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Best WordPress Hosting of 2022

Compare WordPress hosting services' price, features, performance and support to choose which is best for you or your business.

WordPress is a popular content management system loaded with site customization tools. About 40% of all websites use WordPress as their CMS, according to Web Tribunal, including popular sites like the White House, Time Magazine and the Spotify Newsroom. Over 600 sites are created every day using WordPress, roughly ten times the estimated 60-80 created using Shopify and Squarespace. So if you're looking to start your first site -- or thinking about migrating your established site -- WordPress hosting might be a good option for you.

However, choosing a WordPress hosting service can be challenging. Many WordPress hosting options offer great customer service and a lot of good features at a reasonable price. We examined the data for 22 services to help make the choice easier for you.

While we didn't test these services, we did read through each service's offerings and ranked them according to essential features. Here's what we looked for to determine the best WordPress hosting service. You can also check out CNET's best web hosting services and things to know about web hosting for more information on some of these features.

Tiered hosting plans: Tiered plans give you the option to scale your WordPress site up as it grows.

Security features: Services need to include some basic security features such as SSL certificates, DDoS protections and backups to protect your and your visitor's data. The best web hosts do this at no extra charge.

Uptime of 99.9% or higher: An uptime of 99.9% or higher ensures your site won't go down for more than 20 minutes a month, so you keep losses of readers and sales to a minimum.

Customer support: All services offer some kind of customer support. Some say they offer customer service 24/7, but they mean you can email them any time. That's a good start, but if you have an issue that needs immediate attention live chat support is better, and phone support is best.

The best WordPress hosting services meet all four of those criteria. If a service falls short on one or more of those measures, you'll find it in our list of other WordPress hosting services to consider or our list of additional WordPress hosts.

Three of the WordPress hosts on this list are recommended by WordPress: Bluehost, Dreamhost and Siteground. Bluehost and Dreamhost are not among our best WordPress services. Bluehost doesn't have an uptime guarantee, and Dreamhost lacks phone support and offers customer support by chat only within limited daily time frames.

Note: Pricing for hosting services is hard to follow. Services usually list introductory rates that require contracts of one or more years. But once those contracts are up, the prices jump considerably, meaning the long-term cost is a lot different than it seems at first glance. This is why it's important to check the renewal price because most services auto-renew contracts annually to ensure sites stay up at all times. Actual month-to-month plans are available in some cases, but they usually bill at the regular rate without an introductory discount.


Best WordPress Hosting Services


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Pros:

  • WordPress automatic updates available
  • Free business email accounts included

Cons:

  • Value of "deals" doesn't hold up for long-term use

Tiered hosting plans

SiteGround offers three WordPress hosting options called StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek. Each offers unmetered traffic, but as you move from StartUp to GrowBig and finally to GoGeek, you get additional perks like on-demand backups and more server resources.

Security features

Each SiteGround WordPress plan includes security features like SSL certificates, daily backups and a custom web application firewall.

Uptime 

SiteGround offers a 99.99% uptime, which is higher than the industry standard of 99.9%. Customers should expect less than an hour of downtime per year, compared to nine hours for companies that only offer 99.9% uptime.

Customer support

Customer support is available 24/7 by phone, chat or ticket submission. SiteGround also offers tutorials to help you if you want to figure out any issues on your own.

Other information

Each WordPress plan also comes with automatic WordPress installation and free site migration when you purchase a plan. Each plan also includes automatic updates, so you can customize an update schedule once a new plugin or version is available. Siteground also has a 100% renewable energy match so the service gives back as much energy as its data centers use. 

On the downside, Siteground's language around its 'Best Deal' is a bit misleading. Siteground says its 12-month plan is the best deal, but the price renews at the regular rate of $15 a month after the first year, which is more than three-times the introductory price. The service's 36-month plan looks to be more pricey, but this plan is actually the best deal if you plan on hosting a site with SiteGrounds for three years, coming in at almost $30 less than the 'best deal' for that same amount of time. Domain registration is also not included, so when you check out, that is automatically added for a one-time additional $18. 

Prices start at $4 a month.

A receipt from SiteGround for $18 for domain registration

Domain registration with SiteGround isn't included with hosting and is a one-time additional $18.

