Hostgator is hosting over 2 million WordPress sites on their platform, and this is quite a number. Considering the fact WordPress powers more than 24.2% of the websites in the world, it’s no brainer that all popular hosting companies are shifting towards WordPress optimized hosting.
Until last year getting a managed WordPress hosting is a costly affair and only a few companies like WPEngine, Synthesis used to offer specialized hosting for WordPress The only problem with them is, it’s too costly for any beginner or intermediate level blogger to afford the services.
In the past 12 months, hosting industry have seen a drastic change in the adoption of optimized WordPress hosting. Before this shift, all the hosting companies used to offer only shared hosting (They also had VPS, dedicated..) where you can install WordPress, Drupal or any other platform of your choice to launch a blog or a website. The problem with this was, your hosting is not configured especially for WordPress. This created an unoptimized hosting environment, as WordPress is a memory hogging blogging software.
Last year Dreamhost launched DreamPress, which is an extension of their hosting service for WordPress users. Joining the bandwagon, Godaddy also launched managed WordPress hosting and got great reviews from all the reviewers around the globe. I’m also testing one of their basic managed WordPress hostings, and will share more about it in coming days. Bluehost, which is also owned by EIG, ditched their Pro package & launched managed WordPress hosting.
And now, the big news is: Your favorite hosting company Hostgator has launched a hosting package dedicated to WordPress users & it’s call as Hostgator Optimized WordPress hosting (OWP).
What’s new at Hostgator Optimized WordPress Hosting?
If you have never used a managed WordPress hosting before, you are going to love this. Especially if you are planning to start a new WordPress blog, I recommend you to opt for OWP from Hostgator instead of shared hosting packages like Baby, Hatchling or any other. Let me explain why & features of their WordPress hosting.
Hostgator OWP is launched to make managing WordPress sites easy. It will be solving some of the biggest challenges of WordPress users, such as:
- Updates: HostGator OWP will automatically update your WordPress & plugins. It will also apply all latest security patches to ensure you don’t pay the price for any flawed plugins or security holes.
- Backup: This feature will make a lot of difference for people who struggle with backing up their WordPress. Your WordPress blog will be backed up daily on an off-shore location. One interesting thing here is the file-level store. If at times you accidently delete any file, instead of restoring your complete WordPress blog, you can restore the deleted file. This is about a saving of almost $5/month that I pay to VaultPress for WordPress backup.
- Automatic malware removals: Shared hosting are prone to hacking & malware injection. I know many of my blogger buddies who have lost their ranking due to malware injection. Usually when your site is hacked (Malware is injected), Google starts showing warning & demote your site in search engine ranking. With their new technology, now your site will be automatically checked for malware’s (Daily) & will be removed automatically.
- No caching required: Being a WordPress user for last seven years, I know how hard it is to pick the right cache plugin. There are great options like WP Supercache, W3 total cache & paid options like WP Rocket. With Hostgator WP optimized hosting, you don’t need any cache plugin. This will be handled at the server level, and your site would be 2.5X faster. ( I will perform a test & will share the results in coming days).
Apart from all unique features above, they are offering unlimited hosting & free Website migration. This is one great news for users who are holding themselves back to move to managed WP hosting. Not all hosting companies offers unlimited bandwidth & storage (Hey! You need to be fair with their unlimited policy).
Different plans for various needs:
At the time of writing, they are offering three different packages & you can pick any of them according to your requirement. Their base plan starts at $12.95/month & Pro plans are priced at $89.95. I have reached out to Hostgator spokesperson to get technical details & hardware differences between these three packages.
Here is a video overview of WordPress Optimized hosting by Hostgator:
I will do a detailed post on their packages in the coming days. For now, you have enough reason to rejoice as now you can afford a hosting that is optimized for WordPress at the price of shared hosting.
In the coming days, I will share more details & tutorials about new addition from HostGator. At this moment, they don’t offer FTP Access.
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