Getting started with WordPress web hosting doesn't have to be expensive, after all 15 year old WordPress is free (and open source). Even the cheapest hosting plan usually comes with a one-click WordPress setup, allowing green newbie blogs to have their first post ready in less than 60 seconds (we tried).
Blogging over time, although much more challenging. You need to find your own themes and plugins. And also save them, and WordPress itself, up-to-date (although you can even do this automatically).
Blogs are often targeted by malware, so it's important you have some way to detect and remove any threats, and you want regular backups to help you get your broken blog back up and running.
There is a long list of hosting companies offering WordPress plans, but we've selected the top five to point you in the right direction. Whether you're a novice user or a big business, there's something for you, and with prices starting at around half a kilo a month, it's well worth taking the time to learn more.
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Budget wordpress hosting can have great appeal, but it usually doesn't provide the features, performance, or reliability that high traffic sites need. If you are the demanding type, opting for a paid hosting plan will give you much better results.
The Americans created their own VPS based architecture to ensure optimal performance in WordPress via nginx, and custom PHP-MPF setup and intelligently provisioned based on the KVM hypervisor. (Unless you're a geek host, that just means Bluehost has time to optimize the low-level platform settings for WordPress, rather than just doing the default configuration.)
Companies don't waste time pretending to offer "unlimited" resources and in return tell you exactly what you're going to get. The basic plan, which starts at $2.95 per month for the first term (renewable by $7.99), means 50 GB of SSD storage, one website, a free domain for one year, and $50 marketing credit.
Extras for all pricing plans include free SSL, MySQL DB poking, site analytics dashboard, unlimited parked/subdomains and the ability to manage multiple sites with excellent ManageWP. New Bluehost hosting accounts will also get a free service called Blue Spark, which aims to help newbies with everything related to WordPress.
The Plus plan, which starts at $5.45 per month for the first term (renewable by $10.99), adds unlimited websites and webspace, and additional features such as spam protection, free CDN, and WP staging. Choose a plan plus spend $5.45 per month for the first term (renewable by $14.99) and add even more features. Americans also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if the service doesn't deliver.
If you need more power, Bluehost has a managed hosting called WordPress Pro that has been optimized for WordPress sites with prices starting at $19.95 per month. These plans have many additional features such as unlimited everything, malware detection and removal, jetpack website analytics, business review tools and more.
Managed packages for WordPress often feel overpriced. Many hosts charge hefty fees for impressive sounding claims - optimized servers, malware scans that are hard to evaluate or confirm.
In the UK, Tsohost is not interested in that, focusing on providing the core WordPress framework at a very reasonable price.
The basic startup plan gives you a free domain name, will migrate an existing site, includes let's encrypt SSL support, and has no bandwidth limits. You get daily backups and restore any of the last 30 days with a click. There is 24/7 support via ticket and email and phone and live chat available from 7am to midnight.
You'll get one hundred 200MB mailboxes, and the plan limits you to 15GB of storage and 100 page views per month. If that's enough for you, plan expenses ~$000(£4.15) a month paid once a year, or ~$3.16(£3.8) if billed two years in advance.
If that's just too insufficient, opting for a business plan gets you 50GB of storage, 100x1GB mailboxes, and up to 500 page views for a maximum of eight sites. It's significantly more capable but still very reasonable at ~$000(£11.50) per month ~$8.78(£9.62) per month billed once a year or ~$7.33(£8.65) per month billed every other year.
At ~$31.50(£23.98) per month (~$26.20 per month billed once a year or ~$23.60 per month billed every two years) the eCommerce plan supports 100GB storage, 1,000,000 page views and 10Gb unlimited mailboxes.
Tsohost doesn't offer all the bells and whistles and you get more with some products. Nothing was said about the Anti-Malware Reader, optimized WordPress add-ons, or a custom CDN. But it's hard to complain at this price, and Tsohost is still providing capable services with more than enough power for smaller sites.
Most web hosts only offer a few WordPress plans, and even these can be created to point you in a certain direction. You will often see an underpriced plan, overpriced, and a special offer on a mid-range plan they really want you to buy. Which makes it easy to solve, but it also limits your ability to upgrade if your site grows over time.
