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Which High-Performance Host is Right for Your WordPress Website?

If you've​ got a WordPress website, we're willing to bet online advertisements from generic hosting services like BlueHost and HostGator have targeted you before.

How do we know?​

These companies have massive advertising budgets and capture large swaths of uninformed and unsuspecting customers as a result. To ensure you won't be one of them, we're not going to waste your time reviewing such big name brands and their dollar store hosting plans.

Instead, we're going to discuss a new breed of hosting companies that have been gaining ground in the past few years with two qualities we think are crucial:

  1. A focus on high performance (which we like because speed matters).
  2. And hosting made specifically for WordPress websites (which we like because WordPress rocks - and also powers a lot of the Internet).​

If you’re just getting started and don’t have significant traffic yet, the generic hosting options might be good enough for you right now. But once your site starts to perk up, you'll want to dump them for something better. 

In this overview, we're going to show you the current landscape of WordPress specialized hosting services, what they have to offer and which ones deliver the best bang for your hard earned buck.

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Disclaimer: This is only Part 1

What we've started here is a huge undertaking. The goal is to bring our typical level of scrutiny and attention to create a comprehensive roundup review of WordPress hosting services.

What you're reading right now is only "Part 1", where we've selected candidates, analyzed their claims and created some initial comparison tables.

Later in "Part 2", we'll conduct practical tests to measure performance and quality differences as objectively as possible. But before we begin that endeavor, we want to get some input from you. There's a lot of value in what we've done already so we decided to deliver this initial overview to you straight away.​

Getting To Know the WordPress Hosting Landscape

This post consolidates the core features and unique selling points of SIXTEEN different WordPress hosting companies into a single overview article.

While it's not a full review yet, what you'll find here is already a comprehensive guide to the current marketplace for WordPress specialized hosting.

WordPress Hosting Essentials:

The following is a short hit list of important benefits you should hold any hosting service to for your WordPress website:​

  1. Outstanding Load Times During both Normal to High-Traffic Conditions
  2. Daily Backups with a Quick and Easy Restore Feature
  3. WordPress Only Hosting for Optimized Architecture and Deep Operational Expertise
  4. Powerful and Intuitive Control Panel Management
  5. Responsive and Knowledgable Support Teams
  6. Advanced Security through State-of-the-Art Hardware, Software and Monitoring Systems

For each host, we'll run through this rapid-fire checklist to help give you an idea of what each company claims to provide via their online marketing materials.

Affiliate Disclosure

You may be aware that over at Thrive Themes, we are currently recommending WPX Hosting as the go-to solution.

This is a recommendation we made only after some very rigorous testing and we stand by it.

WPX Hosting is also featured in this roundup, but we won't be playing favorites. At ActiveGrowth, we have the capacity to do an in-depth roundup review unlike anything we've seen or been able to do before.

And yes, we are an affiliate for WPX Hosting, but as usual, we'll also be using affiliate links for all the other services – where affiliate programs are available. The deciding factor will be the tests we run, not which affiliate program pays out the most.

In case you're skeptical, consider this: if we wanted to maximize our commissions, we'd just recommend BlueHost like everyone else. They pay really well. ;)

The Importance of First Impressions

Most people try to compare marketing claims and technical specs to decide on their next hosting provider. Although this is necessary, technicalities alone won't give you the complete pre-purchase picture.

In an attempt to cut through the typical sales and marketing fluff, we actually emailed each company to ask – as nothing more than a potential customer – what made their services unique.

After receiving their email responses – or lack there of – we came away with a better understanding of each company's business culture. We included excerpts from their answers to help show you their customer service mindsets.

After all, if you're going to trust your online business foundation to one of these companies, it's good to know who you're actually shaking hands with.

1. WPX Hosting

WPX Hosting serves small to medium sized websites.

Like we mentioned above, WPX Hosting is the only managed WordPress Hosting company currently endorsed by Shane and ActiveGrowth’s sister site, Thrive Themes.

The TL;DR checklist of Shane's WPX Hosting review is summed up as follows:

  1. Load Times: Fast server response times, even under heavy visitor loads (as verified by Shane in his review).
  2. Backup Schedule: Two full weeks of daily backups for all their hosting packages without any data retrieval fees.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: An easy to use WPX Hosting control panel that provides all the important functions of cPanel.
  5. Support: 24/7 chat, fast response support (as verified by Shane in his review).​
  6. Security: Daily malware scans, brute-force protection and Enterprise-level DDoS protection.

WPX Hosting Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Business

Monthly Cost

$24.99

Number of Sites

5

Storage Space

10 GB SSD

Monthly Bandwidth

50 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

What makes us stand out the most is the amazing load times we provide and top-notch support.

2. WP Engine

WP Engine serves the spectrum of small to large scale websites.

Their smaller plans offer shared server environments while larger enterprise plans provide dedicated racks to single clients.

WP Engine stands by its security with a no hack guarantee. Any hacked site will be restored at no additional cost to you.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: "Four-to-six times faster" using EverCache, CDN and "front-end systems which can handle high levels of concurrent traffic." 
  2. Backup Schedule: On-demand, pre-update and daily backups with one-click restore functionality.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: "The User Portal is unique to WP Engine and unlike other portals, such as cPanel, is developed specifically for WordPress applications."
  5. Support: 24/7 live chat and phone support staffed by WordPress experts.
  6. Security: Managed patching & updates, real-time threat detection, security audits, code reviews & free hacked site repair.

WP Engine Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Personal

Monthly Cost

$29.00

 Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

10 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

25 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

60 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

At WP Engine we are a premium provider. Comparing us to general hosting providers (Like GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost, etc..) is like comparing apples to oranges. We are 100% specialized in WordPress so our platform is completely optimized for it. General hosting providers don't have this kind of specialization, so they are typically competing off server specs and hardware providers.

3. Pressidium

If there's one thing that instantly stands out about Pressidium, it's their focus on treating customers like partners.

To illustrate this, one of the co-founders instantly responded to our simple inquiry for more information with a detailed and personal reply.

