Best WordPress Hosting in 2014

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  • February 4, 2014
Best WordPress Hosting in 2014

I’ve tried a very wide-array of web hosts over the years. In the majority of cases I’ve ended up being quite disappointed with most of them due to performance issues, absurd downtime and horrid customer service. Rather than speak about the hosts I can’t stand, I’ll just focus on the ones I’ve been satisfied with. WordPress has pretty minimal hosting requirements so it’s possible to run it on the majority of the popular web hosts, but if you want to not have any issue paying your monthly hosting bill I’d recommend one of the following. I’ve broken them down by your specific use case to make selection easy and I’ve kept it to only four options to avoid overwhelming you.

What kind of WordPress hosting would you like?


I want cheap & reliable WordPress hosting

RECOMMENDED WORDPRESS HOST: BLUEHOST

Bluehost has been in business since 1996 and are an official WordPress recommended hosting provider. They make it easy to get setup with an auto-installer for WordPress and ensure that WordPress updates are available within 24 hours of their release, to help maintain your WordPress website’s security. They also throw in lots of helpful add-ons and provide you with everything you’ll need to get started on your new WordPress website. Because of their scale they are able to do it for dirt cheap as well.


I want cheap, fast & managed WordPress hosting

RECOMMENDED WORDPRESS HOST: SITEGROUND

SiteGround has been in business since 2004 and have spent significant efforts to accommodate managed WordPress hosting specifically and cost-effectively.. They make it easy to get setup with an auto-installer for WordPress and offer auto updates to WordPress, staging, GIT support, 24/7 WordPress related support and have created their own sophisticated WordPress caching plugin. Because of their scale they are able to do it for dirt cheap as well.


I want cost-effective & faster WordPress hosting

RECOMMENDED WORDPRESS HOST: A2 HOSTING

A2 Hosting has been in business since 2001. They’re a rapidly-growing mid-size hosting company. This blog is hosted on a Managed VPS Hosting Pinnacle+ server on A2 Hosting. They make setup easy by auto-installing WordPress for you when you purchase a WordPress hosting account. They are unique in that they offer SSD storage as an add-on for only $3 more per month, which makes file transfers fast as all hell. They also offer very flexible payment plans. You can also choose whether or not you want a USA or Europe based server. Their rates are surprisingly reasonable, especially since they’re mid-sized.


I want the fastest managed WordPress hosting

RECOMMENDED WORDPRESS HOST: WP ENGINE

WP Engine is somewhat of a new kid on the block that specializes in WordPress hosting exclusively. They offer the best fully-managed WordPress hosting with WordPress-specific add-ons that provide you with literally everything you will ever need no matter how popular your WordPress website becomes. You may have to upgrade your plan if your site gets extremely popular or if you want to host multiple WordPress sites, but you won’t ever have to move to a different WordPress host.

WordPress Hosting Load Times Out-of-the-box

I’ve taken the best WordPress web hosts and performed a thorough load time comparison. I setup the exact same WordPress installation on all four of the best WordPress Hosting options, in their categories of cost, in order to compare their load times out-of-the-box and with CloudFlare for your reference. I also performed load testing with Load Impact on these best WordPress hosts to see how their load times were impacted by 50 simultaneous users. The following load time results are the average of four tests, for each location, for each host.

FROM DALLAS, TEXAS

1717

BLUEHOST

1640

SITEGROUND

1313

A2 HOSTING

997

WP ENGINE

FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK

2173

BLUEHOST

1210

SITEGROUND

1080

A2 HOSTING

1110

WP ENGINE

FROM AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

3107

BLUEHOST

2347

SITEGROUND

2297

A2 HOSTING

1950

WP ENGINE

AVERAGE FROM ALL LOCATIONS

2332

BLUEHOST

1732

SITEGROUND

1563

A2 HOSTING

1353

WP ENGINE

WordPress Hosting Load Times with CloudFlare

FROM DALLAS, TEXAS

1134

BLUEHOST

1440

SITEGROUND

332

WP ENGINE

FROM NEW YORK, NEW YORK

1243

BLUEHOST

1193

SITEGROUND

518

WP ENGINE

FROM AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

2913

BLUEHOST

1547

SITEGROUND

1509

A2 HOSTING

813

WP ENGINE

AVERAGE FROM ALL LOCATIONS

1764

BLUEHOST

1393

SITEGROUND

1035

A2 HOSTING

554

WP ENGINE

AVERAGE MILLISECONDS SAVED WITH CLOUDFLARE

-569

BLUEHOST

-339

SITEGROUND

-529

A2 HOSTING

-798

WP ENGINE

WordPress Hosting Load Testing Results with Load Impact

SLOWEST RECORDED LOAD TIME

3140

BLUEHOST

3480

SITEGROUND

7150

A2 HOSTING

745

WP ENGINE

FASTEST RECORDED LOAD TIME

1040

BLUEHOST

1010

A2 HOSTING

599

WP ENGINE

WORDPRESS HOSTING LOAD TESTING CHARTS

BLUEHOST

Bluehost WordPress Hosting Load Testing Results

SITEGROUND

SiteGround WordPress Hosting Load Testing Results

A2 HOSTING

A2 Hosting WordPress Hosting Load Testing Results

WP ENGINE

WP Engine WordPress Hosting Load Testing Results

WordPress Hosting Costs

7.46

A2 HOSTING

About Andy Forsberg

Andy Forsberg is Digital Marketing Director at the mobile & web app development company MentorMate in Minneapolis, MN and has been developing profitable websites for over 16 years. He started his professional career as founder of a major online music network of web properties. Andy is an expert at digital marketing and front-end web development. He is known for his Google Analytics, Salesforce, SEO & WordPress expertise. Connect with Andy on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.

8 Comments

  • Jeff Matson says:

    Prime example of getting what you pay for. I’ll add that WP Engine’s support is top notch as well.

  • I use WPENGINE, and couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s a little pricey though… but worth it.

  • Jon Burr says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’d love to see a comparison of websynthesis.com as well – next time you get around to it! :)

  • Superb comparison. I really want to join WP Engine but budget is just out of my pockets. Trying to save money for WP Engine.

  • John Rogers says:

    Great comparison, but it would be nice to see a couple of other WordPress hosts like Site5 or Nexcess on this list to see how they would have stacked up. Maybe a second round of comparisons with a handful of other WP hosts would be in order :)

  • Madiha says:

    Thank your for this post.

  • Marco says:

    I’m really surprised that SiteGround hosting wasn’t mentioned. It isn’t cheap, but the addon values are far beyond I would expect. Just to mention that they create tons of backups, offer external caching system (afair memcached) to their users – website content generates really fast – develop security plugins for J!/WP, and have very good helpdesk when it goes not only about WP.
    I’ve also tried out http://www.webserwer.pl when I was developing a website for international client, but It’s hard to recommend local, non english web hosting company, although there were no problems with email communication.

    • Hey Marco,

      Funny you should mention SiteGround. I have just finished setting up and testing the same test WordPress installation on SiteGround as well and have added them to the list of Best WordPress Hosting in 2014 =)

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