Best WordPress Hosting Compared (Based on Latest Test Results)

Last updated on 19 March 2018


What makes a good WordPress host?

Any host can be turned into a WordPress host as long as they have the two basic requirements: PHP 5.2.4 or higher and MySQL 5.0 or higher.

However, just because a hosting company has PHP and MySQL does not mean it is the right hosting company for your WordPress sites. Not all WordPress hosts are created equal. A good WordPress host should meet the following three requirements:

  1. Pre-configured or one-click WordPress installation
  2. Built-for WordPress tools and services (ie. WP staging, caching tools, and constant monitoring for WP related vulnerabilities)
  3. WordPress expert supports.

So, who has the best Word Press hosting?

The truth is that there’s no one-fits-all answer to this question. What is right for you might not be right for other bloggers or site owners.

However, there are some hosts that seem to go above and beyond when it comes to catering to WordPress users.


*Note: We signup and test web hosting services ourselves. Till date, we have tested and reviewed more than 60 hosting companies at time of writing. You can learn more about the hosting companies we reviewed in this list



1- SiteGround


SiteGround costs a bit more, but you get what you pay for when it comes to web hosting. This company offers a premium WP hosting platform and tons of handy custom-built tools.

Although the startup plan is only $3.95/month, that is for a mere 10 GB, which likely won’t last you long.

A better, mid-sized plan is the GoGeek plan at $14.95/month. With that plan, you’ll get 30 GB of space and as many as 100,000 visitors a month. You can also host multiple websites if needed. You’ll gain the premium and geeky WordPress features lacking in the StartUp package. All accounts come with free CDN.

What we like about SiteGround WP Hosting

  • Hosting speed and reliability – Our test site scores 99.95% uptime and above consistently.
  • 1-click WordPress staging and pre-installed Git for WordPress development.
  • Choices in server locations – SiteGround runs multiple data centers in Chicago (USA), Amsterdam (Holland), Singapore, and London (UK).
  • A legit “customer first” company – Over 97.8% satisfaction with after sales supports and host security based on recent client surveys.

Quick Facts

  • Officially recommended by (see)
  • Last recorded 30-days server uptime: 100%
  • Server response speed from US West Coast: 52 ms
  • Server response speed from London: 307 ms
  • Server response speed from Singapore: 716 ms

Shoppers References


SiteGroud Uptime Record

* Click to enlarge image. 

March 2017: 100%

July 2016: 99.95%

SiteGroud Speed Test

We check our SiteGround-hosted site speed using Bitcacha and the host passed the test with flying colors. SiteGround scored an “A” in this test and was the second best among all the web hosts tracked by us.


Go Top


2- WP Engine


WP Engine first started business in 2010. The company is founded Jason Cohen and currently run by CEO Heather Brunner.

Over time, WP Engine has grown into an extremely popular web host. Many things have changed since WHSR shifted out. Various new features were added as technology advances, the company is funded by a large group of investors including Automattic (the folks behind, and many bloggers and WP experts regard them as one of the best managed WordPress hosting (there were also some who go against them, more about that later).

I spent two good years hosting at WP Engine and shifted out in 2013. 2 years later I did a re-test and re-review WP Engine and think they are still at the peak of their game.

What we like about WP Engine WP Hosting

  • Premium managed WordPress hosting – Extremely reliable and fast hosting; user satisfaction in server performance guaranteed since 2011.
  • Worry-free hosting service – Daily backup and malware scan. Plus, the company will fix everything if your site is hacked.
  • Scalability – WP Engine’s in-house caching technology, Evercache, is built for massive scalability and speed.

Quick Facts

  • Last recorded 30-days server uptime: 100%
  • National Geographic, Sound Cloud, Reader’s Digest, and Yelp are among the big names that are hosted at WP Engine.
  • Server response speed from US West Coast: 1 ms
  • Server response speed from London: 35 ms
  • Server response speed from Singapore: 13 ms

Shoppers References


 WP Engine Uptime Record

* Click to enlarge image. 

