Top WordPress Hosting, & what to look for.
I get asked at least three times a week what I think is the Top WordPress Hosting company, and I thought that I would put this little post together to share my experiences with five web hosting companies. I’m almost certain that you may have heard or tried at least one, maybe two of these companies, but I’m convinced that when you compare apples to apples, you will understand my choice for the Top WordPress Hosting company, and why I endorse them 100%
I’m “New” to blogging, but not to WordPress.
If you know anything about me, you know that I am kinda new at “Blogging’”, but that is only because what I have done in the past could be considered by some to be “Blogging” but in reality, I was a “Content” writer for hundreds of independent website owners. So, I’m sharing this little bio about my self for a couple of reasons. First, I have posted here on my personal blog, that I am new to this, so how does a “newbie” get asked so many times about the best word press hosting? Now you may understand, I’ve worked with hundreds of WordPress websites for my clients. I’ve seen some amazingly fast web hosting companies, and some that literally make a sloth look like a roadrunner. WordPress, can be a wonderful solution for anyone who wants to run a website that constantly changes, and has a lot of new information added to it regularly. But, WordPress can also be a “Heavy” website that loads slow, is full of pictures, plugins, videos, and so on.
Website Speed or a lack of speed can kill your Search Engine Results Page Ranking. (SERPS)
So, if you haven’t already learned that speed is very important for ranking your website, now I’ve told you, and I’ll share more about that in a future post. But, for now, and to tie speed, WordPress, and hosting altogether, let me just emphasize that if your website crawls like a snail, it may not be your website at all, but your choice in the hosting company that you are using. As, I’ve already mentioned I will go into detail about why website speed is so important, especially considering that so many web users now search via mobile devices. So, user experience is extremely important, and when the Goggle Bots crawl your website, speed is of the essence!
Slow Web Hosting is a “Silent Killer” of your search engine ranking
Why is One Hosting Web Host faster Than Others?
To say it all comes down to resources would be incorrect. Take a company like GoDaddy or any of the major companies that offer web hosting for that matter, they obviously have unlimited resources, and with the amount of advertising they do, and the number of clients they have, there is no denying that they are making enough of a profit to order up as many servers as they need, right?
Take a wild guess about why GoDaddy is in business. Is it because they want to provide a much needed public service? Perhaps it is because they just love the internet so much that they want to do whatever they can to keep it going? Okay, I’m getting silly. GoDaddy is in business to “Make Money,” for Godaddy, and companies like Godaddy, which means making sure that the investors get a dividend and a good return on their investment.
Check this snippet from Wikipedia about GoDaddy:
GoDaddy Inc. is an American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and incorporated in Delaware. As of April 2020, GoDaddy has approximately 18.5 million customers and over 7,000 employees worldwide. Wikipedia
Do you have any idea what a payroll must look like for a company that employs ” Over 7,000 employees?” What do you think are the annual salaries of just the top executives alone? And, about 8.5 Million customers? How do you suppose they acquired all those customers? Perhaps, mergers and acquisitions? Anyway, my main point here is that I am illustrating just how expensive a company like GoDaddy has to be to run, and quite frankly, they have done an amazing job of building one of the biggest WordPress hosting companies in the world. So, why is Godaddy not my web hosting company of choice?
Well, as I said, it’s not that they don’t have enough resources, but I cannot afford to pay them the kind of money every month for the number of resources I need to have a fast website with an amazing amount of up-time, and tech support that really is tech support and not “Up-sell the customer” incentive-driven.
Bait & Switch Web Hosting Tactics
There are some real big hosting companies that use some unscrupulous bait and switch tactics on web hosting clients. Now, as much as I would like to, I’m not naming names. But, suffice it to say that is happening, it is not new, and you need to proceed with caution when placing your trust, your hard-earned work, and possibly your business into the hands of a company that clearly puts profit over all other concerns.
Here are some bait and switch tactics to avoid.
