Menu Search
Jump to the content X X
Smashing Conf Barcelona 2016

We use ad-blockers as well, you know. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. upcoming SmashingConf Barcelona, dedicated to smart front-end techniques and design patterns.

The Ultimate Guide To Choosing A WordPress Host

These days you have an awful lot of options for hosting your website, so many that it’s easy to get lost. How much should you pay? Is support important to you, or are you a tinkerer who likes to do your own thing?

Put in different terms, are you a master chef who can cook a delicious meal with the right assortment of ingredients, or would you rather go to a nice restaurant and just sit back and enjoy the experience?

Let’s dive in.

An Overview Of Hosting Categories Link

A couple of years ago, choosing a hosting company was a lot simpler. Shared hosting providers had relatively low prices (between $5 and $15 a month), while other companies rented out dedicated servers from $500 a month up to as much as tens of thousands of dollars a month. If you knew your budget, then the decision was easy. Today, not so much.

At the entry level, we still have shared hosting providers and managed hosting services, which are still technically “shared” but which add a lot of value and specialization. We have virtual private servers (VPS), nowadays usually called “cloud servers”. They differentiate themselves based on the virtualization technology that they use and how much computational power and memory are included in their packages.

Finally, we have the option to rent a dedicated server — also known as co-location, whereby you place your own box in a data center. This hasn’t really changed that much, except that data centers have become a lot more sophisticated and computers have become smarter than they were three to five years ago.

hosting-preview1
(See large version2)

Page Speed Matters. A Lot. Link

Before your head spins with hosting jargon, let’s talk a bit about page speed. Back in 2010, Google stated that the loading time of your website would factor into your ranking. So, if you care about search engine optimization and free traffic from Google, then you should care about your website’s performance.

Forrester Consulting found3 that about 47% of Internet users expect a website to load in under 2 seconds. Aberdeen Group has data4 that shows that a 1-second delay in page-loading time can result in a 7% loss in conversions. All of these studies were conducted a couple of years ago, and since then the web has only sped up! Or has it?

Look at your website’s loading speed with a tool such as Pingdom5 or WebPagetest6. If it’s above 2 seconds, then you could get a massive increase in revenue just by switching to a better performing hosting package or maybe even switching hosting companies altogether.

How big of an increase? Tagman has the answer7: “Let’s say a website’s average ticket size is $75 and conversion rate is 5%. So if it takes their pages an additional second to load then for every 400,000 unique visits each month, there would be a loss of $1.3m in revenue per year.” As you can see, performance affects the bottom line in a huge way.

Don’t forget, though, that a good hosting service will help your website only so much. If your WordPress installation has dozens of plugins activated or if your theme is bloated or poorly written, then you could have serious performance issues no matter where you’re hosted.

Let’s dissect the different types of hosting solutions, then.

1. Shared Hosting Link

If you’ve ever had a website, then you’ve come across shared hosting providers, which offer packages from as low as $1.99. They are considered the “public transportation” of the hosting world: extremely low fees, yet little flexibility and a lot of overcrowding. As soon as your website grows, you can expect a lot of problems, such as bandwidth limiting and slow response times. Slow response times happen because the only way that hosting companies can offer packages for such a low price is by putting a lot of websites on the same server.

For example, if a hosting provider puts you on a computer that costs them $400 to run every month, then they would need 200 clients on that machine just to break even. And to get the maximum profit out of each server, they would need to add hundreds upon hundreds of clients to it, overloading the otherwise good configuration.

Think of the difference between a dedicated server that an online business doesn’t share with anyone, thus ensuring the highest possible performance, and a machine that has a couple hundred websites on it.

Shared hosting providers are often overloaded with support questions as well. Hours, if not days, can pass before you receive an answer to your question, and most of the time the answer won’t be of any help because the provider does not employ WordPress specialists. Most hosts provide only basic support, at the level of the operating system. On top of that, you are literally just one out of thousands of customers — per server!

