Five Top WordPress Hosting Providers Compared

WordPress hosting is a type of hosting for WordPress websites. A very simple definition to it.

But, what’s not simple is making a decision on which WordPress hosting provider to settle down with. This is because there are many out there and they all come with their own sets of features and specifications to lure you in.

The only way to make a decision is by comparing all the features and specifications offered by each WordPress hosting provider in detail and choose the one that fits your WordPress website like Cinderella’s glass slipper.

But of course, comparing all WordPress hosting provider is not something easy to do as well. This is because there are many. By the time you are done comparing all of them, the year will be 2025.

So, to make it easy for you, I have compared five world renown WordPress hosting providers and simplified their features and specifications in a way that is very easy to understand. This way you can be on your way to building your WordPress website faster than you imagined.

1. SiteGround

SiteGround is probably one of the WordPress hosting providers which you would have heard about from your friends or family. But if this is your first time hearing about it, then, say Hello!

One of the reasons SiteGround is so popular is because of it’s recommended stamp by WordPress.org. Yes. The people behind the WordPress software recommends using it. But why? Well, that’s because of their high performance, data center options, top-rated support, and other good stuff.

Though, their price is something to worry about. For instance, their cheapest plan which is called the StartUp is priced at $3.95 per month. However, this $3.95 per month is the initial price (sort of like new customer signup bonus). Once the initial term is over, you will need to pay the regular price which is $11.95 per month.

Other than that, there is no reason to be upset about their service.

2. Bluehost

Compared to SiteGround, Bluehost is slightly cheaper. Their cheapest plan is called Basic and starts at $3.95 per month which is the same as SiteGround, but, that’s the initial price. After the initial term is over, the price to pay is $7.99 per month. That’s four dollars cheaper than SiteGround.

On top of that, Bluehost also offers a free one year domain name registration with all their plans.

What else is there? Streamlined control panel to create a WordPress website, high performance, top-rated support, and marketing credit.

Bluehost is also recommended by the people behind WordPress software. So, it’s gotta be good.

But in terms of performance, SiteGround is better. This is because SiteGround comes with data center options and a performance optimization tool to ensure your WordPress website to load fast.

On the other hand, if you still prefer Bluehost but reluctant about their performance, you can check out their WP Pro plans. Their WP Pro plans are more expensive but offer better performance and features.

The cheapest plan from their WP Pro line-ups is priced at $19.95 per month as the initial price. When the initial term is over, the price to pay is $29.99 per month.

On the bright side, there is better performance, 100 free premium WordPress themes to choose from, all-in-one marketing center, unlimited web storage, no traffic limits, and more goodies.

3. 1&1 IONOS

Compared to Bluehost and SiteGround, 1&1 IONOS is in between both of them in terms of price. But they do offer dirt cheap initial price, one dollar. Yes, you read that right. One dollar for all their WordPress hosting plans.

After the initial term is over, the price to pay is $9, $11 and $15 per month respectively.

On top of that, there’s one year free domain name given.

Based on the offers, it’s very obvious that 1&1 IONOS is trying too hard. But, are they worth it?

The answer is, yes. 1&1 IONOS is currently Europe’s largest web hosting provider. They also have quite a huge chunk of market share in the U.S. This means that people do vouch for them.

But why?

Besides their dirt cheap initial price and a free domain name, they offer around the clock support, high-speed servers and a streamlined control panel for easy WordPress website set up.

Also, all their plans are able to handle more than a million visitors per month. This is the only WordPress hosting provider in this article that offers such room to grow at an affordable price.

4. DreamHost

DreamHost is yet another WordPress hosting provider that is recommended by the people behind WordPress software. And it is the final recommended provider in this article as the people behind WordPress only recommended three WordPress hosting providers.

So technically speaking, DreamHost is another WordPress hosting provider with good traits.

The good traits include an affordable price, free domain name registration, easy WordPress set up and an intuitive control panel.

The price starts as low as $2.59 per month which makes them one of the cheapest. However, the $2.59 per month is only given if you subscribe to their three year plan. If you go for the one year plan, you will need to pay $3.95 per month for it. And there’s also a monthly payment plan which is priced at $4.95 per month.

Their pricing options is like playing the Whac-A-Mole game at the arcade centre.

In other words, the pricing can either be annoying or it can be an advantage for you.

The only thing that is lacking in DreamHost is around the clock support. They say they have it, but in actual fact, their support only works from 5.30AM – 9.30PM Pacific Time.

Other than that, they bloom beautifully.

DreamHost also offers advanced WordPress hosting plans called DreamPress. They are more expensive but better. For instance, the server that is used is a high-performance cloud which as a result boosts the performance of the WordPress website.

It’s very similar to Bluehost’s WP Pro but without the premium WordPress themes, without the unlimited web storage and without the unlimited traffic.

DreamPress price starts at $16.95 per month and rockets up to $71.95 per month.

5. Kinsta

Kinsta is considered a newcomer if compared to the WordPress hosting providers mentioned above. This is because they were founded in 2013 unlike the other names above which have existed way before.

But then, Kinsta has gained popularity in such a short time and they manage to be in the radar of WordPress hosting seekers along with the pioneers.

What makes them a magnet in the WordPress hosting industry? For a start, Kinsta uses Google Cloud Platform’s (GCP) servers to host WordPress websites. If you know GCP, you know their servers and services are based on cutting-edge technology. The only problem with GCP is that it is not easy to host a WordPress website because you will need to do lots of things in order to get your WordPress website live such as deploying server, installing WordPress, purchasing a domain name separately, linking the domain name to the WordPress website, configuring SSL and more other steps. And the worst part is that there is no one to walk you through the steps and there isn’t any form of support to rely on.

Kinsta made it easy by removing the hassle of you deploying a server and whatnot and streamlines the process of setting up a WordPress website. As a result, you get to enjoy the benefits of GCP without the extra work and at the same time there is around the clock support which you can rely on and plenty of tutorials to refer to if you ever find yourself lost.

The catch? Their cheapest plan is set at $30 per month.

The advantage? High performance, eighteen global data center locations to choose from, automatic daily backups, staging area, intuitive control panel and other useful stuff.

Summary

Hosting your WordPress website with any of the WordPress hosting providers above will definitely set you free from headache causing problems such as downtime issues, performance issues and other sorts of issues that you would normally encounter from a WordPress hosting provider.

But what’s more important here is the WordPress hosting provider which you decide to host with. With all the explanation above, I’m pretty sure you are able to identify a provider which fits your WordPress website like Cinderella’s glass slipper.