Best Wordpress Web Hosting Provider 2019
Our 2019 Best WordPress Hosting Award goes to InMotion Hosting.
InMotion Hosting was recognized as our #1 WordPress host for 2019 thanks to it’s combination of speed, managed services, support, backups and 90-day money back guarantee. They also include a free, easy-to-use website builder for those less savvy at using WordPress
About InMotion Hosting’s Wordpress hosting
When you're looking for the best feature sets, the utmost compatibility with industry standard software, the most bang for your buck, and the most comprehensive technical support in town, Inmotion Hosting delivers. The web host brings the best of all worlds under one roof, providing unbeatable service at rock-bottom prices.
- Includes Cpanel for free
- Very good network performance
- Service is guaranteed
- New hardware
- Expert tech support in the United States
- Includes up to 4 hours of free custom server setup
- Intel Quad Core and Dual Core CPUs
- Full CPanel License Included
- 500GB – 1TB SSD, SAS and SATA drives available
- Up to 15 Terabytes Premium Data Transfer
- 2 Hour Hardware Replacement Guarantee
- No Risk to Try - Free Setup and 30-Day Money Back Guarantee!
- Top Tier Network / 99.9% Uptime
Best Wordpress Hosting Nominees - February 2020
About Wordpress Web Hosting
Quick stats about Wordpress
Wordpress is by far the most popular CMS out there. Its quick onboarding for the new user, intuitively, easiness of use, security, versatility and scalability makes it the primary choice for many out there. Having high demand in functionality drives the growth for reliable, high quality Wordpress’s plugins marketplace, bringing new functionality and features every day. Such open source concept has been adopted by many CMSs out there, but only the Wordpress is the global leader. Here’s some more exciting statistics about Wordpress:
- There are more than 350 million domains in the world today.
- More than 50% of all the websites in the world are stating on Wordpress.
- 75 million websites operate on Wordpress successfully.
- 37 million Wordpress websites are hosting on Wordpress.com (mostly free) the rest are self-hosted.
- 98% of all self-hosted Wordpress sites are running on Shared hosting.
- There are 50,000 plugins for Wordpress downloaded 1.6 billion times.
Wordpress.com enables users to install Wordpress.com for free, but when you want your own custom domain and features, prepare to pay premium, this is why many advise experts out there advise to go with self-hosted option, enabling better control over cost, speed, functionality, scalability and many other. For example a self-hosted full featured Wordpress site on shared hosting will run you about $4/month (price is usually promo, then $7.99/month after the promo period) including free domain for the first year (then $14/year onwards) vs comparable by features $24.92/month on Wordpress.com.
There are wide ranges of Wordpress self-hosting options on the market, but 98% of all users are running their wordpress on Shared hosting. For those portals with millions of unique visitors per day you need to upgrade to the powerful VPS or Dedicated servers. This guide is meant to specify what to look for while choosing a shared Wordpress hosting and narrow down to the best hosting provider.
WordPress min requirements
The minimum Wordpress requirements always change, while the technology evolves. It is recommended to keep you hosted environment up to date, enabling top speed and security.
To gain the best out of Wordpress CMS you need:
- PHP 7 or greater
- 1 database. MySQL 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB 10.0 or greater
- HTTPS Support
Wordpress is capable of working with older MySQL 5.0+ and PHP 5.3.4+, although the just mentioned versions have officially reached End OF Life by Wordpress and thus may end up exposing one’s site to security vulnerabilities.
Your Wordpress shared hosting should have:
- Automatic backups
- FTP access
- Email support
- SSD Drives (those are simply 20x faster, than the spinning drives)
- Reliable customer support
Wordpress MS vs. Regular Wordpress
Wordpress multi-site (MS) refers to the Wordpress multi-user (old name Wordpress MU) version. Typical for news agencies to run multiple Wordpress sites (each on separate domain) for each of city. Instead of having to manage thousands of separate Wordpress sites, the new content (news articles and videos) are uploaded in a single admin interface, where you can specify which Wordpress site to run the article on. Another major advantage of using Wordpress MS is the management of Wordpress core. You can run Wordpress updates in a single click to all Wordpress dominas, install & update plugins. Wordpress MS is the centralized management for multiple Wordpress sites.
You can start with a regular Wordpress and then upgrade it to Wordpress MS down the road if needed.
Wordpress speed – the driving factors.
