This comparison of the best WordPress hosting providers is based on pure performance data, actual speed test experiments, user ratings from the largest WordPress hosting survey to date, plus our own experience running websites regularly visited by 670,000+ people each month.
Dig in to find out which firm is going to be the best WordPress hosting match for your individual needs:
THE OVERALL RANKINGS
1. SiteGround (www.SiteGround.com)
Best overall WordPress host ($6.99/mo)
No list of best WordPress hosting could be complete without SiteGround playing a prominent role. The company has been making a name for themselves in the WordPress community for a while now. And not without a reason. Their hosting platform is strong when it comes to for-WordPress optimized servers, plus they offer managed WordPress hosting at price points that are unheard of (read: you won’t find a cheaper managed host of the same quality anywhere else).
What’s also worth pointing out is that SiteGround is one of the few officially recommended hosts by WordPress.org.
For the tests, we went for the StartUp package. Although for a generally more WordPress-optimized package, we’d recommend the GrowBig or GoGeek plan. They are a tad more expensive, but come with additional perks such as advanced caching (custom-built by SiteGround), staging, premium wildcard SSL certificates, and free PCI compliance – should you want to run an e-commerce store.
Getting WordPress up and running with the built-in installer took just a few clicks. There really isn’t anything more to say here … the installation process really was as seamless as possible.
During this setup process, you also get to choose your server location. There are five data centers available – in USA, Asia and Europe.
SiteGround offers what they call “unmatched” support (via chat, phone, tickets, social media), and it’s hard to argue with that, honestly. Apart from being able to access your account and fix any issues, the support agents are also knowledgeable about WordPress and WordPress hosting, and can help you out with a range of other issues that might not be strictly hosting-related.
In our little test, the SiteGround customer support was able to help us get a temporary URL working quickly and efficiently.
Special mention has to go out to the slickness of their customer support software and the extra mile the staff were prepared to go in offering detailed account advice and providing screenshots. (This makes it a great HostGator alternative, for instance, if you want a more refined support environment.)
Performance and uptime
|East Coast, USA: 1.94s
|West Coast, USA: 2.31s
|Mumbai, India: 2.08s
|Sydney, Australia: 3.65s
Online reputation according to our hosting survey
- Rated 8.38/10 overall by survey respondents (top-rated company)
- Used by 4.83% of survey respondents
- No.2 most popular host in the UK
- The most popular host in Spain
- 93% of users will extend their hosting subscription when it’s up for renewal