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    My website is currently hosted at Godaddy. It is excruciatingly slow and I’d like to change it to a different host.

    My question is:

    How do I know whether the reason my website is slow is because of my website’s own inefficiencies, or because of Goddady?

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      You can input your site into a speed testing tool like https://tools.pingdom.com/. If the server response time is bad, it’s likely a problem on your hosting provider’s side. It will also tell you where you site is stalling and what changes you can make to improve it. More information here: /how-to-speed-up-wordpress/

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    Hey, I have a question: Is godaddy not a good hosting, as i made the domain name at it and want to continue doing the website with them.

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      Whether or not GoDaddy is a good hosting company depends on whether you are satisfied with what they offer. If your website is fast enough, has enough uptime, and you are happy with their customer support, GoDaddy can be a good enough solution for you. We just listed what we found the best in our tests but that doesn’t mean that all other hosting companies are useless.

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    Thanks, I appreciate the article!

    We just need a hosting provider for a simple 10-15 page site for a local business that will likely get less than 500-1000 visits a day. We will have booking software integrated and may receive 25-50 bookings via the online booking software per day.

    Only other thing I could think of is we may later want to create an online store page on site that has about 40-50 products on it but sales would likely only be a 5-40 sales per day on site.

    Would something like Bluehost cheap plan be fine for us? Thanks!

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      The Bluehost cheap plan should definitely be enough to handle this for the beginning. If, at some point, you find that its performance isn’t sufficient, you can always upgrade and/or move to another provider.

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    I’m looking to start several blogs (on WordPress). Do your recommendations hold for someone wanting to run multiple different blogs at once?

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      Sure, the recommendations are the same. However, you have to think about your desired architecture. In the beginning, it might be ok to host several sites on the same server, however, as soon as more traffic starts coming in, you might need more dedicated resources some or all of the sites. It’s worth looking into how easy the different hosting providers make this.

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      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: /wordpress-com-vs-wordpress-org/

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    AbdurRahman Lakhani

    What would you suggest about Managed WordPress web hosting like Cloudways, Presslabs, LiquidWeb and others?

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    I am a beginner I want to start blogging and afflilate marketing. So can you suggest to me which hosting is the best?

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    Well, you went over speed and pricing but what about security. Who has the best overall when security is figured in. I ask because one of the ones you have listed I am on and they didn’t catch the websites being hacked I have 17 websites with code in them, they didn’t catch. It looks like bitcoin mining to me. See I keep asking why my website was loading so slow and they keep saying it was because they were not optimized right. Now the same sites were loading in 1.6 seconds to 1.8. Now they were taking 6.5 to 8 and even 9 seconds to load. THey cost me a great deal of time and money over this and even my backups are junk. I add this also they never found the problem till I personally found the problem and pointed it out. Needless to say, I am done with them…

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    Hello,
    I just took a class on building a website and hosting it on wordpress.com. Do you have any feelings about hosting directly with WordPress?

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      Yes, I’m against it. In the long run, it’s almost always better to go with self-hosted WordPress. I only advise to use WordPress.com to get your feet wet without paying anything but if you are going to build a professional website, you should make the move to self-hosted as soon as possible.

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    I switched to BlueHost based on this recommendation, but I’ve been fighting them for months on getting the ‘free’ SSL. The only option they’re offering is an extra charge of anywhere from $10 to $30 a month — after I bought an extended hosting package. No SSL, no storefront. I’m fighting mad and ready to lawyer up.

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      You should be able to add SSL manually by using Lets Encrypt using your whm/cpanel dashboard, there’s zero reason to be paying for basic SSL. If you are running an ecommerce store or similar you may want to upgrade though!

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      Hey Michael, sorry to hear you are not having a good experience. Please come back and let us know how you settled the issue so we can take it into account for the future.

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