The FASTEST WordPress Hosting in IRELAND - (Updated for 2020!)

You know it yourself, when a website is slow to load you quickly lose patience and click away. Your own site is no different, right?

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

Since we started in 2008, we 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.

Ireland's 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?

A VERY common mistake Irish (and more broadly European) business owners make, is choosing hosting based out of the US or internationally when their target audience is Ireland, England or more broadly, mainland 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 Ireland in the table below. Here’s a one liner summary of each one:

Cloudways - this is a new-ish provider and has multiple options hosted in Ireland AND options in London and several other European options. Cloudways is by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack which effectively gives you the power of a dedicated server in a simple to use interface. If you want the fastest choose this one. 

They also have locations globally including London, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Asia, Australia and the US - international locations may in some cases may be better if you're serving more international than local businesses.

**They have a 3 day free trial BUT if you use the coupon code FASTHOSTING they'll give you $25 credit so nearly THREE MONTHS FREE on their base plan ($10 USD/month)

 

WPEngine - if one of the original Managed WP Hosts with a data centre in Dublin as well as two in London, one in Germany and one in Amsterdam. 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 the closest location being London and also options in Belgium, Zurich, Frankfurt, Netherlands and Hamina in Finland. 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 centres are in London and Amsterdam which will give you almost identical speeds to hosting inside Ireland itself. Best if you have a handful of small sites, have a tight budget and also need email hosting.

 

WPX Hosting - WPX does NOT have an Irish location BUT do have a data centre in London. They're an amazingly priced Managed WordPress Host with a great balance of price and performance with excellent support, email hosting too!

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 CREDIT - NEARLY 3 MONTHS FREE!)From $10/monthCheapest, Fastest & Best Performance, HUGE Number Of Locations In Ireland, England and EuropeVisit Site
siteground2Get $10 Off Month 1 using our linkFrom $14.95/monthBest All Rounder & Fastest Cpanel Host, Not Recommended For High Traffic Sites, London and Amsterdam optionsVisit Site
WPSPEEDFIX(50% OFF Month 1)From $24.99/monthBest Value Managed WP Host, Good For Small to Mid Size Sites, London Data CentreVisit 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 Expensive. Many Locations Including Dublin, London & Several Europe LocationsVisit Site
From $30/monthHighly Scalable, Managed WP Host, Great For Mid Size Sites, Multiple Europe LocationsVisit Site
From $25/monthManaged WP Hosting, Great For Small SitesVisit 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.

Click play below to hear an audio walk-through and more in depth explanation of what you consider when choosing a provider. Alternatively click here for an MP3 audio or scroll down for a Youtube powered embed.

Server Location - Irish Hosting for Ireland Visitors

Server location is key and poor location choice is a common problem we see. It's really important that you host in the geographic location that is closest to the majority of your visitors.

That means if you're an Irish company serving mostly Ireland based customers you need to host at a location in Ireland. If you're a US company, then host in the US and so forth.

Generally the site will run 0.5-1 second SLOWER when the visitor traffic has to cross an ocean so this is really important!

**Ireland is a bit of a special case here - because of it's proximity to England and mainland Europe you'll get pretty much identical hosting speeds being located in London or mainland Europe as the geographic distance is so small.

Not all providers offer hosting in all locations so before committing to a provider make sure t