These days there are tons of options for hosting your WordPress website. Choosing the right hosting provider can sometimes be confusing and leave you with unanswered questions like What is hosting? Do I need it? How much does it cost? Are there any free options? Which provider should I choose?
In this post, we will be answering some of the questions that our clients and readers have had when it comes to choosing a hosting provider for their WordPress website.
What Is Web Hosting?
Web hosting is often one of the critical components of a successful website that can be overlooked or misunderstood. It’s super easy to get all caught up in the fluff of options and features. Choosing the best WordPress hosting for your needs can improve your SEO and increase sales.
Web hosting is the place that your website lives so that people can access it on the internet. If it helps, think of hosting as a file cabinet where your website’s files, images, and content are stored.
What Is WordPress Hosting?
Nearly every hosting company that you will come across will claim that you can install and run WordPress on their servers. You’ll quickly find out that just because you can install WordPress doesn’t mean that your site will perform its best — the same goes for cheaper and free options.
WordPress hosting is web hosting that used exclusively with websites running the WordPress application. Although there are a couple of different types of WordPress hosting options, we usually recommend Managed WordPress hosting to our clients.
Managed WordPress hosting providers usually deal with all of the back-end tasks of running a WordPress website so that you don’t have to. These hosts are known to deliver excellent performance, fine-tuned servers, a lot of exclusive services custom-tailored to WordPress users, and affordable prices.
Beyond hosting your website, these providers also help you optimize your website in many ways: increased speeds, security, uptime monitoring, core and plugin updates, and theme and plugin compatibility. This WordPress-specific experience makes managing your website a no-brainer, freeing you up to focus on running and growing your business.
How Much Does It Cost?
Your website is one of your most valuable brand assets, so you’ll want to make sure it’s secure, runs efficiently, and is in the best hands possible.
Usually more expensive that economy hosting plans, Managed WordPress hosting can start around $10/month per domain, and go up from there. However, the benefits are usually worth it, even for relatively small websites and blogs.
Typically our clients end up spending about $30/month for hosting a business website. Given how important your brand and online presence is, a managed hosting plan for $30/month is an excellent deal. There’s really no negotiating when you consider the extra income that an optimized environment will bring in.
Are There Any Options For Free Hosting?
The short answer is, YES!
Although there’s free web hosting out there, most have some sort of catch like requiring you to put their ads on your site. If you want to have complete control over your website and be able to customize it and make money, you WILL NEED to pay for a hosting plan for your WordPress site. Without self-hosting your WordPress website, you won’t be able to customize your website as much as you want because of its restrictions. If you are serious about your website or business, then we suggest avoiding Free WordPress hosting at all costs.
Making A Choice
When it comes time to choose a hosting provider, we recommend two companies to our clients. In doing your research, you will find that several companies offer hosting services for WordPress websites, all with different pros and cons. It is NOT mandatory that you choose one of the providers that we recommend.
Please Note: We only recommend hosting providers who provide all of the following core features:
- WordPress pre-installed for you
- Easy-to-use interface
- Automatic backups for peace of mind
- Automatic WordPress updates to keep your site up-to-date
- Web servers specifically built for hosting WordPress sites
- Flexible pricing options
- Free CDN to speed up your website and how your content is delivered online
- Free SSL certificate
- Excellent 24/7 support from people who know WordPress inside and out
Still, after testing several companies, we feel the best options that are more in line with our clients’ needs are:
Why Choose Kinsta?
Kinsta is for people who have an e-commerce website, or high-traffic website, where speed matters. Designed with beginners in mind, Kinsta offers fully-managed WordPress solutions, which result in noticeably increased speeds, backups, and security. They’re aiming to make your life as a website owner as easy as possible, being both a user-friendly and powerful option.
With Kinsta’s Starter plan, you’ll be paying $30/month to host 1 WordPress website that gets around 20,000 visits. Get two months free when you invest $300 for the year! This plan includes unlimited bandwidth, performance analytics, increased page load times, and optimized for running e-commerce sites.
Why Choose Flywheel?
Flywheel is for people who are not tech-savvy and want a platform that is easy-to-use with minimal fluff. Recently acquired by WP Engine, Flywheel is the least expensive managed WordPress host of the two. Their primary focus is undoubtedly on ease of use, so there are some restrictions in place that can limit the power and control of your website.
With Flywheel’s Starter plan, you’ll also be paying $30/month to host 1 WordPress website that gets around 20,000 visits. They also offer two months free when you invest $300 for the year! Other features included in this plan are free migrations, 1-Click WordPress installs, 50GB bandwidth, and consistent loading times.
As warned in the introduction, you have quite a lot of options (besides these) to choose from when looking for a quality hosting provider.
Remember, this article is just our recommendations. With time and working with many clients, we have seen quite a few bitter hosting experiences. We wrote this post is to make both our lives and our clients’ lives easier. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will be able to make a decision that works best for you!
Did we leave out something important? We’d love to hear your thoughts and questions!