66 Top Bloggers Shared Best Advice for Web Hosting (Surprising Results)

Today, choosing the right web hosting platform has become the biggest concern for business owners/bloggers.

In order to help YOU find the right one, we reached out to a number of entrepreneurs, small business owners & bloggers and asked these 4 questions:

1. What web hosting service are you using? And since how long?

2. What do you consider when buying a hosting service?

3. What do you like about your hosting service?

4. Do you use any specific plugins/tools to secure your website? If yes, which one/s?

Whenever you’d go on the internet looking for ‘the best hosting services *insert year*’ one of the few obvious names to pop up everywhere could be Godaddy or BlueHost.

But there are many other web hosting companies that deserve your money & appreciation.

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There is no Godaddy, no BlueHost or no Inmotion people preferred much…it is WPX Hosting!

So, to expand on our research properly (and to keep your dwindling interest), we laid out every testament in the user’s own words & neat points which not only includes hosting, but some security tools as well.

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Keep reading this post till the end to make the most out of it, and at the end you can find out which hosting/tool is the best & why is it preferred by so many people.

Without wasting time, here’s are what they said:

ryan robbinson

Ryan Robinson

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Kinsta (for about 3 years now)

b. What to look for in a hosting?

My biggest consideration was a balance between speed and budget. At the time when I first signed up for Kinsta, their $300/mo plan was a bit of a budget stretch for me, but the dramatic gains I got in terms of page load speed have paid off big time.

c. The best part?

My favorite aspect of Kinsta is how quickly attentive they are whenever I have to contact their support team (which isn’t often, because their uptime and technical infrastructure are both stellar).

Plus, my average time on page went up noticeably after switching to them—so they have my heart!

d. But what about security?

Yes! I have premium Cloudflare running on my site, in addition to some anti-spam measures and plugins (like DeBounce, Loginizer, WPS Hide Login, Akismet).

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Robbie Richards

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WPX Hosting – Over 4 years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

#1. Speed.
#2. Staging environments for testing.
#3. Responsive and knowledgeable support.

WPX excels at all three.

c. The best part?

WPX is continually working to improve the speed of its hosting solution.

But, the thing that continues to impress me the most is the customer support.
I’ve had several occasions where I broke things, or had technical questions, and their support was always able to give me a fast answer and/or help resolve any issues.

They also offer unlimited free site migrations.

d. But what about security?

iThemes is one I have used in the past. WordFence is another.

Adam Connell

Adam Connell

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

I’m using Cloudways right now for my main websites. I haven’t been with them long though.

I was originally using WPX Hosting – I had a great experience with them and still use them for a lot of smaller sites, but my main site gets a lot of traffic and needs the ability to scale easier.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

There are a lot of factors that I consider when choosing a web host.
Some of these include: speed, reliability/uptime, scalability, performance, price to performance ratio, security, quality & speed of support, etc.

The only presence and viability of the brand is important too – it’s important to know that your host isn’t going to disappear overnight.

c. The best part?

Cloudways makes it easy for me to scale hosting resources – that was one of the main reasons I chose them. I also like how much control I get using their control panel.

The ability to choose between different cloud providers is a nice option too but I’ve gone with Vultr for several of my main sites. Performance is excellent too.

d. But what about security?

My tech stack varies between websites & I have a number of plugins/tools in place but I quite like the way Sucuri‘s firewall works – it’s easy to block the wp-login page from IP addresses you haven’t whitelisted.

And I’ve got malware recovery & a bunch of other functionality.
For smaller sites I’ve had a positive experience with both Malcare and WebARX. Although I prefer Malcare because it includes malware scanning & removal included in the cost.

Chris Castillo

Chris Castillo

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Gridpane

b. What to look for in a hosting?

The top 3 things I consider are: 1. Performance, 2. Security, and 3. Support.

c. The best part?

There are lots of hosting platforms that offer good value on these top three factors – but I found that Gridpane has the best support when compared to some of the most well-known platforms like Flywheel, Kinsta, WP Engine, and Cloudways.

