5 Top WordPress Website Hosting Companies Fighting For Your Business

Everyone knows that they can get the best deal from companies that are desperate for new customers. The rapid growth of the webhosting market has forced even established businesses to borrow thousands or millions of dollars so they can build giant new server farms with enough capacity to handle demand.
But if they don’t find enough customers to fill their shinny new servers by the time the mortgage bill comes due, these companies will soon be bankrupt. Their assets and customer accounts will be sold to one of the companies that can pay their bills on time—similar to how GoDaddy bought bankrupt RegisterFly several years ago.So, for you deal hunters, here’s a list of five top WordPress hosting companies fighting for your business:

#1—GoDaddy WordPress Hosting

GoDaddy should be listed first on any top-five list because they are clearly the top domain name provider by the number of domains and customers.

It isn’t clear whether or not they’re the top WordPress website provider—but they certainly give other companies a run for their money.

GoDaddy’s chief advantages over other companies are their low prices and huge marketing budget. (Surely you’ve seen their racy advertisements.) The low prices come from GoDaddy’s investment in huge modern data centers.

The large data centers don’t just keep your price down, they also help ensure that you have room to grow. GoDaddy’s plans start at $3.74 a month (with a 36-month contract), which is the lowest price for WordPress website hosting on this list.

But low price doesn’t mean low service. Your WordPress website plan includes all of the following key features:

  • One-click installation of WordPress and other great software
  • 10 gigabytes of free storage—enough to host 400,000 typical blogs, 10 million comments, or 10,000 medium-resolution images
  • Unlimited bandwidth, so you don’t have to worry about extra charges if your blog makes it to the front page of Digg or Reddit
  • Several hundred free WordPress website plugins ready for immediate installation so your blog can truly be your blog

Of course they have gathered their fare share of bad publicity but overall, considering how much of the market they control, this is probably not a bad ratio. I personally have used this company and no longer do.

#2—HostGator: Another Affordable WordPress Website Host

HostGator WordPress websites start at just $3.96 a month—that’s only 22 cents more a month than GoDaddy. What do you get for an extra $2.64 a year? The usual price is $4.95 but they always have a sale on. But even cheaper with my coupon code MITZSave25 and my free WordPress installation offer.

For starters, you get an $100 Google AdWords credit to help promote your new WordPress website. Although I prefer to grow WordPress websites with strong content and SEO, it sure is fun watching the traffic roll in from a successful AdWords campaign.

Your also get a 45-day money-back guarantee from HostGator. If you aren’t entirely happy with their service, they’ll give you a free refund. That can be quite a valuable guarantee if you sign up for a 36-month contract and discover, one week in, that your don’t like HostGator. (Not that you would though as they rock!)

You also get unlimited bandwidth and disk storage. There’s no 10 gigabyte limit to trip you up just as your blog is becoming successful.

Finally, for your extra 22 cents a month, you won’t have to deal with the number one compliant I hear about GoDaddy—people who don’t like their advertisements.

I recently wrote an article about 5 horrible web hosting failures (on Comluv.com) and the amount of people who commented about how happy they were with Hostgator was amazing. It really shows they have great customer service.

#3—Is WordPress.com A WordPress Website Host?

If you’re already using WordPress.com, or you’re just getting started building WordPress Websites, you may want to check out WordPress.com’s paid features.

For as little as $12 a year ($1 a month), they’ll host your website using a custom domain, so your WordPress website will appear to be self-hosted. The nice thing about your own custom domain is that your can always move it to another WordPress website hosting company latter without losing any of your regular readers or referral links.

For another $30 a year, WordPress will remove all of their advertisements from your site, making it look more professional. However, if you can stand the advertisements, not paying this fee is a great way to save money.

For a separate $30 a year, you can add your own custom design. Again, this is a great fee to avoid if you don’t mind the default layouts. Since most of the default layouts let you include your own advertisements, there’s really no financial reason to change your layout.

The one fee you probably will end up paying is the extra storage fee which goes from $20 a year to $300 a year.

If you combine the domain name fee with the cheapest storage fee, WordPress.com offers WordPress website hosting for less than $3 a month—cheaper than any other plan on this list. But if you need to add any other options, you’re best off moving to a dedicated WordPress website host.

#4—BlueHost: More Expensive, More Options

Starting at $5.95 a month, BlueHost’s plans cost almost two dollars more than HostGator. That’s an extra $24 out of your pocket every year.

