WordPress hosting – test and comparison of the most popular WP hosters

The hosting offers in this comparison refer to the cheapest tariffs with sufficient performance to create a WordPress website (instructions). This requires a simple web space with a database in connection with a domain. An SSL certificate is also included in each of the tariffs listed.

Top WordPress Hoster

Offerer features rating Web space price price domain
WP Installation Wizard
1 email address incl.
24/7 support
Tariff: Essential
Rating: 5/5
from €4/month from €1.30/month
Fast SSD
staging and backups
Automatic updates
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Tariff: STARTER
Rating: 45/5
from €15/month from €1.00/month
100% uptime
daily right of termination
Mailbox relocation service
Tariff: basic
Rating: 4/5
from €3.99/month from €0.99/month
99.9% failsafe
Unlimited mailboxes
1-click WP installtion
Tariff: basic
Rating: 4/5
from €3.99/month from €0.99/month
3 free domains
SSD web space and DB
including 500 email addresses
Tariff: Private
Rating: 3.5/5
from €4.95/month from €9.83/month
3 free domains
SSD web space and DB
including 50 email addresses
Tariff: starter
Rating: 3/5
from €5.95/month from €0.89/month

Hosting provider comparison

If you want to create your first website, you absolutely need a reliable hoster at your side. This not only has to ensure that it runs smoothly, but also offers advice and support to newcomers. In addition, it is helpful if the user interface is as intuitive as possible and there are no complications. We have compared the four most popular hosting providers. So you can decide within a short time which one is best suited for you.

Web space and domains for WordPress

In our experience, the basic services of all four providers are rock solid. Customer support only becomes really important when there are problems. And in this case, the level of frustration quickly becomes very high if customer service cannot find a solution quickly. Domain Factory and HostEurope in particular performed very well in this area.

to the test winner HostEurope

1&1 IONOS

In 2000, 1&1 merged with United Internet and thus became one of the largest hosting providers in the German-speaking area. The company should be known to everyone from numerous TV commercials and is very well established. The offer is not just limited to the provision of web space. With 1&1 you also get an internet connection, a mobile phone contract and a landline number. We were recently very disappointed with the performance in the landline and internet sectors. The customer service in particular was more than inadequate. But this is about website hosting:

Special rates for WordPress hosting

In addition to shared hosting, which is typical for beginners, you can also rent your own servers from 1&1. This should be of particular interest to professionals. With inexpensive web space and a website construction kit, 1&1 is still aimed at all beginners and would like to offer them uncomplicated access to their own website. There has been a brand since the rebranding 1&1 IONOS new offers especially for the operation of WordPress websites.

The cheapest of them is called “Essential“ and costs a whopping 4 euros per month. With it you get a free domain and can create up to 5 databases. In addition, the tariff “Essential“ 25 GB of web space provided on a fast SSD hard drive. Since WordPress only requires 100 MB for the installation on the web space and only one database, this tariff should be sufficient for most users. Incidentally, 10 mail accounts are also included.

With the “Business“package you get 100 GB of web space and 10 MySQL databases and 100 e-mail addresses. The costs are 11 euros per month. However, if you only want to operate one or two websites at most, booking this tariff is not worthwhile.

The tariff “Per“ allows hosting of up to 50 sites (This means domains, not subpages). There is also a significantly faster server and the option to provide the website via a so-called CDN (Content Delivery Network), in which a worldwide server network is intended to ensure shorter routes when delivering the website.

With the rebranding to 1&1 IONOS, 1&1 has not only expanded the name, but also optimized its offer. In Montabaur, the biggest point of criticism to date is the customer service. The company advertises specifically with a personal advisor in customer service for its hosting customers. We have not yet had the opportunity to put this range of services to the test. It can stay that way if WordPress hosting remains reliable and stable. Keep it up 1&1 IONOS!