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Pros:

  • Shared, VPS and dedicated WordPress hosting available
  • Automated social media posting included 

Cons:

  • Add-ons automatically added at checkout

Tiered hosting plans

InMotion Hosting offers four tiered standard WordPress plans called WP Core, WP Launch, WP Power and WP Pro. The WP Core plan comes with limited resources, like two websites, 100 GB of storage and 10 business email addresses, but all other plans remove limits on websites, data storage and email accounts. 

Security features

All plans include an SSL certificate, web application firewalls and hack and malware protection.

Uptime

InMotion Hosting offers 99.99% uptime, placing InMotion Hosting above the standard in terms of uptime. 

Customer support

InMotion hosting customers can reach customer support 24/7 by phone, chat, email or ticket submission. The InMotion Hosting support center also offers video tutorials for more detailed assistance.

Other information

InMotion Hosting offers shared, VPS and dedicated WordPress hosting, which is more than many other WordPress hosting services. Each of these plans are also tiered, allowing you to fine-tune your subscription. VPS WordPress hosting has four tiered options, and dedicated WordPress hosting has five tiered options plus a "build your own plan" option. These additional tiers give you more plan options than other services.

If you choose a WordPress hosting plan with InMotion Hosting, make sure you double check your cart before checking out. When I went to my cart, my bill was $54 higher thanks to automatic add-ons. You can remove these options, though.

Prices start at $4 a month.

A receipt from InMotion Hosting showing the add-ons Backup Manager and Google Workspace

These automatic add-ons can be removed from your InMotion Hosting bill if you don't want them.

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Pros:

  • Lowest entry price
  • WordPress Pro offered

Cons:

  • Plan prices increase over time, sometimes by huge margins
  • WordPress needs to be installed after purchase

Tiered hosting options

IONOS offers three tiered standard WordPress plans called Essential, Business and Unlimited. The Essential and Business plans offer limited data while the Unlimited plan offers unlimited data and more resources.

Security features

IONOS plans include some of the best security features. All plans include SSL certificates, malware scans and DDoS protections. Some security features included with some plans also help repair damage malware might cause on your website. Each plan includes backups at least once every 24 hours, and each backup is held for 20 days. A full set of a customer's data is also stored in two separate data centers as a security measure; that way customers will always have access to their data, even if one data center is brought down by a cyberattack.

Uptime 

IONOS has a 99.99% uptime guarantee, which is a higher guarantee than most other WordPress web hosting services. Battery-operated power supplies and backup generators help maintain power to IONOS data centers so your site and services stay online even if its data center loses power.

Customer support

IONOS customers have some unique customer support options. Customer support is available 24/7 by phone or chat. IONOS also has a directory that provides customer support numbers in 14 different countries. Plans also include a personal consultant who will be your main point of contact if you need help with your site.

Other features

IONOS also offers WordPress Pro, which is its version of dedicated WordPress hosting. It comes with features to handle larger operations and projects. For example, the staging tool lets you preview changes to your site before they are implemented. 

IONOS' entry price is also the lowest of any other hosting service. 

Though the entry price is the lowest, that price increases upon renewal by over 1,000%, which is the highest renewal rate of plans on this list. The renewal rate is $8 a month, which is lower than some introductory rates for other services, but the price can still be jarring if you renew with IONOS after your initial contract. You also have to install WordPress on your own after you've purchased the plan, but IONOS has an installation guide.

Prices start at $0.50 a month.

An IONOS promotional card showing their low introductory price and higher renewal rate

While this plan is $0.50 a month for a year, it renews at $8 a month.

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Pros:

  • SEO tools included
  • Free site migration

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive entry price

Tiered hosting options

A2 Hosting offers four tiered WordPress hosting plans called Run, Jump, Fly and Sell. Run and Jump plans limit data storage and the number of websites you can host while Fly and Sell offer unlimited data storage and an unlimited number of websites. If you're trying to start an online shop, Sell comes with e-commerce tools preinstalled.

Security features

Each plan comes with security features like an SSL certificate, dual firewalls, virus scanner and brute force defense. Each of the four plans come with an Immunify360 security suite, which regularly costs $12 a month, and Patchman enhanced security tool, which regularly costs about $25 a month. Fly and Sell plans also include automated daily malware scans.

Uptime

A2 Hosting has a 99.9% uptime commitment. An uptime of 99.9% means your site shouldn't be down for more than nine hours a year, which is the industry standard.