But you also save money right off the bat—BlueHost will pay for your first domain name. That instantly saves you $7–15 in your first year. Plus you get a $75 dollar Google AdWords credit to help promote your new site.

BlueHost also offers features you don’t get (or have to pay extra for) on GoDaddy, HostGator, or WordPress.com. One feature is a complete shopping cart solution. If you’re planning on selling eBooks or other digital or physical merchandise, an integrated shopping cart can keep customers on your site and increase your profits.

Also unlike the other three providers listed earlier, BlueHost offers you unlimited everything. There’s no disk space limitation like on GoDaddy, or domain limitation or surcharge like on HostGator and WordPress.com. From the moment you start your one-click installation of WordPress on BlueHost, it’s smooth sailing. (or so they say)

#5—DreamHost: The Geeks Dreamland WordPress Website Host

DreamHost is by far the most expensive WordPress website hosting company fighting for your business. At $8.95 a month, they’re more than twice as expensive as GoDaddy or Hostgator, and there are no discounts to offset this high price. So why am I listing them here?

Simple: DreamHost is legendary for making customers happy. Their customer service is reputed to be the best in the business, and they give their customers full shell access to their websites so customers can build their own custom solutions.

Furthermore, DreamHost is known for anticipating their customers’ needs. Did your WordPress website hit the front page of Reddit today? DreamHost will move your website to a dedicated server for free until traffic dies down—and they’ll do it all while you sleep, blissfully unaware of the 10,000 people a minute now reading your blog. You don’t even need to submit a support ticket.

DreamHost includes all the features you’ve come to expect from a dedicated WordPress website host, so even if they cost twice what other hosts cost, you don’t have to be worried about being shortchanged.

Comments

  1. Simon says

    I hosted my site on BlueHost and am quite happy with it. I am surprised to learn that both Hostgator.com and Bluehost are owned by the same company. Hope it doesn’t create any redundancy issues.

  2. Siraj Wahid says

    I would recommend to go with Hostgator, i have tried their services myself and they are no doubt awesome and affordable aswell.
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  3. says

    I can see there is no option of $12 per year in paid wordpress.com. There are free and $99 per year version. Can you please provide me the link where I can sign up with $12/year offer?

    • mitz says

      Ouch I think there was a price increase. Will need to update my article. :) Even the .com domain names are $18 a year which is terrible as the average price is $10.

  4. says

    Here is another nice trick. If your online or offline business is in UK you MUST order server based in UK (Mine a re in London)! This will improve your SEO and will receive better SEO results in google.co.uk in shorter period of time! :-) The same applies for your country – make a research and order local hosting provider! Proven. Works.
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  5. says

    i used the service of goddady but the support was not good and hosting service was not tooo slow.so,i moved to hostgator.it was simply mindblowing……………In this few was good and rest of them doesnt provide good service as hosting as well voice support

  6. Glen says

    We do have our hosting services, but yes, I’d like to say that host gator is a good hosting service provider.

  7. Shubham says

    I think that Godaddy has no competition against Hostgator when it comes to shared hosting. Godaddy is ahead in selling domains but I found Hostgator servers much powerful and efficient than any other shared hosting providers. Anyways, everyone have their choices. If you found Godaddy better no problems.
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  8. Navin kunwar says

    i don’t use these host, but i like hostgator beacuse of its awesome support team.

  9. Daniel says

    There is a great amount of hosting providers, and each of them has numerous hosting plans. It’s very hard to select the proper one!Your list of TOP-5 hosting providers for wordpress sites was very useful for me.Which one would you personally recommend?

  10. says

    Great resources. Thanks a lot for sharing about these top 5 WordPress hosting companies. I’m using HostGator form last 3 years. It is one of the best award winning company.
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  11. Žogi says

    I switched to webhosting pad because of those millions of options.. Those options are unneeded, I need a place to upload my files and mysql database. And also you don’t have to pay for things you don’t need.

  12. Danny says

    I love hostgator! Even if they would have the same price as bluehost I would still be with them.
    Yesterday I messed something up in my wp code, it was very stupid of me.
    And even though it has nothing to do with their hosting they spend more than 30minutes on the livechat with me to help me fix the problem.

