I get asked a LOT about web hosting so I finally put together a FAQ.
1. What hosting do you recommend for my WordPress site?
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3. What else should I know about WP Engine?
WP Engine has some gotchas to look out for.
a) WP Engine doesn’t provide
Unless you a have a very low traffic site with just one email address I generally recommend against running email on your web server. This used to be an easier argument to make when Google Apps had a free option, but now Google Apps is paid only offering
b) WP Engine’s server configuration isn’t compatible with the use of PHP’s $_SESSION variable. While this is fairly rare it can be a problem for a few plugins and it’s burned me a few times, but you can read more about it here
c) WP Engine requires you turn ON random sorting if you need it, it’s just a check box to turn on but it’s good to know.
4. Are there other hosts you recommend? What about other managed WordPress hosts?
Not that I’d actively recommend. I’ve used and managed sites on a lot of hosts and I wouldn’t caution against using: Host Gator, InMotion, VPS.net, RackSpace, MediaTemple, Linode or Amazon Web Services. They’re all OK in my book, just WP Engine, BlueHost and DreamHost are better options in nearly every case for many reasons from performance, to downtime, to support and being easy of management. As for other managed WordPress hosts like Synthesis, Page.ly, and Pressable, they too are all OK in my book but each has a thing about them that makes me prefer WP Engine. Perhaps I’ll detail some of those difference in a post in the future.
5. Are there other hosts you would actively recommend against?
Yes. I’ve had far too many problems with 1&1 and Network Solutions and wouldn’t touch either of them. I also tend to avoid the small hosts selling shared hosting. Some small hosts are ok for
6. What other recommendations do you make?
Yes, see my recommendations on:
Cleaning up a hacked site here
Performance enhancers for shared hosting
Software and development tools (coming soon)