In order for a WordPress website to be run smoothly and efficiently, it needs to be supported by a Strong Web Hosting service. We often get inquiries from clients asking us to help them setup their WordPress site, and realize that they accidentally bought a hosting service that does not support WordPress. Others come up to us with a host that is extremely slow and/or running older versions of PHP and MySQL. We decided to create this post to list out the Top 3 WordPress Web Hosts in 2011. Our study is based on 6 elements: speed, pricing, features, uptime, support and user feedback.
HostGator (Exclusive: Get 25% Off with Coupon Code “IRONHASH2011″)
HostGator is a large Texas-based Hosting company. One of our favorite things about HostGator is their cPanel. It is fast, feature-rich and intuitive. They provide quick & efficient support through their Live Chat, 24/7. We had to deal with them a couple times and they were always very helpful, even when the problem wasn’t actually on their end. Although we never had a problem with this host, some users have complained about their UpTime, which ruins what could have been a perfect score.
Our grades for HostGator:
User Feedback: 4.75/5
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HostMonster have been in the business since 1996, which gives them an edge when it comes to features. Also, HostMonster is said by many to provide the best support in the industry. Unlike many hosting companies, they do not do any outsourcing. All their Support Staff is based in Utah. HostMonster is known to be one of the top hosting companies out there, not just for WordPress. HostMonster also gives you a free domain name when you purchase a hosting plan with them.
Our grades for HostMonster:
User Feedback: 4/5
BlueHost is another great hosting option for WordPress. Very similar to HostMonster, they provide an extensive cPanel and good Support. They provide a fast 1-click WordPress installation. All their Support team are US-based and provide 24/7 support. They also provide a free domain name, just like HostMonster. Although we never tried BlueHost, it seems that many users have complained about the fact that they are very strict in terms of what kind of websites they accept. If you plan on building a WordPress site around a sensitive topic, avoid these guys.
Our grades for BlueHost:
User Feedback: 3.5/5