WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world. According to W3Techs, WordPress is used to host approximately 43% of all websites worldwide. WordPress is free open source, which is one of the reasons it’s so popular.
It’s no secret that WordPress is a good choice for building websites, even more complicated ones. Those who use have used it know how easy it is to use and how powerful it can be, especially with all of the plugins already available. Plus, there are thousands of WordPress developers out there who charge reasonable rates to build whatever gadget plugin you might be looking for.
So we’ve established that WordPress is a great tool to host a website, but where should you host your WordPress website?
For those who are not so experienced with websites and hosting, WordPress is an open source set of files (software) that can be downloaded free for use as a content management system. However, in order to make use of WordPress, you have to set it up on a web host so that the world can access it. That's what I'll be discussing in this article.
There are nearly limitless options for hosting your WordPress website. There are thousands of web hosting companies who meet the minimum requirements for being capable of hosting a WordPress website. Those minimum requirements are:
- PHP: support for a recent version of PHP
- MySQL: support a recent version of MySQL
- HTTPS, the secure version of the hypertext transfer protocol
Because they want to stay relevant to the demand for WordPress and other PHP/MySQL-based hosting applications, most web hosting companies provide these minimum requirements for hosting a WordPress installation. However, there’s always a possibility that a web host doesn’t meet those requirements, so it’s a good idea to check if you’re unsure.
WordPress Web Hosting Recommendations
The goal of the WordPress founders and the current WordPress community is to make it as easy and affordable as possible to successfully create and manage a WordPress-based website. WordPress’ choice of these three web hosts represents their commitment “to helping create a wholesome and hassle-free WordPress hosting environment.”
WordPress reviews its recommended hosts list on a regular basis, several times each year, and updates the list if that is warranted. The hosting world tends to evolve, so it makes sense that WordPress would keep tabs on which hosts are best suited, based on their own research and feedback from their community, to be recommended officially by the WordPress team.
WordPress also monitors its recommended hosts, even setting up an email address for reporting issues with one of its recommended hosts. email@example.com
Considering that web hosting situations tend to be fluid, this list may change. However, these
Criteria for Being a Recommended WordPress Host
WordPress takes into consideration several factors to decide who it will recommend as web hosts. Here are some of those factors:
- Does the web host contribute to WordPress.org?
- What is the size of the web host’s customer base?
- Does the host have an easy-to-use- WordPress auto-install feature?
- Does the host support WordPress auto-upgrades?
- Has the web host had any Gnu Public License (GPL) violations?
- Are the web host’s marketing and social perception (design, tone, historical perception) consistent with WordPress and its reputation?
- Does the web host use WordPress branding correctly (correct logo, WordPress capitalization)
- Does the host take ownership of technical issues such as security issues, or does it tend to blame WordPress?
- Is the host’s system software kept up-to-date?
Visit the Bluehost web hosting profile.
Bluehost hosts over 2 million websites. The Bluehost platform is built specifically to host WordPress websites, including providing dashboards, tools, and support for WordPress-based websites.
Visit our DreamHost web hosting profile.
DreamHost has been a contributor to the WordPress community for over a decade. They have various WordPress-centric offerings that are targeted to small, medium, and larger businesses and individuals.
Visit the SiteGround web hosting profile.
SiteGround has many WordPress tailored offerings, including 1-click installs. Their hosting features are designed to make WordPress run efficiently. They also have assertive technology in place to prevent hacking WordPress websites they host.