Everybody is using WordPress these days, really, every body is. Some of write blogs on WordPress and some us build manageable sites for clients on WordPress. WordPress installs are taking their fair portion of all hosted sites on the internet. According to the 2011 State of the Word, WordPress powers 14.7% of the webs top million websites – that’s a pretty big piece of the interwebs’ pie.
So who hosts the 14.7% of websites? Well, I’m sure trying to breakdown those numbers might even give a statistician a migraine. But There are some very popular and reliable hosting services that now cater to the WordPress user and developer. Choosing a host to serve up your WordPress installs isn’t really a tricky operation, it’s pretty simple, just as installing WordPress is pretty simple. However, depending on your projects needs, your users needs and or course your needs there is a couple of things to consider when choosing a hosting plan.
- Cost (paying yourself? Charging your client? Monthly or Yearly billing? Lot’s of questions here.)
- Languages (PHP is obviously a must for WordPress)
- Shared or dedicated servers (goes along with cost… but do you have any security needs?)
- Speed (We all want our sites to be fast right?)
- Emails (You might need these)
- Security services (Do you need to block the undesirables)
- Rack space (How much room do you need?)
- Scalability (If I do grow, can I grow? Can I move to a dedicated server if I need too? Again, lot’s of question here.)
- Certificates (Is it an e-commerce site? I’m am selling products or services that require certain certs?)
These are just a sample of the many products and services that hosting plans offer. Some services cater to different clients so when your buddy says “Hey use Blah Blah Hosting, they are awesome, I’ve hosted my Grandma’s WP Quilting blog (“Blue Hair and Thimbles”) for years and I’ve never had a problem, plus it’s only $.99 a month!” Pause, and think about that or second before spending the next four weeks of your sleeping hours developing the next Amazon.com.
Below is list of hosting services that cater to WordPress users and developers. They all offer a wide range of products and services. Some offer dedicated hosting and some don’t, some offer a higher level of security than others, some offer better customer service than others and some offer WordPress installing scripts, videos and tutorials to better help you get your sites off and running.
What they all have in common is WordPress — they all believe in it and heavily rely on more WordPress users to maintain their business goals and stay in business. To be fair, I only really used three of these hosts to host my personal and professional websites, but the rest of them I’ve added based upon other web professionals experiences and opinions — and no, not my buddy who built and operates “Blue Hair and Thimbles.”