Most Recommended WordPress Hosting Providers. Performance + Value for Money Compared (August 2017)

WordPress runs more than 27% of web and it’s a fact. If you are planning to build a website using Self Hosted WordPress, the first step is to choose the best hosting server provider for your requirement. Believe me, if your goal is to go big with your site in coming months and not just create a site for the sake of creating one, this decision of hosting provider selection matters a lot.

Almost all hosting service providers spend huge amount of money on marketing and everyone says that they provide the best hosting platform for WordPress, but it’s not true. In this article, I will explain all the parameters which matters while selecting the hosting plans. I will also point out things which you will not hear from the hosting providers.

WordPress is a great CMS with flexibility to let you run almost any kind of website (recently Wired magazine’s site migrated to WordPress) but at the same time it’s bulky. Not as bulky and heavy as other platforms like Magento, but bulkier than most of the static content sites and light-weight platforms. To run this CMS smoothly, you need to consider few important things while host selection as you don’t want to regret your choice of hosting service provider or hosting plan.

 For quick reference , here are the Top 3 WordPress Hosting providers. Read the complete story for detailed comparison, report and Top 10 list.

Top 10 WordPress Hosting Providers
RankNameWordPress Hosting Plans Starting fromSee More Info
1
Siteground
$3.95/mo
2
WP Engine
$29/mo
3
Bluehost
$3.99/mo

Before starting this comparison, let me tell one thing very clear. I am going to use affiliate links of the hosting platforms but that doesn’t mean, I will be anyhow biased to those giving more affiliate amounts. It’s an honest comparison irrespective of the affiliate amount but at the same time, I need to pay the bills too.

Let the work begin!

WordPress Hosting Comparison : Index

WordPress Hosting. How it is different?

I mentioned in the opening paragraph that WordPress websites need more resource as compared to static website. MySQL database and Apache/PHP is not required for a static webpage. But a dynamic website is what we need today. We can keep updating the site from back-end, keep sharing new blog posts and using many techniques to keep the page up to date and refreshed.

Server requirement for a static website is way lesser than a WordPress based site.

Many hosting providers provide a special plan for WordPress website. So when you approach their website, you may find some special plans for WordPress. You may directly go and pick one, but it is better to know what they are offering and whether that is going to be sufficient or not. Or whether you are going to opt resources which will never be utilized. As you are going to pay for everything that you choose, that’s why it is important to know the terminologies.

Important Terminologies of Hosting

Shared Hosting vs. VPS vs. Dedicated Server

Your website hosted on shared hosting plan is going to share everything including CPU Time, Memory, Disk Space with other accounts on the server. That means, yes there are many other websites hosted on the same server and if anything goes wrong with other accounts, your website may also get affected as you are shared the CPU time and memory too.

VPS (Virtual Private Server) is like almost having your own server but with a twist. Here your hosted website(s) is again going to share resources with other accounts but your account will have some dedicated portion out of it. For example, your account may have 3 GB of RAM dedicated which means it will not be shared with others. But still there are many (lesser than shared accounts) other accounts running on the same server.

Dedicated Server is only dedicated to your account. It’s your server and everything including CPU Time, Memory, Disk Space is only for your websites hosted on the server.

Practical Suggestion:

Start a website on Shared Hosting, keep it over there till you get 60,000 – 90,000 views a month. If the traffic keeps going up, upgrade to VPS and there you can keep it as long as you want. Dedicated server is recommended only if you want to keep the website very very very secured/safe and you expect extreme spike in traffic.

Bandwidth and Disk Space

Whenever someone opens your website, he actually downloads the page on his browser. In this process, the download happens from the hosting server. So every request (all kind of requests) to your website, needs to be delivered from the server. The average webage size is approx. 1 MB. So if your host is setting the bandwidth as 1 TB i.e. 1,024 GB. It means, you can serve that page or similar page of your website for more than 1 Million times without any issue.

Disk Space is the hard disk to store all files including pictures, videos, core files and other hosted files. SSD is faster than HDD but again, you need to pay for that too but now a days, many hosts are offering SSD by default.

Domain, Sub-domain and Parked Domains

Domain is the registered website address of your site e.g. example.com is a domain. Sub-domain is like demo.example.com whereas sub-directory is example.com/demo. Search engines treat sub-domain as another domain altogether where as in case of sub-directory, it appears as a part of the main domain and all backlinks and rank juice passes to it.