With a global network of small to large scale customers, Pressiduim appears to be delivering scalable high-performance through their cutting-edge server architecture.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: Dynamic Load Balancing, SSD storage, Multilayer Adaptive Caching, GlobalDNS, CDNs and PHP optimization.
  2. Backup Schedule: On-demand, pre-update and daily backups with one-click restore functionality.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The Customer Portal offers instant backups, a usage statistics dashboard, a help and ticketing panel, as well as PHP and Cache management.
  5. Support: 24/7 ticketing staffed by actual engineers instead of support agents.
  6. Security: Managed auto-updates, malware monitoring and removal, managed Web Application Firewall (WAF), and Bad-Bots Filtering.

Pressidium Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Micro

Monthly Cost

$24.90

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

10 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

60 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

Our architecture is entirely different to what is generally available on the market today. We don't offer either shared-hosting or VPS servers, as both these approaches are old-fashioned, based on conventional technology and are not used in mission critical environments. We are currently the only host to offer High-Availability across the board.
Your site is simultaneously hosted and served by multiple nodes, so that if any single node (server) would go down, no downtime is noticed and your site continues to operate the same as before.
Our expert support and DevOps team is staffed by actual engineers and not support agents so you're in for a totally different experience than with any of our competitors.

4. Pressable

​Pressable is a small to mid-sized WordPress hosting solution.

Their plans meter traffic for price category determination but offer unlimited storage capacity across the board.

Pressable provides several features standard across all 5 of their pricing plans including CDN access, staging sites and collaborator access.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: Pressable offers WordPress optimized servers, CDN access, as well as batcache and memcache caching systems.
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The MyPressable Control Panel allows you to manage your domains, add or remove collaborators, initiate backups, access your databases, migrate sites and clone your websites.
  5. Support: Monday to Friday (8 AM - 6 PM CST) support tickets fielded by WordPress experts.
  6. Security: Automatic updates, intrusion detection systems and malware removal. 

Pressable Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Small

Monthly Cost

$25.00

Number of Sites

5

Storage Space

Unlimited

Monthly Bandwidth

60 K pageviews

Money-Back Guarantee

15 days

Migration Services

5 sites free

In Their Own Words

We have servers specifically configured for WordPress to improve your site performance, added optimizations that improve speed and stability, and also have premium CDN and caching set up on every site— along with unlimited storage and bandwidth for all of our customers!
Our support team is comprised of experts in the WordPress domain—they can help you with plugin and theme issues, and provide insights as to the best practices in the WordPress community. Our team will be glad to migrate your site over to Pressable, and we do this at no cost to our customers!

5. Pagely

Pagely is a senior WordPress hosting service that focuses solely on providing high-end plans to large companies across various industries.

Their distinguished client list includes such giants as Disney, Verizon and Facebook.

Pagely uses Virtual Private Server (VPS) technology across all of their plans. Unfortunately, their entry level VBurst-2 plan only provides up to 6 hours of VPS-1 speed and traffic capacities per day.

If you're not a major player in your industry already, Pagely probably isn't the small business solution you're looking for based on the entry plan overhead cost alone.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: Uses proprietary NGINX/OpenResty Hyperproxies, the ReDis key-value database, and Amazon Web Services.
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups stored on Amazon s3 for easy restoration when needed.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: From Pagely's Site Details page, you can see your site Stats, Retrieve Backups, Enable/Modify the CDN, Purge Cache, and Create/Modify Aliases.
  5. Support: 24/7 Tickets, Mon-Fri (8 AM - 5 PM) Live Chat for VPS clients, and a Live Slack Channel for Enterprise Clients.
  6. Security: Managed updates and PressArmor security including rate limits, WAF, chroot user separation, and malware scanning.

Pagely Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

V Burst-2

Monthly Cost

$299.00

Number of Sites

15

Storage Space

30 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

50 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

2 sites free

In Their Own Words

Apart from unmatched performance and uptime, our unique characteristic would definitely be the ability to best scale to our customers' needs.
We actually pioneered the managed WP hosting space about seven years ago and have arguably the most mature platform and experienced team for managing and scaling high-traffic WP sites.

6. DreamHost

DreamHost's managed WordPress plan is called DreamPress and offers a low-cost hosting solution for a single website. DreamHost also provides VPS and Dedicated plans if your looking for more power without the WordPress specialization.

DreamPress touts unlimited bandwidth and 24/7 phone, chat and ticket support – which is surprising considering their bargain-bin price point.

Note that DreamPress doesn't offer a money-back guarantee, provides no help with your migration and tacks on an extra $9.95 monthly fee for each additional website you install.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: DreamPress uses VPS servers, SSD storage, multiple layers of caching and a highly tuned version of PHP.
  2. Backup Schedule: DreamHost maintains two weeks worth of backups and provides a one-click account backup feature.
  3. CMS: DreamHost is not WordPress only. The DreamPress plan is only for WordPress sites, but multiple CMS install options are available on their Shared, VPS and Dedicated plans.
  4. Control Panel Management: The DreamPress Panel provides a dashboard to view general info about your site as well as access DreamPress add-ons.
  5. Support: 24/7 Phone, Chat and Ticket access to WordPress experts.
  6. Security: Automatic updates and WordPress specific firewalls to block brute-force attacks.

DreamHost Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

DreamHost

Monthly Cost

$19.95

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

30 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

Unlimited

Money-Back Guarantee

None

Migration Services

None

In Their Own Words

Our Managed WordPress Hosting platform, DreamPress, is built and optimized specifically for WordPress. DreamPress is a web-hosting platform built on two VPSs (Virtual Private Servers), one web-hosting VPS and one MySQL VPS, in addition to having built-in Varnish caching which helps with site load times and performance. 
DreamPress includes unlimited email hosting.

7. 45Air

45Air offers low cost managed WordPress hosting plans targeted at developers.

45Air provides VersionPress, git, WP-CLI, SSH and BASH scripting access out of the box on all of their plans.

