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What is the best hosting for your brand spanking new WordPress blog?
How much should you expect to pay for hosting your website? What is the difference between shared hosting, dedicated hosting and other in between options like VPS? And are those big economy hosting plans really worth it…..or do you really get what you pay for overall?
I get a fair amount of questions about picking a host for site hosting…..and more often than not, for folks who are looking for a very reliable “first host” for a simple WordPress installation. While I have used a broad range of hosting providers in the past…..today, I stick to WPENGINE, simply because they provide a pretty headache and 100% hassle free way to manage many blogs for multiple clients, with fast speed and with super scalable service to boot.
To be honest with you, while I don’t use them nearly as much these days – I still DO have 3 Godaddy hosting accounts as well, and still host THIS blog on GD – and although they DO tend to bunch up and squeeze many customers into the same “space” (which can degrade site performance times for sure) I DO think they also get a bit of a bum rap around the web as well. (especially considering they DO provide 24 hour phone support for FREE – you can’t overestimate how important it is to be able to talk to a live human being when you need help, or a site is down, or you’ve screwed something up and don’t have the first clue how to fix it, a problem I’ve found myself in way too many times to count)
If you need super cheap hosting and being able to access a live customer support agent is important to you….especially if you stay up late and like to talk on the phone with strangers like me, while not sexy – Godaddy is a pretty good choice in my opinion. WPengine is far better of course for more sophisticated hosting needs…...BUT, their support ain’t nearly as good as it once was. (it’s primarily email based for non emergencies – and it now takes a few days to often get a response….which sort of sucks, as you’ll also read in the more complete review below)
I haven’t checked out Page.ly – but according to WPMU, they are the winner of their recent review, when factoring in a whole bunch of different metrics – although I still think they are going to be more expensive than most people reading this will require.
Check out the whole review at the link following the short excerpt below for more……or if you are running an online agency or need to manage multiple wordpress sites, I DO still recommend WPengine, although I’d still like to see their support get back to what it once was.
and the winner is… Page.ly!Page.ly offers a consistent managed hosting service that takes the hassle out of running a WordPress website.Despite the company’s its teeny tiny support team of just two people and their limited opening hours, tickets are resolved quickly.I was impressed with Page.ly’s speed and ease of use. Of all the hosts I reviewed, Page.ly was the the most pleasant hosting company I dealt with. It’s their personable and friendly approach that sets them apart from the hosting corporate giants that treat customers like numbers.Bluehost goes home with the wooden spoon, scoring below par for each of our review criteria.In the end it was a close race. While some hosts excelled in areas like speed and customer service, others offers better features or cheaper prices.