Shared, VPS, Dedicated or Cloud Hosting? Which is Best for WordPress?

There are so many different types of hosting that it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your WordPress site, but at the same time, it just means there are enough options so you can choose the perfect fit.

Speaking personally, when it comes to WordPress, I reckon your own Linux server is usually the best bet.

But when you either don’t have the necessary expertise to set that up or just want a far, far easier life, it’s time to choose a hosting plan. Your main options are shared, virtual private server (VPS), dedicated and cloud hosting as well as using a content delivery network (CDN).

And while WordPress technically works with any of these options, some are better than others especially when you have a specific project in mind.

Picking the right one is all about knowing the difference between each of these, their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to performance as well as just how much “WordPress” these hosting types can handle. So, let’s dive right into all of this now and find out which option is right for you.

An illustration of an octopus juggling puzzle pieces under the sea.
Shared hosting juggles everyone’s sites on one server.

Shared Hosting

When a hosting company sets up a server and adds an account to it, one for each of their customers, while also packing as many customer accounts on the server as possible, it’s called shared hosting. Each customer manages all their sites on their account.

This also means each customer has to share the space and resources of the server together and each person only has access to a tiny part of the server. The part you would have access to is also limited.

It’s like sharing a house with all your college buddies where you all have to share the same amenities and space. It’s affordable which is great while you’re studying and only have a part-time job to support you, but at some point, you may outgrow it and need your own place.

Pros

Shared hosting can still be a great option for certain WordPress sites. Some of it’s greatest strong points are:

  • It’s the most affordable choice, often as little as $5 per month
  • The security and maintenance of the server are managed for you
  • Most of the tools you need are already installed for you
  • It’s quick to get started and easier to use than the other options

If you ever run into troubles on a shared hosting plan, you can contact your hosting company’s support team and they can handle just about any issue you have so you don’t need to worry about being technically proficient in being a site or system admin.

Cons

While it’s a lot easier to get started with shared hosting, there are also a lot of downsides:

  • Security is not guaranteed – Since you don’t know your server neighbors, they may not be taking the same security measures as you and if they get hacked, it could lead to compromising the entire server and everything on it including your site. If you don’t have a dedicated IP address, your site could be blacklisted because of a different site on the server since you would be sharing an IP address.
  • You have limited access to settings – With shared hosting, you often don’t have root access, some files are hidden from view and you may not be able to access advanced settings. For example, if you run out of PHP memory or you want to stress test your site to be prepared for traffic spikes, you won’t be able to resolve this on your own.
  • Your site shares important resources – Since you’re sharing the server with many people, this means you’re sharing resources such as bandwidth. If many sites on the server suddenly get tons of traffic, it creates a bottle neck and since there’s not enough bandwidth to go around, your site may become unavailable to your visitors intermittently.
  • It’s not unlimited – Many hosting companies have “unlimited” shared hosting plans which sounds like they don’t put a cap on the resources you can use, but if you check their terms of service, this is definitely not the case. When the hosting company decides you’re using too many resources on the server, they could shut down your site.

When It’s the Best Fit

While the cons to shared hosting may be enough to make many WordPress users steer clear, there may be a time when it would work best for your site. If you find you only need to install a couple plugins and a couple pages for your site while also not expecting loads of traffic for a long period of time, this may be the best fit for you.

For example, if you’re creating a site to share a few details about an upcoming wedding such as the date, time and location or you want to share blog updates to your family and friends, then shared hosting can work for you.

Since you wouldn’t be expecting a lot of traffic at any time and you don’t need a robust site in these situations, shared hosting is usually enough.

A few hands raised in the air.
You’re sharing a server with less people on VPS hosting than on shared.

Virtual Private Servers (VPS)

Similar to shared hosting, you’re still sharing a server when you choose a VPS, but there aren’t nearly as many customers allocated to the server.

While you’re still sharing resources and space, everyone gets a larger slice of the pie.

It’s similar to renting your own apartment instead of living in a house with all your friends. You have your own private part of the building, just as you would on a server with VPS hosting.

There are also two main kinds of VPS hosting: Managed and unmanaged. Managed VPS hosting means that your hosting company takes care of a lot of the work that goes into maintaining the server including security, setting up the tools you need to run your site and setting up other services you need.