Parked domain is like keeping a domain for future use. Either you are pointing the domain to the same folder point to by other primary domains too or not using it at all right now. Probably you are planning to use it in future.

Email Accounts and Storage

Hosting companies allow your to create own email accounts as well. So if you have hosted your domain name example.com on Bluehost, you can create john@example.com email account there.

Each email ID needs storage to save and store incoming and outgoing emails, attachments etc. You can define the storage and even increase that from cPanel.

Dedicated IP and SSL Certificate

Every website is associated with one IP address. Either the website can share the IP with lot many other websites under the same account or can have a dedicated one. The dedicated IP address is useful for eCommerce websites or the sites where people are more concerned about the data security. With the IP address, you can also keep a log of all activity happened on your website.

SSL Certificate is encrypt the data passed on the page. It add HTTPS in the web address to make it more secure and safe. SSL Certificate costs around $60 per year for a single site.

Untold Stories about Web Hosting Plans

Every hosting provider will list the plans such that you are getting almost everything in all plans (specially shared hosting plans). It is important to understand the terms and conditions which you may find on a very difficult to find terms pages.

Here are few important points which no hosting provider lists on the plan features table.

CPU Throttling (Account Suspended)

As mentioned earlier, in shared hosting plans you share the CPU time and other resources with lot many other accounts/websites. If your website is consuming too much CPU time or RAM because of the loaded pages, your may get suspended. This scenario is very common when hosting a WordPress sites because of the over-usage of plugins. Some WordPress plugins may consume too much memory and CPU. In such cases, your account may cross the CPU throttling limit and in that case, you will receive a warning from the host.

I am giving examples from Bluehost User Agreement, but the conditions are almost same for all hosting providers.
Bluehost reserves the right to limit processor time, bandwidth, processes, or memory in cases where it is necessary to prevent negatively impacting other Subscribers.User Agreement - Bluehost

If your account keeps crossing the limit, host may suspend your account temporarily till you fix the site. So even if resources are mentioned as unlimited, don’t believe it. It’s unlimited for the all accounts hosted on the same server and that unlimited resource is getting shared.

1,000 MySQL Tables

Even if you see unlimited storage in the hosting plans, there is a restriction on number of MySQL database tables and Database size. Most of the shared hosting plans come with a restriction of 1,000 tables or 2 – 3GB of Database storage. It means if your account crosses this limit, you are not allowed to create another table.

You may think that 1,000 is a very large number but imagine, if you host 10 WordPress sites with 10 – 20 active plugins including powerful plugins like WooCommerce and Mailpoet, you will have average 30 – 40 tables per website. And host 3 – 4 Multisite Network Installation of WordPress. So for 15 websites hosted under same account, the number of tables count will cross 600 to 800. It can cross 1,000 easily if you are hosting sites with other platforms like Magento too on the same account.

200,000 Files Only (with a catch)

On typical shared hosting, the number of files are restricted to 200,000. The latest copy of WordPress comes with ~1,500 files which is fine. But if you host platforms like Magento which comes with ~13,000 files/folders, reaching this number is not difficult. So you should check the number of inode count allowed in the hosting plan.

I am giving an example of Bluehost Shared Hosting Plan where it is mentioned that you get unlimited storage, but the user agreement says,

Bluehost does NOT provide unlimited space for online storage, backups, or archiving of electronic files, documents, log files, etc., and any such prohibited use of the Services will result in the termination of Subscriber’s account, with or without noticeUser Agreement - Bluehost

SSL Certificate – Free or Paid

As you know, Google has added HTTPS as one of ranking factor in algorithem for search ranking. Now whether you are planning to run an eCommerce website or a simple blog, you may think about having SSL Certificate to add HTTPS before the domain.

You can get free SSL for your website using Let’s Encrypt but this service is not available with all hosting providers. If Let’s encrypt is not available and you like to have HTTPS, you may need to pay $60/year to get the certificate. For example, Siteground is having Let’s Encrypt in the cPanel, so you get free SSL on Siteground hosting plans.

For complete check on all hosting providers, please scroll down to the Comparison Results section.

These were few important points mostly hidden inside the user agreement of hosting service providers. As you are going to invest some money, it is important to know about these things too.

Well, now you must have a good amount of idea about what things matter in choosing the best hosting service and what you should look for. Now start with the test cases and testing scenarios to find the best available hosting service provider for self hosted WordPress site or for any website in general.