45Air is also a CloudFlare optimized partner and includes Railgun Performance acceleration to all customers.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: 45Air uses CloudFlare Railgun, advanced server-side Varnish Caching and Opcode caching.
  2. Backup Schedule: "30 day backups".
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: cPanel.
  5. Support: 24/7 chat on all plans and phone support is included for upper tier plans.
  6. Security: Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS and IPS).

45Air Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Coach

Monthly Cost

$12.99

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

10 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

None

Migration Services

$100

In Their Own Words​

We are very developer friendly, and allow git, Shell, and wp-cli access along with a plugin called VersionPress that handles database merging and staging.
We utilize a highly optimized server side Varnish Cache so you won't need to run any caching plugins.
We offer CloudFlare integration and RAILGUN acceleration free of charge.

8. Kinsta

Kinsta is a medium to large scale WordPress hosting solution.

Across their 8 Business and Enterprise plans, customers have a wide range of storage and bandwidth options to fit their specific website needs.

Kinsta is geared towards established online businesses as their entry level plan starts at $100 per month for a single site with limited storage.

Their plan pricing escalates rapidly from there.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: Kinsta is powered by Google Cloud which "provides significant speed boosts and automatic scalability."
  2. Backup Schedule: Automated daily backups with a one-click restore feature.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress
  4. Control Panel Management: A custom built control panel including a site dashboard, a DNS editor and analytics access.
  5. Support: The Kinsta support team has experience in freelance and corporate work creating free and premium WordPress themes, plugins and have even contributed to the WordPress core code.
  6. Security: Google Cloud infrastructure protection, real-time monitoring, DDoS attack detection, hardware firewalls, and and malware scanning. Kinsta provides a free site fix guarantee if hacked.

Kinsta Business Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Business 1

Monthly Cost

$100.00

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

50 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

None

Migration Services

1 site free

In Their Own Words

We use linux containers orchestrated via LXD on the fastest Google machines available. We are the only host to finish Top Tier in every load testing category we entered.​

9. Synthesis

Synthesis is the WordPress specific hosting subsidiary of parent company Rainmaker Digital. Synthesis is also a sister company to the content marketing education site CopyBlogger.

Synthesis supports small to mid-size websites with monthly visitor limits separating their plans. ​

All Synthesis accounts have access to Rainmaker Digital's Scribe content marketing system. Scribe was the predecessor to CopyBlogger's new Rainmaker Platform – an all-in-one website builder, sales, content marketing, and membership site.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: NGINX architecture and proprietary caching configurations.
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups with your own S3 Bucket on Amazon Web Services.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The Synthesis Account Center provides full back-end access in place of cPanel. It also provides SFTP access, SSH access (if requested on Pro Plans and above), and full access to PHPMyAdmin.
  5. Support: 24/7 Helpdesk staffed by WordPress technical experts.
  6. Security: Secured configurations, server side-scanning every 6 hours, brute-force prevention, malware scans and free malware removal.

Synthesis Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Standard

Monthly Cost

$47.00

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

20 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

2 TB, 10 K visitors per day

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

$99 per site

In Their Own Words

In general, we believe that our lightweight NGINX architecture and proprietary caching configurations give our customers the best WordPress performance possible.
Several hosting companies focus on hosting just WordPress sites. What separates us is that we don’t just give you specialized hosting, we also give you the tools to make the most of it. We do this by including a standard Scribe account for content and site optimization – an account that used to cost more per month than a basic Synthesis account!

10. WPOven

WPOven is a managed WordPress hosting solution aimed at web agencies, developers and resellers.

Users can create "on the fly" sites using WPOven's Recipe Builder allowing them to mix themes and plugins for rapid website delivery for clients.  

Under the 'Professional', 'Business' and 'Agency' plans, users have access to the WPOven Client Manager. It's a white-label Client & Project management platform that gives users the ability to manage, bill and invoice their WordPress website clients.

The client manager feature also allows customers to create and assign client websites to Virtual Private Servers as needed.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: All plans receive a dedicated Virtual Private Server optimized for WordPress. Users can choose their desired server location from the U.S., Europe, Asia or Australia.
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily Amazon s3 backups with a one-click restore feature.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The WPOven custom control panel is built and designed specifically for the needs of designers and developers who create WordPress sites.
  5. Support: Email support with WordPress experts.
  6. Security: WPOven employs best practices along with firewall and DDoS protection. Daily anti-virus and malware scanning with anti-hacking support.

WPOven Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Tiny

Monthly Cost

$19.95

Number of Sites

Unlimited

Storage Space

10 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

1 TB, 25 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

14 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

What sets WPOven apart from the other hosting services is firstly Value for money. WPOven provides dedicated servers with the highest server resources for the price.
Another feature that sets WPOven apart from other Managed WordPress VPS hosting services is the Unlimited sites and Visitors. This means we do not set any limit to the number of sites you want to add on the server – neither do we count or limit the number of visitors on your sites.
Our custom dashboard also provides a host different tools which can help you manage your sites better. For example, one click site cloning, site staging and sync, database manager.

11. Flywheel

Flywheel offers a range of managed WP hosting services from single site options for individuals up to bulk install plans for agencies.

Flywheel's custom dashboard is built with web designers and developers in mind providing a way to manage client websites all in one place. Team and client collaboration is also streamlined through individual logins and passwords where access is easy to grant and revoke.

Flywheel also provides free demo sites across all of its plans as well as staging site access to all but its 'Tiny' plan.

With Flywheel's "Blueprints" feature, you can reuse your custom theme designs and plugin combinations to help you build future client websites faster.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: WordPress optimized server-side caching that can handle large traffic spikes. MaxCDN services included on the upper tier plans and for an additional monthly cost of $10 on the 'Tiny' and 'Personal' plans.
  2. Backup Schedule: Nightly backups are stored for 30 days have a one-click restore feature.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: An all-in-one dashboard designed especially for web designers and developers.
  5. Support: WordPress experts available by phone and email from 9 AM to 7 PM CST, Monday through Friday.
  6. Security: Managed WordPress updates, intelligent IP blocking, limited login attempts, malware scanning and free malware removal.

