We’ll be looking at this list several times a year, so keep an eye out for us re-opening the survey for hosts to submit themselves for inclusion. Listing is completely arbitrary, but includes criteria like: contributions to WordPress.org, size of customer base, ease of WP auto-install and auto-upgrades, avoiding GPL violations, design, tone, historical perception, using the correct logo, capitalizing WordPress correctly, not blaming us if you have a security issue, and up-to-date system software.


I moved all but one of my GoDaddy sites several years ago. Their support is about average but I had performance issues on shared servers that ran porn sites on the same server. The bandwidth was a huge issue and so was load time. The worst part of GD is that they keep changing their site. Unless you use it every day, the things you need to find keep moving around and its impossible to navigate. Check closely on what technology functions they block that may be needed to optimize your site. Those add-ons are where they will scalp you.
MangoMatter created a book review site for The Children's Book Council, a not for profit that promotes Australian children's books. Tom was helpful and engaged from the initial idea to the finished product. He gave us some very good suggestions and helped us along the way. He provided excellent training so we could manage the site ourselves and his ongoing tech assistance has been invaluable. We would highly recommend MangoMatter.

All of our servers are located behind finely tuned, and actively monitored firewalls. Our firewall logs are monitored 24/7 for any suspicious activity, and server software is upgraded nightly to ensure any potential exploits are closed immediately. We also provide our clients with a web application firewall (WAF), based on regularly updated OWASP rules. This prevents against hack attempts to software like Wordpress, Joomla, and even custom software - even when not properly patched. Just another added benefit that CanSpace makes available to its clients that most web hosting providers do not. All of our email servers are also accessible securely through SSL. This includes both our IMAP and POP servers, as well as all our included webmail clients.


For plans or packages featuring unlimited websites, domains, or email accounts, we do not enforce any official limitations. Customers are able to utilize as many of these features as they wish. That said, these are of course not infinite resources and there are inherent maximums associated with the technology powering them. For example, while email account creation is unlimited, these rely on the file storage available on the account. Therefore customers need to be operating within the Terms of Service to ensure resources are available to fully enable email functionality. Customers operating within the Terms of Service have yet to come up against technical boundaries for email, domains, or websites.
Awesome review and needed this. My renewal is up on Bluehost and I want to leave them. I don’t want to jump on the train against Bluehost, but things said are true. To my experience, my site could not connect to them more than a few times–hence no website. Yes, the customer service is slow too. I thought I was crazy because Bluehost is known as a standard, but I have had problems like others. When they get too big, you seem to lose care. I’m going with SiteGround.
Never designed a web site before and have no idea how to get started? Not a problem - our web-based site builder lets you start building a website with just a few clicks. Thousands of templates are available to ensure you're able to find one that suits your vision. Features include an incredibly easy-to-follow workflow, social media plugins, and robust content management features which make it easy for even non-programmers to create, market, and maintain a high-end web presence. Adding social media functions is a snap, including Like Buttons, Like Boxes, and Comment Boxes. You can even browse images from FaceBook, create password protected content areas, multi-lingual sites, and much more!
MangoMatter has been very helpful in growing my business. I have asked him to take the role on for my small electrical business as my 'Media Manager'. He has been realistic with times and expectations. He has gone above and beyond with what I have asked him to do. He offers ideas which I (being computer illiterate) have had no insight into so that he can market and give my company the edge that it needs with the competition. Business life is always bound to throw a curve ball every once in a while but what I appreciate about Toms work ethic is that he has his finger on the pulse and lets me know what's happening (before I even do sometimes) and how to rectify if there are ever any hiccups. Its rare to find an honest businessman these days, and one that values his service above making a quick buck. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mango Matter and have already done so to a number of other businesses.
Yes. Every web hosting plan includes unlimited free Let's Encrypt SSL certificates, so when visitors access your site instead of seeing a warning message they'll see that your site's secure. Also, the installation process is so easy even a chipmunk could do it. Unlike the old days, installing your SSL certificate is as easy as selecting a radio button. Even better, since Google values secure sites for SEO, you'll have instant improved SEO ranking power (aka built-in marketing on day one) with your secure site.

Also known as a Virtual Private Server (VPS), divides server resources into virtual servers, where resources can be allocated in a way that does not directly reflect the underlying hardware. VPS will often be allocated resources based on a one server to many VPSs relationship, however virtualisation may be done for a number of reasons, including the ability to move a VPS container between servers. The users may have root access to their own virtual space. Customers are sometimes responsible for patching and maintaining the server (unmanaged server) or the VPS provider may provide server admin tasks for the customer (managed server).