Gridpane’s caching and security implementations are rock solid giving you amazing performance and peace of mind. They support Modsec and 6G firewalls which are robust and very reliable.

The Gridpane support team is also exceptional. When you speak with their support – you speak directly with an engineer who knows their stuff – so you never have to get floated from one person to the next to get the support you need.

d. But what about security?

We typically use Wordfence or iThemes Security along with Modsec.
For plugins we use Shortpixel for image optimization, Breeze for caching and minification, and WP Lazy Load for lazy loading images and videos.

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Adam Rowles

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WP Engine

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed is one of the most important features when selecting a hosting provider because it’s important for user engagement and assists with search engine rankings.

Reliability (up-time) is critical because you don’t want your website going down when it’s your busiest time.

24/7 support is important because you never know when your website might break or have issues, so you need assistance when this happens.

c. The best part?

As an agency we want to reduce time spent on maintenance. WP Engine assists with configuring websites so they are secure, fast with caching and global CDN.

Also, they will patch security threats and update wordpress core when required.

d. But what about security?

When using WP Engine they recommend not to install any 3rd party tools to secure your website.

However, security tools such as Sucuri, Wordfence & Virusdie can help improve site security.

Gabriella sannino

Gabriella Sannino

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Inmotion Hosting for four years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

There’s no one thing. Speed, of course, is essential. However, we also want a hosting package that gives us the flexibility we need for a growing company website, at a price we can afford.

We look long term, though, so incentives such as a free domain for the first year, or free SSL, for example, are secondary items. Finally, customer service is a must.

c. The best part?

The number one thing is Inmotion’s customer service. We can reach a live person at any time of day or night, ready and willing to help us out if something comes up.
Their VPN package is affordable, and we’ve had zero downtime in three years.

d. But what about security?

Inmotion has onboard security, as does Cloudflare, and we have WordPress security. So we use a layered security system.

Adam White

Adam White

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

I have used many web hosts over the years. I used to have everything at GoDaddy but frankly didn’t like their advertising strategy so I switched to hosting mainly at Name.com.

I have been with them for probably seven or eight years. Because SEOJet is a SaaS application we host that with Digital Ocean and a private server as well.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Ease of setup is the biggest factor. I want to be up and running in less than 24 hours.

c. The best part?

Hosting is the type of thing you should never have to think about or worry about. If you’re thinking or worrying about it, then the hosting company is failing you.
So what I like about my web host is that it works all the time.

d. But what about security?

I use Sucuri for one of my wordpress blogs that keeps getting hacked.

Chris-Makara

Chris Makara

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Knownhost for about 8 years or so

b. What to look for in a hosting?

I look for managed services with good support. There’s a lot I can do on my own, but there are times where it is just easier to ask someone to take care of something for me.

c. The best part?

I definitely like their support,. it’s very fast and always helpful. I’ve never had any issues with downtime or speed.

d. But what about security?

For this particular site I use Malcare and VirusDie to help keep things secure and up to date.

Dylan Gordon

Dylan Gordon

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

I’m currently using WPX Hosting, and I switched over about 3 months ago. Before that, I was testing different hosting services such as A2 Hosting and Bluehost which didn’t come close in performance.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

When purchasing hosting, I definitely need some type of support. I’ve ran into far too many issues in the past with lower-end hosts. Whether it’s waiting a long time for a response, or getting an automated response, it’s simply not worth my time!

Aside from that, speed is the main thing.

I’m all about giving my user the best experience, and that’s one of the main factors.

c. The best part?

Honestly, everything. I love having fast, 24/7 support, who knows what they’re doing! They do daily backups, free migrations, and have helped me with every issue I’ve had thus far.

In addition to that, it’s fairly priced for how fast the hosting is.
Even with heavier pages, I’m still getting lightning fast page speeds!

Ryan Scollon

Ryan Scollon

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WP Engine, switched 7 months ago.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

I tend to look at the whole thing as a package. Ultimately, it’s all about value for money. It needs to be fast, secure and affordable. But then there are added extras that help sweeten the deal such as staging sites, free SSL, good customer support etc.

c. The best part?

