Top 10 Hosting Providers for Bloggers

The best hosting providers to choose for your website and why

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What you need is info on the best hosting providers for bloggers.

We get that your needs will be different depending on where you are with your blog, and as there are plenty of options for noobs, seasoned bloggers and heavyweights, we've sorted the top hosting providers accordingly with suggestion for a good all-rounder, beginner's blogging plans and tip-offs for pro series operators so that you can pick the one that suits you best.

We take a close look at hosting providers for bloggers, so you can find the blog hosting that best suits your needs and your pocket.

Please note: Pricing and package details are as reported on the hosting provider's site at the time of publication and these may be subject to change over time.

Happy blogging!

Best webhosts for new bloggers

Hello, world. Growth takes time, so start by sketching out a plan at least for the first two years. Invest in your own domain name and look after it. Hosting deals that offer helpful extras like security scans and backups as well as great value for money with storage and bandwidth are your best bet for now.

#1: GoDaddy

– For those who like to play it safe and don’t mind paying a bit extra for it.

Uptime:​

Godaddy offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee, while all plans also come with 24/7 security monitoring and DDos protection as standard.

Disk space, storage & bandwidth:​

Storage space is limited with the cheapest plan (100 GB) while bandwidth is unmetered across the board and all plans include 1 GB of database storage as well. If you’re considering one of their managed WordPress hosting plans, there is a cap on monthly visitors at all levels and the SSD storage provided.

Pricing:

The most basic package is advertised at $3.99 per month (with the price going up when renewing the contract), and you get stuff like free domain only with an annual plan. Forking out an extra dollar or two per month will get you a Deluxe plan instead (priced at a very reasonable $4.99 per month) that comes with support for unlimited websites and unmetered storage in addition to uncapped bandwidth.

Overall GoDaddy bears an uncanny resemblance to a no-frills airline: you get the basics, but just about everything except the bandwidth (the carry-on luggage of webhosting) is carefully priced and rationed. If you want to transfer domains, get extra storage space, an email package other than a 1-year Outlook one, a website builder or data backup and restore, you’ll pay extra.

Manageability:

Both Linux and Windows plans are available (so you can pick cPanel and MySQL or Plesk, MSSQL and ASP support), with no specific Windows premium for the latter which was a pleasant surprise with everything considered.

If your eyes glazed over halfway through the last paragraph, you may want to consider GoDaddy’s managed WordPress plans in order to get started: they follow the same pricing structure as the core plans, so there is no extra WP premium, and you pay for the convenience of not having to worry about CMS updates, database set-up or core admin as all packages come with free themes, automatic WordPress software and security updates, load balancing, daily back-ups and a restore feature plus 24/7 support.

However, as noted earlier, storage and visitor count limitations also apply – traffic spikes could result in an increase on your bill, so you have been warned.

#2: SiteGround

- A generous deal for humble beginnings

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Uptime:​

​SiteGround knows the importance of good uptime. All plans come with 99.9% annual uptime guarantee, and they're also proud to let you know that their service uptime is in fact closer to 99.999%.

​Disk space, storage & bandwidth:

The basic plan comes with fairly limited web space (10 GB with SSD for speed) while an upgrade to the next plan sees your storage space doubled, number of supported websites multiplied from 1 and monthly visit limit increased from 10,000 to 25,000 (we'd prefer uncapped storage and bandwidth though).

SiteGround has a few options for WordPress plans that are priced the same as the core plans, but with added features that are geared towards supercharging your blog – the very affordable GrowBig WordPress hosting plan will easily support you growth from a beginner to a seasoned blogger.

Pricing:​

The StartUp core plan is advertised at $3.95 per month while the GrowBig upgrade brings your bill to $5.95 per month – the extra dollars bring you the core features as well as super-speed caching, premium security with multiple site backups, premium CMS (WordPress or Joomla on steroids), SSL certificates and priority support services. As noted, selecting the WordPress GrowBig hosting plan is recommended as you get extra features for the same amount of money.

Manageability:

The core plan runs with Linux so you'll be working on cPanel, armed with SiteGround's setup wizard and a slew of tutorials if needed – if everything else fails, support will guide you through the stumbling blocks along the way.

All plans include a number of essentials as freebies – for this SiteGround gets two thumbs up! Website builder, daily backups, Let's Encrypt SSLs, Cloudflare CDN, and unlimited emails and databases are all included at no additional cost in addition to free setup and transfer and reliable round-the-clock support. Extra WordPress features include auto-updates, advanced security features, anti-hack systems and spam prevention. If you're not happy with them, you have 30 days to ask for your money back.

Support services:

Phone and chat support is available 24/7, and if you get the upgraded plan your queries will be answered as priority – including more exotic queries about applications, script extensions, plugins and templates. Chat responses are instant, while the initial ticket response time is advertised at 10 minutes. Proactive monitoring services and load balancing also works towards ensuring problems are identified before they result in queries.

In addition to shared hosting, SiteGround includes dedicated and cloud hosting, enterprise hosting and reseller hosting in their options, with premium fees automatically letting you enjoy premium services.

SiteGround has positioned itself as the better-than-average webhost that will help you get your blog off the ground – the only minuses from lack of uncapped storage, bandwidth and Windows hosting options if required, bringing down their rating a notch.

