Best WordPress Hosting for the UK? Builtvisible Recommends WPengine
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 site 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.
Learning about WordPress Hosting the Hard Way
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, speed and 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. They have a data centre in the UK and a great team to provide friendly support any query you have.
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’m rather in love with a fantastic company called WPengine who have ably and consistently served Builtvisible from their UK data centre in London for almost a year.
The Best Fully-Managed WordPress Hosting Platform across the globe, with a UK datacentre and fast, pre-configured CDN.
The WPengine Dashboard (via your WordPress dashboard) – allows control over the CDN, caching and gives handy links to the WPengine control panel. It also reminds you of things like your IP address!
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. Caching is managed for you (see screenshot above) – so no annoying plugin configuration! The service automatically distributes your CSS, images and JS files via CDN and they’ll take care of SSL for you, too.
There’s a UK data centre in London but obviously the CDN will serve content automatically from their nearest global data centre to your users. basically, it’s fast all over the globe. Very cool.
Take a look at the main WPengine control panel:
From here (one link from your WordPress Dashboard) you can set up domain redirects, switch to (and force) SSL, install new sites and most impotrantly, get help if you need it. WPengine customer service is fast and effective – give it a few hours and your issue is resolved.
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!
Go To WPengine
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!