My Look at Shared, WordPress & VPS Hosts Cloud or shared Hosting

If your domain is your digital address – hosting is your digital real estate. Your hosting server is where your website will live online. Good hosting is critical to building a successful project online.

But choosing the right web hosting company is tough. There are dozens if not hundreds of providers. And choosing one to host your website – your digital presence is a big deal. Oh – you also want them to be affordable and convenient.

There is no such thing as an overall “best” option for everyone. There is no “best web hosting” – there is only the best option for you based on your goals, expertise, resources & situation.

Highlights from Web Hosting Reviews

Here are the companies that are usually a good fit for most based on my experience.

Name Best if you want… Plans!
InMotion …high-performance & independent-owned w/ great support. Explore!
HostGator …overall value w/ good pricing, support & unmetered features. Explore!
SiteGround …good support & advanced features w/ plans to grow. Explore!
Bluehost …name-brand hosting w/ good support, pricing & interface. Explore!

I’ve also reviewed larger brands such as GoDaddy, Bluehost, 1&1 Hosting and DreamHost in addition to up and coming brands such as Web Hosting Hub and HostPapa. I’ve written guides/quizzes to help sort & choose the best shared, WordPress, email, blog, and VPS hosting.

Factors in Web Hosting Reviews

I’ve been able to look at a range of web hosting companies as part of my or my clients’ projects. There’s a lot of factors that go into my web hosting reviews, but the main factors are:

Price – How competitive is their short-term pricing? What about their long-term pricing? Are they offering real value or just a short-term “bait” type pricing?

Features – What do they offer beyond core hosting features (aka the “3 D’s – domains, database and disk space)? Do they package bonus features (such as backups) or charge separately?

Ease of Use – How do they make the sign-up and setup process less daunting? Do they make it worse with upsells?

Support – How much does the company invest in support? Individual experiences can be anecdotal, but it’s usually possible to tell if a company views support as an investment rather than a cost.

Performance – How well do their servers perform? Are they going to be a speed bottleneck?

Culture – What does the company value? Are they all about lock-ins and upsells or do they value long-term relationships?

Customer Focus – What’s the company’s ideal customer? Are they looking for WordPress developers or beginners?

Next Steps

Browse my web hosting reviews below (based on how recently they were published). Or –

Take my shared hosting quiz which will generate the best web hosting company for you based on your goals & preferences.

Go Take The Web Hosting Quiz!

GoDaddy vs. iPage Web Hosting Comparison

April 8, 2019 By Nate Shivar

GoDaddy vs. iPage Web Hosting Comparison

“GoDaddy vs. iPage” is a pretty common question for anyone researching their options for web hosting.

GoDaddy and iPage are two of the best known budget hosts in the world. And they are owned respectively by the two of largest web services companies in the world (GoDaddy Group and Endurance International).

View GoDaddy’s Current Plans & Pricing

View iPage’s Current Plans & Pricing

They are both “go-to” brands for business owners looking for simple, affordable hosting. And yet – they are different companies with different brands. When you are choosing a website host – you still have to end up choosing which company to go with.

I have current clients who use (and like) GoDaddy hosting. Although this site runs on InMotion Hosting (which I’ll mention later) – I have also used iPage for a couple small projects. I wrote a full iPage review here.

In this comparison between GoDaddy and iPage, I’ll try to break down the differences that I’ve found in seven different areas ranging from pricing structure to customer service and market focus so that you can decide which is the best fit for your project.

Also – you can skip to the short version in the conclusion here (or take my Buzzfeed-style hosting on a budget quiz here).

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HostPapa Hosting Review: Pros & Cons of Using HostPapa

April 3, 2019 By Nate Shivar

HostPapa Hosting Review Pros & Cons of Using HostPapa

HostPapa is an independent (ie, not owned by a big holding corporation) web hosting company from Toronto, Canada. They offer a spectrum of hosting services from shared hosting to VPS servers with a focus on small business owners (rather than bloggers or online-only operators).

HostPapa started in 2006 and has seen rapid growth in the past few years.

