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7 Best Cloud Hosting Providers for WordPress Sites in 2021

Josh Fasulo Josh Fasulo September 02, 2021
September 02, 2021

Do you have a WordPress site with variable or growing traffic? We’ve tested the most popular cloud (or scalable) hosting providers for WordPress websites out there and have come up with a list of our seven favorites. They’re all worthy options that fit big or small budgets.

Some things they have in common: they’re all managed hosting providers, so they’ll take care of the technical stuff while you focus on your website and your business; they’re all optimized for WordPress; and, each offers SSD storage and free SSL certificates. Also –  each provides something a bit unique that sets it apart from the rest.

Which of these hosts is right for you? It totally depends on your specific WordPress cloud hosting needs. Take a look below to find out how the top providers made the cut.

Short On Time? These Are the Best WordPress Cloud Hosts for 2021:

  1. Kinsta – Easy to use, with unmatched speed and reliability
  2. A2 Hosting – Unlimited websites and solid performance
  3. InMotion Hosting – The most WordPress-specific features at a low price

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What We Look For in the Best Cloud Hosting Providers for WordPress

Every WordPress-specific hosting provider claims it gives you everything you need for your site, but that’s simply not true. So here’s how I rated these top cloud hosts:

  • WordPress optimization. Just because a provider offers WordPress hosting doesn’t mean its performance and features are designed specifically for WordPress. I looked for hosts that have optimized and configured their services for the world’s most popular CMS.
  • Speed and reliability. Top technology means top performance, which translates to faster loading speeds, better uptime, and happy site visitors.
  • Scalability. If your business grows, and your visits increase, you want to be able to scale up to meet your resource needs.
  • Included features. Some hosts give you more features for your money – specifically, more WordPress-centric features – and you want to be sure you get the best and most useful tools from the provider you choose.
  • Ease of use. Even if a WordPress cloud hosting provider checks all the other boxes, finding a service that’s easy to use will ensure you aren’t wasting time trying to figure out its account management interface.

1. Kinsta – Best Overall Performance

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Kinsta uses Google Cloud Platform for peak performance

Kinsta is number one on our list because it delivers faster page loading speeds and better reliability than any other managed WordPress cloud host on the market. My colleague signed up and tested Kinsta for four months, and he was blown away by the results.

Kinsta is also super-easy to use. Its control panel was designed for beginners, but has all the tools a web developer requires. However, while it is beginner friendly, Kinsta is not budget friendly; it’s the most expensive provider on our list. But if you can afford it, the performance alone is worth the extra coin.

There are a wide range of Kinsta plans to pick from. The starter plan gives you 10GB of storage, and allows for one WordPress install with up to 25,000 monthly visits. From there, a range of plans will provide up to 150 WordPress installs, 250GB of storage, and 3,000,000 monthly visits. And every plan comes with the same base features, including daily backups.

WordPress Hosting Features:

  • All WordPress, all the time. Kinsta is built on WordPress-optimized servers, and everything about it – from software to support, to features and tools – is designed to maximize your WordPress experience.
  • 25 data center locations and a CDN. Part of what determines loading speed is how close your visitors are to your server, so Kinsta lets you choose from 25 Google Cloud Platform data centers around the world. And to ensure peak performance for visitors who don’t live near your chosen data center, it gives you access to KeyCDN’s content delivery network.
  • MyKinsta control panel. The easy-to-use MyKinsta account dashboard is configured and optimized for WordPress. It tracks visitor stats, bandwidth usage, and response time, and gives you the ability to create, move, or stage sites.
  • Autoscaling. Kinsta makes sure your website will be able to handle traffic surges by automatically scaling your CPU and RAM to meet the needs of your growing visitor base. This is one reason why its 99.9% uptime guarantee is more than just a guarantee – it’s a reality: my colleague recorded 100% uptime during his four-month test.
  • “Hack fix” guarantee. Kinsta proactively updates its software and monitors its entire network to prevent malicious activity, but if your website somehow does get hacked, Kinsta guarantees a support engineer will restore it to perfect working condition.
Control panel MyKinsta (proprietary)
Number of sites 1 to 150
SSD storage space 10GB to 250GB
Bandwidth 25,000 to 3,000,000 monthly visits
Uptime guarantee 99.9%
Starting price $30.00

2. A2 Hosting – Best for Unlimited Websites

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I like that A2 Hosting’s Plesk control panel can handle multiple websites

Like Kinsta, A2 Hosting’s managed WordPress hosting plans are built on cloud technology and designed specifically for WordPress. Its LiteSpeed-based SwiftServer hosting platform enhances speeds, so it’s fast… but not quite as fast as Kinsta.

What A2 Hosting gives you that the other hosts on our list don’t is the option to host an unlimited number of websites, though you have to pay for its top plan, which only includes 40GB of SSD storage.

