Site speed is one of the main factors which make users stay on your site or bounce back to other sources. Still, as wrongly believed the fast site is not a necessity for SEO and search engines won’t rank your site down if your site takes a long time to load. But it’s necessary that your website page loads up before the browser generates “The site is not accessible” error. For increasing site speed you need to keep your site optimized and your site hosting provider also plays a huge part in this. Today I’m going to discuss some of the best web hosting providers for 2018. There’s a lot I’d like to cover in this post. I’ll be going over what I believe to be the best based on personal experience and research, as well as how to set up and install WordPress for the top recommended pick.
|Digital Ocean||Developers Choice|
#1 Siteground (Currently 60% Off)
What Siteground is good for:
- WordPress Hosting
9 times out of 10, I recommend Siteground to my friends and family. I’ve been with many different web hosts and Siteground has been the most reliable for me.
Not only are they affordable, but they provide services that are ACTUALLY USEFUL. This includes 1-click WordPress installation, free e-mail accounts, and a free SSL certificate; perfect if you plan to have users or accept payments.
If you don’t have a domain yet, you can also register a domain through Siteground by going here and clicking
A while ago, the WordPress Hosting Facebook group asked their 5,000+ members what they believed to be the best web host and SiteGround came out on top as #1.
Like many other providers, Siteground offers three distinct hosting plans. Most of you will be going with the StartUp plan as it is the least expensive but the GrowBig and GoGeek offer some added on functionality that is a MUST of some users. One major difference being that GrowBig and GoGeek allow you to host multiple domains while StartUp is only suitable for one. Below a brief description of the three:
GrowBig – Suitable for ~25,000 monthly visits and allows for multiple domains. Offers include everything above from the StartUp plan and: 20GB web space, SuperCacher for improved web speeds, priority technical support, and many other premium features.
GoGeek – The largest and most advanced of Sitegrounds hosting plans; suitable for ~100,000 monthly visits. GoGeek allows for all the above features in the StartUp and GrowBig plans. Advanced features include PCI Compliant Servers, WordPress & Joomla Staging, fewer accounts on the server, and one-click Git Repo Creation.
Overall, just choose a plan that is most suitable for you. If your looking to install WordPress then at the bottom of this post I’ve included a mini tutorial on how to both install WordPress and WordPress plugins & themes.
#2 Digital Ocean (Developers Choice)
What Digital Ocean is good for:
If you’re a developer looking for good web hosting then I’d recommend Digital Ocean, their slogan is literally cloud computing, designed for developers. The amount of customization you have is insane. Digital Ocean provides you with the servers which you choose based on your price range and desired amount of storage, then you can choose an image or installation which will run on your server(s).
Here are a few images of what the setup process looks like:
01. Choose an OS image.
02. Choose your platform.
o3. Choose your system requirement for this server.
04. Now choose the datacenter location.
#3 WpEngine (Agency Choice)
What WpEngine is good for:
- Premium Support
WpEngine stands for WordPress Engine; they specialize in WordPress web hosting and is one of the best WordPress web hosts out there. I call it the agency choice, however, because this specialization comes at a premium price. Their lowest plan starts at $25/mo and can reach as $249+/mo depending on how much computing power you need.
I’d highly recommend WpEngine to anyone out there who’s looking to run an agency or who are needing to manage a large number of WordPress websites. WpEngine’s customer support is impeccable and their UI is amongst the best of web hosts making it very easy to manage your website(s) on one of the worlds most powerful content management systems (WordPress).
If WpEngine’s pricing is too steep for you, then I’d recommend Siteground.
Installing SSL, WordPress, Themes, Plugins (Siteground)
The first thing you should do after purchasing your web hosting is installing your free SSL. Do this before you install WordPress.
- As soon as you’ve purchased your hosting, go to My Accounts, found on the menu.
- Alongside your domain, you should see Manage Account click that then clicks Go to cPanel. Scroll down until you see the
Securitytab and click Let’s Encrypt.
Action there’s a drop-down menu. Select
HTTPS Settings then make sure
HTTPS Enforce is
ON. See the photo below:
- Next, go back to your cPanel and look for the tab ‘WordPress Tools’ you should see ‘WordPress Installer‘. Click that and ‘Install Now’ on the following page.
- Everything under Software Setup should be left as default. The protocol should read
https://if the SSL was installed properly. Make sure ‘In Directory’ is left blank. Under ‘Site Settings‘ feel free to change your site name and site description to whatever you desire. Note that these can be changed later.
- The rest is completely up to you. Just click ‘Install‘ when you’re ready and congratulations, you’ve installed WordPress!
You can now reach your WordPress dashboard by going to
Installing WordPress Plugins & Themes
Installing plugins and themes is extremely easy.
For plugins just go to Plugins >> Add New from the side menu.
From there you’ll be brought to a page where you can either search for a plugin or upload a plugin. Often times I’ll just use Google to search for WordPress plugins. Plugins will come in the form of a .zip file which you can then upload to your site.
Once you install a plugin, you’ll need to activate it which can be done in the Plugins > Installed Plugins section of the menu.
Installing themes is exactly the same as installing plugins.
In the side menu just go to Appearance >> Add New. From here you can Upload a theme or search for one.
Themes will also come in the form of a .zip file if you choose to upload your own.
And really that’s all there is to it! I hope you guys were able to get some good value out of this mini-guide. Other then that, who do you think will provide the best web hosting for 2018?