1. WallBB

    Is hostgator also covered in the <25$ bracket ?
    For a small scale consumer, I think they also have a high stake in the <25% pricing level.
    I wonder why WordPress has only shown bluehost, dreamhost, flywheel and siteground in the list.


    • Kevin Ohashi

      HostGator was not covered. It was an opt-in test and HG did not opt in. BlueHost did and they are owned by the same parent company (Endurance International Group), although I have no idea if their platforms are sharing infrastructure for the WordPress hosting specifically.


    • Debbie

      I used to use Hostgator as a resellet – from 2006-2013. They started out great, then, as more and more WordPress sites were built, the server speed and performance plummeted. I’d avoid them as their Customer Service quality also went down.


  2. Ankur

    Lately, I have seen a couple of sites employing the same methodology to rank webhosts.

    While I wish to congratulate the person who came up with the novel idea, however, the methodology applied is flawed at so many levels.

    I was looking for recommendations for a dedicated server and happened to land on one of these sites. My observation is that if a host ranks 1-5 in say ‘shared hosting’, it will rank high in all the other hosting environments (dedicated,cloud, VPS) that it offers.

    Their ranking is based on twitter “signals”. When people applaud or disapprove a given webhost. They won’t say

    Hey, What an awesome VPS host


    The worst cloud host ever

    In a constrained environment of 140 characters, all the terms are normally pushed into a generic category webhost

    Then there can be so many other issues like people not coming out, or not wanting to criticize a host when they are already hosting a site with them or not enough reviews for that small company which is doing awesome job…

    Yeah, may be a reference point but won’t solely rely on these rankings.
    “Webhosting Ratings” still remains a problem looking to be solved.


  3. Jason

    Is this Jetpack commenting?


  4. Al

    I was surprised to see WPEngine ranked so low… well at least not in the top 5. They get glowing recommendations from many of the WP luminaries in the WP community.

    (Note: We have a dedicated server at Pair Networks (pair.com) for the past ten years, but will do client sites at a number of different hosts that clients themselves choose… except we won’t do a site on any EIG-owned host or on GoDaddy. We still have the scars from doing sites on those server farms!)


  5. Michaël

    Hello everyone,

    really nice article!

    although I’m only a beginner (1 year) at WordPress dev, I must say that I was quite impressed with my 25€ provider being Pantheon. Their platform is intuitive, speed and ease of installation are great and their service, oh, is nearly perfect. Glad to see them listed here. I recommend them to everyone.

    just to be clear: I am not connected to them in any way, they are my host, that’s all.


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