For a few weeks, wpmu.org conducted comprehensive reviews of the most popular WordPress web hosts.
If you care to read the individual reviews, you can find them on wpmu.org:
- Page.ly Review: Blazingly Fast Managed WordPress Hosting
- Bluehost Review: Cheap and Unreliable Shared Hosting
- Go Daddy Review: Solid Web Hosting With a Side of Cheese
- DreamHost Review: Speedy and Friendly Web Hosting
- WP Engine Review: Super Duper Fast and Secure Managed WordPress Web Hosting
Getting started with a church website, especially for the first time, can be a little intimidating. One of the first things you’ll have to decide after figuring out what you want to use for your CMS (Content Management System—i.e. WordPress, Drupal, etc…), is who to host your website with. The last thing you want to do is have to worry about migrating later!
If you’ve chosen WordPress to build your church, ministry or non-profit website, I hope these reviews help.
Here is a quick rundown of wpmu.org’s results:
Winner: WP Engine
Loser: Go Daddy
Winners: Page.ly & Go Daddy
Losers: Bluehost, DreamHost & WP Engine
Winners: Page.ly & WP Engine
Although ChurchMag is running strong on WP Engine, I wouldn’t say this is the end-all solution. In fact, I wouldn’t say that Page.ly is either. There are a number of factors to keep in mind:
If your church, ministry or non-profit website isn’t going to ever see much web traffic, than perhaps speed isn’t your top priority.
The same can be considered for budget. If your favorite hosting solution is more than you can justify, you’ll simply have to find the next best thing.
As for vision, this has a lot to do with your web hosts flexibility. If you want to ever have an event specific website in addition to your main site, will you only use WordPress? If you need a static website, too, you’ll want to make sure your host can handle it—like a Media Temple or Bluehost, not a WP Engine or Page.ly.
What has your experience been like?