Choosing the right WordPress hosting provider for your WordPress website is
*very* important. Your site’s health and security will rely on the hosting provider you use. **But how do you choose the right WordPress hosting for your site? There are** so many to pick from *Bluehost*, *SiteGround*, *Kinsta*… etc

You could go through each provider and perform your own tests. Or you can save yourself the trouble and discover the top providers here

In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the top 6 WordPress hosting providers in 2022, a list we’ve narrowed down from over 40 different hosting services we’ve reviewed

We’ll cover everything you need to know about each hosting service to help you make an informed decision

Ready? Let’s start

## The 6 Best WordPress Hosting Providers
Some hosting providers offer one-click WordPress installations and advertise their platform as “WordPress hosting.” But that alone doesn’t make a web host a good choice for WordPress

Whichever host you’re going to choose, keep in mind the 3 most important factors of WordPress hosting:
- Fast loading times below
890 ms
- Average uptime of at least
99.93%
- Customer Support should help you with WordPress-related questions

Of course, there’s no shortage of hosts that promise fast speeds and reliable connections. To help you find the right provider, we’ve narrowed down our list to the following:
|WEB HOSTING||START COST||MONEY BACK||LOAD TIME||UPTIME||CUSTOMER SUPPORT|
|1. Bluehost2.75/mo||30 days||420 ms||99.9824/7 live chat, email ticketing, knowledge base|
|2. A2 Hosting2.99/mo||Anytime||286 ms99.9924/7 live chat, email ticketing, phone, knowledge base|
|3. Hostinger1.99/mo||30 days||307 ms||99.9724/7 live chat, email ticketing, knowledge base|
|4.SiteGround2.99/mo||30 days||356 ms||99.9924/7 live chat, email ticketing, phone, knowledge base|
|5. Kinsta35/mo||30 days||248 ms||99.7724/7 live chat, knowledge base|
|6. InMotion3.49/mo||90 days||311 ms||99.9724/7 live chat, phone, email, Skype, knowledge baseNote **our review process**

 1. Bluehost WordPress Hosting
**Best “All-Round” Hosting Provider**
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Load time: 420 ms
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Uptime: 99.98%
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Price:Starts at $2.75/mo
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Pros:Reliable performance, well-known brand, easy to use, helpful support
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Cons:High renewal prices, daily backups cost extra, limited migration criteria
Bluehost has been around for ages (started in 1996 at UT, USA), always keeps up with the newest features, and uses a tweaked version of cPanel as a control panel. They are also one of the three officially recommended web hosts by WordPress themselves

Let’s look at why Bluehost is the number one WordPress hosting provider

 Performance (Uptime and Page Speed)
After reviewing over 40 web hosts, we have found that the benchmark for good uptime should be 99.93%. So ideally, we wouldn’t want to see anything lower

Luckily, Bluehost passes our test, keeping our test site online with an
**uptime rate of 99.98 during the last 6 months. As a matter of fact, this translates to an hour of downtime per six months, which barely affects your visitors’ experience when browsing your site

And when it comes to page speed, our test site with Bluehost has shown a great
**average load speed of 420 ms over the past half a year Altogether, you can trust Bluehost’s solid performance—no matter if you have a blogging site or a traffic-heavy eCommerce store

 Notable Features
Already with its cheapest plan, you get a free domain for the first year, unlimited bandwidth, 10 GB storage, and a one-click WordPress Installation. You’ll also get an option to migrate your already existing WordPress site to Bluehost for free. If you don’t have a WordPress website or have more than one then it costs $149.99. This gets you up to 5 website migrations and 20 email account migrations

Moreover, Bluehost’s Basic plan offers a free SSL certificate and a free CDN (Cloudflare). Higher-tier plans come with the Spam Experts add-on, domain privacy protection, and server backups. Also, you get more advanced security features such as SiteLock, which helps prevent malware attacks

 Customer Support
Bluehost provides 24/7 customer support over live chat, phone, and an email ticketing system. On top of that, they have a vast knowledge base packed with answers to frequently asked questions and other useful information

We went ahead and tested their live chat option, and the experience was pleasant

We got answers to our questions quickly and the representative was well-informed. Some responses did feel copy-pasted, but the follow-up questions prompted improvised and helpful answers