However, there are advantages — the rock-bottom price obviously being one of them. If you’re starting a business, this is a very cost-effective solution. In addition, you can run all kinds of scripts on these accounts; you’re not limited to WordPress. You can use the space to test different projects. And if your website gets low traffic (a couple of hundred visitors per month), then you can host it very affordably and not have to worry about system administration or anything else.

Who Is This For? Link

If your revenue doesn’t depend much on your website or if you have a hobby blog, then an affordable shared hosting package is a good choice.

Several well-known examples are GoDaddy8, Media Temple’s Shared Hosting9, Bluehost, DreamHost10 and NameCheap11, among many others.

2. Managed Hosting Link

In the past, managed hosting meant one thing: hardware and operating system management for separate boxes (either virtual or “bare metal”). You would hire an expert or team of experts to look after your server, and they would install an operating system on it, install security patches, change the hard drives when they break and perform other tasks. We’ll discuss this in detail later.

Relative newcomers to the hosting scene are application-level managed hosts. Companies that specialize in hosting one or another application are popping up almost every day. WordPress is one such application — and no wonder: WordPress has become the go-to content management system (and, lately, the go-to web application platform) for many people.

This hosting category is similar to shared hosting, but you could think of it as a new generation of shared hosting. It’s like a local grocery store that specializes in few but high-quality products, one that knows you by name and that is unlike those huge everything-for-cheap supermarkets.

Instead of allowing (and supporting) all kinds of scripts, these companies build their infrastructure around one — usually open-source — product. These companies know their product very well, they have fine-tuned their machines and operating systems for it, and they have a dedicated support team that knows the ins and outs of it.

Considering that roughly 23%12 of all websites online today run on WordPress, you can imagine that there is a lot of demand for hosting services custom-tailored to WordPress and only WordPress.

Managed WordPress hosts deal with all of the back-end tasks of running a WordPress blog so that you don’t have to. This frees you to focus on what truly matters: selling your product to customers. Beyond hosting your website, the providers also offer WordPress-specific experience that will help you optimize your web presence in many ways: speed, security, uptime, core and plugin updates, and theme and plugin compatibility.

Although this solution is more expensive than shared hosting — prices start at around $10 and go up to as much as $3,000 per domain — the benefits are usually worth it, even for relatively small websites. Many of the features — including customizable backup options, one-click staging areas, integrated CDN support and much more — cannot be found in packages anywhere else. Let’s look at some of the most common benefits of managed WordPress hosting.

Support Link

Support is not limited to basic problems with your hosting account. These hosts provide advice on WordPress plugins, themes, settings, updates and so on. Many of their employees are active contributors to WordPress’ core or have published plugins and themes for WordPress. They know the ins and outs!

Security Link

Fine-tuning your hosting environment (both software and hardware) will make your WordPress website or application as optimized as it can be, thus making it quick to load and to respond. Security is another important aspect, and that’s where the word “managed” comes in. Managed hosts keep your WordPress instances up to date for you. They also keep an eye out for malicious plugins and themes, and they work with you to prevent hacks of your website through known security holes.

If you have to optimize the environment of just one open-source package, then hardening the server and securing the system become a lot easier. At the level of the operating system, administrators don’t have to install a hundred different packages in order to enable customers to run Magento, Joomla, Dolphin, WordPress and many other platforms at the same time! Having fewer packages frees up a lot of resources for other important processes, and the system will naturally have many fewer entry points for malicious attacks.

Speaking of entry points, did you know that WordPress’ core is extremely safe? The biggest vulnerability occurs when someone is running a version of WordPress that is out of date by several years. Too many people simply do not update their core files, despite it truly being a one-click affair. Managed hosting providers make sure that core files are always up to date, and they’ll even update for you if needed!

Caching Link

Most of the time, managed WordPress hosts have their own caching system that is custom built for WordPress and that is a lot faster than any plugin-based ones! That’s why most don’t allow plugins such as W3 Total Cache and WP Super Cache. If you’ve had trouble setting up either of those in the past, then you’ll be thankful for this. Not having to worry about any of the technical mumbo jumbo is a blessing when you have a business to run!