Like most hosting companies, HostPapa also provides email, a website builder, and various complementary services with 24-hour support and a 30-day money back guarantee.

You can check out HostPapa’s plan and current pricing here.

I’ve had several readers email to ask my opinion about HostPapa, so I decided to give them a shot in my recent shopping tour of entry-level web hosts.

Here’s my HostPapa Hosting review – structured with pros & cons based on my experience as a customer. [Read more…] about HostPapa Hosting Review: Pros & Cons of Using HostPapa

WP Engine Review: My Pros & Cons of WP Engine WordPress Hosting

April 1, 2019 By Nate Shivar

WP Engine Review My Pros & Cons of WP Engine WordPress Hosting

WP Engine is a Managed WordPress Hosting service based in Austin, TX. They were one of the (if not the) first companies to provide managed hosting services specifically for WordPress.

While they have plenty of competition in both the general hosting and managed WordPress hosting verticals, they are still the market leader in many ways -and they have broad name recognition and cutting-edge features.

You can check out WP Engine’s current plans & pricing here.

With the growth of both self-hosted WordPress and website builders, the hosting industry has become a super-confusing place.

Several of the bigger brands such as GoDaddy, Bluehost, HostGator, InMotion and SiteGround all now offer various flavors of “WordPress Hosting.”

I wrote a whole post about WordPress Hosting vs. Web Hosting.

But here’s the short version: They all vary in services provided. Some simply have WordPress-trained tech support. Some offer services such as server-side features and staging for WordPress.

And then there’s a separate level of managed WordPress Hosting where you are not really buying hosting per se – but rather services to keep your WordPress install live. Basically, a Managed WordPress Hosting service offers a menu of services tailored to WordPress at a higher price point, so that the website owner can focus less on speed + security and more on the website content + functionality.

Every competitor in the Managed WordPress Hosting has a different offering. And there is no standardized “menu” of options, but as a whole, they all compete with traditional shared Linux hosting offerings and customized WordPress hosting options.

Either way – that’s the field where WP Engine plays. It’s confusing, yes, but it’s important to understand before making apples to oranges comparisons.

There are a lot of WP Engine reviews online – usually with user-generated reviews based on anecdotes and personal experience. That’s fine but I take a different approach. This review will look at the pros + cons of WP Engine in the context of all web hosting options to see who it is a “best fit” for.

Skip to the Conclusion & Next Steps

I’ve used WP Engine for various projects since 2012. I don’t use them for my primary sites right now (see conclusion), but I do have a current client on WP Engine who absolutely loves them. Here’s my WP Engine review structured as pros and cons.

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iPage Hosting Review: Pros & Cons of Using iPage

March 20, 2019 By Nate Shivar

iPage Hosting Review Pros & Cons of Using iPage

iPage Hosting is a hosting company targeting the entry-level and budget-conscious end of the market. They’re one of Endurance International’s (a large hosting brand holding company) brands, along with Bluehost, HostGator and others.

You can check out iPage’s plans here.

They’ve been around in some form since 1998, but only recently repositioned themselves as a pure-play web hosting company. They specialize in Linux shared hosting (ie, the type of hosting used by most companies who run their site with software like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc), but also offer VPS and Dedicated server plans for higher traffic websites.

After their sister company, Bluehost, changed their pricing, I had a few readers asking what I thought of them. So while shopping for a new budget host for a side project, I decided to sign up and give them a try.

Here’s my iPage Hosting review – structured with pros & cons based on my experience as a customer.

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Bluehost vs. HostGator Web Hosting Comparison

March 20, 2019 By Nate Shivar

Bluehost vs. HostGator Web Hosting Comparison

“Bluehost vs Hostgator?” – it’s a question that’s a bit like asking “Coke or Sprite?” It’s somewhat slicing details, but it’s a choice nonetheless for something that you’ll likely be using for years.

Bluehost and HostGator are both –

  • Owned by Endurance International Group (EIG) – a large technology corporation
  • Established, well-known brands in the hosting industry
  • Provide a similar menu of products that revolve around shared Linux hosting
  • Provide pricing & hosting products that focus on small to midsize companies

And yet – they are different companies with different brands. When you are choosing a website host – you still have to end up choosing.

