Recommended Hosting

With website hosting, you truly get what you pay for. A budget host is going to struggle to support WooCommerce, or generally more than 2k hits a day. If you want to use WooCommerce or you get more than 2k hits a day please consider a high traffic or mid-budget host. Please note that some of these links are affiliate links. I am comfortable recommending these companies based on my experiences with them. I will never list a company I would not use myself.

High Traffic Options

Cloudways – This is currently my favorite hosting company, and it’s the company I am using for this website. They are very affordable and easy to use. You can read more about my decision to use CloudWays here. They’ve given me a $10 off coupon code too – SPUNMONKEY.

 WP Engine – The best WP hosting company out there, in my opinion. Also very expensive.

Liquid Web VPS – The next best general VPS company available. Use this link to get a $100 coupon, click on the red box in the bottom right of the page.

Mid-Budget Options

Bluehost WordPress Hosting

Liquid Web Semi-Dedicated Hosting

Low Budget Options

Liquid Web Standard Shared Hosting – Careful though, they don’t usually allow a custom php.ini at this level, the service is excellent and the capacity is higher than other company’s budget plans.

Midphase Personal Shared Hosting

Bluehost Shared Hosting

Other Notes

Click here to read about why I will not recommend or work on DreamPress for Blogger imports.

Update: Several managed WordPress services have the same issue with Blogger imports, but at least DreamPress gives you access to clear memcached. I will not do imports on the Managed WordPress hosting service at the following companies: Midphase, Dreamhost, HostGator, GoDaddy.

If you are dead set on using one of these, you must run the import on a shared hosting account then ask them to upgrade your service to Managed WordPress and hope that they will do the upgrade work for you.

Managed WordPress Hosting Services

I have yet to find a budget Managed WordPress service that I like, although Bluehost isn’t bad, surprisingly, which is why it’s the only WordPress managed hosting on my list below the WP Engine level. A managed WordPress service must include

  • The ability to clear all caches at will, including Varnish and memcached or must be willing to modify the caching rules for you
  • The ability to connect to and use (s)FTP without limitation
  • No required self-branded or “junk” plugins

If your potential managed WordPress hosting service doesn’t explicitly meet these requirements, especially the cache purging, you should pass.