Best Web Host for WordPress

All of the websites I own and most of the client sites I manage are all hosted with Hostgator. This is for several reasons:

  • Price
  • Support
  • Ease of use

When I started out in the web development business I tried several hosting companies before settling with Hostgator. They were all more difficult to use than they should have been, were a little more pricey than they should have been, and had no live support.

Why Hostgator is good for hosting WordPress sites

A shared hostgator account is perfect for almost any small or new WordPress website. The Hostgator servers run on the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP), which is what WordPress was designed to run on. If you have ever tried hosting a site on a Microsoft IIS server you know how painful it can be to get features like permalinks to work.

WordPress is easy to install on Hostgator

WordPress is already one of the easier content management systems to install but Hostgator makes it even simpler. The company created a script called QuickInstall which takes all the work out of the installation.

Installing WordPress at Hostgator

When you select WordPress in the QuickInstall program, all you have to do is fill in a few boxes with your information and you are good to go! The installation script does all the work for you will send you an email when the installation is complete. The email will contain the link where you can go to login to your new WordPress site and begin building out your site with content.

How much does Hostgator cost?

Depending on the shared server package you choose and the length of time you sign up for, the cost could range from around $4.00 per month to around $7.00 per month.

Which Hostgator package should I choose?

The answer to this question is easy. If you only are going to have a single website, then go with the cheaper Hatchling plan. If you are going to have multiple websites on your account, then you will need the Baby plan. You can always upgrade your plan later so don’t buy anything you don’t need.

How much traffic can a Hostgator-hosted WordPress site handle?

The exact number may vary, but I will let you know that based on my experience a WordPress site on Hostgator can handle about 180 simultaneous visitors before it becomes noticeably slow.

I had a client whose site went viral in early 2012, and there were between 220 and 240 people on the site simultaneously for several hours. The site was very, very slow. I was able to log in to their WordPress site and install a caching plugin. When I did the site began responding normally again.

So the answer is: without a caching plugin a site can handle about 180 visitors before getting really slow. With a caching plugin it can handle 240 visitors very easily.

Please note than it is very unusual for small websites to have more than 10 simultaneous visitors. Only if you are featured on a popular T.V. show of if your site goes viral will that change.

What if I outgrow my small Hostgator account?

Upgrading is very easy. Just fill out a form and let Hostgator do the rest. If your site does begin to grow and you require more server resources, you can easily request that your website be copied over to a virtual private server or a private server. Once you fill out an upgrade form Hostgator will get to work and notify you when your site has been copied over.

How good is Hostgator support?

For what you pay, Hostgator support is very good in my opinion. When you do call and are placed on hold, you rarely have to wait more than 2 or 3 minutes. About the longest I have ever waited was 10 minutes. You can always talk with someone at customer support via chat. Or you can simply submit a support ticket. When you do submit a ticket I have usually been responded to within 1 to 2 hours.

Let me know if you have any questions about Hostgator. When you are ready to signup just head over to Hostgator’s shared server signup page and get started.

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