View Bluehost’s Current Plans & Pricing

View HostGator’s Current Plans & Pricing

I have current clients who use (and like) Bluehost. Bluehost has excellent business-focused features & support. They have a known & trusted brand.

I also have several projects that have run on HostGator for years. They have great value pricing, and provide some features for DIYers that are great. I’ve been happy with them.

In this comparison between Bluehost and HostGator, I’ll try to break down the differences that I’ve found in seven different areas ranging from pricing structure to customer service and market focus so that you can decide which is the best fit for your project.

Also – you can skip to the short version in the conclusion here (or take my Buzzfeed-style shared hosting quiz here).

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Bluehost vs. iPage Web Hosting Comparison

March 20, 2019 By Nate Shivar

Bluehost vs. iPage Web Hosting Comparison

“Bluehost vs. iPage?” – it’s a question that’s a bit like asking “Coke or Sprite?” It’s somewhat slicing details, but it’s a choice nonetheless for something that you’ll likely be using for years.

Bluehost and iPage are both –

  • Owned by Endurance International Group (EIG) – a large technology corporation
  • Established, well-known brands in the hosting industry
  • Provide a similar menu of products that revolve around shared Linux hosting
  • Provide pricing & hosting products that focus on DIYers to small to midsize companies

View Bluehost’s Current Plans & Pricing

View iPage’s Current Plans & Pricing

And yet – they are still different companies with different brands. When you are choosing a website host – you still have to end up choosing.

I have current clients who use (and like) Bluehost. I wrote a full review of Bluehost here. I also compared other hosts to Bluehost here. They have a great suite of services and a trusted brand.

Although this site runs on InMotion Hosting (which I’ll mention later) – I also have several small projects on iPage. Their pricing specifically makes sense for many sites. I wrote a full review of iPage here.

In this comparison between Bluehost vs. iPage, I’ll try to break down the differences that I’ve found in seven different areas ranging from pricing structure to customer service and market focus so that you can decide which is the best fit for your project.

Also – you can skip to the short version in the conclusion here (or take my Buzzfeed-style shared hosting quiz here).

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SiteGround Hosting Review: Pros & Cons of Using SiteGround

March 13, 2019 By Nate Shivar

SiteGround Hosting Review Pros & Cons of Using SiteGround

SiteGround Hosting is an independent web hosting company founded in 2004. They are based in Bulgaria but serve hosting markets globally. SiteGround positions themselves as a company offering high-quality, “well-crafted” hosting solutions.

See SiteGround’s Current Plans & Pricing.

SiteGround offers a spectrum of hosting solutions ranging from shared Linux hosting (the affordable, versatile kind used by most websites) all the way to Cloud, WordPress, and Reseller server solutions for large, growing websites.

They are one of the fastest growing independent (ie, not a brand owned by a larger corporate holding company) hosting companies. I heard about them via their growing event involvement in the WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and marketing communities.

Like my experiment with Web Hosting Hub, I recently had a couple small sites that needed their own hosting accounts, so I wanted to give SiteGround Hosting a try based on high praise from people I respect in the industry. I started that project several years ago, and have kept the account active. I originally published this review several years ago, but have refreshed & republished this post as SiteGround has changed their tools & services.

Here’s my SiteGround Hosting review – structured with pros & cons, comparisons and next steps based on my experience as a customer. [Read more…] about SiteGround Hosting Review: Pros & Cons of Using SiteGround

InMotion Hosting vs. SiteGround vs. Bluehost Web Hosting Comparison

March 11, 2019 By Nate Shivar

InMotion Hosting vs. SiteGround vs. Bluehost Web Hosting Comparison

InMotion Hosting vs. SiteGround vs. Bluehost? is a very common comparison for anyone shopping for web hosting, especially for anyone planning on using WordPress as their website software.