Customer support 

A2 Hosting customers can reach customer support 24/7 by phone, chat or email. A2 Hosting has a large database called Knowledge Base filled with information to help you develop and grow your site if you want to troubleshoot on your own.

Other information

A2 Hosting also offers free site migration, which usually costs $300 to $400. When you go to check out, there are also no add-ons automatically tacked onto your bill. There are add-ons if you're interested, but they don't feel forced on you. A2 Hosting has also been carbon-neutral since 2007.

The biggest downside? A2 Hosting's entry price is relatively high compared to other WordPress hosting service -- higher than the renewal price of some other services. 

Prices start at $12 a month.

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Pros:

  • One-click WordPress installation
  • Automated backups from CodeGuard and SiteLock Essential included

Cons:

  • Renewal prices not listed

Tiered hosting options

HostGator offers three tiered WordPress hosting plans called Starter Plan, Standard Plan and Business Plan. The main difference between each plan is the number of websites you can run, how many visitors your site can accommodate per month and how many sites can be migrated to HostGator for free. None of these options are unlimited or unmetered like other WordPress hosting services.

Security features

HostGator plans include SSL certificates and DDoS protections. WordPress plans also come with automated backups from CodeGuard and security features from SiteLock Essential. Combined, these would cost at least $120 per year, but they are included at no additional cost. However, HostGator writes that anyone with "critical business information or important data are STRONGLY encouraged to seek a third-party backup service…" (emphasis theirs). Maybe this is just HostGator covering its legal bases, but it doesn't feel like a vote of confidence for HostGator's existing backup system.

Uptime

HostGator has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This means your site shouldn't be down for more than nine hours a year, which is the industry standard.

Customer support

Customers can reach HostGator customer support representatives by chat, email or phone 24/7. Users can also access a database full of video tutorials, articles and guides. Not all services offer video tutorials, which could help solve an issue when it feels like talking to customer support over the phone or online isn't helping. HostGator support is also active on Twitter.

Other information

HostGator also has a one-click WordPress installation process, and HostGator offers a video tutorial in case you want additional help. 

Like other services, each tiered plan offers an introductory price, and the cost rises when the plan renews. While other services list the renewal price near the introductory price, HostGator doesn't. You can only see the renewal price when you go to check out, so I pulled those rates and listed them here.

  • Starter Plan: $15 a month
  • Standard Plan: $28 a month
  • Business Plan: $60 a month

Plans start at $6 a month.

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Pros:

  • WordPress training sessions included
  • Managed WordPress plans also available

Cons:

  • Some automated features only available with more expensive plans
  • Some additional items automatically added at checkout

Tiered hosting options

HostPapa offers three tiered standard WordPress hosting plans called WP Starter, WP Business and WP Business Pro. The WP Starter plan limits some features like data storage, the number of websites you can host and the number of business email accounts supported. The other plans don't limit these resources. The WP Business Pro plan also includes Jetpack Premium -- a WordPress plugin that offers additional security and e-commerce features -- which usually costs $100 annually.

Security features

Each plan includes security features like an SSL certificate, brute force attack protection and business email virus scans. Some security features, like spam and malware scans, are included in the most expensive plans.

Uptime

HostPapa has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This is the industry standard, and means you should expect your site to be down for no more than nine hours a year.

Customer support

HostPapa customers get 24/7 customer support via phone, chat and email. You also have access to a knowledge base filled with articles and tutorials to help maintain your site. HostPapa also offers 30-minute WordPress training sessions by video chat so you can get one-on-one help if you're a WordPress beginner or expert. 

Other information

HostPapa also offers managed WordPress plans, but these plans are more expensive than the standard WordPress plans offered by HostPapa, which are unmanaged. HostPapa is also a carbon-neutral hosting service.

Like other services, you should double check your order before you check out. Some additional items, like automated backups and more security features, are automatically added to your cart and will cost you about $40 extra.

Prices start at $4 a month.

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Upon checkout, HostPapa automatically adds additional features to your bill at an extra charge.

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Pros:

  • WordPress preinstalled
  • No large price jump upon renewal

Cons:

  • Shared hosting plans are cheaper, offer similar features

Tiered hosting options

GoDaddy Web Hosting offers four tiered WordPress hosting plans called Basic, Deluxe, Ultimate and Ecommerce. Basic and Deluxe plans have data limits in place of 30 and 75GB, respectively. Basic and Deluxe plans also accommodate 25K and 100K site visitors a month, respectively. Ultimate and Ecommerce plans offer unlimited data and site visitors. The Ecommerce plan also helps get your online store up and running fast.