Caching can be done in many different ways. First, there is object caching, which is accomplished by running Memcached or, lately, a Redis-based in-memory datastore service and a WordPress plugin counterpart. You would have to activate this for your website (or the host would do it for you). This will take a load off the database and the PHP interpreter, thus speeding up your website a lot.

In addition, modern configurations take advantage of the so-called reverse proxy wherever possible. This could be the immensely popular Varnish or something like the built-in FastCGI Cache of the Nginx web server. These essentially take a snapshot of your website, saving a full copy of the final WordPress-generated HTML pages. By default, these usually break dynamic parts of the page, such as the “Hey, Joe” part of the navigation bar once the user is logged in, the “Latest comments” section, and the shopping cart.

But with a good amount of tweaking, you can get the configuration right. And the speed is unbeatable. Instead of at least three software modules working on each request from each visitor (those modules being the PHP interpreter, the MySQL database server and the web server’s software itself), you can have only one: the reverse proxy. Less computation means much faster page-loading times!

These cannot be used on general shared hosting accounts because there’s no way that a hosting provider could write a configuration for all of the open-source PHP scripts out there! This is where dedicated hosts excel: creating configurations that work extremely well for WordPress and only WordPress.

Backups Link

Regularly backing up your website might not seem important, until your server’s hard drive gives up and your data is not recoverable! Or perhaps your website will get infected so badly that restoring it from a clean backup point would be easier than manually cleaning up everything.

Managed WordPress hosts back up your website regularly (usually daily). So, if the worst happens, you’re covered. Be sure to read the fine print, though. Some companies do not back up the wp-content or uploads folders, in which case you could lose all of your images, which would make the backup not worth much!

The disadvantages of managed hosts are the heftier prices and the lack of support for any other web applications. WPEngine, for example, lets you run other PHP scripts on its servers, but it doesn’t support them in any way. Other companies actively discourage customers from running anything else on their machines, meaning that customers would have to get an account with a general hosting provider to run something alongside their WordPress installation. These hosts dedicate their entire infrastructure to WordPress on the assumption that you can do almost anything with WordPress nowadays, including complete forum systems, complex CRM solutions, social networking websites, and crowdfunding marketplaces — the list is long.

Who Is This For? Link

Managed hosts are good for people who run their business on WordPress. These hosts deliver great performance, fine-tuned servers, a lot of exclusive services custom tailored to WordPress users, and affordable prices.

Given how important your online business is, a managed hosting account for $30 a month is probably a great deal, especially if you take into account the extra income that an optimized environment will bring in.

Some companies that offer WordPress-specific hosting are
Media Temple13, Kinsta14WPEngine15Synthesis16, Flywheel17 and Pagely18.

3. Virtual Private Servers Link

If you know your way around Unix-based operating systems, then you might want to look into building a custom stack on a VPS or a bare-metal dedicated server. Digital Ocean’s price for an entry-level virtual server, which can serve a couple of low-traffic websites, is only $5 a month. You can also get a free node with Amazon AWS, with specifications similar to those of Digital Ocean’s droplet. As cloud computing has become more and more popular, these virtualized servers have become popular, too. For a fraction of the cost of a dedicated server, you can get your own (virtual) machine, and tune it to your exact needs.

The downside is that you usually don’t get any support, and you will have to do several things yourself: keep an eye on system components, install web and database server software, keep everything updated and, of course, configure all of the applications in a (mostly) Linux-based environment. There is also the “bad neighbor” problem: Because hardware resources are shared between many virtual machine users, poor performance is possible if someone else is overusing the resources of the machine that your account is located on.

VPS’ have different tiers, based on the service level, from absolutely no support to fully managed. A fully managed VPS will usually install all of the required software, keep it (and the operating system) updated and proactively monitor the server to minimize downtime. Obviously, the monthly price goes up with your requirements.

Who Is This For? Link

All in all, VPS is a cheap way to get as much flexibility as you need, with the option to deploy popular software packages (including WordPress) in one click. Don’t forget, though, that you will need to be very familiar with installing Linux via the command line in order to run a VPS and resolve problems.

Notable VPS players are Linode19, Digital Ocean20, Amazon AWS21, Microsoft Azure22, Google Cloud23 and (mt)’s VPS hosting24.

