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Best 2017 WordPress Hosting Providers

wordpress-hosting-requirementsFinding best WordPress hosting can be a stressful process. You need a solution that will do justice to your content, offer rock-solid reliability and hopefully not break the bank.

The good news is that the hosting market has never been more competitive. A new generation of WordPress-focused companies have emerged who’ve raised the bar considerably in terms of price and performance.

The bad news is that it’s still tricky wading through the forest of features and packages in order to work out what’s right for your site.

And here bellow , we compared the services and packages of seven hosting providers.

 

01. WP Engine

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WP Engine describes its product as simply “The best WordPress hosting” – a bold claim to kick off with.but so far, words are just words.so let’s see.

The company sells itself on robust infrastructure, site speed and security along with exceptional support. With over 220,000 currently active WordPress installations and serious funding behind it, So obviously WP Engine is very much one of the big beasts in the WordPress hosting space.

WP Engine offer a number of standard packages split out by traffic, storage and number of sites that can be hosted. These range in price from $29 to $249 per month. For our tests, we ran on the entry-level Personal package.

02. SiteGround

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SiteGround’s shared hosting packages are suitable for sites of all manner of sites but they also provide WordPress-specific options which include one-click installs and auto-updates.

SiteGround offer daily backups, server isolation and 24/7 support on all three WordPress packages with pricing ranging from $9.95 per month to $29.95 per month. Specialist features such as one-click WordPress Staging and GIT support are available on the higher-tiered packages.

03. Bluehost

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Bluehost has been on the official WordPress hosting page for many years and offer some pretty specialized options for the platform these days and include support for the handy site management tool ManageWP. Their managed WordPress hosting packages range from $24.99 to $169.99 per month depending on traffic and number of sites hosted.

Bluehost offer server setups specifically optimized for WordPress with NGINX and custom PHP-FPM configurations under the hood.

Security is also stressed with Sitelock Security and advanced CDN options in place.

04. Page.ly

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Page.ly doesn’t beat around the bush with its marketing claims, billing itself as “the most scalable WordPress platform in the world”. They boast an enviable roster of clients including giants such as Disney, Twitter and Facebook.

We used their entry-level Business hosting package for the purposes of this article but a suite of other options are on offer ranging from $99 per month all the way up to a whopping $1799 per month.

Page.ly make use of Amazon Web Servers (AWS) to power their hosting with advanced security and performance systems in place in the form of PressARMOR, PressCDN, and PressCACHE.

WordPress-related tasks can be carried out from Page.ly’s Atomic Core control panel.

05. Flywheel

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Flywheel have pitched their services firmly at designers and creative agencies and offer advanced site collaboration tools and reseller options.

Flywheel offer a range of pricing options to cater for various scenarios along with WordPress-tuned servers, staging site options and easy transfer billing to clients. On a pay-per-site basis, pricing ranges from $15 per month to $75 per month. Bulk plans covering 10 and 30 sites are available at $100 and $250 per month respectively.

06. DreamHost

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DreamHost is unique in the WordPress hosting world. They offer both a shared plan and a managed one – both aimed towards WordPress users – with a single payment structure for each. Both plans enable you to host unlimited sites, as well as all the space and bandwidth you’ll need.

It could be said that most hosts offering one-size-fits-all plans tend to provide a service that’s less focused, but DreamHost manages to keep their standards high.

Their shared plan costs $7.95 per month, while their managed alternative costs $16.95 for the same period.

06. HostGator

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HostGator is a renowned name in the web hosting world, but not a beloved one. Lots of experienced users tend to look down on their hosting plans, but they’ve now come out swinging with a strong offering for WordPress users – their WordPress Cloud Hosting plans.

Their basic plan obtained decent results during our tests (more of which later), and they start at a reasonable $7.96 per month, going up to $14.36 per month.

 

Conclusion

WP Engine came out on top in the end for us (for managed hosting) but, having kicked the tires of all eight providers, we were pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of offerings on display.

If you are looking for a more reasonable option, SiteGround is the 2nd best choice. They have almost same features as WPEngine and comes up with super-fast support.

Compared to the dark days of even five or six years ago, it really is remarkable how much better options for simply and affordably hosting a WordPress site have gotten.

We’re curious to hear your thoughts on the matter. Have you tried one of our providers and got useful information to share? Or is there another contender out there we should have included? Get in touch via the comments and let us know.

 

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