Test Cases to Find the Best

To find the best hosting provider, we need to define the test cases. There should be a defined basis to declare a rank. Below are few test cases through which we will pass every nominee for the Best WordPress Hosting Award.

  • Speed Test and Load Test
  • WordPress Installation Options
  • Space and Bandwidth Availability
  • Up-time SLA
  • Server Response Time
  • Pricing
  • Customer Support
  • Market Reputation

I installed core WordPress site on every hosting provider’s server and using the recent Twenty Seventeen WordPress theme on all. There is no plugin active on the site including any cache plugin.

Note – Thanks to few hosting providers who allowed the installation for free and some of them charged but fortunately the money-back worked.

Results may vary for VPS and Dedicated Hosting plans but the Market Reputation will matter in all cases.

Let’s dive in and see how every WordPress hosting providers performed.

Nominations for the Best WordPress Hosting Award

There are many hosting providers available on web but we are going to find the best out of the best. Below list showcase all the well known hosting providers claiming that they have the best suitable plans for WordPress CMS hosting. Let’s check each of them and create the Top 10 Rank list.

Bluehost

bluehost-logo
Plan – Basic
$3.99/mo. (36 months)
Unlimited Bandwidth
Unlimited Storage
Unlimited Emails
1-Click WordPress Install
Bluehost WordPress hosting plan named Basic is under testing.

You get shared hosting as well as VPS options so if you like to upgrade from shared to VPS or even dedicated server.

WordPress Installation

WordPress users get 1-Click installation powered by Mojo Marketplace. So you get Mojo Marketplace plugin already installed on the new WordPress installation using 1-Click install.

Currently WordPress recommends Bluehost for WordPress site hosting but it may change as WordPress stated that it is going to recommend only those providers who offer free SSL using Let’s Encrypt as default. So the WordPress recommendation list may update or Bluehost may start providing Let’s Encypt SSL option in their cPanel.

Pingdom Test

Bluehost servers are located in United States, India and China. In this result, I am hosting the server located at Provo, Utah (United States).

Server Location: Utah, United States

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from Bluehost
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)1.92.11.11.42.2
Blog Post Load Time (sec)2.12.21.31.72.3

Renewal Pricing (Any Surprises)

If you got free domain as part of new account registration offer, don’t forget that the renewal for domain will cost $15.99 annually.

Hosting Plan Renewal will be done on regular price which is as follows,

  • 12 months, $8.99 per month
  • 24 months, $8.49 per month
  • 36 months, $7.99 per month

So even if purchased the account as new connection by paying $3.49 per month for 36 months, the renewal cost after 36 months will be as per the amount listed above.

As per the calculation, you paid $126.64 for 36 months at $3.49/mo, but the renewal cost even if you pay for next 36 months will be $287.64.

Refund Policy

Bluehost offers 30-day money back guarantee but here are few important points which you should know.

  • Asked for refund within 3 days, you get full refund. If you registered a domain as part of ‘Free Domain’ offer from Bluehost, it is optional to keep that domain name. In case you keep the domain, the refund will be reduced by $15.99 but it is not compulsory. There is no obligation to keep that domain name.
  • If the cancellation is done after 3 days and before 30 days, and If you got the offer of free domain at the time of registration and you registered a domain, Bluehost will reduce the refund by $15.99 per domain name. Other services like Dedicated IP and Postini will charged on prorated rate.
  • After 30 days, if you cancel the account you will be charged on pro-rated rate for the services. Domain name registration charge of $15.99 will be reduced from the refund even if got that under Free Domain promotional offer.

Customer Support

24×7 Live Chat is available at Bluehost. I think that is the most important support channel for any hosting provider and it works great here. I have used Bluehost Live Chat multiple times and Live support staff resolved cases in almost 4 out of 5 situations. Apart from that, Support Ticket system and Telephonic Support is also available.

If you like to read the help guides, there is a dedicated page to resolve issue by self help guides too.

WP Engine

Price – $29/mo.
1 WordPress Installation
10 GB Local Storage
25,000 visits/mo.
Free SSL using Let’s Encrypt
Unlimited Data Transfer

WP Engine is a group of WordPress guys running WordPress hosting service. Yes, it is one of best hosting service provider in terms of security and speed. The site hosting architecture is based on EverCache, so you can expect really fast delivery.

It comes with built-in CDN so that you don’t need to depend on third-party CDN service like MaxCDN or Cloudflare.

