In one form another we’ve been hosting websites now for many years, and we’ve also supported clients on many different hosting platforms. (Jump to our recommendations)
Each platform tends to have its own idiosyncrasies and peculiarities that sometimes have to be accommodated when launching or moving a website, although that’s less the case today than it was 10 years ago.
When it comes to hosting for a wordpress website, it’s hard to beat the service and value that is offered by some of the dedicated WordPress hosting services, where the speed and performance is tuned specifically to WordPress. If you’re not hosting with us and you’re just looking for the best Wordpress hosting for your website, here’s some of the services we really like (we use some of these ourselves, depending on the site requirements) and what we like about them.
What we like about dedicated Wordpress hosting
- the systems are tuned to wordpress, so from performance to security the platform has been built to really power your website
- the support staff is generally very familiar with wordpress, so when you’re describing an issue they often know exactly – or close to exactly what you’re talking about
- you can generally get rid of caching and security plugins, as their platform will look after that for you – there are still things you can do to optimize speed an performance (WPEngine has a great article with website speed optimization tips), but the basics – and more – are covered
- they backup the website nightly – automatically, and really easy to do a custom backup or restore
- they have built in, 1 button staging areas, so if you want to test or or explore new options for your site, its really easy to set something up
- they usually have 24 hour support
Granted, dedicated wordpress hosting can be more costly that traditional shared server hosting, the lowest price is about $15/month USD, but you really do get what you pay for.
They don’t include email hosting either – though these days we highly recommend looking at GSuite (Google) or Office 365 (Microsoft) for email. Apart from coming with many additional services, these are dedicated email services tuned up to really power and support your email.
So while you could go with wordpress hosting and email on a shared web server, if you go with dedicated wordpress hosting and dedicated a email service you are getting the best products and leveraging the resources of these large companies/teams focussed on providing singular services very well.