If you’re struggling, there’s no shortage of online guides to walk you through the most common tasks that you might want to carry out, and we also have a customer support team who’ll be more than happy to help if you get stuck. But for the majority of our customers, no help is needed - and if you just want to jump in and get started, it’s quicker and easier than signing up for a new social network.

We’re not going to be the bad guys to tell you that cheap is always bad but by the time you’ve lived a certain number of years on this planet you should probably realize on your own that the tradeoff for going with the lowest cost is often a crappy product, bad service, limited features, and a dedicated “we don’t care” approach to customer service.


Alexandra Leslie’s interest in website administration was sparked in her teens, priming her for a fast-paced career in managing, building, and contributing to online brands, including HostingAdvice, Forbes, and the blogs of prominent hosting providers. She brings to the table firsthand experience in reviewing web hosts, perfecting website design, optimizing content, and walking site owners through the steps that add up to a successful online presence. Today, she combines her extensive writing experience with technical understanding to unpack some of the most complex topics that daunt novice website owners, as well as the subjects that excite veteran technologists within the HostingAdvice readership.
There are times when a server will go time. That’s just the nature of technology. However, what you want to avoid is a host that has low server uptimes, because your site visitors may have a hard time interacting with your site when it’s not there. So, what you want to look for in a WordPress host, is one with an uptime of 99.9% so that the chances any site visitor finding your website down is slim.
One thing we learned in reviewing the services listed here (and many more) is that even though the packages are very similar, they are not identical. Some are more security-focused than others, offering anti-spam and anti-malware tools. Others offer a variety of email marketing tools. While most of the hosts we've reviewed have built-in e-commerce, you may want to consider using a more-robust third-party online shopping cart application like Shopify instead.
Currently the fastest growing content management system in the world, WordPress powers over 30 percent of the world’s websites. It focuses on usability, aesthetics and web standards, making it a popular choice for websites - from personal blogs to large commercial sites. WordPress is open-source software, and gives you access to thousands of themes and plugins, which allow you quickly and easily customize the design and features of your website in just a few clicks.
Transferring your website to Web Hosting Canada normally involves two steps: transferring your domain registration, and transferring your website content. Our team can help perform both operations for you, free of charge, usually in under 24 hours. Simply open a support request asking for a site transfer after you’ve activated your hosting account, and include the login details from your current provider.
If you register a domain with Bluehost when signing up for a hosting account, there is a domain fee that is non-refundable. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. Regardless of the status of your hosting service, you'll be free to manage it, transfer it after any required lock periods, or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you elect to extend it.
It’s important for your website to be accessible to your users at all hours of the day and night—that’s what you’re paying for, after all. To accomplish that, web providers strive to offer the best uptime statistics possible. Look up some customer testimonials for the provider you’re considering to find the real experience that others have gotten from their services considering uptime.
Are you an experienced developer? You'll be happy to hear that we actually made a name for ourselves for being the "developer-friendly" host. In fact, we were one of the very first hosts to offer both PHP 5. Of course, technology (and PHP versions) have changed a lot since we started back in 2003, our commitment to loading your account with all the web development tools you could want has not! You get everything from support for the best versions of PHP, MySQL, Apache, Python and more to resources like free SSH access, version control software like Git and so much more.
As a general rule, shared hosting is the best place to start, and Hostinger’s hosting is suitable for almost any kind of website. Our hosting helps you to keep the costs down during the early days of your website while allowing you to pay only for the resources that you need. If your website starts to take off, you can easily upgrade to higher tier plan and pick up some extra resources.
Hostinger helps smart people to save a lot by providing exceptionally cheap web hosting with ultimate quality, premium web hosting features & fanatically dedicated live chat support. No matter where you are on your web building journey, you need to know that it’s possible to save smart today! Here are only few of the many features that make Hostinger a pioneer of affordable, premium & inexpensive web hosting.
When opting for a WordPress host, the most commonly used is shared hosting (or cheap WordPress hosting :)). This type of hosting allows different websites to share a single server which cuts back on the cost tremendously. Though there are some drawbacks to this kind of hosting, it is still in the majority when it comes to how WordPress users store their site information.
For plans or packages featuring unlimited websites, domains, or email accounts, we do not enforce any official limitations. Customers are able to utilize as many of these features as they wish. That said, these are of course not infinite resources and there are inherent maximums associated with the technology powering them. For example, while email account creation is unlimited, these rely on the file storage available on the account. Therefore customers need to be operating within the Terms of Service to ensure resources are available to fully enable email functionality. Customers operating within the Terms of Service have yet to come up against technical boundaries for email, domains, or websites.
It is ideal to host your website in a data center that is geographically as close to your target visitors as possible. The reason for this is that location has an impact on latency and transfer speeds. Therefore, the closer your website is to your visitors, the faster it will load. As well as improved user experience, page speed is thought to have an impact on a website’s SEO, affecting where your site is displayed in search engine results.
If you aim to have a web presence, you've got to have email. It's a convenient way for potential customers and clients to send you a message, Word document, or other files. Thankfully, most web hosts include email in the price of their hosting plans. Some web hosts offer unlimited email account creation (which is great for future growth), while others offer a finite amount. You, naturally, should want unlimited email.
Yes, absolutely. Our goal at DreamHost is to be the webmaster's web host. From SSH access to the ability to easily host multiple websites with sub-account logins, our control panel is custom built to cater to developers and web designers. (But we're still simple enough even if you aren't.) Many of our developer/designer customers start with Shared hosting and when they're ready for more power upgrade to our VPS hosting.
MangoMatter created a book review site for The Children's Book Council, a not for profit that promotes Australian children's books. Tom was helpful and engaged from the initial idea to the finished product. He gave us some very good suggestions and helped us along the way. He provided excellent training so we could manage the site ourselves and his ongoing tech assistance has been invaluable. We would highly recommend MangoMatter.  