Flywheel Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Tiny

Monthly Cost

$15.00

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

250 GB, 5 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

3 Days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

Flywheel is a delightful platform that empowers designers, developers and digital agencies to focus on what they do best – build beautiful, functional websites for their clients.

12. PressLabs

PressLabs is a professional to enterprise-scale WordPress hosting service built for handling websites with large audiences.

Presslabs has two pricing plans that each offer unmetered bandwidth and storage space for a base monthly charge plus a $0.10 per 1000 page view fee.

The 'Enterprise' plan provides a dedicated hosting infrastructure where the 'Publisher' plan offers shared server infrastructure.

PressLabs claims to be hack-free since their first customer in 2009 so security is a badge of pride for the company. PressLabs uses a multi-layer backup system to restore site code, static files and databases immediately in case of a downtime event.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: PressLabs boasts a scalable architecture that has been tested to support "150,000 simultaneous visitors on a single site". They have 18 data centers across 4 continents claiming "up to 100ms average response times".
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups that are stored through Amazon S3.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The PressLabs Dashboard allows users to configure access to site files, update site settings, change or add DNS records, check site stats, manage caching as well as view and configure logs.
  5. Support: Email with a claimed response time of less than 30 minutes between 8 AM to 3 PM EST, Monday through Friday.
  6. Security: "No hacks since our first customer in 2009". PressLabs uses Perfect Forward Security by default, LetsEncrypt certificates, and doesn't allow any arbitrary PHP code execution.

PressLabs Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Publisher

Monthly Cost

$299 + $0.10 per 1 K pageviews

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

Unlimited

Monthly Bandwidth

Unlimited

Money-Back Guarantee

None

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

We offer real-time human support with our engineering team. The founders and CEO also do support.
We have had 0 hacks since starting out in 2009.
We serve sites from 6 locations, simultaneously: Singapore for Asia, Melbourne for Australia, Frankfurt and London for Europe, Manassas for US East Coast, San Francisco for US West Coast. The geo serving mechanism is built on top of Amazon's highly available DNS service Route 53, and the server locations are close to Amazon's regional data centers.

13. KahunaHost

KahunaHost is low cost managed hosting service targeting WordPress beginners.

As you might've guessed from the name, KahunaHost is based out of Hawaii and is a sister company to OrganicThemes – a WordPress theme membership site.

Along with their managed hosting plans, KahunaHost offers a basic "Theme Setup" service that includes installing WordPress, setting up an Organic Theme as well as the "essential plugins".

KahunaHost has partnered with World Wide Web Hosting to provide its hosting services.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: "High-speed bandwidth".
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress, however World Wide Web Hosting appears to manage KahunaHost's hosting services.
  4. Control Panel Management: The KahunaHost Admin Panel allows users to manage their sites, domains, billing and open support tickets.
  5. Support: 24/7 customer support tickets staffed by knowledgable experts.
  6. Security: "Fully managed WordPress Hosting" and "Fully managed Server Security".

Kahuna Host Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Aloha

Monthly Cost

$20.00

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

25 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

45 days

Migration Services

Free

Crickets...

Kahuna Host never replied to our request for more information about their managed WordPress hosting services.

14. WP Cloud.ca

WPCloud.ca is a Canadian WordPress hosting service specialized to serve the Canadian market.

​Take note that even their pricing shows Canadian dollars in the quick comparison table below!

The WPCloud.ca servers are located across Canada in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver​ to reduce Canadian load times.

If data localization and residency issues are important to you, WPCloud's bandwidth is 100% Canadian owned & operated. This ensures that your data is being stored in compliance with Canadian privacy regulations and corporate governance.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: WPCloud's SSD servers provide Varnish caching, 15 second failover protection, A CDN of 25 Data Centers in 5 Continents and 21 Countries, and image optimization and compression powered by Kraken.
  2. Backup Schedule: Automatic backups run daily, stored both on & offline.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: A customized WPCloud cPanel.
  5. Support: Email and chat support with WordPress Developers, Server Administrators & Security Consultants.
  6. Security: Real time scanning, monitoring & security updates. The WPCloud security team fixes hacks immediately at no extra cost.

WPCloud.ca Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Business 10

Monthly Cost

$24.00 CAD / ~$18 USD

Number of Sites

2

Storage Space

10 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

25 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

Free

Crickets...

WPCloud.ca never replied to our request for more information about their managed WordPress hosting services.

15. mWPCloud

mWPCloud is a small scale WordPress hosting service targeting bloggers and small online businesses.

Note that mWPCloud is now powered by CooliceHost's NGINX + Varnish SSD servers and support team.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: mWPcloud uses industry standard technologies such as CloudLinux Virtualization, Apache and MySQL optimized clusters. They also claim to use an "Advanced Caching & Security Framework".
  2. Backup Schedule: Nightly backups are kept for up to seven days.
  3. CMS: mWPcloud is 100% WordPress, but CooliceHost is not.
  4. Control Panel Management: cPanel.
  5. Support: Outsourced to CooliceHost with a 24/7 helpdesk for all plans. Phone support is provided for the 'Business' and 'Advanced' plans.
  6. Security: Automatic updates and 24/7 server monitoring. mWPcloud is compatible and easy to integrate with CloudFlare protection. "Special software" blocks and eliminates attempts to hack mWPcloud hosted sites.

MWP Cloud Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Personal

Monthly Cost

$9.95

Number of Sites

5

Storage Space

1 GB SSD

Monthly Bandwidth

60 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

60 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

Take a deeper look at our VPS hybrid plans. They are really good for any kind of WordPress site thanks to their specific features. Plus you will have DDoS protection with no extra charge.
We are specialized in providing fast ultimate solutions not only for most popular CMSs, but also for all projects based on PHP. This makes us a part of the big WordPress game.

