Find Out Which WordPress Web Hosting Company Offers the Cheapest and Reliable Web Hosting Solution

I have been looking for a good WordPress web hosting company that offers cheap but reliable WordPress web hosting solution for quite a while. The keywords here are cheap and reliable and for some reason these two words do not want to go together very well :)

If you are willing to pay big money then you have nothing to worry about… your options are endless. My focus is finding that sweet spot where reliability meets affordability. I update this page with my findings on affordable WordPress web hosting solutions. Hopefully this information will be of some help to someone looking for a good WordPress web hosting company.

If you don’t feel like reading the full story and just want to get to my WordPress hosting recommendation then click here.

Little Background

I am very strict when it comes to the reliability of the web hosting company. Server uptime and the server response time is very important for anyone who has a website doing whatever business that they are doing. If your site is down when a visitor or customer goes to your site then you are losing traffic and business. In addition to losing temporary customers, if your site goes down frequently then there is a good chance that your customers will get annoyed and will try to avoid coming to your site in the future.

Most web hosting companies guarantee 99.9% Server uptime but in reality a lot of them do not deliver 99.9% server uptime that they guarantee. Most of the time you won’t even know that your site was down and you lost customers. None of your visitors complained doesn’t really mean that your site was up 100% that month.

I am particularly interested in a reseller account. A reseller account that allows you to create multiple cPanel based websites. The ability to create multiple cPanel based website is really useful as each website has individual cPanel control panel for administration purpose. Not many of the cheap web hosting companies offer reseller account with the ability to create multiple cPanel based websites.

When I First Started

I was with Surpass Hosting and even though they have a 99.9% uptime guarantee, recently my site has been going down frequently. When you complain to them they reply to you with the result of the UNIX ‘uptime’ command which shows the length of time the system has been up, saying our servers were up all month! The system was up all month doesn’t necessarily mean that your site wasn’t down (The CPU load could have been at 100% so it wasn’t processing any other requests and hence your site was not accessible).

I have decided to change my web hosting provider and after doing some research I found that Web Hosting Buzz offers the cheapest reseller hosting solutions and looks reliable (from their server uptime data). So I decided to give web hosting buzz a try but it didn’t work out very well (read below for details).

Update (3 Months Later) – Migration to WebHostingBuzz

WebHostingBuzz offers Reseller accounts from $5 per month with some great features. They have 99.9% server uptime gurantee. You can check their server uptime history from WebHostingBuz Server Uptime figures. WebHostingBuzz website has Google page rank of 7/10 (Page Rank reflects Google’s view of the importance of the web page). I tend to use the website’s page ranking as a trust factor. A website with high Google page rank is less likely to be a fraud.

Web hosting buzz offers pretty cheap reseller account but is it reliable? It looks reliable from the Server uptime data but I will have to see how I go with them to be sure.

Update (6 Months Later)

The reseller account wasn’t doing it for me so I decided to give WebHostingBuzz.com’s Virtual Private Server (VPS) a try as my traffic has gone up heaps since I first signed up with them. The VPS upgrade was a disaster… they probably put me on an overpopulated sever so my site response time was horrible. After having a chat with their support team they made it seem like it was my fault for using WordPress. Over time my site is going to grow so it is important that the hosting solution is scalable and Web Hosting Buzz’s VPS was just a mess not to mention that they were charging $8 per month extra for using cPanel! I knew it was time for me to look for another hosting solution.

Update (7 Months Later) – Migration to InMotionHosting

I started looking and InMotionHosting seemed to be a good hosting provider so I signed up with them and now I am really happy with my site response time and InMotionHosting charges less than WebHostingBuzz for the same plan. I later upgraded my hosting plan to a dedicated server.

Update (1 Year Later)

I am still with InMotionHosting and everything is going well. I have also signed up with MediaTemple to host some of my other sites and they seem to be really good too.

Update (2 Years Later)

I needed another hosting account for one of my new sites so this time I signed up with West Host after taking Yoast’s advice and West Host seem to be good too.

Update (3 Years Later)

My hosting needs continue to grow. This time I wanted to try the new cloud hosting solution mainly because it can be scaled very easily. Cloud hosting’s scaling and self healing abilities make it a very compelling solution for my needs. One thing to keep in mind is that the cloud hosting may not be suitable for people who are not familiar with UNIX systems (unless you go with a managed option which can become very expensive).

