The Best Sites to Host WordPress – December 2020

WordPress is one of the main content management systems powering the internet. It is behind many content-driven websites, TechJunkie uses it, many other top websites use it and millions of smaller websites use it too. It has particular demands which means selecting a web host requires a little research. Rather than tell you what the best web host is, I’m going to show you want to look for in the best WordPress host. That way you can make an informed decision that works for you.

The Best Sites to Host WordPress - December 2020

There are dozens of lists telling you what the best WordPress hosts offer and who they are. What they all seem to forget is that we all need different things. That’s why I’m going to show you how to make an informed decision about your host. You can then pick and choose the requirements WordPress needs and then find your own host.

Here is what to look for in a WordPress host.

Established web hosting

Supporting startups is all very well but when you need reliability and stability, it is much better to go with a web host with an established track record. If your website goes down, your reputation and perhaps profitability goes with it. You need a web host with 99.9% uptime and nothing less.

Most web hosts will mention their reliability as it is a primary selling point. Look for 99.9% and above as there is no need to settle for anything less.

Managed hosting or shared?

Managed hosting is a more expensive option but takes away any of the headaches of running a website. WordPress comes pre-installed, backups, updates, and maintenance are automated and all you have to do is add your theme and content.

Shared hosting is standard hosting where you rent server space and you install WordPress and manage it yourself.

So which is best? It depends on your experience, willingness to learn, and budget. Managed hosting costs more but offers more. Shared hosting is basic but is much cheaper. Website performance should be identical for both services so isn’t a consideration.

WordPress is not difficult to install, back up, maintain, or run but there is a learning curve. If you know the system, you could manage it yourself without too much trouble as long as you have the time.

Dedicated WordPress hosting

Many web hosts offer dedicated WordPress hosting as packages as well as shared hosting or managed. This just means more bandwidth is provided to the database and the service can be scaled up as your website grows. WordPress is database intensive so you need a good database link for the site to work quickly. Dedicated WordPress hosting offers this.

You don’t necessarily need it though. I run multiple WordPress websites on standard shared hosting and they work fine. As long as you set your website up correctly and utilize caching it should work anywhere.

Server location

If you’re setting up a business website or are targeting a regional audience, it may benefit you to select a web server in that location. This is usually country-specific, so if you’re targeting US visitors, it does make sense to use a US server. The connection speed will be shorter, SEO will be easier and any server maintenance or scheduled downtime will not be at local peak times which can happen with some overseas services.

Customer support

If you’re new to WordPress or web hosting in general, choosing a host with good customer support is a real benefit. Most offer ticket or web chat support but some will have a phone number too. Make sure your host has a location in your time zone or close to it and supports you using a method you’re comfortable with.

Web chat is fine as long as their response time and support hours meet your needs.


The price of your WordPress hosting is obviously going to factor into your decision but it should not be the deciding factor. More important features to look into are uptime, reviews, features, customer support, and server location. Only then should you consider the price. There’s no point buying the cheapest hosting possible only to find that it is down too often or only has partial customer support.

There is no ‘best’ WordPress web host as we all want different things. As long as you use the above criteria when shortlisting and use a free trial to experiment and check out the service, you should be fine. There will be a learning curve but the more you learn to do it yourself, the less you depend on someone else to do it for you. Once you know how to install, update, and maintain WordPress, there’s nothing stopping you from launching your website!

Popular WordPress Hosts

Now that you have a better understanding of what to look for in your website host, let’s get you started with reviewing some of the more popular ones.


Bluehost offers a lot of concessions which is especially appealing for beginners. Not only does the host offer one-click WordPress install (trust us, that’s a good thing if you’re new to web design), but you’ll also get your domain free for one year and a free SSL Certificate.

The company provides additional marketing and analytics tools to help you grow and track your website.


Another web host that comes highly recommended is Dreamhost. It’s also simple to use and offers concessions like free domains and SSL Certificates. One notable benefit of Dreamhost is its free privacy protection.

The mid-tier plan even offers optimized WordPress hosting. This is important for both SEO and visitor satisfaction, if your website is running too slow, Google algorithms will push your website further down the results list.


You’ve undoubtedly heard of The catchy commercials were hard to ignore. But did you know that GoDaddy hosts WordPress sites? Like the others we’ve mentioned, GoDaddy makes it really simple to get started and they have several price points with the highest tier offering a lot of valuable features.

Although you won’t get a free SSL on the lower plans, you will on the higher ones, but you also get a money back guarantee that you’ll get that 99.9% uptime we talked about earlier.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find other WordPress hosts?

Of course, a simple Google search will pull up a plethora of hosts for you to review. You can also visit the WordPress hosting site for the company’s latest recommendations here.

Do I need a host?

WordPress can be confusing for those new to the platform. There are two versions you can choose, one is which gives you a free website (looks like which you won’t necessarily need hosting for.

The other is (looks like This, you’ll likely need a host for if you aren’t into building and maintaining all aspects of your website.

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