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?
A VERY common mistake French business owners make is choosing hosting based out of the US or internationally when their target audience is France or Europe. If website speed is important to you (which it should be!) you ideally want a hosting provider located in the same country as your visitors or target market.
You’ll find our preferred hosts for France in the table below. Here’s a one liner summary of each one:
Cloudways - this is a newer provider and has a Paris data center and multiple throughout Europe including Frankfurt and Belgium and is by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack. You get the power of a dedicated server without the hassle of complex configuration. If you want the fastest choose this one.
They also have locations globally, which in some cases may be better if more of your visitors are international or coming from Canada. In these situations offer the US or Canada based hosting is a better choice.
**They have a 3 day free trial BUT if you use the coupon code FASTHOSTING they'll give you $25 credit so nearly 3 months free on the base plan ($10 USD/month)
WPEngine - if one of the original Managed WP Hosts. 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.
Kinsta - a premium managed WP hosting provider running on Google Cloud Platform with multiple European locations. For some types of sites they may be a better choice than WPEngine especially if you're running a large or complex site. If you're considering WPEngine it'd be worth looking at Kinsta too.
Siteground - the fastest Cpanel host and only marginally more expensive that the rubbish $3-5/month hosts! ...their European data centers are located in Netherlands and London which will give you almost identical speeds to Paris based hosting. Best if you have a handful of small sites, have a tight budget and also need email hosting.
WPX Hosting - WPX is an amazingly priced Managed WordPress Host with a great balance of price and performance with excellent support, email hosting too! Their data center is based in London