The Best WordPress Web Hosting 2017


The Beginner's Guide to Choosing the Right Company


by and FirstSiteGuide team (Last updated: September 25, 2017)

In this guide we've collected and analyzed data from three sources:

  • survey of WordPress professionals (176 responses)
  • compiled recommendations from top bloggers (71 bloggers)
  • analyzed data from top search results (companies rating from top 50 search results)

This information will give you a clear understanding on which WordPress hosting provider is the best choice.

The top 3 picks based on
the survey results

Bluehost

66 times
recommended

Average rating
4.19

GoDaddy

54 times
recommended

Average rating
3.31

SiteGround

20 times
recommended

Average rating
4.58


Keep in mind that the bigger the company, the more opinions you will get and that could affect the average rating of the company. With that in mind here are sizes of the companies mentioned above:

  • Bluehost - 2,156,823 domains hosted

  • GoDaddy (a registrar company thus not all domains are actual websites) - 43,163,218 domains hosted

  • SiteGround - 423,290 domains hosted

Data collected from Webhostinggeeks.com on June 9th, 2017

Details of the survey results




Opinions + recommendations

Rating

BlueHost

67

4.23

GoDaddy

57

3.31

SiteGround

24

4.58

HostGator

18

3.95

InMotion Hosting

15

4.43

LiquidWeb

4

4.39

a2 Hosting

3

4.52

DreamHost

3

4.27

NeamCheap

3

4.02

WebHostingHub

2

4.19

iPage

2

3.91

A Small Orange

2

3.58

1 and 1

1

3.03

WordPress experts opinion (Survey - 176 responses)

The survey was very straight forward. We've asked experts to recommend one WordPress hosting company from the list or include other if it's not on the list. We've asked for two options Shared WordPress and Managed WordPress companies. Keep in mind that some web hosting companies provide both shared and managed WordPress services. Shared hosting costs less and will be enough to run a personal website or blog. Once your site traffic grows, you might need to switch to managed hosting (but it's not required). If you wish to include your opinion follow this link.

36

GoDaddy

32

BlueHost

23

SiteGround

14

InMotion

10

HostGator

51

Other

Top bloggers recommendation (71 opinions)

We've reviewed top bloggers websites and checked what WordPress hosting companies they use and recommend. You can check the list of bloggers here, and results of this analysis below.

35

BlueHost

21

GoDaddy

8

HostGator

3

DreamHost

2

HostMaster

12

Other

Rating from top 50 search results

We've taken the list of all the companies people mentioned in the survey and collected their rating scores from top 50 Google search results. You can see the data gathered here and below is the information with the average ratings collected.

Keep in mind that some of the information comes from the websites where people present Editor's reviews. That means opinion and evaluation of one person about a particular company. But, some site collects user reviews and ratings that could reflect public opinion.

4.58

SiteGround

4.52

a2 hosting

4.43

InMotion

4.39

LiquidWeb

4.27

DreamHost

4.19

BlueHost

Additional information to check

Price

As a rule of thumb, you will end up paying somewhere around $5-15 per month for your shared WordPress hosting plan, plus your yearly domain registration fee. You can find fantastic deals and offers that go as low as $1.00/mo for web hosting. If you read the Terms and Conditions of this kind of offer, you will understand that this is a promo price if you sign up for multiple year packages. After that period the rate will usually go up. I've seen people caught by surprise when the renewal date comes, so we want you to be aware of that.

Money back guarantee

Most companies offer certain full payback periods (30, 45, 90 days) and in that period you will get a full refund. You might see "Anytime money back guarantee" claims from some companies. Usually, that means that you will get the prorated amount back after the suggested period passes. Make sure you read their "Terms of Services."

Support

Nowadays most companies offer technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, it's always good to test them out by emailing at midnight and on Saturday nights, Sunday mornings, etc. Check out how long they take to respond. Besides the speed of responses, check to see if they are technically competent. You wouldn't want to sign up with a host that operated by a bunch of salespeople who only know how to sell and not fix problems.

One-click install

While each host has different control panels, the WordPress installation process will be similar. Most hosting provider offer one-click WordPress installation, and you'll find it very easy to set it up. Usually, you'll see an icon on the host's control panel that says "Install WordPress." and it's as simple as clicking that icon and following the step-by-step instructions to install the latest version of WordPress.

Uptime

Most companies will offer 99.9% or 100% uptime. The reality is that every server needs time to reboot and fix eventual hardware fails. You need to understand that 0.01% of downtime means that your server could be unavailable about eight and a half hours over the course of a year. Thus 99.9% is not some crazy high number company promising you, as a matter of fact, that number should be even higher. The reality is that servers are pieces of hardware and, though quite reliable, need maintenance from time to time.

