Best WordPress Hosting
Providers For 2019

We created an overview of 10 well-known WordPress hosting providers based on our personal experiences from helping clients and building our own websites. We especially looked at the features that are important for blogs and business websites, which are: price, simplicity, security, support and customer feedback. 

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Shared hosting or Managed Hosting?

Before we start to compare different hosting companies it’s good to look at the difference between shared and managed WordPress hosting., Both shared hosting and managed hosting have pros and cons. Let’s make a quick comparison.

Shared WordPress Hosting

When you are looking for a low budget hosting solution then shared hosting is a good option. Also, if you do not expect a high traffic volume anytime soon it will be a good starting point.

Shared hosting basically means that your website shares one server with a lot of other websites.  The downside of shared hosting is that all the server resources are also shared with all the other websites on that server. So when another website suddenly has a spike in their traffic, it will directly impact the performance of your website.

Managed WordPress Hosting

Managed WordPress essentially means that the hosting company takes care of everything to make your website visible on the internet. Things like security, speed, server optimization and support.

Because of this, the hosting will be more expensive compared to shared hosting,  But it will give your visitors a better experience on your blog or business website when it comes to speed and security.

Besides that, it will save you valuable time using the admin area of your website. A faster WordPress Admin means less time saving posts and opening pages. How much is a weekly 30-60 minutes of your time worth?

If you’re on a budget, shared hosting is great to start with.  But if you can afford managed WordPress you should seriously consider that option if saving time and better speed & security are important to you. Even when you are just starting out, you will have a strong foundation for your blog or business website.

Table of Contents

Top 5 Managed Hosting

·         WPX Hosting
·         Flywheel
·         Kinsta
·         WP-Engine
·         Namecheap

Top 5 Shared Hosting

·         A2 Hosting
·         Siteground
·         Inmotion Hosting
·         000webhost / Hostinger
·         Bluehost / EIG

Our Top 5 Best WordPress Hosting Providers - Managed Hosting

WPX Hosting

When it comes to managed WordPress hosting, WPX Hosting stands out from its competitors on multiple levels.  The CEO – Terry Kyle – describes it best why they started WPX Hosting in 2013 (click here for the article):

“ Having been involved in online business since 1998, I have probably worked with almost every hosting company on the planet. I have learned many painful lessons about Web hosting in that time. And my universal experience has generally ranged from disappointment to utter despair.

Based on real life experience, they build a hosting provider from the ground up, using nothing but the best hardware (which they own, not rent), latest software and their own WPX Cloud CDN (Content Delivery Network), which is implemented for free on every account.

” We want our users to have the unfair advantage online.

Monthly Costs

Their plans start off at $24,99 /mo for 5 websites and go up to $99 /mo for 35 websites. From the top five they offer the cheapest managed WordPress hosting.

Payments can be made with PayPal or credit card.

There is a 30 day money back guarantee on their hosting plans, but we doubt you will use that cancel link in your dashboard to ask for one.

Simplicity

The WPX Hosting Panel contains many of the main functions you will find inside a regular cPanel but in a much more usable and navigable.

WordPress can be installed with 1-click, which makes setting up a new site a breeze.

WPX Dashboard

Support

WPX Hosting has a good knowledge base, a live chat and use a support ticket system to handle issues. Unfortunately, they don’t have a number to call them, but they make up for that with fast response times.

When you check them out on Trustpilot, they get a 9.8 / 10 score and currently rank #1 for all hosting providers. Simply put: They are the most trusted hosting provider based on real user experiences.

Security

WPX Hosting offers malware scanning & removal and unlimited SSL on all plans at no extra cost. As far as security goes, this is the minimum you want to have for your website.

Besides that, they also partnered up with Incapsula, an industry leader in DDoS security. All sites are therefore protected with enterprise-level DDoS protection, which is a $299/mo services, but offered to you at no extra charge.

All sites are backed up daily and securely kept on a separate server for 28 days. You can restore those backups any time from your dashboard. If you like to make manual backups you can, but be aware those will only be available for 24 hours. Of course you can always use a backup plugin to save your backups locally.

Last, they offer a staging area for your website. This is a security feature that is often overlooked. A staging area offers you the option to make changes to your website while your ‘live’ website stays as is. Therefore, your visitors will not notice anything you do. Once you are done, you simply click the ‘Merge to Live’ button and your live website will be updated instantly.

By using a staging area you prevent your website from going down or look awful, for instance  because of a plugin or theme conflict, or a major WordPress update. Remember the update to WordPress 5.0 (Gutenberg)? If not, ask around. Lots of people had issues with that update. A staging area will help you out really well.

WPX Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for WPX Hosting:

  • Build by people from personal experience
  • Fully managed WordPress hosting for the lowest cost per website
  • #1 ranked on Trustpilot
  • 24/7 Fast response support
  • Secure platform with Enterprise level DDoS protection
  • Free staging area
  • Free Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Unlimited site migrations
  • No restrictions on using WordPress Plugins
  • Unlimited email addresse

A few things to keep in mind:

  • 10GB storage for 5 websites is not that much, but enough to start with
  • Not limited by number of visits, but limited by bandwidth
  • Unlimited bandwidth is only available on the Elite plan

Overall Score: A+

WPX right now is our top choice for managed WordPress hosting. They offer everything you need to run your blog or business website, and when your traffic starts to grow you can easily upgrade to a higher plan without losing an arm and a leg in higher fees.

