Platinum WordPress Hosting Providers
Our Platinum WordPress Hosting Providers have partnered with BoldGrid to provide an integrated experience to their users with an easy way to start building a website, full BoldGrid support and maintaining compatibility standards.
|Price Starting At||$2.59/mo||$4.99/mo||$4.99/mo|
|Optimized WordPress Host|
|Hosting Plans with BoldGrid||2||7||3|
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|Full BoldGrid Support|
|Premium Key Included||BoldGrid Products in Key||Inspirations|
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You can create a website today for FREE. Sign up below to start the Inspirations process to select your design. Use our drag and drop WordPress page builder to customize the site. Build and stage your WordPress website easily on BoldGrid’s Cloud WordPress platform. Once you are ready, you can transfer your website to any WordPress hosting provider of your choice using our WordPress Backup Plugin.
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What is WordPress Hosting?
Web Hosting is a service that allows you to put your website online. WordPress is a program that needs to be setup on a server. Most web hosting accounts give you access to part of a server. Your website lives there, and when someone visits your website, it’s your server and WordPress that do the work and send content to your user.
WordPress Hosting is web hosting using servers specifically optimized for the WordPress software.
Will any hosting account work?
WordPress have very minimal server requirements. It’s recommended that your web host runs PHP 7.4 or higher, MySQL 5.6 or higher, and provides HTTPS support. Most hosting providers match and exceed there requirements, and there’s an excellent change if you have hosting already you can run WordPress on it.
What are the different types of WordPress Hosting?
Most hosting accounts fall under one of the following groups: Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, and Managed Hosting. We could go into a lot of detail between each, but for now we’ll offer a quick summary. If we compared these different types of hosting accounts to housing, they would roughly equate to the following:
- Shared Hosting – A apartment complex with many units, in which you rent one of them.
- VPS Hosting – A set of adjacent townhomes. You have more room than an apartment, but you’re still attached to other homes.
- Dedicated Hosting – This is like a ranch style home. You have the entire house to yourself.
- Managed Hosting – Most often similar to Shared Hosting, except you have a maintenance crew that goes above and beyond in their support for you.
Which type of hosting should I choose?
For new websites, you should be able to safely start off with hosting your WordPress site on shared hosting. As your traffic grows, you may need to upgrade to a vps or dedicated server. The more visitors to your website, generally the more power you’ll need to serve your website. As you upgrade to a vps or dedicated server, your server will have more memory / ram and more CPU – allowing you to server more users. When you setup an account with your web host, you’re not locked in. WordPress websites can be easily transferred from one server to another.
Do I need WordPress Hosting?
You need some kind of web hosting if you want your WordPress website accessible on the internet. Web hosting is a service that stores your website files, including the WordPress software itself, and then delivers the final content to your users when they visit the website. WordPress Hosting is web hosting using servers specifically optimized for the WordPress software, and is strongly recommended over standard web hosting.
Things to consider when looking for a WordPress Host
Not all hosting providers are the same. Some have been around a while and know exactly what their customers need, while others are new and offering new and different features. While most hosting companies meet the basic minimum requirements to host a WordPress site, others some go above and beyond. When you’re comparing hosts, here are a few things you’ll want to pay attention to:
Imagine spending days, if not weeks, building and perfecting your WordPress site. How would you feel one day if your web server crashed and you lost all your hard work? If you were using BoldGrid’s WordPress Backup Plugin, Total Upkeep, then you wouldn’t have to worry. You would easily restore your website and get back up and running! If you weren’t, you would be up to the mercy of your hosting provider. Were they backing up your site? Is their latest backup from yesterday or from last month? When looking for a host for your WordPress website, be sure to ask your potential host if they offer backups.
There are several approaches for backing up a website. As you’re looking for WordPress Hosting, be on the lookout for the following two types of backup solutions commonly offered: Full Backups and Incremental Backups.
Backup types vary based upon which files they backup, and how big each backup can be.
A full backup is a copy of all your WordPress Files and your WordPress Database. If you needed to restore your website, a full backup would have all of the files and databases necessary to get your entire site back up.
If your full backup is 150MB, each time you backup you’re going to have another large backup file. If you’re storing multiple archives, this can quickly consume a lot of disk space.
Incremental backups store only the files that were changed since your last backup.
Let’s say your full backup had 1,000 files in it. If you edit 5 files and add 5 new files, your next incremental backup will only have 10 files in it (those that have been changed). To restore your website, you would have to restore your full backup and then each additional incremental backup.
