WordPress offers a lot of flexibility and power, which is one of the many reasons it now powers over 20% of the web. But finding a good place to park all that power can be a little daunting. While a great theme and some useful plugins get a lot of the attention, you’ll also need a great host to make sure your site runs quickly and safely and gives you and your visitors the best experience possible.
If you’re looking for a web host to serve as a home for your website’s files, Bluehost is hard to beat. Bluehost’s commitment to WordPress is well known and WordPress.org has recommended them for years. They sponsor core developers and WordCamps, just like CyberChimps. With plans starting at just $5.99/month for shared hosting and just $24.99/month for managed WordPress hosting (both are discounted for the first month), you get a lot of bang for the buck.
Bluehost can serve as your one-stop shop to pick up your domain (you know, your web address, like www.mysite.com) as well as get you set up with a hosting account.
Shared hosting is the cheapest way to get on the web. Bluehost includes 100GB of storage and unlimited bandwidth for your website plus up to 5 parked domains and 25 subdomains in their Starter plan. You even get 100 email accounts with 500MB of storage per account. Why would you want 100 email accounts? Well, if you don’t have 100 employees that each need their own email, you may find them useful for things such as [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected] You get the idea.
Other shared hosting plans include the Plus plan which gives you unlimited websites, storage, domains, and email accounts; and it adds CDN (content delivery network) service to help speed up your site plus some spam help. Their Business Pro plan, still only $19.99/month, offers all of that and adds SSL, dedicated IP, domain privacy, backup, and extra performance to the package. All of the packages also include some marketing offers to get your site off to a strong start.
Managed WordPress Hosting
If your site means anything to you, consider the managed WordPress hosting option. You get hosting on servers specifically set up to make WordPress run quickly and securely. They even include a custom cPanel and the ManageWP service to help you maintain your site(s). Plus you get automatic backups of your site – which if you’ve ever had a site hacked or otherwise damaged, you’ll know is worth the price by itself.
While WordPress may be considered the friendliest content management system, that doesn’t mean everyone can jump right in without a helping hand. If you need some assistance getting started, they offer migration and “Quickstart” services, which could be just what you need if you’ve got other things to tend to besides setting up your new website.
There are a lot of website hosting companies out there, but few come better qualified and better recommended than Bluehost. This is why CyberChimps suggests you give them a try!