Flywheel Hosting

Flywheel entered the market very late, but were able to quickly establish themselves as an easy to use managed hosting solution for designers, small business owners, and bloggers. If you don’t want to deal with all the technical jargon, Flywheel is a valid WordPress hosting option.

” … for anyone creating beautiful sites.

Monthly Costs

Plans start at $15 /mo for one website up to $75 /mo. Larger plans are available, and custom plans can be negotiated.

For hosting one WordPress website they offer three plans: Tiny, Personal and Professional. The differences lay in the number of monthly visits, disk size, bandwidth and whether or not you get a staging site.

Also, if you want to add a CDN they charge you $10 /mo per website, but a CDN is free on the Professional plan.

WP Multisite installs are included on the professional plan, on the personal plan it will cost you $10 /mo extra.

As for a money back guarantee, Flywheel offers a 72 hour window to ask for a refund for a monthly plan, and 30 days for annual plans.

Payments can be made with PayPal or credit card.

Simplicity

Flywheel uses a custom display, and it’s easy to navigate and intuitive to use. If you don’t want to deal with all the technical jargon, the Flywheel dashboard is a great option.

I don’t think any other hosting company has a dashboard as easy to use as Flywheel’s is.

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Support

Help is just a click away. Log into the Flywheel dashboard to instantly chat with an expert, open a ticket, or follow along with easy to navigate documentation.

The support team consists of WordPress experts, so they know what you are facing should you have any WordPress related questions.

On Trustpilot they score a 7.4 / 10. However, they only have a minimal number of reviews, so it’s hard to put a value on their score. For what we read online, they have a pretty happy user base, and we can’t find that many negative signals. 

Security

Flywheel offers free malware monitoring and removal, as well as free SSL for your website. As said, this is a bare minimum for managed WordPress hosting in our opinion.

Besides that, they have intelligent IP blocking to catch and stop  intruders trying to hack something on their servers. If they find one, the IP is blocked from all Flywheel hosted websites.

Since banned IP information is shared across sites, they develop a kind of “herd immunity” to malicious actors in real time as the attacks come in. So your site’s protected from hackers before they even try to attack your site. And that’s pretty cool!

Last, the WordPress core files are locked down, so nobody can overwrite those files…. Including you. The good news is, when you really need adjustments to core files like wp-config.php, you simply contact support and they will make the necessary changes for you.

Backups are made every night, and stored for 30 days. You can download a zip file with any backup within this 30 day period. Backups are stored on a different set of servers than your live site. Important to know is that the use of backup plugins are discouraged, and some are disallowed. If you do run a backup plugin, it’s smart to store your backups offsite and not on your server.

On the Tiny plan, you are not able to use a staging site. If you want staging, your monthly fee will double, but that may still be worth it in case are experimenting with your website and you have to update your website a lot.

Flywheel Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for Flywheel Hosting:

  • Affordable price point for managed WordPress hosting
  • User friendly solutions for both technical and non-technical users
  • 24/7/365 support from WP developers
  • Great added security on all servers
  • No bandwidth restrictions, but number of visitors is limited based on the selected plan
  • Unlimited free website migration

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Very short money-back guarantee period
  • Most Backup-, Catching-, Security-, Related Post- and Link Checker plugins are disallowed
  • Also any plugin that modifies a htaccess file or wants to write to the wp-config file will not work on Flywheel
  • No staging area on the Tiny plan.
  • No email hosting available
  • Relatively new player on the market without well-known clients

Overall Score: A

Flywheel is a great solution if you simply want to have your blog or business website online, and preferably like to stay away from all the technical jibber-jabber. 

Besides that, they also offer great solutions for developers and agencies. Why not A+? The restrictions and lack of email addresses makes the difference for us.

Kinsta Hosting

Kinsta is another host that’s been around now for a couple of years.  They are a Managed WordPress host that were the first to leverage the power of the Google Cloud platform and allow you to choose from 18 datacenter locations. Everything is interconnected over Google’s premium tier network, designed to minimize distance and hops, resulting in fast and secure transport of your data.

Kinsta was built for performance and scaling from the day they started, and especially for websites who have traffic spikes with sudden server demand as a result of media attention or marketing.

The hosting platform doesn’t fall into any of the traditional hosting categories. The entire infrastructure is built on the Google Cloud Platform and is very different from traditional shared, VPS, or dedicated hosting infrastructure. All the resources for your website are 100% private and are not shared with anyone else, not even your own sites.

” Premium WordPress hosting for everyone, small or large

Monthly Costs

Hosting plans start at $30 /mo for 1 WordPress website, all the way up to $900 /mo for an enterprise solution with 80 wordpress websites. Pricing are excluding VAT.

Kinsta has a cap on the number of visitors a month, and a CDN limit. Both depend on the plan you select. The overage fees are $1 / 1.000 visits, and $0.10 / GB for CDN overage.

Free white glove migrations are offered if you pay annually, otherwise a $100 fee is charged.

They offer a 30 day money-back guarantee, and pro-rated refunds. Besides that, there are no upgrade or downgrade penalties.

Payments can be made with all major credit cards.

Simplicity

Kinsta uses the custom MyKinsta dashboard. MyKinsta has all the features of cPanel and Plesk, but with a fresh approach. Almost everything you need is only one click away.