Full Backup vs. Incremental Backup
Incremental backups are favored by some because they’re much faster to make and take up less space. Others prefer full backups only because they’re easier to manage – it’s one file with everything you need.
HTTPS / SSL
HTTPS, such as the “https” in https://www.boldgrid.com, stands for hypertext transfer protocol secure. It means that the data sent between your WordPress site and your user is encrypted and secured. In order to get https you’ll need an SSL Cerficate. Some hosts will include a basic SSL Certificate, while others will allow you to buy one. Whether it’s included with your hosting account or you pay extra, your hosting provider will need to take care of the technical setup for you behind the scenes. After that, you can configure your WordPress site to use https.
How does a SSL Certificate secure your site?
SSL Certificates encrypt data as it’s transmitted to and from your website. If you have a customer submitting their Credit Card over an http connection (without SSL), their credit card will be submitted in plaintext. This means that if they enter their Visa credit card number 1234-5678-1234-5678, if a hacker can intercept the data they will actually see, “1234-5678-1234-5678” and would be able to use this card! If your WordPress site is secured and accessed over https (a connection secured with SSL), the card number will be encrypted and sent as something like, “912EC803B2CE49E4A541068D495AB570”. If a hacker is able to intercept this data, they won’t know it’s an encrypted information and won’t be able to use it in any way.
WordPress is generally secure software. The power of WordPress is its flexibility, specifically the 1000’s of WordPress themes and plugins that you can find anywhere online and install. One problem with this is that you don’t always know who wrote the code that you’re installing. It could be new developer and you’re installing one of their first projects, or the plugin could have been programmed by a team of developers. And just because a team of developers worked on something, doesn’t mean that the software is free some security issues.
Because of the overwhelming number of themes and plugins available and the uncertainty of how secure they are, some hosting providers have taken extra steps to help secure their clients (that’s you!). Some of these extra precautionary steps may include:
- Keeping PHP versions up to date
- Certain Apache configurations with suExec
- Intrusion Detection Systems / Intrusion Prevention Systems to block malicious activity
- Running ModSecurity and keeping security rules up to date
If you’re looking for a fast WordPress site, regardless of who you host with, you should definitely install a caching plugin, such as W3 Total Cache. Caching plugins save copies of your pages and can return those cached pages much faster than if WordPress was to build the page from scratch each time a user accesses it. In addition to caching, your WordPress Host may take some additional steps to help your site run fast, including:
- Running the latest version of php. Newer php versions are generally faster and more secure than previous ones.
- Using SSD drives. They’re much faster than traditional spinning disks.
- Using a reverse proxy server, such as Nginx.
- Partnering with a CDN provider for easier integration.
You pay for what you get. If you’re on a tight budget, or you’re in the experimental phase and testing out WordPress, there are cheap WordPress Hosting plans available. If you’re in the design phase and no one’s going to be visiting your site just yet, why not pay the minimum for your hosting? Whether it’s “cheap” hosting or “bargain” hosting, no matter what you want to call it, there’s a host out there within your budget.
If you’ve got a busy site, and / or your livelihood is based on your WordPress site, it’s a good idea to pay a little more for the better speed, security, and additional features we’ve highlighted above.
To help you feel more comfortable when signing up, a lot of hosts offer WordPress plans with guarantees: Satisfaction Guarantees, Money Back Guarantees, Uptime Guarantees, and even a “Happiness Guarantee”. It can be intimidating, or even confusing, finding a WordPress host for the first time. But don’t fret, you can and you will do it! Recent numbers show that 39.9% of all websites use WordPress. That’s a lot of people that have figured it out. Hosting providers help answer setup questions all the time, and the guarantee is there to let you know that they’ll be there for you. We even offer free WordPress support in our forums as well, there’s help, you’re not going at this alone!
The WordPress Hosting ecosystem is very competitive. If you look at the Web Archive for InMotion Hosting and DreamHost in 2001 (20+ years ago), both companies offered 30 day money back guarantees. Fast forward 20+ years, InMotion Hosting is now at 90 days and DreamHost 97 days. 97 Seems like an odd number, maybe they wanted to tack on 1 additional week?
Some hosting providers offer an uptime guarantee. Meaning, they guarantee their servers will be up and functioning properly, allowing visitors to access your WordPress site.