Inmotion hosting is unusual in offering six WordPress plans covering everything from small personal blogs to resellers and large businesses. Figuring out which is the best product for you will take a little more thought, but at least there is room for an upgrade or downgrade – if your circumstances change.
Even better, Inmotion isn't artificially limited to low-budget plans by eliminating key features. Even the basic WP-1000E plan, which costs $6.99 (£5.3) per month (1st Five-Year Plan), $9.99 (£7.70) for renewal - gives you 40 GB of storage, unlimited traffic and email addresses, preloaded with WordPress, SSL protocol , backup, automatic update, security reader, site control panel, and additional services like BoldGrid and WP-CLI and. The only significant issue with Inmotion's suggestion is that the plan works best for blogs up to 20 monthly visits, and even that won't be a problem for many smaller sites.
Upgrading your plan gets you some extras - paid themes and plugin subscriptions, a dedicated IP address, support for hosting multiple sites - but for the most part, it just gives you more resources. For example, the top-of-the-range WG-6000C plan supports 1,200,000 visitors per month for up to 20 sites for $114.99 (£87.6) per month (1st Five Year Plan), $142.99 (£110) for renewal.
There are also cheaper deals, but in previous reviews we've already found Inmotion to be reliable, professional and honest, and any premium price is likely to be worth it. You don't have to take our word for it though - the exceptional 90 day money back guarantee gives you plenty of room to figure it out for yourself.
Web giant 1&1 IONOS seems to have hosting for every possible need, and WordPress is no exception. Beginners can try their services for a nominal $1(£0.75) per month for the first six months ($9 or £6.90 thereafter), but the plan still outperforms many competitors.
The included 25GB of storage means you're not running out of space in a hurry, for example. There is no bandwidth or visitor limit, and you can create as many mailboxes as you need.
1&1 IONOS offers the core WordPress management features you expect: a setup wizard, pre-installed plugins, automatic updates and 24/7 support (including by phone). In addition, you get a personal consultant for free.
It's all built on a platform capable - nginx server, php and 7.2, Upload, up to 2 GB of RAM guaranteed - to boost your blog's performance.
There is SSL enabled and even a free domain is thrown in, which is incredibly good value for the price.
If you're new to WordPress, it might be worth taking the plan for the first year, claiming your free domain and taking the time to learn about how the blog works. When the time is up, renew whether you're happy or if you don't use your knowledge and experience to find the best plan.
1&1 IONOS is not just for beginners, although there is value for more demanding users too. In particular, the Pro plan gives you 5 managed WordPress sites, 200GB SSD storage space, 50 databases (1GB maximum), and 500 email accounts. Bonus features include CDN and Reader malware scanning, as well as Railgun Content Delivery Network, and the price looks good at $1(£0.75) a month for the first six months, $15(£11.50) for renewal.
Choosing the best WordPress hosting package can seem like a daunting task, with tons of low-level details and questions to consider. But it shouldn't be like that. If you don't have special requirements, then opting for a reliable company will help you be capable of mid-range products that can handle everything that most users need.
Hostgator generally provides powerful hosting plans for a fair price, and its managed WordPress range is an exception. Its starter product can cost $5.95 (£4.25) for three years, $9.95 (£7.10) after that, but you still get a free migration site, an SSL certificate, automatic malware detection and removal, unlimited email addresses, and an unregistered storage and bandwidth, and it can handle up to 100 visits per month.
Reaching the high end of the business plan gets more CPU power, support for three sites and 500 visits per month, but still costs just $000 (£9.95) per month (first three years), $7.10 (£22.95) a month later.
Smart caching and CDN to improve the performance of your website, 24/7 support to help keep your site up and running, and a surprise bonus includes a free privacy domain to protect against identity theft and reduce annoying spam.
We've had a good experience with Hostgator's service, but if you're not so lucky, there's a generous 45-day money back guarantee. Like other hosting companies, this doesn't cover domain registration fees, but it's still better than what you often find elsewhere.
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