The Best Web Servers For Startups

We’ve worked with most of the popular server companies and have a few favorites we’d like to share with you.

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Best Hosting for WordPress sites

If you know you’ll need to scale quickly and need rock solid up-time for a high profile launch, we recommend wpengine. They have great customer service, an intuitive admin area, and most importantly, their servers are FAST.

  • Click this link to wpEngine
  • Scroll down to compare plans and choose the startup plan (comes to $22.50/mo when you pay for a year up front)
  • Skip all the optional features for now - do not choose multisite, if you have multiple WordPress sites we have a better way to manage them.
  • Select the data center closest to you
  • Send us any emails they send you for getting started and we'll handle the rest!

A Hosting for Mission Critical Websites

If you have a mission critical site that always needs to be fast no matter what, you'll need dedicated server resources. Shared servers (no matter what they claim), suffer from something called the 'noisy neighbor effect', which is where your site slows down because someone on the same server you are sharing eats up all the server resources.

If you absolutely can't tolerate a slow-down from time to time, then you should be on a dedicated server. If you are using WordPress as a CMS WPEngine does have dedicated options. If you aren't we also like Digital Ocean. Pricing depends on the traffic you'll be getting but typically starts around $200/mo and goes up from there. Contact us to discuss solutions.

NOTE: in the past we used Rackspace for our sites with the heaviest traffic, we liked them because of their great service and cutting edge tech. They no longer have either of those things. Their customer service has gone from the best to the worst, and their admin panels are getting very outdated. Until they fix these problems avoid using them.

You're practically broke

If you’re starting small project and you are on a budget, there's a ton of servers that will charge you less than $10/mo. Most of them really suck, some of the are downright dangerous in that they can be hard to transfer your site off of, or they are insecure and out of date and your site can get hacked. If you really want to play in this price point, we do have one server we can recommend which is Siteground. For the price you can't beat it, also they have pretty good customer service.

  • Click this link to SiteGround
  • Select the GrowBig plan (should be $5.95/mo.)
  • You should already have a domain, if not call us so we can talk you through were to buy. Put in your domain in the box for i already have a domain
  • When you get down to the purchase info area, and it asks you for the location, pick the location that's closest to you (for instance iowa if you are in the USA - this is where their data centers are located)
  • Fill in your personal and billing info.
  • Send us any emails they send you for getting started and we'll handle the rest!

You're absolutely broke

What if we told you you could host a static site for free. It's true, there are actually a few good options here. It can be done with github pages or with render.