4. Dedicated “Bare Metal” Servers Link

Having your own dedicated server is almost the same as a VPS, but instead of sharing a massive pool of hardware resources with others via virtualization, you get to use “all the metal” of the computer for your website only. Prices usually start at $100 a month, but the sky is the limit. Packages for thousands of dollars a month are not rare either, although those machines serve really large applications that draw millions of visitors each month or that require unusually high computational power.

The downside (other than the price tag) is that you have to deal with occasional hardware failures. This is different from the other categories we’ve looked at because if, for example, a hard drive fails and you don’t have another one mirrored, then you’ll face hours (perhaps even days) of downtime. If you don’t have any backups whatsoever, then you’re out of luck completely. A faulty CPU or RAM unit can cause serious headaches, too!

Who Is This For? Link

A dedicated server is definitely not for everyday website owners. This is getting into the enterprise end of hosting solutions. However, if you prefer to drive a Ferrari just because you can, then this is the one to get.

Summary Link

As promised in the introduction, you have quite a lot of options to choose from! Hopefully, having read this article, you now have a clearer picture of the different packages available, and you will be able to make a decision based on your website, requirements and budget!

Did I leave out something important? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

(dp, al, il)

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/hosting-large-preview.png
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/hosting-large-preview.png
  3. 3 http://www.akamai.com/html/about/press/releases/2009/press_091409.html
  4. 4 http://www.tagman.com/mdp-blog/2012/03/just-one-second-delay-in-page-load-can-cause-7-loss-in-customer-conversions/
  5. 5 http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/
  6. 6 http://www.webpagetest.org/
  7. 7 http://www.tagman.com/mdp-blog/2012/03/just-one-second-delay-in-page-load-can-cause-7-loss-in-customer-conversions/
  8. 8 https://www.godaddy.com
  9. 9 http://mediatemple.net/webhosting/shared/
  10. 10 http://www.dreamhost.com
  11. 11 https://www.namecheap.com
  12. 12 http://w3techs.com/technologies/details/cm-wordpress/all/all
  13. 13 http://mediatemple.net/webhosting/wordpress/
  14. 14 https://kinsta.com
  15. 15 http://wpengine.com/
  16. 16 http://websynthesis.com/
  17. 17 http://getflywheel.com
  18. 18 https://pagely.com
  19. 19 https://www.linode.com
  20. 20 https://digitalocean.com
  21. 21 http://aws.amazon.com/
  22. 22 https://azure.microsoft.com
  23. 23 https://cloud.google.com/
  24. 24 http://mediatemple.net/webhosting/vps/
SmashingConf Barcelona 2016

Hold on, Tiger! Thank you for reading the article. Did you know that we also publish printed books and run friendly conferences – crafted for pros like you? Like SmashingConf Barcelona, on October 25–26, with smart design patterns and front-end techniques.

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook

Advertisement

Mark is a DevOps guy and head honcho at Kinsta WordPress Hosting, a company focused on WP performance and scaling. In his free time he likes to play squash, ride the bike or trek in the mountains. Follow him on Twitter: @MarkGavalda

  1. 1

    Good article, and this doesn’t apply only to WP hosting. I made the switch from managed hosting to a VPS with Linode for private work a couple of years ago, and it has taught me an invaluable amount, not only about managing a production environment, but also using Linux and creating production workflows that fit around Git and other tools that smash traditional file-copying via FTP and other clunky practises out the water :) I would say I’m a better developer for having made the jump.

    11
    • 2

      I completely agree. I became a lot better at virtually everything related to development because I jumped into a Linux based hosting service. One thing lead to another and I realized I could use the terminal and even find my way around VIM :) I think any time you can learn something new helps you :)

      -6
    • 3

      I’m glad to hear that, Fen! The line between development and system administration is indeed getting more blurry by the day! With so many options to choose from it can be a daunting task to find your optimal setup but it’s a rewarding one! Thanks for commenting.

