WordPress Hosting Options

I've used a lot of different hosting companies, and for a few years, up until early 2019 I'd moved everything onto WP Engine. I wanted an easy life. But as the number of sites I had grew, the costs grew to be too much to justify. I had to find another solution. Right now I have settled on two different hosting solutions for my WordPress sites. Which one I'd recommend for you, depends on your preferences. See below.

Hosting Option 1

If the following describes you :

  • you want fast, high quality WordPress hosting
  • you want reasonable pricing - see how much I pay below.
  • you are confident in your ability to run a server knowing that in the background you will have support and help to do so - to a point
  • you almost never need hand-holding level support
  • you do not mind being directed to technical articles by support and then being left to figure out the rest of the problem on your own
  • you do not need WordPress support at all ever, because you know everything there is to know about WordPress
  • you like the hosting company's CEO to be extremely technically able and with a searing sense of humour

then use GridPane Hosting Dashboard alongside DigitalOcean servers.

My Opinion

Look - I totally love GridPane. But ... be clear. The only reason I am able to to use GridPane is because my husband Russell is super knowledgeable about server stuff and can understand everything. So when I have a problem, and if on contacting GridPane support I cannot understand a word the GridPane support team are saying, I simply ask Russell to fix it. If you don't have a resident Russell, or, if you are not a Russell, I advise that you don't choose this option.

How Much Do I Pay GridPane?

GridPane is a server manager. So sites are not actually hosted with them. You buy server droplets at providers like Amazon or DigitalOcean. At DigitalOcean server droplets can cost as little as $5 USD per month.

I currently run 8 droplets at varying prices, some at $5 per month and some at $15 or $20 per month. Some droplets have one website on them, others have two. I have a test droplet that has maybe 8 websites on it. After that my GridPane costs are fixed at $100 per month on the Developer plan.

So all in all I pay about $140 per month to host around 20 sites. But of course the number of WordPress sites I host is up to me, how busy they are and the capacity of the server droplets I buy. The GridPane part of the costis fixed.

Hosting Option 2

Or, if the following describes you

  • you want fast, high quality WordPress hosting
  • you want reasonable pricing
  • you'd like your sites to be moved from your current host to your new host for free
  • you are have no idea how to run a server and you're not interested in learning (don't blame you)
  • you sometimes need hand-holding level support
  • you know about WordPress but sometimes need help if your sites experience real difficulties (like they go down)
  • you'd like help that isn't where support sends you a link to some technical article, to read
  • you'd like support that actually fixes the problems they've promised to fix
  • you understand that support cannot fix bad plugins, or make fixes to your CSS or PHP to make your design look better
  • you really like animals - especially dogs
  • you like the hosting company's CEO to be a visionary, socially aware, "I can change the world" type of bloke

then use WPX Hosting.

My Opinion

This is the easy hosting option that is also cost effective. Terry Kyle, the chap that runs this organisation is a straight up good bloke and he does a lot for dogs. Further, with WPX Hosting you don't need to understand how to run a server, and they are willing to help you with some aspects of WordPress too. But if you need help with WordPress in general, then contact me.

How Much Do I Pay WPX Hosting?

I pay only $24.99 USD per month to host 5 sites. You can make this even cheaper by paying for a year in advance, at $249.96 USD per year.

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