Which website hosting is right for you? Let’s cut through the clutter. Here are some pros and cons of the top host providers that you need to know before making this important decision.
Amazon offers a great — but complex — solution called Amazon Web Services. It’s one of the largest and most powerful options available, but chances are it’s overkill for you.
At Seedling, we carefully choose AWS when we anticipate large traffic spikes, or giant data transfers. It’s expensive and requires a specialist to manage, so make sure you really need it before choosing this one. Don’t get in over your head. We’ve only needed AWS a handful of times for giant projects on websites with millions of daily visitors.
GoDaddy is often a go-to, for it’s a proven low-cost hosting option. While they aren’t perfect, their 24/7 support and fee structure provide great value. I’d say that roughly half our clients are using some form of services from GoDaddy.
I love being able to reach an actual support person by phone any time day or night when things go wrong. I recommend using their support chat during business hours.
Use GoDaddy if you need to transfer your existing non-WordPress website. It’s a good low cost option, but we actually won’t be choosing them to host any future projects.
Kinsta is my number 1 pick for Managed WordPress Hosting. I’d never go back to cPanel after using the MyKinsta Dashboard. While Kinsta is 5x more expensive than the GoDaddy WP Managed Hosting, we can tell you from experience it’s well worth it.
One reason is their speed. The biggest killer for a WordPress site is page load times. Running multiple plugins makes the site bulky and slow. Kinsta fixes this by managing security, server optimization, and website caching, eliminating the need for those plugins.
We moved the Seedling site from GoDaddy to Kinsta a few years ago and immediately saw page load times improve by 36 percent. That was all the proof we needed.
We moved the Seedling website to HubSpot in January 2018, and it was the best move we have ever made. As of this writing (Feb 2018) we haven’t rolled out our new design, but we looked at a direct comparison between WordPress vs HubSpot. When we compared the two, we saw vast speed improvements across the board using GTmetrix and Google’s PageSpeed Insights.
We burned countless man hours trying to get our WordPress site to load fast enough on mobile to satisfy Google. It did OK, but never achieved the aggressive standards I was looking for. But HubSpot’s hosting did right out of the gate. It was amazing.
While HubSpot is the second most expensive option on this list, for us it’s by far the greatest value. Unlike WordPress, you don’t need to purchase additional software for Security, Speed Improvement, SEO, AMP Support, or Mobile Optimization. It’s all included and works seamlessly.
To get their $100/month hosting, you will also need their $200/month basic plan. It’s well worth it because in summary, HubSpot is fast, easy, powerful, and effective.
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