When you first built your website, you probably went with Bluehost because they’re one of the most popular and well-known hosting providers out there. There’s no shame in that, particularly when you’re getting started and need a user-friendly service you can set up and (mostly) forget about while you’re focusing on other things.
However, you’re probably reading this because you’ve realized something’s missing. Maybe you’ve been doing some reading into how page load times affect your bounce rate, and you’ve realized that Bluehost’s speeds are lacking. Or, you’ve had issues with your website and you’re not happy with Bluehost’s support, so you want to take your business elsewhere.
I get it. We’ve all been there.
Buckle up and grab a drink, because it’s time to get technical.
You might also want to take a look at my How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting Provider guide to ensure that you go with the right one.
SiteGround is where tons of ex-Bluehost members go. And there’s a big reason for that.
Compared to Bluehost, SiteGround offers a lot more flexibility with their subscription packages. Plus, as a new user, this provider has special offers all the time that saves you a fortune on their standard pricing. Of course, this reverts after your payment plan ends, but given that their longest plan is 3 years long, you’ll be fine.
Don’t need hosting for more than one website? Cool, don’t pay for it then. Want someone to handle your site migration to SiteGround for you? They’ll handle it for you with a higher-tier subscription. You only have to pay for the features you need. Pretty awesome, right?
It’s super speedy, too. With SiteGround, you’ll get access to their SuperCacher technology, which increases your loading speed across the board. Quicker speeds = more eyeballs on your business = PROFIT.
If you need a managed WordPress solution – which it’s likely that you do – then SiteGround is one of the best hosting solutions for WordPress. They offer 24/7 support channels and claim to have an uptime of 99.9%. When I tried out SiteGround my website only went down once over the course of a year, which is pretty stellar honestly.
If you’re not a techy kind of person and you’re not sure what you’re doing with WordPress, SiteGround is awesome for that too. When you’re with SiteGround, you get to use their SG Optimizer plugin which handles a lot of the heavy lifting for you. Less time making your website work and more time doing what you love sounds like a win to me.
Sure, it’s an older name, but it’ll still do you good. WordPress officially supports DreamHost, so if that’s where you do most of your business, you know you’ll get good support. Plus, it’s one of the last remaining bastions of independent hosting on the web. I know I’d rather support small entrepreneurs than million-dollar corporations.
Okay, I get it, you want more than just a warm fuzzy feeling. DreamHost does have a ton to offer for a surprisingly low price.
Unlike SiteGround, where you’re looking at paying over $10/month for unlimited websites, you can get this for less than $4/month with DreamHost’s WordPress Unlimited plan. Sure, you have to sign up for a minimum of a year to get that price, but it’s still a great offer. Only have one website, though? Cool, it’s even cheaper! Plus, both plans allow unlimited traffic and give you one free domain, unlike SiteGround.
The downside is that this isn’t a managed WordPress plan, so you miss out on having storage space, daily backups, and 24/7 support. But, if you know what you’re doing with WordPress, DreamHost is a great option that can save you a ton of money.
If you kinda still like Bluehost, but you wish you had a bit more flexibility, then HostGator’s the provider for you.
Got multiple sites? Awesome, then you can host them for less than $4/month. And it’s even cheaper if you’ve only got one website. With a free SSL certificate and WordPress transfer, it’s even good for non-techy people who just want a hosting provider that just works without any hassle.
Because if you’ve ever manually changed hosts before, then you know full well that it’s a gosh-darn hassle.
While some providers like DreamHost work out cheaper because they leave a lot of the work to you, that’s definitely not the case with HostGator. You even get 24/7 support available through email, Live Chat, or over the phone, which is impressive given how little you’re paying.
If you do know what you’re doing, though, you’ll be glad to know that HostGator offers one-click installs for WordPress, Drupal, Magneto, and phpBB, so it’s super easy to get yourself set up. They even offer Google Ads and Bing Ads credit, making them awesome for eCommerce businesses.
If you need more support and features, then you can pay over $4/month. But, one of the great things about HostGator is that the pricing tiers seem pretty well thought out, so you don’t really need to pay for more features than you need.
4. A2 Hosting
For the tech nerds out there, this one’s for you. A2 Hosting is an awesome developer-friendly, easy-on-the-wallet hosting provider. Even if you’re not a developer, you’ll still get a ton of benefits out of A2 Hosting. And, you’ll know that it’s easy to get a developer to come in and work on your website without having to fight with your hosting provider.
Unfortunately, it is one of the more limited providers out there for the price. If you can do some of your website development and optimization yourself, chances are that you won’t find this too much of an issue. But if you’re like me and the thought of editing your website makes you want to cry, you’re probably better off elsewhere.
Luckily, if you don’t know what the hell an SSL certificate is or why caching is essential, A2 Hosting offer a brilliant 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, if you end up buying a plan you’re not happy with, this provider will sort you with a refund for all the hosting time you didn’t use.
For a basic, barebones plan, you can’t go too wrong with A2 Hosting if you’re just starting up. Their basic plan is more than enough to get you going with whatever you’re trying to do, whether that’s eCommerce or blogging about dogs.
But if it is blogging about dogs, please share the link with me because I could definitely use some dog pictures to keep me going. Thanks.
InMotion isn’t as well known as the other providers I’ve talked about today, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good’un. The Lite plan, which is their most basic hosting subscription, is less than $3/month if you sign up for three years, making it super cheap and awesome for those of you with a single website.
Compared to Bluehost, it offers way better cloud hosting, which is brilliant for increasing your website speed, as well as free storage backups. Trust me, you need those storage backups. It’s heartbreaking to lose all of your hard work.
You still get access to a free SSL certificate, malware protection, and DDoS protection, which is awesome for eCommerce businesses who can’t quite stretch to a more expensive plan yet. Plus, you’ll get one free email address that you can access on any device and a website builder. So, if you’re taking the move to a new host as an opportunity to rebuild your website – which is fair; transferring websites to new servers is a pain in the butt – InMotion has you covered. If coding doesn’t scare you, then InMotion supports a ton of different languages, which can make your life a whole lot easier if you’d rather build your website from scratch.
One of my favorite things about this provider is that I don’t have to pay a fortune for features I’m not going to use. There are a ton more features available with the higher tiers but even they’re not super expensive, particularly when compared to other hosting providers.
If Bluehost has got you feeling…well, blue, then you’ve thankfully got a fair few options. If you’re not sure what you’re doing with websites yet, then I definitely recommend going with SiteGround, as they’re the only hosting provider I’ve talked about today that offers a managed hosting service for under $4/month.
More comfortable venturing into the wild world of the Internet on your own? HostGator’s shared hosting service is pretty great for the price, and you’ve got a good amount of support without needing to pay a fortune for it.
If the idea of code is more exciting than terrifying, then you’ll get on well with A2 Hosting. They’re perhaps the most hands-off service on this list, and they’re definitely more bare-bones, but they’re a super cheap service for people who are happy taking things into their own hands.