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Choosing the Right Hosting Company

Jan 17, 2023Tip Tuesday

Choosing the right hosting company should be your first step in providing proper security for your website(s). There are many hosting companies out there that host WordPress websites, but do they have your best interests in mind and do they provide any hardware or software security solutions to help keep your website safe?

Do they really know what they are doing when it comes to WordPress, or is it just another product they sell, usually at a cheap price, just to gain more customers? And should something terrible happen to your site (like it getting hacked), what then? Will they help, or will they point the finger at you – both in blame, and figure out how to recover?

Choosing the Right Hosting Company

I can answer those questions from experience, as I have been hosting websites for my clients for 25+ years, and WordPress sites for about 10 years. When I first started hosting WordPress websites, I was using HostGator. They were bought by a big company that was buying up little hosting companies and immediately started going downhill in terms of product and customer service.

I have also worked with clients who were hosting their own sites at other various hosting companies, such as GoDaddy, BlueHost, and even (gasp!) Network Solutions. While I was fortunate to never have a site hacked that I was responsible for, I helped many clients recover their sites. Of course, there were a few that we couldn’t recover (no backups), so we had to start over with a new site.

In each instance, the hosting company provided no help. None of them offered any security tools for any WordPress-hosted sites. Furthermore, none of them provided guidance on ways or techniques for their clients to improve security themselves.

Back then I found myself thinking, what if there existed a hosting company that only hosts WordPress websites? No email, no domains, no DNS – nothing but WordPress sites.

What if that company was genuinely passionate about WordPress hosting and everyone that worked there shared the same vision – to make their WordPress hosting product the safest and fastest available? What if they provided all of the security at an infrastructure level, and didn’t leave their clients to fend for themselves?

The Best WordPress Hosting Company! (IMHO)

So I started researching and what I found was just that company – WP Engine. I’ve been with them for about 8 years now. During that time, I’ve been responsible for at least 500 websites.

Not once have I had a website that I built and hosted at WP Engine go down from a lack of security. Furthermore, I use no extra security plugins on any of the sites. I am 100% confident that what WP Engine provides for security is all I need to keep all of my clients’ (and my own) sites safe!

There are other WordPress-specific hosting companies out there now, but I’ll stick with WP Engine. On top of the security and speed they provide, their customer service is the best! So remember, when choosing the right hosting company, security should be the first requirement in designing and building a great WordPress website!

As always, leave a comment below or contact me if you have any questions!

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