Whether you want to add a new site, deploy a staging server, clone a WordPress site, view detailed site analytics or request a migration – it’s all there in one easy-to-use interface.

Kinsta Dashboard

Support

Kinsta’s entire support team is made up of proactive WordPress developers and Linux hosting engineers many of whom have managed their own servers, created themes and plugins, and contributed to the WordPress core. This ensures you’ll receive expert advice from someone who actively uses and develops with WordPress.

Every Kinsta client gets to chat with the same team members that support our large enterprise and Fortune 500 companies. Interesting fact, they hire less than 1% of applicants who apply.

Kinsta can be reached from the dashboard 24/7 for support. They also have an impressive knowledgebase with truly in-depth information and technical solutions for not so common development challenges.

On Trustpilot they score a 9.4 / 10, with raving reviews for their support.

Security

On their homepage, Kinsta makes the statement to be ‘ Secure like Fort Knox’ . Well, based on the specification they deliver, they will certainly come close to that level.

They offer active/& passive security protocols, DDoS attack detection, hardware firewalls, and in case it is necessary: Free Hack Fixes. Of course, free SSL is included with every plan.

They also check your sites’ uptime every 2 minutes which means that their response time is almost immediate to any downtime that may occur. Support is alerted instantly and they’ll start resolving the issue probably well before you contact them.

All sites are offered a free staging area.

Backups are performed at least once a day, and can be restored with the push of a button. Backups are saved for 14 days. As an added benefit, staging areas are backed up separately from the live website. For an additional fee the backup frequency can be changed to every 6 hours, or even every hour.

Kinsta Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for Flywheel Hosting:

  • Powered by Google Cloud Platform (the same technology that Google uses)
  • All-in-one custom made dashboard
  • #11 on Trustpilot
  • 24/7/365 support from WordPress developers
  • Excellent security measures
  • Uptime monitoring and proactive response
  • Free staging environment
  • Trusted by big well-known companies

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Costly when just starting out
  • No email hosting available
  • No phone support
  • Many WordPress plugin restrictions

Overall Score: A

Kinsta is definitely top-of-the-line managed WordPress hosting, but you will need to bring a budget once you start to attract serious traffic to your blog or business website. This is why we rate Kinsta just a notch below Flywheel.

If you have the budget, by all means go for Kinsta. You will not be disappointed!

WP Engine Hosting

WP Engine was founded in 2010 and has been growing ever since. From 2014 to 2018 they were top of the list with a couple of awards to prove their awesomeness. But with a few new kids around the block, competition got tougher, and the raving positive feedback they used to get has now turned into more people complaining.

In June 2018, they acquired Synthesis managed WordPress hosting and StudioPress, the company behind the Genesis Framework responsible for millions of WordPress sites that use their developer friendly themes. This shows they are still in the game and have no intentions to leave.

” Your engine for WordPress experiences.

Monthly Costs

Their startup plan stars at $35,00 /mo which will allow you to host one WordPress website.  In case you want to host an additional site they will charge you $20 /mo per site.

The next tier is the growth plan at $115 /mo, allowing you to host five WordPress websites.

All tiers have a maximum number of visitors. If you have more visitors, you will be charged overage fees. Customers on Startup, Growth, or Scale plans will incur an overage cost of $2 per 1,000 extra monthly visitors.

They offer a 60 day risk-free investment. If you decide to pay annually, you get 2 months free.

You can pay with credit card only.

Simplicity

The dashboard is custom made, and really easy to navigate. With the horizontal menu showing the main topics and a vertical menu with details, everyone should be able to find what they are looking for quickly.

wp-engine-dashboard

Support

While the WP Engine support team is available 24/7 (although a lot of people have mentioned they are not available 24/7), the method(s) by which you can reach the support team varies based on the hosting plan you have chosen.

For example, the entry-level plan gets you support via Live Chat and email, while all other hosting plan gets you support via telephone as well. Of course they also have a knowledgebase with basic information.

As stated by WP Engine, their award winning support has an average of less-than-three-minute response, and consists of WP experts and a support staff that have undergone an eight week training before being added to their staff.

On Trustpilot, they have a 4.7 / 10 score. Since the number of reviews is really low it’s hard to put a value on it. But as stated before, there is a negative buzz going around since 2018, most likely due to the price increase and number of visits limitations.

Security

WP Engine was built on Amazon Web Services (AWS). They have an in-house dedicated security engineering team that handles constant security audits. Besides that, they have active threat detection that block malicious behavior. Plus they offer free SSL certificates.

In the unlikely event you ever get hacked, WP Engine will provide assistance to fix your site.

All plans offer a staging area so you can safely test your website changes before pushing them to your live website.

Backups are created daily with a 40 day retention, both for your live website as your staging areas. If you want to manually make a backup, you can do so from your dashboard.

WP Engine Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for Flywheel Hosting:

  • Hosted with Amazon Webservices
  • High security and uptime monitoring
  • Global CDN included
  • Free staging area
  • Trusted by big well-known companies

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Costly, even compared to Kinsta
  • Plans have both a visits and bandwidth limit per month
  • Overage fees are high compared to other hosting providers
  • Storage space on higher plans is lower per website (10GB for 1 site, 20GB for 5 sites, 30GB for 15 sites)
  • Multisite is supported for a $20/mo fee
  • No email hosting
  • Many WordPress plugin restrictions

Overall Score: B

If you are just getting started with your blog or business, WP Engine might not be the best option for you.  The plans are not all-inclusive so you will have to set up your domain and email yourself.

