The Best WordPress Hosting Packages (US, UK & International)

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Choosing a fast, secure WordPress host is an important move for any business. Here’s a list of the best WordPress hosting packages – according to our clients, companies we’ve worked alongside and our own experiences of configuring WordPress hosts. It’s worth noting that I’ve included recommendations for cloud hosting for international hosting.

We recommend all of the services on this page – SEOgadget uses TSOhost and MAXcdn, but we work with clients who host WordPress sites on all of them. Enjoy!

TSO Host - brilliant wordpress hosting

TSOHost 

Easily the fastest and most secure hosting service for WordPress!

By far, TSOhost.com are the fastest hosting providers in the UK offering only the highest levels of security. Their team are knowledgeable, friendly and quick to respond. SEOgadget has been hosted with TSOhost since November 2010. We reviewed their platform and security tested it before signing up – check out our site speed! Our setup uses the Ultimate Hosting package, recently upgraded to PHP 5.4. WordPress is running very, very quickly at the moment!

Their main hosting is based in the UK (they don’t provide a CDN – try MAXcdn, setup instructions are here) to speed up your site internationally.

Tip: The Clustered Platform: Ultimate Hosting Package is solid as a rock, even in extreme traffic conditions. The team have recently lauched a site migration service, too – so if you can hand over things like you FTP accounts details, domain registrar information, they’ll migrate your files, databases and WordPress installation as part of the package. I think that’s a unique offering, and it’s a seriously good idea!

For a 10% discount on your hosting, use this promotional code: BESTWPHOST

Rating by Richard Baxter: 5.0 stars
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InMotion Hosting (Professional Global Hosting with VPS / CDN support)

Professional Global Hosting

InMotion Hosting has been a leading provider of shared, VPS and dedicated services based in the US since 2001. WordPress can be installed in a few clicks via their Fantastico set up – very, very easy to get started. With every account, you’ll get security with suPHP, latest versions of MySQL 5 and PHP 5, and your choice of data centre. They also offer 24/7 support (accessible via email or phone).

In addition to the basic hosting features, when you sign up you’ll receive up to $175 in free advertising from Google and Microsoft. One of the best features in their platform are free automated backups. This is an essential feature to have if you are serious about maintaining a stress free WordPress installation.

Rating by Richard Baxter: 5.0 stars
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TSO Host - brilliant wordpress hosting

Clook (UK)

The guys at Clook are very friendly and happy to help.

Reliable & uncrowded servers in a UK hosting facility with REAL 24/7 support and a proactive methodology towards quality. Came heavily recommended in the UK, with easy auto installing scripts for WordPress and numerous other content management systems and e-commerce platforms.

Rating by Richard Baxter: 4.0 stars
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LunarPages

LunarPages (US, UK, ES)

Solid WordPress hosts with support in Spain, the United Kingdom and USA.

A solid and cheap WordPress hosting package for beginners. Comes with free domain, control panel and setup. Hosting in the UK, US or Spain.

Rating by Richard Baxter: 3.5 stars
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Other hosts we recommend

Some of our UK and Europe Clients host with US hosting companies – check out these recommended USA hosting providers:

5) Webfaction (US)webfaction logo - wordpress hosts

From a small blog to a complex web application, Webfaction’s shared hosting plans let you run any type of website you like. Single click installation of WordPress from a control panel, hosting packages start at $5.50 per month.

Webfaction are well known to put fewer sites on each webserver than most word press hosting providers and as a result their servers tend to be faster and more stable. For static files, Webfaction use the blazing fast Nginx to serve content.

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6) A Small Orange (US)

“A Small Orange” is a provider of internet solutions and services specializing in web hosting and site management.

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7) Liquidweb (US)

Established in 1997, Liquid Web Inc, is a premier Web Hosting provider specializing in Windows and Linux Dedicated Servers, VPS, and Shared Web Hosting. Their own data centres allows them to provide unmatched service and support.

“Using state-of-the-art publishing tools like WordPress, users can quickly and easily deploy W3C standards compliant web pages with RSS feeds, commenting, spam protection, multiple author support, password protected posts and much more.”

