To have a WordPress.org website you will need a Web Hosting Account which has servers for your website files and database to be hosted on and a Domain name to use to call it up in a browser.
We recommend two hosting accounts, SiteGround or WPEngine. Both companies offer excellent service in all ways.
Web Hosting account with SiteGround starts at just $3.95 a month. We recommend their GrowBig Account at 7.95 per month. This plan includes:
- A free Domain Name
- Free Setup and Transfer
- Free Daily Backups Kept for 30 Days
- Premium 24/7 Technical Support
- Free SSL Certificate for Encryption for Security
- Free Email
- Free CloudFlare CDN
- Additional Websites on One Account
- Optimized for WordPress
If you have a site with E-Commerce or extra functionality that needs special care with updating plugins and versions, or with a steady stream of traffic, we recommend their Go Geek level hosting since it also includes the ability to make a one-click staging mirror site to make your changes and test the updates before moving them to the live environment. This level hosting puts fewer sites on each server giving your site additional power.
WPEngine is the other host we recommend, especially for larger sites with ecommerce or a lot of plugins that might end up causing problems during updates. They have a one click staging site that comes in handy for working on a complicated or high traffic, off-line. That way you don’t have to worry about the possibility of disrupting traffic or gettting a white screen of death due to a plugin conflict. If you are working on a staging site you can take your time get things right and then update it back to live with the click of a button.
We use WP Engine at New Tricks. It is a managed WordPress hosting company and hosting WordPress sites is their specialty and that is all they do. They don’t even do email or domain registration. With WP Engine, you’ll get fast, safe performance with one click staging, automatic backups, great tech support and other time saving features. The even provide backups of their staging accounts and they are very easy to use. We love their service. It cost a little more than Site-Ground but, if you can afford it, this is our premiere choice.
Since WP Engine only offers WordPress hosting, you will have to host your email account somewhere else. We recommend Google Apps for hosting your domain name email. It is the upgrade program where you get email using your own domain name using all of the great features of Gmail. There is a charge of 5.00 per email address per month to host with Google Apps. We use it and never have a problem with spam.