Best WordPress Hosting Services of 2017

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Top 10 WordPress Hosting Services of 2017

Rank Provider Avg. User Rating WP User Reviews Would Recommend WP Hosting From Link
1 SiteGround
10/10
109 95% $3.95 Visit Website
2 DreamHost
10/10
3 80% $10.95 Visit Website
3 InMotion Hosting
9/10
240 94% $3.49 Visit Website
4 Web Hosting Hub
9/10
69 92% $3.99 Visit Website
5 Bluehost
8/10
82 79% $3.49 Visit Website
6 HostGator
8/10
6 82% $4.76 Visit Website
7 GoDaddy
5/10
6 39% $3.99 Visit Website
8 Media Temple
5/10
4 63% $20.00 Visit Website
9 iPage
4/10
14 17% $1.68 Visit Website

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    SiteGround

    "I can't say enough good things about SiteGround. Again today I spend 27 minutes with Tervel and he managed to fix two issues I thought were dramatic and huge and ..."

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    SiteGround

    "SiteGround is a powerful hosting company that offers several categories of services ranging from shared and cloud hosting to dedicated server hosting and reseller ..."

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    SiteGround

    "I had to change my domain name and then I had to redirecet the information from my website so that it conformed to the new domain. Every time I would try to pull ..."

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    SiteGround

    "I have been with SiteGround about a year now after a short and extremely frustrating experience with another slightly lower-priced web hosting service (the one with ..."

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    DailyRazor

    "I selected Dailyrazor to provide hosting for our site based on good reputation, testimonial and the fact they are physically based in the continental USA, as I have ..."

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    MilesWeb

    "Since I have started hosting my websites on MilesWeb there's been no down time, no load speed issues at all. What I like most about milesweb is their excellent support. ..."

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    SiteGround

    "I had to change internet providers as I was not happy with the support I was getting! Someone mentioned I should try SiteGround. Which I did, the support I got ..."

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    Dotster

    "This company put over $1100 of charges on my credit card-which we stupidly trusted them with for services we cancelled like DOTEASY Commerce because they NEVER WORKED ..."

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    SiteGround

    "The best ever. Excellent service, made unparalleled. The best hosting with quick and fast customer service. Recommended"

WordPress Hosting Buying Guide

WordPress is the single most dominant CMS today - and more so with business related sites than others, not to mention blogs themselves. A large number of people simply want web hosting in order to run one or more WordPress sites. As a result, you need to be able to select a hosting plan that furthers those goals. That includes purchasing one with the right technical specifications, making sure that your plan has dedicated WordPress support, and an easy installation process.

1. Technical Requirements

WordPress runs on the LAMP platform – Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. But any environment that supports MySQL and PHP should get the job done. The specifics of how much disk space, bandwidth, and the number of users your site is expected to receive will determine the kind of plan you need to purchase.

It goes without saying that it really helps to be familiar with the WordPress interface itself as well as its structure. As your site grows bigger and more complex, you'll run into issues that require you to know what's going on behind the scenes.

2. WordPress Installation

Pre-installed WordPress
If you're completely new to the WordPress environment or you simply want to get started as quickly as possible, certain WordPress hosting services like SiteGround give you the option to have it preinstalled on your account on creation. This will allow you to hit the ground running and completely abstract the messy details. As mentioned above however, this is merely a beginning. There's no way to avoid getting your hands dirty in the long run if you're truly keen on maintaining a WordPress blog.

WordPress Installer
Given that WordPress is so popular, just about every web hosting plan with cPanel includes a "One Click Installer". This includes plug-ins such as Fantastico and Softaculous which have prebuilt scripts allowing you to quickly install WordPress. All of the heavy lifting such as creating the necessary databases, downloading the latest files and configuring them is automated by the script.

3. Optimized WordPress Hosting Platform

The specific environment required for WordPress allows some hosts to optimize their web hosting plans and configurations. For example, certain directives like open_basedir negatively impact the speed of PHP execution and therefore WordPress. Server configurations that are optimized for WordPress hosting take into consideration all of the little factors that combine to retard performance.

In addition, they might also place a hard limit on the number of accounts residing on each server thereby freeing up additional resources for your site. But this is no different from any regular "Pro"web hosting plan which promises the same.

4. Managed WordPress Hosting

This is where you really start noticing the differences in performance. Managed WordPress hosting plans go beyond merely optimizing the server. They work to ensure the integrity of your entire WordPress installation itself including regular updates. They usually come bundled with a number of premium themes installed which are also kept up-to-date.

Managed WordPress hosting plans also tend to distinguish the various tiers based on the number of visitors your site receives. In addition, they perform a host of auxiliary services such as site caching, daily backups, one-click restore points, and security services that make your installation virtually hacker proof. These services cost a premium, but they allow you to dispense with most of the technical hassles of WordPress thereby freeing you up to focus on your business instead.

5. Transferring Existing WordPress Sites

Any web hosting plan specializing in WordPress will also have a facility to transfer your existing site on to their servers. If you've ever done this manually by yourself, you know how much of a headache the entire process can be. Depending on which service you choose, a single migration can either be freely included with a plan or can cost extra.

6. Expert WordPress Support

All technical differences aside, this is where specialized WordPress hosting truly shines. On a regular hosting plan, customer representatives will only service your site in a very generalized way. They don't help you with specific platform issues and you can be left scrambling to solve a WordPress problem by yourself. But a web host which uniquely specialize in WordPress optimization can help you with things like a corrupted database, misconfigured .htaccess files, unexplained 503 page errors and more.

If you've accidentally messed up your installation with a bad plug-in, your web host specializing in WordPress will be able to help you out either by restoring your websites to an earlier version, disabling the plug-in, or taking other corrective action. Honestly, this is the single biggest differentiating factor between general hosting plans and those optimized for WordPress.

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