What are the best WordPress hosting options for my new website in the UK, US or Internationally?
Choosing a fast, secure and cheap WordPress host is an important move for any business. If you’re anything like me, you’d probably prefer to spend your time writing blog posts and marketing your site, rather than trying to unpick problems with your hosting!
When it comes to performance and security, the hosting company you work with is always completely in control of your service plan, and therefore totally responsible for protecting your data. In the past I think I’ve learned the hard way on what makes for a decent WordPress Host, and so it’s time to make a few recommendations to make sure you’re off to a good start. To me, host security is obviously essential, and really you should be looking out for a company who are transparent about how they deal with basic issues like server loss or a DDOS attack.
Who is hosting Builtvisible?
This website, Builtvisible uses managed wordpress hosting service WP Engine.
I’m happy with WPengine: their support is exceptional, and they have a great site move service. Their plans start at $29.99 per month (about £20) – so their hosting costs start pretty cheaply!
My golden rule on hosting companies: If you’re working with a good company, you should rarely, if ever notice a problem. My other key issue is customer service, if you do need to ask a question, you should get a helpful, sensible response very quickly.
With that experience taken into account, I’ve worked with a small number of hosting companies in the UK and US that I would continue to recommend into 2015.
The Best Fully-Managed WordPress Hosting Platform across the globe, with a UK datacentre and fast, pre-configured CDN.
If you want to use one of the most advanced, scale-able and reliable WordPress hosts, then look no further than WP Engine. First of all, they have an incredibly simple set up process – as technically impressive as they are, WP Engine haven’t forgotten that it’s got to be easy to get started. And, it is! The service automatically distributes your CSS, images and JS files via CDN and they’ll take care of SSL for you, too. Caching is managed for you – so no annoying plugin configuration! Their hosting is incredibly fast, stable and practically bullet proof. There’s a UK data centre in London but obviously the CDN will serve content automatically from the nearest data centre to your users.
Go To WPengine
WP Engine are probably the most complete service available today, with prices starting at $29 per month (about £20). Builtvisible is using the professional service with CDN bolted in. I strongly recommend them!
One of the fastest WordPress Hosting services in the UK for the price: starts at £1.25 per month.
TSOhost.com are the best priced hosting providers in the UK. Their team are knowledgeable, friendly and quick to respond.
Their main hosting is based in the UK (they don’t provide a CDN – try MAXcdn, setup instructions are here) to speed up your site internationally. We’ve found that performance wise, a decent DNS service and images served from a CDN are enough to keep the site reasonably fast when you’re using TSOhost.
Tip: The Clustered Platform: Ultimate Hosting Package is the best package they have. The team have a site migration service, too – so if you can hand over things like you FTP accounts details, domain registrar information, they’ll migrate your files, database and WordPress installation as part of the package.
For a 10% discount on your TSOhost wordpress hosting, use this promotional code: BESTWPHOST
Go To TSOhost
If you’re a small business, TSOhost are OK. We used to host with them, but as we’ve grown we’ve needed a little more – which is why we’re now WPengine hosted. In case you migrate to a faster managed service, here’s a step by step guide to migrating your site to WP engine.
Do you have a recommendation for a preferred WordPress hosting provider? Leave your comments below!