Best WordPress Web Hosting | An Honest Comparison

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Today, I am so excited for this article. I have put in weeks of preparation
to show you the best place to
buy any kind of web hosting

whether it's for a WordPress site,

or a completely custom
site, or something else,

here are seven very popular web hosts,

I'm gonna break them down and let you know

where you should spend your money

and where you should host your website.

Stay tuned.

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get right into the video.

I'm gonna start with Bluehost because

they are such a popular web host.

Chances are if you Google where to buy

web hosting or best web host,

Bluehost was likely at
the top of a lot of lists.

One thing right off the bat
that bothers me about Bluehost

is that you have to buy
yearly for the first sign-up.

It's really weird.

When you sign up, you
have to buy a block of

one year of hosting, but then after that,

you can renew monthly.

That's like going up to a girl and

asking her to marry you at first sight.

Maybe I just wanna try monthly before

I commit to paying for a year of hosting.

Bluehost has it all backwards.

They're like, we need
that one year commitment

and then you can switch to monthly.

What?

Okay.

I went ahead and signed up
for a year of hosting for $60.

One thing to keep in mind
when you sign up for Bluehost

is some of the upsells are pre-checked.

They are really working overtime to

sell you stuff you don't necessarily need

or stuff that may be helpful,

but you don't have to pay for it.

Pay attention on that sign-up screen

to what you're paying for and if you

don't want the CodeGuard for backups

or site lock or whatever
it is they try to sell you,

go ahead and uncheck that box.

The setup process for
WordPress was super elegant.

They let you pick from tons
of free WordPress themes

right there when the site is being set up

and they pre-install
plugins you should have

like a caching plugin
to speed up your site

and an anti-spam plugin.

These are plugins that Bluehost just

puts on there by default,

which I actually think is kind of cool.

Maybe you're not really
into tinkering with plugins,

you just wanna install WordPress

and you want it to work well,

Bluehost is gonna make sure that you have

a smooth and solid experience.

The website in the
hosting felt really fast

thanks to that caching
plugin I just mentioned

and I really love that Bluehost makes it

super easy to get support.

There's no hiding things
behind dark patterns

or any of that.

You just click help, you do a live chat,

and they are right there to help you.

I did have a pretty positive
experience with Bluehost.

They do try a little too hard to upsell.

They're kind of constantly
throwing stuff in your face

so if that bothers you,
maybe pick somewhere else,

but if you're looking for
the most flexible web host

with lots of different add-ons and

options available for purchase

that you can add to your website
and your hosting experience

like G Suite for email hosting,

backups, all that kind of stuff,

I think you're going to love Bluehost

and I can definitely
recommend them for the

most flexible hosting
and the most options.

Next, let's talk about SiteGround and boy,

do I have things to say about SiteGround.

Unlike Bluehost, they
offer you a monthly option

right from the start, which is awesome,

thank you SiteGround,

except they charge you a $14.95 ding fee

as a setup fee if you choose monthly.

Why?

Why are these guys trying to make it

so hard to just try a month of hosting?

Everything was just downhill from here.

I went ahead and signed up for the hosting

and it was not easy to setup WordPress.

I had to dig around in
some scary convoluted

retro looking menus and
the entire SiteGround panel

is just dated, very cluttered,

and extremely hard to find
what you're looking for.

It took a solid 30, maybe 40 minutes

for my site to be set up,

but there was no indicator of that.

Wow, thanks for the communication guys.

It would be nice to know that there's

about a 30 to 40 minute window
for the automated setup,

so do keep that in mind
if you choose SiteGround.

However, I would strongly advise
against choosing SiteGround

for two reasons.

Number one, I really dislike their panel,

which I already talked about,

it's cluttered and it's
hard to use, but number two,

they make getting support
so ridiculously hard,

and I cannot get behind that.

Look, if you're trusting a
company to host your website

and to hold the files so when

someone types your domain
name, your website comes up,

you need a company you can rely on

and you need a company
you can reach out to

if you're having any trouble
or if your site is down

or anything like that.

In the amount of time it takes to

get SiteGround's
attention is unacceptable.

They use what's called a dart pattern.

A dart pattern is where
you manipulate an interface

in such a way that it makes no sense

to get to where they
don't want you to get,

so they don't want you to contact them.

They try and deflect you by looking at

their knowledge-based
articles and all this stuff

and as you can see in
this screen recording,

to contact them, you literally
have to press this tiny,

absurd, little link that
you probably would miss

if you're not really paying
attention to contact them.

That's not something I can support

so I would recommend
staying away from SiteGround

and choosing someone else.

Let's talk Namecheap.

Namecheap has always
been a company I've loved

for both web hosting and domains.

I have all of my personal
domains with Namecheap

and I have recommended them
in the past to my web clients.

