Author: Tom D. S.
Last Updated: 17 November 2018

As a digital agency with a LOT of active hosting accounts (we have a lot of side-projects and like to experiment with different hosts), we’ve got a pretty good idea of what defines a good WordPress host. The quality of your web hosting provider can have a massive impact on your potential success.

Let’s take website speed for example, did you know that a 1 second delay means page views decrease by 11%, that means over 1/10 of visitors will just turn away for every second your site is still loading… this is why a decent web host is vital!

These are our top WordPress hosting companies for Canada, true quality WP hosting that doesn’t charge you the world.

Side-note: Our #1 has a temporary 67% discount running, grab one while it lasts!

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We know our stuff, a small sample of our many testimonials:

Tom is passionate and quickly understands his clients' needs. I've really appreciated his willingness to share knowledge and skill me up in how to use my brand new website. Thanks Tom!
Sally Mac
Tables of Content
MangoMatter made it so easy to design our current website. Tom was personally involved from first consultation to completion, and he is still readily available for any tweaks that may be necessary!
Demitrios Lecatsas
Fresh Hair
We chose Tom to design our website because we liked the style of other websites he had designed. The entire process was stress-free. Tom was so helpful and none of our multiple requests were too much trouble. Tom is a pleasure to work with. We love the website he’s made for us, it’s so easy to use and looks fantastic.
Carl Olive
Spring!
Our experience with Mango Matter was fantastic! Tom is very easy to work with, positive, efficient and obviously brilliant at what he does. Highly recommended.
Lucy Reeves
Means Whereby
We engaged Tom to develop our new company web site and were delighted with the outcome. He was able not only to deliver our brief but to provide some excellent ideas that we would never have thought of. Best of all, Tom is generous with his time and continues to be available to provide advice and support.
Neil Mackenzie
Enventive
What an easy and smooth experience it has been working with MangoMatter! Tom understood exactly what we were after, and we are extremely impressed with the final product. I would not hesitate to choose MangoMatter again in the future.
Tyson King
Director / Plumbrite Solutions
Tom from MangoMatter has been extremely helpful, professional and great support for establishing my Website, he is a wealth of knowledge and very efficient. I have no hesitation in recommending MangoMatter and have already done so.
Michelle Watson
iFix

Best WordPress Hosting Canada: Our Top 10 Comparison – November 2018

Web Hosting CompanyOverall RatingPrice/mo.Disk SpaceFeatures (top 5 only)Website
WHCLogoGrab Your DiscountCAD $3.49 (Exclusive MangoMatter Discount - down from $6.99)Unlimited
  • Canadian company
  • Very affordable
  • Charges in CAD
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Super reliable!
  • 24/7 Support
Grab Your Discount
siteground2Grab Your DiscountUSD $3.95 (Temporary 67% discount, down from $11.95!)10 GB
  • Lightning fast
  • Quick setup & user-friendly
  • Great support
Grab Your Discount
GreengeeksLogoView Their PlansUSD $3.95Unlimited
  • Green hosting
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Very experienced.
View Their Plans
A2HostingLogoVisit SiteUSD $3.92 (was $7.99)Unlimited
  • Cheap
  • Unlimited Disk Space!
Visit Site
wpengineVisit SiteUSD $2910 GB
  • WordPress hosting perfected! (if you have the budget)
Visit Site
hostgatorVisit SiteUSD $2.78 (up to 60% off using our coupon - MANGOGATOR)UnlimitedVisit Site
inmotionVisit SiteUSD $4.19 (40% discount)UnlimitedVisit Site
cloudwayslogoVisit SiteUSD $720 GBVisit Site
DreamhostVisit SiteUSD $7.95UnlimitedVisit Site
BluehostVisit SiteUSD $3.95 (down from $7.99)50 GBVisit Site

“We get that finding a decent WordPress host can be a bit tricky, with all the different features, hosting types, and (sometimes vague) pricing structures hosting providers can throw at you.

So to ease your search and save some time, we’ve analysed and rated the hosts we work (or have worked) with, resulting in our top 10 WordPress hosts. We try and keep it updated as hosting features and prices change, if you find a mistake, don’t hesitate to contact us.”

Tom D. S. – Editor

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Hosting for WordPress: The Details

When you’re just starting out and need a website, a lot of people look for a Canadian web host that is inexpensive and gets the job done, yet isn’t too complicated so that they can manage it without additional help. If you’re not planning to start a very custom and complex web app or platform, but rather your usual business site, blog, e-commerce store, etc… As far as CMSs go, WordPress is the way to go.