 Pricing and Plans
All Bluehost unmanaged WordPress plans include a free domain name for one year, an SSL certificate, CDN, and a one-click WordPress installation. The prices below are applicable with a 36-month subscription

|Basic Plan||Plus Plan||Choice Plus Plan|
Pricing | $2.75/month|
Renews at $8.99/mo
| $5.45/month|
Renews at $11.99/mo
| $5.45/month|
Renews at $16.99/mo
Bluehost also offers managed WordPress plans, but they also come with a higher price tag, starting from $9.95/mo

If you’re not satisfied for any reason, you can get a full refund within
**30 days** on all plans

 The Bottom Line
Bluehost offers good performance, reliable uptime, and an intuitive interface that’s easy to navigate. Moreover, they will automatically install WordPress during the signup process as well as offer to install all the necessary plugins and themes

 2. A2 WordPress Hosting
**Fast Hosting Provider** Load time: 286 ms Uptime: >99.99%
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Price:Starts at $2.99/mo
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Pros:Great performance, good support, many security features included
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Cons:High renewal prices, no free domain included
A2 Hosting is an independently owned company that was started back in 2001 in MI, USA. The main aspect where A2 Hosting excels the most is its speed. However, amazing loading times are not the only reason why they are our top WordPress host – they also deliver stable uptime and their plans are packed with many useful features

Let’s have a closer look at their performance data

 Performance (Uptime and Page Speed)
A2 Hosting has really earned the second placement on our list of best WordPress hosting services thanks to their great performance

With an excellent uptime of
99.99 which translates to approximately 13 minutes of downtime in half a year, your site is bound to be available to your visitors. And with their promised 99.9% uptime guarantee, you’re likely to get a consistent level of performance with A2 Hosting

On top of solid uptime, A2 Hosting also shows
**the second-best page speed** in our comparison of WordPress hosts, with a lightning-fast loading time of **286 ms**

With these great uptime and page speed figures combined, your users will definitely have a great browsing experience when visiting your site

 Notable Features
Already with the cheapest Startup plan, you get free site migrations, a free SSL certificate, a free CDN, 100 GB SSD storage, and a staging environment to test new features

However, upgrading to a higher tier plan gets you:
- Turbo Servers (20x faster)
- Automatic backups
- Unlimited storage and transfers
Included with all their plans, A2 Hosting offers several security features to both avoid potential threats and deal with imminent ones

You can prevent any mishaps thanks to free SSL certificates, SSH access, two-factor authentication, spam filtering, proactive HackScan protection, and the Patchman Enhanced Security Tool that detects and notifies you about out-of-date software

Still, should anything happen to your site, you’ll benefit from A2’s DDoS protection, dual firewall, brute force defense, and virus scanning features

Altogether, that’s a pretty impressive features lineup

 Customer Support
You can contact the A2 Hosting support team through several means – their Guru Crew Support is available 24/7/365 through live chat, email ticketing system, and phone. We tried out their live chat

Before using both the live chat and ticket support options we had to fill out a short form with the name, email address, and a few more things including explaining the issue. This was a bit unexpected. But once the live chat connected us with a support agent we got our replies mostly within 1 minute of asking. The agent was friendly and knew exactly which resource or guide would solve the issue

A2 hosting also has an extensive knowledge base with lots of helpful entries that are likely to help with solving the most common issues that may occur

 Pricing and Plans
All unmanaged WordPress plans include unlimited bandwidth, email accounts, and subdomains, as well as free site migrations. A free domain name is not included with any of the plans and would have to be purchased for $14.95/year

|Startup Plan||Drive Plan||Turbo Boost Plan|
Pricing | $2.99/month|
Renews at $10.99/mo
| $5.99/month|
Renews at $12.99/mo
| $6.99/month|
Renews at $20.99/mo
What sets A2 Hosting apart from other providers is its
**anytime money-back guarantee A2 Hosting’s cheapest hosting plan starts at $2.99 per month if you sign up with them for 36 months. After the initial sign-up, the plan renews at $10.99If you want to sign up with their managed WordPress plan be ready to pay $11.99 per month (the renewal price is $23.99 per month)

