Finding a good web host is probably the first headache of any person trying to build his own site, along with choosing a domain name.
Shared web hosting is the affordable hosting solution for people looking to start a personal website, blog or small business. By hosting on a shared web server, you are able to cover all your hosting needs while keeping monthly fees as low as possible. This is achieved by hosting your website on a server that is shared with many other website owners.
I’ll make things simpler for you by gathering the best shared hosting providers I’ve used and comparing them in this post.
An awesome host which distinguishes itself for its value for money and incredible support. I host the WP RSS Aggregator site there and have had a wonderful experience with them. They have features usually found on much more expensive hosts such as staging areas, reliable backups and 24/7 support via multiple channels.
BlueHost are a truly great hosting provider, you will find lots of rave reviews about them, because they really rock. They have been a recommended hosting provider on WordPress.org since 2005.
Bluehost’s website hosting accounts also come with reliable, easy-to-use email accounts. Set up domain name unique email addresses that can be used within an email client such as Outlook, Outlook Express and Thunderbird or as webmail. Bluehost offers mail forwarding, anti-SPAM software and mailing lists. Each email account is secure and are effective for personal email accounts, or corporate email services.
BlueHost also have 1-click install scripts for popular CMSs including WordPress, making it really easy for you to get started using self-hosted WordPress.
BlueHost offers website hosting customers with award-winning customer service. Bluehost’s team members are highly trained, friendly and dedicated to your success. Bluehost offers a help desk with informative and useful tutorials and videos that help you with all aspects of hosting your website and all their staff are 100% in house.
They have an anytime money back guarantee, which shows the confidence they have in their service. Signing up to BlueHost couldn’t be easier, there is a wizard that helps you go through all the steps, and live chat which is only a click away should you have any queries.
Paying for 36 months will get you the lowest cost of $4.95/month, but you can also pay on a shorter 1 year term at $6.95/month.
HostNine is one of my favourites. I’ve had a reseller account with them for many years, and I can’t be happier. They have average support response times of an amazing 5-10 minutes, and generally provide a truly excellent service.
I also love HostNine’s gorgeous website, they really have a penchant for good looks, as can be also evidenced in their super sleek control panel.
HostNine is the cheapest option on a one year plan, out of all the hosts reviewed in this post. Their shared plans start at just $3.45/month with one year prepayment.
We’ve already written an in-depth review of DreamHost here on WP Mayor, and we can recommend them as one of the top WordPress shared hosting providers.
Their prices are slightly higher than the competition, but you can also host as many domains as you want, and the hosting is optimized for WordPress. They also have 50GB backup space which is a good thing to have. That way you will have plenty of space to have backups you can fall onto if something goes wrong with your live site.
You have 97 days to evaluate Dreamhost and receive your money back, an unusually long satisfaction guarantee period. Dreamhost is one of an increasing number of self-described green hosts, meaning they neutralize their carbon footprint by purchasing renewable energy, running more efficient servers, and a variety of other measures that they’re happy to tell you about.
InMotion Hosting is another long-standing favourite with many of my clients and peers. They offer very solid and affordable hosting packages starting at just $4.89 (with the WP Mayor 30% discount applied). InMotion Hosting have sponsored several WordCamps and are definitely close to the WordPress community in general. You can rely on InMotion Hosting engineers to know a thing or two about WordPress in case you run into some problems when hosting with them.
They have an astounding 90 day guarantee, which goes to show how convinced they are that they offer a superior deal when compared to run of the mill hosting providers. They’ve been an industry leader for over 10 years and are also very popular for VPS hosting, but that’s another subject altogether. For those who want an extra layer of support and relationship, InMotion Hosting have a managed hosting service.
Whichever package you go for, InMotion Hosting is a solid choice, and with the 30% offer discount offer we are currently running, they are a great choice for hosting your WordPress site!
GreenGeeks is a greener alternative for hosting. They are a hosting company who is committed to a 300% renewable energy commitment, so when you host with them, you also know you’re helping the environment.
Besides being a green option, GreenGeeks are also a great hosting company.Their simplest hosting plan starts at $3.95 per month (down from $9.95/month during the sale). They also offer reseller hosting, VPS hosting, as well as dedicated hosting.
They offer such benefits as having unlimited domains on one account, unlimited SSD space, a free domain name or transfer, a free website builder and templates, a free website transfer service, and 24/7/365 expert tech support, among others.
First time signing up with a web hosting service? Then I recommend BlueHost, as they have an excellent wizard that will make it very easy for you to sign up and hand hold you all the way. Moreover they also have live chat to answer all your questions.
If you’re unsatisfied with your current host and want to move to a new reliable shared web host, I suggest going with HostGator, as they can handle all the nitty gritty of the migration for you absolutely free. If you are looking for a bargain, HostGator is also hard to beat, and they offer great value for money.
If you’re looking for a reseller account and want to be able to move sites at will from one server location to another, all around the world, then no doubt go with HostNine, they have an amazing custom control panel which I couldn’t be happier with.
I’ve found the best support experience at SiteGround, the guys there are really awesome and go beyond their call of duty. If you’ve been to any WordCamps you’ll probably have come across them as well as they’ve been very involved in these events over the past few years.
All things said, the hosts mentioned above are all very reliable and you can’t really go wrong with any of them.
And if you’re looking for a step upwards from shared hosting, I urge you to read our comparison of the best WordPress managed hosting providers.
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