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Price (1 month): $29.00/mo

Type: WordPress Hosting

Location: USA

Features: 24/7 Live Tech Support, Daily Backups, Expert WooCommerce Support, Expert WP Support, Git, Image Optimization Plugin, Nginx Web Server, Plugin Updates, SSD Storage, SSH, SSL Certificate, Staging Site, Unlimited Traffic, USA Based Support, Varnish Cache, WP-CLI

OS: Linux

Management: Managed

Storage: 20 GB

Bandwidth: 5 TB

Max Websites: 1

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Included 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 on how many monthly users you can have, as long as your server can handle it!

Fast loading websites

The server uses the efficient Nginx web server, PHP 7 and Varnish caching for super-fast website loading speed.

You’ll also get an image compression plugin. Which is almost a must-have! I don’t know if it is any better than the semi-free one from TinyPNG though.

And…

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 wanted to share that fact.

White glove website migrations

Liquid Web writes that they will take of the migration to their managed WordPress servers without you having to worry about downtime, and without lifting a finger.

Web hosting control panel

You won’t get access to a web panel like cPanel, Plesk or InterWorx with the WordPress web hosting plans by Liquid Web. Instead, you’ll get access to their custom one which has some limitations.

You can very well host WordPress on another type of plan which has one of these web hosting control panels instead if you prefer.

Data center locations

Choose between Michigan in the USA or Amsterdam in Europe. Both options are priced the same.

24/7 Fast USA based support

Liquid Web has trademarked “The most helpful humans in hosting”. Their high-quality support might be the number one reason to go with this web host. If you have mission-critical sites such as an important eCommerce store or a popular blog that you need to keep online all the time then this host very well might be your best choice.

They offer 24/7 live chat tech support, phone support, and ticket support. They guarantee to give a support response by chat or phone in just 59 seconds. All of their support persons are based in the USA providing the highest quality of English speaking support!

Expert WordPress support

The support team is also knowledgeable when it comes to WordPress and should be able to help you out with most issues that might arise.

They are experts when it comes to the popular eCommerce system built on top of WordPress, WooCommerce as well.

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Similarly priced options

Compare this plan with the top similarly priced plans. Sorted by score.

Price (3 years): $19.99/mo ($719.6)

Price (2 years): $24.99/mo ($599.8)

Price (1 year): $24.99/mo ($299.9)

Price (1 month): $29.99/mo

Renewal: $29.99/mo

Type: VPS Hosting

Location: USA

Features: cPanel, FREE Domain, Managed, SSD Storage

CPU: 2 Cores

RAM: 2 GB

Space: 30 GB

Bandwidth: Unlimited

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Optional Extras: Bluehost SEO Tools Start, Domain Whois Privacy, SiteLock Monitoring.

Payment: Credit Card, PayPal

Guarantees: 30 Day Money Back

All of the Bluehost web hosting plans include a FREE Domain. Domain Whois Privacy costs an extra $0.99/mo with this plan which is pretty expensive compared with some domain name registrars that give away this for free. All their VPS plans come with SSD storage included in the price. SiteLock Monitoring is another $1.99/mo and can be very useful to have - at least if you really need your site to always be 100% healthy and to reduce the potential downtime from malware and virus attacks by hackers. The SEO extra feature costs $2.99/mo and is not something I would recommend considering how the product (which consists of SEO guides) can easily be replaced by free info found on reputable sites online - More info here.

Data center location

Servers are located in the USA, in Provo in Utah.

Conclusion

Lots of power at a low prices ranks the Bluehost VPS plans as some of the best value plans you can get. Decent amount of SSD storage, a free domain and also live support are great benefits for choosing this plan.

However, the 30 day money back guarantee could be longer, and they could have accepted more payment options. They also do not allow adult content to be hosted on their servers.

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Price (1 year): $35.95/mo ($431.4)

Renewal: $58.89/mo

Type: VPS Hosting

Location: USA

Features: 1 Gbps, cPanel, Dedicated IP, Managed, SSD Storage, USA Based Support

CPU: 2 Cores

RAM: 6 GB

Space: 100 GB

Bandwidth: 2 TB

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Optional Extras: Basic Server Monitoring, C-class IP addresses, cPanel, Daily Backups, DDOS protected IP addresses, IP addresses, Softaculous, SSD Storage, Windshield, WindSpeed.

Payment: Bitcoin, Credit Card, Cryptocurrency, PayPal, Skrill

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).

Conclusion

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.

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Price (1 year): $35.95/mo ($431.4)

Type: WordPress Hosting

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

Space: 30 GB

Max Websites: 2

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Optional Extras: WordPress Migration Service.

Payment: Credit Card

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.

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 paid 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 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.

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