16. Lightning Base

Lightning Base is a WordPress only hosting service that offers basic management for clients.

Lightning Base's plans are segregated primarily by bandwidth, local storage and page view metering.

Lightning Base servers use SSD storage and modern Xeon processors.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: SSD Raid-10 storage, Varnish and Opcode caching, CDNs configured for every site and located in a Chicago, USA data center.
  2. Backup Schedule: Full backups taken weekly and database backups taken daily. All backups are stored off-site for disaster recovery.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: cPanel.
  5. Support: Email and ticket support with experienced WordPress users.
  6. Security: Lightning Base uses "comprehensive" firewalls to prevent hacking. Security scans are performed regularly to prevent and find intrusions. Users are strongly encouraged to setup Cloudflare for accelerating DNS resolution and providing another layer of security.

Lightning Base Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Personal

Monthly Cost

$9.95

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

1 GB SSD

Monthly Bandwidth

10 GB, 10 K pageviews

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

Lightning Base is known for being very good in terms of price/performance (3rd party tests have often shown our services to match some of the very fastest providers at a much lower price).
We are much smaller than a lot of the big hosts, meaning you receive more personalized support. Tickets won't be handed back and forth between a dozen different support people, and our support is both experienced and friendly.

Next Up, Part 2

​On its surface, this article is an overview of the top 16 WordPress specialized hosting services.

But, we have much bigger plans to expand this overview into a comprehensive Roundup Review in the very near future. 

As a reader of ActiveGrowth, you know we're obsessive compulsive about all the nitty-gritty performance details when we do our product reviews.

So what will our final WordPress Hosting roundup review actually include?

To wet your appetite, we're planning to get memberships to all the entry level plans listed above in order to stress-test their marketing claims through ActiveGrowth level scrutiny. We want to collect real data through a Thrive Themes powered demo site to show you exactly how all these services perform against one another.

We'd Like Your Input

With the description of our upcoming stress-test in mind, we'd like to know what you're excited to learn about when it comes to WordPress hosting.

Do you have any experience with these companies that you'd like to share?

Did we miss a WordPress hosting service you think should be included in our mega-list above?

Please contribute your thoughts in the comments section below to help us assemble a no-holds-barred WordPress Hosting review tailored to your online business needs!

Matt Totten
 

Matt's a geologist turned online marketer and digital nomad. He's a Modern Manimal on a mission to create a hunter-gatherer lifestyle in a high-tech world. When away from his tech, you can find him at the park training AcroYoga.

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Julius - March 2, 2017

I’m very happy with WPX Hosting – the only thing I miss is a staging enviroment (like I wpengine and other have), but support promised they will add this feature soon. If you reach out to them, could you please put a little pressure on this? ;-)

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for the heads up on WPX’s coming staging environment feature Julius. We’ll keep an eye open for it so we can update our review if/when it goes live.

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Gio - March 2, 2017

Siteground should definitely be on the list imho

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for your comment Gio, but with this review we want to focus exclusively on WordPress specialized hosting companies. They tend to have stronger support, efficient systems and more optimized hardware when it comes to hosting WordPress websites.

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Adam - March 2, 2017

Awesome stuff, Matt. Specialist WordPress hosting is pretty much essential these days.

Sure, it costs more but it’s worth it.

But, how some companies handle pricing just doesn’t seems bizarre. E.g. WP Engine.

It’s monthly unique visitors. That sounds fine, but how they reset what they consider to be a unique visitor each day is nuts. Quite misleading.

That’s why I prefer how hosts like WPX Hosting do things. Bandwidth seems like a much more customer friendly way to go.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks Adam! I agree that the traffic metering definitions of what constitutes a visit or visitor can certainly be ambiguous with some of these hosting services. We’ll try to investigate this point for Part 2 of this review.

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Derek - March 2, 2017

I use Stablehost…

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Derek. Again, we want to focus exclusively on WordPress specialized hosting companies for this review so Stablehost won’t be included in Part 2.

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Brian - March 2, 2017

Will you consider Amazon Lightsail in the review? It is not dedicated for WordPress but there is a rising trend of people using it for WordPress

https://amazonlightsail.com/

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for your comment Brian! You’re correct that Amazon Lightsail doesn’t offer exclusive WordPress hosting, but it might be a good idea to include it since many of the Hosts discussed in the post rely on some aspect of AWS to deliver their services. Consider it under consideration! ;)

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Bruce - March 2, 2017

Naturally, we will all want our hosting providers to be tested – so I’m with insty.me.

I would like to see you include entry level reseller accounts as many of us will be providing services for others and this is an important aspect of the hosting that we need.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hey Bruce, is insty.me only offering WordPress hosting? It’s a little unclear from their online marketing, but they might be a good candidate to include as well. I’ll delve deeper into their services to see if they’d be a good match for Part 2.

    As for reseller account plans, that’s another useful point to consider for our audience in the final review. Thanks for your input!

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Jake Liddell - March 2, 2017

I support a lot of small sites that have very little traffic. So for me an important consideration would be the cost for 100 sites. It’s a different use-case to someone who’s just looking to place one site. For example, WPX Hosting would be $400 a month for that number.

Currently I use Siteground, which I seem to be able to get fast performance from using their caching plugins for WordPress. Would be good to see them included in part 2, to see how they compare.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Jake, I agree that it would be good to consider the multi-site use case in the review. However, if your sites don’t get much traffic and aren’t experiencing growth, high-performance WordPress hosting probably isn’t a major concern for you.

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Matthew Newnham - March 2, 2017

Great article, Matt – thanks very much. We were with LiquidWeb for a couple of years, and they were very good. However, based on Shane’s review, we’ve migrated to WPX, who are also very good, and cost less that LiquidWeb. The only thing I miss is telephone based support, but the WPX guys are really fast with their live chat support, and super helpful.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks Matthew! Glad to hear WPX is performing for you. LiquidWeb may also be worth adding to the review as well so thanks sharing your experience with them!