Features include:

  • Customizable Themes
  • Easy content migration from Typepad and other blogging systems
  • Plug-in Enhancements
  • Multi-Language Support

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8) Media Temple (US)

Provides business-class Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP) hosting solutions. Media temple host some of the better known publishers in the US and are definitely worth a look.

Overview – SEOgadget’s Best WordPress Hosting?

TSOhost have been amazing – they’re solid as a rock on all counts – service, response, uptime, everything. SEOgadget’s worked with them for 4 years, I do personally recommend their service, as do a few of my most trusted contacts in our industry. I’ve used MAXcdn on and off, too – but as at the 31st August 2013 you’re seeing this website hosted on TSO’s clustered grid without any CDN support. Not bad, eh?

The Best WordPress Hosting Packages (US, UK & International), 4.8 out of 5 based on 5 ratings

Comments

  1. Sparkdog

    Hmm, I work on sites hosted on three of these – Liquid Web, Media Temple, and Lunar Pages. For small-ish sites, Liquid Web and Lunar Pages (<1000 uniques/day) run WP much better than Media Temple. I've not tried anything larger on Media Temple, though I see them touted from some large sites. YMMV.

  2. richardbaxterseo Post author

    Hey there – we’re still getting on really well with TSOhost. I suppose the speed of this site in some way vouches for their capability. Since we moved to them, there has been no down time (the previous hosts were a disaster) and everything is secure (no hacks / odd database behaviour).

    Veryy happy!

  3. ali

    I am looking for a good wp host in the UK as my current host is causing problems and keeps telling me I am using too much CPU. At the moment I have about 600 unique visits a day and on the odd occasion I can have upto 750 uniques visits. I am currently using about 116 MB of web space and 9649 MB Bandwidth.

    I’m not sure if I require a dedicated server or a VPS or if shared hosting is enough. may be i just need to find a better shared hosting that can cope with these levels of visits.

    Any help/advice anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated as I am not very server savvy!

    Thanks

  4. richardbaxterseo Post author

    Hi Ali,

    600 unique visits per day should be a walk in the park for any hosting provider. Honestly, it looks like there might be something wrong with your current WP hosting. I would check out TSOhost – SEOgadget uses them for all of our sites, including this one. Hope that helps and good luck!

  5. Lorna

    Hi Richard! My blog is currently hosted by WordPress and I want to move to paid hosting, I really want to grow my blog as much as possible and so far it’s up to almost 30,000 unique visits a month. It varies from 600-2,000 a day in views and I am wondering what would be best for it? I use a lot of photos for my blog but they are all low res and 500 wide. Do you know which would be a reliable UK site to host my blog with a lot of space for photos and is known for having a lot of up time? Thank you so much!

  6. Robin Moore

    I have been hosting with Clook for 3 years and have found them really responsive and helpful. They really helped me when I first set up the account with them.

    Only aspect of hosting that slightly irritates me is that (excluding reseller accounts) the host pricing tends to be based on the number of domains you have with a host not on how much bandwidth you use, data storage or CPU. WordPress sites are generally small and efficient producing very little load on a server so on a per-domain cost basis things are stacked up for the host raking it in. I would love to see a host offer WordPress hosting on a level of usage basis… where I could pop up 10-20 WP blogs for a smallish fee….

    …. however, SEO hat back-on…. you wouldn’t want those sites to be cross-linking on the same IP address anyway. mmmmm.

  7. Jason Walker

    I’ve been using heart internet for a number of years. They have an easy wordpress set up and great control panel for normal admin.

    Great custoemr service, so all read good host.

