Hey Caroline, WordPress.com is a bit of a different animal because you don’t run a self-hosted WordPress site on there. That means, you can’t install all the plugins you might want to (especially on lower plans, where you can’t install plugins at all) and overall have less control over your site than with a self-hosted site. That’s why we didn’t include it in this list. For more information, I recommend this article: https://websitesetup.org/wordpress-com-vs-wordpress-org/
You can also host your website on WordPress.com, but that's different from the kind of hosting mentioned above. WordPress.com uses the same code from WordPress.org, but it hides the server code and handles the hosting for you. In that sense, it resembles entries in our online site builder roundup. It's a simpler but less flexible and customizable way to approach WordPress hosting. It's definitely easier, but if you want to tinker and adjust and optimize every aspect of your site, it might not be for you.
In our experience, some web hosts are great at hosting WordPress sites, and some are simply not. Our team signed up for and tested every major hosting service to determine which was best for hosting WordPress — analyzing everything from installation, WP-specific tools, pricing, reliability, and a ton of other factors. Below are the top hosts that earned our trust:
Whether I’m geeking out with Ryan, Laura, and the team, or sketching out server diagrams to explain the basics to my grandmother, talking about a career in web hosting is always a creative endeavor, and I love it. Hopefully, this guide has cleared up some of the common confusions of hosting services, and you’re ready to sign up with the web host that best fits your upcoming site needs.
WordPress.org references the open-source (free) software that can be downloaded and installed pretty easily, particularly if you have a web host that makes this process a breeze. Self-hosted WordPress allows you to capitalize on the robust offerings of the established content management system, plus the potential for more features, such as a free domain, unlimited email accounts, marketing credits, and expert support).
They have Optimized Stacks with Advanced Cache such as Memcached, Carnish, and Redis for expedited responses. Fast hosting speeds for WordPress and Magento is also available because of its Breeze cache and Full Page cache, respectively. Also, they currently have 60 data centers around the world which you can choose from. More importantly, they have a data center in Toronto, Canada allowing you to pinpoint the Canadian target market and give them fast loading speeds.
Domain name registrars are companies that are allowed to manage the reservation of internet domain names and assign IP addresses to those domain names. Registrars have to be accredited by a generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry or a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry. Registries are top-level companies that have to delegate the sales of domain registrations. Whenever a domain name is sold to a customer, the registrar has to notify the registry to reserve the domain (and a LOT of them are sold every single day, just check out the internet usage stats resource we created for some insane numbers).
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Rather than storing data on physical servers, cloud customers are hosted on a connected network of virtual machines. The service is software-independent and perfect for folks who benefit from high availability and on-demand, pay-as-you-go resources. Ranked #1 for cloud-based VPS hosting, InMotion offers performance-enhancing SSDs, free data backups, and managed server options.
We’re big WordPress fans, which means all our products are designed with optimum WordPress performance in mind. Technically speaking, our server and database software is built to be compatible with WordPress, ensuring seamless and fluid integration — a made-for-each-other match-up. With automatic WordPress updates, easy one-click installs, and all the right configurations out of the box, your site is guaranteed to run at peak performance.
SiteGround is one of the most popular and highest rated hosting provider in the WordPress community. They provide unique in-house WordPress speed and security solutions to make your site as fast and secure as possible. They are known for the best 24/7 support in the industry which is why they're an official 'WordPress' recommended hosting provider. This is also why we use SiteGround for hosting the WPBeginner website. SiteGround features include automatic upgrades, built-in WP caching, CDN, one-click staging and GIT version control. They are also one of the few companies offering location specific hosting with 3 data centers in USA, Europe, and Asia. On top of all this, they have а special 70% discount for WPBeginner readers.
The company doesn't list a virtual private server offering, but it bills its Elastic Sites service as a VPS alternative, offering the ease of use of a simple shared hosting plan and the performance and scalability of a VPS. GlowHost also offers a number of different cloud hosting plans, with special attention to providing enterprise-grade services.