The one thing that stands out for me is the excellent customer service.
I have used WP Engine for a few clients over 2 or 3 years and recently moved my site over too.

But from day 1, the customer service has been brilliant with any technical issues you may have. Especially compared to some other hosting platforms I have had to deal with that just make everything so difficult to fix.

d. But what about security?

No, luckily WP Engine is very secure and comes with a bunch of features to keep your site safe and running smoothly.

barb-davids

Barb Davids

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

I’ve been using SiteGround since 2017. Prior to that, Lunarpages.
I switched over for support reasons. I think at the time-cost was comparable.
But Lunarpages at the time had gotten less responsive with their support.
I heard about SiteGround from a friend and found out they also moved sites over for people who signed up. I was sold. Signed up and my site was up and running the same very quickly.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Support first and foremost. Then cost and the ability to access the backend easily. I prefer to have access to the .htaccess file (and sometimes other files) to make adjustments if needed.

c. The best part?

The support. Hands down. They are responsive and knowledgeable.

d. But what about security?

I use what the host provides… SG SiteScanner, powered by Sucuri .

Maddy Osman

Maddy Osman

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Kinsta, for the past several years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Customer support is one of my biggest things. Past that, great performance and as close to 100% uptime as possible!

c. The best part?

Kinsta makes it their job to know everything about WordPress, optimizing the hosting experience for better WordPress performance while supporting people who are trying to troubleshoot common issues or take their business to the next level in terms of how they use their website.

d. But what about security?

I use Wordfence to stay in the loop regarding major WordPress security problems.

John VanDerLaan

Johnny Baskin

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

I have used Digital Ocean for the past 3 years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Reliability and security are the biggest considerations that I make when purchasing hosting. You don’t want to have to deal with security issues or downtime especially when you are investing in a digital marketing campaign.

A good host won’t stop all security issues but it definitely helps.

c. The best part?

It’s reliable, scalable, easy to use and has predictable pricing.

d. But what about security?

I use Sucuri Security on some of my sites to help secure them along with keeping all plugins and software up to date.

Dom Wells

Dom Wells

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Siteground – Around 3 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

It depends on the site. Some of the higher bandwidth ones have different requirements. Generally though, I focus on the quality, reputation, support and price. So..everything!

c. The best part?

Great support, good bang for buck price.

d. But what about security?

Wordfence.

sammy belose

Sammy Belose

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Since 2017, I am using Host gator

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Here is the checklist you should be follow while selecting a web hosting company
1) Uptime (100%)
2) Support 24×7
3) Multiple Server locations
4) Bandwidth unlimited
5) Disk Space Unlimited
6) Well known brand in the market
7) Running offers
8) All Payment methods

c. The best part?

Support and Uptime

d. But what about security?

Cloudflare

Shane Pollard

Shen Pollard

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Kinsta 6 months

b. What to look for in a hosting?

price, specs, server location, knowledge-base

c. The best part?

support and ease of use

bibi-raven

Bibi Raven

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Innzone Hosting, since about a year (2018)

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed, customer service and price

c. The best part?

I get amazing value with excellent speed and customer support, comparable to Kinsta but at a dramatically lower price.

Blair Urquhart

Blair Urquhart

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

A2 hosting VPS 3 years roughly.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Cost and quality of servers and support level from customer service

c. The best part?

Well they are generally a lot more stable than other providers plus quite cheap price wise as well.

Bill Sebald

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WP Engine – Greenlane has been with them for about 10 years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Fast and helpful customer support, a staging area, and a very easy to use back end.

c. The best part?

I find WP Engine very good in all three of the areas I mentioned above.

Sunny Kumar

Sunny Kumar

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Google Cloud, DigitalOcean (3 Years)

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Web Server Location, Response Time

c. The best part?

Scalability, Load Balancer & I can manage everything according to my needs.

d. But what about security?

Yes, CloudFlare Firewall & PageRule along with Premium version of WordFence.

kris-gunnars

Kris Gunnars

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Kinsta. About one year.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Performance, uptime, support.

c. The best part?

