Which WordPress Web Host?

So you want to blog about the world’s greatest superheroes? Or maybe you’re a web developer with a client who runs a clothing store and wants to move their stock online?

You’ve gone ahead and downloaded the latest version of WordPress and all you need now is a host.

Too easy. But which one?

We’ve put together comprehensive reviews of five of the most popular web hosts – Page.ly, Bluehost, Go Daddy, DreamHost and WP Engine – investigating their features, usability, speed and reliability, cost and support to help you decide which host would work best for you.

To read the reviews in this series:

Web hosting review

Choosing a host can be a confusing affair when there are so many options out there. Some have big names (think Go Daddy and it’s gross Super Bowl ad – it’s best to watch with the sound off) and there are smaller hosts you may not be familiar with that are still getting their feet off the ground.

Then there’s the decision on what kind of hosting you need – shared hosting, virtual private server (or VPS) dedicated hosting, cloud hosting, and the newest kid on the block, managed WordPress hosting.

Page.ly web host review
Arizona-based Page.ly has been on the web hosting scene since 2006.

And how much are you willing to pay for your hosting? Will you fork out $3.95 a month for something basic or would a dedicated server for $249 a month better suit your business’s needs?

There’s a lot to consider and to help you choose the right host for you we’ll be posting our series of web hosting reviews over the next fortnight.

In putting together this review, we bought our review accounts just like any other customer – via the sign-up link on each of the host’s websites. We didn’t let the hosts in on the fact we were reviewing their services to avoid any special treatment.

WP Engine web host review
Texas-based WP Engine hosts tens of thousands of the 75 million WordPress sites and apps in the world.

There’s no one size fits all approach to hosting – what a mommy blogger with a dozen hits on her site in the past month needs is very different from a commercial WordPress theme and plugin company. An occasional blogger doesn’t necessarily need 10GB of storage, a traffic allowance of 25,000 visits a month and daily backups – such as WP Engine’s basic Personal plan offers.

We are in no way affiliated with any of the web hosts we are reviewing. We won’t be telling you which host you MUST sign up with. Our reviews will explore what each host offers to help you decide what works best for you.

At the end of the series next week we will be posting a final review comparing each of the hosts and what they offer.

So stay tuned for the first review tomorrowPage.ly.