Resources for Hosting and Themes
Listed below are the resources I have personally tested and/or used for hosting and themes.
There may be affiliate links in some of these. If you use the links, and purchase something, I may get a small commission.
Depending on your end results, depends on the type of hosting you need.
For example, if you intend to offer a blog, courses, and/or an email provider, lead pages, and funnels within the next 3 months, your best bet would probably be to go with either Kartra or Kajabi All-In-One Platforms.
The All-In-One Platforms give you a flat rate for all inclusive website, blog, courses, lead pages, funnels, and email providers.
Take a look at the comparison for Kartra vs Kajabi to determine the best All-in-One platform for you, then look at the WordPress Comparisons below to determine what platform is best for WordPress.
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Hosting for WordPress
Bigscoots is the best website hosting, in my opinion. Their only downfall is that they do not offer sales. The upside is that because they don't offer sales, the price is the same this year, and next year, and so on.
Bigscoots includes things like SSL, unlimited storage and bandwidth, built-in caching, and shared server services.
Second Best (Tied) Website Hosting for WordPress - Fastcomet
FastComet is one of the best website hosting sites out there. It’s easy to set up and easy to migrate. It has many features that are add-ons for other hosting sites. It’s really fast and grows well with you. I have found FastComet to be one of the best in the business at this time. Their customer service is unparalleled. They will even help you set up your website the first time. If you already have hosting elsewhere, FastComet will help you migrate it.
One of the main features I like about FastComet is their server locations. Your website will be hosted on the site closest to you and replicated to other sites for caching purposes. That means that there are redundant locations for your content. Almost always available. I would say “always available”, but nothing is ALWAYS, so… They are just that good. PLUS, your rate is locked in. I don’t know how many times I have hosted a website at a low cost only to be told the next year that the hosting cost had doubled. Uncool.
The current cost starts at $2.95/month and includes the free domain name. Setup your FastComet Web Hosting.
Second (Tied) Best Website Hosting - Siteground
I first transferred my hosting to Siteground after I read and heard the many issues of Bluehost. Fortunately, Bluehost refunded my money and Siteground helped me migrate easily. It’s fairly inexpensive, and also includes many of the features that are add-ons for other hosting sites.
However, Siteground, if purchased month-to-month, or only one year, will give you a huge sticker shock after one year. The price goes up exponentially! If you choose to checkout Siteground or use them for your website, you can setup your Siteground web hosting here. Siteground isn’t as outrageous when it is purchased for more than one year at a time.
Just OK Website Hosting for WordPress
These companies have their faults but aren’t the worst.
Dreamhost has fairly good reviews, but not as many features. It’s pricing right at the same as the medium pricing of other hosting but is for low usage websites and blogs. It does provide some of the more advanced security features, but not as many as others. Check them out here: Dreamhost.
Comparison Table for Basic Hosting
There are many options for themes. My best advice is to purchase the Genesis Theme and add a child theme. This gives you the most control and versatility.
Purchase or learn more about Genesis here.
As far as child themes, while StudioPress gives you many to choose from, another alternative is Restored 316 Themes. These themes are not only beautiful but are built to be mobile responsive.
Check them out at Restored 316 Themes.