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 UK business owners make is choosing hosting based out of mainland Europe or the US when their target audience is actually in the UK. 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. Any time visitors or website traffic has to cross an ocean or water border things start to slow down.
You’ll find our preferred hosts for the UK in the table below. Here’s a one liner summary of each one:
Cloudways - this is one of the newer providers online and has multiple options hosted out of London and one in Ireland. It's by far the fastest because of their speed optimized server stack. Here you get the power of a dedicated server without the complexity. If you want the fastest choose this one.
They also have locations globally including several in mainland Europe, which in some cases may be better if you're serving a large chunk of European visitors.
**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**
WPEngine - if one of the original Managed WP Hosts with two different data centres in London and one in Ireland. 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 again out of London. 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 data centre is located in London with one also in Amsterdam which again may be better if your website is also targeting European visitors. Best if you have a handful of small sites, have a tight budget and also need email hosting.
WPX Hosting - WPX are an amazingly priced Managed WordPress Host with a great balance of price and performance with excellent support, email hosting too! They have a great reputation online and are well known for high speed, high quality hosting at a great price.