Kinsta is fantastic all-around, but their incredible tech support is what stands out from the others.

d. But what about security?

No, but I do use CloudFlare.

Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Most of my sites are with WPX Hosting, I’ve been with them for around 3 years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed, security and support

c. The best part?

WPX honestly has the best support of any company I’ve ever worked with.
They are extremely responsive, very knowledgeable and will help you with pretty much any issue, even things that are not really their responsibility.

They are just great for peace of mind, I’ve had some really bad experiences with customer support at other hosting companies. They also provide good speed and security.

d. But what about security?

Yes, Wordfence, WP Hide Login and UpdraftPlus for backups.

Dimitar Margaritov

Dimitar Margaritov

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Bluehost since June 2019

b. What to look for in a hosting?

I consider pricing and server locations. Also, support is important as well.

c. The best part?

I like that it is relatively easy to use and the support is able to assist where I can’t do something by myself. I also like that the chat support is quite secure since they require a verification code before proceeding with the support request.

d. But what about security?

Not yet, but plan to start using it in the near future.

Sam Rexford

Sam Rexford

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Bluehost for 8 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

These days when considering a new hosting environment for my sites I look for a few different things: WordPress tools, speed, affordability, and technical support.

c. The best part?

I love Bluehost primarily because of their awesome support team.
I’ve never had a problem that I couldn’t get help with over the phone.

Their support team has helped me through technical issues with WordPress, domain issues, DNS issues, lost websites, HTML+CSS and a ton more.

They’re helpful, knowledgeable, and always ready to go the extra mile to help you with your sites.

d. But what about security?

Cloudflare, SSL, Captcha plugin for forms, Defender by WP MUDEV

Ivica-delic

Ivica Delic

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

SiteGround, 2014.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Support, Services, Price

c. The best part?

Support and 24/7 availability

d. But what about security?

Virusdie and Malcare

Paul Leary

Paul Leary

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

SiteGround for over 4 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed, uptime, cost, customer service and where the servers are located.

c. The best part?

I like their speed the best.

d. But what about security?

Wordfence

mark-sceats

Mark Sceats

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WPX since Sep 2017

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Performance, support, price

c. The best part?

Outstanding support, great performance (WP hosting specialists), fair pricing

d. But what about security?

Wordfence firewall plus UpdraftPlus for backups

brett-melville

Brett Melville

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

VentraIP

b. What to look for in a hosting?

24 / 7 chat support. Free SSL certificates. Regular server side backups. Firewalls.

c. The best part?

Easy to add new reseller hosting packages via the interface between the website host and WHM. Chat that is available to not only answer questions, but complete tasks for you such as migrations, PHP version changes and WP troubleshooting if it breaks.

d. But what about security?

On WordPress websites we use WordFence Premium.

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Carlos Guerrero

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WPinfy for a year and a half.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Reliability, speed, and support.

c. The best part?

The support is top notch. If I have any questions or need support with anything, it gets resolved in the blink of an eye.

d. But what about security?

My hosting handles security on the server side. On some of my websites I do use a plugin called WebARX for security.

alex-sportsfuel

Alex

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Shopify Plus, for 2 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

A simple all in one solution

c. The best part?

Fast, easy, and reliable

d. But what about security?

No

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Rob Jennings

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Rack Servers (11 years) and Vultr (2 years)

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Security, scalability and location of data centre

c. The best part?

Responsive when issues arise and regularly communicate about updates to software or server hardware

d. But what about security?

Wordfence, Sucuri, iThemes security

Ryan spotio

Ryan

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Wpengine.com

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Performance, stability, and customer service

c. The best part?

Easy access, great service, and stable

d. But what about security?

No

Laust Kehlet

Laust Kehlet

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Azehosting for 2 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Price, service and hosting features

c. The best part?

Price and service

d. But what about security?

Antispambee nothing else right now

Jason Acidre

Jason Acidre

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

SiteGround. I moved many of my websites (from Godaddy and Hostgator) to SiteGround back in 2015 – and I’ve been really satisfied with their service up until now.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Support and uptime

c. The best part?