If you don’t opt for unlimited websites, you have two other plans to pick from: the 1-Site or the 3-Site. You’ll get the same features regardless of which plan you choose, including free SSL and CDN compatibility, but the lower-tier plans come with fewer resources. Despite a limited number of plans and low storage capacities, A2 Hosting is one of the best in terms of features and performance.

WordPress Hosting Features:

  • Automatic WordPress updates. A2 Hosting won’t debug WordPress functionality or maintain third-party plugins, but it makes sure you always have the latest WordPress version.
  • A2 Optimized Site Accelerator. A plugin that uses three different caching technologies for faster speeds: the proprietary Turbo Cache, OPcache, and Memcached.
  • Single-click site staging. Easy-to-use staging lets you create a development copy of your site so you can test and update it before you take changes live.
  • Free Jetpack personal license. Jetpack is a plugin with resources to help you design, grow, and secure your website. It includes Photon Unlimited Image CDN, automatic daily backups, brute force attack protection, malware scanning, and more, but this license only covers a single URL.
Control panel Plesk
Number of sites 1 to unlimited
SSD storage space 10GB to 40GB
Bandwidth Unlimited
Uptime guarantee 99.9%
Starting price $6.99

3. InMotion Hosting – Loaded with Features at a Low Price

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The number of features InMotion Hosting offers is great, even though you have to pay more to get more

InMotion Hosting has some of the lowest-priced managed WordPress hosting on our list, and it provides more features than most. All plans include unlimited email accounts, a free CDN, an advanced security suite, configurable caching, and more.

One of the things that sets InMotion Hosting apart is its offer of unlimited bandwidth, so you never have to worry about your transfer rate. But despite unlimited bandwidth, it does cap your monthly visitors, starting at 20,000 with the entry-level plan.

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InMotion Hosting provides unlimited bandwidth, but that doesn’t mean unlimited visitors

InMotion Hosting’s managed WordPress hosting is great for beginners, especially those in the US, as both its data centers are located there. There are four WordPress plans to pick from (and four VPS plans). Paying up for the higher-priced plans to get the best InMotion Hosting has to offer is still less expensive than a lower-tier plan with the most expensive hosts on our list.

WordPress Hosting Features:

  • Free drag-and-drop site builder. The BoldGrid WordPress-integrated site builder makes building your website simple. It looks good, is easy to use, has over 200 compatible templates, can integrate with WooCommerce, and includes SEO plugins.
  • No plugin restrictions. Speaking of plugins, you can install absolutely any plugin you want. Not all hosts give you this much freedom.
  • Marketing tools with every plan. One thing InMotion Hosting does that most others don’t is give you free marketing tools that include advertising credits and customer management tools.
  • 90-day money-back guarantee. While most hosts offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, InMotion Hosting gives you 90 days to decide if it’s the host for you. And if you decide it isn’t, cancellation is easy.
Control panel cPanel
Number of sites 1 to 6 (or more on VPS plans)
SSD storage space 50GB to 200GB
Bandwidth Unlimited; 20,000 to 300,000 monthly visits
Uptime guarantee 99%
Starting price $4.99

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Nexcess includes more features than most WordPress cloud hosts

Nexcess is a great cloud hosting option for WordPress if you’re an intermediate-level user who isn’t afraid of tech with a learning curve. This is still managed hosting, so the heavy lifting is done for you, but Nexcess’ proprietary control panel isn’t as user-friendly as, say, Kinsta’s.

With Nexcess you get a ton of features, fast speeds, 22 global data centers, a CDN, and a 100% uptime guarantee. A bold offer, and I have to say, my colleague didn’t encounter any uptime issues in his tests.

Nexcess offers plans to suit businesses big and small, whether you have a single site with steady traffic or you’re an enterprise goliath that needs a boatload of websites and resources. Its top plan offers more than triple the SSD storage of the top host on our list (Kinsta), yet prices are lower across the board. And the prices reflect good value – Nexcess isn’t cheap, but it’s also not the most expensive WordPress cloud hosting provider on our list.

