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
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
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.
Don’t miss out on that great deal!
HostGator – WordPress Cloud Hosting
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
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.
UPDATE: Nov. 2015
- Suggested Tutorial: How To Migrate WordPress To Cloudways Hosting
- A Must Read: WPOutcast’s Experience With Cloudways WordPress Hosting