WordPress is a very special CMS
WordPress is dynamic, meaning that it uses PHP to provide dynamic, modular (rather than static) content. Modern webserver technology is important if you want your site to load quickly, and provide a reliable experience for site visitors. There are so many hosts out there, big and small, known and obscure, I wanted to let you know who my recommended web hosts for WordPress are.
It might be time to switch hosts if:
– Your site is slow.
– Customer service is sub par.
– Site visitors are experiencing unexpected downtime.
– Your site has crashed because you had too many visitors.
– You have current problems with email that is routed through your webhost’s email servers.
Most people will click away from a website if the core components are not loaded in 2.5 seconds. No one wants to experience 56k connection speeds in 2014! If your theme and site plugins are well built, and you have a good host platform to support your site, you can rest easy knowing that your site is working for you 24/7/365 so you can focus on doing what you do best.
If you are earning any amount of money from your web site now, or hope to in the future, it is important to make sure that your web host is equipped to serve up WP’s dynamic content, quickly and smoothly. Let’s dig in!
WordPress Recommended Web Hosts
The team over at WordPress.org recommend the following hosts:
I have had many clients who use BlueHost and some with DreamHost. I have never experienced any issues with these two. After 8 years of working with a variety of hosts, I still don’t have any experience with Laughing Squid…yet.
My Preferred WordPress Webhosts
In the last year, I have started working with clients who use WPEngine, and I haven’t looked back. In fact, as I write this, I am having a client’s migration batched by WPEngine’s Migration Plugin. The Plugin itself is free and available from the WordPress repository.
What I Love About WPEngine
Once only available during business hours, as of April, 2016 WPEngine added customer service support through chat 24/7. The demand has been high, and the time has come. Now that this is available, I would recommend WPEngine hands down for seriously awesome site performance. You can really soup it up with an added CDN for a reasonable price if you want best-in-class performance (outside of a dedicated enterprise level server).
– WPEngine features a slick and intuitive Dashboard
– One click backup. Yes, you read that right! Gone are the days of having to log in to MySQL just to reliably take a database backup. You don’t need to manually back up your site files either. This backup process does it all. It also stores them all in sequence in your WPEngine account, and features one click restore by version.
– Knowledgeable support staff
If you are going to use BlueHost, treat your site right, and get a Virtual Private Server (VPS) if you can. I have had many clients on BlueHost, both shared hosting and VPS. Shared hosting can work for smaller, less image based sites but as more and more people use the internet
– Good customer service
– Reliable up time and relatively fast site speeds
– Straightforward traditional Control Panel account management
– An emphasis on WordPress support and managed care, so they speak WordPress well.
The Bottom Line
No matter what web host you choose, make sure that they are running the latest version of PHP, otherwise the host will not able to handle WordPress. Another good sign that a web host is going to be a good host for WordPress is if they offer 1 click Simple Scripts or other script installer right in your web host account Dashboard.
The only problem I have seen with some of the lesser known hosts (not mentioned here) is that though they have 1 click install, they often are installing an outdated version of WordPress itself. If you do go with a smaller host, or an affiliate reseller, make sure that once your WordPress site installation is finished, you check to make sure your version of WordPress is the most current. You will get an alert in your Dashboard once you log into your Dashboard. If it’s a plain vanilla WordPress installation (no special themes, no database yet attached) go ahead and update with complete abandon! Sites that are being installed with an import…make sure you back up all your data before you update WordPress.
If you aren’t sure if your host supports WordPress, just send them an email with this language (from WordPress.org):
I’m interested in running the open-source WordPress blogging software, and I was wondering if my account supported the following:
PHP 5.2.4 or greater
MySQL 5.0 or greater
The mod_rewrite Apache module
Get Help If You Need It
If you need to breakup with your current web host (speed issues, database bugs, etc.), but are worried about losing your site or just don’t know where to start, feel free to contact me. I can help you select a quality web host, and get your site moved over to your new host without any downtime or loss of data. I also offer support for email client moves.
Please Note: I am not an affiliate for any of these companies, and don’t profit from suggesting them.