WordPress Hosting Features:

  • Stencil Sites. So you’ve set up a site you love with a custom WordPress theme, a hand-picked set of plugins, and a few other bells and whistles, and you wish there was a way to easily copy and use this infrastructure to build another site. Good news: that’s exactly what Stencil Sites lets you do.
  • Extensive WordPress-specific updates and features. Nexcess offers managed WordPress core and plugin updates with visual regression testing to ensure they don’t break your site. It also offers a single-click site staging feature, a premium image compression plugin at no extra charge, and the Nexcess CDN.
  • Expert support team. Every host claims to have expert support, but when it comes to WordPress, Nexcess actually has it. And if its support agents can’t answer your question or fix your problem, they’ll do the digging to figure it out.
  • Automatic daily website backups. It may sound basic, but not all WordPress cloud hosting providers offer free backups. Nexcess will back up your site(s) daily and keep each backup for 30 days.
  • Multiple user accounts. This is a fairly unique feature – you can give collaborators different levels of access to your hosting account.
Control panel Nexcess Client Portal (proprietary)
Number of sites 1 to 250
SSD storage space 15GB to 800GB
Bandwidth 2TB to 10TB
Uptime guarantee 100%
Starting price $9.50

5. SiteGround – Low-Price Option for Beginners

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I love how easy SiteGround makes it to launch or migrate a site once you’re signed up

SiteGround is a good option if you’re on a budget, as it offers some of the lowest prices in the industry. It isn’t generous with resources, but all plans give you a solid set of features, including unmetered bandwidth, free SSL, CDN access, unlimited email accounts, a site migration plugin, and the usual managed updates for WordPress core and plugins.

The entry-level StartUp plan gives you just one website, 10GB of storage, and 10,000 monthly visits, but the higher-priced plans are worth a look, as they allow for unlimited sites and offer more resources and features. If you’re looking for an entry-level plan, I’d consider InMotion Hosting instead, as SiteGround’s StartUp is pretty bare bones.

Two things SiteGround has going for it are its platform’s ease of use and its NGINX web servers. I’ll go into more detail on some of the easy-to-use features below.

WordPress Hosting Features:

  • WordPress Starter. A great tool for beginners, this plugin walks you through choosing a theme and installing features, such as contact forms and e-commerce functions.
  • Site Tools control panel. Other hosts on our list also have proprietary control panels, but SiteGround’s is one of the better ones. It looks good, is clean and simple to use, and is optimized for WordPress.
  • SiteGround Migrator. Install this plugin on your existing site at another host to enable migration to your SiteGround hosting account. It’s a great tool for simple websites, but not so great if the site you want to migrate is complex.
  • Collaboration tools. If you subscribe to a higher-level plan, you can add collaborators to any of your sites, give them each their own client areas, and transfer a site from your account to another SiteGround client. For developers, the highest-priced plan allows you to provide white-label access.
Control panel Site Tools (proprietary)
Number of sites 1 to unlimited
SSD storage space 15GB to 40GB SSD
Bandwidth Unmetered; 10,000 to 100,000 monthly visits
Uptime guarantee 99.9%
Starting price $3.99

6. WP Engine – Advanced Performance for Experienced Users

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I like the flexibility and scalability WP Engine offers, but I wish it was more user friendly

With WP in the name, it’s no surprise WP Engine exclusively offers hosting plans optimized for WordPress. Its platform is built upon Google Cloud and AWS servers to give you a reliable hosting experience.

This is a great provider if you’re a developer or agency that wants creative tools and high-level performance but doesn’t need high-level resource limits. If you’re a beginner or intermediate user, there are easier-to-use and more budget-friendly options out there. And while WP Engine is one of the higher-priced hosts on our list, it doesn’t offer a lot of resources for your money.

WP Engine offers four sets of plans (Managed, Managed Plus, Secure, and Ecommerce), each of which gives you four plan options with the same base resources, but different features. The Startup plan in each set provides 10GB of storage, 50GB of bandwidth, and 25,000 monthly visits for a single website.

With Plus plans, you get automatic updates. With Secure, you get increased protection for your site and your customers. And with Ecommerce, you get WooCommerce-specific features.

WordPress Hosting Features:

  • WordPress updates and plugins. WP Engine keeps your site up-to-date by automatically installing core WordPress versions and testing plugin upgrades before recommending them to you.
  • EverCache technology. WP Engine claims its proprietary caching tech can handle “hundreds of millions of hits per day.” It automatically caches static content to keep your sites loading at peak speed.
  • Three hosting environments. Lots of WordPress cloud hosting providers offer site staging, but WP Engine goes even further and gives you separate development, staging, and production environments for each of your sites.
  • Geotargeting. Aiming specific content at your audience based on their location seems pretty standard in 2021, but not all WordPress cloud hosts offer this as a service. WP Engine does, with the proprietary GeoTarget plugin. You can show or hide content based on IP address location, including switching to local languages and currency.
  • 60-day money-back guarantee. It’s not the 90 days you get with InMotion Hosting, but WP Engine’s 60-day money-back guarantee is doubly as generous as most WordPress cloud hosting providers.
Control panel WP Engine User Portal (proprietary)
Number of sites 1 to 30
SSD storage space 10GB to 50GB
Bandwidth 50GB to 500GB; 25,000 to 400,000 monthly visits
Uptime guarantee 99.95%
Starting price $22.00

7. Flywheel – Most User-Friendly

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I like that Flywheel is built for just one CMS: WordPress

Some WordPress cloud hosting providers have attractive, easy-to-use control panels, but none of them are as user-friendly as Flywheel. Flywheel packs developer-level functionality into an intuitively-designed dashboard that’s so easy to learn, my grandmother could use it. And it’s designed and optimized specifically for WordPress.

