Friday, 1 November 2019

The 9 Best WordPress Hosting Companies

WordPress is so popular that the claim for having the best WordPress plans around makes marketing sense for many. Unfortunately, what you get on paper doesn’t always match reality.

1. WP Engine

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Disk Space10/20/30GB
Max. Websites1/5/15 Sites
Max. Email AccountsNo Email Hosting
Max. DatabasesUnmetered
Max. SubdomainsUnmetered
LimitationsMonthly visitor caps, disallowed plugins

WP Engine Plans & Features

WP Engine has three standard plans:
  • Startup—10Gb storage, 50Gb bandwidth, allows 1 website and 25,000 monthly visits
  • Growth—20Gb storage, 200Gb bandwidth, allows 5 websites and 100,000 monthly visits
  • Scale—30Gb storage, 400Gb bandwidth, allows 15 websites and 400,000 monthly visits

2. SiteGround

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Disk Space10/20/30GB
Max. Websites1/Unmetered
Max. Email AccountsUnmetered
Max. DatabasesUnmetered
Max. SubdomainsUnmetered
LimitationsStartUp plan features are limited, not ideal for scaling beyond 100,000 visitors/month

3. BlueHost

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Disk SpaceUnmetered
Max. WebsitesUnmetered
Max. Email AccountsUnmetered
Max. DatabasesUnmetered
Max. SubdomainsUnmetered
LimitationsMore efficient for running multiple websites

BlueHost Plans & Features

BlueHost offers unmetered resources across the board.
I’ve discussed the actual limits with the support. By realistic estimate, the plans should handle up to a million monthly visitors. This depends heavily on the website, though, so only take it as a ballpark number.
The plans differ in the features you get. The more expensive plans come with custom promotion tools, video compression, and a few useful ecommerce tools.
BlueHost has the best WordPress hosting if you want to run three or four websites, but it’s a bit of an overkill for only one.

4. Kinsta

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Disk Space5-200Gb
Max. Websites1-150
Max. Email AccountsNot available
Max. DatabasesUnmetered
Max. SubdomainsUnmetered
LimitationsNo emails, no phone support, Max five website migrations per account

Kinsta Plans & Features

Kinsta has the broadest range of pricing tiers on this list. The ten different plans range from one WordPress install to 150. 
The plans are suitable for anything from 20,000 to 3,000,000 monthly visits. If you overstep your limit, you get an overage fee of $1 per 1,000 visits, which is annoying but not terrible.
The storage limits are sort of restrictive. You get 5Gb of storage with the starter plan, which is slim in and of itself. If you host the maximum number of websites with the largest plan, though, you get little over 1Gb per site—hardly what you want to hear when you’re paying $1,500/month.
The resources are fairly slim, especially for a high-end WordPress hosting service.

5. InMotion Hosting

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InMotion Plans & Features

InMotion Hosting’s solutions cover a wide range of resources. It’s suitable if you want to grow a fledgling website all the way to the high end of VPS.
One thing to note is that transferring to VPS WordPress hosting does not necessarily entail a resource upgrade. Both the medium and largest shared plans have more storage capacity than the smallest VPS one.
The resource allocation are generous, but the three-website limit with shared plans will annoy some users.
Otherwise, the offer is solid.
6. A2 Hosting
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A2 Plans & Features

A2 Hosting doesn’t track bandwidth usage. The limits on the plans are:
         1-Site—One website/10Gb of storage
         3-Sites—Three websites/25Gb of storage
         Unlimited—Unlimited websites/40Gb of storage

7. DreamHost

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DreamHost Plans & Features

The starter plan gives you 30Gb of storage, and each following plan doubles this. The rest of the resources are unmetered.
The plans are suitable for about 100,000, 300,000, and 1,000,000 monthly visitors. It’s just an estimate, though, and you don’t get charged more if you exceed it.

One caveat is that DreamHost only allows one website per subscription. The strategy is sort of opposite to the unlimited WordPress hosting BlueHost provides.
The resources are more than generous for running a single website, though. The obvious drawback, however, is that you must purchase several plans to host multiple sites.

8. HostGator

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HostGator Plans & Features

The three plans let you create one, two, or three websites.
Storage and bandwidth are unmetered. HostGator estimates the plans are suitable for between 100,000 and 500,000 monthly visitors. This makes it a happy medium between SiteGround’s smaller plans and massive ones like BlueHost’s.
It is a cloud solution, so I suggest looking into the actual CPU and RAM usage. It is awesome if you have unpredictable traffic spikes, but there’s a steeper learning curve than usual.

9. FastComet

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FastComet Plans & Features

You are essentially getting a shared hosting plan. You get 15, 25, or 35Gb of storage depending on the plan. FastComet estimates the plans can accommodate 25,000, 50,000, and 100,000 visitors.
Considering the price is the same as with shared plans, FastComet has extremely cheap WordPress hosting. However, the resources might come up short if you try running several demanding sites.
Since you’re getting the same plan as everyone else, FastComet doesn’t store you on a server with WordPress websites exclusively. Consequently, other providers can calibrate their servers more smoothly.

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