Since I can’t use some expensive software due to Godaddy doing whatever to their hosting service in the last 2 weeks, I need another host. After their representative here accused me of multiple site creation and all, more so (I don’t complain until something is so borked that $$$ is wasted, and wasting my time. You just lost a 7 year customer, Godaddy. Being trite wins you zero loyalty points).

So WordPress experts – I need your niche hosting. Need to find a host that can meet some SIMPLE requirements.

The main requirement is that the theme platform and required plugins has to work with the hosting:

  • X Theme
  • X-Shortcodes
  • Visual Composer
  • Revolution Slider
  • Force Thumbnail Regeneration
  • Contact 7 forms

I’m a visual designer so use visual tools to work with (and frankly tired of 1998 web designing concepts, and manually hitting save for every change to see any results). Visual Composer is exactly what it says it is, every change will visually be seen on the fly…and without saving…to break a site.

What I learned from this Godaddy experience is the resource requirements has to be more than it’s Ultimate plan (a tad more, like burst when needed). It won’t run Visual Composer now, which is the reason I even got that Ultimate account, to design some themes for a personal blog.

So need a WordPress host that if they can’t confirm folks using X Theme and required plugins on their service, can make it work.

Other requirements:

  • USA based host (my intended WP audience is US based)
  • =/+512MB of memory
  • +1mb/s I/O (burst is fine, as the problems VC has is on load/save)
  • Scalability (want to stay and grow at one host)
  • 1 dedicated IP (SSL)
  • Budget: <$20/mon

Preferred shared, as I theme design/blog and don’t have time to micromanage a VPS (been there with VPS/dedicated, and know what’s involved hands on).

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