WordPress is the blogging platform of choice for most bloggers, and although there are other long-established, and up-and-coming platforms, WordPress looks set to retain its crown for the foreseeable future. However, as new features are introduced, and new awesome plugins are coded, the requirements of the hosting platform will change.

This post is continually maintained, ensuring it’s always showing the best hosts for a WordPress site, across several categories.

If you know of a great WordPress host that has been missed from this list, or if you think I’ve included one that you think I shouldn’t have, please leave a comment, get in touch, or send a tweet to @taptappost.

 Here is a list of the top WordPress hosts , written to reflect the 2016 feature-set and requirements of WordPress. Because your definition of ‘best’ may be different to mine, I’ve included three categories (click on the links to skip down):

[Update] Fastest Wordpress Host:  NodeHost.ca 

NodeHost.ca Dashboard - top wordpress hosts

PackagePrice (daily)ProsCons
FreeC$0.00
  • Price (completely free; no obligation)
  • Choose from San Francisco, London and NY locations
  • SSD storage (100MB)
  • Generous bandwidth (4GB+)
  • Scale up to next band when required
  • FTP/SFTP access
  • Relatively low storage and bandwidth
  • No domain included
  • No backups
NormalC$0.04 (around £0.02)
  • Price
  • SSD storage (256MB)
  • 50GB+ monthly bandwidth
  • Daily backups
  • Scale up or down as required
  • FTP/SFTP access
  • Only 1 day backup history
  • Relatively low storage
  • No domain included
LargeC$0.08 (around £0.04)
  • Price
  • SSD storage (1GB)
  • 100GB+ monthly bandwidth
  • Daily backups
  • Scale up or down as required
  • FTP/SFTP access
  • Only 1 day backup history
  • No domain included
HugeC$0.16 (around £0.08)
  • SSD storage (2GB)
  • 200GB+ monthly bandwidth
  • Daily backups with 2-day retention
  • Scale down as required
  • FTP/SFTP access
 

  • No domain included

Package: Free
Price (daily): C$0.00
Pros:

  • Price (completely free; no obligation)
  • Choose from San Francisco, London and NY locations
  • SSD storage (100MB)
  • Generous bandwidth (4GB+)
  • Scale up to next band when required
  • FTP/SFTP access

Cons:

  • Relatively low storage and bandwidth
  • No domain included
  • No backups

Package: Normal
Price: C$0.04 (around £0.02)
Pros:

  • Price
  • SSD storage (256MB)
  • 50GB+ monthly bandwidth
  • Daily backups
  • Scale up or down as required
  • FTP/SFTP access

Cons:

  • Only 1 day backup history
  • Relatively low storage
  • No domain included

Package: Large
Price: C$0.08 (around £0.04)
Pros:

  • Price
  • SSD storage (1GB)
  • 100GB+ monthly bandwidth
  • Daily backups
  • Scale up or down as required
  • FTP/SFTP access

Cons:

  • Only 1 day backup history
  • No domain included

Package: Huge
Price: C$0.16 (around £0.08)
Pros:

  • SSD storage (2GB)
  • 200GB+ monthly bandwidth
  • Daily backups with 2-day retention
  • Scale down as required
  • FTP/SFTP access

Cons:

  • No domain included

NodeHost has a different approach to web hosting than most other companies. Instead of paying a fixed monthly/annual price, you pay per day, per site. Thanks to the free plan, trying it was a no-brainer, and they even give you a bit of credit to play with (they do this as there’s a C$0.10 charge for each site you create, however, then nothing per day if on the free plan)!

I set up my free site, got WordPress installed (all using a provided subdomain, so I could migrate without any downtime) and was able to test it all before having to pay a thing. Once I was happy, I scaled it up to the next level and repointed the DNS. Interestingly, you can scale plans up, and down, so if you have a spike in traffic you can increase the plan to accommodate, and then knock it back down.

Equally, it’s great being able to spin up a free site to test something, and then delete it once done, all while only paying for what you need to.

Note: I’ve now migrated a couple of sites to NodeHost. What really sold me was the really quick server response time; that alone increased Google Pagespeed Insights scores for both sites. The support has also been good, which can often be a sticking point with web hosts. I’ve also added NodeHost to my list of resource recommendations.