In addition to these hoops and hurdles you need to jump through, WP Engine is not the cheapest option available, especially with the higher overage charges. And with all the negative buzz in 2018, we currently rate them with a B.

Namecheap Hosting

Namecheap is a well know domain name registrar and has been around for a long time. Besides that they sell SSL certificates and offer shared hosting, VPS hosting, email hosting, dedicated hosting, reseller hosting and now also managed WordPress hosting.

The managed WordPress hosting is still in Beta, so don’t expect to get a full featured hosting solution yet.

Let’s see how their managed hosting compares to the other hosting providers.

” EasyWP BETA is the true Managed WordPressHosting solution for everyone

Monthly Costs

Namecheap managed hosting (called EasyWP) offers three plans for hosting one website only. Pricing ranges from $3,88/mo (starter), $7,88/mo (Turbo), $11,88 (supersonic).

If you’re on a budget you can actually save up to 50% for the first year by going for an annual plan. Annual pricing is $22,88 (starter, -23%), $44,88 (turbo, -35%) and $49,88 (supersonic, -50%) .

This means you can get a full year managed hosting for as little as $50. There is one catch though: The domain name must be registered with (or transferred to) Namecheap. But for the amount you can save it’s a sacrifice you can take.

They offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all plans.

You can pay with credit card or by PayPal.

Simplicity

EasyWP doesn’t include cPanel (as where shared hosting with Namecheap does), it has a customized dashboard which makes managing your sites a breeze.

namecheap easywp dashboard

Support

Namecheap offers 24/7 support through a ticketing system, plus they have live chat as well. There is priority support available unless you opt for a shared hosting business package (which is an unmanaged service)

Namecheap scores a 4.8 / 10 on Trustpilot, which is not the best score compared to the other reviews. However, the number of reviews is still low, and 51% state great or excellent service.

As the EasyWP is still in Beta, we can safely assume that the reviews are not about EasyWP, but about Namecheap’s other services.

We’ve been using Namecheap for about 10 years (personally and for clients) and so far we only had one incident with a client where indeed everything that could go wrong went wrong. 

It is something to take into account when deciding which host to select for your website. If you value high quality support over low pricing then Namecheap may not be the choice for you.

Security

To our surprise, the EasyWP managed WordPress hosting does only offer a free SSL certificate when you use the free subdomain option (eg. blog-name.easywp.com) . If you use your own domain, you need to buy your own SSL certificate for that domain.

Having a website without SSL will impact your rankings in the search engines, and can slow down your business growth. So you will have to buy an SSL certificate, which Namecheap offers for $8,88 a year.

Backups need to be done manually from inside your EasyWP dashboard. We could not find any information that this will change once they come out of Beta.

We could not find any information about the architecture besides that it is hosted in the cloud,  or security features that are offered. Once we do we will update this article.

Finally, there is no option (yet) for a staging area.

Namecheap Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for Flywheel Hosting:

  • Cheap, especially if you buy an annual package.
  • Starter plan comes with 50.000 visits a month and 10GB storage

A few things to keep in mind:

  • All server-side configurations are managed by Namecheap
  • A lot of PHP functions are disabled for everyone
  • Not all plugins can be used (especially no caching plugins)
  • Support may not be at the level you would expect
  • No email addresses
  • No multisite support
  • No staging area
  • No access to File Manager and PHPMyAdmin yet
  • No CDN yet

Overall Score: C-

If you’re just starting out, are low on budget and prefer an easy-to-use interface, EasyWP Hosting may be something that could help you build a basic blog or website. If you are looking for more functionality you may end up needing to move your site to another hosting provider.

Since it is unclear when the Beta period will end and what will eventually be available, we think a C- is in place compared to the other options on the market.

 

Our Top 5 Best WordPress Hosting Providers - Shared Hosting

A2 Hosting

From hosting a few websites for friends and family members as a hobby in a two office in 2001, A2 Hosting grew out to be an award winning and prominent player in the shared hosting market. They are independently owned since they started.

The “A2” in the name stands for Ann Arbor, the city where they are located. Nicknamed named Tree Town, Ann Arbor is home to over 150,000 trees! This is a big reason they protect the environment for future generations by working 100% carbon neutral. Since 2007 they have worked with Carbonfund.org to help in their creation of clean, renewable energy and CO2 reductions on a global scale.

” The WordPress Hosting Solution You’ve Wanted

Monthly Costs

Pricing starts at $3,92 /mo for one website, and for $4,90 /mo you can create unlimited websites. To use their Turbo plan would cost you $9,31 /mo, but for that you get the site accelerator package, which is claimed to increase speed up to 20 times.

A2 uses a sales technique a lot of ‘cheaper’ shared webhosting companies use: advertised discounts are applicable for longer term contracts. The shorter the initial term you select, the lower the discount will be. For instance, if you choose the monthly term, you will pay $9,99 /mo – but get the first month discounted as well.

Remember, at the end of the billing cycle, you will be rebilled the full price for the same term.

While ordering, the pricing calculator shows the normal rates but deducts the initial discount at the bottom. So you can be sure you will get your discount based on the billing cycle you selected.

