Founded in 1997 by four friends from their college dorm, DreamHost has been around from the very beginning and continues to thrive as one of the largest independants, serving upwards of 1.5M sites and applications online.
Whether you’re just launching a website or migrating your site from one hosting service to another, in this article, we outline exactly what you need to know – the fine print; the typical structure of web hosting services; the plans, fees, and terms that web hosting providers don’t readily disclose; and the features you need to look for in a web hosting service.
For this particular test I sent 50 users to a testing site, increasing from one user to 50 concurrent users, over the span of 10 minutes. 50 concurrent users is a nice baseline test for a shared host. Once you hit that benchmark on a fairly consistent basis, it’s probably time to exploring VPS and Managed WordPress hosting options. Traffic increases steadily throughout the timeframe until 50 users are visiting the site all at the same time.
Web hosts not only host your website, they give you tools to access, create, update, and maintain it. Seven of our nine finalists used versions of a software called cPanel to do this — it’s one of the most common and universal interfaces for web hosting. If you ever want to change between web hosts, it’s good have a common interface between your old host and your new one, since this can make the transition easier.
Finally, a fourth less common option is co-located hosting, which enables you to purchase your own server and, while it will be kept in the vendor’s data center, you’ll have complete control over it so you can install anything you need onto it.
Regardless, there may come a time when a traffic spike brings your website down, and that’s because your host has deemed your usage “excessive.” This is unlikely, but definitely something to keep in mind.
We weren’t impressed with PacificHost, 3Essentials, Scala Hosting, and BigScoots. PacificHost let us select the department we wanted to talk to, and promptly hung up on us. BigScoots and Scala Hosting sent us to voicemail without the chance of speaking to a representative, while we waited 5 minutes with 3Essentials on hold before being shunted to voicemail.
Alexandra Leslie (HostingAdvice.com): It’s no secret by now that Liquid Web is known for best-in-class technology and reliability that exceeds expectations (from uptime to technical support). Their VPSs embody that reputation to its fullest — including a new Managed WordPress product (Hop one… Go to full review »
Staging sites – While other web hosting companies we’ve used have enabled staging sites (cloned versions of the website to test/build on), they can be time-consuming to set-up. WP Engine has a one-click clone button that creates a staging site. You can then deploy from staging to production in one click from your WordPress dashboard.
I have been a Bluehost Client over year’s but I left because Bluehost don’t know what is happening with your account, I had 45 account’s with you and also a Reseller account ( that you close). I think that they have so many clients that they don’t seem to care about losing you.
One thing we learned in reviewing the services listed here (and many more) is that even though the packages are very similar, they are not identical. Some are more security-focused than others, offering anti-spam and anti-malware tools. Others offer a variety of email marketing tools. While most of the hosts we’ve reviewed have built-in e-commerce, you may want to consider using a more-robust third-party online shopping cart application like Shopify instead.
Launch Assist is full-service support for any server needs you may have when getting started at InMotion Hosting. You get one-on-one time with a T3 Sys Admin to assist with things like large data or website transfers, email server configurations, server security setup, CRON automation, and more. The WP-4000S and WP-5000S include two hours of labor from our Sys Admins while the WP-6000S includes 4 hours at no additional cost!
When searching for fast WordPress Hosting for your blog (and why wouldn’t you want a fast blog), make sure to select the host with a high performance SwiftServer platform. That’s A2 Hosting! For page loads up to 20X faster than competing WordPress hosts, make sure to host on our blazing fast Turbo Servers. Your account even includes PHP 7 and free HTTPS protection to meet the recommended WordPress Hosting environment!
During your research, you probably came across numerous managed WordPress hosting companies and found that prices of managed WordPress hosting is quite higher than the average shared hosting which you can get for as low as $2.75 per month.
All of us have been in a position where we were unable to find the most suitable host or even knew what kind of web hosting service we needed. We decided to take action and went on with the idea of making full, in-depth web hosting reviews about each and every hosting provider on the Internet. Furthermore, we’ve also made a lot of great website tools that we hope will help you a lot. For example, enter the names of the providers you want to compare in the boxes below. We will run through some numbers, look at our and user reviews and show you the verdict which host is better than the other.
The WordPress team continued to grow and friends of Mullenweg like Christine Sellect Tremoulet would also contribute to the project. Tremoulet actually was the one who suggested the name “WordPress”. WordPress v1.0 was released in January 2004 under the code name Davis. Some of the newest features in this release included SEO friendly permalinks, the ability to post to multiple categories, the addition of comment moderation and Atom support. A few months later in May 2004, version 1.2 was released. This was a bit of a landmark release for WordPress because support for plugins was added in this version. Plugins have played a huge part in helping WordPress grow to the levels it has today because of their ability to add just about any functionality you could want to a site.
A pretty nifty feature provided by GoDaddy on all its packages is the ability to increase hosting capacity on demand (e.g. when you experience a sudden surge in traffic) from within your hosting account.
Shared customers are often first-time site owners as well, so assistance in getting a site launched and promoted is extremely useful. This is why iPage excels in shared hosting — offering a free domain; unlimited emails, storage, and site traffic; and $200 in free advertising to kick off your new site.
Every host provides different allotments for domains, subdomains and parked domains, despite calling that allotment “unlimited.” There are services, like DreamHost, that don’t have expandable shared hosting plans but don’t truly need to provide the option because they offer unlimited data and space in their basic plans. Each of these plans come with the option to create email accounts with your URL, although the number you are allowed varies.
Shared hosting should be flexible. As your business grows, your web hosting service should accommodate your growth. We measured the flexibility of each service by assessing the number of plans each service offered and then checking to see how easy it is to upgrade plans even if you’re in the midst of an existing contract.
The availability of a website is measured by the percentage of a year in which the website is publicly accessible and reachable via the Internet. This is different from measuring the uptime of a system. Uptime refers to the system itself being online. Uptime does not take into account being able to reach it as in the event of a network outage. A hosting provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) may include a certain amount of scheduled downtime per year in order to perform maintenance on the systems. This scheduled downtime is often excluded from the SLA timeframe, and needs to be subtracted from the Total Time when availability is calculated. Depending on the wording of an SLA, if the availability of a system drops below that in the signed SLA, a hosting provider often will provide a partial refund for time lost. How downtime is determined changes from provider to provider, therefore reading the SLA is imperative. Not all providers release uptime statistics. Most hosting providers will guarantee at least 99.9% uptime which will allow for 43m of downtime per month, or 8h 45m of downtime per year.
Because WordPress uses templates, edits are quick and easy. The vast template library offers thousands of layout options and variations, and WordPress accommodates no end of adjustments, customizations, and tweaks. With only basic coding knowledge, users can adapt and modify themes for whatever they need.
With over 1.9 million customers, Bluehost are one of the most popular web hosts in the world. They’re also the only web hosting company recommended by WordPress which, according to a W3tech study, is used by over 26% of all websites on the entire Internet.