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Mike - March 2, 2017

Awesome! Looks like this could turn into a really reliable test for the best WordPress hosting services around. Especially the stress test is interesting: it’s hard to compare site speed without seeing some data to back up the claims. Most of them just say their service is lightning fast, but it’s hard to quantify how fast that is and how that stacks up to other hosters in particular.

I understand that you’d like to limit yourself to specific WordPress hosters, but nevertheless it’s a pity that the review won’t include other big popular hosters like Bluehost and Siteground. My site is currently hosted at the first, but considering moving to the second :).

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Mike, we’re definitely all about testing and collecting objective data here at ActiveGrowth and will use it ruthlessly to determine how well marketing claims stack up to real life! ;)

    As for adding the big-name hosting services in for Part 2, it’s outside the scope of this review. We’d rather focus our time, effort and resources on the WordPress hosting services that are duking it out every day to claim top spots in the high-performance hosting ranks. That will provide the most value to WordPress users since most people already understand what they’re getting when they choose a bargain-bin hosting solution.

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robert - March 2, 2017

I moved all my sites to http://hosixy.com/ about one year ago. Tickets are handled in minutes by the owner. Good pricing with the best support I’ve ever seen. Send them a ticket and see for yourself.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Robert, Hosixy doesn’t look like they specialize in WordPress so we won’t be able to include them in the review.

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Ian - March 2, 2017

I’ve been a very happy customer of Synthesis for a few years now and host several sites with them. Have had some pretty big traffic spikes (e.g. 2,500+ simultaneous users) during that time and each time the website was able to handle them without breaking a sweat.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Ian, thanks for sharing your traffic spike experiences with us…those are some nice anecdotal data points to keep in mind. I’m looking forward to stress-testing Synthesis soon!

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Evette - March 2, 2017

I use SiteGround for my web hosting. I’m pretty happy with them. If you’d like to give a review on them I’d be interested in what you have to say.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Evette. Unfortunately, we won’t be testing Siteground for this review since they fall within the generic, shared hosting category, but glad to hear they’re working out for you!

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Ralph - March 2, 2017

Please also review cloudways.com – specifically the digital ocean setups

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    John - March 2, 2017

    I agree with Ralph, CW with Ocean Digital setup really is fast.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Ralph, although Cloudways’ pay-as-you-go system and different data center setup options (via either Digital Oceans, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform Live, VULTR and Kyup) are pretty interesting, they’re not specialized in WordPress so we’ll have to leave it off the list for this review.

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Mike - March 2, 2017

A fair few years back, I had a malicious attack to my WP site and my then host pretty much said ‘your problem; you sort it’. I had to find someone to clean it and transfer it. I was grateful, but his price included high cost hosting. I had no contact with the host and he wasn’t interested in small queries.

So my top priority is service standards. On Thrive recommendation, I went with TrafficPlanet/now WPX and I’ve been happy with them. Their support is great. For small businesses and solo entrepreneurs, having excellent advice, on tap, and responsive, who don’t charge extra or seem to resent you using their time has a huge value.

So I’d like you to stress test this with a range of questions and queries from naive newbie to common but pretty technical questions. The other thing my experience taught me is to value security. How well do your competing hosts maintain security of their servers, and what do they offer their customers to help them keep safe and make wise choices?

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for sharing Mike! We’ll definitely try to come up with some clever ways to evaluate security and support. Those are definitely make or break requirements for any serious online business!

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Aaron - March 2, 2017

Wpcloud.ca is the best hosting company I’ve ever used. They take care of so much for you and will help troubleshoot almost any site problem unrelated to hosting.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for sharing Aaron! Is your online business primarily serving Canadian or international visitors/customers?

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Don - March 2, 2017

Siteground has been an excellent choice for my company and clients. Support has been outstanding. Backup system has worked flawlessly and they have provided warnings and fixes regarding vulnerabilities to site security. For the money this is a great choice for most business models.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Don. Thanks for sharing your experience with Siteground…glad to hear it’s working out so well for your businesses!

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Colin - March 2, 2017

I’d also like to put in a vote for analysis of site security measures such as the availability / cost of file scanning or traffic filtering tools and services. Nothing worse than having your site hacked and the plug-in system for WP is both flexible and a source of vulnerabilities.

Backups of your site are no good if all of them include the malicious code that wormed its way into your files.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on security Colin! Finding a way to test the robustness of the security and backup systems would be super valuable to include in the review.

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Lewis Evans - March 2, 2017

I am another one who went to Siteground after some extensive research. They are good, supportive (and quick to respond) and I have no problems with them. They have also just thrown in free HTTPS for all my sites.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Lewis, great to hear Siteground is working smoothly for you!

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James - March 2, 2017

I am very surprised you didn’t include Liquid Web. My fellow marketers rave about this hosting service and haven’t had one person not excited to use it either.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for your input James. I agree that LiquidWeb deserves another good look since they focus on providing high-performance hosting solutions including Managed WordPress plans being among them.

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John - March 2, 2017

I’m currently hosting with A2 Hosting (shared plan) and Inmotion Hosting (VPS). I believe that both are good hosts, but my decision to go with them was purely based on reviews (non-affiliate). So far their customer service has been good, but I didn’t do any kind of stress-testing. I am however seeing unexpected response delays at times that make me wonder, especially with the VPS that I’m paying $500 per year for.

I would be really interested in the outcome of these tests because I’m planning to relaunch an expanded version of one of my websites within the next month and I want to be sure that my hosting is tops. After this article, I’m thinking that relaunching the site with WPX Hosting (and getting rid of the VPS) is something to consider.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your experiences and recent issues with A2 and Inmotion John! Unfortunately, we won’t be adding these two providers to our review, but hopefully we’ll have some results that will help you find a better solution for less than what you’re paying now…stay tuned!

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      John - March 3, 2017

      Thanks, Matt. I’m looking forward to your findings. There are some many hosts and so many options (shared, VPS, etc). The hosts say VPS is better than shared, and then I read that VPS is “old school” in a fast-moving tech world, or that a good shared plan can beat VPS. It becomes confusing.

