I keep this page up to date with my opinions of the best choices for inexpensive, secure, WordPress hosting with a decent level of support. The links below are affiliate links, so I get a payment if you buy service from them after following those links. However, I list the companies I honestly think are best.
- Dreamhost.com comes highly recommended for reliability and support. Among the top-rated services, they have the best pricing if you want to host just one website on your account. Another nice thing about Dreamhost is they offer a discount for paying for multiple years of hosting at a time, which is not an introductory offer — it’s just their regular deal.
- Siteground.com gets excellent marks for performance and service in tests (and in my personal experience), and their prices are reasonable. This is my current hosting provider, and I consider them the best choice for people wanting to host multiple websites on the same account. If you can afford to, prepay for multiple years to lock in the introductory price for the longest period.
- Hostgator.com also gets good ratings, but I don’t recommend them for starting out because their more basic levels of service don’t offer free SSL certificates, which make your website more secure and give a little SEO boost. Their “Baby” plan (second most basic level of service) lets you host multiple domains for one price, and at that level you can also buy SSL, but that combination prices them well above their competitors who include SSL with their hosting packages.
There are many decent companies out there, and the picture changes over time. I tend to trust the top ten lists posted by PC Magazine. Read reviews.
Bluehost used to be good, but I no longer can recommend them. I used to host my sites there, but after they were unable to solve frequent slowdowns and error messages on the shared server, I closed my account and moved everything to SiteGround.com. Everything I’ve heard since then has confirmed this was a good choice.
I don’t recommend godaddy.com. They’re not the very worst hosting provider, but when website developers talk about the very worst, they’ll say things like, “Even godaddy has better performance.”