Strato – WordPress hosting under the umbrella of 1&1

The company was founded in 1997 as a subsidiary of Telekom and is aimed specifically at private customers and newcomers. As a hoster with over 2 million customer contracts, Strato is one of the best-known names among hosters. Not least because of this, it also cost 1&1 600 million euros to take over the competitor. That’s why prices and features are now 1:1 the same as what 1&1 IONOS offers. A separate assessment is therefore unnecessary.

All-inclusive – 24/7 support, easy to use but high prices

All-inclusive should not be missing in a hosting provider comparison. The company, founded in 2000, now manages over 700,000 websites from the data center located in Dresden. More than 15,000 servers can be found here, which are located on around 2,000 square meters.

It is particularly worth mentioning that All-Inkl attaches great importance to the company’s ecological footprint. For this reason, all servers are fed exclusively with green electricity. In addition, customers can look forward to not having to pay any hosting fees for the first three months.

A special feature of all-inclusive is that the smallest hosting package already has all the functions that a beginner needs. The All-Incl Private tariff thus offers three domains (one is included in the price), 150 subdomains, storage space of 50GB, 500 e-mail addresses and a traffic flat rate. This tariff costs €4.95 per month.

In addition, you are offered a good e-mail spam and virus filter, as well as 5 MySQL databases and common scripts.

All-Inkl also offers a practical 1-click installation for WordPress, Joomla, Typo3 and other common CMS. Beginners in particular will be able to save a lot of time in this way.

With a starting price of around €5 per month, all-inclusive is not the cheapest provider. However, at this price you get very high-quality hosting and many additional services. One can easily host three websites with the package. If this is not enough for you, you can use the all-inclusive private plus (5 domains, €7.95/month) or all-inclusive business (10 domains, €9.95/month) tariffs.

All-Inkl is easy to use, boasts competent 24/7 customer service and you don’t have to constantly compare the services offered by the tariffs, as all of them are sufficient to run an extensive website. With this provider you get a good all-round package at a reasonable price.

Alfahosting – free trial month and solid customer service

Finally, I want to write something about the provider Alfahosting. The company is based in Halle and has been on the market since 1999. The data center is located in Leipzig and is equipped with high-quality servers. Alfahosting is one of the top dogs on the German market and enjoys a good reputation.

As a beginner, the starter tariffs should be of particular interest to you. There are three different ones – Starter L, Starter XL and Starter XXL.
We can advise you against the Starter-L tariff. This is because setting up a MySQL database is not possible here and PHP is not supported. However, this is necessary for the smooth operation of a website.

If you book for six months, you will receive the Starter-XL tariff for only €0.99/month. With this you get 1GB storage space, a traffic flat rate, 50 e-mail accounts, a MySQL database and the possibility to use the latest PHP scripts. Nothing stands in the way of your own website.

If you opt for the Starter-XXL package, your storage space doubles to 2GB and you get access to a software package with which you can implement contact forms, forums, guest books and the like on your website. The price of the tariff is €2.19/month. If you are planning to build your website on WordPress, most of the additionally activated options are not necessary, which is why we recommend the Starter-XL tariff.

It should also be mentioned that Alfahosting does not offer a 1-click installation for WordPress and other content management systems for the starter tariffs. Therefore you have to do the installation manually via an FTP program.

Alfahosting offers its future customers a free test month in which you can convince yourself of the performance of the tariffs. In addition, there are various offers for e-commerce operators, a very reliable and competent customer service that is available 24/7. This makes Alfahosting a solid provider that offers very good value for money.

Hans Jürgen Herbst
strategic online marketing,
valao digital

»Domain Factory and HostEurope score with good customer service «

Exactly when there is a problem, the quality of a host proves itself in order to quickly arrive at a customer-oriented solution. Providers who are not only looking for customers but also take care of their existing customers are only worth their money as web space and domain providers. When implementing my own projects, I use HostEurope because I really appreciate the diverse server settings in the inexpensive basic package.

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