Flywheel is powered by Google Cloud Platform, so it’s fast, reliable, and secure, and it can ramp up resources instantly if your traffic surges. It also includes plenty of standard hosting features, such as nightly backups, automatic WordPress updates, and much more.

Flywheel markets itself as the best option for busy creatives, but it’s good for anyone from single-site bloggers to agencies. When my colleague tested it out, he gave its features, ease of use, and performance near-perfect scores. But there’s one rub against it: although it’s one of the highest-priced hosts on our list, it doesn’t offer an explicit uptime guarantee.

WordPress Hosting Features:

  • Auto-healing technology. Reliability is critical. Flywheel initiates automatic diagnostic processes if there’s ever a PHP service failure, keeping your site healthy and running.
  • FlyCache custom caching. No configuration necessary – this proprietary caching tool is optimized for the most popular WordPress themes and plugins and designed to reduce your site loading times.
  • Fastly CDN. In addition to your choice of GCP server location, Flywheel gives you premium access to the Fastly CDN, so your visitors will get top speeds and performance no matter where they are.
  • Blueprints. A development feature that will save a “blueprint” of your existing site’s themes, plugins, and configuration so you can quickly and easily use it as a foundation to set up new sites rather than having to start from scratch.
  • No contract, easy cancellation. With Flywheel, all plans are month-to-month or annual, but there’s no contract so you can cancel anytime. You’ll get a full refund if you cancel your annual plan within 30 days of billing, or your monthly plan within 72 hours.
Control panel Flywheel dashboard (proprietary)
Number of sites 1 to 30
SSD storage space 5GB to 50GB
Bandwidth 20GB to 500GB
Uptime guarantee No
Starting price $15.00

How to Choose the Host That Suits Your Specific Needs

We’ve signed up for the services, we’ve run the tests, and we’ve narrowed down the seven best WordPress cloud hosting providers out there. But which one is right for you?

If you want the best host for speed and reliability, Kinsta is king. It’s platform is super-easy to use, but it’s also the most expensive.

Need performance on a budget? A2 Hosting gives you good speeds and unlimited websites at a much lower price than Kinsta. InMotion Hosting is an even lower-priced option that’s good for beginners, especially for US-based websites, and it’s loaded with features.

Another good option for beginners is SiteGround, which is very competitively priced and has tools designed specifically to help you get your site up and running.

On the flip side, consider WP Engine if you’re an advanced user who wants more development tools and innovative functionality.

WordPress Optimized Max SSD Storage Uptime Guarantee Starting Price
Kinsta 250GB $30.00
A2 Hosting 40GB $6.99
InMotion Hosting 200GB $4.99
Nexcess 800GB $9.50
SiteGround 40GB $3.99
WP Engine 50GB $22.00
Flywheel 50GB $15.00

FAQ

Why is it better to have hosting optimized for WordPress? Complex WordPress sites with premium themes and a lot of plugins can be sluggish on a regular server. When you choose a cloud hosting provider that claims to be optimized for WordPress, you should get a web hosting software platform designed specifically for WordPress, and specialized support that can help you with any specific issues. Not sure whether WordPress is the CMS for you? Check out our list of the best web hosting providers in 2021 to see if another type of hosting might fit your needs. Is managed WordPress hosting better than unmanaged?It depends on how tech savvy you are, how much control you want, and the size of your budget. Unmanaged WordPress hosting is cheaper – it often gives you root access to the server so you can develop from the ground up. But if you don’t know what “root access” is, chances are that you’ll be better off with managed hosting. Managed hosting lets your provider take care of server setup and maintenance so you can focus on your site and your business.Which is the best web host for WordPress Cloud Hosting?Kinsta is tops on our list because it’s easy to use, it’s built just for WordPress, and it gives you better performance than any other host. It also offers numerous data centers for better global coverage, autoscaling with no downtime, and a “hack fix guarantee” in addition to comprehensive security.Does A2 Hosting really give you unlimited websites?It does, but only on its highest-priced plan. And even with an unlimited number of websites, you’re limited to 40GB of storage, which will limit the amount of content you can actually serve.Which is the cheapest hosting service?SiteGround has some of the lowest prices in the industry for cloud-based, managed WordPress hosting. It’s a great option if you just need the basics from your WordPress cloud hosting provider. You’ll also find some great deals on our coupon page if you want to lower your costs even more.

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