All prices are without VAT. There is an Estimate Taxes calculator available before you start the checkout. On the checkout page you can enter your VAT or GSTIN number.

When ordering, make sure you read everything in the big list of options they provide. The billing cycle will start at a three year term, which is fine If you actually want that. Honest to say, all other options are set to ‘ None’ so no surprises or ‘sneaky upsells’ there. Just make sure you only add what you really need.

A2 Hosting offers a 30 day full money back, or prorated refund for unused service after 30-days, which is not often seen.

Last, they offer a lot of payment options besides credit card and PayPal.

Simplicity

a2-hosting-control-panel

A2 Hosting uses a branded cPanel management tool. cPanel is the most commonly used web hosting management tool in the industry, and provides everything you need for web development.

A2 Hosting also offers Softaculous integrated with their cPanel accounts for “one-click” installation of popular open source scripts.

Support

A2 Hosting offers customer support via live chat, email ticket and phone on all plans. There is an option on the checkout page to add priority support for $19,95 /mo, which will give you even faster responses from a dedicated Guru Crew Support team who have the technical resources to help you more quickly.

They also have a support center with quick access to FAQs, guides, and help available to both customers and non-customers.

On Trustpilot, A2 Hosting scores 9 / 10 with over 500 reviews, which is a score that is in line with the impression we got from our clients’ experiences.

Security

A2 Hosting values security, that is why they started the A2 Hosting Perpetual Security Initiative. This contains several features that help proactively protect your web site from malicious actors 24/7/365. Here are the features:

  • KernelCare – Daily, Automatic & Rebootless Kernel Updates
  • Dual Web Hosting Firewall
  • Brute Force Defense
  • Virus Scanning
  • Server Hardening

Free SSL certificates are offered for websites. If you would like a dedicated IP address for your website it will cost you $4 /mo (without discount), which is something they recommend. If you’re not on a budget, you should consider getting one.

Server rewind backups are not available on Lite plan, but free on all others. Backup is performed on a ‘ best effort’ basis, which could be a risk for your blog or business website. Please make sure you create your own backups of your website on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, there are no staging areas on shared hosting packages.

A2 Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for Flywheel Hosting:

  • Reputable, privately owned company
  • Anytime money-back guarantee
  • Offers a monthly hosting plan
  • Excellent customer service
  • Added security measures
  • Free SSL certificates
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth on all plans
  • Full WordPress website control

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Discounts only apply to longer billing cycles
  • Renewal rates are very high compared to the initial term
  • cPanel dashboard has a learning curve
  • No staging area

Overall Score: A+

A2 Hosting is a great shared hosting provider and can be easily compared to the level SiteGround is acting on. We guess it’s just a matter of what you will be attracted to more. We prefer A2 Hosting.

For us, the pricing model made the difference, combined with the contents of the knowledge base. Either way, you will have a great experience if you choose to host your websites with A2 Hosting!

Siteground Hosting

SiteGround was started in 2004 as a small web hosting company with only a few employees. In the past decade SiteGround has slowly grown in popularity and now hosts over 1,8 million domains all around the world.

In the shared hosting ‘war for customers’  which is dominated by poor performers with huge marketing budgets, SiteGround is everything a WordPress host should offer to people with a blog or business website: it’s reliable, performance is great, and technically they are top notch, with great and accessible customer support.

“…CRAFTED FOR EASY WEBSITE MANAGEMENT

Monthly Costs

Pricing starts at $3,95 /mo for the starter plan, where you can host one website. For $5,95 /mo you get to host multiple websites with the GrowBig plan. If you want to go geek, they have a plan for that as well (called GoGeek), priced at $11,95 /mo. For most blogs and business websites, the GrowBig plan probably offers the best value.

But be advised, these prices for high quality hosting are for the first term only. SiteGround charges you for 12, 24 or 36 months, and will bill you at the end of the selected term in full at the regular price. At the time of writing this review, regular pricing is $11,95, $19,95 and $34,95 /mo. Those rates are substantially higher than the initial purchase rates.

Plus, all prices exclude VAT.

They do offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all purchases. It is important to keep in mind that services and features such as domain registration, SSL certificate, paid premium services, and 3rd party services are not eligible for refunds.

For all people in the EU: The pricing in dollars is currently the same as in euros. You may save a few euros by changing the currency to dollars (you can do this in the footer). Not sure how long this will work but it’s worth a try.

All payments have to be made by credit card. Recurring charges will be made to the same card.

Simplicity

Honestly, the SiteGround dashboard is not as nice as with some other hosts. It does have a learning curve.  Luckily they do use cPanel as its base server management tool. Besides that SiteGround uses its own custom member area to manage some non-cPanel functions. It works, but it won’t win any design prices.

siteground dashboard

Support

Based on both our personal experience and industry rankings, SiteGround has some of the best support in the business.

SiteGround gives you 24/7 support via phone, chat, or ticket. They process an impressive 1500+ tickets, 1000+ phone calls and 3000+ chat requests per day.

Still, you can talk with support pretty much instantly – it’s rare to wait more than a few seconds. The support staff are generally friendly and know what they are talking about.

Their knowledge base is huge and has a lot of tutorials. Last,  they are quick to answer tickets. An average 10 minute response on tickets is amazing.

It’s no surprise that they score a 9.2 / 10 on Trustpilot with over 1600 reviews. SiteGround’s support is fantastic and that should be worth considering when picking a WordPress hosting service.