    I think if I call the technical staff to ask them how to make a calzone they would look up the recipe and walk me through it. They are great.
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  13. says

    Hostgator does have a good reputation as a reliable and good value service. Its great to get hold of a technician in live chat where you can explain the problem in real time and get a quick response to your questions.

  14. Becca says

    I heard from my previous client one of the host provider on your list most of the time is
    in down time…i guess you’ll never knew the usability unless you tried it.

  15. uri says

    one of my website use Bluehost and i must say it is not disappointing me. What do you think guys about webmail?

  16. says

    I’ve been using bluehost for a couple of years for a few different sites. Mostly just personal sites, etc. I’ve had little issue with them overall and getting SSH access has helped immensely for moving things around and maintaining things which a lot of the cheaper options don’t allow you to have. Dreamhost definitely sounds interesting if i ever need anything larger.
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  17. Aaron says

    Hi Mitz,
    I have to give hostgator some props because their customer service is fantastic. I accidentally deleted a whole bunch of info when I first started one of my sites and they had it restored in a matter of an hour. They seem to always be available and provide quick responses. I am kind of suprised to hear you prefer godaddy, I hear alot about bluehost and hostgator. Good to know though,thanks for the great post.
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  18. Laura says

    I use Hostgator and GoDaddy myself. Both are great choice for anyone wanting to get started blogging. Godaddy’s support seams to be a bit better. But customer support is always a random hit or miss thing.
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    • Albert says

      This is how I proceed..Domains through Godaddy and Hostgator hosting.

      At moment I’m using Hostek as hosting just to try them

  19. says

    I have to be honest, I have been with ixwebhosting for about 4 years now, and I had been annoyed with them because when I am developing a site and working on it all day, I noticed that 2 or 3 times every day they would go down for about 30 seconds. I thought this was terrible and I was angry…..after all, I was paying a hefty $56 / year and hosting all 13 of my wordpress sites on the same account for this shared hosting plan.
    Well this past summer I had enough of this downtime, so I installed a project on godaddy to compare, and boy did I get a surprise! 13 second page load times prompted me to place a call to their technical support department. They ran some tests and told me that my site was working within their criteria which is under 15 seconds! I will say that godaddy has a great refund policy.

    So the question is, what are we getting for the money? ixwebhosting load times on all of my wordpress sites is between .8 and 1.2 seconds with cache running (wp-supercache plugin) which is fantastic for a shared host. I have some websites running as much as 1100 posts, while the norm is about 80 posts.

    Does anyone have any info on hostgator?
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    • mitz says

      The load times are great and you are right!! What are we getting for our money.. You can get the good load times and the annoying downtime or the full up time and less speed. You need to find a host with both. Let me know when you find one! I have just upgraded one of my websites to a dedicated server so I expect this to be great! I have also learned that it is also up to the webmaster to build an optimum website with no mistakes that cause over CPU use. It is like maintaining a computer..without maintenance the website gets slow.

  20. James says

    GoDaddy for sure! I tried 1+1 (Yeah… Don’t waste your time :( ) Less than a week i was already on the phone with GoDaddy, Great Customer Support and fast too!

  21. says

    Don’t forget to also google reviews for your potential webhost on Google, nothing is better than a word of mouth recommendation, and if the offer appears to be too good to be true then it probably is.
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  22. says

    I’m using Bluehost and HostGator and I have to say I like both of them and I never had any problem that couldn’t be solved within minutes by support. At the end of 2011, Bluehost had an amazing deal for only $2.95/month for their unlimited domain hosting package – unfortunately, the deal is no longer available now.
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  23. James says

    I have used hostgator for my hosting needs before and it was ok. I switched from them to bluehost for a reason I dont even remember now. I really enjoy bluehost and wouldnt go back to anyone else. However I do buy my domains through namecheap mostly and sometimes godaddy.