WP Engine restricts certain plugins because of security issues. It means they keep an eye on all sort of scripts running on your hosting server and provide better security.

But unlike other managed hosting services, hosting plans at WP Engine restricts the number of visits and views.

WordPress Installation

WP Engine is specially designed hosting service for WordPress folks. You get 1-Click installation and also staging option for your WordPress site. The support team may also help you migrate your sites from other hosts to WP Engine too.

Pingdom Test

WP Engine servers are located in United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and Taiwan. I have installed the WordPress site on server located in United States, so the results are based on that.

Server Location: United States

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from WPEngine
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)1.72.01.61.21.9
Blog Post Load Time (sec)1.92.11.71.52.1

Renewal Pricing

Regular price for Personal plan is $29/mo. Same pricing will be there at the time of renewal too. As here you pay the charges on monthly basis, the same amount will be charged every months.

Sometimes you may get some offer like 30% OFF for first 3 months. In that case, you will charges as per the offer initially and then regular price of the plan will be charged.

Most of the time you will find no difference in registration fee and renewal fee.

Refund Policy

WP Engine offers 60 days money-back guarantee. You get full refund for the subscription fee if raised the request within 60 days of purchase. Refund is not applicable for Premium and Enterprise plans.

Customer Support

Support Ticket and Knowledge Base are available as support channels. You can try finding the issue or help in Documentation page else you can create and submit a ticket. Telephonic sales support is also available between the time slot of 7 am – 7 pm CST.

Live Chat support is not there on WP Engine but the ticket support works really good and you can expect a reply within couple of hours. Sometimes I received instant replies too, just like Live Chat support.

Siteground

StartUp Plan – $3.95/mo.
1 Website
10 GB Web Space
Free Cloudfare CDN
Free Daily Backup
Free SSL using Let’s Encrypt
Siteground is another good hosting provider started in 2004. I tested StartUp Plan to install and run WordPress site. The WordPress hosting plans come with free CDN from Cloudflare.

Kindly note that wpoptimus.com is hosted on Siteground. Their server is optimized for WordPress and it serves the pages extremely fast.

Free SSL using Let’s Encrypt is available with all plans. As WordPress is recommending https, this free SSL will allow you to get the certificate without any extra charges.

In-built SuperCacher and WordPress staging are another reason to nominate Siteground as one of the competitor for best WordPress hosting provider.

WordPress Installation

1-Click WordPress installation is available and will allow you to install the latest WordPress version without manually uploading the files. Such simple and easy installation process makes sense about the famous 5-Minute Installation feature of WordPress. Actually, with 1-Click installation, you can complete the WP installation in less than 2 minutes.

Pingdom Test

Siteground hosting servers are located in following locations,

  • Chicago, United States
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Singapore

I installed a simple, clean WordPress test site on Chicago server and here is the performance results tested using Pingdom tool.

Server Location: Chicago, US

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from Siteground
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)1.61.91.41.21.9
Blog Post Load Time (sec)1.82.01.71.52.0

Renewal Pricing

Initial term price for StartUp plan on Siteground is $3.95/mo. You may choose between 12 months, 24 months and 36 months as the initial term and the total amount will be calculated with $3.95/mo only. Once the initial term ends, the renewal will be on regular price which is $9.95/mo.

For example, if you select the initial term as 24 months, you need to pay a total sum of $94.80 which includes a free domain as well. After 24 months, if you like to renew the account for another 24 months, you need to pay $238.80.

Refund Policy

Siteground offers 30 days money back guarantee. Here are few important points from their refund policy,

  • For refund, the service termination request should be filled up using the account termination form available in Client Area
  • Domain name and privacy fees are non-refundable even if it was waived off as part of initial term promotion. That means, Siteground will deduct $14.95 as the domain registration fee even if you refund the account where you got free domain.

Customer Support

Packed with Live Chat, Support Ticket, Telephonic Support and Knowledge Base; Siteground offers one of the best after sale support. They have some dedicated support staff to handle WordPress related queries, so you may utilize those to get server side issue fixed for your WordPress site.

You can also utilize their services offers for plugins and themes.

InMotion

Launch Plan – $2.49/mo (36 months)
$3.49/mo. if paid for 24 months
Unlimited Data, Bandwidth and Emails
2 Websites
Free Website Builder
Free $100 Credit for Google Adwords

Launch plan of InMotion is the first basic level hosting plan and I installed the test WordPress site using that plan only.