May 2017: 100%

March 2016: 99.97%

WP Engine Speed Test

Speed test at Bitcatcha: B+. For more test results and data, please refer to my in-depth WP Engine review.


Go Top


3- InMotion Hosting


Based in both California and Virginia, InMotion Hosting has been around for more than a decade (established in year 2001).

InMotion Hosting offers a wide range of web hosting services (shared/vps/dedicated) in dozen of different packages. The company is best known with its superior customer service (the company ) and is rated as one of the top hosting providers by many well-known hosting review sites (that includes us!).

We have been using InMotion Hosting since 2009. This site you are reading,, is powered by WordPress and hosted at InMotion Hosting.

What we like about InMotion WP Hosting

  • Magnificent Hosting Performance – Strong Uptime Record + Lighting Fast Server
  • Hosting company with proven track record  – InMotion Hosting has been around since 2001 – they survived the dot-com bubble (2000-2002) and sub prime crisis (2008).

Quick Facts

  • Last recorded 30-days server uptime: 100%
  • InMotion Hosting is BBB Accredited since 23/6/2003 and has a rating of A+  at time of writing
  • Server response speed from US West Coast: 1 ms
  • Server response speed from London: 229 ms
  • Server response speed from Singapore: 212 ms

Shoppers References


InMotion Hosting Uptime Record

* Click to enlarge image. 

September 2016: 100%

July 2016: 100%

InMotion Hosting Speed Test

InMotion Hosting speed test result: A+.


Go Top


4- LiquidWeb Hosting


LiquidWeb has longevity in its corner. Founded in 1997 by Matthew Hill, the Lansing, Michigan-based company provides web hosting services that empower web professionals around the world.

The company wholly owns and manages five data centers. With more than 32,000 customers in approximately 130 countries, LiquidWeb has to ensure it has the power to provide the many solutions that have turned it into a $90 million company with over 600 employees.

What makes LiquidWeb Manged WP hosting tick?

  • Extremely reliable – LiquidWeb offers 100% network uptime guarantee. Our test site at LiquidWeb scored 100% uptime constantly.
  • Cost efficient – LiquidWeb is 30 – 50% cheaper than most managed WordPress hosting services in market (see table below).

LiquidWeb Price Comparisons

LiquidWeb WP Engine Pressidium GetFlyWheel
Hosting Plans Business Scale Business Agency
Number of WP Sites 25 15 25 30
Storage 100 GB 400 GB 30 GB 120 GB
Full SSD?
Data Transfer 5 TB Unlimited 8 TB
Visits Limit No limit 400,000/mo 500,000/mo 600,000/mo
Multisite Ready?
CDN +$8/mo per site
Staging Sites
Hands-free Migration
Malware Monitoring
Auto Image Compression
Risk Free Trial 60 days 60 days 14 days
Monthly Price (12-mo) $149/mo $290/mo $250/mo $187.50/mo
Learn More WP Engine Review Pressidium Review

Shoppers References

LiquidWeb Hosting Uptime Record

LiquidWeb uptime, March 2018: 100%.

 LiquidWeb Hosting Speed Test

LiquidWeb rated A+ in Bitcatcha speed test.

Go Top


5- WebHostFace


WebHostFace is founded by Valentin Sharlanov just a couple of years ago.

The company released two brand-new Managed WordPress Plans – WP Artists and WP Master, in February 2017.

The new hosting plans promise developer friendly environment, better site security, and better server solution; which include HTTP/2, CDN, NGINX, R1Soft Daily Backup, and PHP 7 preset by default.

Each plan comes with a Personal WP assistant, who provides hand-to-hand WordPress development guides (1 hour/mo for WP Artists Plan, 2.5 hours/mo for WP Masters Plan).

What we like about WebHostFace WP Hosting

  • Extra secured hosting environment + daily backup.
  • The only managed WordPress hosting company that comes with personal WordPress training.

Quick Facts

  • Last recorded 30-days server uptime: 99.99%
  • Server response speed from US West Coast: 53 ms
  • Server response speed from London: 284 ms
  • Server response speed from Singapore: 448 ms

Shoppers References


WebHostFace Uptime Record

* Click to enlarge image. 