Security features

Each plan includes an SSL certificate, automatic daily malware scans and daily backups. Deluxe, Ultimate and Ecommerce plans also include secure file transfer protocol access. 

Uptime

GoDaddy has an industry-standard 99.9% uptime guarantee. This means you should expect your site to be down for about nine hours a year.

Customer support

GoDaddy customers have 24/7 phone and chat customer support, plus a help center full of guides and videos.

Other information

WordPress is preinstalled with each hosting plan. Unlike other services, when plans renew there isn't a drastic increase in price. Some plans only increase by one dollar.

What's confusing about GoDaddy is it offers shared hosting plans that have similar features to its WordPress plans. The introductory and renewal rates are less than the WordPress plans, and the shared hosting plans come with a one-click WordPress installation tool, too. With that in mind, why not go with a shared hosting plan and save yourself some money? 

Prices start at $9 a month (or $6 a month for shared hosting plans with one-click WordPress installation).

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Pros:

  • Staging tools available to let you test out site changes
  • Seven tiered plans

Cons:

  • Pricing more confusing than other services

Tiered hosting options

Nexcess offers seven tiered WordPress hosting plans called Spark, Maker, Designer, Builder, Producer, Executive and Enterprise. Plans have limited storage, ranging from 15GB with Spark to 800GB with Enterprise. Plans also differ in the number of websites they can host, ranging from one with Spark and 250 with Enterprise. Each plan comes with unlimited business email accounts.

Security features

Every Nexcess plan includes security features like an SSL certificate, automatic daily backups and iThemes Security Pro, which is an $80 annual value.

Uptime

Nexcess has an uptime guarantee of 99.99%. That means customers should expect to experience an average of less than an hour of downtime per year -- far less than the average downtime.  

Customer support

Customers can access customer support 24/7 by phone, chat and email. You can also submit a ticket for more support. The 24/7 telephone lines have numbers for the US, Australia and the UK.

Other information

Each plan also comes with staging sites so you can preview changes to your site before they go live. Nexcess also tests WordPress plugins for you. They make a copy of your site and test the plugin so you don't have to worry if something will work on your site or not.

Unlike other web hosting services, monthly promotional prices for Nexcess are only good for three months before your price jumps. Most other services offer longer promotional periods. Annual plans don't offer promo prices, but they're still cheaper than a full year of monthly prices -- even with the promotional discount. For example, a full year on the Spark plan would cost about $211 billed monthly (including the three-month discount), but only $190 billed annually.

Prices start at $13.30 a month.

Spark costs $13.30 a month for first three months and then $19 a month

Nexcess' billing is unusual when it comes to web hosting services.

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Pros:

  • WordPress preinstalled
  • 24/7 site security monitoring

Cons:

  • Add-ons can cost more than hosting
  • Add-ons not available to all

Tiered hosting options

AccuWeb Hosting offers three tiered WordPress hosting plans called WordPress Starter, WordPress Pro and WordPress Business. Each plan offers unlimited WordPress websites, but other resources -- like storage and bandwidth -- are limited. 

Security features

Each plan includes an SSL certificate, malware protections and DDoS protection and mitigation tools. 

Uptime

AccuWeb Hosting guarantees an impressive 99.99% uptime. That means you should expect less than an hour of downtime per year, compared to nine hours for companies that only offer 99.9% uptime.

Customer support

WordPress customer support is available 24/7 by phone, chat and ticket submission. AccuWeb Hosting also says its ticket submission system has a response time of under 90 minutes. Most other services that have ticket submission don't give a timeframe for response so AccuWeb Hosting giving a 90 minutes or less response seems good.

Other information

WordPress comes preinstalled with each plan, making it easy to start working on your site as soon as you purchase a plan. Each AccuWeb Hosting plan also offers 24/7 site security monitoring so if your site goes down while you're not looking, someone should already be aware and working to fix it.

After purchasing a plan, you can purchase 10GB of additional disk space for $5 a month. You can also purchase 100GB of additional bandwidth for $20 a month, but only if you are hosting your site out of the Denver data center. If you purchase both of these add-ons, the total can be more than the cost of the WordPress Starter plan after renewal.