  8. Sally

    Hi Richard – I want to set up a blog/photo site (have no idea whether I’ll get into the league of the 30,000 unique visits like Lorna but I’m a COMPLETE novice and have no idea where to start! Don’t know which software to use to set this up, don’t understand web-hosting, don’t know a lot clearly! Any advice you can give would be welcome or if not you can you point me in the right direction. Thanks ever so.
    Sal

  9. Gary Kirwan

    Thanks Richard, I’m liking the look of TsoHost. I have been tracking my site using pingdom and see over the last 30 days the site has been down over 4hours. I have also been wondering how else to speed of the site and lots of forums say the hosting package make a big difference. Would you say the grid cluster hosting is a lot faster than shared hosting? For £19.99 per month to have a super fast site is a great price I think.

  10. Karen Fovargue

    Nice job on this post and also ranked well for “uk wordpress hosting” which is the keyword I was searching :-) – great to get a solid opinion from very repected individuals. Setting up a new personal site so this is extremely useful information before I begin making important decisions.

  11. Richard Baxter Post author

    Hi Sally, sorry for the late reply – I do hope you managed to get a site set up. Usually it’s pretty easy to set up a domain and wp hosting at the same time. Signing up for a free domain and wordpress package at TSOhost (for example) is relatively painless. Once teh account is set up, you can login to CPanel and install wordpress. It takes one or two clicks and is quite difficult to get wrong! Hopefully that helps and good luck with your new hosting :-)

  12. Mohammed

    Richard – how has tsohost performed for you so far? I’ve been looking for a host for a WP site through which I want to sell products too and put some product videos up too. Just been hunting around looking for the right host.

  13. Marius

    This is really great recommendations … I am currently hosting with GoDaddy and to be honest – I am reasonably happy. The only problem is that the servers are are in the US and there is quite a delay certain times of the day – which then reduce the response time.
    I also had experience with 123-Reg and can confirm that it is definately not good for hosting WP due to their down-time and lack of support. Another no-go is WebFusion – they dont even know how to accomodate Google WebMaster Tools verification file.
    I will certainly look into TsoHost for my clients. Many thanks

  14. Adam

    Hi, Im currently using bluehost for my wordpress site but im looking to get one based in the UK. What would you recommend for a similar standard?

  15. Darren

    Hi Richard,

    What a refreshing read, and to see you answer the questions really is a plus, from a readers perspective.

    With any ‘good’ hosting company there are equally a whole bucket load of bad ones – and I have one to advise you of, which I hope your readers keep well away from, just through personal experience.

    A company banded around called ‘IXWEB Hosting’ was recommended to me for hosting many sites, which I currently hold around 23 client sites of which 18 are on WordPress.

    Since moving over to them around 12 months ago, I have had ‘server’ hacks 3 times, where horrible script is installed and suddenly hits Google like a magnet bringing the inevitble ‘red NO ENTRY sign’ placed by Google. And, as you may have experienced yourself, it becomes more than a pain in the harris to get re-indexed following such an event.

    Even though I have read your post, I will still be extremely careful how I take my next step, because trying to move a WP site is a right nightmare, so I don’t want to do this on a regular basis.

    I hope my experience is a warning to those who may be thinking of starting to host a wordpress site.

    Thanks for the knowledge share, much appreciate it.

  16. Richard Baxter Post author

    Hi Darren – I chose our first host badly. At the time I didn’t realise I was dealing with a reseller of a hosting product based in Nottingham. It became overloaded, horribly insecure and totally unreliable.

    Sadly, a lot of resellers don’t really know what they’re doing and it’s hard to find really good hosting companies that really understand security. I’ve found the best thing to do is give them a call and have a chat with a server tech. You can separate the wheat from the chaff very, very quickly – just ask about recent patches and enhancements they’re amking to improve the integrity of their network. A good host will always take your call – after all you want them to prove they’re contactable come hell or high water :-)

  17. Gaurav Sethi

    Thanks again Richard for an excellent post! Very informative and great help. Well ranked too.

    “Again” because, for the last few searches for “how to’s … best practices… or any other query” – right from hosting to site architecture or SEO I finally end up (finding exactly what I am looking for) on SEOgadget or one one of your posts/comments on the moz.

    BTW – TSO is awesome!

  18. Ruth Gwilt

    There is no Mac hosting. You can use windows or linux. If you are using wordpres, get linux hosting. It is about the server it is hosted on, not your computer.

