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Types of Hosting
cPanel Shared Hosting
A lot of these shared hosting providers will use something called cPanel. This is a tool meant to simplify website and server management. Many web hosting companies supply cPanel to customers as part of their hosting package. cPanel is where everything happens, allowing you to publish websites, manage domains, organize web files, create email accounts, and a whole lot more.
Cpanel was extremely popular in the past, but they recently increased their prices 90% and some companies such as Siteground are building their own platforms.
Shared hosting means just how it sounds, your website is hosted on a server shared by other websites. The advantage to this type of setup is the cost, since the server cost is split between lots of websites. I’ve seen shared hosting pretty cheap, but please don’t fall for the $0.99 or $1.99/month deals. They too are just how they sound, cheap. Shared hosting is typically not a good idea, unless they are a very reputable company who limits the number of sites on one server and offers protection against malware and spam. Performance can take a hit, especially if the other sites on your shared server are experiencing lots of traffic.
It’s true that most companies, blogs, churches, etc. usually start with shared hosting. It’s cheaper, and they are not getting tons of traffic. So if you plan to get traffic and want to take things more seriously, consider better hosting.
Managed WordPress Hosting
With the increasing popularity of WordPress as a web building platform, many web hosting servers are offering what are referred to as “Managed WordPress Hosting.”
Managed WordPress hosting provides higher levels of performance, security, and support. Usually, the company that offers this will have their own custom interface and server settings. In a nutshell, managed WordPress hosting is a service where the web hosting provider will be responsive for keeping your WordPress installation updated, which can help protect your site from security threats. Just know that this will cost more than shared hosting, but it is a good option for WordPress users who want to have less upkeep and management of their site.
Cloud Based Hosting
If you plan on growth or usage spikes, or just want to get top speeds, then consider cloud based hosting. The idea here is hundreds of individual servers can work together so that it acts like one giant server. The idea is that as the need grows, the hosting company can just add more hardware to make an ever larger grid or cloud.
So an advantage here is if you get an unusually large amount of website traffic, rather than the server crashing, it can adjust and accommodate. You also typically get much better performance and speed from cloud hosting, so if your website is growing, and you’re driving more traffic to your website, this is probably the next type of hosting you would want to upgrade to from a shared hosting plan.
Recommended Divi Hosting Providers
Which Host Should I Use For Divi?
So after all of this talk about the types of hosting providers available, which one should be used with Divi? That’s the most important question you can ask for your new or existing website, because it will make or break the success of your website. Below are the two that I personally use and recommend with 100% confidence.
One of the best hosting providers for standard small business Divi websites is Siteground. They understand Divi and will even optimize your server specifically for the needs and requirements of Divi if you ask. Their support is absolutely phenomenal! Like really, really good.
I use Siteground for almost all of my sites and client sites, so I can say for sure that this company is going to be very good to use with Divi. And the cool part is how easy it is to migrate to them, you get one free migration and the rest can be done with one click with their migrator plugin. You have no excuse! Switch to something that works, because the success of your website/business depends on it.
Serious Divi users should absolutely check out Cloudways! Don’t expect the same hand-holding experience as Siteground, but with Cloudways you can get away from shared hosting and move to the cloud for the best speeds and performance.
This site where you are reading this blog post is hosted on Cloudways due to the tens of thousands of site visitors I get each week and because of how much stuff is going on with it like plugins and functionality. A good site needs good hosting. You have no excuse if your website fails because of slow speeds. We are using Cloudways with the Digital Ocean server. Go check it out!
Other Recommended Divi Hosts
If I didn’t mention a few more hosts, I would get nasty comments, so here we go. There are other great hosts that I have not used, but people I trust use and recommend. So, although I can’t speak from personal experience on these, I do know that these are perfectly good options for Divi hosting.
However, these are going to be expensive. The reason I recommended Siteground and Cloudways was because of both price and quality, but WP Engine, Flywheel, and Pressable are going to cost more. However, they are managed WordPress hosting, so there is that advantage.
The Worst Possible Hosts for Divi
I don’t know if some companies are having a contest or not, but it seems like every time there is any issue asked in any Divi Facebook group, the hosting provider is always Bluehost, Hostgator, or GoDaddy. Did you ever wonder why?
This is all based on data and experience.
I could name a long list, but as a general rule please beware of and do not use GoDaddy or any hosting company owned by EIG, or Endurance International Group. Here is the list of sites owned by them that need to be avoided.
Some companies on that list include Bluehost, Hostgater, ipage, FatCow, StartLogic, and a lot more. Just google anything about these EIG umbrella brands, and you will see what I mean.
If you don’t believe me, or are somehow offended, that’s okay. I’m not forcing you to believe this or do anything. I’m simply offering my professional advice.
More Ways To Improve Divi
If you have already chosen a great website hosting provider for your Divi website, you may still have other things that need to be improved or solved. We have a full post on how to solve the common issues and problems that people ask about Divi, so be sure to visit that post.
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