This hosting type gives you access to a Virtual Private Server. VPS hosting has a lot in common with shared hosting but comes with fewer limitations and more freedom when it comes to their server space. The perfect middle point between the cheap shared hosting, and expensive dedicated server hosting, VPS hosting gives you a portion of a server space separated from the rest of the server space that other users will be using, so you can use your server space unaffected by other users’ websites. An affordable web hosting solution that gives more flexibility than shared hosting, VPS hosting is a popular option for web hosting in Canada.
If you require a lot of functionality and versatility from your website, you’ll benefit from programs and applications that can help you build your site. Our Web hosting plans give you access to free, server-side applications that can be used to develop and customize your website, including popular Content Management System (CMS) applications like WordPress® and Joomla!®. You can even add a Dedicated IP if you plan to add an SSL Certificate later.

Shared hosting is one of the most popular web hosting types for smaller-sized websites and projects, as it’s classified as cheap web hosting. Some smaller projects include local businesses, blogs, personal websites, and more. These are websites that are not intended to see super high amounts of traffic and, therefore, do not need to be able to support such volumes. The way this cheap web hosting type works is by a provider offering space on the same server to multiple different users. This presents many limitations, but the limitations do not affect most smaller websites, making it an excellent choice for those types of endeavors. Another added benefit of this web hosting type is the lower price it comes with for the buyer. Also, most cheap hosts offer affordable plans for both Linux hosting & Windows hosting (and the most common programming languages like MySQL, PHP, etc).
Another alternative is BlogDroid. Like WP Engine, they offer managed hosting but they are a little cheaper – and like Dreamhost they have an installer that makes it really easy for new WordPress users to get started. They also have automatic WordPress upgrades, the ability to create staging sites via a button and secure file permissions that work right out of the box.

There are some specs that you may not find while browsing a web host's site. For instance, many web hosts don't list the amount of RAM offered by their shared hosting plans. In such instances, you can safely assume that the RAM total is less than 1GB. A few web hosting services offer premium shared plans that offer 1GB of RAM or slightly more. If want dependable-under-pressure performance without spending hundreds of dollars per month, look into virtual private server (VPS) hosting. Signing up for a VPS plan will give your future site a significant amount of computer resources.


Every time we asked which files are infected or what type of malware is on it – “by our policy, we cannot tell you” – WHAT KIND OF POLICY IS THAT?! “We’ll generate malware.txt – but this is last time. You need to go through every single file on your server on your own and clean it up. Run your own cleanup if you don’t want to buy our service.” Their customer service reps are not nice (not all, but so far 90% of them) and keep on pushing to buy cleanup serice.