On the other hand, unmanaged VPS hosting means you’re responsible for all these areas and you likely won’t get much help from your hosting’s technical support if you run into troubles.

Pros

There are many reasons to choose a VPS hosting plan:

  • You have more allocated resources – Since you’re renting a larger portion of the server, you get access to a lot more of the server’s resources than shared hosting.
  • You have access to all settings – In most cases, you should have root access, be able to view all hidden files and have access to all settings. If there’s something you don’t have access to, your hosting company is more likely to make an adjustment for you, unlike shared hosting.
  • It’s a lot more scalable – Much of the time, you can upgrade your plan if you find you need more resources without having to migrate your site to a whole new server as opposed to shared hosting which has a set limit.
  • In most cases, VPS hosting is still fairly affordable, although, certainly not as inexpensive as shared hosting. It’s common to see a plan for an average of about $100 per month.

Cons

While you have a lot more freedom, there are also some important points you should consider before jumping right in:

  • Security is still not guaranteed – Since you’re still sharing a server, your site may still be affected by what other people on the server do, especially if they get hacked.
  • You’re still sharing a server – Even though you’re sharing with far less people, you’re still sharing which means you may not have access to all the resources such as bandwidth that you need.
  • You may not get as much help from technical support, especially if you choose an unmanaged plan.

When It’s the Best Fit

If you want to run one or more sites that each need to have multiple pages and plugins installed, a VPS is usually a good solution. If you’re also planning on having thousands of visitors a month, then this is also a good fit. It’s also roomy enough to run Multisite well.

To give you a better idea of what kind of WordPress site you could setup with VPS hosting, here a few examples:

  • A new company that requires a fairly complex site, but doesn’t expect to grow too rapidly
  • A photography site or blog with plans on posting tons of photos on a regular basis
  • A site that needs to run custom scripts and plugins

VPS hosting is also a good solution if your site is going to be viewed by more than a handful of people since it can typically handle a lot more traffic than shared hosting plans.

A developer's mind full of code.
Dedicated servers are all about you.

Dedicated Servers

When you sign up for a dedicated server, you’re renting an entire server on your own. You’re not sharing with anyone and you have full reign over the server and it’s resources. You can make just about any change to your server that you want.

Having a dedicated server is a lot like living in a house where you’re the only resident and you can decorate your house the way you want, but you’re also responsible for repairs.

Many hosting companies also provide managed and unmanaged dedicated servers just as with VPSes.

Pros

There are many great reasons to choose a dedicated server:

  • You’re not sharing the server – All the resources are yours. You can let only the people you want to be admins into your server or you can create a reseller account and allow others to host their sites on your server if you wanted.
  • Access to all settings – Nothing’s held back. You have full control over your site and server including root access and all the otherwise hidden files and advanced settings.
  • A bit more secure – While security can’t really ever be guaranteed, since you’re the only one on your server, you don’t have to worry about your site being compromised because of another customers’ actions. You can implement all the proper security measures and run a tight ship where there’s less of a chance that security is compromised because of outside influences you can’t control.

Cons

While a dedicated server brings a lot of freedom to your site, there are some downsides:

  • You’re solely responsible for your server – If something goes wrong, it’s on you and it’s up to you to fix it.
  • It’s not scalable – The resources you get can’t be changed unless you migrate to a bigger server. You can’t suddenly create more space, bandwidth or other resources.
  • Less affordable option – Dedicated servers aren’t nearly as affordable as VPSes. You should be prepared to spend more than $100 per month and can cost as much as $500 per month for larger servers.

When It’s the Best Fit

Dedicated servers are a better option for sites that require more security and are complex with many pages and plugins installed. It’s also a good option for running a social media site with BuddyPress or bbPress. You can also run Multisite with ease, even if there are many sites within a network.

Ultimately, it depends on the size of your server, but in most cases, they’re pretty large unless the price is on the lower end of the scale, in which case, it may be similar to a VPS in terms of resources.

The biggest thing to consider is that you won’t be able to add more resources down the line if you suddenly see a consistent growth in traffic and you become more popular. If you don’t have enough resources, your site could go down in this case. Similarly, if you upload a lot of content and plugins, and find you run out of space, the only options are to click the delete button or choose a different hosting service.

