WP Engine: The Best of the Best in Shared Hosting
WP Engine is literally the best shared hosting provider I’ve ever come across. Their Texas-based servers are lightning fast, and their proprietary caching system is unrivaled. From my own tests, as well as migrating many clients over from cheaper shared hosting options, I’ve seen a 2x, even 3x decrease in website load time and download speeds. And that’s without any optimizations!
There is one caveat, however, WP Engine is a managed wordpress host, meaning they only host WordPress websites. So, if you’re running Joomla, Drupal, Magento, or a straight-up HTML site, then you’ll want to consider Bluehost, HostGator or SiteGround, as listed above.
Simply put, WP Engine is the fastest shared host on the planet, has the best load times, the best support, and the best auto-backup system. But that all comes at a cost. As I’m sure your grandfather told you, “You get what you pay for.” This is also true with shared web hosting. The smallest WP Engine plan starts at $35/month (get 2 months free with annual prepay).
As I’ve been a happy customer of WP Engine for years now, and hosted dozens upon dozens of client websites with them, I’m proud to be able to offer my readers 20% off the Startup Plan. Simply click this link to load the discounted personal plan offer.
If you’re not quite ready to bite the $35/month hosting bullet, that’s OK, you can always signup for Bluehost for a fraction of the price, get your WordPress site established, then migrate your website to WP Engine at a later date (they offer free WordPress website migration as just one of their many premium web host offerings).