View InMotion’s Current Plans & Pricing

View SiteGround’s Current Plans & Pricing

View Bluehost’s Current Plans & Pricing

InMotion, SiteGround, and Bluehost are all –

  • Established, well-known brands in the hosting industry, particularly in the WordPress hosting industry
  • Provide a similar menu of products that revolve around shared Linux hosting
  • Provide a full spectrum of hosting needs with advanced features
  • Provide pricing & hosting products that focus on DIYers to small to midsize companies
  • Are either endorsed by the WordPress Foundation or are ever-present at WordCamps
  • Have marquee clients with plenty of endorsements or testimonials

And yet – they are very different companies with different brands and different focuses.

Unlike most online reviews, I do not think there is such a thing as a “best” host. There is only the best fit for you based on your goals, expertise, resources, and preferences.

I have current clients who use (and love) Bluehost. Although this specific site runs on InMotion Hosting – I also have several projects that have run on SiteGround for years. I’ve been happy with them.

In this comparison between InMotion, SiteGround, and Bluehost, I’ll try to break down the differences that I’ve found in several different areas ranging from pricing structure to customer service and market focus so that you can decide which is the best fit for your project.

Also – you can skip to the short version in the conclusion here (or take my Buzzfeed-style shared hosting quiz here).

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Bluehost Review: 6 Pros & Cons of Using Bluehost Hosting

March 10, 2019 By Nate Shivar

Bluehost Review 6 Pros & Cons of Using Bluehost Hosting

Bluehost is one of the most established and well-known hosting brands on the internet. It’s a brand owned by the Endurance corporation. I have written about Bluehost in my comparison between Bluehost vs. GoDaddy, but I have never written a Bluehost review looking at the pros and cons of the brand.

See Bluehost’s current plans & pricing.

Bluehost has positioned themselves as not only the go-to hosting provider for beginner and starting websites, but also the no-hassle hosting provider for small businesses. I’ve used Bluehost for several projects of my own, and my oldest client has been using Bluehost for almost 10 years.

There are a lot of Bluehost reviews online – usually with user-generated reviews based on anecdotes and personal experience. That’s totally fine but I take a different approach, looking at both the advantages and disadvantages of a host.

Like I have mentioned in all my hosting reviews, I don’t think there is such a thing as a “best hosting provider”, just like there is no such thing as a best car or a best house. It’s all about finding the right fit for your project given your goals, your resources and your know-how.

Here’s what I found to be the pros, cons, and alternatives in a full Bluehost review based on my experience with personal projects and clients’ projects. [Read more…] about Bluehost Review: 6 Pros & Cons of Using Bluehost Hosting

A2 Hosting Review: Pros & Cons of Using A2 Hosting

March 5, 2019 By Nate Shivar

A2 Hosting Review_ Pros & Cons of Using A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is an independent web hosting company founded in 2003. They are based in Ann Arbor Michigan but serve hosting markets globally. A2 Hosting positions themselves as a high performance, speed-focused hosting company with excellent support.

See A2 Hosting’s Current Plans & Pricing.

A2 Hosting offers a full spectrum of hosting solutions ranging from shared Linux hosting (what most businesses need) all the way to cloud, WordPress, VPS, and dedicated server solutions for large, growing websites.

Like InMotion Hosting and SiteGround Hosting, A2 Hosting is one of the faster growing independent hosting companies (i.e., not owned by a larger corporate holding company like Endurance or GoDaddy). They have a large dedicated fanbase in addition to some high-profile bloggers as customers.

I recently had a couple small websites that needed their own hosting accounts. Since I’ve had readers ask about A2 Hosting, I decided to give them a try.

Here’s my A2 Hosting review structured with pros and cons based on my experience as a customer.

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InMotion Hosting vs. HostGator: InMotion Hosting Compared Part 2

March 5, 2019 By Nate Shivar

InMotion Hosting vs. HostGator_ InMotion Hosting Compared Part 2

I did a full review of InMotion Hosting, which you can read here. However, I wanted to specifically look at InMotion Hosting vs. HostGator. I use an InMotion VPS server to host this website, which used to be hosted on a HostGator server. But I also use HostGator as my primary side-project company due to their pricing. In other words, I use both, they work well and want to compare them head to head to highlight the best fit for new customers.

