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Price: $119.4 first year ($9.95/mo)

Type of server: Shared, WordPress

Location: USA

Features: FREE Domain, FREE Domain Privacy, SFTP, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Unlimited Websites, USA Based Support, WP-CLI

Optional extras: ShowMalware Remover, MySQL VPS, WordPress Migration Service.

Payment options: Credit Card

Guarantees: 97 Day Money Back

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To get the $9.95/mo price it is required to set up a yearly billing cycle. Unlike many hosts which have discounts for their initial term and renews at substantially higher prices, DreamHost renews this plan at the same price and duration as your initial commitment. If you select a 3 year billing cycles the price will be only $7.95/mo. If you rather want to be billed monthly it will cost $10.95/mo.

Plan features

The DreamHost WordPress Shared plan comes with WordPress pre-installed and you can host unlimited WP websites with it. The SSL Certificate is the free Let’s Ecrypt SSL. The FREE Domain is included with 1 or 3 year billing cycles and it will only be free for the first year, after that it will be reasonably priced to renew. The Malware Remover is not only a malware scan like most other sites offer, but also as suggested, a malware remover. This could save your website from downtime and it costs $3/mo.

The MySQL VPS gives you virtually dedicated resources for hosting your database. DreamHost claims it will increase the speed and reliability of your database, I am not sure how important it is if you use caching plugins for your WordPress sites. The first week is free and after that you will only pay for the amount of resources your database needs, starting at $15/mo.

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 payed plugins to get the job done anyways. You need to check “Install WordPress” on the billing page (after choosing domain) to show the WordPress Migration Service option.

Conclusion

The long 97 day money back guarantee with this offers is great and reassuring. Few payment options is a drawback. Dreamhost are not accepting PayPal unlike most other hosts. Dreamhost states that this is the least powerful of their 4 WordPress hosting plans and that sites hosted with this offer only can accommodate an estimate of up to 10.000 monthly visitors.

However it is almost only half the price of the Basic DreamPress plan and that plan does not have a free domain or whois privacy.

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Price: $165 first year ($13.75/mo)

Type of server: VPS

Location: USA

Features: Resource Scaling, SSD Storage

Optional extras: ShowMySQL VPS.

RAM: 1 GB

Space: 30 GB

Bandwidth: Unlimited

Payment options: Credit Card

Guarantees: 100% Network Uptime

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You need to select and pre pay for 1 year of hosting to get the price of $13.75/mo. If you choose monthly billing this plan will cost $15/mo.

DreamHost allow easy scaling of resources with their VPS to upgrade your amount of server resources. That could make starting out with a cheap plan the best option for site without lots of traffic alread. All VPS plans have 100% SSD storage. One of the reasons why they can offer these plans at so low prices is the fact that they do not offer cPanel, instead they have created their own webpanel. cPanel do cost $13 per month so it is a great way to save money for the cheapest plans.

Conclusion

A great choice for low cost VPS hosting. However the lack of cPanel, and no money back gurantee lowers the score for these plans a little. You might also want to compare the DreamHost VPS plans with the slightly more scalable and better value plans from Digital Ocean here.

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Price: $203.4 first year ($16.95/mo)

Type of server: WordPress

Location: USA

Features: Daily Backups, DDos Protection, Expert WP Support, FREE Domain Privacy, HTTP/2, Nginx Web Server, SFTP, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, USA Based Support, WAF, WP-CLI

Optional extras: ShowWordPress Migration Service.

Space: 10 GB

Max websites: 1

Payment options: Credit Card

Guarantees: 100% Uptime, 30 Day Money Back

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To get the price of $16.95/ 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: $19.95/mo.

Plan features

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 payed plugins to get the job done anyways.

Domain price

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.

Conclusion

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 one.

Dreamhost states that this plan is suitable for websites with around 10.000 monthly visitors.

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Price: $299.4 first year ($24.95/mo)

Type of server: WordPress

Location: USA

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

Optional extras: ShowWordPress Migration Service.

Space: 30 GB

Max websites: 1

Payment options: Credit Card

Guarantees: 100% Uptime, 30 Day Money Back

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To get the price of $24.95/ 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: $29.95/mo.

Plan features

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 payed plugins to get the job done anyways.

Domain price

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.

Conclusion

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 one.

Dreamhost states that this plan is suitable for websites with around 30.000 monthly visitors. You get the premium version of the Jetpack plugin which has a value of $299/year and you get 3 calls/mo to your own Concierge Phone Support if needed! 1-click install of Woo Commerce is an optional extra.

