Recommended WordPress Web Hosts

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When it comes to choosing the right web host, for me, there are two factors more important than price; website performance and customer service. I’d rather pay a little more to know that my sites are always running and they’re as fast as they can be, and that when I have a problem or question, I can get it resolved quickly.

Typically there are three types of hosting; shared hosting, VPS (virtual private server) and dedicated (servers). The vast majority of people use shared hosting because it’s cheap. Unfortunately, some hosts cram their servers with too many sites, and a lot of those sites are not properly maintained, which leads to poor server performance and can slow down your site.

Another option is a VPS (virtual private server). Which is a section of a server which hosts other sites too, but you have full control over your section.

A dedicated server is one you have full control over and which hosts only your site(s). If you run a dedicated server, you should expect to receive a high level of support from the supplier.

One thing to look look out for when choosing a host, is the number of add-on domains they offer. In the list below, Vidahost offers just one in their basic package, but the next package up offers six, which means you can host up to six sites (five of them as add-ons) from one server. This package is a very reasonable £29.

Over the years I’ve used a small number of webhosts, most in the shared hosting space. Namely iPower, Hostgator, Fasthosts, LunarPages, Arvixe, Vidahost, TolraNet and a couple whose names I’ve forgotten. I’ve also used a VPS supplier called KnownHost.

Overall, my experience with each of these companies (apart from Hostgator) has been very good. The reasons I’ve moved were due to the growth of the sites rather than the service provided.

At the current time I use the following companies:

  • Vidahost
  • TolraNet

And I am more than happy to recommend either of these web hosting companies to you, and here’s why:


I’ve used Vidahost since December 2012 and I’m really impressed with everything about them. My websites load quickly, the support desk usually replies to my tickets within a very reasonable time and the price is superb – the cheapest package is £17 a year (including a free domain). This is more than adequate for a business or personal website.

They offer UK or US based servers. I use them for hosting domains so I’ve chosen the UK option. If you want to use the US based servers, you have to provide that information in the notes section when you place your order.

Some of the features of the Vidahost Basic Package include:

  • 500 mb disk space
  • 5gb bandwidth/data transfer
  • 1 hosted site
  • FREE setup
  • Fast UK servers (US servers are available)
  • Daily backup
  • Softaculous
  • 10 email accounts
  • 5 subdomains
  • 5 MySQL databases
  • 2 parked domains
  • Free webmail
  • FTP access
  • Awstats

Click here to find out more*


My relationship with Tolra dates back to 2008, when I purchased their web directory script. Right from the off, I was impressed with the customer services side of the business. I remember once receiving a solution to a problem within 10 minutes of sending an email.

I’ve used Tolra’s hosting for a few years now, and although they are not quite as cheap as Vidahost, the customer services side is as fast and reliable as ever. The basic account here is £34.50 and you can request hosting in the UK or US.

TolraNet’s Stater-1 package includes the following:

  • 1000 mb disk space
  • 5gb bandwidth/data transfer
  • Frequent backups
  • 3 MySQL Databases
  • 10 email accounts
  • 5 subdomains
  • 2 parked domains
  • 2 FTP accounts
  • Free webmail
  • Site stats
  • Softaculous
  • Cron jobs
  • UK or Us servers

Click here to find out more

Shared Hosting is Okay

Shared hosting for all but the busiest sites is sufficient. If you run an eCommerce site or you need a lot of server resources, then you may need something more powerful, but if you are just starting out or you only have a small site, shared is fine.

I hope this information is useful to you? If you have any questions or you would like to share your hosting experiences, please use the comments section below.


  1. says

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    • Stephen says

      I only mentioned two companies because I can recommend them from personal experience. I prefer to stay away from the more popular hosts as I’ve had problems with them in the past, and the service they provide is usually well under par.

      I’ll check out your site/service and consider adding it the post.

      Thanks for getting in touch.

  2. says

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