Best WordPress Hosting of 2022 – CNET

If CNET has inspired you to start writing reviews of your own, then there’s only one content management system you need: WordPress. It’s one of the most popular CMS options out there, with around 40% of all websites using it, according to Web Tribunal. Not only that, but more than 600 sites are created every day with WordPress. That’s around 10 times more than Shopify and Squarespace’s 60 to 80 a day. Yes, if you’re in need of a website, then WordPress is the way to go.

However, choosing a WordPress hosting service can be challenging. There are a huge number of WordPress hosting options that offer great customer service and a lot of good features at a reasonable price. We examined the data for 22 services to help make the choice easier for you.

While we didn’t test these services, we did read through each service’s offerings and ranked them according to essential features. Here’s what we looked for to determine the best WordPress hosting service. You can also check out CNET’s best web hosting services and things to know about web hosting for more information on some of these features.

Tiered hosting plans: Tiered plans give you the option to scale your WordPress site up as it grows.

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Security features: Services need to include some basic security features such as SSL certificates, DDoS protections and backups to protect your and your visitor’s data. The best web hosts do this at no extra charge.

Uptime of 99.9% or higher: An uptime of 99.9% or higher ensures your site won’t go down for more than 20 minutes a month, so you keep losses of readers and sales to a minimum.

Customer support: All services offer some kind of customer support. Some say they offer customer service 24/7, but they mean you can email them any time. That’s a good start, but if you have an issue that needs immediate attention live chat support is better, and phone support is best.

The best WordPress hosting services meet all four of those criteria. If a service falls short on one or more of those measures, you’ll find it in our list of other WordPress hosting services to consider or our list of additional WordPress hosts.

Three of the WordPress hosts on this list are recommended by WordPress: Bluehost, Dreamhostand Siteground. Bluehost and Dreamhost are not among our best WordPress services. Bluehost doesn’t have an uptime guarantee, and Dreamhost lacks phone support and offers customer support by chat only within limited daily time frames.

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Note: Pricing for hosting services is hard to follow. Services usually list introductory rates that require contracts of one or more years. But once those contracts are up, the prices jump considerably, meaning the long-term cost is a lot different than it seems at first glance. This is why it’s important to check the renewal price because most services auto-renew contracts annually to ensure sites stay up at all times. Actual month-to-month plans are available in some cases, but they usually bill at the regular rate without an introductory discount.

Best WordPress hosting services

Domain registration with SiteGround isn’t included with hosting and is a one-time additional $18.

SiteGround/Screenshot by Zach McAuliffe/CNET

These automatic add-ons can be removed from your InMotion Hosting bill if you don’t want them.

InMotion Hosting/Screenshot by Zach McAuliffe/CNET

While this plan is $0.50 a month for a year, it renews at $8 a month.

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Upon checkout, HostPapa automatically adds additional features to your bill at an extra charge.

HostPapa/Screenshot by Zachary McAuliffe/CNET

Nexcess’ billing is unusual when it comes to web hosting services.

Nexcess/Screenshot by Zach McAuliffe/CNET

Optional add-ons from AccuWeb Hosting can cost more than hosting in some cases.

AccuWeb/Screenshot by Zach McAuliffe/CNET

WordPress hosting providers compared

Some of these services don’t offer as much customer support as the best services, don’t offer as many security features or lack an uptime guarantee. You still might find a service that works for you, though.

GreenGeeks

GreenGeeks is a green energy web hosting provider, and it makes a 300% green energy match for each hosting plan. It also works with the nonprofit One Tree Planted to plant a tree with each hosting plan signup. If you are new to WordPress hosting, or migrating from another service, GreenGeeks offers free WordPress installation and free site migration so you can get started fast. GreenGeeks offers three tiered WordPress plans, and security features include SSL certificates and DDoS protections. GreenGeeks also has an industry standard 99.9% uptime. Customer support is available 24/7 by email and chat, but phone support is available 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT (9 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET). While chat and email support are good, being able to talk through an issue or have a person explain in detail how to fix something at any time can be beneficial to resolving issues.

Prices start at $3 a month.

Mochahost

Mochahost offers competitive prices, but unlike other services Mochahost doesn’t have renewal rates. No matter how long you stay with Mochahost, your price doesn’t go up. Mochahost also handles any WordPress updates. Mochahost offers three tiered WordPress hosting plans, includes security features like an SSL certificate, automatic backups, as well as malware and spam monitors. Mochahost’s cloud-based servers result in a 100% uptime, and customer support is available by email or chat 24/7. You can also call customer support, but you have to leave a message and wait for a call back each time. This hurts Mochahost’s rating, because if I call with an issue, I want someone to help me now, not at some point in the future.

Prices start at $2.68 a month.

DreamHost

DreamHost has a 97-day money-back guarantee, which is the longest money-back period for any hosting service on this list. If you’re new to WordPress hosting, this could help you decide if it’s the right choice for you. The lowest starting price is with a monthly contract, and after your first month, the price renews at $8 a month. DreamHost also has a managed WordPress hosting option called DreamPress, which has three tiered options, and VPS WordPress hosting, which has four tiered options. Otherwise, DreamHost offers two basic tiered WordPress options, security features like an SSL certificate and automated daily backups and a 100% uptime guarantee. Customer support is limited, though. Email support is available 24/7 and chat support is available from 3 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT (6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET). Dreamhost doesn’t offer phone support, which hurts them, as well as not supporting 24/7 chat support.

