Starting a blog can be a stressful thing to do, especially if you are a first-time blogger. Even the veteran bloggers run into issues at some point, and it typically has to do with web hosting. Make the decision to switch web hosts can even be a harder decision to make if it means paying a higher fee to get a new plan that will solve your current issues. I have been in the online blogging world for many years and have changed hosts many times. From my past experiences, I have come up with six web hosting companies that have the best packages for WordPress blogs at a reasonable price.You want a web host that is built for WordPress blogs that will provide you the best performance possible. Remember, slow blogs tend to make visitors unhappy. Users don’t want to wait more than six seconds for you blog page to load. They will jump the ship to your competitor because their blog has a blazing fast load speed.
Visitors typically find your blog through searching for specific information and they don’t have time to wait for the content and images to load, so they leave. This is not only bad for your bounce rate and overall SEO, this will most likely turn off anyone from ever coming back to your blog, even though you may have fixed the speed issue. First impressions mean everything in the cyber world, and that means an excellent user experience. You have a few seconds to make an impression to keep that visitor on your blog or they will disappear forever. Google is obsessed with page speed. Shouldn’t you be?
There are certain web hosts that I have used at one point in time and truly believe they are good web hosts to use for hosting WordPress blogs. By all means, search almighty Google for reviews on these web hosts. Keep in mind, some reviews are from people who have had one bad experience and trash the web host without even contacting support or attempting simple plugins. You can see a list of plugins we use on our Plugins page that are 95% compatible with the latest WordPress version.
Let’s get started:
Dream Host Shared Web Hosting
Every penny counts, you know. There are no setup fees with Dream Host, free domain registration, and Domain Privacy Protection. All that is free if you sign up today!
They have a money back guarantee!
SiteGround offers with their WordPress hosting package: a one-click install option, a free domain, free template installation, and transfer from another web host at no cost. I would suggest the “Grow Big” package for starters. With this one, you get a lot more features for a reasonable price. The free template installation is not a WordPress theme but I can teach you how to install one for free if you share my blog’s URL to your social media followers.
Go check out SiteGround’s managed WordPress web hosting packages. This is a good affordable web host. I would recommend you start out with the “StartUp” package which has a special introductory price of $3.95. The pricing chart is below to give you a brief idea of what monthly investment is needed.
Godaddy Managed WordPress Hosting
Godaddy managed web hosting is a rock solid, good option to go if you are willing to invest money into your hosting. At one point in time, WPOutcast was using this same type of web hosting and was on the “Ultimate” package. I have zero complaints and zero issues during my hosting time with them. In fact, with the idea’s I have for WPOutcast and my other secret plans, I decided to invest $30 for cloud web hosting and moved from Godaddy to the new host. The very last section on this page is my current web host.
With this managed hosting plan, you can get your blog up and running quickly at no extra charge. All I had to do was upload a Genesis Framework theme and began customizing it once the DNS had switched over. They have a one-click migration tool so you can migrate from your old host to Godaddy in less than a half hour, or create a new blog from your Godaddy’s user panel.
During my time with Godaddy, I wrote up a tutorial for: How To Install WordPress On Godaddy Managed WP Hosting
The one thing that I noticed while being on Godaddy’s Managed WordPress hosting was the blazing page speed. I strongly recommend that you give this specialized hosting a try for at least 30 days. You may not want to switch web hosts ever again! The packages are priced reasonably even for the regular shared web hosting that they provide.
Speaking of shared web hosting, Godaddy has a special for shared web hosting this month. Tired of Waiting for your Website to Load? $1/ mo Hosting + Free domain!
Don’t miss out on that great deal!
Visit the Godaddy managed WordPress hosting page to learn a lot more details.
HostGator – WordPress Cloud Hosting
At this point in time, HostGator now has web hosting catered to WordPress admins. This type of web hosting is just perfect if you want blazing speed, Convenient Simplicity, Advanced Security, Seamless Scalability, and Superior Support. The shared web hosting packages are cheap, but nowhere near as powerful as there managed cloud ones. All of your time now should be dedicated to the normal operations of blogging, not page speed or plugin issues.
Did you know, that sometimes the amount of plugins that you have installed, as well as other issues, result in slow load speed, and this can be blamed on your web host? To fix this, cloud web hosting is your answer.
HostGator now provides this! WPOutcast is in the cloud, and I’m sure you’ve noticed the seamless page navigation. My current web host, listed as the last host on this page, is cloud hosting just like Gator. I recommend gator for sure.
Sometimes forgotten but….
Did you know that you can also buy a domain from Hostgator? Now you can buy a domain and web hosting from the same provider. This is an all in one package for real.
BlueHost – WordPress Hosting
Blue Host is one of my top choices for specialized WordPress hosting. They have packages dedicated to WordPress blogs. Visit their website, click on “products” in the menu bar and select WordPress Hosting to see the managed WordPress packages. Your blog will run in a top-notch hosting environment with excellent support at your fingertips. If you can not afford this type of web hosting then the regular shared web hosting works well too. It depends on your budget and your blog’s needs. Bluehost has specials from time to time as well.
Give Blue Host a 30 day trial with their managed WordPress hosting and notice the difference from shared web hosting.
WPEngine – Managed VPS Hosting
If you want only the best and willing to pay the high fee, WP Engine is the host to use. I have not used them but know a lot of bloggers who do.
WPEngine has specials every now and then and these are usually limited so act fast to get these savings. Slow blogs don’t succeed.
Check out this video if you have a moment.
UPDATE: Nov. 2015
Preparing for future things in the online world in my neck of the woods. I have moved over to Cloudways Hosting and I am loving the experience so far. To prove that downtimes don't happen too often with this blog, the below image is how long ago it was from the last downtime that happened.
- Suggested Tutorial: How To Migrate WordPress To Cloudways Hosting
- A Must Read: WPOutcast’s Experience With Cloudways WordPress Hosting
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