Update (4 Years Later)

I have signed up for an account from WPEngine. It is not working out very well at the moment based on how much I have to pay and what I get. I might cancel this account.

Update (5 Years Later)

I have singed up with Hostgator and Bluehost this year.

Update (5 Years 6 Months Later)

I had to get rid of my hosting account with West Host. They were having a lot of outages on my server which brought the site up-time data below 97% and it went on for a few months. So I decided to move away from them.

Update (6 Years 4 Months Later)

GoDaddy recently acquired MediaTemple hosting. I have a thing about Godaddy doing webhosting so I switched my site that was on MediaTemple to DreamHost.

Update (7 Years Later)

I have created a test account with A2 Hosting. Their WordPress hosting looks pretty good. I particularly like how their SSD (Solid State Drive) hosting option is very reasonable.

My Current Webhost Providers

Currently I have hosting accounts from the following 5 hosting providers and I am happy with them:

  1. InMotionHosting
  2. Bluehost
  3. A2 Hosting
  4. DreamHost
  5. Hostgator

Short List of Cheap and Good Web Hosting Companies

Below is a list of web hosting companies that provide affordable and reliable web hosting solutions. If you are starting a WordPress site you should consider getting hosting from one of the following providers.

Which Hosting Do I Recommend for a Startup Business?

There are a lot of super cheap hosting packages out there but the hassle that comes with those will cost you way more money and time in the long run (don’t get sucked in by the *unlimited* promise). Changing web hosting is a tiresome task that you should try to avoid as much as you can. The amount of mis-configured servers that I encounter while troubleshooting our Premium WordPress plugins is just mind boggling.

So the key is to go with a package/provider that is affordable yet has decent quality. We recommend using the business class web hosting from Inmotion hosting (we personally use hosting from Inmotion and you are guaranteed to get a properly configured server)

Click on the following button to check out InMotion Hosting:

Which web hosting solution are you using? Are you happy with your hosting service provider? Feel free to leave your comment or suggestion in the comment area below.

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Comments (136 responses)

  1. Zuziko says:

    Thank you for the list I finally settled on Bluehost after some major downtime with Hostgator. So far I am very happy and have not had any problems to speak of. It’s actually shocking how good the service is for such a cheap price.

  2. Thanks admin (want to call a name but I don’t find it :lol: ) this is a good read about cheap and RELIABLE WordPress hosting, InMotion looks great, I like their design and registered as an affiliate too.

    May be I will try to use their service one day.

  3. Garratt says:

    I was using Hostgator for around 6 months, I decided to put one of my clients on my VPS as I couldn’t find affordable hosting in AUS. Big mistake… turns out the IMAP had never been configured properly (or just error’d for some reason) so only POP3 was available. When I asked them to fix it they claimed there was nothing wrong with it despite not being able to connect to it themselves, they tried multiple times. So they called it “user error”… being that I never touched server settings as I never needed to, I fail to see how.

    I said, there’s an easy fix to this…(politely) give me a new VPS server and transfer my websites and emails to it.

    They denied my request.

    The support which normally gets rave reviews I found to be rude, mildly retarded (as they can’t answer simple server questions when you ask them), and downright slow.

    IMO, don’t get hostgator… go with one of the others.

    I’ve actually split my sites up among lots of $1-$2 hosting providers now. With high traffic sites on more reliable $10 a month hosting. I found this to be more beneficial as the some of the sites I don’t care if downtime is 95% while others I do. Means I save $ and it’s better for SEO (having sites on multiple IPs).

  4. David says:

    I use HostGator and IPage. I’m satisfied with them, but both have advantages and disadvantages.
    I’ll try Immotion for my next project.

  5. stefano76 says:

    I personally use excitedhost for all of my domains and hosting. It’s has easy control panel features,great for WordPress hosting, Plus excitedhost support has 24x7x365 customer care service that really works.

  6. presta says:

    Thanks for the great list with very detailed update, I had to move hosting companies few times due to some have been really worse in terms of loading/resource issues and support.

  7. Oasis says:

    I don’t know about others but I have used hostgator and its best of the lot.