      -1
      • 4

        I’m glad that Mark just eluded to development and system administration being two different roles/disciplines. I know a lot of developers who THINK they fit the role of developer + system administrator + database administrators + whatever else, but they’re often fooling themselves. Not to say it’s impossible to fill all the roles, but very unlikely to be able to fill them all well.

        6
        • 5

          Steven Gliebe

          October 1, 2014 12:39 am

          …which as a developer is why I prefer a managed server. I’ve scraped by managing my own server in the past (one still) but only at the expense of time (ie. money) and mistakes. Managed service is a wonderful thing. Pay people to do what they’re best at.

          With that said, Fen has a great point. You learn more the wetter your feet are. Every developer should get their feet wet like Fen every now and then.

          1
    • 6

      Xavier Thompson

      August 16, 2015 10:51 pm

      I personally found that gatemotion.com is great, they have a bunch of recomendations everywhere and I am very pleased with the service.

      1
  2. 7

    Really? All “The Ultimate Guide To Choosing A WordPress Host” has to offer as a recommendation is “Some companies that offer WordPress-specific hosting are …”?

    2
  3. 8

    I’d really like to know more about Google Cloud, as everyone suggests that it’s a lot easier than AWS to manage (even for someone like me who doesn’t have any Linux experience) and it’s a great solution for medium to high visit websites.
    I wish you’d written more about it.

    2
    • 9

      Hm, that could be a topic for a follow up article! :) Thanks, Ardalan!

      0
      • 10

        I just noticed you’re the CEO of Kinsta, and since the article is titled ‘The Ultimate Guide To Choosing A “WordPress Host”‘ and the first “WordPress Host” mentioned in the text is Kinsta, it seems to me that this article was published mainly for promotional purposes.
        Also, this is your only article on SmashingMagazine…so I guess there won’t be a follow up article about “Google Cloud”…

        3
        • 11

          Hi Ardalan N,

          Speaking as the editor for the WordPress section I think this article is excellent. While Mark is the CEO of Kinsta the article is even-handed and lays out all the options well.

          The reason Mark wrote about this topic is that it’s what he knows best and we didn’t have a comprehensive article about this topic yet.

          This is indeed Mark’s first article but definitely not his last :) We are already talking about his second article and we may well choose your suggestion, although we might add other similar platforms as well. I can’t promise anything soon since we need to cater to other segments of WordPress World but you definitely gave us a good lead on an article :)

          You’ll be reading stuff from Mark again in the upcoming months for sure!

          Daniel

          -1
  4. 12

    Interesting. TVC.Net, an 15+ year old web host offers hosting down to the $3 a month range. They provide “expert” WordPress support reply times averaging less than 10 minutes from client clicking the send email to receipt back with answers.

    You can’t say low cost hosting is bad or provides poor service– because the statement is simply not true.

    There are many 5 buck a month hosts who provide as good or better support than the 100 buck a month WordPress hosting operations.

    -2
    • 13

      Do you realize the graphic chart contradicts (in many ways) the information in the article?

      0
    • 14

      Jim, as always, there are exceptions on both sides. As I emphasized in the article too, affordable shared hosting can be the solution to many people’s problems. However if one requires a more WordPress specific environment it may be time to explore other services too.

      3
    • 15

      @Jim, Probably would have been fair to point out that you actually own the company you are talking about :)

      11
  5. 16

    Adriana del Monaco

    September 26, 2014 1:45 am

    Really good article. I would say that is not only for relevant to WordPress website servers, it actually gives you an insight on servers in general and their features explained in detail (in a way anybody would understand). Very very good tips. Thanks

    3
  6. 17

    Step 1: avoid hostgator.
    Step 2: choose another provider.

    9
  7. 20

    I’m curious how these American related hostingproviders (WP Engine, Go Daddy, Bluehost) act in other countries. I live in The Nederlands and i saw that recently Go Daddy now offers also dedicated en VPS hosting on a Dutch website: https://nl.godaddy.com
    I’m still a bit hesitant, because i think that a Dutch hostingprovider offers faster internet, because there servers act in the Nederlands. Or am i wrong?

