If a domain is your address, then hosting can be considered the house. Put another way, it is the infrastructure that WordPress users utilize to maintain their site on the web.
There are various options for hosting plans. One thing to consider when choosing a host is how much bandwidth you will need for your site. Often, a standard hosting plan is more than sufficient for a blogger just starting out, but as sites grow, more space may be needed.
Choosing a Hosting Company
Here are the inexpensive, mid-range, and high-end hosting options that we recommend. All of our top picks are based on years of professional experience working with a multitude of different companies.
Top Pick: Web Synthesis
If you’re ready to get serious about your WordPress hosting, then Web Synthesis is the option for you. Over the years, we’ve hosted TheSITSGirls.com with many different companies. Once we switched over to Web Synthesis, our search for reliable hosting, with an incredibly knowledgeable staff, was over.
- Superior uptime and page load speed
- Rock-solid security and web performance
- Support from real online publishers: When you need help, Web Synthesis is there
- Cost: As our high end option, the price point for Web Synthesis is higher than most other companies. However, you get what you pay for. If your site is hacked or you have technical issues with your hosting, their response is swift and thorough.
- Support: Web Synthesis staff is not available by phone. All support tickets are handled via email. This has never been an issue for us as we regularly receive an almost immediate response to our inquiries.
Next Best Thing: Liquid Web
Liquid Web is a solid middle of the road option for those looking for affordable hosting and technical support available by phone. Keep in mind that although you can get in touch with support 24/7, reviews of their customer service span a range of not-so-great to fantastic. If you run a mid-sized blog, 10,000-50,000 monthly page views, then this is the option you should consider.
- Cost: $14.95 when paid monthly, $12.46 when paid annually.
- 2 free domain names.
- While they have 24 hour support, they do not guarantee being able to handle all issues.
- You are on shared hosting, unless you buy your own VPS package.
Low Cost Hosting: Blue Host
Blue Host is a great option for those who may be blogging to capture family memories, as a hobby, or who are just starting out. It is the least expensive option that we recommend. Keep in mind that as our lowest pricing hosting option, you most likely will need to troubleshoot hacks, downtime and other issues on your own.
- Cost: You can get started as low as $4.95 per month.
- No hidden fees.
- Anytime money back guarantee.
Often times when you utilize a very low priced host, your blog or website is added to a shared server. What this means is that if one site on the shared server starts to gobble up a lot of the bandwidth, then your blog could potentially be affected in terms of its speed and availability.
While tech support is available, it is not very robust. If you are hacked, you will most likely need to hire a programmer to help you get back on track.
Want to Learn More?
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