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Price: $330 first year ($27.50/mo)

Type of server: VPS

Location: USA

Features: Resource Scaling, SSD Storage

Optional extras: ShowMySQL VPS.

RAM: 2 GB

Space: 60 GB

Bandwidth: Unlimited

Payment options: Credit Card

Guarantees: 100% Network Uptime

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You need to select and pre pay for 1 year of hosting to get the price of $27.50/mo. If you choose monthly billing this plan will cost $30/mo.

DreamHost allow easy scaling of resources with their VPS to upgrade your amount of server resources. That could make starting out with a cheap plan the best option for site without lots of traffic alread. All VPS plans have 100% SSD storage. One of the reasons why they can offer these plans at so low prices is the fact that they do not offer cPanel, instead they have created their own webpanel. cPanel do cost $13 per month so it is a great way to save money for the cheapest plans.

Conclusion

A great choice for low cost VPS hosting. However the lack of cPanel, and no money back gurantee lowers the score for these plans a little. You might also want to compare the DreamHost VPS plans with the slightly more scalable and better value plans from Digital Ocean here.

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Price: $431.4 first year ($35.95/mo)

Type of server: WordPress

Location: USA

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

Optional extras: ShowWordPress Migration Service.

Space: 30 GB

Max websites: 2

Payment options: Credit Card

Guarantees: 100% Uptime, 30 Day Money Back

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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.

Plan features

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 payed plugins to get the job done anyways.

Domain price

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.

Conclusion

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 one.

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.

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Price: $660 first year ($55.00/mo)

Type of server: VPS

Location: USA

Features: Resource Scaling, SSD Storage

Optional extras: ShowMySQL VPS.

RAM: 4 GB

Space: 120 GB

Bandwidth: Unlimited

Payment options: Credit Card

Guarantees: 100% Network Uptime

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You need to select and pre pay for 1 year of hosting to get the price of $55.00/mo. If you choose monthly billing this plan will cost $60/mo.

DreamHost allow easy scaling of resources with their VPS to upgrade your amount of server resources. That could make starting out with a cheap plan the best option for site without lots of traffic alread. All VPS plans have 100% SSD storage. One of the reasons why they can offer these plans at so low prices is the fact that they do not offer cPanel, instead they have created their own webpanel. cPanel do cost $13 per month so it is a great way to save money for the cheapest plans.

Conclusion

A great choice for low cost VPS hosting. However the lack of cPanel, and no money back gurantee lowers the score for these plans a little. You might also want to compare the DreamHost VPS plans with the slightly more scalable and better value plans from Digital Ocean here.

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Price: $708 first year ($59.00/mo)

Type of server: Cloud, VPS

Location: EU, USA

Features: CDN, cPanel, DDos Protection, Dedicated IP, Plesk, Resource Scaling, SSD Storage

Optional extras: ShowcPanel, Daily Backups, IP addresses, Plesk.

CPU: 2 Cores

RAM: 2 GB

Space: 40 GB

Bandwidth: 5 TB

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 100% Network Uptime, 100% Power Uptime

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No discounts for choosing longer contracts. All prices are for month-to-month contracts. Prices does not include tax.

Premium web hosting

Liquid Web is a premium web host which offers lots and lots of hosting add-ons for security, software and performance. They have a wide selection of powerful web hosting plans available at their 3 data centers located in USA Central, USA West, and EU West. Liquid Web advertises their web hosting services as a fit for mission critical websites. All of Liquid Web's hosting plans are suitable for adult web hosting, but there is one exception, and that is when using the Akamai CDN - so don't use that if your sites contain adult content!

Fast cloud hosting w/ CDN

The cloud VPS plans from Liquid Web claims to be the fastest managed VPS servers on the planet. The performance of each vCPU core would minimum be that of a regular 2.4 GHz physical core. The storage is 100% SSD disks. The benefit of hosting in the cloud is the easy scalability at once when you need it. If your website is growing fast or might have huge traffic spikes you would be prepared with a cloud VPS plan or a cloud dedicated plan from Liquid Web. You can also scale down the amount of resources if you need to. The Cloudflare Pro CDN for one domain is included with every VPS hosting plan (worth $20/mo). This makes this web hosting plan excellent for businesses or individuals that have visitors of high importance from around the world.

cPanel or Plesk is $10/mo and is included in our listed price, you can choose to include neither to get cheaper hosting. Daily Backups costs $0.12/mo per GB and is kept for up to 90 days if you specify to keep it for that long that on the billing page. You can upgrade the monthly bandwidth limit to 10 TB for an extra $50/mo or all the way up to 20 TB for an extra $100/mo.