- The “Free Domain for Life” tactic. You get a “Free Domain” for the life of your hosting agreement with the company. It seems like a great deal, especially when hosting (Which you have to pay for anyway) is only $3 to $5 per month. But, the “Small Print” reads that the domain name actually belongs to the hosting company, and will only be released to the end-user when certain conditions are met, they “May” include retroactive registration fees, premium release fees, premium sale fees, etc. In other words, let’s assume that your domain gets 50k hits a day, and you are sick and tired of the lousy customer service, slow website, or constant up-selling every time you contact customer support. “Your Domain” could be worth thousands of dollars to someone, and if you are not willing to pay, someone else will.
- “Start Small, and Upgrade when needed,” sounds like a great idea for someone on a limited budget. A major problem is that some of these packages are so small that you can’t really achieve much, and you certainly cannot do any kind of proper business on the website. So, since an upgrade is inevitable, why risk breaking your website, avoid any packages that are less than 10 gigs. For a few dollars more, you will not be disappointed.
- “Free Trial Website Builders” Here is one that got me good when I was “Young and Dumb.” In fact, you will see that they all got me one way or another. But with this one, you start out with a “Free Trial,” and after all your hard work is done, you have two simple choices. Continue to pay the monthly fee for web hosting, and the website builder plan, about an extra $5.00 per month, or Cancel the plan, delete your website and start all over again. With all the Free Website Templates available, there is no good reason to pay for something that basically just fills out fields on a website template anyway.
- “Paid SSL Certificates” Not only is an SSL certificate a great Idea, but it is also something that should not be avoided at all costs. Google, Chrome, and numerous other reasons require an SSL certificate to be installed on your website. If you do not have one, your website might as well just be deleted. So, why am I saying “Not to get one?” Because ten years ago, an SSL was an option. It is no longer an option, so why should you have to pay for it. Having an SSL on your domain not only protects you, but it helps to protect others that are sharing your hosting company’s server. So, while I’m not saying don’t get an SSL, I am saying that if your hosting company is charging you for a Standard SSL certificate, then they are not a “Top WordPress Hosting” company, and it’s time to switch to a company that does not nickel and dime every single thing they do for you.
- “No Access To cPanel.” This is a big one! While you may not know anything about Cpanel yet, I assure you that if you plan to host and build your own website, blog, e-store, etc. you will definitely need to access cPanel and the numerous apps and files that can only be accessed via cPanel. If you cannot have cPanel in your hosting package, this is a “We’re Gonna Upsell you real soon” Red Flag.
- “Reseller Hosting Store” Reseller Hosting is a fantastic idea and a great way to make a residual income. I have been “Associated” with new resellers, and for the most part, I could easily see how it worked, and how one could earn a decent income from it. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous mega hosting companies “Only Care About Profit,” and will sell you a “Useless” package that will not make you money, or teach you anything about the backend of the business. When deciding to buy into a reseller program, you need to make sure that you have Full-Access, White Label, and total control over what you are doing. Otherwise, you are only getting orders for the mega-company to keep when you realize you are fighting a losing battle. I promise to do a complete post on that in the next couple of weeks, so please subscribe to be notified when the post is up.
Unfortunately, there are more scams out there, but this is a blog, and as much as I am trying, it is turning into an investigative report, and possibly even a short book. So, I’m sure I’ve made my point about the scams out there, and why bigger isn’t always better, at least when it comes to hosting. Personally, I have directed my clients to several smaller hosting companies over the past few years, and one has certainly stood the test of time.
So, who is my “Preferred” Web Hosting Company?
Well, I’ll be happy to share that with you, but first, remember that I said a few paragraphs beck how I fell victim to a “Bait and Switch hosting tactic or two? Well, let me give you my short “Readers Digest” version of what happened to me.