    1
    • 21

      GoDaddy is a crap. Full stop. Terrible customer support, low spec servers and as from a provider based in US you have to accept massive pings…

      6
    • 22

      Marcel, most of these providers offer multiple data center locations, you should definitely ask sales if they have an Amsterdam (or anywhere else in NL) location. I know for a fact that some of them do! :)

      2
  8. 24

    Great article in addition to well written.

    In this Ultimate Guide, as you explained the four core types of hosting that are out there, I would like to suggest https://www.webhosting.uk.com/ it is the best web hosting provider I have ever used. Like other members, I can too vouch for Godaddy for their poor support and service.

    0
  9. 25

    I am WordPress Developer from when WordPress was Born (2003). I was hosting my and my all client’s websites on Godaddy, Hostgator and Dreamhost but nobody provides service or support which feels us to say “Excellent Support and Service” and as we all know Managed WordPress Hosting like WPEngine, MediaTemple and Pagely are too much expensive.

    Then I have purchased VPS over Linode and configured it with Nginx, PHP-FPM, Varnish and other system configuration which is great available tools to increase your WordPress Website Speed.

    On beginning stage I was hosting my client’s websites on my server and after 6 to 7 months I was getting many emails from my clients’s reference who all want to host their websites on my server because of the speed and service of my hosting. which is my main goal behind starting service.

    Now it’s open to everyone who want to host their website with us and we are giving 100% guarantee of satisfaction else we are proving 100% refund of last 3 months which they have paid us.

    Note:- Our server are located in USA that we mostly prefer USA customers. Customers are from other countries also welcome if they prefer USA as their website server location.

    I invite you all to try our 30 Days FREE Hosting at http://wphostonline.com also I welcome all your feedbacks to improve ourself more and more…

    -10
  10. 26

    David - Website

    September 26, 2014 10:54 pm

    You’ve detailed a fair amount that one should take into consideration when evaluating different hosting options but one thing that webmasters should really do, is search for problems/issues that other users have had with the hosting company that you’re considering. All companies have users with problems but the funny thing is, the better companies generally have fewer complaints online.

    4
  11. 27

    طراحی سایت دیز

    September 28, 2014 10:01 am

    very useful post thanks.

    0
  12. 28

    Hi Mark,

    Great tips! My blog is a hobby blog at the moment so I spend a reasonable amount on hosting without going overboard. I currently host with Siteground, whom of which you didn’t recommend in your article but they are one of the fastest WordPress hosts and are one of the cheapest year on year.

    1
    • 29

      I haven’t used SiteGround but have been hearing good things about them from big-time WordPress users. I’m thinking of switching to them from Media Temple for my smaller sites.

      -1
  13. 30

    Regardless of how even handed the writing of the article was, a disservice was done to readers of Smashing Magazine when you allowed the author to use the post, no matter how small a part, as a promotion for his own company. I’ve come to expect a higher level of article from you than how to choose a web host for WordPress, which has been done countless times by every other publication.

    -5
  14. 31

    I wouldn’t recommend MT, their answer for everything is: “Buy a bigger plan”
    would pay $500 a month and get constant downtime, had to move to Rackspace ended up saving 30%, with real support and virtually no downtime (still not as cheap as shared, but hey im online)

    1
  15. 32

    Responsive Website Designing

    September 30, 2014 5:18 pm

    Its acutally a guide for people like us who dont have much knowledge

    2
    • 33

      Yes, it’s more of a guide on “what” than “who” and that’s a helpful education. Like Mark mentioned, a few years ago things were different. I remember when it was basically shared or dedicated. Today somebody new to hosting has to figure out what in the world VPS means, what is “cloud” hosting, whether or not they need “managed” service and so on.

      Maybe “who” deserves a whole article of its own.

      2
  16. 34

    Hey Mark,

    This is a great overview on the different types of hosting suitable for WordPress sites.

    “Did I leave out something important? I’d love to hear your thoughts.”

    Yes, one thing. How should people determine which hosting providers are worth using? Every host says they’re the best thing since sliced bread. Add to that all the affiliate link-laden websites who tend to recommend the ones who pay them high commission for referrals. You ask a few friends and their answers differ too.

