When it comes to building a website, although we side against it when you can use one of our great plans of course, choosing hosting can make or break you in terms of hours spent with issues, speed issues and general upkeep.
Now there are a lot of options out there and it doesn’t have to be expensive but we’re going to run you through some of these and what our experiences are like, starting cost and experience needed to operate.
When it comes to the biggest names in WordPress hosting out there, then Bluehost and their parent company EIG are at the top of that ladder. However being the best in terms of sales doesn’t necessarily make you the best in terms of quality and this is true with Bluehost.
The good about Bluehost is the price and ease of use, if you’re just wanting to create a simple website for your business or a blog for personal use then this is possibly the easiest and cheapest way to get started. They have a wordpress plan starting at $2.95 a month and unlike most other hosts they have a control panel which really is idiot proof when it comes to creating and managing the website.
The bad is that if you need to do anything past just the simple day to day and you end up having to contact their support, this is where you will run into problems. Their support is absolutely useless, they take days to answer tickets (if at all), their live chat staff seem incompetent and they will try and sell you solutions you don’t need.
The result is that if you need a website just to get online cheaply and simply then this is a great option, but as you expand and grow be prepared to move.
A lot like Bluehost, SiteGround is one of the bigger names in the industry, however unlike Bluehost they are definitely held in a higher regard and have got rave reviews from us and most who have used them at any point.
The good with SiteGround is that they provide a simple to understand plan breakdown, they are capable of scaling and their interface for setup is simple and easy to use. The main strength of this company is also that their server speeds and their support is top of the class.
The bad with the company is not so much bad but just relative for those who want nothing more than a simple website is that it will cost you a good bit more than Bluehost to get started.
If I had to on a whim recommend any hosting to anyone in general, this is the safe option.
We have used Namecheap for our domain names for a long time now and they have been absolutely excellent, not the cheapest domains on the market but not much more than anywhere else and definitely cheaper than GoDaddy but only recently in the last few months did we decide to take their hosting for a whirl.
The good is that it’s extremely cheap and their plans are no BS, with most hosts their cheapest option requires buying more than just a month and they try stick you twenty million other products. We bought their $2.88 a month hosting and had a website up in a few moments with no hassle. The other strength that they have is that their live chat staff are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.
The downside to NameCheap is that is uses regular CPanel to manage hosting which for most who have run websites for a while won’t be a difficulty but for anyone who has never used it before, it can be a little technically overwhelming.
There are a few other honorable mentions which I didn’t want to put on this list for various reasons but who deserve a mention.
These guys are a really great choice for hosting and I’ve used them for years, they have solid support and are reliable, as well as cost effective, but we didn’t put them on the list because their backend system is dated, they are a smaller Irish company and they don’t provide a simple way to get SSL for every website you place on their servers.
This, along with Microsoft Azure, is the big player in the market and it is where Netflix hosts their content to give you an idea of the kind of companies they work with. The reason they aren’t on the list is this is really one for large scale developments and not for smaller websites or companies as you need to understand server infrastructure to set them up. If you don’t, it wont work or worse you’ll end up with a massive bill because of your lack of understanding.
No… just no.