Still, dedicated servers can be great for developers who want to host their own clients’ sites or for companies and sites who have outgrown their VPS hosting. It’s also a great option for hosting hundreds of thousands of blogs using Multisite or if you have a similar number of members on your social media site using BuddyPress.

An illustration of a cloud opening and files are pouring out.
You’re not as limited with cloud hosting and CDN.

Cloud and CDN Solutions

Cloud hosting is different from the other hosting solutions already covered because it’s usually used to describe a cluster of servers rather than just one.

Content is also stored redundantly.

This means that if you suddenly need more resources, your site can be automatically migrated to allot you the resources you need. If you suddenly get a spike of traffic, your site won’t go down due to exhausted resources since you’re given what you need.

On the other hand, a content delivery network (CDN) uses servers located around the world to store cached versions of your site so it loads quickly for everyone no matter which country they’re in – unlike a single server that’s optimized to serve your site best in the country where your server is located.

Both are similar in that they make use of multiple servers, but cloud hosting is the only one that can store and serve up a dynamic version of your site. You also often have to share resources similar to shared or VPS hosting, but because there are more servers involved, this also means that there are a lot more resources for everyone as well.

Cloud hosting like living in a house, but occasionally going to your summer home when you feel overworked and need a break. A CDN is like keeping a photo album of your house in your summer home so you and your guests can peruse it at your leisure.

Pros

Cloud hosting and CDNs are gaining steam fast. They’re even quickly becoming the norm and for good reason:

  • Scalable – If you suddenly need more resources or access to more bandwidth, you can automatically get it.
  • Flexible Pricing – With cloud hosting you pay only for what you actually use and many CDN companies have similar plans.
  • Redundancy and rapid deployment – Your sites load faster and since your site can be automatically migrated when more resources are needed, your site is a lot less likely to go down. With cloud hosting, you also get the feature of redundancy – you can clone your site on other environments to further reduce downtime.

It varies, but many hosting companies grant you full access to most of the server settings you need. Sometimes, it depends on the type of plan you get. Also, many CDN solutions offer firewall and other security features including SSL certificates to increase overall security.

Cons

While there are many benefits to using cloud hosting and CDNs, there are some downsides:

  • Security isn’t guaranteed for cloud hosting – Since you’re still sharing resources, your site may be affected by what happens to other sites using cloud hosting.
  • CDNs only display static sites – Most WordPress sites are dynamic so in most cases, a CDN won’t do much when it comes to speeding up your site’s front end, but the back end’s speed it usually improved significantly.
  • Learning curve – Cloud hosting isn’t an easy solution to set up and can often be difficult for even technically-minded developers. It’s not impossible, but also not for beginners. CDNs are often incredibly easy to set up, but navigating the options may be a bit more challenging when it comes to getting the right balance for dynamic WordPress sites.

When It’s the Best Fit

Almost any WordPress site can benefit from a CDN other than simple sites with a small audience. You can also check out our CloudFlare review for more details about their free CDN service as well as some of the benefits and drawbacks of using a CDN. Larger WordPress sites or networks could also benefit greatly from using cloud hosting, especially if they can boast tons of content and traffic.

Huge companies and institutions such as Netflix, Airbnb and NASDAQ use cloud hosting. If your site is as big as any of these, then you should consider cloud hosting as your best option.

You can also check out some of our other articles for more details about cloud hosting and CDNs: Moving WordPress Media To The Cloud With Amazon S3 and CDN77 Review: A User-Friendly CDN for WordPress Faster Than Amazon CloudFront.

Our Recommendation

Unless you want to build a small site that is going to stay small indefinitely, the best option for startups and small businesses is usually VPS hosting. For larger companies, networks and social media sites, a dedicated server or cloud hosting is the better fit.

If you’re just starting your site, you may not want to go with the smallest or biggest solution. If you think too small, it may be difficult to upgrade later, but if you think too big, you may be stuck with a hefty bill for resources you’re not going to be using for quite some time.

No matter your choice, it’s a good idea to plan a route for scalability. As your site grows, if you have a plan on how to easily upgrade your resources, it’s that much easier to ease into the transition without much or any downtime.

