The FASTEST WordPress Hosting - (Updated for 2019!)

I probably don’t need to tell you, when a website is slow to load you quickly lose patience and click away. Your own site is no different.

We've tried 100s over different hosting providers over the years. In this post I’ll share the fastest WordPress hosts we’ve found and why we use them.

Since 2008 have worked with over 2000 businesses and used a huge number of different hosting companies over the years. These are the few we use ourselves, trust and recommend to clients on a daily basis.

The Fastest WordPress Hosting Providers

Most people choose a hosting provider based on price but when you care about performance, SEO, Facebook and Google Ads, that’s a bad idea. If you’re on this page I’m guessing you’re not looking for the cheapest you’re looking for the best right?

You’ll find our preferred hosts in the table below. Here’s a one line summary of each one:

Cloudways - this is a new-ish provider and is by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack but comes with some complexity (i.e. a little bit of a learning curve but nothing too huge). If you want the fastest choose this one.

**They have a 3 day free trial BUT if you use the coupon code FASTHOSTING they'll give you $25 off your first invoice so effectively 3 days + 1 month free on the lower level plans**

Siteground - the fastest Cpanel host (only marginally more expensive that the rubbish $3-5/month hosts!). Best if you have a handful of small sites, have a tight budget and also need email hosting.

WPX Hosting - amazingly priced Managed WordPress Host. Great balance of price and performance with excellent support, email hosting too!

WPEngine - by far the best Managed WordPress host. Go with WPE if you have Woocommerce or a complex site that needs high quality backups and a staging environment. Not the cheapest BUT you’ll save money on web developers and support.

Why is speed important?

If you’ve done any searching around the web around website speed or fast WordPress hosting you’ll see a bunch of scary stats thrown around. You’ll see things like “every 1 second of speed equates to 1% less conversion rate” and similar.

I don’t know how correct these numbers are, or the testing methodology being used but I’m guessing we can both agree faster websites=better, right?

There’s really no argument about whether speed is important, it’s even part of Google’s search algorithm, faster loading sites rank higher!

Web Hosting CompanyCoupon CodePrice Per MonthWhy Recommended?Website Link
Cloudways HostingFASTHOSTING ($25 OFF Month 1)From $10/monthCheapest, Fastest & Best Performance, A Little More Complex Than A Standard Host, HUGE Number Of LocationsVisit Site
siteground2Get $10 Off Month 1 using our linkFrom $14.95/monthBest All Rounder & Fastest Cpanel Host, Not Recommended For High Traffic SitesVisit Site
WPSPEEDFIX (50% OFF Month 1)From $24.99/monthBest Value Managed WP Host, Good For Small to Mid Size SitesVisit Site
WPE20OFF (20% OFF Month 1)From $35/monthBest & World's Leading Fully Managed WP Host ,Fantastic For Complex Sites & Woocommerce Although A Little More ExpensiveVisit Site
From $30/monthHighly Scalable, Managed WP Host, Great For Mid Size SitesVisit Site
From $25/monthManaged WP Hosting, Great For Small SitesVisit Site
From $42/monthEnterprise Grade Managed Wordpress!Visit Site

How To Choose A Provider

Unfortunately most people choose a hosting provider based on price which is not really the best way to do it.

Ultimately with hosting you get what you pay for. Cost is obviously one of the considerations to look at when choosing a provider but that's really only one element of many. Below I’ve summarized the key features or things we look for when choosing a hosting provider.

Server Location

If you do some Googling around for WordPress hosts you’ll find a bunch of articles recommended the usual suspects, Bluehost, Hostgator, Dreamhost, A2 and a bunch of other cheap, rubbish shared hosting provided that simply aren’t good enough in terms of performance or reliability to host a WP site.

With hosting you get what you pay for, do you really expect a hosting product that costs less than a coffee at Starbucks to be any good?

Speed & Reliability

I really don’t have to tell you, speed and reliability are key when it comes to a hosting provider.

You know it yourself, if a website is too slow to load you quickly lose patience and click away. Your website visitors and customers are exactly the same.

Your hosting needs to be well matched to the number of visitors you’re expecting and the order volume you’re catering for. If your store revenue is in the millions then you’ll need a much larger server to suit.

Sidenote: we use tools.pingdom.com to test website speed. In a perfect world your site should be loading in under 1 second (where the load begins to feel instant). We also use uptimerobot.com to monitor site uptime.

Support

What is your support expectation?

At some point you’re going to need support. If you’re a larger store doing millions in revenue you’ll ideally need your own dedicated WordPress dev resources on top of what the hosting provider offers.

Patching & Security

Your website CMS is no different to your smartphone or laptop. It needs regular patches and updates to ensure bugs are taken care of and security holes are patched.

Some hosting providers offer patching as part of their service, others expect you to take care of it. Bottom line, patching needs to be done by someone!

Backups

What is your backup strategy? There’s so much digital capital tied up in your website that it’s critical that you at least have some backup system in place taking daily backups.

On bigger sites ideally you’ll need to look at realtime or near realtime backup solutions where the site is backed up upon every change or on an hourly basis.

With backups there's a saying, 2 is 1 and 1 is none. What's the is implying is that it's not wise to rely solely on one backup system.

With ALL our SEO agency clients we run two backup systems - usually the hosting the site is on has a backup and then we generally use Blogvault on top of the hosting backup.

Blogvault is by far our favourite backup solution as it has a realtime option where changes are backed up on the site as they happen (perfect for Woocommerce) AND they specifically tell you which files and database tables are not being backed up.

We've used pretty much every major backup plugin on the markup - Backup Buddy, Vaultpress, Updraft, BackWPUp and a bunch of others - Blogvault is really the only one we trust.

It's not good enough to solely rely on the hosting provider's backup as problems and data loss DO happen. Even a moderately successful website will have 100s if not 1000s of hours invested in it along with SEO rankings and optimizations - most businesses today simply cannot afford data loss so at less than 10 bucks a month for the base plan there's really no excuse.


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