If you are on the lookout for WordPress hosting, then chances are that you have seen a lot of options. It can be pretty hard to choose the best host for your needs. So, in this post, I will compare 5 of the most popular WordPress hosting and help you select the best one for your purpose.
I will be comparing the following 5 hosts in this post:
(You can check out their reviews by clicking on them)
1) Performance Comparison
Firstly, we will compare the performance of all of the hosts because a low cost host is bad if it cannot give you reasonable performance.
Bluehost WordPress Hosting
Bluehost is one of the oldest web hosting around there. They are operating since the 1990s. They are also recommended by WordPress.org. They have good WordPress optimized plans.
Here is the Pingdom test result:
As you can see from the above picture, 2.1 MB site is loaded within 2.61 secs which is great as Google recommends a load time of under 3 secs.
After this, I launched a Load Impact test on the website and increased the load gradually to 50 users. Here’s how it fared:
The blue line represents response time and the green line represents the number of users. As you can see, even with 50 simultaneous users, the response time remains more or less the same. It means that even at peak traffic, the site will remain stable and won’t crash.
Next, I used Bitcatcha to test response times from different geographical locations.
As you can see from above, visitors from the US and Canada will benefit the most although worldwide, it was under 300ms which is incredible.
- Free domain + SSL and cheap plans
- Free CDN
- Officially Recommended by WordPress
- Support can be slow and a hit or miss
If you want to check out Bluehost, here is a detailed review of it.
DreamHost WordPress Hosting
DreamHost is another popular WordPress hosting out there. It has been out there since the 1990s and currently hosts over 1.5 million websites. It’s also another WordPress.org recommended web host.
Here is the Pingdom result:
As you can see, it took 2.33 secs to load 1.5 MB of data. It’s not terrible considering that the load time is still under 3 secs but it can be improved.
Next, I stress-tested their server with Load Impact.
The blue line indicates the number of users and the green line indicates response time. As you can see from the picture above, response time is inconsistent with the number of users. So, during a traffic spike, your site may slow down.
Next, I used Bitcatcha to check response time from different geographical regions.
As you can see from the above screenshot, if your audience is from the US or the Canada, they will enjoy the best response times. Overall, the response times stay below 300ms from anywhere around the world.
- Generous plan limits in the basic plan
- Free CDN
- Officially recommended by WordPress
- Human chat support not available 24×7
- Support can be a hit or miss
Here is a detailed review of DreamHost
Hostinger WordPress Hosting
Hostinger is a very popular budget-oriented WordPress hosting. They use LiteSpeed server which helps WordPress sites to practically fly! Also, LiteSpeed includes server-level cache which furthur improves WordPress performance.
Let’s check the results with Pingdom.
As you can see, it took 2.27 secs to load 1.2 MB. It’s well under the Google recommended 3 secs loading time limit which is really good.
Now, let us look at the stress-test done with the help of Load Impact.
As you can see, even at high loads, the response times remain consistent and under 500ms which is great because your site won’t experience any downtime due to traffic spikes.
Now, let’s test global response time using Bitcatcha.
As you can see from the results, no matter where your visitors are from, response time will be under 200ms which is impressive!
- Good bang for the buck plans
- Uses LiteSpeed servers for great performance
- FREE CDN
- Support can be slow at times
Read my Hostinger review HERE
SiteGround WordPress Hosting
SiteGround is another well-known WordPress hosting site. They are also recommended by WordPress.org. They use the GCP platform to deliver superior performance.
Here is the Pingdom result:
As you can see, it loads a 140 KB site in 280 ms which is nothing short of impressive!
Now, let’s take a look at how well it can handle sudden spikes in traffic.
As you can see, even with 50 users, the response time is around 100ms which is really impressive! So, SiteGround is highly optimized to handle traffic spikes.
Now, let’s take a look at the global response times via Bitcatcha:
As you can see, global response times are below 400ms which is pretty good. So, no matter where your users are, nobody will face a slow site.
- Great performance
- Good support
- FREE CDN
- Recently, SiteGround has decreased the number of websites to just 5 (on their top-tier plan), which is actually pretty expensive.
- High renewal cost
You can read more about SiteGround by clicking HERE.
WPEngine WordPress Hosting
WPEngine is more of a performance oriented host and it reflects in their plan pricing. Nevertheless, whatever they offer at tat price, the performance and features are totally upto the mark.
Here is the Pingdom result of a site hosted on WPEngine:
As you can see from the picture above, 9.3 MB is loaded within 4.29 secs which is damn impressive! It’s no surprise because WPEngine knows how to do WordPress hosting in the best way possible.
Now, let’s look at the Load Impact result:
As WPEngine is a performance host, I decided to increase the users to 200. I was so much surprised when I found out that the average response time was only 21ms which is incredible! Again, this shows that WPEngine knows how to do WordPress hosting the best!
Now, let’s test global load times using Bitcatcha.
As you can see from the above picture, load times done exceed 300ms globally which is again expected from a performance-oriented host like WPEngine.
- Powerful servers
- Great support
- Excellent performance
- High price of plans
- No webmail
You can read my WPEngine review by clicking HERE
As you have seen the performance, now only one ques remains – pricing. Below, I have made a table with the base price of every WordPress hosting:
Top 3 WordPress Hosting Providers
In my opinion, these are the top 3 WordPress hosting providers:
- Bluehost – Best overall WordPress hosting
- SiteGround – Best price to performance ratio WordPress hosting
- WPEngine – Best performance WordPress hosting
I really hope that this post has helped you to select the best WordPress hosting for you. If you have any queries or suggestions, then please let me know in the comments down below.