Plans start at $10 a month.

A screenshot from AccuWeb Hosting showing how much add-ons will cost

Optional add-ons from AccuWeb Hosting can cost more than hosting in some cases.

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WordPress hosting providers compared


SiteGround InMotion Hosting IONOS A2 Hosting HostGator HostPapa GoDaddy Web Hosting Nexcess AccuWeb Hosting
Starting price for WordPress hosting, per month $4 $4 $0.50 $12 $6 $4 $9 $13.30 $10
Uptime promise 99.99% 99.99% 99.99% 99.9% 99.9% 99.9% 99.9% 100% 99.99%
24/7 customer service Phone, live chat and ticket submission Phone, live chat, email and ticket submission Phone and live chat Phone, live chat and email Phone, live chat and email Phone, live chat and email Phone and live chat Phone, live chat, email and ticket submission Phone, live chat and ticket submission
Money-back guarantee 30 days 90 days for contracts longer than 6 months; 30 days for month-to-month contracts or dedicated hosting plans 30 days 30 days 45 days 30 days 30 days for annual plans; 48 hours for monthly plans 30 days 30 days

Other WordPress hosting services to consider

Some of these services don't offer as much customer support as the best services, don't offer as many security features or lack an uptime guarantee. You still might find a service that works for you, though.

GreenGeeks

GreenGeeks is a green energy web hosting provider, and it makes a 300% green energy match for each hosting plan. It also works with the nonprofit One Tree Planted to plant a tree with each hosting plan signup. If you are new to WordPress hosting, or migrating from another service, GreenGeeks offers free WordPress installation and free site migration so you can get started fast. GreenGeeks offers three tiered WordPress plans, and security features include SSL certificates and DDoS protections. GreenGeeks also has an industry standard 99.9% uptime. Customer support is available 24/7 by email and chat, but phone support is available 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT (9 a.m. to 12 a.m. ET). While chat and email support are good, being able to talk through an issue or have a person explain in detail how to fix something at any time can be beneficial to resolving issues.

Prices start at $3 a month.


Mochahost

Mochahost offers competitive prices, but unlike other services Mochahost doesn't have renewal rates. No matter how long you stay with Mochahost, your price doesn't go up. Mochahost also handles any WordPress updates. Mochahost offers three tiered WordPress hosting plans, includes security features like an SSL certificate, automatic backups, as well as malware and spam monitors. Mochahost's cloud-based servers result in a 100% uptime, and customer support is available by email or chat 24/7. You can also call customer support, but you have to leave a message and wait for a call back each time. This hurts Mochahost's rating, because if I call with an issue, I want someone to help me now, not at some point in the future.

Prices start at $2.68 a month.


DreamHost

DreamHost has a 97-day money-back guarantee, which is the longest money-back period for any hosting service on this list. If you're new to WordPress hosting, this could help you decide if it's the right choice for you. The lowest starting price is with a monthly contract, and after your first month, the price renews at $8 a month. DreamHost also has a managed WordPress hosting option called DreamPress, which has three tiered options, and VPS WordPress hosting, which has four tiered options. Otherwise, DreamHost offers two basic tiered WordPress options, security features like an SSL certificate and automated daily backups and a 100% uptime guarantee. Customer support is limited, though. Email support is available 24/7 and chat support is available from 3 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. PT (6 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET). Dreamhost doesn't offer phone support, which hurts them, as well as not supporting 24/7 chat support. 

Prices start at $2 a month.


Hostinger

Hostinger's prices start at a competitive $2 a month for managed WordPress hosting -- some Wordpress hosting services charge five times as much for managed WordPress hosting. It also offers free site migration if you are switching from another hosting service. Hostinger offers four tiered WordPress hosting options: Each plan includes security features like an SSL certificate, DDoS protection and web application firewalls as well as a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Customer support is available by email or chat 24/7. While Hostinger's prices are competitive, some of the tiered options cost more than the service's shared hosting plans. Those plans come with similar features, have a one-click WordPress installer and are cheaper than their WordPress counterparts. You could save money by going with a shared hosting plan. On top of that, no phone support hurts Hostinger's rating. 

Prices start at $2 a month.