The only downside is that they don’t offer priority support on the StartUp plan. But you will still get 24/7 awesome support for your website.

Security

Where managed hosting takes care of security for you, a shared hosting environment will not offer standard malware- and vulnerability scanning for your website. Of course, all servers are setup with security features, but your website will be more open to hacks. SiteGround does offer managed WordPress hosting at the same prices, but there are better options like WPX Hosting.

SiteGround was one of the first major hosts to support free SSL certificates via Let’s Encrypt and they continue to push the market when it comes to making SSL easy and accessible to beginners.

Siteground does offers free daily backups on all plans. Backup restore is free for the top two plans. Remember to periodically create manual backups as there are rumors that restoring the automatic backups does not always work as expected.

The Go Geek plan offers a staging area so you can test your changes before you update your live website.

Siteground Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for SiteGround Hosting:

  • Great discounted pricing for the first term
  • 24/7 fast response support
  • Huge knowledgebase
  • Free SSL certificates
  • #16 ranked on Trustpilot
  • Full WordPress website control

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Renewal fees are substantially higher
  • One month trial requires a setup fee
  • No free website migration on StartUp plan
  • Dashboard will have a learning curve
  • Staging area only available on the GoGeek plan

Overall Score: A+

If you’re looking for beginner-friendly WordPress shared hosting solution under $20 per month, SiteGround is one of the best options that you’ll find from both a performance and support perspective.

 

Inmotion Hosting

InMotion offers a plethora of web hosting services along with a series of other website service tools. These included shared, VPS, dedicated, reseller, and managed WordPress hosting.

As one of the US fastest growing web hosting providers, they believe in the importance of letting people understand their commitment to eco-friendly policies. Since 2010, they have made a concentrated effort to improve their carbon footprint in their data centers.

InMotion has won more than its share of awards. CNET has chosen InMotion for its best hosting list 16 years running. It’s a privately owned and reputable player on the shared hosting market.

Let’s have a look at how Inmotion Hosting compares with other shared hosting providers.

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Monthly Costs

Their Launch plan offers not 1, but 2 non-ecommerce websites you can host starting at $3,99 /mo. There is also a Power plan ($5,99 /mo) and a Pro plan ($13,99 /mo). The last one has a setup fee of $40 if you choose the monthly plan.

The Pro plan offers unlimited websites and an SLA that ensures 99.9% uptime. If they don’t make the 99,9%, they will credit you with free hosting.

You can either choose a one year or two year plan. There is no option for a trial month on the Launch and Power plans.  

The discount is only for the first term you select. Plans renew at the normal rate, which currently is $8,99 (Launch), $10,99 (Power) for one year, and 17,99 /mo (Pro)

If you would like to add a dedicated IP to your website it will cost you an additional $4 /mo.

They offer a 90-day unconditional full money-back guarantee, which is pretty unique.

You can pay with credit card, or with a U.S. Purchase Order or Check

Simplicity

inMotion dashboard

Inmotion Hosting uses a optimized custom version of cPanel web management. They have their own in-house cPanel experts who constantly create a higher level of control options for your websites. This helps you adjust any settings quickly and easily.

Support

Inmotion Hosting prides itself on providing truly outstanding customer service. They have their own in-house (US based) support technicians who provide support via toll-free phone lines, email, and live chat 24/7/365. It’s pretty easy to get in touch with them.

They also have a pretty extensive knowledge base in their support center, including guides and tutorials on different subjects. It’s pretty easy to navigate and the autosuggest search functions is very user friendly.

On Trustpilot, they score a 5.1 / 100 while 77% of the reviewers give them an excellent score. The ones that don’t mostly have an issue with the more complex tech support and the time it takes to get things solved and arranged.

With just over 100 reviews this score should still be taken into account, even though we would prefer to see more reviews to get a better average.

Security

In Motion offers a free security suite for all shared hosting plans. They handle server security for you so that you can spend more time managing your business or creating content instead of worrying about hackers.

All plans include a free SSL certificate for your websites, hack- & malware protection, DDoS protection and free automated backups.

The only thing missing is a staging area to be able to test your changes before you update your website.

Inmotion Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for Inmotion Hosting:

  • Free domain name included
  • 90 day money-back guarantee
  • US Based support technicians
  • Good free security suite on all plans
  • Free SSL certificates
  • Full WordPress website control
  • Free no-downtime website transfers

A few things to keep in mind:

  • No trial month option on the starter plans
  • Ranked #146 on Trustpilot
  • cPanel dashboard will have a learning curve
  • No staging area available

Overall Score: B+

There isn’t much that Inmotion Hosting does not offer, however the customer support reviews are not all that positive. That is why we rated them B+ for now.

If you value a bit more in-depth support you may be better off with Siteground or A2 Hosting. But with a 90 day money back guarantee you can always give them a try to find out for yourself if they are a good match for your business.

Hostinger / 000Webhost

000WebHost offers web hosting with a number of features and a dedicated support. They have been in the web hosting industry for over a decade and have helped many people with tight budgets start their web projects.

000Webhost is powered by Hostinger and offers the same shared hosting plans as Hostinger does. With almost 25 million websites launched and almost 30 million clients you can assume they know how to provide hosting for blogs and small businesses.

We will review both providers at the same time as they share a lot of similarities. Whenever there is a difference we will mention it.

