When people begin blogging – it is really tempting to start out with cheap WordPress hosting.
Usually, the approach is a “let’s try it and see” kind of thing.
But, if you value your time, picking the right host is essential. In the long run that cheap hosting plan can cost you a ton in energy and stress. It’s better to make a good choice in the beginning.
As a WordPress blogger, I want a host that knows WordPress. One that performs back ups of my site for me, and that has customer service that is both responsive and considerate.
I have found that SiteGround meets and exceeds all of these criteria.
A Painful Experience
When I started blogging in 2007, I actually started out on Blogger because WordPress wasn’t quite as user friendly as it is today.
I quickly learned some coding basics and moved over to self hosted WordPress. My hosting was on a shared plan at an unnamed, yet quite well known host.
It was great at first, but after a few years and several blogs in, all of websites started to slow down. It took forever to load a webpage.
After some research, I found that my sites were being “throttled” – which means (not the most technical explanation) the host was limiting the bandwidth for my sites.
Usually this happens because your site has become popular and has outgrown the hosting plan. Unfortunately, this was not the issue for me at the time.
The blogs that I was hosting here had very low traffic.
Somehow we worked it out – but I spent hours on the phone with customer service.
I have since moved my main website (this one) onto the all inclusive
Rainmaker Platform. I then moved this site to SiteGround (where I was quite happy) and then onto StudioPress Sites (you can read my StudioPress Sites review here).
An Example of Bad WordPress Hosting
However, I kept a few sites over on that old unnamed WordPress hosting plan, against my better judgment.
Yesterday, I decided to revisit a few of them – and wouldn’t you know it – three out of five sites were down.
So I hopped onto customer service chat.
After waiting for awhile for someone to even come online with me – the guy hops on, says that WordPress is not installed on one of the sites and proceeds to reinstall WordPress.
This not only did NOT solve the problem, but it also wiped out the WordPress install that had been there before – with all the information. I received a new login and password and everything.
“Whoa! Did you just delete my site?”, I asked – a bit incredulously.
The reply – “Just start it from the beginning.”
Ummm – anyone at all that has put any kind of time into a WordPress blog can feel my pain.
Now the thing is – that site did have WordPress installed and had a homepage, but I had NOT been actively blogging on it.
So it wasn’t a big loss.
But, there is no way in H*LL that I would ever create a meaningful site on that host. Not when customer service is so disrespectful of my needs and time.
Even if I had a backup (which in this case I really didn’t need) I would have had to spend the time and have the technical know how to reinstall it.
Ideal Hosting for WordPress Blogs
The ideal host for a WordPress blog is one that is familiar with WordPress and that offers services that meet the needs of WordPress users.
That is why I am moving my sites from the above, unnamed, (insert colorful and unbecoming language) to new WordPress hosting – Siteground.
I have been testing Siteground out for a few months and I have been so pleased with their customer service.
They offer simple and easy WordPress installation (see the Siteground tutorial here), daily backups, they update your site, offer security features, and offer speed enhancements.
Packages start at $3.95 per month which is often enough for a new blog.
I am thrilled that I don’t have to install a plugin to create backups for my site and I don’t have to update WordPress as it’s done automatically.
I feel like I am in good hands and that peace of mind is so amazing.
Making Your Own Choice
Of course, you need to examine your own needs and choose WordPress hosting that is right for you.
It is really hard to find unbiased information – since most people that write about website hosting are also affiliates. And affiliate commissions from hosting are very good.
But I am or have been a customer of Siteground, Synthesis web hosting, Rainmaker and the unnamed host mentioned above. In addition, I have worked with client’s websites on a variety of different hosts. So, I have had experience with different companies.
For me – Siteground is the clear winner. They specialize in WordPress, offer a great value, and have responsive customer service.
But I encourage you to look at your options and come to your own decisions.
What WordPress Hosting Company Do You Use?
Why do you love it or hate it? Share you experience in the comments below.