Cheapest WordPress Host:  Tsohost.com  + Discount

Screenshot from Tsohost.com - Best Host for WordPress

PackagePrice (pm)ProsCons
Lite£1.25
  • Price
  • Host 2 sites
  • Free migration
  • Daily backups
  • Relatively low storage and bandwidth
  • No domain included
  • Payment for the year is up front
Standard£2.99
  • Price
  • Host 4 sites
  • Free migration
  • Daily backups
  • Pay on a monthly basis, with no obligation
  • Increased storage and bandwidth, but still relatively low
  • No domain included
With a price of £1.25 per month (although paid annually, and up front), the ‘Lite’ package from Tsohost is a great place to start for those who just want to test the water with a new WordPress blog or website. Not only that, but it can host two WordPress domains/websites. The next package up is £2.99 per month, which offers 5x the storage, 4x the bandwidth, and can host 4 sites in total. TSO offers office-hours phone support, and 24 hour ticket support. Have a look at tsohost.com for the full details.

Update: The first 20 people to use the code  taptappost2016  will get a 10% discount on any web hosting plan.

Note: I’ve used TSO myself for a few sites, and the product has been excellent, and very fast, too. I’ve not had to contact their support, so can’t speak for that.

Most Feature-Packed Wordpress Host:  Mediatemple.net 

Screenshot from Mediatemple.net - Best Host for WordPress

PackagePrice (pm)ProsCons
Personal~£13.50 ($20)
  • 30GB SSD storage
  • 400,000 monthly visitors
  • Host 2 sites
  • Automated backups and WordPress updates
  • Staging site
  • DDoS protection
  • Migration
  • 24/7 support
  • WordPress guides/tutorials.
  • Higher cost than most shared hosting solutions
  • No domain included
  • See note below regarding support
Studio~£40.50 ($60)
  • 100GB SSD storage
  • 2 millions monthly visitors
  • Host 10 sites
  • 2 Google Apps for Work users
  • 1 domain included
  • 1 SSL certificate included
  • Plus other features from ‘Personal’ above
  •  A much higher cost than most people are likely to be willing to pay, even though it becomes more reasonable per site is hosting the full allocation of 10.
  • See note below regarding support
With a price starting at $20 (around £13.50), this isn’t the cheapest option, but it’s about as fully-featured as a WordPress hosting plan can get. A $30 pm ‘booster pack’ gives another 50GB of storage, 1 million visitors and 5 extra sites/domains. Have a look here for the full details.

Note: Having used MT myself for several years, I can say that the grandfathered grid-service I’ve been on has been good, but the customer service has been terrible (a promised 20% discount was never applied, not introducing new features to the service I was on, etc.). Some people have good experiences, but I’m just glad I’ve never needed them to perform any technical services.

Most Powerful Wordpress Host:  Synthesis (websynthesis.com) 

Screenshot from websynthesis.com - Best Host for WordPress

PackagePrice (pm)ProsCons
Standard~£32 ($47)
  • VPS solution (Virtual Private Server)
  • 20GB storage (alerted in WP dashboard if you exceed this, but service isn’t suspended)
  • 10GB storage for backups
  • 2TB bandwidth (around 10,000 daily pageviews)
  • Host 1 site
  • WordPress optimised (ONLY supports WordPress) – everything is built and configured for speed
  • Site optimisation & Social media marketing tools
  • 24/7 support from WordPress specialists
  • Much higher price and only 1 site supported
  • No free migrations
Professional~£66 ($97)
  • VPS solution (Virtual Private Server)
  • 40GB storage (alerted in WP dashboard if you exceed this, but service isn’t suspended)
  • 20GB storage for backups
  • 3TB bandwidth (around 10,000 daily pageviews)
  • Host 2 sites
  • Plus other features from ‘Standard’ above
  •  Price is getting into ‘dedicated server’ range
  • Still no free migrations
Synthesis isn’t the service you’re going to want to go for if you’re just starting out, but if you’re starting to see an increase in traffic, and perhaps a bit of performance degradation, then maybe Synthesis’ ‘WordPress only’ platform is for you. Everything is dedicated to giving the best possible performance, and even more so if you’re using a Genesis framework theme. Have a look here for the full list of features.

So what is the best host for WordPress?

The best host for WordPress blogs is different to the best host for your WordPress blog. Synthesis offers an unrivalled service and feature-set, but it comes at a cost. Mediatemple offers a multi-purpose managed platform with some excellent bonus features. TSO offers a fantastic service if you’re just getting started, with plans designed to grow with your site. Whether you have 10 daily visitors, or 10,000, one of these three options should suit.

My current recommendation has to be NodeHost, though. They’re still a couple of features short of other offerings, but for pure speed, they’re they best at the moment.

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