Deciding on the right hosting for your blog is a little tricky. There are so many companies out there and a billion different reviews. You might wonder where the right hosting for your blog is? Lately, I’ve noticed in blogging forums and facebook groups that people are looking into the best hosting options for their blogs. Some of them are looking to switch from blogger to WordPress and some of them are tired of their blog loading slow or having multiple down times.
Before we get started, let’s go over a few hosting related definitions:
Visits (also called sessions) – According to Google, “A session is a group of interactions that take place on your website within a given time frame” A session or visit can include many pageviews. On the desktop mode, Google refers to sessions as visits. For the sake of this tutorial, I will be using the term visit as that is the term that most web hosts use.
Visits vs. Pageviews – Pageviews tell you how many times your blog or a particular page are viewed. Say I visit your blog, I land on your home page, then click your about page, then I go to your blog page. That is 3 pageviews, but only 1 visit. Pageviews are obviously a more exciting number, but we will focus on visits today.
Shared Hosting – Shared hosting is where multiple accounts share a single web server, each having their own domain name.
Managed WordPress Hosting – this is hosting that is 100% dedicated to WordPress sites. They focus on the things WordPress user’s need: security, speed, WordPress updates, plugin blacklists to protect your site, NO cpanel. It is more than paying for hosting, it’s almost like hiring someone to be on your team. They take care of you.
Obviously, there are many factors that go into picking a hosting company for your blog. There are also a lot of technicalities when it comes to hosting. Most companies list the following features: website space, bandwidth, suggested visits, and “extras” the package includes.
I talked to a few different hosting companies about their listed website space and here are some of the responses I got.
Your packages say that it includeds unlimited space, is that true? “Yes it really does mean unlimited storage space 🙂”
So, it doesn’t matter if my blog has 600 posts full of pictures? “Well, this is where it gets sort of technical. There is unlimited storage on our Shared plan. However, because it is a shared hosting plan that means that you are on a shared server. On a shared server you are sharing resources with other customers on that server. So that means that if you want your website to be huge, then you may notice your site loads slower than others”
I asked another company about their beginning package having 10GB of data, “Even big news websites don’t make up 10GB as a website alone, maybe with the backups they do, but generally 10GB is more than enough for a typical blog”
With this information, I’ve decided to break down the best hosting based on how much traffic your blog gets. I am an affiliate for some of the companies listed below, but only recommend them because I like them!
I always like to upgrade hosting before I hit the max for my current hosting, that way I know my blog is always performing its best!
0-5,000 Visits a month
This recommendation is for people who are brand new to blogging.
I am coupling these two together because they are sister companies and function the same. Same great service team, and very similar pricing plans.
If you want to start blogging but you’re not sure if you will stick with it, this is the safest hosting plan for you to go with, financially. They offer anytime money back on any unused months should you decide to quit blogging or switch hosting. It also allows you to get good pricing long term, with the ability to switch should you decide to make adjustments. They have helpful customer services and a built in WordPress download. This is shared hosting.
Another great option: SiteGround StartUp
5,000 – 25,000 visits a month
Hands down, SiteGround wins. I am going to be writing an extensive review on SiteGround soon, but for now here’s a few reasons why I recommend SiteGround for most bloggers.
One of the biggest reasons I suggest SiteGround is that they guarantee 99% up time. That’s a big deal for me because I don’t like my site being down. Since I moved my blog over to SiteGround in October this has proven to be true! I have yet to notice a down time and my site loads faster than it did on my previous hosting.
SiteGround specializes in WordPress and offers a SuperCache (helps your blog load faster) and 30 backups! Their customer service and support is awesome. I frequently get the same person when I go to chat. I’m not sure if that is on purpose of if I just chat at the same time each day. Either way, I like it. Their chat response time is faster than most of the other services I’ve used. They have three data center locations to choose from – USA, Europe and Asia.
If you want your site to load fast, never have down time, and have great support, this is a great option for you. This is shared hosting.
Another great option: Flywheel Personal Plan
25,000 – 60,000 visits a month
SiteGround is a perfect option for all the reasons mentioned above, you just need a plan with a little more juice to handle your traffic. This is shared hosting.
Another great option: Synthesis Personal
60,000 + visits a month:
If you’re getting this much traffic, you should be making enough money to justify VPS hosting. I have done a lot of research on WordPress managed hosting for my next hosting company. I have compared Flywheel, WPEngine, and Synthesis. All 3 are great options, but I’ve decided that Synthesis wins.
When it comes to pricing + whats included, Synthesis offers the best plans. Plus, they are Copyblogger (same company that runs StudioPress) so I know that it is quality hosting and the best customer service around. In addition to great hosting structure, technical support, backups, and malware monitoring they offer the following marketing tools: Site optimization, on-page optimization, keyword research, social media research, and influencer outreach tools. This is WordPress managed hosting.
Another great option: WP Engine
How do I know when I should upgrade hosting?
Numbers don’t tell all. So here are a two more questions to think about when deciding whether or not to upgrade your hosting.
- Is your blog loading slow?
- Do you have frequent down times?
If the answer is yes, it is probably time to move!
What hosting company are you with? Why did you pick them?