View InMotion’s Current Plans & Pricing

View HostGator’s Current Plans & Pricing

HostGator has been one of the fastest growing web hosts since 2002. They’ve built their reputation on good pricing, fast servers, and great service. They were acquired by Endurance International (a holding company for several other popular hosting brands including Bluehost & iPage) in 2012. I’ve been a HostGator customer for quite a while, and I currently run most of my development and personal projects on a HostGator shared hosting plan.

And InMotion is a rapidly growing, but still independent hosting company out of Los Angeles that has generated a good bit of press and won several awards for their hosting services. ShivarWeb.com currently lives on an InMotion VPS server.

Like I’ve said in all my hosting reviews and hosting quizzes – there is no such thing as a “best overall host” – there’s only the right host for you given your priorities, resources, and expertise. I’m a long time customer of both companies – and I even use each depending on the demands of each project. I’ve decided to compare InMotion with HostGator across 6+ considerations that hopefully will help you find the right fit for you.

Skip to the conclusion here.

That said – let’s dive in and look at InMotion Hosting vs. HostGator Web Hosting. [Read more…] about InMotion Hosting vs. HostGator: InMotion Hosting Compared Part 2

1&1 Hosting vs. GoDaddy Web Hosting Comparison: My Experience With Both

February 17, 2019 By Nate Shivar

1&1 Hosting vs. GoDaddy Web Hosting Comparison

1&1 Hosting vs. GoDaddy Hosting – the two biggest brands in the web hosting business. Between their Super Bowl commercials, ubiquitous print ads, and service bundling, GoDaddy and 1&1 are typically considered at least for a moment in nearly everyone’s web hosting decision.

See 1&1 IONOS’s Current Plans & Pricing

See GoDaddy’s Current Plans & Pricing

And yet, the big brand campaigns typically don’t talk about the actual products they are selling – in this case web hosting. Since they are the 2 biggest brands in web hosting, I often get questions about both – and how 1&1 hosting (see their plans & promotions here) compares with GoDaddy hosting (see their plans & promotions here).

In addition to working with both web hosts for client projects, I’m also a customer of both GoDaddy and 1&1 hosting for a couple partner side projects. Here’s my breakdown of how 1&1 hosting compares with GoDaddy based on my own experience with each – and how they might fit you depending on your goals and what you value in a web host.

First aside – I’m specifically looking at shared Linux hosting. It’s the cheapest, most flexible option (ie, you are able to have a website powered by WordPress, Joomla, etc or plain HTML). Unless you know of a specific reason to get dedicated or Windows web hosting, then you probably don’t need it. Shared Linux hosting is usually the best, most flexible fit for most website projects.

Second aside – IONOS recently acquired 1&1 and all their related products and services. Not a whole lot has changed, except that they have more of a focus on the Europe market than before. If you are inside or outside of Europe, you can go ahead and mark that as a pro / con.

1&1 Rebrand

Let’s look at 1&1 hosting vs. GoDaddy based on pricing, features, performance, usability, and customer service.

Skip to the Conclusion & Next Steps

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Web Hosting Hub Review: The Good, Bad & My Experience

February 12, 2019 By Nate Shivar

Web Hosting Hub Review_ The Good, Bad & My Experience

Web Hosting Hub is a hosting company founded in 2010 by InMotion Hosting – it’s older, more well-known parent company.

According to InMotion’s comparison page, Web Hosting Hub was founded to attract “more of the start-up, and professional blogger market.” In practical language, that means Web Hosting Hub offers one product – shared linux hosting (ie, hosting that can run the most common types of websites and apps, such as WordPress without having to sustain large amounts of sustained traffic).

Check out Web Hosting Hub’s current plans & pricing here.

As many more well-known brands change pricing and get bought up by large corporations (ie, Bluehost, 1&1 and GoDaddy), there’s been an increased interest in independent companies with clear features, simple setups, and affordable pricing.