WebHostingPad

WebHostingPad's three tiered WordPress plans offer unlimited features, including hosting space, bandwidth and business email accounts. Plans come with a one-click WordPress installer and free Weebly website builder as well. It offers a 99.9% uptime, security features like an SSL certificate and malware scans and removals. Customer support is available 24/7 by chat or email, and phone support is available Monday thru Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT (9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET). If you have an issue with your site on the weekend, you can't call their support, and their security features aren't as robust as some other service's.

Prices start at $3 a month.


Bluehost

Bluehost's customer support is bolstered by its Blue Flash team to help you learn the ins-and-outs of WordPress. The team or experts can help you set up your site or help with plug-ins. Bluehost has four tiered WordPress hosting plans, and security features include SSL certificate for your first year and two-factor authentication. On top of the Blue Flash team, you can reach customer support 24/7 by call or chat. Bluehost's lack of an uptime guarantee is concerning though. Their uptime agreement says they will resolve most issues within 15 minutes, but it doesn't say how often you should expect service to potentially go down. If your site goes down for 15 minutes daily, that means your site is down for over three days in one year. The industry standard 99.9% uptime means your site will potentially be down for almost nine hours in one year.

Prices start at $3 a month.


Hostwinds

Hostwinds offers unlimited storage, bandwidth and business email accounts with each WordPress plan. You can also pay for your hosting plan with BitCoin and other cryptocurrency. It offers three tiered WordPress hosting options. Each plan includes an SSL certificate, has a 99.9% uptime guarantee and 24/7 chat support. Some security features, like two-factor authentication, need to be manually installed, but Hostwinds has a database of tutorials with step-by-step instructions. It's unclear how long contracts are for the prices shown, though. I tried to go to checkout to see how long the contracts were, but I was asked to create an account before I could go further. Having to create an account before knowing how long a contract lasts is annoying, and no phone support hurts Hostwinds' ranking. Its introductory price is also noticeably higher than others'. The renewal price might not be as much as some other services, but it's hard to tell.

Prices start at $6.74 a month.


Web Hosting Hub

Web Hosting Hub has a 90-day money-back guarantee and a free domain name if you sign up for WordPress hosting. WordPress comes preinstalled with each plan. It offers three tiered WordPress hosting options with a SSL certificate with each plan and an industry standard 99.9% uptime. Customer support is available 24/7 by phone, chat and email. A customer support center also offers a range of tutorials to help you set up your site, and you also get a personal on-boarding call if you sign up. Other features that come standard with other services, like backups, cost extra or are included with higher tiered plans. It's this lack of security features for all plans that hurts Web Hosting Hub's ranking. 

Prices start at $6 a month.


iPage

iPage offers customers a free domain for one year; after that it costs $10 a year. WordPress is automatically updated by iPage if you sign up. iPage offers two tiered WordPress hosting options, each plan includes an SSL certificate, a 99.9% uptime, and 24/7 customer support by chat, as well as by phone 7 a.m. to midnight every day. The more expensive plan offers more security options like automatic malware removal and SiteLock professional security. Not having as many tiered plan options, having to pay more for security features that are standard for other services and no 24/7 phone support brings iPage's ranking down.

Prices start at $3.75 a month.


More WordPress hosting services to consider

These services either don't offer tiered plans, lack basic security features and customer support options, or have an entry price at least 10 times higher than some other services. We don't think they're as robust as our other picks, but they could be right for you and your needs.

Kinsta: Offers 10 tiered WordPress hosting options, SSL certificate and hack and malware removal included, has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and customer support is available 24/7 by phone or chat. Prices start at $30 a month.

WP Engine Web Hosting: Three tiered WordPress hosting options, SSL certificate and threat blocking security included, 99.9% uptime guaranteed with higher tier plans, as well as 24/7 phone and chat support available with higher tier plans. Prices start at $20 a month.

Pantheon: Three tiered WordPress hosting options, automated backups and DDoS protections included, 99.9% uptime guarantee and customer support available 24/7 by phone or email. Prices start at $41 a month.

NameCheap: Three tiered WordPress hosting options, SSL and security features included with higher prices plans, 99.9% uptime, customer support available 24/7 by chat or ticket submission. Prices start at $2.08 a month, billed at $24.88 a year.

Glowhost: Shared, VPS and dedicated WordPress hosting plans are available, but there are no tiered options within each plan, security features are available separately, plans have a 99.95% uptime guarantee and customer support is available 24/7 by phone, chat or ticket submission. Prices start at $10 a month.

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