Wordpress happens to be a great platform. However, one of its weaknesses is that it can turn out to be relatively slow, if not properly managed or hosted. It is therefore important to take the appropriate precautions, failure to which one will end up with a quite sluggish site.
Having your Wordpress load fast for your users bring your website above the competitors and essentially a driving factors for your project’s growth. Gtmetrix is a great free tool that will help you measure your page load time. Make sure you test not only your homepage, but also internal pages.
Here’s the list of best practices that will make your Wordpress site pages load under 1 sec:
- 1. Use well coded theme. If you can don’t go with the free Wordpress themes, spend $50 on theme with good reviews and you will benefit greatly. Themeforest (Envato market) is a good place to start.
- 2. Use speed optimization plugins. W3 Total Cache is what we use, but there are few other popular options out there.
- 3. Use CDN (Content Delivery Network). If your audience is scattered all over the world, then by installing the CDN you will reach top page load speed no matter how far your visitor is from your web hosting server. Generally, if your audience is in the US, then by choosing the US-based hosting provider will be enough. Here’s the list of CDN providers.
- 4. Keep Wordpress core and plugins updated. This will help your security too.
- 5. Hosting provider. Do you research, choose the one that is top rated and their customer base is growing.
Choosing the best WordPress hosting
1. Webhosting speed
In now days always go with the hosting providers that offer SSD hard drives. You may want to stay away from the cloud hosting providers that offer Wordpress hosting. Cloud hosting is simply the virtualization of many servers together, some of those servers could be in on another continent and to deliver the data to your visitor can take longer while the data travels across the ocean. Your best bet to choose the shared hosting provider close to your audience, and if the audience is all over the world then just go with the most reputable and highly rated hosting company in the US and implement the CDN for top speed.
If your Wordpress site has millions of users per day, you need Dedicated or VPS type of hosting. It is a good idea to check if the hosting provider also offers VPS & Dedicated servers, then the scaling up will be easy in the future, but generally Wordpress is extremely easy to migrate from one hosting company to another.
2.1-Click Wordpress installs
Frequently offered by hosting companies so you don’t have to go through complicated database installation. You click a button and everything is done for you preinstalled. You can start using your Wordpress within a minute.
Some hosting companies have made 1-click wordpress install themselves, some use Softaculous, Fantastico or Installatron in your control panel that enables the same thing.
3.Advanced user Wordpress management toolset
If you will have the professional developer or a studio to build your, make sure your hosting provider has these:
- FTP access (file transfer)
- SSH access (advanced management and system files operations)
- phpMyAdmin (MySQL database management)
Many out there will tell you that you only need SSL when you sell something on your website. Well it is true, because the customers credit cards and other transactional data must be encrypted. Same concept goes when you enter your login information to access you Wordpress admin panel. Implementing SSL certificate is easy and only costs $5/year, which is well worth it. Also Google loves SSL protected sites and gives preference when ranking the search results (SEO).
5.WordPress optimized hosting
Hosting providers make sure that their hosting infrastructure is build to the Wordpress specs, making sure that Wordpress runs perfectly. In addition to this there could be additional system tools preinstalled like WP-CLI (A command line interface for WordPress) that is preferred by Wordpress developers to streamline your Wordpress updates, installations, and database maintenance.
Relying on the amount to be paid for service, web hosts usually have one or multiple backup strategies designed to deal with any emerging faults.
Always go for the host that has an effective support team that offers immediate response to enquiries. Avoid web hosting firms that simply offer email support as such support may not be helpful during serious technical problems. Therefore, choose the web hosts that offer physical support, Skype support and pone support quickly and all-time round.
8.Money back guarantee
Always opt for the web hosts that guarantee full refund in the event they fail to deliver as per the expectations. In that way, you can be assured of receiving the best service possible.
9. Wordpress Hosting Prices
In every business venture, you only get what you paid for. In that regard, do not just go for the cheapest host as in order to succeed in future, you have to invest within good hosting. Cost usually depends on the bandwidth and configuration of the server. The greater the bandwidth the more you get to dig deeper in your pockets. Shared web host suitable for Wordpress advertise anywhere from $2 to as much as $9/month for hosting. Keep in mind that after your promo period expires (usually after 1, 2 or 3 years) the hosting provider will start billing you $8.99/month. Unfortunately, this is how the web hosting world works now days, and all providers are the same forcing to lower their prices to the bare minimum just to gain you as the customer.