In this article, we’re going to try to answer the question: What’s the best WordPress hosting? And I say “try“, because it’s a tricky question. It really depends on your needs. And it depends on how you define best.
Different hosts are better at different things, and different people have different needs. We’re going to take a look at some great hosts, but before we do that, I’d like to point out that all the hosts in this article are recommended. They may not all be right for you, but if they weren’t great hosts, they wouldn’t be here at all.
The first metric we’re going to look at is cost. And the host we recommend is Siteground. Here’s their website, and I’m on the WordPress hosting page. And if you scroll down a little bit, you’ll note that they have a package for as little as $3.95 a month.
There isn’t an enormous amount of resources here, but there’s plenty to run one website. And another thing that’s interesting is, their most expensive package here, is cheaper than the cheapest package of any other host we’re going to look at.
Now just because the price is low doesn’t mean the service is low-quality. I personally have a site at Siteground and I’m very happy with it there. It’s an excellent host, but it doesn’t cover all the bases.
The next metric we’re going to look at is hosts for the enterprise. And I’ll explain what that means in just a moment. But the host we’re going to recommend is Pagely.
Pagely hosts very large websites. And you can tell that from their prices. Their cheapest plan is $500 a month. Now that may sound outrageous, but when you think about the size of the sites they’re hosting it really fits very, very well.
If you go to the bottom of this page, you’ll see that some of their clients are Visa, Virgin Atlantic, Comcast, and Disney. Now these sites get an enormous amount of traffic, and having really high-end servers is what these companies really need. And Pagely is perfect for that.
Next we’re going to look at Kinsta, which is great for a personal hands-on experience. When you host with Kinsta, they get in contact with you. They work with you, they find out your needs. They help you plan out your server. And then they put it together.
If you look at their plans, you’ll see that they start at about $30 a month, but they can handle quite a number of large sites. They’re also well-known for speed. So if you’re looking for that personal touch, and you want some speed, Kinsta’s a great host.
And now we’re going to look at Flywheel. And their metric is that they’re beautiful, and they have a wonderful, easy administration area. I like to think of Flywheel as the Apple of hosting. Everything is beautiful, everything fits, everything just works. The support is great, the pricing is good.
They have some pretty cool, unique features. If you’re a contractor, you can sign up for Flywheel and begin the process of hosting there. But when it comes time to pay, you can transfer the account to the client with just the click of a few buttons. Flywheel tends to be particularly loved by designers because it just feels right.
The last host we’re going to look at is kind of the best all-around, and it’s WP Engine. WP Engine is small enough to be affordable by a single website, but large enough to handle quite a large website. They offer risk-free 60-day trial, free automated migration, which means they’ll help you move your site to their servers, free SSL, and great support.
So like I said, WP Engine is the best overall host. The others may excel more in one or two points, but WP Engine covers all the bases in a really solid way.
What’s really important is that you choose what fits your needs best. Most of these hosts have a free trial. If you have the time, it’s worth trying them out. Put your site up, see how it feels, see how you like support. It’s like test-driving a car. Somewhere out there is the one that’s just right for you. You just need to figure out which one suits your needs best.