WordPress Hosting Review 2013

I’m very pleased to announce the return of the WPShout WordPress Hosting Review! First run in 2011, the Hosting Review aims provide quality resource — powered by real data from real people — to recommend genuinely quality hosts appropriate for various use cases.


It’s over two years since the inaugural Hosting Review, and it’s now time to update the results with some fresh data. A lot has changed in the last two years: managed hosting is now all the range, the cost of basic shared hosting has fallen and some innovative solutions have popped up to power enterprise-level hosting.

The idea here is simple. Below you’ll find a survey in which you can fill in some details about your host(s). I’ll then collate all that data into a set of recommendations which will be published here on Shout. Collectively, we can create a community and data driven review of the best WordPress hosts.

I’ll also be making the anonymised raw data available to download, for those who wish to do their own analysis.

Which hosts actually have good support? Which hosts actually have good uptime? Are any of these fancy managed hosts worth the money? I don’t know! The only way I’m going to find out is with your help.

Collective data = awesomeness

Obviously the only way the Hosting Review is going to be helpful is if there’s a high enough quantity of entrants, so to make this work, I need your help and then all your friends’ help. Last time round there were 250 entrants, and this time it’d be awesome to push that figure higher.

You’ll find all sorts of sharing buttons either floating to your left or at the bottom of this post. If you can help out by sharing this post socially, that’d be very much appreciated.

Let’s get to it, then! The survey below will ask you a handful of questions about your hosting experiences. If you’ve recently used more than one host, then please submit multiple entries.

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Thank you for taking the time to fill in the survey. I’ll be taking entries until 14th July, and the results will be published shortly thereafter. If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on the results, you can grab an email subscription just below.

And finally! Now that you’re done completing the survey yourself, please tell your friends! You can click here to share on Twitter, and click here to share on Facebook. Any queries or comments, let me know in the comments.

Disclosure note — WPShout’s hosting is “sponsored” by WPEngine. This will absolutely not, however, affect the results, and the publishing of the data will act as a balance to ensure this.

15 Responses


  • Zach Smith says:

    this was actually informative – not like most of what i see online. sharing 🙂

  • Jon Browm says:

    Thank you for taking the time to collect and collate this info! Two things about the form though…

    I assume we submit the form multiple times, once for each host, correct? Itd be helpful if a note made this clear.

    It’s not clear if the uniques is intended to be: per site, per server/account or per host? Per server/account probably makes the most sense but it should be made clear.

    For example I have 30+ sites on WPE under 10 accounts, some get 100,000+ per day, some get less than 10. Some are multisite… 5 Bluehost/HostMoster accounts, 1 host gator reseller account, 3 dreamhost accounts and accounts on NS, MT, RS, AWS, and others I can’t even think of right now.

    • Alex Denning says:

      Thanks for taking the time to enter your info! Yes please – one entry/host. I can clarify that in the post. Uniques was/account intended – I’ll clarify that also. Thanks again, Jon – the survey’s shaping up already 🙂

  • Thanks for putting this up, Alex! I can’t wait to see the data you’ll pull from this, and how it can help all the managed WordPress hosts get feedback from their customers and continue to improve. At WP Engine, we are always listening for when our customers have feedback because it helps us evaluate how to make our service even better, what features we can build next, and of course, what we’re doing well already!


  • When will you be publishing the results?

  • Dee Syed says:

    Hi Alex – stumbled on this post too late to submit! What a great idea – will be looking forward to your results when they come out.


  • Cesar Lee says:

    Hello Alex, I am looking forward to see your results, I am sorry I am late to participate. Cheers!