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Shopping for a hosting company

When shopping for a hosting company, you need to look at the factors that determine the best host. Here are some of them.

Cost

cPanel

MySQL version

PCI compliance

php version

SSL certificate

WordPress requirements

As of January 26, 2017:

  • PHP version 7 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater
  • HTTPS support

Selected hosts

DreamHost

InMotion

For PCI compliance, VPS hosting (or above) plans are required. Here are the details as of January 26, 2017:

VPS-1000HA-S VPS-2000HA-S VPS-3000HA-S
Regular $44.99 / month

Promotional $29.99 /month (for 1 year)

Regular $84.99 / month

Promotional $49.99 /month (for 1 year)

Regular $154.99 / month

Promotional $74.99 /month (for 1 year)

Multiple websites Multiple websites Multiple websites
75GB Web space 150GB Web space 260GB Web space
PCI compliant PCI compliant PCI compliant

According to InMotion, their plans have MySQL version 5.6 and php version 5.6. They have a php version switcher allows you to switch between PHP 5.3-5.6 and also PHP 7.

SiteGround

SiteGround offers three Shared Hosting plans. Here are the details as of January 26, 2017:

StartUp GrowBig GoGeek
Regular $9.95 / month

Promotional $3.95 /month (first invoice)

Regular $14.95 / month

Promotional $7.95 /month (first invoice)

Regular $29.95 / month

Promotional $14.95 /month (first invoice)

One website Multiple websites Multiple websites
10GB Web space 20GB Web space 30GB Web space
Not PCI compliant Not PCI compliant PCI compliant

According to SiteGround, their Shared Hosting plans have MySQL version 5.6 and php versions 5.5 up to 7.1. They discontinued support for 5.2 and 5.3 but you could still use them. They use cPanel version 58.