  19. Will

    Thanks for this post. I know that its old but I have been having real problems with my current provider (only been using for six months or so) but it was sooooo slow and often failing or down. Just moving over to TSOHost and boy is there a difference already!!! Hoping to change things a lot as a result. Many thanks.

  20. Patricia

    I have been dealing with TSOHost for over a year and I was very happy. Until the last couple months where they have not been very helpful and very short. Today I called them to complain about their service, spoke to the director, Adam.
    They do try to help you but if you are not very technical which is my case it is very difficult.
    When I told Adam that I was not very fit in hosting he answered to me “Then you should not have a web site”. So now I dont am not dealing with them and therefore need a new host…….I dont know what it is with them but they dont seem to be very happy lately.
    Good luck!

  21. James

    Thanks for the tips Richard – I’ve just decided to give Tsohost a go for a new wordpress site. It’s a nightmare trying to tell who is good and who isn’t when it comes to hosting – even reading the comments above provides a lot of useful info.

  22. Stuart

    I’m also looking for a new host as I’m fed up with 123-reg. Same issues as mentioned here – blame the user or WordPress. They are currently telling me I need to upgrade to a VPS plan, even though my site only gets about 30 hits/day. Very poor service, avoid at all costs.

  23. Evans

    Technical help outside the scope of a hosting provider is not provided for free. For that you need to either hire someone qualified or read up.

  24. Helen

    Hi – just starting out and going to buy a domain name and then a host I guess. I’m currently with namesco and can buy my new domain name with them… any thoughts on namesco and wordpress? Also, I’m assuming I’ll be making my life easier as they host my other site (just a holding page) and e-mails…
    very new to this as you can probably tell!

  25. Richard Baxter Post author

    Hi Helen – I have no experience with Namesco, but wherever you buy your domain from it’s very easy to change the nameserver, which means you’ll be able to control your DNS from CPanel via your new web hosts.

  26. Richard Baxter Post author

    Hi Gary – the grid cluster is extremely quick. I think the way TSOhost have it configured is that a cluster of machines (all running different functions, like PHP, SQL, image serving, etc) are massively load balanced. They also have a very good backup / restore feature at this level (able to roll back by the hour).

  27. BLived

    Wonderful article (even all these months later!)

    As a US web branding and design company with clients in both North America as well as Europe, could you please tell me whether our EU clients would get better (WPress-based) site speeds if we were hosting their sites on UK or EU-based hosting accounts?

    Thanks!

  28. Thomas Zickell

    I live in the United States as well as Germany one thing I know for sure is if you want to compete in the US and UK market you must have a content delivery network. Here’s a good article on WordPress hosting in the UK
    http://www.paulund.co.uk/wordpress-web-hosting ( this site is hosted on WP engine and gets speeds results from Pingdom in the 1.5 second and Dallas and New York and is easier and faster in Amsterdam)

    here is a list in no particular order of good hosting companies that specialize in the United States and in the UK and of course in WordPress every company below as a data center from its backbone host that is in parentheses next to it in the UK and the US.
    WP Engine ( Linode) Page.ly (FireHost) ZippyKid (RackSpace) VPS.net (VPS.net)
    Every one of them is managed and outstanding. Web synthesis ( media Temple I don’t believe has a UK data center) however I thought I’d mention it check up if someone wants check it out it’s a great host.
    I strongly recommend that the very least using a content delivery network not all of them are too expensive. All of the hosts listed offer one. However if you want to run one yourself and inexpensive solution is Max CDN, CDN77, you can Google for more however you can buy a terabyte from the 2 I mentioned for under $40 American that’s enough to actually power most websites for over a year.
    I hope I helped somebody.
    Sincerely,
    Thomas

  29. Angry Web Developer

    Yep, can help but agree with your conclusion on Tsohost. Have used them for a good 6 or 7 years now and their support stands out amongst anything. My sites are always fast and available, wouldn;t think of going elsewhere. We have a good chunck our of work sites hosted with them on their ultimate hosting package.

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