If you’re actually looking for super high quality managed WordPress hosting for Canada, WP Engine is what you need! They are the market leader when it comes to hosting WordPress sites, and with good reason (though are a tad expensive). They have an in-house custom built caching system to serve pages super-fast (called EverCache), and combined with their CDN, they are the fastest WordPress hosting company around!
Choosing a shared hosting service is the best way to start your WordPress website if you’re just starting out and are expecting a low traffic volume. With shared hosting, server resources including RAM and storage space are shared across different users of your hosting provider. This is how your hosting providers can profitably sell you hosting spaces with minimal price.
A mere 1-second page load delay impacts your bounce rate, SEO rankings and even your conversion rate. You won't have to worry about any of this when you choose A2 Hosting and our screaming fast SwiftServer platform! Hosting on speed optimized servers with your choice of server location, free SSDs and our up to 20X faster Turbo Servers are all advantages of choosing A2 Hosting!
For the tests, we went for the StartUp package. Although for a generally more WordPress-optimized package, we’d recommend the GrowBig or GoGeek plan. They are a tad more expensive, but come with additional perks such as advanced caching (custom-built by SiteGround), staging, premium wildcard SSL certificates, and free PCI compliance – should you want to run an e-commerce store.

Currently the fastest growing content management system in the world, WordPress powers over 30 percent of the world’s websites. It focuses on usability, aesthetics and web standards, making it a popular choice for websites - from personal blogs to large commercial sites. WordPress is open-source software, and gives you access to thousands of themes and plugins, which allow you quickly and easily customize the design and features of your website in just a few clicks. 

Shared hosting is relatively low maintenance. Your host will take the headache out of running your server by taking care of basic server administrative tasks. Unless you are prepared to run your own server, web management is the most convenient option. Leave it to professionals to worry about your web hosting - With shared hosting you can expect professional technical assistance for everything from hardware upgrades and maintenance, software updates, DDoS attacks, network outages, etc.
Alexandra Leslie’s interest in website administration was sparked in her teens, priming her for a fast-paced career in managing, building, and contributing to online brands, including HostingAdvice, Forbes, and the blogs of prominent hosting providers. She brings to the table firsthand experience in reviewing web hosts, perfecting website design, optimizing content, and walking site owners through the steps that add up to a successful online presence. Today, she combines her extensive writing experience with technical understanding to unpack some of the most complex topics that daunt novice website owners, as well as the subjects that excite veteran technologists within the HostingAdvice readership.

I am not sure why, but Bluehost is overrated. I have a VPS with them and I find their servers way too vulnerable to hacking. Every 2 months they shut down my VPS with NO warning because infected with malwares. Despite the fact that the fix is easy, they will not help. They advise to hire a service that charges between $30 to $700 per domain to protect. Last week after my clean up, it took them 12h to put my sites back online, because I was calling Tech Support, otherwise I would have stayed down….. They absolutely don’t care.
To determine how each provider fared in this criterion, we went ahead and asked each one a simple question via live chat: How do I install a new plugin on my WordPress site? Once we received their replies, each provider was scored according to their response time and how many responses it took them to guide us through the process. Finally, we gave each host a subjective score out of five. Let’s see how they fared:
There are free web hosting available, but almost all of them have some sort of catch. Usually, you can find free WordPress hosting being offered in online forums or small groups. In most cases, these are managed by an individual who is reselling a small part of his server space to cover up some revenue. Often the catch is that you have to put their banner ads on the site. Some may ask you to put a text link in the footer of your site. These folks will sell that banner ad or text link to cover up the cost of your free space along with pocketing the profits. The biggest downside of having a free host aside from the ads is that they are unreliable. You never know when this person will stop offering the free service. They can leave you hanging at any time. If you are serious about your website or business, then avoid Free WordPress hosting at all costs.
The United States have passed numerous bills and acts that allow free access to personal information. In particular, if the U.S. government suspects an individual or business to be a threat to America, The Patriot Act and DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) allow them to legally access and monitor the data of those individuals or businesses, if it is hosted or physically located in the United States. Canada, by contrast, has strict laws when it comes to privacy and freedom of access to personal data and information and at CanSpace we are not subject to US laws at all.
It’s possible, however, that you may outgrow shared hosting and need an alternative. The next step up the ladder is a virtual private server (VPS), which offers improved control since the shared web server is logically abstracted. This means each website “sees” the server as private, and behaves as though it is the only one with access to resources.
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