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      Matt Totten - March 4, 2017

      I agree John. With so many competing architectures to choose from, it can be tough to keep them all straight and know which system actually delivers cutting-edge performance. With this review, we’re aiming to deliver the data, insights and experience needed to help cut through that confusion! :)

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Henk - March 3, 2017

Good coverage Shane. A further consideration for non-US based users – I’m in Australia.

I’m of the understanding that location of the hosting is a (small?) Google ranking factor for the specific country. This is despite the fact that you can specify location in Google search console. Obviously, it’s not clear as Google does not disclose, but I have moved sites from US to Australian hosts for Australian clients and with no other changes, they are suddenly showing up in the search rankings locally.

Local latency is something to consider as well. If you test a website using Pingdom tools using different servers from locations around the world you will see that in response times – and many users don’t use CDNs. So it often depends where your target audience is located. You want them to have the fastest local user experience.

The last issue is one that may not be considered too often and that’s the one or data-protection / privacy protection. Many organisations are not allow (due to their privacy terms) to push customer data to other countries. For example it has been an issue for a local financial services organisation to use Amazon servers. They had to totally change their privacy policy and republish it to users.

Last and on a different topic, I don’t really understand why there’s a need (other than market positioning) to use a WordPress hosting specialist. You didn’t really cover that point in your intro…seems that all good hosting companies can and should handle well any type of php CMS. Could you please expand on that?

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks for your input Henk!

    We’re focusing solely on WordPress specialized hosting companies because it leads to WordPress specialized support and technical staff, cutting-edge WordPress architecture, and tighter security around WordPress specific vulnerabilities. All of this leads to WordPress website performance optimization which is what we’re trying to find in this review.

    Your point about the location of data centers is a good one and something I’m hoping to address in Part 2. Your bump in local Google search rankings by switching to an in-country host is also very interesting…I’ll definitely look into this.

    Also, the privacy concerns you raised are super important. It would be great to find a way to compare hosts on this issue as well. WPCloud was the only host I saw in researching Part 1 that really addressed this concern in their marketing.

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Brett - March 3, 2017

I’m surprised “server location” and “privacy” issues don’t seem to feature heavily on your “hosting essentials shortlist”??

This is now my MAJOR priority with each new website I build after reading the following:

http://nomadcapitalist.com/2013/12/15/top-5-best-countries-host-website-data-privacy/

and

https://torrentfreak.com/kim-dotcom-will-move-mega-privacy-services-to-iceland-to-avoid-spying-130809/

As a result of these concerns I have now moved all my email services, web hosting, and domain registrations to Norway and Switzerland. I’m no longer interested in any servers located within the United States especially.

After looking at a number of Norwegian hosting companies – I settled on a company called http://servetheworld.net who provide me with full VPS (not just shared hosting) for NOK267 per month (approx US$30 per month). I have been with this company now for just over a year and have been really happy with the service to date. The only hesitation I would have is that some of the correspondence and support material is a mixture of English and Norwegian – but I can always Google translate – or their help desk has good English speakers.

I’m really pleased I made the move and now all my new sites are registered with .ch domains also. I buy the .com equivalent and redirect it to the .ch to cover those who might assume my sites are .com. To me this is the most important security protection I can have for my sites. If the American govt wants to shut you down – they can just demand “Namecheap” cancels your .com – how easy would that be to get rid of “pesky competition”. I now sleep easier at night knowing have made these changes.

I really believe you should include the server hosting locations in your shortlist.

Good luck … really looking forward to your future reviews.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Thanks Brett! We’ll try to address server location and privacy concerns in Part 2 of the review.

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Lisa - March 3, 2017

I’m surprised not to see SiteGround on your list? I’ve heard great things about them and have been considering moving my sites over to them. Any plans to review them? I for one would be interested to read your thoughts.

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Lisa, we don’t have any plans to review any of the generic, shared hosting plans right now. The complete review is focused on testing the different high-performance hosting services that are specialized just for WordPress.

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Chris - March 3, 2017

Another request that you please include SiteGround. As I am about to move my hosting and they were way up on my list of possibles I too would be interested to read your comparison and comments. Thanks

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    Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

    Hi Chris, unfortunately Siteground falls outside the scope of this high-performance WordPress hosting review.

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      Chris - March 4, 2017

      Over 20% of respondents above have suggested / requested SiteGround be included. That’s a significant chunk of Thrive people is it not? Maybe it’s worth making an exception. Just a thought. Use it…don’t use it.

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      Matt Totten - March 4, 2017

      Hi Chris, there’s no denying that the request for including Siteground has definitely been rung clearly by the audience. My concern with including any of the budget hosts (that cater to every type of web hosting platform out there) is a dilution of value and technical focus in our final review.

      That being said, all of the requests sparked me with an idea around how I could include Siteground without losing that laser focus I want to maintain around WordPress specialized hosting…stay tuned! ;)

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      Tris - March 6, 2017

      I had nothing but trouble with SiteGround on three separate occasions one of which was a managed VPS that they just couldn’t get right and then two GoGeek shared packages which couldn’t cope with the strain of what they promise.

      For their shared services, despite SG’s claims of unlimited this and extra that, when it came to actual background processes allowed to concurrently run, resources, CPU cycles or whatever (including IMAP email accounts), there was always a “Gotcha”. No good for running anything more a few simple sites and a couple of IMAP email accounts on several devices because you soon use up allocations of allowed restrictions (see the small print) and then all your sites (and emails) go down until those calls and email connections drop down to required levels.

      SG did/do offer a pretty neat staging solution, however this was soon rendered a pointless advantage when I used anything vaguely intensive like BackupBuddy that no matter what settings I tried or they tweaked, things would never actually run well enough before timeouts would occur on anything more than a small simple site.

      As for support, they try and be quick, but each time you’ll invariably get someone different who answers the problem with a completely different solution and quite often obtusely not actually answering the question, problem or real issue which I often found to be their service limitations. I’d end up with really long tickets until finally someone would “get it”, tell me it was a “feature” (shared server limitation) and all along it was what I’d pointed out as the first possibility I’d asked about in the very first part of the ticket.