It’s simple to start up, and free to use, though a lot of people may not know whether the website they are trying to build, warrants the use of Managed WordPress Hosting (the expensive kind), or the more general shared hosting that supports WordPress (what we usually recommend). So in this article, we aim to explain WordPress and WordPress Hosting, and show what to look for in the best WordPress hosts Canada has to offer. That being said, if you’re in another country, we also have the following top WP hosting comparisons. best WordPress hosts Australia and best UK WordPress hosting.

WordPress, a quick brief.

WordPress is a CMS (at the moment powering over 25% of the entire internet) that you can install on the majority of web hosts. Most WordPress Hosts offer 1-click installation of the software. And like most open-source software, WordPress is free for the general population, yay. It is generally the go-to site building platform for small to medium sized business sites, blogs, e-commerce stores, and even forums, because it’s so easy to use and build/design websites with.

WordPress Hosting, and Why You Need It

WordPress Hosting is a term used to describe any web hosting provider that supports WordPress. Different web hosts may offer different hosting types of course, from shared, to a vps, dedicated hosting, and cloud hosting. It all depends on the level of expertise and specific needs the person has in regards to setting up their site.

When opting for a WordPress host, the most commonly used is shared hosting (or cheap WordPress hosting :)). This type of hosting allows different websites to share a single server which cuts back on the cost tremendously. Though there are some drawbacks to this kind of hosting, it is still in the majority when it comes to how WordPress users store their site information.

Cheap WordPress Hosting Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Easy to install and user-friendly
  • Inexpensive
  • Many hosts offer unlimited domains, emails, site traffic, and storage
  • More customizable

Cons:

  • There might be a ceiling to the unlimited WordPress Hosting features
  • Resources are shared with other websites
  • Other sites on the server can slow your website down

 

Features to look for in Canadian WordPress hosts

Now that we understand, what WordPress is and how it works, we can see just what makes some WordPress hosts stand out from the others. There are a plethora of WordPress hosting companies available on the web.  Many of them offer features that you may need and require, some that you don’t need, and some that could adversely affect your website and how you’re able to build it. It’s important to narrow down the list to a few important features so that it’s easy to spot which hosts are good and which hosts aren’t worth your time. So, here are some of the features you want to look for in the best WordPress Hosts:

Domain Hosting

Generally, when you’re choosing a WordPress host you want to find one that can also register domain names. That way, your hosting + domain are with the same company, makes support a lot easier.

Blog Hosting

Many of the people looking into WordPress hosts, gravitate towards it for their blog features, so it goes to reason that the best WordPress hosts will have features that make it easy for bloggers to download and start using WordPress without delay. So, web hosting providers should really a  have a 1-click installation option for WordPress.

Email Accounts

With a customized domain, comes the need for a personal email. The top WordPress email hosts will permit an unlimited amount of email accounts so that you and your entire team can engage in communication using customized domain names. You can set up these email accounts through the control panel of your computer, and be able to link them to business apps.

Bandwidth and Storage

Another feature to look for in your WordPress host is unlimited features such as email, storage, domains, bandwidth, and so on. Though some hosts boast about these unlimited features, there may actually be a ceiling to these features that could affect the way your website operates. So, the most dependable hosts will warn you when you are reaching your limits and open up a dialogue on scaling options. This is especially true is terms of storage for your website and bandwidth which can be used up fairly easily unless you understand your options and your limits.

WordPress Hosting Security

When you create a website, you want it to be secure, so that’s why you want a host that can give you the peace of mind that you hope for when you launch your website so you know that no one can alter your content or affect your site in any way without your permission. So, you’ll want a host that offers some general securities like software updates, monitoring, SSL certificates for free, DDoS protection, among other basic security tactics. But at the very least a host should be able to keep your WordPress software up to date.

Hosting Speed

The fastest WordPress hosting companies use a CDN (like those offering managed WordPress hosting), which allows content from your website to be delivered to the site visitors computer from the closest server to their location. This results in shorter load times and makes for a better overall experience for the visitor. It’s an extremely important feature especially if you’re running an eCommerce website. It will keep your potential customers from leaving in frustration and may even boost revenue.

Server Location

You’re going to want a host that’s nearby. There are many hosting options that will have your website information stored on the side of the planet if you don’t know exactly where the hosts’ servers are (in our individual reviews we usually mention these locations, like in our GreenGeeks review). This could spell bad news for your site visitors with extremely long load times. And could be a hassle altogether.

Server Uptime

There are times when a server will go time. That’s just the nature of technology. However, what you want to avoid is a host that has low server uptimes, because your site visitors may have a hard time interacting with your site when it’s not there. So, what you want to look for in a WordPress host, is one with an uptime of 99.9% so that the chances any site visitor finding your website down is slim.