It’s also important to note that each hosting and CDN company may have their own custom hosting plans so it’s best to check with them to find out exactly what you’re getting when you sign up.

You can also check out some of our hosting reviews for more details on different plans and their performance: WP Engine Managed Hosting Review: Feature-Packed and Hard to FaultSiteGround Managed Hosting Review: Excellent Support, Not Really for WordPressPagely Managed WordPress Hosting Review: Solid Service, Shaky Communication,  GoDaddy Managed WordPress Hosting Review: Budget Hosting, Poor Features, and Kinsta Managed Hosting Review: Blazingly Fast and Solid Features.

Jenni McKinnon
What type of hosting do you use for your WordPress site or network? Which hosting or CDN company would you recommend and what's your experience with them? Share your experience in the comments below.

49 Responses

  • New Recruit

    We’re a UK webhost, 2020media which offers Managed WordPress hosting.

    We’ve customers running WordPress sites on all platforms from shared hosting to physical dedicated servers.
    As a rule of thumb we think that if a site on shared hosting is using 50GB-100GB data transfer per month, it’s definitely time to look at a virtual server.

    Regarding the comments about self-hosting from a home broadband conection – one thing to check here is the latency you get- this is often very different from internet transit in a datacentre and can make sites seem very unresponsive.

  • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Nice post, I’m currently using Bluehost and I can’t fault them at all for the support they’ve given me while being a shared user. Even as a UK customer a simple (free) phonecall on skype has always settled the issue (although Live Chat can be a bit hit and miss)

    I’m about to deploy a buddypress multisite and this has caused me to use their Business Pro package, it’s one step down from a VPS but has better resources (and tech support) than the usual shared package – a good middle ground so to say. They’ve advised me this is a good route to go and can happily run buddypress/multisite dependant on the setup of course.

    Regarding CDNs, I’m just getting my head around it but considering MaxCDN as it works with some of the better caching plugins. Still need to read up on this and figure out how much impact it will have on a facebook styled social media site.

    • New Recruit

      I knew nothing about about Linux self-hosted until I paid for a $10 droplet on digital ocean. It allows you to configure the server exactly as you want it and even plan for scaling. I wouldn’t advise picking this root if you don’t have time on your hands (or don’t want to learn Linux server administration as you go). It’s cheap though, gives you great flexibility–definitely a joy for developers. Managed WP hosting is your alternative here.

    • Sorry for the late reply!

      Linux servers or other similar unix-type servers are usually the best for WordPress.

      In terms of shared Linux hosting versus a Linux VPS, sites on the shared hosting option may be slow even with a fast internet connection. A browser needs to connect to the server, then the server needs to get its gears moving and serve up the site’s content to the browser. Finally, the browser accepts the content and displays it for you or the end user.

      While a fast internet connection helps with the first and last bit, the server still needs to be fast in order to see an overall faster page load. If your server is slow, your site won’t load quickly.

      If page speed is really important to you, then either use plugins to help speed up your site such as W3 Total Cache, Hummingbird, WP Smush Pro and the like or go for a VPS with a CDN or cloud hosting.

      I hope that info is still helpful to you now.

      Cheers,

      Jenni

    • WPMU DEV Initiate

      If it’s just for hobby then it’s probably fine, I have a 1Gig line to my home office but I still wouldn’t host client sites here because getting the redundancy up for that would be problematic. Also if somebody fires up Netflix or YouTube, or steam, or a big download, then you better make sure QoS doesn’t prioritize that over your web traffic so knowledge of routing will be important here.

  • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Serious hosting needs redundancy and speed so my favorite hosting I rolled myself over Christmas. It’s a global network of Haproxy up front, Nginx and redis for web/cache, and a MariaDB cluster on the back. S3/cloudfront for media is pretty zippy and keeps web servers more or less stateless. I use it for a WordPress SaaS product, trick with this approach is securing communications between servers. I’m a Linux admin with a fair amount of experience though, so admin rookies may want to start with a single digital ocean droplet or a virtual box container. No way you can have a serious product on anything traditional like shared hosting though, you need the flexibility of IaaS, it lets you punch way above your weight.

