Step 3 – WordPress Hosting

Finding the ideal WordPress hosting company can be complicated. Simply searching for web hosting companies doesn’t work. While there are plenty of great reviews about many of the more popular hosting sites, it’s not always a simple choice.

Affiliate marketing is a useful tool. But it can also mean that the reviews you read could be biased. If you dig a little deeper and look at what the users have to say, a different picture might emerge.

There will always be good and bad reviews, and your final choice will depend on your preference, what you’ve heard, and what offering suits you best. Have a look below where we’ve summed up some of the more popular WordPress hosting sites, what they offer, and what the reviews have to say.

Choosing your host

Between the various hosting offerings, the price doesn’t change overly much. Most have an introductory special, or low starting cost, which reverts to the original fee when you renew. Most require you to pay upfront for at least a year, or have monthly hosting at an additional charge.

So it really comes down to the quality of the product. The hosting company needs to provide an easy-to-use product with efficient support. If you already have a domain, look for a hosting option that offers a free domain transfer. You don’t want to have to pay to move your domain across.

We decided to go with Siteground. They had a lot of good reviews and came in at a reasonable price. They also come well-recommended (by word-of-mouth as much as by the reviews). But you’ll need to find the host company that works for you.

When you sign up with your chosen hosting company, you’ll need to have your domain name ready. If you’ve already done this, then you can move onto the next step and install WordPress.

Bluehost

They offer Basic Shared Hosting for $3.95 a month. This gives you 1 domain and 50GB of website space for 3 years, and you pay for three years upfront. But it costs $4,95 a month if you only sign up for one year, and the renewal of the basic plan is $8,99 per month.
It's very popular, offers in-house support, and a free domain and email, a free Site Builder with templates and automatic back-up, among other things. WPBeginner users also get a 63% off discount. Find out more about Bluehost.

What the reviews said

The basic shared hosting with Bluehost is relatively affordable, has good security options, comes with lots of apps, and is recommended by Wordpress.org and WP Beginner. There is also a YouTube channel with tutorial videos.
On the downside, the uptime is slightly below average but overall it is reliable. Page loading times are slow and customer support isn't always quick. There are also a number of optional extras, at an added cost. You also need to pay the full amount upfront when you sign up – granted a number of hosting companies seem to do this, but for start-ups, this can be costly. All-in-all, the reviews do not recommend them.

Dreamhost

Their standard shared hosting starts at $9,95 per month for the 1 year plan, and $7,95 for 3 year plan. While they offer a free domain for the first year, a one-click install and "Solid state drives (SSDs) that load your sites 200% faster", the cost is a lot, especially for a startup. For more info: Dreamhost.

Go Daddy

This hosting company gets a lot of recommendations, and at $3,99 per month for the basic plan it's worth looking into. The basic hosting gets you one website, limited visitors, limited storage, a free domain and office 365 business email with an annual plan for the first year. The Deluxe plan is similar but with more storage and visitors, and will cost you $4,99. Go to Go Daddy.

What the reviews said

The overall rating on webhostinggeeks came in at 1.9 out of 5. Positive comments said that Go Daddy had good uptime and good service. But negative comments said that the pricing was misleading, they were not as fast as other hosting companies, and you have to pay upfront if you're going with the basic plan. Added to this, some said that the email offering wasn't great, and that the introductory prices will increase when you renew (although this seems to be the norm).

Hostgator

The Hatchling plan for WordPress hosting is $3,95. This basic plan comes with a single domain, one-click WordPress install, unmetered bandwidth, email marketing, a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and 24/7 support. The WordPress Cloud Hosting comes in at $5,95 a month for the Starter plan and is more recommended for businesses. It includes one website, limited visitors, 1GB backup, and 50GB storage. Visit Hostgator for more info.

What the reviews said

HostGator has a 3.5 out of 5 rating on whoishostingthis, and a rating of 2 on webhostinggeeks. While the reviews generally say there is decent support and good security, and it is user-friendly, the hosting service did receive quite a lot of bad reviews. These pointed out that the uptime was comparatively poor, there were slow page load times, and the automated back-ups came at an extra cost.

iPage

The special WP Starter Package means you can get the basic hosting plan for $3,75 per month. This comes with 24/7 phone support, 99.9% uptime, one-click WordPress install, a customized control panel, free domain registration, core hosting plan, and preinstalled themes and plugins. For more details, go to iPage.

What the reviews said

iPage received a 3,9 rating on whoishostingthis, and a 3.4 rating on webhostinggeeks. The reviews said they were affordable and had a good marketing offering. But they also said that the support can take a long time, and while their support is 24/7 on the phone, this isn't helpful if you're not US-based. Plus, once you renew, you do so at the regular rate of $8,49 a month for 2 years – paid upfront. If you only renew for 1 year, you pay $9,49, and per month billing is $10,49. This is standard practice though, and iPage is upfront about this.

Siteground

It costs $3,95 per month for the Startup plan, which gives you a one-click install, managed updates, 24/7 support, one website, limited space and visitors, free install, auto-updater, free email, free WP transfer, good uptime, and a free daily backup. Find out more about Siteground.

What the reviews said

The overall rating on webhostinggeeks came in at 4,5, and on whoishostingthis at 4.7. The reviews generally agreed that SiteGround offered good customer service with managed hosting, good uptime, quick page load times, and easy e-commerce installs. Plus it integrates with Cloudfare for better performance. The downside is that there is no month-to-month shared hosting, and the price includes a monthly fee with an annual domain registration fee, and small storage space.