Customer Support

This isn’t something that is top of the list when choosing a host, but it could mean all the difference if you aren’t skilled with website building and you’re suddenly experiencing an issue with your website. Being able to contact someone about it could help you understand what’s happening with the server your website is based on, or help you solve an issue that is appearing on your end.

System Backups

Because Servers can crash and accidents happen, it’s important to know if your host is able to back up your email, database, and website. Because if tragedy does strike, you will be able to get your site back up and running sooner if the worst occurs. So, you want to check if your host has automatic monthly, weekly, or daily backups.

The Verdict

WordPress can be an easy and reliable platform for any number of website needs. It’s inexpensive, user-friendly, and doesn’t require much expertise to get a WordPress website up and running, which is why it is such a popular platform. Yet, to get some of the customizable features that many look for when building a website, WordPress Hosting is a great option. With a variety of server types to choose from and features to choose from, it might be difficult to tell which hosts are the best and which aren’t worth your time. So, when your shopping around for a WordPress host take these features into consideration. Because not all hosts have them, but the best will surely include these features that will only enhance your website and your site visitors experience. And if you already have a host in mind, check and see how they stack up to this list, because if they are lacking in any of these areas, it might be a good idea to switch to a more dependable host.

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Pick a host from our top 10

MangoMatter Reviews

Personally, I have very limited knowledge in regards to creating a website, however I am very particular about how I envisaged the page to be. Tom has been so accomodating and patient throughout the entire process, and the page turned out exactly how I had pictured. I have had countless comments from patients and colleagues alike about how impressive the page is, thanks Tom!
Dr Alex Bornsztejn
As a new start-up company we were first drawn to Mango Matter through their website. With limited understanding of web design, Tom navigated us through the entire development of setting up the website to final completion with ease. The process was always transparent and seemless and Tom’s approach was always positive to change and new ideas. We are extremely proud our website and have no hesitation in recommending or referring Mango Matter as a web designer.
Kylie Timms
Location One
I'm so grateful to have found and chosen Tom from Mango Matter to develop our new website. The process has been smooth sailing and easy! Who'd have thought! Tom was great to work with... hassle free, relaxed, professional, flexible and responsive. We are very happy with the end result and recommend Tom's services to anyone wanting their website development to be a dream ride.
Jennifer West
Humans Being At Work
Tom from MangoMatter has been extremely helpful, professional and great support for establishing my Website, he is a wealth of knowledge and very efficient. I have no hesitation in recommending MangoMatter and have already done so.
Michelle Watson
iFix
I recently started my own company and of course, knew I needed to have a website that was different to my competitors. I had no hesitation in hiring Tom from MangoMatter for the job as I had seen the quality of his previous work. Additionally, he had been recommended to me by people who had used, and continue to use, his service. Tom works collaboratively with you in bringing together your ideas to create your own individualised website. He provides high quality work in a friendly and approachable manner. I value working with a company like MangoMatter who are experts in what they do and above all else value the individual needs of their clients.
Allira Rogers
Fine Tuning Consultancy
MangoMatter's website designs are excellent. That's why I chose this website designer above lots of others I looked at. The designs are simple yet elegant in their layout. Unlike so many other sites that are cluttered and hard to navigate around. MangoMatter designs are easy to use with content very accessible. I highly recommend this service for both its conceptual sophistication and logical usability.
Geoff Dean
Violence Prevention Consulting
MangoMatter created a book review site for The Children's Book Council, a not for profit that promotes Australian children's books. Tom was helpful and engaged from the initial idea to the finished product. He gave us some very good suggestions and helped us along the way. He provided excellent training so we could manage the site ourselves and his ongoing tech assistance has been invaluable. We would highly recommend MangoMatter.
Tina Cavanough
CBCA Reading Time
What an easy and smooth experience it has been working with MangoMatter! Tom understood exactly what we were after, and we are extremely impressed with the final product. I would not hesitate to choose MangoMatter again in the future.
Tyson King
Director / Plumbrite Solutions
MangoMatter has been very helpful in growing my business. I have asked him to take the role on for my small electrical business as my 'Media Manager'. He has been realistic with times and expectations. He has gone above and beyond with what I have asked him to do. He offers ideas which I (being computer illiterate) have had no insight into so that he can market and give my company the edge that it needs with the competition. Business life is always bound to throw a curve ball every once in a while but what I appreciate about Toms work ethic is that he has his finger on the pulse and lets me know what's happening (before I even do sometimes) and how to rectify if there are ever any hiccups. Its rare to find an honest businessman these days, and one that values his service above making a quick buck. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mango Matter and have already done so to a number of other businesses.