  • New Recruit

    Good article. Just a few things i would point out.

    “while also packing as many customer accounts on the server as possible”.

    This is not reserved for shared hosting. VPS and Cloud hosting also suffer from this and the same effects are felt when this is taken to far. Overselling is a industry norm but it also can be abused or badly balanced causing performance issues for all types of hosting.

    “Security is not guaranteed – Since you don’t know your server neighbors, they may not be taking the same security measures as you and if they get hacked, it could lead to compromising the entire server”

    On traditional shared hosting this could be true. But many hosts today are using things like CloudLinux / CageFS which make this threat as likely as it happening on a VPS hardware node, which is very unlikely.

    “For example, if you run out of PHP memory or you want to stress test your site to be prepared for traffic spikes, you won’t be able to resolve this on your own.”

    Again for many shared hosts today they can and do offer the ability to change advanced settings and change things such as PHP versions, php memory, upload size, execution time, post size and much more along with enabling and disabling extensions.

    “Your site shares important resources – Since you’re sharing the server with many people, this means you’re sharing resources such as bandwidth. If many sites on the server suddenly get tons of traffic, it creates a bottle neck and since there’s not enough bandwidth to go around, your site may become unavailable to your visitors intermittently.”

    Providers running something like CloudLinux you are not fighting over resources, in fact the resource isolation is as good as a VPS and even better in some cases, especially when it comes to capping IO use. If the host is not crazy overselling and has put some thought into the resources and how many accounts are allowed this really should be extremely rare. You would have the same chance of having a bottleneck on a VPS hardware node.

    Scaling up also should be a 1 click process in many cases, not all providers offer this but the number that do is growing rapidly.

    I would say the most limiting factor and reason to upgrade to a VPS would be CPU use. If your site is constantly eating up let’s say a full core than it is time to upgrade. While many hosts will allow up to 1 full core that is to handle CPU spikes which is normal in regular site operation. But sustained high use probably will not pass for long.

    Disclaimer: I work for kickassd.com a shared hosting company.

  • New Recruit

    I’m very rarely commenting here, but sometimes I can’t help it, too much is too much.

    How can you say : “Less affordable option – Dedicated servers aren’t nearly as affordable as VPSes. You should be prepared to spend more than $100 per month and can cost as much as $500 per month for larger servers.” ?

    Seriously? Do you have ANY idea of what you are talking about?

    http://www.kimsufi.com/fr/serveurs.xml

    Yeah, dedicated servers powerfull enough for 99 % of your users here start at 4.99 euros/month.

    Please try to make the minimum amount of research before publishing this kind of none sense.

    • Support/SLS MockingJay

      Hi,

      The author can’t possibly research every single host around.

      The author stated, you should be prepared to spend more than $100 per month for a dedicated server, and that’s pretty much an all around figure of what people should be expecting to pay for a good system with support.

      Sure, some are cheaper, some are vastly more expensive. You should shop around, that’s encouragable, but the author wasn’t being specific in the prices, the author gave rough prices based on the most well known & reliable hosting companies.

      I wouldn’t say that 4.99 plan is a powerful enough server to deal with large scale sites to begin with. Maybe 60% of sites, but not 99% as you claim.

      Their OVH servers are totally unmanaged too, so unless you pay for the VIP, support will be non-existent from what I have read. But this isn’t a hosting review blog, so let’s not get into that.

      Thanks

      • Design Lord, Child of Thor

        I’m just going to comment on my experiences with OVH. AWFUL. I had to suffer through developing on an OVH-hosted site. Their control panels are non-existent, substantially more expensive to have cPanel installed.

        But worse than that, I submitted tickets and response time was SEVEN DAYS.

        Beware of anyone who is reselling them.

      • New Recruit

        “and that’s pretty much an all around figure of what people should be expecting to pay for a good system with support.”

        That’s just plain, 100%, totally, wrong. I’ve been using dedicated servers with stellar support from OVH, Online and Leaseweb for half this price for the most expensives ones for a decade now. I have absolutely no clue where does this 100 usd number comes from, it just doesn’t make any sense.