Definitely impressed with SiteGround’s technical support team.
They’re always around whenever I encounter technical issues with the websites I’m hosting with them.

d. But what about security?

I use WordFence and JetPack for WordPress.

Miles Anthony Smith

Miles Anthony Smith

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

LiquidWeb

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Value (not just cost) since you want a reasonable price but server performance for SEO these days is vital. Plus, customer support in the case that you experience some challenges. Bonus if they offer a done-for-you file transfer from current host to new one!

c. The best part?

All of the above

d. But what about security?

iThemes Security & Wordfence Security

Stacy Caprio

Stacy Caprio

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Hostinger, for around 2 years now.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

I consider cost, available space & speed features, as well as support team responsiveness and ability to fix issues.

c. The best part?

I love that the support team is always available 24/7 to fix issues and that the hosting cost is low compared to many others.

d. But what about security?

Yes, I like using https to make my site more secure and trustworthy.

George G.

George G

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

I host websites for my own project and for my clients and I use a lot of web hosting providers. For my own projects, I use VPS mostly from Vultr and DigitalOcean.

Uptime is great, it is priced well, it is fast and the support of the infrastructure is decent.

However, I would not recommend VPS to someone who does not know how to manage a server because it can really be a pain in the ass.

For clients that want their own control panel I usually recommend a hosting company based on the requirements and budget. Kinsta, WPX and Siteground are what most clients choose.

I have used the providers above for more than 3 years and I am happy with the service.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

As mentioned above, I am looking at the value for the money mostly.
But the service should be fast, reliable, with great uptime and support.

c. The best part?

I like it the best if everything is smooth and I don’t have to contact their support at all. And in the rare cases I do – they are fast and responsive.

I also like transparent price policy and the infrastructure to be made with security in mind. Scalability is also a nice feature.

d. But what about security?

I use mostly IPtables as firewalls, Nagios for monitoring, Cloudflare for DDoS protection and Docker for containers.

Moosa Hemani

Moosa Hemani

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

VPS – InMotion (2 years i guess)

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Uptime and Location

c. The best part?

Uptime is great

d. But what about security?

DODOS for few of my clients who have seen a hack attack in the past but not many

Jack Wieczorek

Jack Wieczorek

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

OVH – 5+ years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Price, Reliability, Support

c. The best part?

The same as above. Quality service for a good price.

d. But what about security?

Usually firewalls are okay. I add wordfence to wordpress sites.

Justin Herring

Justin Herring

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WPX Hosting for 2 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Hosting speed, customer service and usability

c. The best part?

They are one of the fastest web hosting for WordPress and the customer service can fix any issues usually within a couple of minutes

d. But what about security?

We use Web ARX security plugin to secure our website.

Joe Williams

Joe Williams

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Siteground and for around five years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Fast hosting and great support. Also, I like an easy-to-use and detailed back end like Cpanel, and a dedicated IP.

c. The best part?

The customer support is phenomenal. Better than when I had a dedicated web server with another company.

d. But what about security?

My site got hacked for the first time last year, so I learnt the hard way.
I now use the premium JetPack for WordPress on my self-hosted WordPress website.

alex

Alex

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WPX Hosting, a few months.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Shared vs. dedicated, speed optimization, cost, reputation.

c. The best part?

Month-to-month payments.

d. But what about security?

ManageWP + Malcare

John VanDerLaan

John VanDerLaan

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WPX Hosting. 1 year

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed and support

c. The best part?

It is very fast and the support is fantastic. Also unlimited free site migrations.

d. But what about security?

Yes, Wordfence.

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Kurien Abraham

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Amazon AWS for almost four years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Reliability

c. The best part?

Hosting Options and Support.

d. But what about security?

Sucuri and Wp Fence.

Marcus Miller

Marcus Miller

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WP Engine – for a few years now.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed. Stability. Suitability for what is being hosted. Ease of use. I don’t want to wrestle with technical issues and I want my site up and running and responsive for our customers.

