Best Managed WordPress Hosting Companies For 2017
And 6 Bonus Tips For Choosing A Great Web Host
We’re often asked which web hosts we recommend to power WordPress websites, so we’ve put together this page to help you find the perfect host for your specific circumstances.
With countless web hosts out there, we wanted to make the process as easy as possible.
Please note that we do use affiliate links below, so if you make a purchase, we may receive a commission. Our opinions are our own and we only recommend hosts that we’ve had a positive experience with ourselves.
WPX Hosting (coupon)
WPX Hosting provides managed WordPress hosting. They’re fast and reliable. We moved to them after extensive downtime and support issues with our previous host.
They reply to support tickets VERY quick. Uptime is excellent, and they can cope with traffic spikes. Their control panel is very basic, but the simplicity is a huge time-saver (read our WPX Hosting review).
And they offer free malware scanning & removal!
Perfect for: Bloggers and small businesses who want a cost effective hosting solution that doesn’t compromise on speed.
Helpful features: Free domain migrations, free SSL certificates, 1-click WordPress install, 24/7 support, unlimited email boxes, daily backups, SSD servers, application firewall, dedicated memory and more.
Pricing: Plans start at $24.99/month.
Kinsta offer specialist WordPress hosting that leverages Google’s Cloud Platform.
What we particularly love about Kinsta is their ability to scale hardware to cope with the biggest traffic spikes.
They have a very responsive support team and our experience with them so far has been excellent.
Page load times are exceptional but it’s recommended to use a CDN as well. This will give you extra speed and cut down on bandwidth usage.
One important note is that like a lot of WordPress managed hosting companies, Kinsta do not offer email hosting.
This is actually a good thing because it adds an extra layer of redundancy. Instead, you could use a platform like G Suite by Google for your emails.
Perfect for: Freelancers, startups, agencies and anyone that requires the ability to cope with large volumes of traffic.
Helpful features: Automatic scaling (great for traffic spikes), Free SSL with Let’s Encrypt, server level caching, staging environments, premium DNS management, daily uptime checking, multisite support, HTTP/2 support, SSH, WP-CLI and GIT.
Pricing: Plans start from $100/month.
SiteGround (up to 60% discount)
SiteGround are a specialist WordPress web host that we’ve used for several other projects. We’ve received prompt support, and they have a great set of features.
They have their own built-in caching solution which comes pre-installed with WordPress, so you don’t need to worry about installing caching plugins (or messing with settings).
Their pricing is very competitive, and they come with some seriously useful features such as WordPress site staging and more.
Perfect for: Developers, businesses, and bloggers who want advanced features without the hefty price tag.
Helpful features: Pro-active updates & patches for WordPress, cPanel & Softaculous, 1-click WordPress installation, free website migrations, SSD drives, in-house caching solution, one-click WordPress staging*, Git integration*, HTTP/2 enabled servers, support via phone, chat or email, free SSL certificates**, 30 money back guarantee and more.
Pricing: Plans start at $3.95/month with up to 60% discount available. Click the button below to get started.
* - available only on GoGeek plan
** - available only on GoGeek and GrowBig plans
6 important web hosting tips
#6 - Avoid hosts that charge by the number of visitors
A number of managed WordPress hosts (I won't name names), charge customers based on the number of monthly unique visitors they receive.
But further down their pricing page they explain that they reset what their system perceives as a unique visit every day.
Costs for these types of hosts can easily spiral out of control.
For brands that get extremely large traffic volumes, this isn't as much of an issue - but it is for the rest of us.
This is why we've been very selective with the hosts listed on this page - all of them have sensible pricing plans that don't penalize you for growing your traffic.
#5 - Never rely on a web host taking backups
Just to be clear; we’re not saying that backups performed by hosting companies are a waste of time. They are a necessity, but it’s also critical that you have multiple redundancies.
As website owners, we put so much time and effort into building our websites, losing all that hard work would be devastating.
Always take regular backups, so you have an extra layer of protection.
