Choosing the best or fastest hosting for WordPress is like navigating a minefield. They all look great on paper, however once you’ve paid and go live (the landmine), you find out what you’ve really paid for. In most cases, if you’ve paid less than $100/yr you will most likely be sharing your hosting server with 25 – 50 other websites.
To aid our readers, we’ve tested and painstakingly compiled a list of WordPress hosting services that are not only the fastest when it comes to load times, but reduce server administration and don’t cost an arm and a leg every month.
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
These are WordPress hosting providers that cover the basics such as built-in Security, Managed WordPress core upgrades – so your site is always patched and secure, Cache, Daily backups and WordPress support. Advanced features such as SSH, CLI, Staging environments, Malware scanning and detection, CDN, SSL support are also generally within the plan or can be purchased as an extra. So what more would you need or get from each of these providers? Here we get into some nifty features that each of them offer so you can choose the best WordPress hosting for your specific requirements.
Based out of Nebraska, USA, Flywheel is managed WordPress hosting for Designers. Yes, you’ve read that right, their blog, approach to WordPress and language says designers. So why choose them? Apart from the great tips they give out to designers and everyone in general, they start out their Tiny plan at $15/month that includes 1 WordPress install, 5000 visits, 5 GB Storage and 250 GB Data Transfer. They give out demo sites too however there is a time lock of 14 days on it after which you need to pay. Their next plan – personal is priced at $30/mo and is good enough for 25000 visits, 10 GB Storage, 500 GB bandwidth. Demo sites are also password protected. SFTP and a Database management interface is also built-in. Staging sites, malware protection, collaboration tools are just some of the things they offer on all their plans. Then there is the option to host your site from any of the ten data centres in the world. This option alone makes them a great choice for local sites and newly launched global sites with a majority audience in one region. Lets not forget their recent launch of Blueprints – a feature that allows freelancers, developers and agencies save custom sets of plugins and themes and use it for all future projects. They are a great choice for bloggers, personal sites, and small businesses. For agencies, they have bulk plans; starting at $100/month for 10 WP sites. If that doesn’t fly not much else will. Oh did I mention they have a creative toolbox with over $2000 in discounts? All you need to do is share your email and spread the word on Social media.
Surprised to see them here instead of Bluehost? We certainly are. They have scored high on the same WordPress performance tests and had GoDaddy perform better than WP Engine and PressLabs (on a plan that no longer exists) which is why they are on this list. Their Basic plan gives you 1 WP site for about $1 a month for the first 12 months ($7.99 on renewal) with 25,000 visits, 10 GB storage, cache and SFTP access. Their Deluxe plan starts at $4.49 per month ($9.99/mo on renewal) for 1 WP, 100,000 visits, 15 GB SSD Storage, 1 click staging site SSH/SFTP access and much more. Malware scanning is a paid add on for $1.49/mo and can be purchased as an annual plan for $17.88. Their Developer plan allows 5 WP sites for $13.99/mo ($24.99/mo on renewal), allowing upto 800,000 visits, staging environments, SSH and 24×7 support. How’s that for meeting and exceeding budgets for a fast WordPress hosting? Also, just so you know Media Temple runs on GoDaddy’s technology stack?
The newest managed WordPress hosting providers out of UK. Since, they’re new, there is little feedback out there however if we take their claims on face value, their USP would be enterprise security and high availability on all their plans. Yes, thats right, the Presidium Pinnacle Platform reads like a hackers worst nightmare and ensures that dunce webmasters do not lose you business. Robust management portal gives access to logs, 1-click staging deployments, usage statistics & cache status. They have a micro plan for $24.90/month that is limited to 1 WordPress install, 10,000 visits and 5 GB SSD space. Pressidium Personal plan starts off at $49.90 for 3 WordPress installs, 30,000 visits and 10 GB SSD storage. This includes Free CDN upto 100GB data transfer and Free SSL support. They would have to be one of cheapest platforms with an Enterprise grade platform out there right now.