We are big on SEO as well so I want a site that is fast and stable so it keeps my sites ranking as well as they should.

c. The best part?

I am a big fan of WP Engine for WordPress sites. It is super fast and super reliable. Typically, if we grab a WordPress site from some bog standard hosting and move it over to WP Engine it speeds things up by about 50%.

I like the ability to have a live, staging and development site as well which makes updates and changes easier and safer.

The support as well is top class – all too often we have brought up an issue with a client site and they just put it right for us.

d. But what about security?

Not really. Security is built into WP Engine and backed up by Sucuri so again, it is top of the class when it comes to security and if there is an issue, it gets sorted for free.

Kulwant Nagi

Kulwant Nagi

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WPX Hosting since January 2019.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Very affordable.

c. The best part?

Instant support.

d. But what about security?

Malcare and webarxsecurity.

Thomas CUBEL

Thomas CUBEL

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Hostme.fr since 2014

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Uptime, TTFB, price, CPU, RAM, technologies (nginx, Php7, Opcache, Redis/memcached, etc), Support, settings.

c. The best part?

Support, performance, scalability, uptime

d. But what about security?

It depends, Cloudflare/stackpatch and settings into the webserver. WordPress plugin against brute forcing. Log analysis.

Jackie Owen

Jackie Owen

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Hostinger from the last 2 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Features mainly bandwidth and inodes, and support

c. The best part?

Very fast support team with live chat support, affordable price with premium features, and super easy to use c-panel interface. Only recently they upgraded their system and interface and now it’s Michael faster and better.

d. But what about security?

Yes, wordfence

Alec Shirkey Headshot

Alec Shirkey

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Heroku since MVP version

b. What to look for in a hosting?

That hosting provider is mature, has high uptime and makes scalability easy

c. The best part?

It’s a platform as a service. While less flexible in some ways, it allows us to focus more on product and delivering great user experience and less on having to manage a complex infrastructure.

d. But what about security?

Castle.io, Sqreen, Cloudflare

vinay-katiyar

Vinay Katiyar

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Digital Ocean. 5+ years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

  1. Performance of the server
  2. Support
  3. Price
  4. Uptime
  5. Secure
  6. Available datacenter locations

c. The best part?

DigitalOcean happens to be the high-performance affordable cloud hosting with an amazing support team.

If you know how to handle servers, I wouldn’t recommend any other hosting.

d. But what about security?

Nope

Clint Lenard

Clint Lenard

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

HostGator for my smaller websites and also testing websites. I use Linode for my larger and more important websites since they seem to be faster and more reliable.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed and up-time. Over the past 20 years I’ve dealt with a lot of hosts with downtime issues. It gets frustrating and can hurt your SEO rankings, obviously.

Speed is also important since slower page load speeds are a UX (User Experience) problem and could cause ranking issues as well.

c. The best part?

I have experienced very little downtime and typically the pages load pretty quickly. I’m not spending a ridiculous amount of money or time on these services either.

d. But what about security?

I actually use a lot, but not always the same plugins either. WP Fastest Cache, Imagify, Smushit, UpdraftPlus, All in One WP Security, Akismet Anti-Spam, Contact Form 7, Header and Footer Scripts, Yoast SEO and Rank Math.

I use plenty of others but these are the ones I almost always use (mixed a bit) with every website. Speed, Security, SEO and Backup plugins.

Michael Cottam

Michael Cottam

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

AccuWeb – since 2016

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Support and uptime

c. The best part?

Nearly instant support via chat. Super helpful, very senior technical support people. The complete opposite of GoDaddy.

d. But what about security?

My payment processor runs PCI compliance scans for me to root out problems before hackers find them.

Jaden Oh

Jaden Oh

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Have been using Siteground for about 2 years now.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Recommendations by influencers I follow, and the speed of customer service.

c. The best part?

Simple and easy to use. Also, it’s recommended by the people I follow in the community.

d. But what about security?

Yup. The SimpleSSL plugin.

Richard abetterlemonadestand

Richard

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Kinsta for 3 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed and support.

c. The best part?