We currently use VaultPress for our backups, and it costs $5/month. You could alternatively use a free plugin like UpdraftPlus. The key is to ensure that both your database along with all of your files are backed up.
And if you run a content heavy site, or an ecommerce site of any type - avoid using a plugin and use an external backup solution like VaultPress.
#4 – Add an extra layer of security with Sucuri
Most web hosts have security locked down tight, but when WordPress and various themes/plugins aren’t updated, it can leave the door open to hackers.
Sucuri provides an effective malware scanning solution, along with email updates and the best part of it is that they will clean up malware for you fast.
A few years ago, we had a premium plugin installed that didn’t have updates enabled and it turns out there was a vulnerability in the plugin.
We only found out after our host notified us that our site was infected with malware – we signed up to Sucuri, and they removed the malware fast. We didn’t even need to restore our site from our backups.
It’s also worth mentioning that Sucuri offer a firewall solution that stops anyone accessing your WordPress admin page that hasn’t had their IP address whitelisted. This service also acts as a content delivery network so can improve your sites performance.
Note: WPX Hosting now offers free malware scanning and removal to their customers. Most hosts don't offer this and if they do, it's an extra cost.
#3 – Don’t register your domain with the same company that hosts it (even if it is free)
We only ever register domains with Namecheap and never through our hosting company.
We do this because it gives us greater control, added security and redundancy.
So if your host is compromised or you want to switch to a better host, you simply point your domain name servers to a new web host, and restore your site from a backup.
It also means you won’t be locked into any web host & the website migration process is a lot smoother.
Transferring domains can be a confusing and time-consuming process, so this will help you avoid that problem altogether.
#2 - Speed up your website with a CDN
CDN stands for content delivery network, and we touched upon this earlier while talking about security.
So what does this mean?
A CDN is a network of servers strategically located in different parts of the world. Each server holds a copy of a website’s content (files, images, scripts, etc.) and serves it to the site visitors within its locale.
The result is that your website will load faster which will make your visitors happy. Your conversion rates will increase, and you may even get a small ranking boost from Google (page load times are part of their algorithm).
So how do you get started? There are plenty of providers on the market, but we use and recommend MaxCDN.
#1 – Pay close attention to support response times
If you have a problem with your website, you need to know that you can get in touch with support & who can get it working again without wasting time.
In the past, we’ve hosted our sites with companies who have taken 9 days of exchanging support emails only to fail to resolve a problem. And that was after waiting 45 minutes to get onto live chat who told us we needed to email support instead.
Our site could be down for days before anyone would even reply to a single email – this all costs us money, right?!
So, that’s why we knew our next host had to have responsive support.
Both WPX Hosting and Kinsta specifically have extremely quick response times.
We'll leave you with this...
The decision of which web host to go with can be challenging – there is so much choice.
It used to be that there weren’t many decent options for hosting WordPress websites, although there are a lot more now. And that’s awesome for WordPress users like you and me.
But which web host should you choose?
Every situation is different which is why we have listed more than one.
If you want the best all-round WordPress host with impressive page load times and great support, WPX Hosting and Kinsta are the winners here. WPX Hosting is more affordable and can cope with a lot of traffic, Kinsta is more suited to high levels of traffic. Both offer great support but there's one important thing to mention - WPX includes emails, whereas Kinsta doesn't (you'd need to use something like G Suite for emails instead).
Want a budget hosting solution? SiteGround is a great host to start with and you can upgrade your plan as your site grows. But be careful, after your first year prices go up significantly.
If you have some money to invest, or you have an established website with traffic below 350K/month and don’t require advanced features – WPX Hosting should be a great fit for you.
Need the ability to infinitely scale your traffic? Kinsta use Google Cloud to power their hosting. This means they can support 'Sharktank' levels of traffic.
You get a decent amount of traffic, and you’d love developer features from a WordPress specialist host? SiteGround is a solid option. They provide Git integration, one-click staging, servers on 3 continents and more.