Recommended Hosting Providers

Site Administration

I monitor all my accounts via MainWP and the Better Uptime platform.

Gridpane provides a control panel that lets you interface with the best Cloud service providers. You can pick companies like DigitalOcean, VULTR, Linode, or AWS Lightsail that provide Ubuntu KVM based VPS servers. You control the resources you need in any data center you choose. The managed servers belong to you and can be accessed via the cloud providers interface. You will need to have an account with each Cloud service linked to Gridpane via their API interface.

Gridpane is my goto hosting provider. There service is WordPress focused and the servers they build are optimized WordPress performace and security. And there support is awesome. They also have an extensive knowledge base of technical information.

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WordPress hosting for small businesses

Fully managed WordPress hosting with speed, security, and support

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Flexible cloud hosting with simple, 1-click settings (no command line, no cPanel, no wasted time). 

Get access to ALL FIVE of these world-class providers without having to write a single line of code. DigitalOcean, VULTR, Linode, Google Cloud or AWS. Cloudways maintains propritory control of the servers created via the Cloudways interface. 

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One-click WP installs, managed updates, WP-Cli, WordPress staging and git integration. Support is good.

NGINX-based caching, SSD-drives, PHP 7, CDN, HTTP/2 available.

Choose GrowBig or GoGeek plan at SiteGround and you get WordPress-specific features, free SSL, priority support,

a2hosting

All WordPress hosting accounts with A2 Hosting come with WordPress preinstalled. You can also install new instances of WordPress through Softaculous’ one-click installer.

I am recommending this hosting service over Bluehost because what I hear in the discussion groups about Bluehost service and downtime bothers me.

Bluehost shows up on google searches for best WordPress hosting sites.

Don't be fooled...they pay for that rating.

The company is one of many web companies owned by NewFold.com (formerly EIG Hosting Brands), who now control 80+ hosting companies.  The performance and support not up to my standards.  And the WordPress Install tool is to be avoided, it's very flaky and results can be erratic. ( The who, what, when of-Endurance-international Group )

Bluehost provides inexpensive hosting – if you decide to go with Bluehost, at least pick the Pro account.  They do provide Dedicated IP & free SSL for Wordpress site on the Pro account. 

I have used Bluehost and experienced real problems with their service, including a higher amount of downtime this year.