When it comes to creating a WordPress website, one of the first things you will have to look for is to purchase hosting from a hosting company, so that the data for your website is actually stored on a host to be accessed when requested by yourself and web users. Choosing what host is best is difficult, considering the fact that sometimes going cheap does not always provide you the best hosting, in terms of customer support, up-time reliability and speed. For this reason, here are some websites you can look to get WordPress hosting from.
GoDaddy is, by all means, not the cheapest solution out there for WordPress hosting. However, what you will get is 24/7 support and automatic updates every time WordPress is updated.
As a customer of GoDaddy, I have found the up-time to be very high, hitting most likely the 99.9% they claim. What I particularly like about GoDaddy is the fact that they automatically back up your whole WordPress website and provide plugins to help your WordPress website run.
HostGator is one of the most used websites for WordPress hosting, with over 8 million users going to them for website hosting. They also offer a lot what GoDaddy offer, including 99.9% up-keep time, 24/7 support and one-click WordPress installation. However, just like you will find out with Bluehost, HostGator only provide their packages in the dollar currency, providing question marks as to how effective they will be for other countries and how much extra you will be paying to convert the purchase into the currency that you use.
Bluehost is one of the oldest hosting platforms for WordPress and is also the recommended hosting platform by WordPress themselves. They also have 24/7 support and even have extra benefits such as free SSL certificate and domain too.
However, it must be noted that, even though cheap, they only accept in the dollar currency, which potentially means Bluehost are more aimed at the US market than globally like, for example, GoDaddy.
If you are looking to save on cost with your hosting, then you should look no further than 1&1. 1&1, by far, offers the cheapest solution to WordPress hosting out of all of the before mentioned websites, with prices that are typically 20-30% cheaper. What is good about 1&1 is that the pricing plan is not dictated by the amount of visitors entering on your website, but by by the amount of SSD storage your website requires. For the vast majority of websites, the cheapest plan of 50GB should be plenty of storage.
Putting these good points to one side, 1&1 tends to be not as good for customer service and doesn’t tend to have as good an up-time than the other hosting websites. So it seems to be a trade-off between cost vs quality.