I keep this page up to date with my opinions of the best choices for inexpensive, secure, WordPress hosting with a decent level of support. The links below are affiliate links, so I get a payment if you buy service from them after following those links. However, I list the companies I honestly think are best. They frequently run sales, so compare their current prices. The differences among them are not sharp enough to outweigh a 60%-off sale.
- Dreamhost.com comes highly recommended for reliability and support. Among the top-rated services, they usually have the best pricing if you want to host just one website on your account — they charge extra for more sites. They offer a discount for paying for multiple years of hosting at a time, which is not an introductory offer — it’s just their regular deal — unlike the others listed here.
- Siteground.com gets excellent marks for performance and service in tests (and in my personal experience), and their prices are reasonable. This is my current hosting provider, and I consider them the best choice for people wanting to host multiple websites on the same account. If you can afford to, prepay for multiple years to lock in the introductory price for the longest period.
- Hostgator.com also gets good ratings, and like SiteGround, lets you host multiple domains for one price and includes SSL (aka TLS) and mailboxes. Don’t sign up for their “professional” email service. The “non-professional” service included with hosting is just fine.
There are many decent companies out there, and the picture changes over time. I tend to trust the top ten lists posted by PC Magazine. Read reviews.
Bluehost used to be good, but I no longer can recommend them. I used to host my sites there, but after they were unable to solve frequent slowdowns and error messages on the shared server, I closed my account and moved everything to SiteGround.com. Everything I’ve heard since then has confirmed this was a good choice.
I don’t recommend godaddy.com. They’re not the very worst hosting provider, but when website developers talk about the very worst, they’ll say things like, “Even godaddy has better performance.”
When signing up, be cautious about buying extra services which in many cases may be included by default, so you have to opt out. These can push the price way up, and really all you need is hosting. The following, in particular, you can get elsewhere for free:
- Site monitoring
- “Professional” email (regular email is included)
- “Professional” SSL/TLS certificates (unless you’re a bank, the free certificates are fine)