Speed and support. Kinsta outperforms nearly every other hosting service for both.

d. But what about security?

Sucuri Firewall

Servando Silva

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Vultr VPS for 3+ years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Pricing, specs, and speed. We consider the availability of OSes or different web apps, bandwidth, SSD space, and locations available to deploy our servers along with pricing (which is pretty much similar from similar providers).

c. The best part?

I like that they offer high speed NVMe storage and enough bandwidth and OS images available without adding stuff like cPanel and other things we don’t need and what makes other hosting services slow and crowded with their popular shared plans.

We also deploy and destroy servers each month, so we need to be charged by the hour and not by monthly or annual plans like many popular hosting services do.

Dennis Stopa

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

InterServer, four years now. Not for my own website (based in the Netherlands) but for my affiliate websites.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Location, tech setup, admin panel, support and price.

c. The best part?

Price for VPS servers and the support is very good with quick replies.

d. But what about security?

On WordPress I use the Sucuri plugin mostly. And sometimes Wordfence.

Will Ma

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

InMotion Hosting – 3 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Performance, support, & updates

c. The best part?

With the better plans, the support gets much better and you get answers very quickly. It also comes with a lot of features out of the box.

d. But what about security?

I do not, other than the SSL provided by the hosting company. I just make sure my sites stay updated.

Pedro Moorcraft

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Digitalocean for the past 4 years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed (time to first byte), ssh access, documentation available, and quality of support

c. The best part?

It provides some of the best and most extensive documentation and user forums I’ve seen and allows you to have as much control as you want over the deployment of your sites.

Most of my websites use wordpress and I can choose DigitalOcean’s one click installation, which is DigitalOcean’s out-of-the-box solution, or I can install wordpress manually via ssh access. It’s also pretty fast and very affordable- starting at 5$/month.

d. But what about security?

Akismet, JetPack, let’s encrypt.

Simon

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Nimbus, since mid 2019

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Ease of set up, support and price

c. The best part?

Customer support is fantastic. Plus their 1 click install of WordPress is brilliant.

jacky singh

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Blue host since 2009

b. What to look for in a hosting?

speed and how it handle my traffic

c. The best part?

it is good and have no issues and the staff is good

d. But what about security?

no never used

Kyle Faber

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Kinsta and flywheel (1 yr and 5 yrs, respectively)

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed, reliability, peace of mind, dev flexibility

c. The best part?

Overall support and performance

d. But what about security?

No

Chris Webber

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

WPX. 2 or 3 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

good support & performance

c. The best part?

Support

d. But what about security?

Wordfence

T Butt

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Site ground for last 3 years.

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Speed, price, customer support

c. The best part?

Price and customer support. However speed is OK, not great.

d. But what about security?

Jet pack

Mike Weimar

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

A2 Hosting, about 3 years

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Server Responsiveness/speed and reliability

c. The best part?

quick server response time, higher than average uptime

d. But what about security?

wordfence, ssl certificate, auto malware scanner and backups

Kasper

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Godaddy, since 2016

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Price, server location, service

c. The best part?

Service level is on top

d. But what about security?

Wordfence

Sandy

Website

a. Your long-time favorite hosting

Hostgator

b. What to look for in a hosting?

Features & technical support

c. The best part?

Excellent customer service

d. But what about security?

No

Conclusion

If you went through all of the 66 testaments we mentioned then congratulations!

You came out wiser than when you went in. And of course, this article wouldn’t be possible without the generous feedback from all the above users.

Now there’s no qualms with the fact that WPX Hosting is the clear winner in this list.

A large majority of users reported positively about the service & support.

Also, the main highlights are WPX’s affordability, WebARX Security, and unlimited site migrations.

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On the security side of things, Wordfence turns out to be a recurring favorite among the WordPress crowd. Wordfence includes both a firewall, that inspects your site’s traffic for anything malicious, and a scanner for protection against malware.

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Now just because a majority favors a certain hosting or tool doesn’t mean you have to absolutely go in it head first. But make up your own opinion. So which one did you settle on? Which one met most of your requirements?
Please comment down below & let us know.