If you are either just starting out as a blogger with a self-hosted WordPress blog or you are frustrated by your current host – here is a list of the best WordPress shared hosting companies as voted for by WordPress experts.
Shared web hosting is a service where many websites reside on one web server connected to the internet. It is generally the most economical option for hosting, as many people share the overall cost of server maintenance.
Recommended shared hosting for WordPress websites
I contacted hundreds of individuals through the WordPress LinkedIn group. Members of this group are high end webmasters with hundreds of sites on their books who have been around the block as far as web hosts are concerned – many of them were using 3 or 4 shared hosts for multiple sites. If you’re into LinkedIn and WordPress I would strongly recommend this group as I have found the advice and discussions there to be top notch!
The four most important factors we discussed in the survey were: price, speed, reliability and quality of support. We’ve all had the terrible experience of a website not behaving as it should and sometimes a timely and considered approach by the support team is worth a thousand dollars!
Here are the four hosts who came out as the best shared hosts for WordPress by WordPress professionals. The links to them are affiliate links and I may receive a commission if a sale is made through them.
The general consensus seems to be that Bluehost is inexpensive and has many powerful tools but support is maybe where it lacks the most. BlueHost is one of the 20 largest web hosts, collectively hosting well over 450000 domains with its sister company, HostMonster. I’ve used BlueHost for years and it is astonishingly fast for a shared host and I can highly recommend them.
The company was founded in 2002 by Chairman Brent Oxley, who started the company from his dorm room at university. With over two million domains, HostGator hosts approximately 1% of the world’s internet traffic. They came up many times in our survey as being a reliable host.
Reasonably priced, good support, fantastic recommendations. Unlimited space and bandwidth. Dreamhost don’t have cPanel but they do have their own award-winning user’s control panel.
What not to do!
One hosting company’s name came up for all the wrong reasons so many times. The server sluggishness and all round poor performance at GoDaddy was mentioned again and again! So, by all means, register your domain name with GoDaddy, but don’t use them for hosting!
WordPress and Shared Hosting
As the internet becomes the preferred method of communication for businesses worldwide, the tool of creating and publishing the content is of increasing importance. WordPress is used by millions to deliver news, messages and articles to the world. It has become not only the blogger’s weapon of choice but also a hugely popular Content Management System.
Learning how to use WordPress is easy. All you have to do is to login, add a new article and either write in WordPress, or copy and paste from your favorite word processor. But WordPress hosting is not for every web service.
WordPress requires high standards from the web hosting provider which is why you should take a lot of time to discover the best hosts. But first here’s a description of shared hosting and why it might be for you.
A shared hosting account is cheaper and easier to maintain than a more expensive dedicated or VPS account. It’s considered typical for budget or entry-level hosting services but people can run successful websites for years on shared hosting. It can supply sufficient disk space, bandwidth and functionality for personal, hobby or small-business websites.
Disadvantages of shared hosting
However, being the cheapest package, it has its disadvantages. Firstly, it usually has a reduced level of security as you are sharing the server with several other websites. Shared hosting also has limited resources causing speed issues at both the back and front ends of your site.
Many individuals on the same server can lead to issues with blacklisting on email. I would recommend everyone route email through Google Apps for Business for this reason.
Remember, with WordPress to choose a host running Linux and preferably running Apache, using the Apache mod_rewrite.
I learnt a huge amount from doing this survey. However, I decided to turn my back on shared hosting for this site and went for a Virtual Private Server (VPS). My next post will be about the VPS hosts for WordPress.