Best Shared Hosting For WordPress?

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Best Shared Hosting For WordPress? I’m looking for Shared Hosting recommendations. I need unlimited websites, and unlimited bandwidth and storage would be nice, too. I’m looking to spend between $5-10/mo, or under $100 for a year.

I think this would be ideal for building simple lead generation websites for service area businesses. These websites would be at most 10 pages and under 10k words. I’m looking to build sites one after the other, and prefer this to be a long-term solution.

I come here because I see a lot of biased/untrustworthy reviews elsewhere. Thanks!

If you think I’m a bit off with my expectations, let me know what would actually be best here. I am familiar with Weebly and would like to move to WordPress.

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Helena Looby 3 weeks 4 Answers 66 views 0

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  1. You are more likely to get bigger packages from a decent shared host with modern stacks, and in practice that tends to be their top shared LiteSpeed package or entry-level reseller depending on how your host has set up their packages. Having trialed lots of popular packages or control panels from many different suppliers recently I would suggest you go with ChemiCloud, Green Geeks, A2Hosting, Siteground these sorts of hosts who in general are modern takes on shared hosting with SSD and LiteSpeed combined with Quic3 or Cloudflare. ChemiCloud Electron has 40 CPanel sub-accounts each with 25,000 inodes and enough juice for a single high demand WordPress on each sub-account or multiple landing pages or smaller WP sites without too heavy traffic. If you want to try something different you can still get two years of free landing page hosting free with the lifetime bundle of Brizy.io which is a superb WP Page builder and comes bundled with the option to use their Brizy.io platform free. They have about 450-lifetime deals left and the cost is still rather lower than you might think. I use them along with the ChemiCloud Electron reseller. I also use Cloudways DigitalOcean and Runcloud LightSail for other projects. These VPS panels are the notch up from shared SSD LiteSpeed and are maybe slightly faster but definitely have harder limits when you overstuff their packages, they’ll soon tell you to vertically scale your source VPS package as soon as any of your suggested metrics are over consumed, even if it’s just bursts of full resource usage.

    Get ChemiCloud

  2. Unlimited is not a real option – those offering unlimited space and bandwidth will limit your site in other ways like I/O or inodes.
    Decide what you actually need and then look for that. And $5/mo is what you should expect to pay for ONE website to be hosted, not unlimited.

    CloudWays gives you the tools to maintain your server better for a beginner.

    Every WordPress site consumes, at minimum, a few megabytes of disk space, some CPU, and some RAM. The latter two resources are consumed at a rate roughly determined by the efficiency of the site codebase itself, and how much concurrent traffic you have.
    So “unlimited sites” by definition loosely approximates “unlimited storage” and “unlimited CPU” and “unlimited RAM.”
    You’ve also gone on to explicitly request unlimited storage, which you’ll need for constraint #1. And unlimited bandwidth. Which turns out to be one of the only things you might theoretically be able to get, if you’re dealing with factual reality. (And you increase your budget).
    All hosts, 100% of them, every single last one, either leases their infrastructure (that’s the physical servers, the space in the datacenter, and the required connections to the Internet.)
    Or they “own” their infrastructure. Which usually means they own the servers and they lease the space and the connections.
    There is a HARD non-zero cost for the servers, the space in the datacenter, the electricity, the bandwidth, the upkeep etc.
    And across the entire hosting industry, all of these costs can be loosely boiled down to a set cost per GB of storage, per CPU, per GB of RAM, per GB of bandwidth transferred, and so on.
    If you look at major infrastructure providers like AWS and Digital Ocean and OVH and Hetzner, you can start to get a range of what these hard costs are.
    For any given host, say SiteGround, for example, while they may economies of scale, but they’re still ultimately paying these hard costs.
    BlueHost for example, an EIG brand, owns their own DCs, and the hardware, and the connections. And they’re squeezing every possible ounce of blood out of those rocks.
    But they still have a hard cost.
    I say ALL of that to say this: “unlimited” ANYTHING in hosting is complete and utter horseshit.
    There’s ALWAYS a catch, there are always strings attached, there is no free lunch, anywhere.
    Full stop.
    Most shared providers hide “the gotcha” behind a techno-babble-bullshit term called “inodes.”
    This means roughly “number of files.”
    So you can have unlimited sites… but you have a limited number of files.
    Which is roughly like saying “you can have ALL the corn in Iowa… that you can fit in your pants pockets.”
    If they don’t stick you with the inodes limits, the “noisy neighbor” problem will eventually kick your ass.
    This is when some other user, in the same physical server, where you and 2000 other customers reside, uses a ton of RAM and CPU and negatively impacts the performance of your sites.
    The other thing you’re gonna want to be really mindful of, given your specific use case for “local” lead gen sites is the geography of the DC in question.
    You can get insanely cheap infrastructure from Hetzner… in Europe.
    If your customer’s customers are NOT in Europe, don’t put your shit on the other side of the pond.
    I also do NOT recommend long term contracts. Or contracts, period, really.
    Because you never know how your needs are gonna change, how the support will treat you long term, or when you customer base will shift geographically.
    The only “benefits” of long term contracts are the introductory rates. Which, like all introductory rates, are a marketing gimmick.
    You get cozy and locked in for three years and you build a couple dozen sites and then BAM! Your price triples. And the pain of disconnect (having to migrate all those sites elsewhere as the billing department drags ass canceling your account and – oops! – accidentally rebelling you anyway) weighs heavily in your mind.
    And so maybe you just say “to hell with it” and you stick with the price increase.
    Finally: $10/month, as a “long term” budget for growing a serious lead gen business… that’s not gonna cut it.
    You can probably get a push mower for free on Craigslist, but your not gonna build a sustainable landscaping business with it.
    Start small, definitely. But recognize that your ability to scale and make strategic moves within your business are limited only by your imagination, your ability to execute, and the tools at your disposal. And those tools are things like your hosting, your team, the resources you learn and level up from, etc.
    Take your time with this. Do your diligence.
    Your correctly identified that most of the recommendations you were seeing elsewhere were complete affiliate-stuffed bullshit.
    Don’t make any assumptions about anything you’re reading here being any different.
    Even the people here who are not directly financially incentivized to make a given recommendation, are *emotionally* incentivized to see flocking in the same direction as they’ve chosen. They’re literally creating, in real time, external validation for their internal confirmation bias.
    So long story long: do your homework. Invest in this decision.
    Because it’s likely to be either an extreme driver of leverage in your business… or an endless pain in the ass.

  3. A few things to keep in mind that I like to mention in forums. 1. Go with a Reseller account, especially for WordPress. It will keep each domain separated into their own account. Great for security and gives each client their own control panel access if they ever need it. 2. Never use Add-On domains. One exploit with an add-on and every single website/file will be affected. 3. Check up on reviews on the host you plan to choose and ask them all/any pre-sales you have. 4. Only pay monthly until you have a level of trust with the new host, which could take months to a year. Many times people will pay 1 to 3 years ahead for a discount and find it wasn’t a good fit in a couple of months, and lose that upfront payment, along with going through step #1 and #2 again.

  4. I love Cloudways (with DigitalOcean). It works out to about $120 / year and is fabulous. I have about 14 sites right now. what I like about it is that it’s pay as you go. So right now, for June, I’m just over $12 USD. Keep in mind I purposefully have 2 servers set up. One server is ~$10/m. Both have 1GB ram and 25GB disk. I’m at half way on each server.

    I love CloudWays with DigitalOcean

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