  24. Elvis Shrestha says

    Hey there this is a wonderful post and your blog has got a good collection of resourceful articles…
    I used godaddy for hosting but 3 days ago i transferred it to namecheap… I think hostgator also provides a good service

  25. Donna White says

    I use NameCheap for my domains and HostGator for hosting. I have been using both for about 5 and 3 years respectively. Before that I was using GoDaddy. They did something that caused me to look elsewhere, which I won’t go into here. But another thing that was curious is that every domain (.com) I had registered with GoDaddy was about $9 to $10 and when I went to reregister them for the 2nd year, it would be over $60. So after I changed to NameCheap, I expected the same to happen. BUT it didn’t. Any domain I registered with NameCheap cost the same when it came up for renewal as when I registered it the first year. Needless to say, when I was with GoDaddy, I hardly ever renewed a domain. But with NameCheap, I do all the time. As far as HostGator, I can’t say enough about the support. I have done some stupid stuff with my sites and yet, HostGator staff is so sweet to me. LOL I feel very lucky that I have a winning combination when it comes to my sites. I now have a reseller account with Hostgator and am very happy with it. Next will be a dedicated server account. (I guess that’s what it’s called. :) )

    Take care and Happy New Year!
    Donna :)

    • mitz says

      Yes I can vouch for your winning combination as it sounds exactly like mine! :) Sounds like I went on the same journey to get to Hostgator and Namecheap.

  26. doug_eike says

    I agree that HostGator is amazing! I’m especially impressed with the costomer-service chat. They always have plenty of folks to help you, they attend to your question quickly, and they stick with you until the problem is solved.
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  27. joyce says

    Hosting is the physical place where you site is stored.
    Website designing – refers to the look of your site – the content, the layout, the gadgets, banners, etc….
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    • mitz says

      Very nice! That sounds like a good idea. Never dealt with them for hosting. Let us know how it goes.

  28. says

    Most bloggers I know use hostgator for their sites because its pretty much reliable especially when it comes to tech support and other hosting issues. Next to it is godaddy. Godaddy offers a great plan for those who want to make use of WP platform right away. The other 3 hosting companies also get a percent of market share too.
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  29. Jay says

    Hi Mitz,

    I like others here have been using GoDaddy or DomainCheapsters for domains and Hostgator or Hostmonster for hosting. The only reason I have never considered GoDaddy for hosting is that I was under the impression they do not have cPanel which I am a big fan of. Can anyone let me know if they have cPanel? If they do I may use them in the future

    Thanks – Jay
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    • mitz says

      When I was using them they had a different system which I did not like.. Do not know about now though. I would never get any hosting unless it had cpanel. You are right to make sure! :)

  30. chas says

    Via another site which will remain nameless I ended up using 1+1. My experience of setting the site up was painful to say the least, but it was cheap. And hats off to 1+1 support, as they were very helpful.

    However, had I known just how difficult it was I would have gladly paid the extra to have a “one-click install” feature that you find on other hosting sites.

  31. says

    GoDaddy really became irrelevant after the trick they’ve done supporting the U.S government, many websites actually boycott them, because they dont want the U.S government to take ownership over their domains.
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  32. Mark Tesa says

    All these companies offer very good services. The large variety ensures that every person is catered for depending on the type of blog that you own and the amount you are willing to pay to be hosted.

  33. Jhoe says

    I was not aware of the paid features on WordPress.com…that was interesting. I’ve always used WordPress.com to secure links to other sites and to attract a few new customers.

    I use Hostgator and I cannot tell you anything but positive stories about their service. They have bent backwards to help me out at times. But, they are high on buying domain names so I usually buy my domain names from GoDaddy or NameCheap.

    Thanks for the info.

  34. Samuel says

    Hi Mitz,
    I am already a big fan of Godaddy,i am using there service since 5 years and i am very much satisfied with them,not only just because of there low prices but even they provide the best back end support service.Actually i have never tried any other hosting service,may be they are good enough but i am a happy customer of Godaddy.Thanks for sharing your valuable reviews about the top 5 hosting companies.

    God Bless!!
    Best Regards,
    Samuel Joshua
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  35. says

    Hey Mitz, seems like a long time since you’ve heard from me. I’ve been article writing, optimizing and making efforts implementing ads all because of your suggestions. I currently use BlueHost and they seem very fair and fast. I currently have 2 domains and pay $144 for 24 months. I already had a domain, but they gave me another one free wiping out the 11.95/per year. I have the Socrates set up for the website building, just haven’t had much real time to mess with it other than the two pages I’ve written there. I can say this, and this is by the stroke of luck I found you, everyday since December 1st, 2011 the lawn care site has gained in the rankings, literally moved as of today>>>> 5,000,000 positions towards the top. And the WP site has moved over 10,000,000 positions in one week! Unreal, yeah I said it, U R U N R E A L!
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    • mitz says

      You are seeing success because you are an action taker! Good on you! I am very happy to hear this. Now you know how to climb, just keep doing it.. :)

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