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Monthly Costs

At 000webhost, you can choose from three different options. The first one is free and you get a free domain with it, along with a number of other features which are limited. The features that come with it are more than enough for anyone looking to create simple websites or blogs.

In case you want more, you can choose from the remaining two packages that offer unlimited features.  These are the same plans offered at Hostinger.

The premium web hosting plan starts at $2,95/mo and has enough features for anyone looking to create multiple websites.

If you want to unlock the full power of this hosting provider, the business plan is the one that has it all. Starting at $3,95 it’s the best value for money.

As well as with most low budget hosting providers, the pricing is only valid if you buy hosting for a longer period of time. In this case, it’s a long term – 48 months! However, they offer shorter terms but the shorter the term, the higher the price will be.

Be aware that at the next billing cycle you will always pay in full. Premium renews at $11,95, Business at $15,95. Still, you will get a lot of value for this price compared to some other hosting companies.

They upsell premium support from $1,99 to $2,99 /mo, depending on the number of months you want to pay for upfront.

All prices are without taxes and fees. You can pay with credit card, paypal and various cryptocurrencies.

They offer a 30 day money-back guarantee on all plans.

Simplicity

You can manage your website on 000webhost through a minimalistic modified edition of cPanel, It allows management of databases, email, files, backups, and FTP accounts through a web page.

000webhost dashboard

On Hostinger, you will use an interface that is more like the traditional cPanel. It has a very clean layout and is easy to navigate.

Hostinger Dashboard

Support

While 000webhost doesn’t provide support to free users, you can post questions to a forum where other users may give helpful replies. Forum moderators are able to get in touch with 000webhost, but taking action can sometimes take a while.

Searching the forum may find answers to questions right away. The quality of the answers definitely varies, and older discussions may not reflect the current WordPress version. You will need to search Google to find the answers if the forum doesn’t provide something useful.

Hostinger calls their support team the ‘customer success team’ because they go the extra mile to make sure you are as successful as possible. They have an extensive knowledgebase, and also a section on their website with lots of tutorials and guides on different topics. This will be a big plus if you are just starting as they cover the most basic things you may encounter.

They are quicly to respond and on live chat and don’t give up until they got a solution for you.

On Trustpilot, bot 000webhost and Hostinger get raving reviews.

Hostinger scores 9.6 / 10 with over 700 reviews, while 000webhost stands at 9.1 / 10 based on over 900 reviews.

Security

Security is taken very using BitNinja, a full stack all-in-one security solution for Linux servers, handling honeypots, malware detection and removal, behavior analysis, intrusion detection, IP reputation and DDoS protection

Besides that, they run advanced , custom built security software and update their infrastructure regularly.

SSL certificates are free on 12-month (and above) Business plans.

All plans on Hostinger offer a weekly backup, the Business plan includes daily backups as well.

On 000webhost, you need to remember to run backups periodically. Files are not automatically backed up, but there is a WordPress plugin installed that will let you backup your website manually. It allows you to export your website to 16 different storage providers including Amazon S3, pCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive, which is pretty cool.

Unfortunately, there is no option for a staging area.

000webhost Limitations

You get 1000 MB of disk space and 10 GB of bandwidth, which honestly is not that much. You will need to use scaled down images, and videos are probably going to be a challenge. If you keep your site small if may be enough to start with, but once you start to get traffic it probably won’t be.

Free accounts are allowed two databases, without size limitations. Management of the databases with phpMyAdmin is included. You can use PHP to send out email automatically.

If you run a WordPress site, there are a few restrictions. You can add your choice of themes, plugins, and widgets. The space limitation of 20.000 files/folders could be a problem if you add a lot of them.

The uptime of your website is lower than with paid shared hosting. 000webhost has a 1 hour a day sleep obligation, which means your website will be unreachable for 1 hour a day. This means that if you target a global audience people may get an error when they go to your website. This will hurt your blog or business website in the long run.

It is possible to connect the hosting to your own domain name. You will have to get your domain name yourself. Don’t have a domain name? No problem, you will get a subdomain (your-name.000webhost.com) , but we highly recommend to get your own domain name.

A free account can have up to 5 email addresses, which can be set up for webmail, POP3 or forwarding. SMTP access, spam filtering, and auto-responding are supported.

DNS Management is not possible except for your MX records. If you run a simple blog or business website this will not be an issue.

There is a small ‘Powered by 000webhost.com’ banner at the bottom corner of your website.

Hostinger Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for Hostinger / 000webhost Hosting:

  • free hosting on 000webhost,
  • Low pricing for longer contracts
  • 30 day money-back guarantee
  • You can pay with cryptocurrencies
  • There is a pretty decent control panel for both
  • Customer support is excellent with raving reviews
  • Ranked #4 on Trustpilot
  • Impressive added security on Hostinger

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Steep renewal fees
  • Lots of limitations on the free plan
  • Free plan only has forum support
  • No free SSL on lower plans

Overall Score: B

Although we see a lot of positive features with Hostinger, compared to the providers above they fall short on renewal pricing and the lack of a free SSL. Therefore, we rate them with a B.

But we must say, the free hosting is pretty cool, even if it involves having to deal with that small banner on your website. It’s ideal to get the feeling for testing a simple personal or small business information website. 

With some minor tech skills you can create and run your own website in as little as two hours on a free plan with 000webhost.

