Price (1 year): $33.30/mo ($399.6)
Type: Cloud Hosting
Location: Asia or Australia or EU or UK or USA
Features: 1-Click Installer, 24/7 Live Tech Support, CloudwaysBot, Daily Backups, FREE Trial, Git, HTTP/2, Memcached, Nginx Web Server, Resource Scaling, SFTP, Site Cloning, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Staging Site, Varnish Cache, Website Migration, WP-CLI
Control Panel: Custom Built
CPU: 1 vCPU
RAM: 1.7 GB
Storage: 4 GB
Bandwidth: 20 GB
Optional extras: Email.
Top web hosting provider for the cloud
With Cloudways you can get access to the best cloud hosting companies in the world. All with easy to use interfaces and an expert support team ready to assist.
Cloudways give away free trial accounts to anyone that wants to try them out. The trial lasts for 3 days, and you don’t even need to enter any credit card details to try it out. It is available for all of the different cloud hosting providers they are partners with, but only for starter plans.
You can quickly scale your server after the trial though, to meet your resource requirements.
When you select a server to deploy you can add an application like a custom PHP application or the latest WordPress version with 1 click.
The CloudwaysBot is a server assistant that will monitor your servers, applications, billing issues, and overall performance. You can set up the alerts and recommendations you want to receive.
You also get access to two Cloudways developed WordPress plugins. One for migrating your sites there, and one plugin that is supposedly best in class when it comes to caching WordPress sites.
Currently, at least, email is not included and costs $1/mo per address you create.
Daily off-site backups
You can choose how often you want to have backups generated. You can also choose how long they should be retained. It is even possible to generate backups on demand. $0.033/GB per server will be applied for off-site backup storage.
Lack of payment options
Only accepting credit and debit cards is a drawback to all the Cloudways plans, unfortunately.
Cloudways expert live support
Get access to expert cloud tech support 24/7. You can also ask their live sales support any questions you might have before buying.
Hosted with the Google Cloud
This cloud server is hosted in one of the top data centers in the world, part of the Google Cloud. You do get all the benefits of being hosted on the Google Cloud and the ease and functionality and support by being a customer of the Cloudways web hosting company as well.
Scale your server as needed
There are lots of levels for scaling your server to having just the amount of resources you require. Starting at 1.70 GB RAM and 1 virtual CPU core, and going all the way up to 32 virtual CPU cores and 120 GB RAM.
This a premium web hosting option, and far from the cheapest way to get about 2 GB of RAM out there.
Storage and bandwidth prices
The Google Cloud plans come with 20 GB of storage and just 2 GB of bandwidth, but you surely can use a lot more than that. It will be billed 0.12$ per GB of storage and $0.14 per GB of bandwidth.
Data center locations
Choose between the following 11 data centers to host your websites and applications: USA – Iowa, USA – South Carolina, USA – North Virginia, USA – Oregon, Europe – London, Europe – Frankfurt, Europe – Belgium, Asia Pacific – Singapore, Asia Pacific – Sydney, Asia Pacific – Taiwan, Asia Pacific – Tokyo
The only reason this plan does not get top ratings of 90%+ is because of the pricing. Similar plans with similar resources per cloud server have lower prices.
I don’t know if the extra value of being hosted on the Google Cloud is worth the price increase.
Note: The 1 CPU core of this web server is a shared resource.
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Price (1 year): $35.95/mo ($431.4)
Type: VPS Hosting
Features: 1 Gbps, cPanel, Dedicated IP, Managed, SSD Storage, USA Based Support
CPU: 2 Cores
RAM: 6 GB
Space: 100 GB
Bandwidth: 2 TB
Optional Extras: Basic Server Monitoring, C-class IP addresses, cPanel, Daily Backups, DDOS protected IP addresses, IP addresses, Softaculous, SSD Storage, Windshield, WindSpeed.
Guarantees: 60 Day Money Back, 99.999% Uptime
Same price whether you pay monthly or yearly. Price is currently on sale by 25% - 33% off which means you get a decent discount for your first order. You can lock in a long billing cycle for maximum discount. Note that the longer you lock in the cheaper your renewal prices will be as well. I believe these web hosting plans will renew for the same period length as your initial order, but without the discount.
All Hostwinds plans with cPanel have auto SSL which give all your websites https for free and automatically. The cost of upgrading to SSD drives depends on which VPS plan you choose. SSD is optional, but we included the cost for that feature in our price. cPanel VPS license costs $13/mo, and that is also included in our listed price to make it easier to compare with the other plans. cPanel is an optional extra. Softaculous is another $2/mo. $2/mo per extra standard IP address. Hostwinds also offer DDoS protected IP addresses, as well as C-Class IP addresses. Basic server monitoring is another $5/mo. Cloud backups make sure your data is safe and accessible and costs only $1/mo and is performed daily. WindSpeed is a one time service offered by Hostwinds which claims to be able to provide information which can be used to significantly speed up a website. Windshield is a security extra which adds a shield to your site.
Data center location
Choose between Seattle and Dallas in the USA to be your server's location.
