Picture this: After debating which framework to use to build your website you settle on WordPress, specifically the self-hosted version. However, you don’t know which company to choose for WordPress. So you head over to WordPress’ website and you see they have a section all about hosting. From there, you discover they recommend the following web hosts: Bluehost, DreamHost, and SiteGround. These are the best of the best, right? Today I review the WordPress suggested hosting partners and determine if they are a good choice.
WordPress Suggested Hosting Partners
Of the WordPress suggested hosting partners in this article Bluehost is one I know well. I’ve already reviewed the company on my site before because WooCommerce, the ecommerce plugin, recommends them. Although I wasn’t impressed by their ecommerce package, let’s see if their basic WordPress package is better.
The company offers two packages: Managed and non-managed. The former is the most expensive offering because of the following benefits:
- Multi-layered caching to boost speed
- Fully redundant WordPress platform
- Auto-scalability to handle traffic surges
- Advanced analytics
- Multi-tiered security, including auto-updates
- Centralized social media control
Unless you have a successful website already that needs these benefits I would choose Bluehost’s non-managed option. Even then their cheapest package is pretty expensive for someone starting with WordPress.
First, you have to sign a 36-month contract and pay everything up front. In addition, the discounted fee is only for the first year. Yes, if you cancel before the end of your term you get the unused portion refunded back. Second, you do get some good benefits from the company, like a free CDN and a free SSL certificate. At least you save money on that. Finally, the lowest tier package offers 50GB of SSD storage which is quite generous.
The second of the WordPress suggested hosting partners I haven’t discussed on my site. However, just like Bluehost, DreamHost has a managed and non-managed package. Again, I will focus on the non-managed option since it’s cheaper (and the one most people will use at first).
Now the company offers a monthly deal, a 1-year contract, and a 3-year contract. The 3-year contract is the cheapest option. Their cheapest option is much lower than Bluehost’s cost. (Again, if you cancel your contract before the end of the term you get the unused portion refunded.)
Yet, let’s compare the two: Both packages offer 50GB of SSD storage and a free SSL certificate, but Bluehost gives you a free CDN. The comparison is pretty even but DreamHost comes out better because of its lower price.
Let’s review the final of the WordPress suggested hosting partners and see what they offer when it comes to inexpensive packages.
They only offer managed hosting but their package is not as expensive as the two other companies. And like the other companies SiteGround offers a monthly, 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year contracts. However, their best deal is the 1-year option and it’s the cheapest plan out of the three partners.
Yet, you get what you pay for. With the cheapest SiteGround plan you only get 10GB of SSD storage but you do get a free SSL certificate and a free CDN plan. I would pay the extra money to get the DreamHost plan for the additional storage.
Which Of The WordPress Suggested Hosting Partners I Would Choose?
If I had to choose one of the three WordPress suggested hosting partners to use for a website I would choose DreamHost first. Mostly because of the benefits you get for the price you pay.
As for Bluehost and SiteGround, I’m not impressed by their offerings when compared to their pricing. Bluehost is too expensive in my opinion and SiteGround doesn’t offer enough storage space for a normal website unless you sign up for their most expensive plan.