Do you need to find hosting for your WordPress site? Here are a few that that our clients use.
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WP Engine is my personal favorite (sorry other hosts!). We have used it with a pretty wide variety of clients, for projects that range from simple sites to enterprise integrations. It’s managed hosting, so they will run your “core” updates, but you’ll still have to run your plugin updates. One of the benefits of using WP Engine is access to the entire library of StudioPress themes, included with your hosting.
WordPress.com is what many people know of as “WordPress.” You can start with a free site (for personal use) and work your way up to a paid plan. We have used it with some clients, but sometimes it’s not the best solution.
Bluehost and DreamHost are good entry-level hosts. They have some inexpensive options, if you’re just getting started.
SiteGround is another option, but we don’t have a ton of experience with them (yet). We’ll update this post after we work with them a bit more.
How to Choose
So now that you know your options, which one will you choose? There’s no one-choice-fits-all answer to that. You’ll need to consider the following:
- What is your budget?
- How much traffic do you expect?
- What kind of content will you share?
- Do you want to manage the server, or would you like an expert to manage it for you?
- How tech savvy are you?
- Do you plan to do the WordPress upgrades?
- Do you need direct access to your files or the database?
- Will you do backups?
- What will you do about security for both the server and the WordPress site?
- Are you planning to install plugins or themes?
- Do you need development and staging copies of your site?
We can probably help you decide, but first take the time to answer all of those questions, because those are what we’re going to ask you!