The WordPress Hosting Review: WPShout Needs Your Help!

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Having a good host is absolutely paramount.

Hosting shouldn’t be something you have to worry about on a daily basis — if ever the set it and forget it principle applies, it should apply to hosting. However, there are a vast amount of hosts to choose from and it’s often difficult to find the one that’s reliable, secure and fast.

This is where the WPShout WordPress Hosting Review comes in.

I want to compile an unbiased, unaffiliated and — most importantly — accurate view of which hosts are best for WordPress. Which ones have good support? Which ones have horrible uptime? I don’t know! And the only way I’m going to find out is with your help.

Your help is needed!

This guide will be absolutely useless unless real people submit their experiences with hosting companies they’ve used. You can help by filling in the questionnaire below by Friday 22nd April.

It’s by no means a complete list and the questions aren’t as complete as I’d like them to be, but in the interest of consensus, I’ve chosen this set of questions. If you’d like to enter twice, three or four times with different hosts you’ve used, please do. This’ll help build up the whole picture.

Win WooThemes!

As an extra incentive to enter, the fine folks at WooThemes have offered five people the chance to win a six month standard membership to their Theme Club, worth over $200.

To be entered into the competition, you’ll need to complete the survey and then tweet the following:

RT: @AlexDenning Your help is needed in order to find the best WordPress host! http://bit.ly/wp-host-survey

Five winners will be chosen at random after the survey closes.

Enter the survey

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Thanks very much for your help. Make sure you’re following on Twitter or subscribed by RSS so you know when the results are published!

  • http://ariffshah.com ariff
  • http://am0.co.uk Alex

    Done! Hopefully this whole thing is useful for you.
    -@Narfyyy

  • Joni Chandra
  • jb

    i’ve used a *lot* of wordpress hosts over the last few years, for myself and clients. How should we deal with that for the survey?

    Also, duration of hosting is a key question. I don’t care about anyone’s opinion of their host if they’ve used them for less than 6 months.

    • Alex Denning

      See the email I sent you — if you want to share your experience with more than one host, please fill in the survey again!

  • Ayman

    Thank you, hope to win!
    here’s my tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/AymanAboulnasr/status/57678496343924736

  • http://www.webbografico.com Enrico Bonardi
  • http://www.wordpressithemes.com Suren
  • http://www.regiosfera.com Edmundo Pérez
  • http://www.doitwithwordpress.com Dave Clements

    Very much looking forward to seeing the results. I think my sentiments are generally upheld by most people that I know.

  • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

    I’ll be very interested to see the results, sounds like a great project. I’ve filled out the form, and here’s my Twitter entry – https://twitter.com/maguay/status/57785049906548737

  • Craig Paterson

    Survey completed. Looking forward to seeing the results. Always interested in seeing which hosts rate highly.

    https://twitter.com/#!/craigcpaterson/status/57796945703477248

  • http://dnamanila.com Dinah

    Looking forward to see the seeing the results!
    http://twitter.com/DNAinManila/statuses/57802077098881024

  • http://yourenotfromaroundhere.com/blog/ Steve

    Done – looking forward to the results. Thanks!

    https://twitter.com/#!/SteveWBT/status/57802226227359744

  • John Vito

    Done and Tweeted. Avoid Godaddy.com for hosting… was my in my review.

  • http://christianmcadam.com Christian McAdam

    Completed survey and tweeted Big Wet Fish is what your after !

  • http://www.theistudio.com/muse Judith

    Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this survey! Can’t wait for the results to see if they prove out my experiences. Just because a host allows WordPress installs doesn’t not indicate the host is a WordPress-centric host.

    http://twitter.com/#!/istudio/status/57897545095057408

  • http://www.turnystudios.com Paul Letourneau

    Here you go: http://twitter.com/#!/paulletourneau/status/58910048696537089

    Looking forward to this one.

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  • http://www.Zybrite.com Austin

    Awesome opportunity for users to really share their experiences with about their web hosts. I’m really interested to see how things turn out at the top!

  • http://www.edit-ability.com Tiffany

    Guys,

    I have had several hosting companies and needed a stable environment and “real” help when I needed it. Pagely has ALWAYS went above and beyond, most times responding to my panicked cries within hours. You don’t get this with ANY other host!

    The issues that I have had with my previous hosts (Godaddy, Network Solutions, 1 and 1, Godzilla…gozilla— I forget the name) are definitely not bad like, they are the result of a horrible environment for WordPress sites.