I had realized that my local community had no “Real News Websites,” and in fact it didn’t even have a Real Local Newspaper.” So, being the talented “Content Writer” that I was at the time, I ventured over to a “Mega Web Hosting Company.” and put the wheels in motion. So, I went to a “Mega” company, got a Free Domain, with a “Starter Website, and took a Free Trial of a Website Builder. My monthly costs were only under $10.00 a month, or a whopping $120.00 per year.
After spending many nights building the website, it was launched and I began sharing the posted news stories on Facebook, and other social media outlets, at least that is I tried to post on them. For some reason, my posts were “Against Policies” and that made no sense to me, because I’ve never had a client complain that what I had written for them went against a policy?
So, being new at “This end of the business, ” I called Technical Support, and after about 10 minutes of waiting, the “Specialists” reviewed my account, and explained that my post is being rejected because I didn’t have an SSL certificate. As far as the social media sites were concerned, my website was just a spamming machine. So, Fortunately for me, they had a “Deal” on SSL certificates, and for only $99.00, I had a certificate, and for an extra….$29.99 they would install it on my site for me. (Of course, not having access to cPanel would have prevented me from doing it anyway), so for another $130 plus tax, I now was able to post on social media. After all, they were a Top WordPress Hosting company, and they knew better than me. (Sarcasm)
But, it didn’t end there. Eventually, I learned that my page speed was so slow, that it just took too long for the website to load, and even my own sister didn’t have the patience to wait around long enough for it to load. So, back to tech support, the website hosting plan upgraded for another $120.00 plus tax a year, and now I had the speed I needed and the proper SSL certificate. Another reason why they were not my choice for the best Top WordPress Hosting company.
Then, one day, I was reviewing my credit card statement, and I discovered a $360.00 charge for my “Website Builder Plan.” When my blood pressure returned to normal, I called technical support, waited 22 minutes, and then I was transferred to the “Billing Department” and put on hold for another 34 minutes, before I finally got a live person that was able to help me. It took a lot of work, but my credit card was to be refunded within 5 days, less the one week that went by that I used since the charge occurred, and I chalked it up to a simple mistake, and I moved on. Then, the next day, I went to post a new story, and coincidentally my first “Paid Advertiser” on the website, and, yes you probably guessed it, I got a 404 error, which is “Page Not Found.” I canceled the web builder, and it simply deleted my pages, my stories, my pictures, and quite frankly my spirit. I was done!
Someone Suggested I try RegisterGeek.Com
Registerwho.com? I never heard of them. What were they some small “Working out of a garage new-start up company” I asked my friend that recommend them? And, he said, yes as a matter for fact, they are new, they did actually start in a garage, but so did Apple Computers, he said to me. That was two years ago, and I have been a faithful customer ever since. But, let me tell you why I love them so much. And. I also want to give you an awesome gift at the end of this story. (Don’t look for it, you have to let me email it to you)
As I’ve already mentioned, I was pretty much done with this venture. It goes a lot deeper than I am telling you, but again, I’m writing a blog post, and not a book here. I went and checked out the Registergeek.com website, and I also checked out the Registergeek.com/Blog, I searched for reviews, and even emailed them a few letters, asking some very specific “You are not gonna screw me like mega-company did type questions,” and I actually got a response from the owner of the company himself.
In his email, he actually apologized for what that other company put me through, and he said that he always wanted to expose them, but that in his position, it would just look like a jealous competitor. So, he said he did the next best thing. He trained every member of his staff on how to put the needs of the client ahead of the needs of the company, and gave each person the ability to provide outstanding, and dedicated 24-hour support, deep level, real support. From the initial order, the customer’s order is reviewed to make sure they are getting what they need. No more, and no less.
But, that is just the beginning as to why I say Registergeek.com is the “Top WordPress Hosting” company right now! After re-reading what I have written so far, I realized that this is going way longer than I expected. So, I’m going to break it up into two parts. The second part will be the complete review of Registergeek.com and four other companies. They are, GoDaddy, NameHero, Hostgator, and Domain.com I’ll do a brief review, and a side by side comparison for you to see what they offer.
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