Like other shared hosting service providers, InMotion offers free domain, unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth and emails. It allows 2 websites installations under Launch plan.

WordPress Installation

You can select to pre-install WordPress at the time of registration. InMotion will keep everything ready including the WordPress installation on your domain name. Otherwise you can use the 1-Click WordPress installation available on cPanel using Softaculous app.

Pingdom Test

InMotion Hosting is having 2 Data Centers in United States only. They are located in Los Angles, California and Ashburn, Virginia. I installed the test WordPress site on LA server.

Server Location: Los Angles, United States

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from InMotion Hosting
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)1.92.11.71.82.1
Blog Post Load Time (sec)2.22.21.71.92.3

Renewal Pricing

Initial offer price for Launch plan is $2.95/mo. if paid for 36 months. It’s $3.49/mo. if paid for 24 months and $4.49 if initial payment is for 12 months. But the renewal after the end of the initial term will be on regular price.

Renewal charges after term end will as as below,

  • $6.99/mo. if paid for 36 months
  • $7.99/mo. if paid for 24 months
  • $8.99/mo. if paid for 12 months

Apart from these hosting fees, the domain name renewal fee will be $14.95/year.

Refund Policy

InMotion offers 90 days money back guarantee. But here are few important points from their refund policy,

  • Domain registration fee and administration fee of total $16.95 will deducted from the refund amount even if you got free domain as part of promotional offer.
  • If your account was terminated by InMotion because of overuse of hardware due to improper code, there will be no refund

Customer Support

InMotion offers Live Chat, Support Ticket, Skype and Telephonic support. But if you take Launch plan, you don’t get Pro Level Support. It’s related to the SLA (Service Level Agreement) where if InMotion support doesn’t meet the SLA, they will credit free hosting in your account.

GoDaddy

Basic Plan – $3.99/mo (36 months)
10 GB SSD Storage
25,000 Monthly Visitors
1 Website
Free domain with annual plans
$7.99/mo. on renewal

GoDaddy’s Basic Plan for WordPress is under testing here. I got 10 GB storage, 1 website hosting, daily backup and restore, unlimited bandwidth as part of this plan.

The plan comes with a restriction of 25K visitors per month. That means, if your site crosses this limit, the account will be blocked. You may opt for  Visitor Overage Protection Plan by paying extra amount to avoid such situations.

WordPress Installation

GoDaddy offers 1-Click installation of WordPress. You can find WordPress icon under cPanel and install the CMS in just single click.

Pingdom Test

GoDaddy is having more than 9 server locations and data centers. Popular ones are in Phoenix, Arizona, Los Angeles, Chicago, Singapore and there are some leased sites too.

Server Location: Los Angles, United States

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from GoDaddy
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)2.32.61.91.92.9
Blog Post Load Time (sec)2.52.92.12.23.0

Renewal Pricing

GoDaddy shows the renewal price when you search for the domain at the time of registration. The sale-price may be $2.99 for a .com domain but below that price, you can see a text saying that “1’st year price $2.99 Additional years $14.99. For any TLD, you can see the additional year price on the search result page.

Refund Policy

The refund policy of GoDaddy is very simple.

  • For Annual Plans – 30 Days Refund
  • For Monthly Plans – 48 Hours Refund

Customer Support

Live Chat Support is only available from Monday to Saturday between 10 AM to 7 PM. You can use Phone Support and Community Support (Documentation) to get all kind of help.

Dreamhost

DreamPress – $16.95/mo. for annual plan
JetPack Premium worth $99/yr.
Auto expanding server
100% Up-time Guarantee
Traffic of 2.1 Million+ per month
Unique IP Address

Dreamhost is one of the oldest and a popular WordPress Hosting solution, mainly famous for their reliable dedicated hosting server configuration. Well, now they have started good plans including DreamPress, a specially designed solution for WordPress Hosting.

DreamPress is little pricey at $16.95/mo. but the configuration is worth.

 

WordPress Installation

In Panel, under Goodies, you can find the One-Click installs and that’s where WordPress 1-Click install option is. One can easily install the CMS and make it running on Dreamhost server.

Pingdom Test

Dreamhost is having multiple data centers but our purchased hosting account got the location as Ashburn, VA (USA).