Meaning if you cancel within the first 30 days, you can get a full refund. But if you’re not satisfied even months into your plan, you can still cancel and receive a prorated amount back

 The Bottom Line
While A2 Hosting renewal prices are a bit crispy, they still offer everything you’d expect from a top WordPress hosting provider – excellent speed, reliable uptime, and friendly customer service, all together with handy features

 3. Hostinger WordPress Hosting
**Best “Affordable” Hosting Provider**
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Load time: 307 ms
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Uptime: 99.97%
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Price:Starts at $1.99/mo
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Pros:Cheap pricing, good support, easy to use hPanel
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Cons:Unreliable performance at times, free CDN and daily backups not included in the cheapest plans
Hostinger is an employee-owned (employees own company’s shares) hosting company that was bootstrapped in 2004 in Kaunas, Lithuania. By now they provide hosting services for over 29 million users in 178 countries. Moreover, they claim to have 15,000 signups on average every day, meaning a new client every five seconds

Let’s look at why this provider deserves a spot on our list

 Performance (Uptime and Page Speed)
During the last 6 months, Hostinger has shown an
**uptime average of 99.97%. **This means that they have remarkably improved their performance – a bit more than a year ago Hostinger’s uptime was only 99.86%

Also, they delivered great page speed with a 6-month average of
**307 ms Together with their improved uptime and fast speed, they’ve earned a solid third place on our list

 Notable Features
Hostinger offers the following features for its cheapest shared hosting plan:
- 100 GB bandwidth
- Weekly backups
- Free SSL certificate
- One-click installations
When security is concerned, Hostinger offers only the most basic features with their cheapest hosting plans. With the entry-level Single WordPress and WordPress Starter plans, you’ll get a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, FTPS access, and weekly backups

If you’re interested in anything else, like SSH access, daily backups, or DDoS protection thanks to free Cloudflare CDN, you’ll have to get a more expensive plan

In general, Hostinger doesn’t seem to put a lot of emphasis on security features on their site, unlike some other web hosting services. So, if you’d like more security features, you should use plugins to secure your site or get a more expensive plan

 Customer Support
Hostinger offers 24/7/365 customer support via email ticketing and live chat. However, the live chat is only available for logged-in users. There’s no phone support, but Hostinger has branches all over the world, so you’re likely to get help in your preferred language

First, we tried out Hostinger’s ticket system by filling out the contact form on their site. Within about 10 minutes, they sent a helpful reply, however, further replies already took over 20 minutes

Second, we tested the live chat. The estimated reply time shown in the chat bubble was 20 minutes. Sadly, wait times as long as this can be a drawback—especially if you’re having an urgent issue. It took 32 minutes for a support agent to connect with us and we received further replies within about 3 minutes

Despite the initial delays, all the replies we got were helpful and managed to solve our issues

Finally, on top of direct support, Hostinger has a large knowledge base, a database with tutorials, and a blog where you can search for answers on your own

 Pricing and Plans
All plans offer managed WordPress hosting and include a free SSL certificate, a
**30-day money-back guarantee and backups at least on a weekly basis

|Single WordPress Plan||WordPress Starter Plan||Business WordPress Plan||WordPress Pro Plan|
Pricing | $1.99/month|
Renews at $3.99/mo
| $3.99/month|
Renews at $5.99/mo
| $6.99/month|
Renews at $11.99/mo
| $11.59/month|
Renews at $19.99/mo
Hostinger’s cheapest plan is incredibly budget-friendly, but there are some caveats. It’s limited to only one website, 50 GB of storage, and 100 GB of bandwidth. To take advantage of the $1.99 deal, you’ll have to pay upfront for a four-year plan. After that, your plan will renew at $3.99 per month

If you want to host more websites and get unlimited bandwidth, we recommend going for at least the WordPress Starter plan, which starts at $3.99 per month for a four-year plan

 The Bottom Line
Hostinger is an excellent WordPress hosting provider for first-time website owners and experienced developers. While the company has experienced uptime issues in the past, they’ve now shown great improvements in its performance