June 2017: 99.99%

March 2017: 99.64%

WebHostFace Speed Test

Our test site hosted at WebHostFace scored A in Bitcatcha’s speed test.


Go Top


6- BlueHost


BlueHost is a popular WordPress hosting provider officially recommended by

The company host more than 2 million sites at the time of this writing. They are extremely affordable, with plans starting as low as $2.95 per month.

BlueHost offers unlimited addon domain capacity, 1-Click WP install, and 24/7 customer support. However, they also had several major outages in 2014/2015. If you choose to go with this hosting company, monitor uptime to be sure the outage problems have been resolved and be prepared with a backup plan.

What we like about BlueHost WP Hosting

Solid server performance – our test site at BlueHost scores back-to-back 100% uptime for many months in 2016/2017.

Cheap entry price – starts as low as $2.95/mo.

Quick Facts

  • Officially recommended by (see)
  • Last recorded 30-days server uptime: 99.99%
  • Server response speed from US West Coast: 30 ms
  • Server response speed from London: 387 ms
  • Server response speed from Singapore: 393 ms

Shoppers References


BlueHost Uptime Record

* Click to enlarge image. 

BlueHost Speed Test


Go Top


7- Pressidium Hosting


Pressidium Hosting was launched by a team of experienced engineers and developers.

The company business is focused in providing enterprise level, managed WordPress hosting. Their hosting services come in four different plans :Personal, Professional, Business, and Business Plus.

Pressidium uses a special built security platform (named Pinnacle) with bad bots filtering, malware monitoring, and end-to-end managed security; staging sites, fully burstable elastic cloud, and dynamic load balancing.

What we like about Pressidum WP Hosting

Extremely reliable – Our test site at Pressidium (during 2016 test period) hardly go down in one year.

Pinnacle Platform Pressidium’s built-from-the-ground hosting platforms come with all sort of advanced WP features – including auto updates, staging sites for WP development, and automated backup.

Service backed by SLA – 95% service availability  Customers will receive 5% of customer’s monthly credit for each hour of service interruption in the form of SLA Credits, which are applied to the monthly fee.

Quick Facts

  • Fujitsu, Modern Retail, 6 Yards, and Transifex are some of the big names that reside at Pressidium.
  • Our test site on Pressidium did not go down for even once the entire year 2016.

Shoppers References


Pressidium Uptime Record

* Click to enlarge image. 


Go Top


8- A2 Hosting


A2 Hosting has been around since 2001. When it first hit the scene, it was known as Iniquinet, but it was renamed A2 Hosting back in 2003.

If you go with A2 Hosting, you can choose from four different types of services –  shared, VPS, reseller, and dedicated server hosting.

We’ve been using A2 Hosting (under A2 Prime package – an old shared hosting plan) since 2013 and we are extremely happy with its performance. The folks at A2 Hosting are heavily obsessed with their server speed and pride themselves as the fastest host in the market. A basic A2 shared hosting stores everything in SSD and comes with 10 GB redundant networks, 64 GB of RAM, and  12-core server (which is massive).

What we like about A2 WP Hosting

  • Extremely fast hosting server.
  • Multiple server locations Michigan – United States, Amsterdam – Netherland, and Singapore.
  • A2 Hosting released a special plugin named A2 Optimized in October 2014 – a pre-configured for A2 Optimized plugin that work with WordPress that helps non-tech users to auto configure their WP sites for better speed.

Quick Facts

  • A2 Hosting is a Better Business Bureau accredited business since 2005 and rated A at time of writing.
  • Last recorded 30-days server uptime: 99.99%
  • Server response speed from US West Coast: 58 ms
  • Server response speed from London: 229 ms
  • Server response speed from Singapore: 449 ms

Shoppers References


A2 Hosting Uptime Record

* Click to enlarge image. 

A2 Hosting Speed Test

Our test site hosted at A2Hosting loaded in less than 60 ms for US West Coast test port. Host is faster than 86% of samples according to Bitcatcha.


Go Top