Prices start at $2 a month.

Hostinger

Hostinger’s prices start at a competitive $2 a month for managed WordPress hosting – some WordPress hosting services charge five times as much for managed WordPress hosting. It also offers free site migration if you are switching from another hosting service. Hostinger offers four tiered WordPress hosting options: Each plan includes security features like an SSL certificate, DDoS protection and web application firewalls as well as a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Customer support is available by email or chat 24/7, but no phone support hurts Hostinger’s rating.

Prices start at $2 a month.

WebHostingPad

WebHostingPad’s three tiered WordPress plans offer unlimited features, including hosting space, bandwidth and business email accounts. Plans come with a one-click WordPress installer and free Weebly website builder as well. It offers a 99.9% uptime, security features like an SSL certificate and malware scans and removals. Customer support is available 24/7 by chat or email, and phone support is available Monday thru Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT (9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET). If you have an issue with your site on the weekend, you can’t call their support, and their security features aren’t as robust as some other service’s.

Prices start at $3 a month.

Bluehost

Bluehost’s customer support is bolstered by its Blue Flash team to help you learn the ins-and-outs of WordPress. The team or experts can help you set up your site or help with plug-ins. Bluehost has four tiered WordPress hosting plans, and security features include SSL certificate for your first year and two-factor authentication. On top of the Blue Flash team, you can reach customer support 24/7 by call or chat. Bluehost’s lack of an uptime guarantee is concerning though. Their uptime agreement says they will resolve most issues within 15 minutes, but it doesn’t say how often you should expect service to potentially go down. If your site goes down for 15 minutes daily, that means your site is down for over three days in one year. The industry standard 99.9% uptime means your site will potentially be down for almost nine hours in one year.

Prices start at $3 a month.

Hostwinds

Hostwinds offers unlimited storage, bandwidth and business email accounts with each WordPress plan. You can also pay for your hosting plan with BitCoin and other cryptocurrency. It offers three tiered WordPress hosting options. Each plan includes an SSL certificate, has a 99.9% uptime guarantee and 24/7 chat support. Some security features, like two-factor authentication, need to be manually installed, but Hostwinds has a database of tutorials with step-by-step instructions. It’s unclear how long contracts are for the prices shown, though. I tried to go to checkout to see how long the contracts were, but I was asked to create an account before I could go further. Having to create an account before knowing how long a contract lasts is annoying, and no phone support hurts Hostwinds’ ranking. Its introductory price is also noticeably higher than others’. The renewal price might not be as much as some other services, but it’s hard to tell.

Prices start at $6.74 a month.

Web Hosting Hub

Web Hosting Hub has a 90-day money-back guarantee and a free domain name if you sign up for WordPress hosting. WordPress comes preinstalled with each plan. It offers three tiered WordPress hosting options with a SSL certificate with each plan and an industry standard 99.9% uptime. Customer support is available 24/7 by phone, chat and email. A customer support center also offers a range of tutorials to help you set up your site, and you also get a personal on-boarding call if you sign up. Other features that come standard with other services, like backups, cost extra or are included with higher tiered plans. It’s this lack of security features for all plans that hurts Web Hosting Hub’s ranking.

Prices start at $6 a month.

iPage

iPage offers customers a free domain for one year; after that it costs $10 a year. WordPress is automatically updated by iPage if you sign up. iPage offers two tiered WordPress hosting options, each plan includes an SSL certificate, a 99.9% uptime, and 24/7 customer support by chat, as well as by phone 7 a.m. to midnight every day. The more expensive plan offers more security options like automatic malware removal and SiteLock professional security. Not having as many tiered plan options, having to pay more for security features that are standard for other services and no 24/7 phone support brings iPage’s ranking down.

Prices start at $3.75 a month.

More WordPress hosting services to consider

These services either don’t offer tiered plans, lack basic security features and customer support options, or have an entry price at least 10 times higher than some other services. We don’t think they’re as robust as our other picks, but they could be right for you and your needs.

Kinsta: Offers 10 tiered WordPress hosting options, SSL certificate and hack and malware removal included, has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and customer support is available 24/7 by phone or chat. Prices start at $30 a month.

WP Engine Web Hosting: Three tiered WordPress hosting options, SSL certificate and threat blocking security included, 99.9% uptime guaranteed with higher tier plans, as well as 24/7 phone and chat support available with higher tier plans. Prices start at $20 a month.

Pantheon: Three tiered WordPress hosting options, automated backups and DDoS protections included, 99.9% uptime guarantee and customer support available 24/7 by phone or email. Prices start at $41 a month.

NameCheap: Three tiered WordPress hosting options, SSL and security features included with higher prices plans, 99.9% uptime, customer support available 24/7 by chat or ticket submission. Prices start at $2.08 a month, billed at $24.88 a year.

Glowhost: Shared, VPS and dedicated WordPress hosting plans are available, but there are no tiered options within each plan, security features are available separately, plans have a 99.95% uptime guarantee and customer support is available 24/7 by phone, chat or ticket submission. Prices start at $10 a month.

For more on web hosting, check out CNET’s best web hosting services, best VPS hosting services and best website builders.