It is really easy to set up and their new

easy WP hosting is so extremely intuitive

and it is the fastest I have ever seen

a WordPress site get set
up and up and running

and on the internet.

As you can see here,

Namecheap's easy WP hosting
is completely targeted

at being fast, easy, and
simple with nothing else,

no gimmicks, and it's very reasonable,

costing only $3.88 a
month or $30.88 a year.

It was really hard to find
downsides to Namecheap's hosting.

It's incredibly fast and smooth and the

experience is just so simple,

I think this is gonna be appealing for

those of you who don't wanna tinker with

a bunch of panels or settings.

However, the issue I had with
Namecheap's easy WP hosting

is that they don't offer daily
backups even as an upsell.

Every other host on this
list offers daily backups

either included in the
cost or for an upsell,

a paid upsell, which
I think is reasonable.

It's not uncommon for a host to ask you

for extra money to back up
your site daily automatically,

but Namecheap just has
nothing, nothing at all.

They don't include automated daily backups

and they don't let you pay
for automated daily backups.

The best you can do with easy
WP is create a manual backup,

which is free, but you
have to remember to do that

and the whole point of automated backups

is to make sure that if your site crashes

or gets hacked or anything happens,

your backup is there and you didn't even

have to think about it.

You just restore the backup
and you're good to go.

You can use an external
backup service like CodeGuard

to backup your Namecheap easy WP hosting,

but that costs around $5
a month or $60 a year,

so when you figure that in,

you're paying about $9.88 per
month for Namecheap's hosting,

which is a little bit expensive.

It's not completely unreasonable and it is

not the most expensive
option on this list,

but you are gonna have
to keep that in mind

when you're buying hosting if
you want those daily backups.

Trucking right along,
let's talk about HostGator.

This is another one of those
very large hosting companies

that you might recognize right away.

They've been out there for years

and they have a huge presence online.

My experience with HostGator
was very interesting.

They do the little things
that drive me nuts,

like the prices they put on their website

are for 36 months of hosting.

They'll be like, only $5 a month,

but it's actually like $15 a month

if you pay month-to-month and it's

$5 a month if you pay
for three years at once.

However, that's kind of
a pretty common practice

and I will say that they thankfully

let you pay month-to-month with no issues,

no setup fees, no forcing
a year of hosting on you.

If you wanna buy a month
of hosting from HostGator,

you can buy a month of
hosting from HostGator.

Overall, the panel was a simple and

relatively nice experience.

My trouble with HostGator is that they

actually don't offer enough
upsells for my preference,

or the types of upsells I'm looking for.

I know you're like, Christian,
what are you talking about?

No one likes to be upsold.

I know, but hear me out.

HostGator's WordPress hosting plan

includes a one gigabyte CodeGuard account.

CodeGuard is an external backup service

and HostGator has worked with them to

offer daily backups up
to one gigabyte of files.

I'm like, what happens if
my WordPress site exceeds

a gigabyte of files 'cause if you

upload a lot of images
and stuff to your blog,

that's not uncommon for it to
be bigger than a gig of files

and the HostGator account
itself is bigger than a gig

so you could exceed that perfectly fine.

I chatted in their live chat.

I'm like, how can I upgrade my CodeGuard

if I require more than
a gig of backup per day?

They're like, you actually can't.

I'm sorry, HostGator, did
you just miss an opportunity

to upsell me and have
me pay you more money?

I'm pretty sure that's
exactly what just happened.

(man laughing)

- Got him!

Got him!

(man laughing)

- HostGator's support
is also extremely slow.

They do make it easy to get to,

so I'll give them credit for that.

There's no dark patterns
like with SiteGround,

but you're gonna be waiting awhile.

It is painfully slow.

For the support, price,
and no ability to increase

the backup storage, I would
not recommend HostGator.

I personally would stay away from them.

Next, we're gonna talk about iPage.

Once again, this is
another popular web host

that you may have heard about and I'm

not exactly sure why they're so popular.

My experience was kind of
similar to SiteGround with iPage,

but maybe not as bad.

They have a lot of upsells,

they have a cluttered and confusing panel,

and then they make it hard
to buy things you wanna buy

after the fact.

For example, when you go
to sign-up with iPage,

they're like, buy backups,
buy this, buy that.

Maybe you're not ready for that yet

so you may uncheck the
things, buy just the hosting,

and if you decide you wanna add daily

backups to your site later,

I could not find it anywhere in the panel.

I dug through every single
menu and it ends up,

you have to go to the main iPage website,

not through your hosting panel,

and buy backups through there.

Overall, the panel was
just extremely confusing,

it was kind of hard to set up WordPress,

it took a couple extra steps
to get things up and running,

and I think there are plenty
and better options out there.

