We debated adding a hosting review section to this website but eventually decided against it, for several reasons. If nothing else, the vast majority of articles you’ll find while searching for ‘wordpress hosting reviews’, ‘top 10 wordpress hosts’ and so on are blatantly paid-for propaganda, and we don’t think anybody intelligent takes them seriously any more. We sure as hell don’t.
Many unethical hosts sell ‘WordPress hosting’ which is exactly the same as their standard shared hosting. For many it’s a marketing tool, not a product. However, you need to ask a hell of a lot of pre-sales questions to get these people to admit it’s just a scam. Happily, there are a few hosts which offer genuine WordPress-optimised hosting that’s worth paying for.
High-performance dedicated WordPress hosting is great news for websites attracting large numbers of visitors, but when you put your website online for the first time, before it starts getting thousands of visitors a month, even before it gets a hundred visitors a month, your priority should be to get it set up to run quickly, to help you get the best out of whatever hosting you can afford.
You’ll find articles on site optimisation and WordPress hosting in our ‘Using WordPress’ section.