There are two other factors that led to the nearly perfect score earned by Dreamhost. First, the company’s pricing is pretty transparent. There are no hidden gotchas in the rates. Plus — and this the best we’ve seen across all our hosting providers — Dreamhost provides a 97-day money back guarantee. There’s quite literally zero risk in giving them a try.
Upon reflection, we would lean away from Bluehost on the grounds of a clunky backend interface, comparatively poor WordPress installation tools, slightly erratic performance and inflexible long-term contract requirements.
The lesson from this story is that stats and specs, while useful, can distract us from what really matters. The phone manufacturers know this, so they continue to push up their phone specs even when they have no real benefit to us.
Reviews for the following web hosting providers are added to our list recently: Scala Hosting and GoGetSpace (Mar 2017), FastWebHost (Apr 2017), Hostinger (May 2017), Host1Plus (June 2017), and LiquidWeb (July 2017).
In this article, we will highlight the pros and cons of managed WordPress hosting. We will also compare the top managed WordPress hosting companies by doing performance tests. You can use our research, knowledge, and experience to decide which managed WordPress hosting company is right for you.
However, that being said, we do require all customers to be fully compliant with our Terms of Service and to only utilize disk space and bandwidth in the normal operation of a personal or small business website.
However, “unlimited” doesn’t necessarily mean what you think it does. You’re probably expected unlimited plans to allow you to use as much of a given resource (whether it’s bandwidth, disk space, or an email address) as you need, but it’s more likely that your web host hasn’t set a limit on your resource usage.
For all hosting accounts located on servers on the West Coast, I used a testing server located in Ashburn, VA. And for all hosting accounts living on servers on the East Coast, I used a testing server located in Portland, Oregon.
Hi Cecilia, I’ve not been a fan of GoDaddy in the past, though in fairness this has been more to do with their aggressive approach to upsells rather than any particular issue with the performance of their hosting. Recently GoDaddy has been investing heavily in the WordPress ecosystem (buying ManageWP for example), and the services they offer to WordPress users. For this reason I’m adding GoDaddy to the next round of testing which I am preparing for now. It’s also true that GoDaddy is one of the largest providers of shared hosting, and much of it is WordPress sites so they absolutely deserve consideration. And if you are already using them for domain registration then there is some sense in keeping it all under one roof. Come back in the next month or so and I should have completed my updated performance testing which will include GoDaddy so you can see how they stack up compared to the others.
Dedicated server is a physical server that you can lease from the hosting provider. This allows you to have full control over the server including the choice of operating system, hardware etc. You DO NOT need a dedicated server if you are just starting out. Once your site is receiving a significant amount of traffic, only then you should consider upgrading to a dedicated server. WPBeginner runs on a dedicated server by HostGator. If you do not employ a system administrator or have no experience with servers, then we recommend that you get a managed dedicated server. WordPress hosting providers that offer managed dedicated servers employ full-time system administrators that maintain your servers. Along with doing software updates, they also do server monitoring, offer phone support etc. Most top websites use clusters of dedicated servers.
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.
GoDaddy have made a big effort recently to really cater to WordPress users. From their acquisition of Manage WP (which we use) to simplified WordPress installation and management tools, they are doing a great job.
As longtime website owners and hosting nerds, we’ve been asked often: “Which web host is your personal favorite?” We recently decided to take this question seriously — exhaustively testing accounts with all the top hosts to… (read more)
Then, we take a look at what kind of customer support they offer, whether it’s live chat, phone, ticket, or email. Once we get a test site up and running, we evaluate the user interface of the host’s control panel and the total activation time.
Domain hosting is just the service allowing your domain name, e.g., iheartelephants.com, to live online. You don’t have to actively maintain a website or get a lot of visitors, but you want your domain hosted on the web.
My real cause of finally leaving them however is their deceptive charging tactics. They’ve charged me a week in advance for a service I did not want renewed, numerous times. I’ve turned off the renewals, but did not know of the hidden switches nested under a small link: billing -> billing settings. BTW, they have a renewal section under account where they have most services renewal status, just not the big costs… To resolve the issue, they offered me 30% off at the cost of double their competitive rate. ($15.95 instead of advertised $5.95). Sorry for being a long time customer, you should pay more.
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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.
Started in 1997, Liquid Web has become the leader in managed VPS hosting, managed cloud hosting, and dedicated server hosting. They are famous for their fast and high quality support, known as ‘Heroic Support’. All Liquid Web hosting servers are highly tuned for speed, performance, and security making it a completely hassle-free hosting solution. Their WordPress hosting option includes staging sites, automatic updates, and an intuitive dashboard to manage all your sites in one place. There’s a reason why top companies like Motorola, Red Bull, ESPN, Audi, and FedEx use Liquid Web.
Hi Nadia, that’s a difficult question to answer because it depends quite a lot on what kind of application you are running. If it is a regular WordPress content site then caching and CDNs will go a long way, but if you are running any kind of script that can’t be cached that will require more of the server. Regardless, I don’t think you should be looking at shared hosting. If you need to cope with 500 concurrent users then you should be using a VPS at the very least and then only if you have done a good job on the caching and CDN set up.
Confused? Don’t know if you need shared hosting, VPS or a dedicated server for your project? Does server location matter? Should you use a Linux or Windows server? What about CDNs, SSDs, and ASP? Maybe you don’t even know what means? No worries — read the primer below.
One of the oldest web hosts started in 1996, Bluehost has become the largest brand name when it comes to WordPress hosting. They are an official ‘WordPress’ recommended hosting provider. With Bluehost, you never have to worry about your website being slow even when there is a lot of traffic. Their 24/7 expert support is always there to help when you need it by phone, email, or live chat. They are rated #1 in web hosting for small businesses. On top of that, they are offering WPBeginner users an exclusive 63% off discount, a Free Domain, Free SSL, and a free Site Builder with templates.
Cloud-based hosting is great because it’s more efficient and secure than other hosting methods.These cloud systems protect your site against attacks better than traditional hosting systems because all the resources of multiple servers are in one virtual network.