Who offers best WP hosting?

I'm trying to find out which hosting company would be best to deal with. I'm currently with blue host, and I was also looking at WP engine and want to know what people's opinions were of WP engine service?

My plan is to have a multisite installation and build WordPress sites for local businesses, potentially having more than 50 sites. So I'm looking for a hosting company with good security, etc.

Take care
Eric

  • Patrick
    • Support Monkey

    Hiya @cyberlinksmedia

    IMO, there's no such thing as "best hosting". Your choice of hosts depends on several factors. See this excellent article for example: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/what-type-of-hosting-for-wordpress/

    As for WP-Engine, their service is designed specifically for WordPress. So that's a fair choice. The most common problem I hear folks are experiencing with them is with their proprietary Varnish cache routine. Just do a search of these forums and you'll find several related issues :slight_smile:

    My only advice is, if you're planning on some serious building and development, do not choose a shared hosting plan under any circumstances. You're much better off with a dedicated IP, VPS host, etc. That type of plan usually comes in at about $30/mo, but you'll save yourself a heck of lot of time and headaches.

  • phillcoxon
    • The Crimson Coder

    I hear great things about WP Engine but as Patrick pointed out, the Varnish cache seems to cause all sorts of issues too.

    For client hosting I recommend a Hostgator Baby account.

    I absolutely agree with Patrick though that if you are going to host that many sites on behalf of other clients that you go for your own VPS. There's a bit of learning curve involved and ideally you want it to be set up properly before you install your sites - better firewall, brute force intrusion blocking, tighten up security by disabling anon ftp, changing SSH ports, upgrading Apache, ensuring offsite backups are in place etc.

    I have my own VPS with hostgator for US$40/month and have a couple of hosting clients that fully pay for that in monthly hosting fees.

  • cyberlinksmedia
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    thanks for the advice.

    i am more of a web designer and not a server expert. i have experimented with vps and got very confused. i would probably do more damage to my clients sites than hackers. so i need some type of managed, supported hosting that's why i am invesigating wp engine. my clients would not be updating the sites only myself and a friend.

    take care

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