3 Best Shared Hosting Companies For Your WordPress Site

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Best Shared Hosting Companies

When it comes to hosting a website, there are only a handful of shared hosting companies that I personally would recommend using.

While shared hosting is slow compared to other forms of website hosting, it is also one of the most affordable and is perfect for people to use if they want to build a website quickly.

Here are 3 companies that I have used personally over the years that I would recommend anyone use to get started building their website.

1. Siteground

Siteground

Siteground is hands-down the best shared hosting company that I’ve used when it comes to pricing, speed, interface, and ease-of-use.

I’ve been using them for nearly 2 years on both client and personal websites and there’s very little I can complain about.

Their customer service is also fantastic. Thanks to their chat feature, if I have any issue I can immediately get assistance without much wait time.

Siteground cPanel
Siteground’s easy-to-navigate cPanel.

The only real issue I find myself running into is that their server seems to cache my site’s files to the point where if I make an update it will not always immediately take effect.

Their customer service always takes care of this problem, but it’s a little annoying having to deal with this issue at times.

Another slight con with Siteground is that its pricing is slightly higher than the other shared hosting companies mentioned in this list.

Not much of a con as I think Siteground is the best shared hosting company and it’s worth paying a little more for a better product, but I figured I’d include this as a con for penny-pinchers (definitely know what that’s like).

Siteground Pricing

PROS

  • Overall fast hosting compared to most other shared hosting companies
  • Easy to use interface
  • 1-click installation of WordPress
  • Affordable pricing
  • Great uptime (99.9%)
  • Fantastic customer service

CONS

  • Server caching issues
  • Slightly more expensive than other shared hosting on this list

2. Bluehost

Bluehost

Bluehost is one of the most popular shared hosting companies out there, and so naturally back in 2015 I decided to try them out for both my personal and client websites.

While I did like their customer service (they refunded me after I purchased their yearly plan without question when I decided to go with Siteground instead) and overall great hosting performance, I was not a big fan of their cPanel interface.

I’m not sure if they’ve updated their interface since 2015 as I haven’t used them since, but at the time their cPanel interface was difficult for me to navigate compared to others I had used at the time like HostGator, Siteground, etc.

As you can see in this photo, their cPanel interface looks very different compared to Siteground’s:

Bluehost cPanel
#NotMycPanel

Maybe this doesn’t bother you, but it did for me when I first signed up with them.

Also, I kept running into advertising for MOJO Marketplace whenever I would try to install a site or just navigate through their cPanel.

Every time I installed WordPress on a site it would automatically install their MOJO Marketplace plugin, I would randomly end up on their website at times when trying to install WordPress, etc.

I get the need to upsell customers, but it annoyed me having to constantly see this cute little guy with an eyepatch all the time.

Mojo Marketplace Mascot
“Hi there, wanna buy some themes?”

Again, this was back in 2015 so things may have changed since then (I would hope).

Overall, Bluehost is a good place to get started with hosting your new website if you can’t afford Siteground.

Bluehost Pricing

PROS

  • Good hosting speed
  • Great customer service
  • 1-click WordPress installation
  • Low price

CONS

  • Difficult to navigate cPanel interface
  • Not as good as Siteground (proof)
  • Too much cute eye-patch guy

3. HostGator

HostGator

The first ever hosting company I used, HostGator will always have a special place in my heart.

They are a fantastic place to start for newcomers as they have an easy to use interface and customers can get started for as low as a penny for their first month.

HostGator cPanel
Very similar to Siteground’s cPanel design.

Unfortunately, while the insane affordability and easy-to-use interface excel with HostGator, their hosting falls apart due to its snail-like speed.

I didn’t realize it at the time when I first started using them back in 2014, but HostGator is insanely slow when compared to other hosting companies *cough*Siteground*cough*.

While they’re great to use if you need a cheap way to get started building websites, don’t count on them as being a reliable company to keep your website stationed (especially if it begins to pick up a lot of traffic).

My advice to you: use HostGator if you’re tight on cash and want to familiarize yourself with things like WordPress, cPanel, etc., then switch to Siteground once your site is starting to gain traffic and you can afford the $90 per year fee.

HostGator Pricing

PROS

  • Easy to use interface
  • Dirt cheap pricing
  • Great customer service
  • 1-click WordPress installation

CONS

  • S-L-O-W!

Conclusion

I hope this brief overview of the 3 shared hosting companies I’ve used over the years has given you a general idea of what the best shared hosting company is.

As I mentioned, many of my qualms with Bluehost and HostGator are issues I’ve experienced in the past, such as their interface, so feel free to try these other companies out for yourself and prove me wrong – I honestly don’t mind.

If I were you, though, I would throw in with Siteground as they have yet to let me down.

Of course, if something new rolls around that I end up using instead of Siteground then I’ll be sure to update this article!

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