SiteGround pride themselves on being at the forefront of technology. An officially WordPress-approved web hosting company, they constantly update their servers and software to the latest models/versions for added reliability, speed, and security – plus they also offer free daily backups, free setup and site transfer, a free domain name, one-click installs, a 30-day money back guarantee and some of the most easily accessible technical support in the industry including 24/7 help via both telephone and instant-chat services. If you’re looking for shared hosting packed with extras, SiteGround may well have the offering you’re after!
– Shared WordPress hosting from $9.95/month
DreamHost is an extremely well-known, WordPress-approved hosting provider that’s been around for quite a while now – since 1997 to be exact. They specialize in shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated hosting, cloud storage and cloud computing – and are, of course, experts in all-things WordPress-hosting related. They have an especially useful custom-built control panel that consistently receives rave reviews, an extremely helpful wiki, an entertaining monthly newsletter and a friendly, highly-knowledgeable customer support team. Additionally, they also offer a free domain name, one-click installs and a 97-day money-back guarantee.
– Shared WordPress hosting from $8.95/month.
Founded in 1996, Bluehost is one of the largest and most-popular hosting companies specializing in professional-yet-affordable shared hosting. They offer one-click installs, a free domain name, automated backups, 24/7 support and a 30-day money back guarantee. Similar to both SiteGround and DreamHost (above), Bluehost is another officially WordPress-approved hosting provider. If you’re looking for professional, dependable, affordable, straight-up middle-of-the-road WordPress hosting, then Bluehost is another pretty solid bet.
– Shared WordPress hosting from $4.95/month.
Note: other hosting companies we’ve heard good things about (but haven’t yet used personally) include Pagely (aimed at folk looking for an extremely-scalable, fully-managed, enterprise-level service for big-business websites) and Digital Ocean (great for savvy web developers able to navigate and install their own server software).
Top tip: Taking advantage of free trial periods:
Most hosting companies offer either a free trial period or a money back guarantee (usually valid for a certain number of days) – effectively enabling (sometimes even encouraging) you to take their hosting services for a free no-strings-attached spin. In the case that you’re looking to move a pre-existing website from one host to another for example, you could set up a brand new WordPress site on a trial account with each of the hosting providers you’re considering to test the usability, reliability and performance of each one before going through the hassle of actually transferring all your files across and committing to any one particular company.
A final word on choosing the best WordPress hosting service/provider:
When you’re first starting out, choosing the best WordPress web hosting service/provider for a new website can admittedly be a bit confusing, with so many options available – especially if some of the terminology involved is new to you (see the shared, VPS, dedicated and managed hosting section above). That said, one of the things you should be absolutely certain of when choosing a web host is that you’ll get excellent support. If you’re finding things tricky, or you’re simply still not sure where to start, choose one or two web hosts from the above list that seem like a good fit and put their support teams to the test. Ask them all the questions you have and see what you think of their replies and service