Looking for the best cloud hosting for WordPress?
Over the past few years, cloud hosting has rapidly grown in popularity for a reason – it offers excellent performance and scalability, while still often being cheaper than more traditional hosting products.
While cloud hosting is undeniably a little more complex than beginner-friendly shared hosts like Bluehost or A2hosting, it’s still definitely something that non-technical users can handle, and the performance benefits and cost savings are usually worth the extra learning curve.
In this post, I’ve collected some of the best cloud hosting providers for WordPress. These providers let you harness the power of cloud hosting services such as Google Cloud, DigitalOcean, Vultr, etc. Not only do they make it possible for non-technical WordPress users to use cloud hosting, they’ll also still give you useful WordPress tools, such as staging sites and backups.
Cloud Hosting vs WordPress Hosting on Cloud Infrastructure
For example, does a managed WordPress host like Kinsta that uses Google Cloud infrastructure count as “cloud hosting”?
You could make an argument that it does, but I’m not going to treat these hosts as cloud hosting because you’re not directly interacting with the cloud hosting.
For example, in early 2020, SiteGround moved all of its hosting plans to Google Cloud infrastructure…but SiteGround’s cheap shared plans are still shared hosting – they just use cloud infrastructure to power those shared resources.
Basically, while these providers do use cloud hosting in their products, you don’t really see the difference as an end-user.
Instead, I’m going to define cloud WordPress hosting as hosting where you actually interact directly with the cloud layer.
For example, it might be hosting like Cloudways where you get a cloud VPS with dedicated resources or it could be something like Closte where you’re only billed on the exact resources that your site needs. Or, it might even be a WordPress hosting control panel that makes it easy to use your own “bare metal” cloud VPS from providers like DigitalOcean, Vultr, or Linode.
The advantages of going “directly” to the cloud like this are that:
- Your site will usually load faster.
- You can usually save a good bit of money vs managed WordPress hosting.
- There are no arbitrary limits. For example, there are no “visit” limits like you get with managed WordPress hosting.
- You can more easily “scale” your site as it grows. Instead of needing to change plans, you can just add more resources as needed.
- If you’re an advanced user, you’ll have more flexibility.
However, the disadvantages are
This article was written by Harsh Agrawal and originally published on ShoutMeLoud.