    We ran across Pagely after being frustrated with the level of (non)service and performance from the other guys. Paying the extra cost for a Pro account was a bit of a pill to swallow, but it is worth EVERY penny and I have not been disappointed.

    I really care about what I do and making sure that my clients get the maximum value and a solid web presence. I wouldn’t feel right recommending anyone else but Pagely for WordPress. They are not paying me to say this either (although I do accept Mastercard, Visa, etc.:)

    I have closed all of my accounts with the “bad guys” and terminated my relationship permanently. (I’m sure they are crying real tears!)

    The only other account that I keep is Site5, they have been superb as well and I would recommend them for non-Wordpress sites.

    I did write an blog article a while back that summarized my experiences with the bad host, vs. the good guys. Why aren’t more people aren’t talking about this?

    • Paul

      @Tiffany Do you use the Pagely reseller program for your clients?

  • http://www.andreamoro.co.uk/ Andrea Moro

    Sent my little two cents with Web Hosting UK

  • Anthony Cook

    Just completed the survey for my hosting provider WPWebHost, been with them for 6 months now, does the job for me. My tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/realtoughcookie/status/60271216749068288

  • http://www.rhona.biz Rhona

    I use a host in the United Kingdom (Heart Internet) who are absolutely faultless in 4 years of working with them. They may not garner enough votes to win here, but they’d be my winner every time.

    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/speedscot/status/60272305217089536

  • http://www.microsscreative.co.uk James Darlington

    Great idea, used many hosting companies over the years, reviews always seem biased, need more developers to shout about the good ones and name and shame the bad ones, in the hope they up their game! looking forward to the results.

  • Shirley

    My tweet:
    https://twitter.com/#!/KrisAllenHK/status/60274932805926913

    And oh, when I was filling out the survey, every time I pressed “tab”, an input field in your Leave A Reply form would be “activated”, instead of the next input field in the actual survey. Just thought you might wanna know.

    I’m using Safari 5.0.4 on Mac OS X 10.5.8.

    • Alex Denning

      I replied to Shirley about this on Twitter, but in case anyone’s wondering, I’m afraid there’s not much I can do — I thought exactly the same thing when testing out the survey and it seems GravityForms can’t tab :(

  • http://www.inpixelitrust.fr/blog/en Inpixelitrust

    Just did OVH (France) : I can’t update automaticaly wordpress from dashboard without crashing the site, install plugins plus the support is not that great :(
    I hope you will get feedbacks from other French people too.

  • Dumitru
  • http://www.darrenlangley.com/work/idm/html/ Darren
  • Amy

    An extremely helpful survey. Looking forward to the results.

    http://twitter.com/#!/mcgrathfive/status/60334878738219008

  • http://www.beautomated.com Sean Conklin

    Survey complete. Cannot wait to hear about your findings. Here’s are Tweet:

    http://twitter.com/#!/beAutomated/status/60383208239407106

    Thanks for doing this!

  • http://www.gabrielkoen.com/ Gabriel K

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/mintindeed/status/60450809137201153

    Although I think one question *really* necessary in judging a host’s performance is: How many pageviews do you get a month? Whether your site stays up on host XYZ is kind of irrelevant if you get 100 pageviews a month, someone who gets 1,000+ may have problems.

  • Muzza

    Ok I’m ready to hear about the best WP hosting. Thanks

  • http://www.smseleem.com Sumon @ Sumon Seleem’s Blog

    Survey is done! I’m using the Reseller Mini Package of HostmediaUK since last 8 months and I’m satisfied with their service and support.

    Here is my tweet for the contest: https://twitter.com/smseleem/status/60574560365453312

  • 2redline
  • http://nickmack.net NickMack

    Nice survey – very short and to the point =)

    Here’s my Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/therealnickmack/statuses/60709563598508032

  • Tho Huynh
  • http://www.kevinleary.net Kevin Leary

    I’ve worked with more Word­Press sites than I can count, and have found that a solid host can make or break a website. I’ve published some of my personal experiences and opinions on various WordPress power hosts, hopefully it helps some of your readers!

  • http://wpwebhost.com WPWebHost

    Looking forward for the result.

  • http://androidism.org Anuj More

    My contribution to the WPWebhost guys.

    Nice work.

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  • http://www.cellcom.ca/en/ Sudie Knipp

    nice web host I’ll try it.

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