4. Media Temple
They are a constant surprise and have moved up into this category due to very good feedback from users and superior performance when put under stress tests. They do managed WordPress hosting along with Grid (shared) & VPS (dedicated) hosting. They have now expanded their WordPress Hosting plans to 3 tiers with their personal plan starting at $20/month for 2 WordPress installs and supports 400,000 monthly visits. That’s very decent at a $20 price point. Their next plan called Studio supports 10 WP sites, 2 million monthly visits, and 2 Google Apps for work user accounts for $60/mo. They also bundle in Malware detection & removal for Studio plans and above. Purchase of an annual plan automatically gives you 2 months of free hosting. All plans include custom built control panel to access your hosting environment, site staging, automated backups, SSH and SFTP access. What more can anyone want for under $30?
They are another cost effective managed WordPress hosting provider and have been around for a few years now. Their unique selling point would be paying for hosting multiple sites in one plan. Yes that’s right, with Pressable, you can start with as little as $25 for hosting 5 WordPress websites with combined page views of 60,000 per month and this includes CDN, Malware scanning & removal, and intrusion detection systems. They are a great platform for those looking to run their personal blogs and websites that are just starting out. Other great features include built in CDN, staging sites (unlike Pantheon, once you make a staging site live, there is no way to do changes to the website without affecting the live site) SFTP and PHPmyadmin access and managed upgrades.
They previously did Managed Drupal Hosting only and added WordPress hosting to their service offering in 2014. Suffice to say their hosting services have transformed well to WordPress. Their price list combined with feature list is enough to make developers consider using their platform over others. To start with they give free sandbox environment with dev, test and live environments in all their plans. You pay only when the site is ready to go live. This by itself is a great feature since it gives developers and site administrators room to experiment while the live site is running. Their Personal plan starts at $25 and can easily handle up to 10,000 page views per month. EdgeCache is included in all their plans so your site will be fast from day 1. As of June 2016 New Relic Pro is included in all their plans, so you can review performance bottlenecks within your site code and plugins. They also offer Multi dev environments for Business and Enterprise WordPress hosting plans. For more, details check out our detailed review on why we love Pantheon and choose to host TechVise here. Also, if you sign up via our parent company, you can get access to Multi Dev and emergency support even on Personal plans.
They have a nifty comparison table on their homepage which shows they are better than Hostgator, Bluehost and WP Engine in terms of both price, and features. Enhanced security, caching and customer support are their value additions. They also include WordPress migration as part of their offering hence if you’re looking to switch and don’t have the time or expertise then they would be the most logical choice. Their business plan starts at $24.99 per month and allows upto 5 websites with 50 GB of bandwidth and 10 GB storage. This is more than enough for mid sized blogs with decent traffic. As of May 2016, they offer free Google Sponsored SSL on all their installs.
They are the latest entrants to the Managed WordPress hosting list. Apart from providing the basics of managed WordPress hosting such as One-Click install, backup, centralised FTP, free migrations and expert support, they allow you to test drive themes and install them as a base for your new WordPress website. This is mostly through a Docker container technology that simplifies the installation process and simply allows you to start a new WordPress website with a Theme instead of a clean install. This benefits agencies greatly who can create a template of their WordPress websites and start work by installing them instead of building client sites from scratch every time. The marketplace allows you to actually see the admin panel and test the theme out for a full 15 minutes before choosing to install or purchase it for your site. So yes, not every theme is paid for in the marketplace. Though still evolving and improving in its collection, I would classify it to be in its infancy right now. The free WordPress hosting plan allows you to host a site for 15 days after which you have to choose from their Personal ($10/mo), Pro ($30/mo) and Business ($80/mo). Each plan allows only 1 website installation and has limited (but enough) storage and pageviews.
They are an interesting WP hosting provider. They have great support and are one of the cheapest for the level of uptime and service they offer however they are minus many of the bells and whistles (read custom control panel/site management) provided by others on this list. For starters, developers who adore CPanel should definitely use them since they give access to CPanel to manage your sites and databases via PHPMyAdmin. Their Personal plan gives you 1 WordPress install for $9.95 and includes 1 GB SSD storage with 10 GB Data transfer and approx 10,000 page views a month. CDN and Cache is included in all their plans. Migrations are free. We used them for one of our sites and they are terrific in all aspects (support, migration, uptime, site speed) and are one of the fastest WordPress hosting providers.
With the starter list out of the way, we have another list for Businesses and organisations with very specific needs such as media and publishing.