However, if you’re serious about growing and scaling your blog or business website you can get a better solution for a few dollars per month through Hostinger. Fortunately, the migration is easy to perform, and their awesome support will help you out if necessary.

Bluehost Hosting

One of the oldest web hosts started in 1997, Bluehost has become the largest brand name when it comes to WordPress hosting. They are an official WordPress recommended hosting provider. Just because of that fact alone, they cannot be left out of our reviews.

Bluehost’s parent company is Endurance International Group (EIG). EIG currently owns and operates 83 brands, including hosting businesses, with shared support information and support agents.

Well known hosting brands from EIG are Hostgator, iPage FatCow,Dollar2Host, HostNine, HostMonster, PureHost, Site5. Speedhost, USANetHosting, YourWebHosting and webhosting.info. You can check a large number of the brands on this Wikipedia page.

When we researched their hosting providers we found that most of what is being offered is the same, with a few differences here and there. In the end, two of them stood out: Bluehost and Hostgator. In our opinion, Bluehost is the better option, so we made a more in-depth review of Bluehost for you.

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Monthly Costs

The first thing we notice is that Bluehost does not offer shared webhosting with a monthly billing cycle, and there is no option for a monthly trial. This is actually one thing that Hostgator does offer compared to Bluehost.

We consider Bluehost’s pricing model to be less transparent. Yes, you can get the Basic plan for $3,95 /mo, but that price is only valid if you pay for 36 (or 60) months when you sign up. Want to sign up for 12 months (minimum term)? You will pay $5,95 /mo.

Payments can only be made with a credit card.

Renewal rates are almost double the advertised discounts. So keep in mind that at the end of the choosen billing cycle your credit card will automatically be charged for the same term as the one you sign up for.

The same is true for the two other plans. The Plus plan starts at $5,95 /mo, the Pro plan starts at $13,95.

When you sign up, you are shown a few add-on options at the bottom of the form. Be aware that they are checked by default which means they are already added to your cart. Although the options add value, it’s still an aggressive form of upselling which we simply don’t like (but maybe it’s okay with you).

If you cancel within 30 days you receive a full refund on your hosting service only. The money-back guarantee does not apply to most add-on products. If your plan includes a free domain, Bluehost will deduct a non-refundable domain fee of $15.99 from your refund.

Simplicity

bluehost dashboard

Built on cPanel, Bluehost designed an enhanced interface with additional tools that make it easier to manage your websites, domains, emails, files, and more, all from one central location.

The enhanced interface is really easy to use and offers fast access to features.

Support

Bluehost offers a 24/7 support system where you can talk to their customer support representatives using live chat or phone. This is really helpful when you need quick help from technical support staff.

One thing that is missing is the ticket based support system. Bluehost recently decided to eliminate ticket based support to focus on personal approach of live chat and phone based support. However, some users may still miss the ticket based support system which is particularly good if your issue cannot be resolved in one live chat or phone session.

Another problem with Bluehost is excessive upselling. This is a company that loves to try to sell you on add-ons and upgrades, and there are a lot of areas where you flat-out need add-ons for full functionality. That is a problem if you are on a tight budget.

Customer support is an area where Bluehost gets mixed reviews. Many customers reported positive experiences with fast, helpful, friendly customer service agents. Unfortunately, there are more and more clients who say that they were unable to get the help they needed even with numerous phone calls. This might be due to the shared support, but that’s just a guess.

On Trustpilot, Bluehost scores a 1.6 / 10, and ranks 164 out of 166. It’s still better than Hostgator, who close the list at the 166 spot with a trust-score of 0.7 . But it does show there are a lot of unhappy customers which simply is not a good sign.

Security

Bluehost offers the SiteLock add-on to secure your website. For $1,99 /mo you will get:

  • Basic Spam Monitoring
  • Basic Business Verification
  • Site Verification Certificate
  • Blacklist Monitoring
  • Basic Malware Monitoring
  • Vulnerability scans

Fortunately, SSL certificates are free on all shared hosting plans.

Bluehost states they make weekly backups of your website, but also write that there are no automated backups on the Basic and Plus plan.

Daily site backups with CodeGuard are only included in the pro plan, or available at additional charges on the Plus plan.

There is no staging area available on Bluehost.

Bluehost Hosting Pros and Cons

Here are the pros for Bluehost Hosting:

  • Free domain (non-refundable)
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free Cloudflare CDN included

A few things to keep in mind: 

  • No monthly payment options
  • Discounts only for long term contracts: advertised pricing is for 36 or 60 month contracts.
  • The free domain renewal price is higher than average.
  • Aggressive upsell process during signup.
  • While there are many useful add-ons available, unfortunately, you need to install many of them to get the full functionality you need.
  • The customer service team gets mixed reviews
  • You need to pay for added security like malware scanning

Overall Score: C+

While Bluehost is a reputable company and an official WordPress recommended hosting provider, they somehow don’t seem to be able to offer the quality and support they were well-known for in the past. 

Whether this has to do with being part of EIG is hard to tell. What is clear is that although they still have a lot of happy customers, more and more have moved away from Bluehost.

What bothers us most is the pricing structure, the aggressive upsells and the customer support. Therefore, we grade them with a C+.

We do believe they can add value to some businesses, but for most of you there are better options available in the market, like the ones we mentioned before.

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