 4. SiteGround WordPress Hosting
**Good All-Round Provider**
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Load time: 356 ms
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Uptime: 99.99%
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Price:Starts at $2.99/mo
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Pros:Excellent uptime, fast support, good features
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Cons:High renewal prices, limited storage, no free domain
SiteGround was founded in 2004 in Bulgaria by a few university friends. What started out as a small European company is now a popular web hosting provider, servicing millions of people worldwide. They have four offices and several data centers spread globally and over the past decade and a half, SiteGround has grown to more than 500 employees. Moreover, they are also one of the officially recommended hosts by WordPress

Let’s take a closer look

 Performance (Uptime and Page Speed)
SiteGround has one of the best uptimes among all the hosting platforms that we monitor

Our test site showed an uptime of
**99.99% within the last 6 months This means on average they had only 17 minutes of downtime during the past six months, which is quite impressive

Also, SiteGround demonstrates a page load time at an average of
**356 msbased on our thorough research into different hosting solutions, this is a very satisfying result

 Notable Features
SiteGround offers several features that other providers don’t offer

These include a new Ultrafast PHP setup that reduces TTFB (time to the first byte) and SG Optimizer — a plugin that automatically configures your site for optimal performance

All hosting plans also include SuperCacher, a caching service that SiteGround developed internally to allow for multiple levels of caching

With its cheapest plan (StartUp), you get automated daily backups, friendly site-building tools, and proactive updates. However, storage is rather limited even with the higher-tier plans

If you’re a developer, you can also have Git pre-installed on the highest plan, which allows you to track any changes you make to files and revert to specific versions

SiteGround offers decent all-around security features as well as something they call WordPress Advanced Security, detecting any general or plugin vulnerabilities so that they can apply fixes promptly

Also, with all plans, they offer free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates, spam protection by SolarWinds Spam Experts, and a web application firewall. Advanced on-demand backups are part of the more expensive plans

 Customer Support
When it comes to customer support, SiteGround is doing great. They offer 24/7 support via live chat, phone, and email tickets

We tested out their live chat and we were really happy with the results. Their support agent connected with the chat almost immediately and gave quick replies to all our questions. On top of that, the agent was friendly and really knowledgeable and the chat didn’t feel copy-pasted at all (although some answers could have been)

All in all, we were impressed by the speed of SiteGround’s support, and our issue was resolved in one interaction

On top of 24/7 customer support, SiteGround has a decent knowledge base, a collection of helpful tutorials for beginners, and even a podcast aimed at explaining tech concepts in plain English
 Pricing and Plans
All SiteGround managed WordPress plans include unlimited databases, subdomains, parked domains, and free Cloudflare CDN

|Startup Plan||GrowBig Plan||GoGeek Plan|
Pricing | $2.99/month|
Renews at $14.99/mo
| $4.99/month|
Renews at $24.99/mo
| $7.99/month|
Renews at $39.99/mo
Siteground offers a
**30-day money-back guarantee** for all its hosting plans. The prices above are for its annual plan. After the first year, your plan will renew at regular prices – which are two times higher!
 The Bottom Line
Even though SiteGround comes with some feature limitations, they’re still one of the most reliable hosting providers we’ve tested. The company even guarantees network uptime of 99.9% on an annual basis. If it falls below that threshold, you’ll get a free month of hosting

 5. Kinsta WordPress Hosting
**Best Premium Hosting Provider** Load time: 248 ms Uptime: 99.77%
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Price:Starts at $35/mo
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Support:24/7 support, live chat, phone, knowledge base
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Pros:Tailored around WordPress, great performance, great security, loads of data centers
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Cons:Expensive
Kinsta has its own fully custom-built infrastructure and control panel which is tailored to work exclusively with WordPress. Kinsta was founded in 2013 with a plan to stand out from the rest of the industry, in terms of WordPress hosting. Their main focus is on website performance, and with over 25 data centers around the world, they have achieved one of the best reliability on the market

Let’s dive in

 Performance (Uptime and Page Speed)
Kinsta is a managed WordPress host that’s well-known for solid performance. And our test site has proven this many times

However, during the last 6 months, our site showed
**an uptime of 99.77 That’s a huge fall in performance, especially since in the last testing period the uptime was 100%. This makes us believe that it’s just a temporary setback

When it comes to page speed, Kinsta excels. Our test site’s 6-month
** average page load time is 248 ms which is the best speed result on this list

 Notable Features
The cheapest plan comes with 10 GB storage, 50 GB free CDN, and 25k monthly visits

