Best WordPress Hosting 2015

Best WordPress Hosting 2015Over the years I have tried a very wide-array of WordPress web hosts. Many of which were tested immediately prior to publishing this comprehensive list of the best WordPress hosting that you are reading right now. The majority of cases ended in disappointment due to performance issues, absurd downtime and horrid customer service. Rather than speak about the hosting companies that were far from pleasant, let’s just focus on the ones that exceeded expectations. WordPress has pretty minimal hosting requirements so it is possible to run on the majority of the popular web hosts, but if you want to not have any issue paying your monthly WordPress web hosting bill I would recommend one of the following best WordPress web hosts.

A thorough load time test was performed on all of the six best WordPress hosts listed above using Pingdom’s Website Speed Test for testing from multiple locations and Load Impact for testing the impact on load time of 25 simultaneous virtual users. On each WordPress web host the exact same WordPress installation (database, theme & plugins) was used in an effort to make the test as fair and unbiased as possible. The host’s web server performance was measured out-of-the-box and when used in conjunction with CloudFlare’s services for your reference. All of the WordPress hosting tests and corresponding reviews were made and written by with an overall 5 out of 5 average rating.

In addition, the same list of important features were identified and compared for each WordPress web host and labeled accordingly so you can quickly review the best, worst and relatively standard features for each of the hosting options. If you just want a quick answer for the most ideal WordPress hosting for your particular needs, take this brief WordPress hosting survey I created specifically for this purpose.

Best WordPress Web Hosts


A Small Orange

The fastest shared WordPress hosting
$30.00/month
  • 90-Day Money Back Guarantee
  • SSD File Storage
  • Automatic Backups
  • Includes Free Domain
  • 127 ms Fastest Load Time
  • No Proprietary Caching Plugin
  • No CDN
  • No WordPress Staging
  • No Discount
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Bluehost

Official, cheap, shared WordPress hosting
$4.95/month
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Includes Free Domain
  • Normal File Storage
  • Manual Backups
  • No Proprietary Caching Plugin
  • No CDN
  • No WordPress Staging
  • 2,332 ms Average Load Time
  • No Discount
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Site5

Cheap, fast, shared WordPress hosting
$6.50/month
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Unlimited Bandwidth
  • Automatic Backups
  • 745 ms Slowest Load Time
  • Normal File Storage
  • No CDN
  • No WordPress Staging
  • No Free Domain
  • No Discount
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WP Engine

The fastest managed WordPress hosting
$29.00/month
  • SSD File Storage
  • Automatic Backups
  • EverCache Caching Plugin
  • Includes WordPress Staging
  • 1,353 ms Average Load Time
  • 544 ms with CloudFlare
  • No CDN
  • No Free Domain
  • No Discount
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 Fastest Recorded WordPress Hosting Load Times


WP Engine

A2 Hosting

A Small Orange

SiteGround

Site5

Bluehost

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Best WordPress Hosting Reviews

WORDPRESS WEB HOST HOST RATING HOST FEATURES VISIT HOST
1

SiteGround

SiteGround WordPress Hosting
93.3333333333
SiteGround WordPress Hosting Review
FLEXIBILITY
100
SECURITY
90
SPEED
80
SUPPORT
90
UPTIME
100
VISIT HOST
2

WP Engine

WP Engine WordPress Hosting
93.3333333333
WP Engine WordPress Hosting Review
FLEXIBILITY
70
SECURITY
100
SPEED
100
SUPPORT
100
UPTIME
100
VISIT HOST
3

A Small Orange

A Small Orange WordPress Hosting
91.6666666667
A Small Orange WordPress Hosting Review
FLEXIBILITY
100
SECURITY
90
SPEED
100
SUPPORT
90
UPTIME
90
VISIT HOST
4

Site5

Site5 WordPress Hosting
88.3333333333
Site5 WordPress Hosting Review
FLEXIBILITY
90
SECURITY
80
SPEED
80
SUPPORT
100
UPTIME
90
VISIT HOST
5

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting WordPress Hosting
87.5
A2 Hosting WordPress Hosting Review
FLEXIBILITY
100
SECURITY
80
SPEED
90
SUPPORT
90
UPTIME
90
VISIT HOST
6

Bluehost

Bluehost WordPress Hosting
81.6666666667
Bluehost WordPress Hosting Review
FLEXIBILITY
80
SECURITY
80
SPEED
70
SUPPORT
80
UPTIME
90
VISIT HOST

Frequently Asked WordPress Hosting Questions

What is Shared WordPress Hosting?

Shared WordPress hosting is the most popular type of WordPress hosting. It’s the cheapest type of WordPress hosting because the server on which your WordPress website is hosted is shared with several other WordPress websites owned by other people. While the server provided may claim to offer “unlimited” resources, in reality this is not actually the case. If your site becomes mega popular, eventually you will be required to move your site to a more expensive hosting plan to accommodate all of the resources needed by your website to handle your website’s traffic. Usage caps are still in place, but they say unlimited because for the vast majority of websites a shared WordPress hosting plan can easily accommodate their website’s fairly minimal resource needs. A shared hosting plan is an ideal starting point for anyone creating a brand new website, so long as extreme performance requirements aren’t immediately necessary.

What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

Because of the insane popularity of WordPress, hosts have begun offering hosting services for WordPress exclusively. These hosts gave gone to great lengths to optimize their web servers and software specifically for WordPress. This means faster performance, better security, automated backups and convenience features for WordPress bloggers, designers and developers. With managed WordPress hosting you don’t need to worry about your site going down, getting hacked or loading slowly. Plus, these services offer support teams with lots of WordPress experience. Because this service is so specialized it comes with a premium price tag, but this price is well worth it for those who can justify it.

What is a proprietary caching WordPress Plugin?

Some WordPress hosting providers create their own caching plugins for WordPress that are designed to work with their specific hosting environments. They offer useful features such as the ability to clear cache, purge CDN, clone production website to staging (or from staging to production), access to server logs, etc.

What is SSD file storage?

SSD stands for solid-state drive, which is a type of data storage device that is able to process data at a much faster speed than traditional hard drives. WordPress hosting companies offering SSD file storage provide significantly faster file transfers, which can have a dramatic and positive impact on your website’s load time. Solid-state drives are significantly more expensive than regular hard drives and have much shorter lifespans, which is why this service generally comes at a premium.

What is a CDN?

CDN stands for content delivery network, which is a large distributed system of servers deployed in multiple data centers across the globe. When you have one running on your website your files (images, JavaScript, CSS, etc.) are stored on all of these data centers. Visitors to your website download your website’s files from the data center that’s physically located closest to them, which can significantly increase the speed at which your website loads for them (especially if they are located far from your website’s server). You don’t need your WordPress host to offer a CDN in order to use one. Services such as MaxCDN (arguably the best CDN provider) allow you to buy your own CDN service and use it on your website, whether or not your WordPress host offers one.

What is WordPress staging?

Some WordPress hosting companies offer WordPress staging as one of their features. This enables you to make a copy of your production website and then modify it in a save staging environment. You can then do all the development you want without worrying about breaking your live website, then once you are happy with all your changes you can push your staging website to production. This is an ideal way to make major changes to your WordPress website without the headache of potentially exposing a broken and/or bug-filled website to your visitors.

What is official WordPress hosting?

This only applies to Bluehost on our list of the best WordPress hosting companies. This simply means that Bluehost is recommended by WordPress on the WordPress Web Hosting page of WordPress.org.

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