Hey everyone, time to do the latest update of my web hosting recommendations — for 2018! Let’s see which web hosts are on top now and why I only recommend a couple of hosts that I know can get the job done.
The Most Important Factors When Choosing Web Hosting
Choosing a web host is about two things: 1. Getting hosting that’s right for your current situation and 2. Getting quality hosting with the right level of support.
Let’s look at this more…
Getting Hosting That’s Right For Your Current Situation
The right kind of hosting depends on where you’re at so far in building your blog. New bloggers have different needs than more experienced bloggers and the hosting will reflect that.
Regardless of which hosting company you choose it’s important that they’re a real hosting company with staff available 24/7. I can’t stress that enough since I’ve seen every web hosting support situation you could imagine.
You’ll also want features like free SSL certificates — for the “green padlock” on your site — and the ability to host multiple sites on a single account for the same price.
If you’re a new blogger, having “above-and-beyond” support can make the difference between trying out blogging but getting lost in the details versus really learning how it works and building up a great site.
When your web host gives you personalized attention and support not just with their servers but also with your blog, you can learn as you go a lot faster and easier. Having that relationship with the web hosting support folks gives you a technical community for help with your site. And with the right host that extra support is included without paying more.
Many new bloggers also prefer having a CPanel interface which has an easy standard web-based panel for configuring hosting options.
You can grow your blog with hosting like this and build your traffic until you’re ready to jump into a more experienced level of blogging.
If you’re a more experienced blogger, though, you may not need such personalized support and you’d rather get hosting that can handle much more traffic — at about the same price. Instead of CPanel you’d trade it for a custom web-based hosting interface that’s much more powerful.
When you’re ready to run the back-end WordPress system yourself and your audience is growing, getting a top tier VPS (Virtual Private Server, which has more resources to handle web traffic) at a reasonable price is the right next step.
Why To Avoid “Some Guy” Hosting
Avoid “some guy” hosting companies — the ones where some guy rents a server and sells hosting but he’s the only one who provides any support at all. That guy may be skilled at tech but just one person can’t support your website like a real hosting company can.
That’s why I don’t run my own hosting company, BTW — it wouldn’t be right for you to only have me when you need help at night, on weekends and during holidays. You deserve true 24/7 support.
Real web hosting is always better than “some guy” hosting for your blog’s up-time and reliability. You can’t reach your audience or make money with your blog if your site is down and nobody is awake to help you.
Web Hosting Recommendation for New Bloggers
Every web hosting company provides support. But not every web hosting company gives the extra helpful hand holding that can really make things easier and more understandable.
For 2018 my web hosting recommendation for new bloggers continues to be SiteGround.
SiteGround goes above-and-beyond to help you with your blog — and if something goes wrong on your end they’ll still help you out even if you goofed. Their support is the reason I recommend them for new bloggers and why I sell SiteGround hosting services too.
SiteGround hosting for the “GrowBig” plan is $15/month. They’ll give a big discount when you sign up and even after you’re back on the regular price it’s worth every penny.
Web Hosting Recommendation for Experienced Bloggers
And my web hosting recommendation for experienced bloggers is still DreamHost VPS Hosting.
DreamHost is one of the largest hosting companies out there, but it’s still an independent company based in Los Angeles. Their service is top notch and their VPS hosting is only $15/month. That’s the same price as SiteGround’s shared hosting but a DreamHost VPS handles more traffic albeit without newbie-oriented support.
DreamHost also allows you increase your server resources later, seamlessly without having to make any changes to your website. That’s huge.
DreamHost’s VPS offers a tremendous value for the money. That’s why I recommend DreamHost and why I sell DreamHost hosting services. I also use DreamHost to host this site and all of my other projects and have for many years.
Updated Web Hosting Recommendations
I update this page every six months or so, so check back here on occasion for the latest web hosting recommendations.
Web hosting recommendations can change over time but I do my best, based on many years of experience working with web hosting, to only choose web hosting companies with excellent track records for support and reliability.
I continue to use these web hosts myself, both for clients and for my own web site, every day.
Have questions? I’m happy to help you get started with real web hosting — and get WordPress installed or moved to a new server for you for free. Just let me know.