        I’m actually hosting a 10 000 uniq daily visitor website on one of those 10 euros box and with a proper cache setup it’s blazing fast. If 40% of your users have more than 10K visit a day on their websites, well, my bad.

        I urge everyone here not to follow the terrible advice given regarding dedicated servers, for the price, they are absolutely your best option no matter what. Do not beleive me, just try it, worst case scenario you’ll have lost 5 bucks.

        • Hey,

          I would say I agree with what Vaughan mentioned earlier up in the comments:

          “The author can’t possibly research every single host around.

          The author stated, you should be prepared to spend more than $100 per month for a dedicated server, and that’s pretty much an all around figure of what people should be expecting to pay for a good system with support.

          Sure, some are cheaper, some are vastly more expensive. You should shop around, that’s encouragable, but the author wasn’t being specific in the prices, the author gave rough prices based on the most well known & reliable hosting companies.

          I wouldn’t say that [10 Euro] plan is a powerful enough server to deal with large scale sites to begin with, [especially if you expect to get at least 50k visitors per month which could be considered to be on the higher end of a low traffic site].

          Their OVH servers are totally unmanaged too, so unless you pay for the VIP, support will be non-existent from what I have read. But this isn’t a hosting review blog, so let’s not get into that.”

  • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    I use shared hosting – I have reseller accounts at Hostgator and Host4geeks. I also have an account at Siteground (shared hosting) and use addon domains there to host about 8 sites. In all, I manage about 60 websites, most of them are WordPress sites.

    I have had very few problems with shared hosting. Hostgator – despite all the negative reviews – has been very stable. Although, their support is terrible. For the price, I can’t really complain.

    I have been looking at Cloudways for a semi-managed cloud hosting account. Considering Digital Ocean or Vutor which Cloudways offers. Cloudways provides an admin panel – but does not offer cPanel or WHM (which I am used to). I’m also not sure about email service if I go that route. Need to do more research. I think I need to use a 3rd party email service like Fastmail.

    Thank you for this post. Over the last 10+ years, I have not run into any major problems with shared hosting. Most sites I host are smaller sites without heavy traffic. For the cost, it works out well for me as a reseller. But I am always looking for better solutions.

  • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    I tried Coudways earlier this year and it’s really nice. I was looking for something a bit more then the typical WHM reseller accounts I was using. Cloudways has added it’s own control panel to allow spinning up of either DO, Vultr, S3 or Google machines. Management of the cloud servers is done by Cloudways, leaving me to do what I do best in building WordPress websites.

    I did try FastHosts and 1and1 cloud offerings but they were unmanaged. Whilst I could probably edit an https.conf file it’s not really my skill set or where my money is plus server tuning I imagine is a whole skill in itself. I’d rather leave an expert to manage that aspect and leave me to do what I do best.

    The main thing that impressed me about Cloudways, specifically with a DO droplet was the speed. I can usually on my WHM 768MB RAM reseller accounts get 4 second load times from an unoptimized WP site (e.g. no W3TC etc), 2 seconds at best. On a DO droplet load times dropped to about 790ms on an unoptimized site. Cloudways have support for varnish, memcached and SSL certificates through a reverse proxy. They even have Lets Encrypt SSL certs integrated. No sign of that from WHM/cPanel yet. Really impressive: https://www.tring-web-design.co.uk/2016/02/cloudways-managed-cloud-hosting-review/

  • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Jenni,

    Thank you for explaining the pros and cons of the most common forms of WordPress hosting available. I would like to highlight an emerging one you and the audience may not be familiar with:

    Scalable Clusters

    I work for Pressidium Managed WordPress Hosting and our solution is a multi-layered platform of horizontally scaling clusters that handle distinct functions in our enterprise-grade platform. To put it in a potentially more digestible way, we have clusters for each function in the chain:

    * Two firewall layers:
    1. Hardware firewall
    2. Web Application Firewall (WAF), to filter out common WordPress attack vectors and pests
    * A load balance layer
    * A multi-cache layer
    * A WordPress application layer
    * A file system layer
    * And a database layer

    If any layer dips in performance additional servers are added to the cluster to bring it in line. This means Pressidium is highly scalable, built for speed, and very secure. I know, I know, everyone claims that in their marketing, but we really mean it because Pressidium was built by systems engineers over a year and a half as they benchmarked all the latest tech until they found their enterprise-grade formula. So let me invite you and the rest of the community to check it out. I think you’ll be impressed with what you find.

    https://pressidium.com/announcing-pressidium-pinnacle-platform/

    Cheers,

    Ansel Taft
    Community Ambassador
    Pressidium Managed WordPress Hosting

  • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    I would love to see a thorough vetting of some of the hosts beyond the ridiculously overpriced WP Engine, which I still contend got a pass on their feature and pricing for some reason (friends? paid review?).

