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Our Top Pick for New Sites: Bluehost
We recommend Bluehost for all new websites which have under 100,000 pageviews/month
Why we recommend Bluehost: We recommend Bluehost as the best host for any new website. They have the easiest-to-navigate interface of any hosting company we’ve used, their US-based customer support team is knowledgeable and easy to reach, and their plans are CHEAP (plus, if you use our discount link on the left, it’s even cheaper).
We used to get INUNDATED with questions about how to set up WordPress and maintain it for a new site. On most hosting companies, there are too many confusing settings you have to sort through to set up WordPress. With Bluehost’s new interface, those issues just VANISHED. We rarely have anyone ask about setting up WordPress anymore.
What they could do to improve: Bluehost could improve on their speed, but their reliability is top notch. Nearly every successful site we have EVER built started out on Bluehost. When the site gets large (over 30,000
Compared to the competition: Siteground is SLIGHTLY faster and more scaleable, but the interface is a MESS, uptime is not great, they don’t do a good job with transfers, and it’s slightly more expensive. We really wanted to like Siteground, but in the end it had too many drawbacks for us.
Our Top Pick for Established Sites: Big Scoots
We recommend Big Scoots for established sites or for those who want reliable, fast hosting
Why we recommend Big Scoots: Big Scoots is what we host Income School and most of our large sites on. It’s built for speed and simplicity. Bigscoots won’t have any trouble hosting a blog of virtually any size without even flinching on speed, but isn’t overly complex or technical. Their support is quick to respond and amazingly helpful.
What they could do to improve: We’d love to see a few more approachable plans for our site creators who are between Bluehost and Big Scoots. Feels like it’s too big of a jump from a tiny plan to a giant plan.
Compared to the competition: WPEngine is their primary competition, which we found to be PUNITIVELY expensive and we don’t like how they handle DNS. WPX was once our recommendation but now they have too much down time. SiteGround used to be good but their interface is dated and they also struggle with downtime. Orange Geek is a small family business that hosts large sites as well and they are good people and provide a good service but have no cPanel for easy management, and service requests are slow.