      I’d love to see this proposed WP specialist hosting article compared with the likes of SG, then if what you say about specialist WP hosting is true, we’d see the true advantage and put the likes of SG to shame for use on anything more than a brochure site – or NOT!?

      Incidentally, not all shared hosting is bad, I finally found one that works well for me in the UK – it just works as expected and is fine for my small scale sites and developments without issue – it can be done.

      Finally, just to add to the remit of what you are going to research for this article, can I suggest you include all the things that aren’t properly mentioned in the sales gubbins – i.e. email services which under my cPanel on my current shared server allows me to create unlimited free accounts but for these WP specific services I notice isn’t often mentioned, included or is an extra at say $1 per email address. Staging provision being another ‘missing’ thing and also easy/free/cheap/non-ripoff SSL certs being another – there must be more things too but can’t think of them now.

      I do understand the point/value of having a pro WP service but I need to know what I’ll miss from my cPanel’s full range of facilities and what it’s likely to cost me replacing those extras, or what services to replace them with (e.g. alternative secure email hosting that doesn’t cost me $1 pm per email address).

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      Matt Totten - March 6, 2017

      Hi Tris, thanks for sharing so much detail with us about your Siteground hosting experience!

      The “throttling” you encountered on your “unlimited” plan sounds pretty typical of these generic hosting companies once you start putting any significant strain on them. I’m sure the long and impersonal service ticket run-arounds soon became an unacceptable part of running your websites.

      You read my mind with the Siteground comparison idea as it would be useful to test how this popular budget service stands up against the specialized WordPress solutions.

      And thanks for the idea of comparing each hosting service’s dashboard to a cPanel standard…that’ll be a good way to show the feature differences across all the options.

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      Tris - March 16, 2017

      Hi Matt, thanks for the reply and I’m glad my long comment was useful.

      Indeed, the long-winded SG support tickets that never really got resolved over hours, days and weeks was very troublesome – it drove me nuts. I’m so glad I don’t deal with that sort of thing anymore.

      I look forward to seeing all the comparisons and findings you uncover in this research.

      Good luck.

      Tris

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Tomas - March 3, 2017

I give another vote for Cloudways.com. I’m using Knownhost and WPEngine as we, but I’m happiest with Cloudways (speed for money).

Also consider reviewing https://speedkills.io/. Not really a hosting service. They use Cloudways but manage the hosting service for one monthly payment. Not cheap but a lot of personal service.

Tomas

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Matt Totten - March 3, 2017

Thanks for sharing your experiences with these hosts Tomas!

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Benjamin - March 3, 2017

I’ve been with Pressjitsu for a year after trying Synthesis, WP Engine and Kinsta and couldn’t be happier.

They answer emails incredibly fast (usually less than 30 minutes) and are pretty cheap compared to other managed wordpress hosts.

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    Matt Totten - March 4, 2017

    Thanks Benjamin, Pressjitsu definitely seems like a WordPress Specialized hosting service we should look into for this review!

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Eelin - March 4, 2017

Thanks for this informative review Matt. I’ve been with Hostgator for almost 10 years now on a shared hosting. My sites do not hold large amounts of data so loading speed has been relatively ok. However I’ve noticed a significant drop of standard in their overall support.

Recently I migrated my hosting to their cloud. It’s been 6 days now and my sites are still down. After checking with support the 3rd time, I was told that it could take up to 7 days for the migration process to be completed. I’m not sure if this is normal. But I would have liked to know before hand if my sites were going to be down for a week. So I’ll certainly be looking at another hosting after this.

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    Matt Totten - March 4, 2017

    Hi Eelin, thanks for sharing your experience with HostGator. For most online businesses, a week of downtime is usually unacceptable. Lackluster support is another reason why we don’t encourage anyone to go with the big name hosts. Their customer base is probably so large that your critical needs just get reduced to a ticket number and become lost in some endless support queue.

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David - March 7, 2017

Hello Matt, This was a very informative review. Just getting started, I chose to work with HostGator. You were very fair in your assessment of all the hosting services. WPX Hosting seems to offer quite a bit and will definitely be on my radar as my website grows.

Thanks for the insight. I look forward to part 2.

David

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    Matt Totten - March 9, 2017

    Thanks David, glad to hear Part 1 was informative for you. We’re working as we speak to collect our own data and deeper insights for Part 2!

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Howard - March 12, 2017

I think that for somebody just starting out, the most important factor when choosing a website is avoid EIG-owned webhosting companies like the plague they are. There are currently about 50 of them. To see if your choice of webhost is a member of the EIG (Borg), just google the name + “EIG”.

You probably want to avoid any webhost that is large enough to be of interest to the Borg.

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    Matt Totten - April 21, 2017

    Thanks for your comment Howard!

    Based on your suggestion, I cross-checked some websites that published research on what hosting services EIG owns (since it appears EIG doesn’t publicly divulge that info) and fortunately, none of the services we’re researching were listed.

    However, Bluehost and HostGator were so that’s probably another good reason to avoid them.

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Mark Sceats - April 15, 2017

Hi Matt

Great article and looking forward to part 2!

Personally, I’d be very interested to see your views on how GoDaddy’s dedicated WP hosting compares with WPX and WP Engine.

Cheers, Mark

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    Matt Totten - April 21, 2017

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your comment! I’m working to deliver Part 2 soon. :)

    Unfortunately, I won’t be looking into GoDaddy’s WP hosting, but I hope you’ll still check out the final roundup review!

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Michael Drummond - April 23, 2017

Have to say, this is a timely article as I’m ready to switch to some faster hosting, and all I use now is ThriveThemes + WordPress, with an occasional HTML page thrown in.

Quick question…

Am I right to assume that these “WordPress Specialized” hosting services tolerate/allow html pages here and there?

Anyway, looking forward to part 2.

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