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Objective recommendation – hosting for WordPress site?

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Hi, I’m looking for objective, impartial recommendations for a hosting company for a new WordPress site:

  • B2b site used to establish credibility and build a mailing list.
  • Focused, niche market w/ relatively low number of visitors and pageviews.
  • Small number (~5) of PDFs available for free download.
  • Autoresponder functionality tied to a commercial service like AWeber.
  • Blog
  • 2 – 3 short videos

Currently, I have a site (not WordPress-based) hosted on a Linux shared server on Rackspace Cloud. I’m very happy w/ Rackspace in terms of customer service and uptime, but I’ve heard that they are not really optimized for WordPress.

My technical skills: some HTML, FTP experience, trainable, but would prefer to focus on my core business.


  • The site needs to load reasonably quickly.
  • Am concerned about potential hacking, as I understand that WordPress is a frequent target, so some kind of server-side detection and prevention would be good.
  • Easy site installation and management.
  • Customer service is important.
  • Cost needs to be relatively low.
  • Company is honest and has integrity.

I’m interested in impartial advice from people who have real-world experience with hosting providers, as objective users themselves. (Not to offend anyone, but resellers and hosting company employees – not sure you can really provide unbiased opinions.)

What hosting companies would you recommend and why? What companies should be avoided?

Thank you!

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