Data center location

Choose between hosting in USA Central, USA West or EU West. USA Central is the default and also the cheapest option. USA West and EU West will increase the monthly bill substantially. I am glad they have multiple options though!

USA based suppport

24/7 live chat support, phone support and ticket support both sales and technical. All of their support is based in the USA providing the highest quality of english speaking support!

Conclusion

This is great host with a large USA based support team and fast servers. It does not come cheap though which is a drawback. So is the fact that there is no money back guarantee.

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Price: $828 first year ($69.00/mo)

Type of server: WordPress

Location: USA

Features: Daily Backups, Git, Image Optimization Plugin, Managed, Nginx Web Server, Plugin Updates, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Staging Site, Unlimited Traffic, USA Based Support, Varnish Cache, WP-CLI

Space: 30 GB

Bandwidth: 5 TB

Max websites: 1

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

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Included plan features

This comes with free automatic SSL for your sites. The daily backups are kept for 30 days. The staging site feature lets you try out plugins and other modifications to your sites before putting them live onto your production site. There are no limits to how many monthly users you can have, as long as your server can handle it!

The server uses Nginx, PHP 7 and Varnish caching for providing super fast loading speeds for your sites. You do get SSH access, WP-CLI and Git with this plan. This is one of the few adult web hosting solutions for WordPress specific web hosting. You can of course also host non-adult websites with Liquid Web, I just want to share that they do also accept adult content on their hosted websites.

24/7 live support

You get acees to a 24/7 expert USA based support team by phone, e-mail and chat.

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Price: $948 first year ($79.00/mo)

Type of server: Cloud, VPS

Location: EU, USA

Features: CDN, cPanel, DDos Protection, Dedicated IP, Plesk, Resource Scaling, SSD Storage

Optional extras: ShowcPanel, Daily Backups, IP addresses, Plesk.

CPU: 2 Cores

RAM: 2 GB

Space: 100 GB

Bandwidth: 5 TB

Payment options: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 100% Network Uptime, 100% Power Uptime

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No discounts for choosing longer contracts. All prices are for month-to-month contracts. Prices does not include tax.

Premium web hosting

Liquid Web is a premium web host which offers lots and lots of hosting add-ons for security, software and performance. They have a wide selection of powerful web hosting plans available at their 3 data centers located in USA Central, USA West, and EU West. Liquid Web advertises their web hosting services as a fit for mission critical websites. All of Liquid Web's hosting plans are suitable for adult web hosting, but there is one exception, and that is when using the Akamai CDN - so don't use that if your sites contain adult content!

Fast cloud hosting w/ CDN

The cloud VPS plans from Liquid Web claims to be the fastest managed VPS servers on the planet. The performance of each vCPU core would minimum be that of a regular 2.4 GHz physical core. The storage is 100% SSD disks. The benefit of hosting in the cloud is the easy scalability at once when you need it. If your website is growing fast or might have huge traffic spikes you would be prepared with a cloud VPS plan or a cloud dedicated plan from Liquid Web. You can also scale down the amount of resources if you need to. The Cloudflare Pro CDN for one domain is included with every VPS hosting plan (worth $20/mo). This makes this web hosting plan excellent for businesses or individuals that have visitors of high importance from around the world.

cPanel or Plesk is $10/mo and is included in our listed price, you can choose to include neither to get cheaper hosting. Daily Backups costs $0.12/mo per GB and is kept for up to 90 days if you specify to keep it for that long that on the billing page. You can upgrade the monthly bandwidth limit to 10 TB for an extra $50/mo or all the way up to 20 TB for an extra $100/mo.

Data center location

Choose between hosting in USA Central, USA West or EU West. USA Central is the default and also the cheapest option. USA West and EU West will increase the monthly bill substantially. I am glad they have multiple options though!

USA based suppport

24/7 live chat support, phone support and ticket support both sales and technical. All of their support is based in the USA providing the highest quality of english speaking support!

Conclusion

This is great host with a large USA based support team and fast servers. It does not come cheap though which is a drawback. So is the fact that there is no money back guarantee.

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