Hey Caroline, WordPress.com is a bit of a different animal because you don’t run a self-hosted WordPress site on there. That means, you can’t install all the plugins you might want to (especially on lower plans, where you can’t install plugins at all) and overall have less control over your site than with a self-hosted site. That’s why we didn’t include it in this list. For more information, I recommend this article: https://websitesetup.org/wordpress-com-vs-wordpress-org/
WordPress is free so there are no additional monthly hosting costs except for custom themes, premium plug-ins, and so on, though any additional plug-ins or add-ons consume utility resources. You can get cheap WordPress Hosting for your site, but you want to make sure you get a quality and reliable provider. For big photo galleries, shared media files, or large databases users should plan their budgets accordingly. The WordPress application is a free download from Wordpress.org or it can come pre-installed from A2 Hosting (we also offer an easy 1-click setup via Softaculous if you prefer). With the latter method, the basic framework of a new WordPress site can be running in a few minutes. Manually downloaded installations can more intricate but a web administrator should be able to get your WordPress site up fairly quickly.
With pre-installed WordPress, you don't have to worry about downloading and installing any software. You'll simply have your site up and running in no time at all. Your WordPress install will be A2 Optimized meaning it comes pre-configured for the fastest page load speeds and most secure settings. A2 Optimized WordPress is the result of the research and tests we've run to determine the WordPress settings providing peak site performance. There's no guesswork involved! That way you can focus on your time on writing content and promoting your website instead of installing and testing plugins. Our A2 Optimized WordPress setup will also auto-harden your site with a number of security features like automatic WordPress updates and providing you with a unique login URL, all in an effort to keep your site secure from hacks. 

Because it’s a fast, simple way to create a website that you — and your customers — will love. Simply type in your idea or industry and GoDaddy Website Builder will pull up a number of professionally designed, ready-to-launch templates. From there, just add your own text and images and you’re good to go. And with dozens of features, from online appointment scheduling to a full-blown ecommerce system, Website Builder can handle your business’ needs today and as you grow. 

iPage also offers “WordPress” hosting. They have 2 WordPress plans which cost $3.75/month and $6.95/month(renew at $7.49 and $10.49/mo respectively), both plans come with a free domain name for 1 year. iPage main goal is to ensure the best possible experience, from registration to customer support. They are more aimed towards beginners as their $6.95/mo plan comes with “expert” WordPress support.
You also want a web host with 24/7 customer support—if not by phone, then at least by chat. Forums, knowledge bases, and help tickets are all well and good, but sometimes you just need to communicate with another human to get things ironed out as quickly as possible. That said, not all 24/7 customer support teams are equal. Companies like GoDaddy and Liquid Web boast incredibly knowledgeable and helpful customer support squads—a fact that we confirmed in our in-depth reviews of those web hosting services.
Your WordPress software comes pre-installed and A2 Optimized on your Shared Hosting account. Thanks to testing, testing and more testing by our team of experts, A2 Optimized ends the guesswork of how to get the fastest page loads for your WordPress software. A2 Optimized provides auto-configuration so you get the best performance and most secure settings. That way you can instead turn your focus to building your site, writing content and promotion.
Our Turbo Server solution offers an additional speed boost with LiteSpeed Cache for WordPress. This powerful plugin communicates with your Turbo server and LSCache to statically cache your dynamic WordPress pages and greatly reduce your site's page load time. LSCache is built right into your server. This means overhead is greatly reduced and caching is more efficient compared to other PHP-based caching solution.
With nearly 20 years in the industry, we have the experience, the technology and the hosting experts to help web designers, developers, bloggers and online businesses create and maintain their online presence. Our secure hosting platform, complete with cPanel, offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee and award-winning support, which has helped nearly 19 million customers get online.
On the topic of dedicated hosting, many web hosting services also offer managed hosting. This type of hosting sees the web host act as your IT department, handling a server's maintenance and upkeep. This hosting option is something that you'd typically find with dedicated servers, so it's a business-centric addition. Naturally, it adds a few bucks to the hosting cost, but nothing that should break the bank if you have the resources for a dedicated server.
In order to publish your website online, your business website requires a web hosting service. However, a web host gives business owners more than just web hosting services! For example, web hosting firms typically employ in-house technicians to make sure their clients' websites are up and running 24/7. Plus, when website owners are in need of help or troubleshooting (e.g. script debutting, email not able to send/receive, domain name renewal, and more), the web host's in-house support are the go-to people. A professional web hosting service ensures a hassle-free experience for business owners, so they can efficiently focus their time and effort on their businesses.
Another recurring theme in our reviews is the talk of unlimited hosting — domains, storage, email, bandwidth, databases, and other tools. The truth is, however, when a host boasts unlimited storage or site traffic, they really mean they’ll allow you to use as much as you want — to a point. Yes, there are limits to unlimited, but chances are you’ll never get anywhere near that ceiling. Furthermore, the most reliable web hosts will give you a heads up when you’re approaching the maximum and start talking to you about your options for scaling.

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Some WordPress hosting providers try to be the fastest. Some want to be the host you can depend on. Others offer an affordable price. At A2 Hosting, we strive every day to be all three, backed by the best support team in the industry. That way you can get the highest performing, most reliable and best support all from one WordPress host at an affordable price. Get started now! You're going to love our service.
For newer WordPress sites, we definitely recommend our high speed Shared Hosting solutions. These solutions are high speed and easy-to-use. They are the perfect springboard to get your site up and running. Once your site grows, or if you have an existing site, you may want to consider one of our Managed VPS plans. Our Managed VPS plans offer the same ease of use as our Shared Hosting, you'll get more power and support from them. The good news is that at A2 Hosting, our hosting plans are completely scalable and can grow as your site grows. That means you don't have to worry about outgrowing your solution. We have a full lineup of services that we can seamlessly move your site into.

Simply put, self-managed hosting is essentially just hosting — you’re responsible for managing your server. On the flip side, fully-managed hosting providers may take care of everything except your code and your content. Somewhere in the middle, semi-managed services involve your web host helping you out with some — but not all — that goes into monitoring your server infrastructure.
Why? Because word of mouth only gets you so far in the internet era. People discover new businesses—even local business—via Bing, Google, and Yahoo. The days when they'd just look you up in the yellow pages are long gone. If you don't have a sharable website address, your chances of building online word of mouth via social networking plummet, too. In other words, no website, no discoverability, no money. Of course, web hosting isn't just for businesses. You may want to host a personal website or blog, too. Either way, the services here have you covered.
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.
You gain the most web-building functionality if you create a self-hosted site. This typically involves transfering the free WordPress CMS to server or signing up for a web host's optimized WordPress plan. With an optimized plan, the host automatically handles backend stuff, so you don't have to worry about updating the plug-ins and CMS, and enabling automatic backups. In these instances, the WordPress environment typically comes pre-installed on the server.
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