pages you want to have and what those pages should be. Visualize your navigation menu, what important pages like Contact up or Services or Menu will be front and center and which secondary pages will be in a drop down menu?
Java is an object-oriented programming language for applications and websites that was first released by Oracle in 1995. While Java has lost some of its popularity as a client-side programming language, it still sees heavy use in server-side applications — especially at big sites like Amazon and eBay. If you want to implement server-side features powered by Java, you’ll want to make sure that your website host supports the use of Java.
Hey, I was reading the WordPress thread on Reddit and they were talking about how it is best to use Nginx rather than Apache which is apparently what most shared hosts use. Does it really make a difference and if so is there a host you can recommend that uses Nginx?
Signing up with InMotion was very easy and provisioning instant, meaning we were able to get up and running immediately without waiting for any kind of manual review of our order. Like all plans based on Cpanel the installation of WordPress itself was super easy, requiring basic information and a few clicks.