    0
    • 35

      Hi Steven,

      I think there is almost no way to find the best one on your first try. The problem is that from what I’ve seen, peoples’ experiences vary a lot. A quick example: Fred above said:

      “I wouldn’t recommend MT, their answer for everything is: “Buy a bigger plan”

      I use mt to host tons of sites and they’ve never said that to me. I’ve only had good experiences with their services and customer support. I’m sure Fred had a bad experience, so it’s difficult to say.

      Am I one of a lucky few who happened to get good support by accident? Who knows! With mt specifically my experience was that their gs service is not great, but their DV is awesome :)

      To be honest I looked at who’s website I liked best. This is definitely not a measure of anything, but it was as good a starting point as any!

      Daniel

      1
    • 36

      One site that comes to mind that I’m sure you have heard about ( ;) ) is http://hostingreviews.io/ which is a new site and works like this: they collect social media mentions of all kinds of hosting companies and based on the sentiment of said tweets, shares and whatnot they evaluate them. It’s a brilliant idea though needs a bit more time to reach the “critical mass” of analyzed social media posts!

      1
  17. 37

    With the growth of WordPress and because od Google’s SEO speed requirement, having a Web Hosting service that delivers speed and security is very important.

    Managed WordPress Hosting solutions that are specially built with tuned hardware and software designed to run WordPress as fast and securely as possible is where savvy Web Developers are using.

    I would include the following Managed WordPress Hosting companies as comparisons for web hosting solutions:

    A Small Orange
    https://asmallorange.com

    Digital Ocean
    https://www.digitalocean.com/

    Flywheel
    http://getflywheel.com

    Media Temple
    http://mediatemple.net/

    Pagely
    https://pagely.com/

    Pressable
    http://pressable.com/

    SiteGround
    http://www.siteground.com/

    Synthesis
    http://websynthesis.com/

    VPS.NET
    http://vps.net/

    WPEngine
    http://wpengine.com/

    6
    • 38

      Steven Gliebe

      October 1, 2014 3:11 pm

      I’ll add a few more to your list for people to consider.

      Kinsta
      https://kinsta.com

      Pantheon (originally just Drupal but now offering managed WordPress)
      https://www.getpantheon.com/wordpress

      Savvii (Netherlands)
      https://www.savvii.nl

      DreamPress by DreamHost
      https://www.dreamhost.com/hosting/wordpress/

      Liquid Web, GoDaddy and Bluehost also offering plans labeled “Managed WordPress”. I haven’t looked into what they mean by that yet.

      Something worth mentioning is that there are managed WordPress hosts that specifically setup shop for that purpose and it is truly their singular focus. Then, there are hosts whose primary business is shared hosting and recently introduced “managed WordPress” or even just “WordPress” at a price that is much lower (nearer or equal to shared hosting).

      I suspect in some cases that these are low-cost opportunists whose service would not compare well to the “true” managed WordPress hosts (in some cases it may be the same shared hosting they already offer, just with a special label for marketing purposes).

      1
    • 39

      Steven Gliebe

      October 1, 2014 3:15 pm

      I don’t think DigitalOcean offers managed WordPress hosting. My understanding is that you’re pretty much on your own with nearly every aspect of the server.

      0
    • 40

      I covered most of those in my original post testing them out: http://reviewsignal.com/blog/2014/03/26/managed-wordpress-hosting-showdown-performance-benchmarks/

      There is a round 2 coming this month that has nearly all of them (only VPS.net isn’t included).

      2
    • 41

      I miss BladeWP in your list. (https://bladewp.com)

      -4
  18. 42

    Great article! I was just wondering if what category does Siteground belong? I’ve read an article about host speeds and Siteground has a good review!

    0
  19. 43

    Very useful guide!

    Glad to see you give importance to the speed. Even now a lot of people choose their hosting only for the price. The speed is the very important factor for the usability and for seo .

    1
  20. 44

    stri_replace(‘Ultimate’, ‘Yet another’, $title );

    End of story.

    cu, w0lf.

    -4

↑ Back to top