Server Location: Los Angleles, CA, United States

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from Dreamhost
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)1.92.21.71.82.3
Blog Post Load Time (sec)2.12.41.91.92.4

Renewal Pricing

Most of the time the renewal pricing remains same as the purchase price unless any special offer is running. For example, the shared hosting plan for WordPress hosting is priced at $7.95/mo but only if you pay for 3 years at a time. If you pay annually, you need to pay $9.95/mo and in case of monthly, the price is $10.95/mo.

For DreamPress plan, the price is $16.95/mo if paid annually and $19.95/mo if paid monthly.

Refund Policy

Dreamhost offers 97 Days money-back guarantee.

Customer Support

Live Chat, Email Support, Telephone Support and Knowledge base is available 24×7 on Dreamhost.

DigitalOcean

Price – $10/mo.
30GB SSD Disk
1GB Memory
1 Core Processor with 2TB Data Transfer
Memory, Processor and Space can be increase by paying extra
Best suitable for Web/Cloud Apps

Digital Ocean is specially designed hosting solution for cloud computing and app services but it can be used for WordPress hosting too. The main difference between other hosting providers and Digital Ocean is the way you deploy your projects.

In Digital Ocean hosting, you can purchase a set of configuration named as ‘Droplets’. The Droplets pack starts at $5/mo. where you get 512 MB RAM and 20GB SSD Disk with 1 Core Processor. Well, for WordPress site with decent traffic, I would recommend to use the second Droplet i.e. 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD with 2TB Data Transfer and you need to pay $10/mo.

WordPress Installation

One-Click WordPress Installation on Digital Ocean Droplet is available via Image and SSH. Find the detailed tutorial on how to use one-click WordPress installation on Digital Ocean.

One-click WordPress Installation only works on 1GB Memory Droplet priced at $10/mo.

Pingdom Test

Digital Ocean servers are located important places like San Francisco, New York, Toronto, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Bangalore, Singapore.

Server Location: London

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from Digital Ocean
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)2.22.91.81.92.8
Blog Post Load Time (sec)2.53.02.02.12.9

Renewal Pricing

On Digital Ocean you can only purchase the hosting in terms of Droplets. Domain registration is not available on DO.

Regarding the hosting renewals, you get option to pay on monthly basis or hourly basis. All the renewals will be done on the rate at which you purchased the Droplet.

Refund Policy

When you purchase a Droplet on Digital Ocean and assume that you selected payment on monthly basis, the first month payment is non-refundable as they charge a Start-up cost. Now, if you cancel the account next month after using it for another 3 days, they will refund the rest amount on pro rata basis.

Customer Support

A detailed Knowledge Base is available for help and support. Apart from that, you can open a ticket anytime and get help from the support staff.

There is no Live Chat option available here.

Media Temple

Price – $20/mo. (month-to-month)

$200/yr. (for first year, if paid yearly). After that $240/yr.

2 Websites
50GB SSD Storage
250,000 monthly visitors
Unlimited Data Transfer
Site Staging and Cloning available

Media Temple is a well known web hosting company based in Los Angles and hosts more than 1.5 Million domains in 100 different countries. They offer specially designed WordPress Hosting solutions starting from $20/mo.

The hosting plan includes DDoS protection, Site staging and cloning, 30 days backup, WP-CLI and Git Access.

 

 

WordPress Installation

WordPress installation is available under 1-Click App feature as an add-on. Once you click the button, it will ask for the details related to installation and then the installation completes in next 2 – 3 minutes.

WordPress installation using 1-Click App may not install the latest version but one can update that from Auto-update option anytime.

Pingdom Test

Media Temple data centers are located in Ashburn,VA and EI Segundo, CA in United States.

Server Location: Ashburn, Virginia, USA

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from Media Temple
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)1.82.21.51.62.3
Blog Post Load Time (sec)2.12.31.71.92.4

Renewal Pricing

When you register a domain or buy a hosting plan, they mention the renewal fee there only. For example, the domain registration fee for .com domains are $15/yr and the renewal remains same.

Refund Policy

30 Days Money-back guarantee is available at Media Temple. But in that process, if you got some offer of free domain registration, the charges for domain registration will not refunded. Apart from that, there are some fees for transfer (if any) as well and that will also be non-refundable.

Customer Support

Media Temple offers Live Chat, Community Support with Documentation, Ticket Support and Telephone Support.