Some hosts guarantee 99% uptime, 99.9999% uptime, and even 100% uptime. If you’re comparing hosts based on a 99.9999% uptime vs. 100% uptime, review the numbers below so you know exactly how close you’re splitting hairs:
|Uptime Guarantee||Guaranteed Uptime in a week||Possible downtime in a week|
|99%||598,752 seconds (aka 9,979.2 minutes or 166.32 hours)||6,048 seconds (aka 100.8 minutes or 1.68 hours)|
|99.9999%||604,799.4 seconds (aka 10,079.9899 minutes or 167.9998 hours)||0.6048 seconds (aka 0.01008 minutes or 0.000168hours)|
|100%||604,800 seconds (aka 10,080 minutes or 168 hours)||0|
There are 604,800 seconds (aka 10080 minutes or 168 hours) in a week. If you’re trying to decide between a host offering 99.9999% uptime and 100% uptime, you’re comparing less than 1 second of downtime per week.
Shared vs. VPS vs. Dedicated vs. Managed Web Hosting
What is Shared Web Hosting?
Shared web hosting puts many users, sometimes hundreds, on one web server. Users each get a section of the server to store their website files. Shared hosting means you share the server resources with others. You have complete access to your account and only your account and a set amount of resources and features.
Shared hosting is by far the most economical option when it comes to WordPress hosting, as the overall cost of server maintenance is spread over many customers.
What is VPS Web Hosting?
VPS stands for for a Virtual Private Server. A VPS stores multiple accounts, but each account gets a partition with its own dedicated disc space and bandwidth. It’s a more secure and stable solution than shared hosting.
VPS hosting is a good bridge between shared hosting and dedicated hosting, usually chosen by website owners who have medium-level traffic that exceeds the limits of shared hosting plans but still don’t need the resources of a server.
What is Dedicated Web Hosting?
When using dedicated web hosting, you will have an entire server to yourself. You’ll have full control of the server and can configure it to meet your individual needs, including choice of operating system, hardware, etc.
Dedicated hosting plans are ideal for WordPress websites with very large number of visitors.
What is Managed Web Hosting?
Managed web hosting is when the web host takes care of the operation of the server so that you don’t have to, but you still have a dedicated server just for you. The web hosting provider takes care of software and hardware maintenance and updates, provides security, monitors activity, and takes care of backups.
Does BoldGrid Provide Web Hosting?
BoldGrid partners with WordPress hosting providers to provide a seamless, integrated experience using BoldGrid with WordPress. BoldGrid’s products can be used with any WordPress website hosted with any web host.
BoldGrid has created a suite of plugins, themes, tools and services to enhance the experience on the WordPress platform. With BoldGrid, building and managing WordPress websites is now faster and easier than ever before.
Do I need WordPress hosting to build a website using BoldGrid?
You do not need WordPress hosting to start building your site using BoldGrid. BoldGrid’s plugins, themes, tools and services are completely free to use. You can join for free and create a website on our own Cloud WordPress platform, with no commitment required. You can even share the staged website with clients or others using a unique demo URL. When ready, you can transfer the website over easily to a WordPress hosting provider of your choice.
What is the difference between BoldGrid’s Cloud WordPress and WordPress Hosting?
Cloud WordPress is BoldGrid’s development and staging environment for WordPress in the cloud. You can build, test and stage full featured WordPress websites on the Cloud WordPress platform. We even provide an easy way to manage and share your Cloud WordPress sites with the world.
However, it is not WordPress or web hosting. The key differences being that:
- Your site is staged on a demo URL and not a custom domain
- There is no email capability from the server, External SMTP is required
Learn more about the differences between Cloud WordPress and WordPress hosting here.
How much does BoldGrid cost?
BoldGrid’s tools and services are completely free to use. You can use the free/community editions for BoldGrid’s products to start building a website today.
BoldGrid does have premium versions of products that you can upgrade to when you are ready to grow. View Plans and Pricing.
You can also use BoldGrid Premium with your WordPress website if you have web hosting with any of our web host partners. Our Platinum WordPress Hosting Partners provide the BoldGrid Premium Connect Key to you, included with the cost of their WordPress hosting services.
I do not see my WordPress Hosting provider in the list above. Can I still use BoldGrid’s products?
BoldGrid’s tools and services can be used with a WordPress website on any web host.
The advantage of using a BoldGrid WordPress Hosting Partner is that they have committed to provide the best experience when using BoldGrid with WordPress, including automatic installation to give users an easy way to start building a website and provide full support on both BoldGrid and WordPress.
I am a web host. How can I offer BoldGrid to our customers?
If you are interested in offering BoldGrid to your customers, you can reach out to email@example.com.
Learn more about partnering with BoldGrid here.