Web Hosting Hub claims to be that provider. Some of my personal projects run on HostGator right now. But since this site runs on a VPS server with InMotion, I thought I’d try Web Hosting Hub with a hobby site that needed its own shared space. Since I’ve had that site there for more than a year – I decided to update this Web Hosting Hub review. [Read more…] about Web Hosting Hub Review: The Good, Bad & My Experience

HostGator Hosting Review: Pros, Cons & Alternatives

February 2, 2019 By Nate Shivar

HostGator Review_ Pros & Negatives for WordPress Hosting

HostGator is one of the most well-known brands in the hosting world. They are one of the two flagship brands of Endurance International, the world’s largest web services corporation.

HostGator was the first shared hosting company that I ever used – I signed up back when they were still privately owned. They’ve changed a lot over the years in both product focus and lineup.

See HostGator’s current plans & pricing.

And yet – I’m still a customer after all these years (I have several micro-sites on a single shared hosting account). They are an incredible fit for a certain type of customer. But it pays to know their pros, cons, advantages. and complaints so that you can find the best host for your specific situation.

So let’s dive into my HostGator review. They aren’t the best fit for everyone, but here’s what I’ve liked/disliked as a customer. [Read more…] about HostGator Hosting Review: Pros, Cons & Alternatives

InMotion Hosting vs. GoDaddy Web Hosting: InMotion Compared Part 1

January 22, 2019 By Nate Shivar

InMotion Hosting vs. GoDaddy Web Hosting(1)

I did a full review of InMotion Hosting based on the broad advantages & disadvantages of the company. However, I wanted to specifically look at InMotion Hosting vs. GoDaddy Web Hosting, simply because GoDaddy is the consumer brand among most people who are looking to start their own website.

View InMotion’s Current Plans & Pricing

View GoDaddy’s Current Plans & Pricing

GoDaddy is a global brand that does a lot of advertising (that’s an understatement). I’ve maintained an account there, and a couple of my clients use it, so I’ve had a a good bit of experience with them since 2009.

And InMotion is a rapidly growing hosting company out of Los Angeles that has generated a good bit of press and won several awards for their hosting services.

For quite a while now, I have been receiving reader questions about InMotion. I have client websites on GoDaddy, but currently use an InMotion VPS server for shivarweb.com. So I thought I’d compare them head to head. Let’s dive in and look at InMotion Hosting vs. GoDaddy Web Hosting. [Read more…] about InMotion Hosting vs. GoDaddy Web Hosting: InMotion Compared Part 1

1&1 Hosting vs. HostGator: My Comparison & Experience With Both

January 17, 2019 By Nate Shivar

1&1 Hosting vs. HostGator

1&1 IONOS hosting and HostGator are two of the oldest and biggest hosting brands in the world. I wanted to compare 1&1 IONOS Hosting vs. HostGator specifically after receiving several reader questions about the 1&1 brand (mainly b/c 1&1, like GoDaddy does a ton of advertising).

View 1&1 IONOS Current Promo

View HostGator’s Current Promo

Many of my sites (this one uses InMotion VPS) run on HostGator hosting (see HostGator’s plans here), and I’ve had the opportunity to use 1&1 hosting (see 1&1’s plans here) with several client sites, in addition to a recent side project that uses 1&1 hosting. After using each for quite a while, here’s my experience with how 1&1 and Hostgator compare on pricing, features, performance, usability, and customer service.

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NameCheap Shared Hosting Review w/ Pros & Cons

October 25, 2018 By Nate Shivar

NameCheap Shared Hosting Review w Pros & Cons

NameCheap is an independent (ie, not owned by a big holding corporation) ICANN-accredited domain name registrar founded in 2000. In addition to domain registration, they offer a complementary spectrum of hosting services.

Check out NameCheap’s plan and current pricing here.

NameCheap also provides email, a website builder, SSLs, and various services with 24-hour support and a 30-day money back guarantee.

I reviewed NameCheap as a domain registrar here, but have received questions for years about their hosting services. Readers ask because NameCheap Hosting is really cheap – like, suspiciously cheap.