#3: Bluehost

- Budget-friendly offering for newbies, just shame about all the legalese

Uptime:

Bluehost [link to: www.bluehost.com/‎] has been a part of Endurance International Group for a number of years now along with sister companies eHost, FastDomain, FatCow, HostGator,ideaHost, iPage, JustHost, PureHost and countless others. Over time EIG has earned a fair amount of detractors online with its list of sins including bouts of significant, widespread downtime, support staff layoffs and a greed-is-good corporate mindset that allegedly starts to shine through after company acquisitions. While webhosting is hardly a charitable enterprise to any of the operators, reading through the terms of service for Bluehost it becomes obvious that the omission of essential features like an uptime guarantee has been done to cover the company's own rear end (one supposes it's a cost-saving), but focusing on the said rear end more than on the customers does earn them a big minus in this department.

Basically, Bluehost offers cheap and cheerful hosting services, but unlike most of its competitors it does not guarantee that their service (i.e. your blog) will be up at any given time, or that it will be restored in any reasonable time, and while there is a 30-day money-back guarantee in place. If you're willing to take the risk, they've got plenty of things to offer... and their prices are pretty competitive after all.

Disk space, storage & bandwidth:

Disk space is limited on the cheapest plan while it does come with unlimited bandwidth: number of sites is limited to one, disk space to 50 GB and email accounts to 5, each with 100 MB of storage.

Picking the Plus-package instead of the Basic one adds only a few more dollars to the monthly bill while the features are significantly increased: the extra dollars pay for unlimited websites, website space in SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth and email accounts with uncapped storage, while Bluehost throws in $200 worth of marketing offers that you can use to build your blog with.

Bluehost also offers WordPress-optimised hosting packages but at a significant premium, so with competitors offering much more competitive managed WordPress packages the juice is hardly worth the squeeze.

Pricing:

As noted before, when picking one's hosting deal with Bluehost it's well worth investing $5.45 per month in a Plus plan rather than settling for the bare-bones Basic deal (advertised at $2.95 per month), and skipping the WordPress packages that are merely 'optimised' rather than fully serviced and managed – while the Bluehost Plus deal drives a better bargain than for example GoDaddy Deluxe, the standard WP deal starts at $19.99 which fails to be as attractive as competing offers (including GoDaddy's managed WP hosting).

In addition to cashing in on unwary bloggers, Bluehost charges a very large sum of money for blog migration, so it's better to start off with them rather than to move your blog over to them later down the line.

Manageability:

Bluehost has been around for a long time, so their offering ticks a long list of boxes from the technical spec list. The user interface is an enhanced version of cPanel so you're looking at Linux hosting – their Windows offering seems to have disappeared from the market, meaning that it's not for everyone.

Support services:

Customer support is available 24/7 and in the spirit of DIY the site likes to point visitors in the direction of self-help readings and an introductory videos. Daily, weekly and monthly backups come as standard (though, you guessed it, with no guarantees).

If you've got a head start to blogging from free blog hosting, are happy to work with Linux and know the ropes already, BlueHost is an affordable next step that covers the basics and offers further room for growth with their more advanced hosting plans. We'd like an uptime guarantee though.

#4: WP Engine

- Budget-friendly offering for newbies, just shame about all the legalese

Webhosting for bloggers - WP Engine

Uptime:

The WP Engine SLA advertises a 99.95% uptime on a calendar month basis. 

Disk space, storage and bandwidth:

The personal blog plan (exclusively geared towards, as you would have guessed it, WordPress)comes with a fairly modest combo of 1 install, 10 GB storage, unlimited data transfers and free SSL certificates for security; the package has been aimed at sites racking up about 25,000 visits per month which is on par with some of the cheaper shared hosting plans introduced earlier.

Pricing:

WP Engine follows the old adage “if you're good at something, never do it for free” in their pricing.The personal plan is still affordable enough and when your blog is growing at an unprecedented rate and you want to keep it going, a slightly higher monthly fee than what you may have been used to is a worthy investment. Because you're worth it.

Having said that, the $29 a month bill for a personal blog that comes with fairly limited specs does still seem a bit salty (even the price tag on the $99 a month professional plan seems steep considering how limited the storage and installs are) unless you're very determined to have your blog featured on the WP Engine website as one of the many greats... who most likely weren't working on a shoestring budget in order to get to where they are now.

Manageability:

Because the site's selling point is managed WordPress hosting, they offer free automated migration if you have an existing blog elsewhere, and will take care of the functional and security updates for you. WP Engine has packaged their offering into a targeted bloggers-only suite that includes proprietary features such as their own staging site, Large FS support for big media files and transferable installs as standard.

The website resources will also teach you tips for measuring the site speed and optimising your blog and images for better performance.

Support services:

One-on- one online support is available 24/7 via phone, chat and a ticketing system, but they would kindly like to have you logged in to pick up your account in the system. The website emphasises self-help and the joys of discovering answers to your questions from the FAQ section, so if you'd still need a lot of hand-holding you may feel a bit lost at times.

Big names count on WP Engine, and it can work for you, too, if you like the idea of working on WordPress alone and having all updates tried, tested and taken care of for you.

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Eve Hyvonen

Eve was gifted a 'Do You Want To Become A Writer' manual when she was finishing high school. The instruction on page 1 was "Get a day job", so she did - and found herself writing anyway. She is now a classically trained BSc graduate with years of completely unrelated work experience. Her expansive knowledge base is an asset in pub quizzes and online content production

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Max - April 13, 2017 Reply

Local Hosts such as Hetzner are worth mentioning.

Brian - April 18, 2017 Reply

Hi Max, Hertzner is certainly one of the more popular South African hosting providers. This is the first post in a series of 3 regarding the hosting we recommend to our clients, so Hertzner may or may not be coming up in our future posts, will just have to wait and see…

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