There are many useful security features included already with Kinsta’s cheapest Starter plan ($30/mo). These include automatic daily backups as well as manual backup points with a 14-day retention period for the cheapest hosting plans. You’ll also get a free SSL certificate (or import your own), hardware firewalls, secure SSH and SFTP access, and continuous uptime monitoring

In case someone does hack your site, Kinsta guarantees they’ll fix your site and remove any malware for free. If you’re migrating an already infected site, you can ask them to clean it up for a $100 single-time fee

On top of all that, you’ll get DDoS protection, two-factor authentication, and all the security benefits from the Google Cloud platform that Kinsta uses

 Customer Support
When it comes to customer support, Kinsta differs a bit from most web hosts:
Instead of phone and email ticket support, they only have live chat support

You can only use the chat through the MyKinsta dashboard and on the other side of the chat, they have WordPress engineers that can fix your issues quickly. Before youand sign up, you can get in touch with them through a form on the Contact page

In addition to the live chat support, Kinsta also has an extensive knowledge base that features in-depth guides on WordPress and other topics. They also run an up-to-date blog with even more great learning resources and relevant articles

 Pricing and Plans
Kinsta offers many managed WordPress plans that all include a number of free premium migrations, free unlimited basic migrations, and automatic and manual backups. All plans come with 2 months free in case you get a yearly subscription

The cheapest plan on offer is the
35/mo** Starter plan. Below are its features as well as the cheapest hosting options for the other types of plans they have:
Starter Plan Pro Plan Business 1 Plan
Pricing |$35.00/month70.00/month115.00/month|
Kinsta offers a
** 30-day money-back guarantee If you cancel after 30 days, you can still receive a prorated amount back for the unused portion of your subscription

 The Bottom Line
While Kinsta’s WordPress hosting plan is on the more expensive side, it offers excellent performance and makes it a great premium host for your website

 6. InMotion Hosting WordPress Hosting
**Good “All-Round” Hosting Provider** Load time: 311 ms
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Uptime: 99.97%
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Price:Starts at $3.49/mo
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Pros:Good value for money, unlimited email accounts, 90-day money-back guarantee
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Cons:Higher-cost entry plan, no free backups with the cheapest plan **Visit InMotionHosting.com**
InMotion hosting is a privately-held web hosting company that was founded in 2001. They offer a complete suite of open source digital products and infrastructure technologies such as UltraStack, cloud computing, and of course, web hosting. InMotion hosting has over 300 employees and hosts thousands of clients worldwide

Let’s see in more detail how InMotion hosting performs

 Performance (Uptime and Page Speed)
As with other web hosting companies, we’ve been monitoring the performance of InMotion hosting’s shared WordPress hosting plan for quite some time. Our data for the last 6 months shows a
**99.97% uptime rate which equals an hour and 20 minutes of downtime

Regarding page speed, InMotion hosting shows great results with the 6-month average
**page load time at 311 ms This can be considered a fast page speed that is good for SEO and user experience

 Notable Features
InMotion hosting’s cheapest plan comes with 100 GB SSD storage. When you sign up with their higher-tier plan, you’ll also get more storage space. However, 100 GB should be more than enough for a starting website. All their plans also include unlimited bandwidth, email accounts, and a free domain name

Security-wise, InMotion hosting performs well. All their plans include a free lifetime SSL certificate, SSH access, a web application firewall, and a security suite with protection against malware, hacks, and DDoS attacks. Automatic backups are part of all plans except the cheapest WP Core plan

On top of all that, you also get SPAM Safe™ spam protection for email, optional automatic WordPress updates, and a staging environment to safely try out all your changes

So, considering that InMotion hosting’s pricing plans start at $3.49/mo, we wouldn’t expect any fewer (security) features—at least when compared to the competition

 Customer Support
InMotion hosting has 24/7/365 support for all questions regarding sales, support, your account, and billing. You can contact them via live chat, phone, email, or even Skype

We tested out InMotion hosting’s live chat. There was an initial waiting time of a few minutes before a support agent connected but we still got quick solutions to our issues—even though they had to investigate the issue for a few more minutes. In general, our issues were met with a friendly and professional response on top of helpful recommendations