Load speed

The speed of your website is crucial, and Google announced that site speed would have an impact on search rankings. If you search the Internet, you might find some sites performing speed tests of different hosting companies. These tests are useful, but the results could vary since all these tests done based on the performance of one single website that hosted on the single server of hosting provider. Thus, these tests are useless and give you no value since you don't know how your site would perform. Good practice would be to check your website once it's set up with hosting provider you choose and work on improving that factor. Here are some free tools you can use to test your speed Loadimpact, Pingdom, Google PageSpeed.

Backups

One thing that you need to pay attention to is a backup. There can be a huge difference between web hosts' backup options. It is important to have a good backup plan, so the best choice would be a host that performs daily backups. The worst option would be to go with a host that has no backup plan. Many web hosts offer backups for some extra fee, so check that out. If the price seems reasonable, then it is most definitively worth the cost. Remember, if your website goes down and you have no backup, there is no way you can get it back. To repeat once more: regular backups are a must!

SSL certificate

If you are planning on selling goods or services through your website, you may want to see if the web host lets you set up SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). You may have seen this on other sites where their web address begins with an "https://" instead of "http://." SSL certificate will be needed if you plan to collect credit card payments information. But, since Google announced that they would use "https://" as a ranking factor, that means that your website can rank higher if you use it, more and more sites started switching to secure connections. Thus, it's important to check if it's available before you commit to the host.

Servers location

If you don't stay in the USA, you have the option of hosting your site with some local provider. It could be easier to deal with support and contact them by phone or a visit if necessary. The Internet is global, and you can open any website no matter where it locates. For example, if a site has a French web address that does not mean that the website is actually on a server that placed in France. Although data is traveling at high speed, there will always be a bigger time delay with greater distance of a server and user's computer. The best solution would be to locate your website on a server that is closest to your audience. Thus do not forget to check where web host places their servers.

Quick overview of top 3 picks

Bluehost

66 times
recommended

Average rating

4.19

Bluehost has grown up side-by-side with the Internet. Founded in 1996, it's one of the biggest hosting companies in the world, and many top bloggers recommend it. Now owned by Endurance International Group, the company hosts more than two million websites.

Pros

  • customizable cPanel
  • good uptime
  • great support
  • specialized WordPress hosting

Cons

  • costly extra features
  • lack of website builders options
  • unclear pricing for hosting plans

Price

Shared hosting (right for WordPress) with discounted offer: Starter plan starting at $2.95.

Note: Hosting packages have a reduced rate for first-time buyers and have time limitations.

GoDaddy

54 times
recommended

Average rating

3.31

Founded in 1997, GoDaddy began as a domain registrar and branched out to web hosting. Today, it is the single largest ICANN-accredited registrar, serving more than 12 million customers. GoDaddy is also famous for its Super Bowl and NASCAR commercials. There is no denying that it's the giant in the hosting industry.

Pros

  • many hosting plans
  • excellent uptime
  • Windows and Linux servers for all plans

Cons

  • paid website builder
  • limited email addresses
  • relentless up-selling

Price

WordPress hosting with discounted offer: Basic plan starting at $3.99.

Note: Hosting packages have a reduced rate for first-time buyers and have time limitations.

Siteground

20 times
recommended

Average rating

4.58

In 2004, privately-owned SiteGround was founded in a dorm room by a group of university tech wizards. A global player, SiteGround headquarters located in Bulgaria, which called the Silicon Valley of the Eastern Bloc countries. The company has servers in Chicago, Amsterdam, and Singapore. It's hard to find complaints about this host; customers are usually very satisfied with the service.

Pros

  • excellent support service
  • high uptime
  • you can choose a server location

Cons

  • limited disk space for least-expensive, shared-hosting plan
  • missing website builder
  • unclear pricing for hosting plans

Price

Shared hosting (right for WordPress) with discounted offer: StartUp plan starting at $3.95.

Note: Hosting package reflects 60% off the first term for first-time buyers.

Conclusion

Finding the best WordPress web hosting provider for your new website could be a bit challenging. An especially if some of the terminology involved is new to you (for that reason take a look at our guide which explains the Web Hosting Services in detail). We hope that information above will help you choose the most reliable and reputable WordPress host based on all the data we've collected. Each of top three WordPress hosting companies provide outstanding service and help. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions since we've tested all top hosting providers in the industry.