24/7 USA based support team
I have mostly had great interactions with the Hostwinds technical support team. For technical support requests, you need to submit a ticket. They have been amazing to me and always helped out fixing anything I've asked them. Sometimes though they can be pretty slow with their responses and fixing server issues. This is why I would think twice about using this web host for very important websites. If you are not that reliant on fast support, then you could save a bit by hosting with this host. They do have 24/7 live chat sales support on their website (popup in the bottom right when visiting their website from a desktop computer).
If you need web hosting on a server in the USA then I would strongly suggest to consider a Hostwinds plan. They get good scores from me for having lots of payment options, USA based support team, long money back guarantees and the best uptime guarantees. They also allow adult content to be hosted with them on all of their plans.
I would have liked to see SSD storage as in included feature at no extra cost. The possibility to scale up or down your plan (except disk space, that can't be scaled down) like in the cloud is neat. With a huge selection of 10 different VPS plans you are sure to find a plan that suits your needs.
Price (1 year): $35.95/mo ($431.4)
Type: WordPress Hosting
Features: Daily Backups, DDoS Protection, Expert WP Support, FREE Domain Privacy, HTTP/2, Jetpack, Nginx Web Server, SFTP, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, USA Based Support, WAF, WP-CLI
Space: 30 GB
Max Websites: 2
Optional Extras: WordPress Migration Service.
Guarantees: 100% Uptime, 30 Day Money Back
To get the price of $35.95/ mo you need to pre pay for 1 year of hosting. If you want to pay on a month-to-month basis the price will be slightly higher: $39.95/mo.
The DreamPress hosting plans has lots of bells and whistles for your WordPress site. They will install WP for you with several plugins and themes that are considered "battle-tested" by DreamHost. They promise to serve your web pages lightning fast with features like SSD storage, Object Caching, HTTP2, PHP 7 and the Jetpack plugin. You also get access to WordPress Expert Support 24/7.
Migrating to DreamPress
The WordPress Migration Service costs $99 and promises to seamlessly move your WordPress installation over to your new hosting without downtime. It costs $99 which I think is a bit expensive considering you are also moving your hosting to this company. It could be good value though if you have lots of content and plugins that would make your site a real hassle to move and might require paid plugins to get the job done anyways.
A .com domain is $11.99 for the first year and slightly more after that, which is great considering that the Whois Privacy is free.
They only accept credit and debit cards and that is a slight drawback. The 30-day money back guarantee is OK. The limiting of how many websites you can host is another drawback. Or at least it could be if you have multiple sites.
The performance features of the DreamPress plans are nice and will help your sites load fast with features like Brotli compression, HTTP/2 and the Nginx web server. Your site will also get HTTPS by default. If you outgrow your DreamPress plan you can upgrade with a simple click of the mouse unless you are already hosted with the most powerful plan.
Dreamhost states that this plan is suitable for websites with around 60.000 monthly visitors. You get the premium version of the Jetpack plugin which has a value of $299/year and you get 5 calls/mo to your own Concierge Phone Support if needed! 1-click install of Woo Commerce is an optional extra. Also, you get a staging site that you can use for testing changes to your WordPress site before making them live.
Price (1 year): $25.00/mo ($300)
Price (1 month): $30.00/mo
Type: Cloud Hosting, WordPress Hosting
Location: Asia, Australia, EU, India, UK, USA
Features: CDN, Daily Backups, Expert WP Support, HTTP/2, Managed, Nginx Web Server, Resource Scaling, SSD Storage, SSL Certificate, Staging Site
Space: 3 GB
Max Websites: 1
Optional Extras: Cloudflare Railgun, Elasticsearch, Nginx Reverse Proxy, Redis.
You need to select yearly billing to get the listed price which includes 2 months for free.
This plan is limited to up to 20.000 monthly visitors and 1 WP installation. The included CDN is limited to 50 GB/mo. These are not hard limits, and your sites will continue to function if you exceed these numbers, it will cost extra though. $1 per 1.000 visit and $0.1 per GB CDN usage. You can also easily change into a more powerful plan, or a less powerful plan, with 1 click in your hosting dashboard.
WordPress hosted on the Google Cloud
With Kinsta you can host your WP site on lightning-fast Google data centers, all connected on their private global fiber network.
Data center location
Choose between the following 15 data centers: USA – Iowa, Oregon, South Carolina, Northern Virginia or Europe – Belgium, Germany, England, Netherlands or Asia – Singapore, India, Japan, Taiwan or Australia – Sydney or South America – Brazil or Canada.
Hosting plan features
With expert WordPress support, fast SSD storage, HTTP/2, Nginx and free CDN this plan is one of the absolute best choices for WordPress hosting. Maybe the fastest hosting of them all. The CDN is delivered by KeyCDN. Kinsta also does server-level caching and offers a custom-developed caching plugin for WordPress with auto purging when changes are made to your site.
Daily backups included is also really nice and adds even more value to this plan. With the staging area feature, you can easily create a copy of your site and test out new changes and plugins then push them to your live site with a click.