When it comes to selecting the best hosting company for your WordPress Website, making the right decision can often be a tricky proposition. There are more hosting companies than ever before, and they all boast features that make them seem better than their competition. Your decision should not be made lightly; it is critical to the long term health of your website. You want to select a hosting company that offers excellent customer service, is secure, and is fast to meet the demand of your website. Over the years, I have seen hosting companies rise and fall as their customer service, or other features, have improved or declined. Among all the options available today, two have risen to the top and are among those I recommend to my WordPress clients. Siteground and WP Engine.
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Over the years, I have worked with clients who have had just about every different hosting company out there. My list of favorites over that time has changed, but those are two choices that rank highest for me today.
Watch my video to learn more about what to look for and consider when choosing a hosting company.
Siteground Hosting for your WordPress Website
Siteground is one of the most recommended WordPress hosting companies. They are known for their top-notch customer support, reliable, and fast hosting plans. Their WordPress optimized hosting includes everything you’ll need to create and grow a successful website or blog over time. SiteGround offers a decent number of hosting types, lots of performance-enhancing tools, and excellent customer service at a reasonable price. Although SiteGround lacks VPS, dedicated, and Windows servers, it’s a quality web hosting service for both individuals and small businesses. Some advantages of Siteground include:
- Free Domain Name
- Free Daily Backup and Restore
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
- Solid State Drives
- Free CloudFlare CDN
- 99.9% Uptime
- Data Centers on 3 Continents
- Secure Account Isolation on Shared Servers
- Shared Hosting Utilizes Linux Containers
- Improved Server Restore Technology
- Proactive Server Monitoring
- Unique Anti Bot Artificial Intelligence System
- Fast Responsive Support
- Last 30 Backup Copies Available for Restore
- Staging for WordPress and Joomla
- Automatic WordPress Plugin Updates
- SuperCacher for Increased Speed
WordPress Hosting Company: Factors to Consider
There are many factors to consider in selecting the right hosting company for your WordPress website. Certain features may be or less important depending on the customer. Generally, security is (or should be) a primary consideration. That, coupled with storage and speed, as well as customer service all typically make it pretty high on the list for WordPress consumers regardless of the nature of their business or purpose of their WordPress. Some considerations factor in more heavily depending on the use of your WordPress site. For example, if you are interested in eCommerce, you will want to select a hosting company that supports eCommerce with features like enhanced load speed. Even a 1 second load speed delay can significantly reduce your conversion rate.
WP Engine Hosting for Your WordPress Website
The hosting at WP Engine is first class all the way. It is a giant among hosting companies, and its good reputation is well deserved. Even though they don’t offer phone support for most of their service levels, their chat support is superior. (But, we’re not fans of chat support!) WP Engine is a high quality host that boasts excellent uptime, WordPress-specific security, daily backups, real-time threat detection, cloud platform flexibility, and other excellent features. With more than 120,000 customers in 140 countries, WP Engine certainly have heaps of experience hosting a huge variety of WordPress sites. In fact, according to their marketing materials, ‘five percent of the online world visits at least one experience on WP Engine each day’! With those impressive numbers, it is easy to see why WP engine is such a popular option for hosting WordPress websites.
The Next Step: Learning WordPress
Contrary to popular belief, there is no certification program for learning WordPress. The most effective way to learn WordPress is with instruction from an experienced and well-qualified WordPress trainer. Learning WordPress from a professional will help you gain confidence with managing your website. Teaching WordPress is just what we do.
When you book WordPress training with us either in-person or virtually, be prepared for an interactive, hands-on experience.
- Get access to resources for a stronger foundation and preparation.
- Two intensive, one-on-one sessions lasting 4-hours each.
- Receive the video recordings of your virtual training sessions for review at your convenience (available only with virtual training.)
- Receive an additional 60 days of access to your instructor for follow-up questions and consultation.
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