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!