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Which Web Host Is Best?

Which Web Host is Best?

Note: Many of these hosts have announced that they are having Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials. Some have even started their sales early. These hosts are not likely to have better pricing than at this time of year.

You’ve gotten your feet wet with local development. You’ve improved your creative abilities with WordPress. You’re ready to take your site live; ready for the world to see the hard work you’ve put into your site. What’s next? Deploying your site! We know it can be a little intimidating, but with DesktopServer, it’s not as hard as you might think.

Choose your host

Perhaps you already have a hosting account somewhere. Maybe you don’t and are unsure which host will fit your needs the best. Looking out there, you’ll find prices that range from under $5.00 to hundreds of dollars per month. At ServerPress, we pride ourselves at remaining unbiased when it comes to hosting providers. We know that each and every customer has a different need and focus for their site. For a basic site with little traffic, a shared host is typically more than enough. If you have a high traffic retail site, you’d probably be best served going to a higher priced host which can provide you with more horsepower.

Lucky for you, though, you chose DesktopServer as your local development solution because we have close personal relationships with all of the major web hosts who specialize in WordPress. Our deployment solutions included with DesktopServer Premium do not lock you in to one specific host. You have the freedom to choose the host that suits you best. Even with that freedom, though, we know that finding a host can be difficult. Below, we have compiled a list of hosts that DesktopServer “plays nice” with. Several hosts function with our “Direct Deploy” method (easiest). Most work with our “Quick Deploy” method (faster and easy, but a couple more steps), and the others play nice with us because we have relationships with them in case you need assistance making your site live.

We know this is not an exhaustive list. In fact, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of other hosts which work well with our deployment methods. It is simply a list of folks we have relationships with and who are known within the WordPress Community.

Direct Deploy & Quick Deploy Compatible Hosts

Bluehost (Recommended WordPress.org Host):

Price: Starting at $3.95 per month (Must pay for three years up front)

Bluehost is a leading web hosting solutions company. Since their founding in 2003, Bluehost has continually innovated new ways to deliver on their mission: to empower people to fully harness the web. Based in Orem, Utah, Bluehost provides comprehensive tools to millions of users throughout the world so anyone, novice or pro, can get on the web and thrive with their web hosting packages.

An Honest Host (Boutique Web Hosting specializing in personalized service):

Price: Starting at $12.49 per month

AnHonestHost was born from a simple idea. “To provide good, honest web hosting.”

AnHonestHost was started in April 2014, providing basic web and dedicated server hosting. Cloud-based dedicated servers, outbound spam filtering to protect your email reputation and new Business Shared Hosting plans built upon all SSD-based servers.

Dreamhost (WordPress.org Recommended Host):

Price: Starting at $2.59 per month

“We help people own their digital presence.”

When you put your dreams online—your words, your photos, your creations—you shouldn’t have to worry about your service provider mining that data for marketing purposes. Those are your dreams! DreamHost’s open platform gives you the power to share your data and the freedom to control how it’s used.

Cloudways (Cloud-Based Hosting):

Price: Starting at $10.00 per month

Cloudways simplifies hosting experiences because they believe in empowering individuals, teams, and businesses. They set high standards of performance, commit to complete freedom of choice coupled with simplicity and agility in every process. Backed by an innovative approach, their platform is built on best-of-breed technologies and industry-leading infrastructure providers that create smooth managed cloud hosting experiences.

Quick Deploy Compatible Hosts

Liquid Web

Price: Starting at $99.00/Mo for up to a total of 10 sites

Liquid Web Is All the Managed Hosting You Will Ever Need.

Whether you need the simple elasticity of our PaaS offering, tried-and-true dedicated servers, the fastest VPS in the industry, Premium Business Email Hosting, Managed WordPress or Managed WooCommerce Hosting, we’ve designed our product portfolio to allow you to choose the hosting product that will best serve your project. You can count on reliability and have the flexibility to run what you like, how you like it. No limits here.

SiteGround (WordPress.org Recommended Host):

Price: Starting at $3.95 per month

Web hosting is their craft. Latest speed technologies, their passion. Unique security solutions are their specialty. Amazing technical support is their pride. Trusted by the owners of more than 1,700,000 domains.

A2 Hosting (Regular Sponsors of WordCamps Everywhere):

Price: Starting at $3.92 per month

Blazing fast web hosting solution perfect for you! Whether you have a low traffic, brand new blog or a popular business site, you’re covered. Even if you’ve never run a website before or are a professional developer, there is a web hosting solution to meet your unique needs! Committed to offering you industry leading website hosting so you’ll end up loving your A2 Hosting service!

Manual or Assisted Deployment

WP Engine (Platform built specifically for WordPress):

WP Engine equips you with a suite of agility, performance, intelligence, and integration solutions, so you can build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to e-commerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award-winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions.

Choose Your Deployment Method

WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System). A CMS server requires three things: Files, a database, and a programming language interpreter, such as PHP and Javascript. Unlike the old days of the web, it takes a bit more than simply uploading files to take your site live, and each host has different requirements.

With a DesktopServer Premium Membership, you have three deployment options: Direct Deploy (Easiest), Quick Deploy (Quick and Easy, but a couple more steps involved), and Assisted Deployment (We’ll help you when all else fails).

  • Direct Deploy: By far the easiest method available. With Direct Deploy, all you need to do is install a basic WordPress site on the live side, add our DesktopServer plugin, and then deploy directly from DesktopServer Premium. You can read all about Direct Deploy here.
  • Quick Deploy: A tad bit more work, but still easy. Simply export your local site from DesktopServer to a file, upload the file to your live site, along with our quick deploy script, run the script and let it do its thing. Depending on the size of the site, you’ll be up and running in short order. Read up on Quick Deploy and watch the video here.
  • Assisted Deployment: Some hosts have some proprietary security measures in place. In these cases, manual intervention may be required. Worry not, however, because that’s where we come in. We’ll never leave you hanging. With your Premium Membership, we’ll help you get you up and running. All you need to do is export your local site, fill out a short form and we’ll take it from there, getting you online as quickly as we can (usually within 24 hours).

At ServerPress, we recognize that a developer’s workflow goes beyond their local development and we’ve spent years developing the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed in order to give our customers the choices and help they need to keep their site development running smoothly.

 

*While some of the links above could lead to a commission to ServerPress, LLC, there is no way we would recommend them unless we believed in their product and had close working relationships with each and every one of them.

Marc’s driven spirit moves ServerPress, LLC forward with elevated momentum. With his business expertise, he rolls up his sleeves helping the Team in every possible way to ensure a smooth Workflow. Besides work, Marc is a big Advocate for Foster Care. Yes. 8 kids and counting…

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