  8. Daniel Young says:

    Thanks for this wonderful post. You put great efforts in your post !!! Blue Host and In Motion hosting both are the best. As they offer most affordable and reliable web hosting services to their customers.

  9. matt says:

    Hostgator is the best host i think.

  10. Mateo Eaton says:

    I have heard of good reviews about the hostgator. I am not sure if the website provider has already solved their issues with the complaints of unwanted ads. But I have read that hostgator is reliable and it has a good customer service. Thanks for sharing your good findings about the web hosting services. Perhaps it is better to canvass the prices first and read the reviews before making the final decision.

  11. admin says:

    @Momoko, Thank you for sharing your favorite web host.

  12. Momoko says:

    Hmm If it is ok, I would like to add my favorite host to this list.

    I have been hosted with ComputingHost.com for the last 4 years.. They have really good budget shared hosting packages but I use a VPS with them which is not bad at all.

    I would definitely recommend them for those looking for cheap alternatives :) And a very helpful support team..

  13. Justin says:

    Thank you for sharing your findings with the hosting companies. I took your advice and signed up for inmotion hosting. My site is working smoother. I am happy with this move for now.

  14. Web Host says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience with these web hosting companies. This can be valuable for others who are looking for a good hosting provider

  15. Paul Web says:

    These are good sites for the beginner. Some of these hosts like HostGator and Bluehost are famous and popular because they are cheap and highly accessible for newbies. However, once your site grows, you should consider a dedicated server or cloud server. Depending on your needs, find a webhost that fulfils your requirements.

  16. ck123 says:

    Good share about your hosting experience, it has given me new knowledge.

  17. Arianne says:

    I never knew any of these sites. Glad you recommend them. The webhosting hosting services I’ve contacted with have increased or are already expensive.

  18. Robby says:

    This time I’ll try WebHosting Buzz!

  19. Thanks a lot for this outstanding article, very helpful, it can be very hard to find an inexpensive hosting company, especially one that offers good uptime and good support, I have been luck so far, but am looking for another hosting company in the UK that can offer faster server response times for my DNN sites running on windows server.

  20. jaymaine says:

    loving hostgator so far. been with them for 2 mos. now and I couldn’t be happier with the support

  21. Nice site with great information and wonderful WP Plugins.

    I use Hostnine, http://www.hostnine.com and have been with them for years-as you said, transferring your sites can be a pain. Hostnine transferred all of mine for free.

    Their tech support is really great. You can get it by online chat, email/support ticket, and telephone. The online chat is for pretty basic stuff and they will send you a transcript of the chat, which is very useful as you don’t have to take notes about what to do to accomplish something, just follow the steps from the transcript.

    The same can be said for the Support ticket, most times I get a response within an hour.

    I use telephone support when I want to have someone talk me through the process and so I can ask questions during the procedure.

    They have also helped me by installing some programs for me when I had problems.

    Hostnine offers Unlimited Hosting Plans with
    Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, and Email Accounts with cPanel / Fantastico, Word Press, and web based email.

    As of now, the cost is $3.95 per month. I have 8 domains hosted with them and I am very pleased with the company, so much so, that I became an affiliate. I left off my link because I didn’t want to be tacky, but if folks out there want to throw some money my way, send me an email and I will send you the affiliate link.

    Thanks for your site, it has kept me up tonight reading everything and looking over your WP products.
    Stuart

  22. Kevin says:

    I have been using HostGator for a few years now, my site has never gone down and their support is amazing! Their 24 hour live chat support is great, i’m always a click away from tech support and there is never a wait. I’m on their business plan for $14.95 per month which includes a free SSL Certificate and dedicated IP address, no complaints here!

  23. Ahsima says:

    Great discussion. Compared to service and rate, I feel M6.Net is better. Recently, They have improved their support and service facility to extreme to make the clients happy. I trust them and guarantee them. Thanks

  24. Railway PNR says:

    This is really great post on deciding which is really affordable hosting service. It also guides me about the cheap hosting options. Hard work is shown in the article.

  25. Excellent article! Picking a good web hosting company is tricky business indeed! The last one i used was down more than it was up and the customer service was non existent! I will follow your advice to the letter!

  26. Resume says:

    hanks for the list of reliable and cheap web hosting companies! I’ll try one of them and give you a feedback.
    In Germany we got some really cheap hosting companies, some of them are rally useable, but there are a few ones, which really suck.