Hostgator

Price – $5.95/mo. (36 months). $7.95/mo. (12 months)
1 Website
25,000 visits per month
1GB Backup
50GB Storage
$100 Google Adwords Credit

Started in 2002, Hostgator became one of the most successful shared, VPS hosting provider in few years. In 2012, Endurance group acquired the company and continued providing the services.

Hostgator shared hosting plan starts at $3.95/mo. but for WordPress site, the plans start from $5.95/mo. with a special discount offer (almost always running).

With the first plan, you get 50 GB space, 1 site hosting, 25,000 visits per month (restricted) etc.

 

WordPress Installation

1-Click WordPress installation is available in the cPanel and one can install WordPress without moving the files.

Pingdom Test

Hostgator data centers are located at Provo, Utah, Houston, Texas. There are some leased data centers located at other places too.

Server Location: Utah, USA

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from Hostgator
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)1.92.61.71.82.9
Blog Post Load Time (sec)2.22.81.92.03.1

Renewal Pricing

Hostgator first invoice will be with a huge discount but the renewal fee will be a regular one. For example, if you got the hosting plan of $5.95/mo, the renewal fee for the same account will be charged at $14.95/mo.

Similarly, you need to check the domain renewal fee too.

Refund Policy

45 Days money-back guarantee is available on Hostgator. If you raise a ticket asking for refund, you will get the money back in account in 45 days.

Customer Support

All support channels including live chat, telephone support, ticket system are available at Hostgator.

A2 Hosting

Swift Plan – $9.95/mo. (24 months) $10.99/mo. (12 months)
Unlimited Storage
Unlimited Domains
Unlimited Database
Free SSL and SSD
50% OFF on the first payment

A2 Hosting is named after Ann Arbor city in Michigan, US. Established in 2003, A2 Hosting serves shared hosting, VPS, dedicated hosted and cloud hosting. I purchased the shared hosting plan starting $3.92/mo. and I got Unlimited storage, unlimited transfer for 1 website and 5 databases on this shared hosting plan.

Turbo, the faster hosting option is not available in this plan as you need to buy the one starting with $9.31/mo.

WordPress Installation

1 Click WordPress installation is available in A2 Hosting via Softaculous. It will install the latest version of WordPress CMS without downlaod and moving the files from WordPress.org.

Pingdom Test

A2 Hosting data centers are located at following locations,

  • Michigan, USA
  • Amsterdam, Europe
  • Singapore, Asia

Server Location: Michigan, USA

Test System Location: New York, United States

Get Basic Plan from A2Hosting
Tested FromDallas, Texas, USAMelbourne, AustraliaNew York, USASan Jose, California, USAStockholm, Sweden
Front-page Load Time (sec)1.72.41.61.82.6
Blog Post Load Time (sec)1.92.61.72.02.8

Renewal Pricing

On the pricing table, the regular price is also mentioned where you can see the following renewal fees,

  • Domain registration and renewal for .com is at $14.95/yr
  • Lite Plan renewal fee will be calculated at $9.99/mo
  • SSL Certificate avaiable at $4/mo
  • Get Turbo Hosting included for $11/mo

Refund Policy

30 Days money-back guarantee is available. That means you can ask for the money-back and get full refund within 30 days of purchase.

Customer Support

Support channels like Live Chat, Ticket Support, Phone Support and Knowledge Base are available. You can also pay $19.99/mo for priority support.

Top 10 Best WordPress Hosting Providers

In this WordPress Hosting Services Ranking, we nominated the good ones. All nominated hosting providers are offering good services. But based on different test scenarios like performance, speed, response time etc. Here is the Top 10 Best WordPress Hosting Providers List.

Top 10 WordPress Hosting Providers
RankNameWordPress Hosting Plans Starting fromSee More Info
1
Siteground
$3.95/mo
2
WP Engine
$29/mo
3
Bluehost
$3.99/mo
4InMotion$2.49/mo
5Media Temple$20/mo
6Dreamhost$7.95/mo
7A2 Hosting$3.92/mo
8Hostgator$3.95/mo
9Digital Ocean$10/mo
10GoDaddy$3.99/mo

Summing up

WordPress hosting requires certain features and resources. Most of the hosting service providers these days are aware of the requirements and they showcase special hosting plans for WordPress sites, but not everyone is alike.

If you think that wherever I get cheap hosting, should start with the same. You are not very positive and confident about your own work.

Top WordPress hosting providers mentioned above are ranked on the basis of performance, pricing and plans. Select one as per your requirement and give your best on your website.

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