    I know you can’t look at every host but you could at least look at the big players and some of the smaller more popular ones that you find on Webhostingtalk.com or other aggregate user forums focused on hosting.

    I use Cartika’s shared Linux hosting, personally, and while they have tremendous uptime and support response time (seriously it’s hard to beat), I’m constantly fighting over my sites being shut down because of their security scripts and memory issues even for minimal (aka one-page) WordPress sites.

    I’ve run out of time to vet new providers so I’ve stuck with them even though they refuse to adjust their cPanel scripts to avoid ISE issues. Would love to hear from regular WP pros on what they’re using and how successful they’ve been.

    • WPMU DEV Initiate

      Currently the team is over two dozen members so it’s definitely not a one-man shop. We’re heading toward our third year of business counting the 18 months of system development.

      I was recently hired on as a community ambassador and I can say that I’m unfamiliar with the page you’re describing. I would be happy to take a look if you would provide the URL. Pressidium is phasing out promotions because the companies we work with are more concerned with speed and uptime than discounts. One of the company’s operating philosophies is ‘people over profit’ so packages are priced competitively and provide a great value for the amount a tech packaged into the offering.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Cheers

  • Design Lord, Child of Thor

    Nice article !

    Just a quick note to say that you are a bit hard on shared hosting : some hosts can have very decent plans, where you can host several WordPress website and Literally more than 50 plugins for each.
    If going under 1s page load is not critical, and it you don’t have 10 000 per days, then it is a totally valuable solution. and for 3€ per month, it is quite ok :P
    Sure, more advanced host will give you an instant boost instantly !

    • Hey,

      Unfortunately, I couldn’t research every host out there and could only mention the most popular options out there in a general way. This means there are, no doubt, going to be exceptions to the rule here as you mentioned.

      That being said, most of the common shared hosting options aren’t able to handle multiple sites (or even one!) with the specifications you mentioned.

      Since Google strongly recommends your sites loads in 500 ms or at least under two seconds. Doing this makes your site rank higher in Google search results. Typical shared hosting isn’t feasible for most people, especially for anyone who wants a boost in their rankings, if they have an eCommerce site or if they’re a developer/designer with client sites, to name a few examples. But again, not all hosts are made equal. There may be a gem host among them all, but specs like you mentioned aren’t typical in my experience. If you found one like that, then you definitely found a gem.

      Cheers,

      Jenni

  • New Recruit

    When it comes to hosting, the biggest difference between cloud and dedicated server lies in the security and accessibility. Some people might say the cost matters, but when it comes to hosting your all-important data, cost should not be an inhibitor. It’s more important to get the right service.

    If your company manages highly sensitive data – for instance, financial data or personal identity information – then dedicated servers are the way to go. They may cost more in the long run compared to the cloud, but as the saying goes, “you can’t put a price on security”, especially when that security is for vital personal information.

    For all other companies, cloud hosting is the way to go. Your data will be accessible around the clock and from anywhere in the world, so you can keep your business running like clockwork. The cloud can quickly keep up with your company’s growth and you only pay for the hosting you need.
    You can also check the difference here: https://www.everdata.com/blog/dedicated-server-hosting-or-cloud-hosting

  • New Recruit

    What kind of hosting is a major concern when you are starting a website. Most of us will settle with the hosting that has cheaper price. It is very important that you will choose a hosting that will satisfy your website need. Thanks for this article for the breakdown of the different kind of hosting.

    I did use VPS for my eCommerce Site. I did choose it since I am just starting and can’t afford the Dedicated Server. I did find a useful tip on how speed up my website with a VPS hosting here: .

    Thanks again for this post.

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