  27. Twilight says:

    hanks for the list of reliable and cheap web hosting companies! I’ll try one of them and give you a feedback.

    In Germany we got some really cheap hosting companies, some of them are rally useable, but there are a few ones, which really suck.

  28. James says:

    I am using hostgator and bluehost and found both are very good. I am also using blogger but they don’t provide a lot of functionality.

  29. issa asad says:

    I used to host with godaddy, but I’ll never do that again. My sites seemed to go down all the time and the interface is really slow. I use dreamhost now and I like them.

  30. terry says:

    Excellent article, very helpful, it can be very hard to find an inexpensive hosting company, especially one that offers good uptime and good support, I have been luck so far, but am looking for another hosting company in the UK that can offer faster server response times for my DNN sites running on windows server.

    Many Thanks

  31. I found your article helpful to me. Your article is attractive and increases the curiosity to know about the affordable and reliable web hosting companies using these two keywords together thanks for sharing such post.

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  33. Mike says:

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  34. Thanks for this posting.It is information that came when most needed.I host with UCVHOST An Indian hosting coy managing by one Raja who hide behind Internet to provide very poor service to those who mistakenly sign up with him. Please dont go near if i you do not have any fund to waste.

  35. Steves says:

    Good that I only purchased one .info domain from Go Daddy. That domain though is pointed to another host because I could not get personalized advice from them when I tried to set up my email address. All they diid was to send me to FAQ then I figure out what to do for myself to no avail because I am not a technical person. Their ads for individual products are very tempting but since you have to pay separately for each product, like domain, hosting, website, blog, email, cart, etc. it will sum up more expensive than those offered in package by other hosts.

  36. sac ekim says:

    Nice info. Keep giving your update.
    But I think the web hosting support is also be the most important things to consider when choosing a web hosting service.
    tr…

  37. I think the main problem for most people when looking for a webhost is budget, It’s always about what they can afford. However, it alwayspays to check on the potential web hosts uptime, support service (tel numbers, is it 24 hour, costs fro call etc) and look at other sites hosted with them. Costs are important but try to look at the bigger picture.
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  38. Deb says:

    Inmotion and Hostmonster/Bluehost– I’ve been using these three happily for years. Great value and customer service. I use Hostmonster for my site but now send most all clients to Inmotion.

  39. James says:

    This is very useful post. Good comparision of webhost.

  40. Aaron Salmon says:

    Great post, some realy uselfull information on here. Keep em coming guys

  41. Promoafaceri says:

    Staff recommend Hostway – hosting one where price / quality ratio is very good, customer support is ok. We offer customized solutions. After six months of experience, I can say that there was no problem, were promptly whenever I had a request. Good luck everyone!

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  43. Ted says:

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  44. Marketeering says:

    I’ve used many hosting companies over the years and some have been great, whilst others have been dreadful. For my larger sites I’m currently using Amazon (AWS) combined with MediaTemple, which have been great. For my smaller sites I use FusionHost – http://www.fusionhost.com

    I’ve been using FusionHost for about a year now and I have to say that they have been excellent. Their customer service is spot on and I have never had a problem with uptime. Their prices are also very competitive. If they did VPS plans I’d definitely use them for my larger sites as well.

  45. Kirsty says:

    InMotionHosting and hostgator are good and this should be highly recommended because their offer is low and their services is guaranteed high.

  46. Dan Coppen says:

    Thanks for sharing your hosting experience to everyone. Glad you were able to find hosts that you can trust. I’ve been delaying signing up with westhost I guess im going to try them now.

    Another good shared host: stablehost.com

  47. John Gamings says:

    I use Hostgator and they have always provided great service for me

  48. Ben Jarmaine says:

    i use spider web hosting which is pretty fast n good
    spiderhosting.com.au
    they dont have contracts or anything either and have really good service

  49. Jim says:

    A handy list for those looking for cheap and reliable web hosting, made even better by your detailed account of your experiences. That’s exactly the kind of info I’m considering when I’m comparing webhosts.

  50. Blog Bisnis says:

    The information is very good and very useful. So far I have yet to find a cheap but good webhosting. Usually a cheap web hosting services is less good. I will try hosting your first offer. thank you

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