I guess I don't have a
huge problem with iPage,

I don't have an issue with
their support or this or that,

but I didn't have a great experience there

and I personally would
stay away from iPage.

We got just two left, so
let's talk about Hostinger.

This is a web host that I expected to hate

based on their website, but I
actually ended up loving them.

Here's what I dislike about Hostinger.

They're one of those websites that when

you go to their site,

they try to pressure
you to buy immediately.

As soon as you go to their site,

they have this countdown,
starting from 21 hours,

and they act like they're
having this super mega sale

and if you don't buy within 21 hours,

you're gonna miss out on the
deals, but here's the thing,

that's just their price.

That's always their price.

Any time you go to their site,

that 21-hour countdown starts and it just

resets every time you visit the site.

Based on that alone,

I had a bad taste in
my mouth going into it

and trying Hostinger.

I was very cautious.

I'm like, if they're doing this,

what other sorts of annoying tactics

are they doing to try and pressure me,

but what I found was completely different

from what I expected.

Hostinger had the most
impressive setup screen

I've seen on any web host.

They made it super easy
to install WordPress

and get going right away,

they weren't too pushy about upselling me

on the initial signup screen,

and they even give you a temporary URL

to start editing your site right away

without having to point
your domain there yet.

If you don't know what I'm saying,

when you buy a domain name,

you have to point it to the web host

and this can take up to 48 hours

before your domain points there.

Hostinger solved this issue
by giving you a temporary URL

that you can use to modify your site

and start building it
until your domain name

is pointing to them, and I
think that's really efficient,

it's very considerate of your time,

and I'm a huge fan of
what Hostinger is doing.

In addition, they offer
lots of quality add-ons

like daily backups for 95 cents a month,

or G Suite for email hosting, or Nord VPN,

and all of these are
easy to add at any time,

it's right there in the panel.

You just go and you add it to your account

and it's very simple.

The hosting with Hostinger
was also speedy fast

and I was just overall blown away

with the service I
received from Hostinger.

Their 24/7 support is no joke.

It's right there in the
bottom-right corner.

You just click it and you chat away

and someone replies
usually within a minute.

I was very impressed.

I was so impressed with Hostinger,

that I'm recommending them
as the best overall option,

the balance between value,
support, and features.

If you're looking for the
most well-rounded experience,

Hostinger is gonna be for you.

To wrap things up, let's
look at our last company,

and that is DreamHost.

DreamHost offers the best
month-to-month options,

in my opinion, if you're
kind of looking for that

well-rounded experience and
you don't wanna break the bank

and you're not able to pay yearly.

DreamHost has plans from $4.95 per month,

no catches, no setup fees, no big gotchas,

just $4.95 a month, you
can get started right away,

and they make it simple
to sign-up for that.

Like many of the other hosts on this list,

there are some upsells
that are pre-checked

during the checkout, which I don't love,

but it is so common that I'm not gonna

get onto DreamHost too much for that.

The panel was a little bit confusing,

but the graphics are inviting and

DreamHost does offer
lots of upsells for you.

One thing I love about DreamHost is they

do daily backups automatically
and they do it for free.

You don't have to pay anything else,

it doesn't matter how big
your website is, none of that.

If you're catching what I'm saying,

this is a great value for $4.95 a month.

There are some hoops to jump through

to get to their support.

It's not ridiculously
complex like SiteGround

and I wouldn't necessarily
call it extreme dart patterns,

but they do try to deflect
you just a little bit.

However, when you're able
to get to their support,

they are relatively
helpful, they're friendly,

and I don't think you're
gonna have any issues there.

I would recommend DreamHost if you're

looking for a month-to-month option

and the best value and
not breaking the bank.

In conclusion, if you're
looking for the hosting

with the most options
and tinkering available,

Bluehost is gonna be for you.

They have a very robust panel with

plenty of upsells and add-ons that

you can purchase and
set up and it's gonna be

kind of a lot of fun if you like to

tinker around with different features

and services with web hosting.

If you're just looking for a simple and

easy set it and forget it web host

for your WordPress website,
Namecheap is gonna be for you.

There's hardly any options to mess with,

but that's the beauty of it if you

don't wanna worry about things.

Just keep in mind that extra
added cost for CodeGuard

if you want your website backed up daily.

If you're looking for the best
most well-rounded web host

and the best overall balance of value,

features, and add-ons,

then you definitely
should go with Hostinger.

Finally, if you're like I really
don't have a lot of money,

I just wanna pay the minimum
amount possible monthly

and that's it, I can't
afford to pay yearly,

I don't wanna have to pay for upsells

or extra things for daily
backups or any of that,

then DreamHost is gonna
be the way to go for you.

Which web host did you pick?

I'd love to know your thoughts
down in the comments below
Thank you so much

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