Although I like to keep my hosting and domain registration separate, I had a small project to launch, so I decided to put it on NameCheap and see how the service turned out.

Here’s my NameCheap Shared Hosting review – structured with pros & cons based on my experience as a customer. [Read more…] about NameCheap Shared Hosting Review w/ Pros & Cons

WordPress Hosting vs. Web Hosting Explained

October 24, 2018 By Nate Shivar

WordPress Hosting vs. Web Hosting Explained

Choosing the best web hosting plan for your specific project has always been a bit confusing. Plan features never line up. Terminology never matches. And pricing varies according to current discounts and plan length.

But that was before the latest trend – WordPress-specific hosting plans.

Nearly every hosting company offers a “WordPress Hosting Plan” in some form.

View my guide to WordPress Hosting companies here.

Sometimes those plans are nothing more than a headline change. Sometimes they are very well-priced for the extra services. And sometimes they are plainly upsells with dressed up “features.”

It’s maddening – because here’s the thing. WordPress software runs fine on typical web hosting.

You do not need “WordPress Hosting” to run WordPress software. All you need is a Linux-based hosting account that supports PHP and mySQL.

Both are run of the mill features since the early 2000s. So what’s with all the WordPress Hosting plans vs. Web Hosting plans?

Well – sometimes a WordPress-specific plan is absolutely worth paying for. WordPress does have some needs & requirements that are not “generic” so some companies can offer seriously better service, support & performance for WordPress installs.

Here’s how they differ along with features worth paying for, and what to look for when shopping for the right host for your specific project and next steps. [Read more…] about WordPress Hosting vs. Web Hosting Explained

InMotion Hosting Review: 6 Pros & 4 Cons of InMotion Hosting

October 23, 2018 By Nate Shivar

Inmotion Review

InMotion Hosting is one of the largest independent web hosting companies in the world. They’ve been around since 2001, and have tried to develop a brand around being the “nerd’s choice” that businesses also love.

InMotion Hosting has positioned themselves as one of the few large, stable hosting companies that are not owned by Endurance International – a holding corporation for many well-known hosting brands (including a few that I use for sites like HostGator, Bluehost, and iPage).

Check out InMotion’s plan and current pricing here.

There are a lot of InMotion Hosting reviews online – usually with user-generated reviews based on anecdotes, complaints, and personal experience. That’s fine, but I take a different approach with pros and cons to highlight whether a particular company is a good “fit” given resources, priorities, and experience.

Since 2013, I’ve done several side-projects on InMotion in addition to consulting for clients who run projects on a range of competitor hosting companies. In August 2015, I actually moved ShivarWeb.com to an InMotion VPS server, though several projects remain with other hosting companies such as HostGator and InMotion’s sister brand Web Hosting Hub – both of which have more “unmetered” plans and a support focus on beginner / small sites.

Here’s what I’ve found to be the pros and cons & full InMotion Hosting review with next steps based on my experience there and at other providers as a customer & consultant. [Read more…] about InMotion Hosting Review: 6 Pros & 4 Cons of InMotion Hosting

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Review: Pros & Cons of Using GoDaddy

October 22, 2018 By Nate Shivar

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Review_ Pros & Cons of Using GoDaddy

GoDaddy is one of the world’s largest “web services” companies. Although they were founded as a domain registrar, they provide a whole range of services from web hosting to website builders accounting to email to digital storage to online security and much more.

See GoDaddy’s Current Plans & Pricing…

Over the years, you’ve probably seen GoDaddy’s Super Bowl commercials, GoDaddy girls all around the Internet, and most recently their “Helping Small Business” commercials. They have brand recognition if nothing else.

With the popularity of using WordPress for setting up websites, GoDaddy has made a big product push for their “WordPress Hosting” product.

Like any product, there will be tradeoffs, advantages and disadvantages – depending on your particular goals, preferences, and resources. However, this product not only competes with other competitors but also with GoDaddy’s own regular web hosting product.

So. Here are GoDaddy’s WordPress Hosting pros, cons, how it compares to “regular” web hosting, and next steps.

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