In addition to 24/7 support, InMotion hosting has a support center with over 5,000 articles and guides, with a separate department for any WordPress-related content including guides for more advanced users. They also have a blog with lots of relevant up-to-date content

 Pricing and Plans
All managed WordPress hosting plans include a free domain and SSL certificate, as well as unlimited bandwidth and email accounts. Mentioned prices apply with a 3-year subscription

|WP Core Plan||WP Launch Plan||WP Power Plan||WP Pro Plan|
Pricing | $3.49/month|
Renews at $10.99/mo
| $4.99/month|
Renews at $14.99/mo
| $6.99/month|
Renews at $19.99/mo
| $14.99/month|
Renews at $28.99/mo
InMotion hosting also has a rare
**90-day money-back guarantee** (with 6+ month plans)

 The Bottom Line
InMotion has a great quality-price ratio and offers great performance stats together with many handy features, backed up with professional 24/7 customer support

**Visit InMotionHosting.com**
## Conclusion
As said, choosing the best WordPress hosting service for your needs is crucial. Each host has its pros and cons but what matters in the end, is the performance—that your site is actually available to your visitors

Based on our research and 40+ website hosting reviews, we’ve assembled this list of the 6 best WordPress hosting services out there. So that you wouldn’t have to make a compromise

## FAQs About WordPress Hosting
Now let’s answer the most common questions about WordPress hosting

 What is the difference between “shared hosting” and “WordPress hosting”?
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Shared hosting –is a type of website hosting plan where your site shares a server and its resources with other sites that are on the same server. With shared hosting, you can choose your preferred content management system (CMS) from a number of options that usually include WordPress, too. After all, it’s the most common CMS in use

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WordPress hosting –refers to any type of web hosting that is meant specifically for WordPress sites, this can include shared hosting, where your WordPress site would share a server and resources with other WordPress sites. WordPress hosting can also be any other type of hosting: VPS hosting, dedicated, or cloud hosting

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If you’re looking for a web host for your WordPress site specifically, it’s better to look at WordPress hosting plans. Usually, such plans already have several WordPress-specific features. In contrast, if you choose a standard shared hosting plan for your WordPress site, you’ll probably have to do some things on your own to get the same results

 What to look out for when choosing a web host?
Now, on top of performance, there are other important factors to consider when choosing a WordPress hosting service:
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Availability and quality of support –Can you reach support via phone or live chat? Is support available 24/7? How qualified are the support agents?
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Vital featureslike SSL certificate, backups, email accounts, and money-back guarantee

- Nice-to-have features: domain name, site migrations, staging server, multisite, unmetered bandwidth and storage, caching, automatic updates, etc

 What is the difference between “Managed” and “Unmanaged” WordPress hosting?
Here’s the difference in a nutshell:
**Managed WordPress hosting** means that the hosting provider will take care of all the technical aspects themselves. This brings many benefits, such as better security, expert customer support, automatic optimizations, and improved performance in general

In contrast,
**unmanaged WordPress hosting** means you must take care of all the technical details on your own

So, when choosing between managed WordPress hosting vs unmanaged WordPress hosting, you should consider how much time and expertise you have. Will you be able to take care of the technical side of hosting on your own or would you like someone to do it for you?
 Are there any uncommon pricing strategies?
So, let’s take a quick look at the three most important pricing aspects you should be aware of

**The number one most common pricing strategy** to tempt new users to sign up is offering **huge discounts with long-term plans Often, the discounts are even as large as 60–70% on the monthly prices. Now, these discounts are great. However, they require you to spend a larger sum of money upfront and to make a commitment for the next one to three years. And after the initial sign-up period, you’ll be paying the regular price with no extra benefits

In addition to monthly vs yearly prices, you should take a close look at
**what is and what isn’t included** in the hosting package you’re about the select. If anything is promised for free—is it free for the whole duration of your subscription? For example, domain names are often only free for the first year

And this brings us to the third important aspect:
Refunds

How long is
**the money-back guarantee What is refunded and what isn’t? If you register a domain name through your new host, most likely the domain registration fee won’t be refunded

All in all, we haven’t seen any pricing strategies that we would deem shady. But there are many intricate details that you should be aware of

*If you still have any questions, then feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.*