Wordpress turned 10 this year. Primarily created as a blogging platform, it has since been developed into a feature-rich content management system that can be used to power websites of all types. The platform can be downloaded for free from wordpress.org and powers millions of sites across the web.
For many businesses, the beauty of Wordpress is in its simplicity. Its benefits are clear, it's easy to setup and it's straightforward to manage. Choosing a hosting provider for a Wordpress site can be more of a task, however, especially for those without expert knowledge or experience of the market.
Reliability, support and, of course, price are the big three factors when choosing website hosting for a business. Where Wordpress is concerned though, many hosting providers also offer automated installation, so speed and simplicity of setup are also factors to consider.
To help with your decision-making, this article brings together a selection of cheap Wordpress hosting options for UK businesses. Some are based here with others abroad and some focus more on affordability whilst others offer premium features. All of them, however, come with strong reputations and well-priced web hosting packages for Wordpress.
Price: From £1.79 per month (approx. US$2.94 or AU$3.22)
Zyma is a UK-based hosting provider that launched in 2010. It has developed a reputation amongst both tech writers and users for providing an excellent service and boasts one of the cheapest monthly hosting prices on the market. It also states that 90% of its new users are referred by existing customers.
Zyma doesn't offer a specific Wordpress hosting package, but does offer free installation for Wordpress sites. Once signed up, users just have to submit a support ticket and explain exactly where they want it installed. Zyma also offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee and a 30-day money-back guarantee for new customers.
Price: From £14.99 per year (approx. US$24.65 or AU$26.93)
TSOHost is another UK-based hosting provider and comes with excellent reviews from its growing user-base. It was set up it 2003 and now claims to host in excess of 230,000 websites and over 10,000 Wordpress installations.
Wordpress hosting with TSOHost starts at £14.99 per year (£1.25 per month) for the 'lite' package, which is the cheapest package featured but does require a minimum 12-month contract. That said, it also offers a 60-day money-back guarantee for users who are not happy with the service.
One-click installation is available, as are more premium packages and the option to move to a virtual or dedicated server should customers need to scale up their operations.
Price: From $29.99 per year (approx. £18.26 or AU$32.78)
Like TSOHost, Name.com offers a minimum 12-month deal that works out very reasonably. Its Rapidshare service includes a domain name, a variety of themes and four weeks worth of daily back-ups for $29.99 per year ($2.50 per month).
Name.com operates out of Colarado, US and its Rapidpress service is aimed at being cheap, simple and well supported. It website talks of, "a commitment to world-class customer service." Whilst the main focus of Rapidpress is to provide a straightforward means of launching a Wordpress site from scratch, sites can also be migrated into the platform.
Price: From $4.95 per month (approx. £3.01 or AU$5.41)
Bluehost is well known amongst the Wordpress fraternity and has been providing hosting services since 1996. Its Wordpress hosting packages start from $4.95 per month, which is at the top-end of the prices covered in this article, but the company is recommended by Wordpress and has been since 2005.
As well as being an experienced and well regarded Wordpress hosting provider, Bluehost offers WordPress specific customer support services, free theme installation and an anytime money-back guarantee, all of which may justify spending the extra dollar or two per month. One-click installation is also available.
Price: From $3.95 per month (approx. £2.41 or AU$4.32)
Having been set up in 1997, Dreamhost is another veteran of the market and has been a Wordpress partner since 2005. It claims to host the best part of a million WordPress blogs and websites globally and touts itself as delivering great user experience and utilising the best technology available.
Dreamhost's standard Wordpress hosting package starts from $3.95 per month and includes a free domain name, one-click installation and a 100% uptime guarantee. A 97-day money-back guarantee is included for those who are not enamoured with the service. Dreamhost also offers a 'Dreampress' package that features dedicated, high performance and high security hosting for $19.95 per month.
Price: From $5.59 per month (approx. £3.40 or AU$6.11)
InMotion is based in the US and apparently hosts more than 300,000 hosted sites. The company talks about its Wordpress hosting in terms of speed and security with a focus on business clients.
Amongst its Wordpress hosting features are free new domain names or transfers for the first year, 24-36 hour data backups and one-click installation. InMotion also offers 90-day money-back guarantee, which compares favourably to many of its competitors.
With rates starting from $5.59 per month, this isn't the cheapest Wordpress hosting available, but it is still very reasonably priced and InMotion argues that for the extra cost, customers will benefit from, "one of the fastest and most reliable networks in the world."