Joshua Fleming
Director / Powered Projects
I've been using the services of Tom at MangoMatter since early 2013. Tom is an absolute gentleman to work with, friendly and helpful. Whether it be web design, seo, or general technical advice, he knows all the tricks. In fact I called him just last week with an emergency website issue (no fault of his) and he had my website up and running again within minutes, he knew exactly where to pinpoint the problem and fixed it right away. I just don't know where I could find that kind of service anywhere else! With Tom continually researching the latest methods of any web services, his knowledge in this field is always up to date. I highly recommend Tom at MangoMatter and frequently tell my clients and suppliers if you want it done right, hire the services of Tom.
Paul Wallace
BTG Entertainment
We engaged Tom to develop our new company web site and were delighted with the outcome. He was able not only to deliver our brief but to provide some excellent ideas that we would never have thought of. Best of all, Tom is generous with his time and continues to be available to provide advice and support.
Neil Mackenzie
Enventive
Our experience with Mango Matter was fantastic! Tom is very easy to work with, positive, efficient and obviously brilliant at what he does. Highly recommended.
Lucy Reeves
Means Whereby
We chose Tom to design our website because we liked the style of other websites he had designed. The entire process was stress-free. Tom was so helpful and none of our multiple requests were too much trouble. Tom is a pleasure to work with. We love the website he’s made for us, it’s so easy to use and looks fantastic.
Carl Olive
Spring!
Tom has been fantastic to work with in developing my website. I had ideas of what I wanted to include but Tom was able to transform those ideas and create a website that exceeded my own expectations. His design was crisp, simple, and clear. Tom’s professional guidance, experience, knowledge and flare for detail is why I would recommend him to anyone looking at developing their own website.
Aaron Dick
Carpentology Group
We recently employed Tom after being referred by a satisfied customer. Quickly and efficiently he redesigned our website which now looks professional and is extremely user friendly. Tom is a pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend him to others. We look forward to working with Tom in the future.
Madonna
Ordanga Properties
As a band we wanted our website to look simple, stylish, functional and artistic all the while maintaining a strong focus on our music. Not only has Tom achieved all of these, he has taken our vague desires and produced an amazing site that quite frankly took our breath away. Tom's ability to work back and forth with new ideas and changes has made the process of making our site easy and stress free. I would highly recommend Tom to anybody looking to work with a professional in every sense of the word.
Shannon Rogers
Teapots
When I approached Tom to help with the upgrade of our website he was only too happy to help me with it. He transformed my ideas into reality and has designed a website that is very smart, and truly says everything about us. Tom also trained me to manage the content myself so that I can update the information when required. I love our new website!
Kate Davis
Singer / Two R More
MangoMatter made it so easy to design our current website. Tom was personally involved from first consultation to completion, and he is still readily available for any tweaks that may be necessary!
Demitrios Lecatsas
Fresh Hair
We have now used MangoMatter to create two websites for us. As investment managers, we have tried many different website development firms over the years. Without a doubt, MangoMatter is the best by far and we will continue to use their services for many years to come.
Glenn Rushton
Rushton Capital Management
Tom at MangoMatter is a true professional. I couldn't be happier with my website and the service he provided me. He understood my needs and made it so simple for me to understand and operate the site. I would strongly recommend MangoMatter!
Alli Keirnan
allikeirnan.com
MangoMatter made the process of putting together a wonderfully personal website a no-fuss scenario. Friendly and flexible, nothing seemed to faze them. We are delighted to have found MangoMatter and are very happy with the finished product.
Nathan Stella
ACUS Clinic
Tom is passionate and quickly understands his clients' needs. I've really appreciated his willingness to share knowledge and skill me up in how to use my brand new website. Thanks Tom!
Sally Mac
Tables of Content
I have used Tom from Mango Matter on numerous occasions to develop web pages both internally and for clients. I have never been disappointed with the quality of work and the functionality of the sites. The best thing about using Tom, is that he responds so quickly to any questions and is able to efficiently fix any issues that arise. Tom is a delight to work with and his web knowledge is second to none.
Kate Size
Verve Group Marketing
Tom did a great job on my website. He was willing to work within my budget and had my website finished within days from our start date. Tom was easy to communicate with and if he said he was going to do something, he did it on time, which was certainly a refreshing quality after my past experiences with other website businesses. If you aren't using this guy, you need to!
David Epp
David Epp Licensed to Kill Pests
I was extremely impressed with Tom’s efficiency and professional demeanour while developing my latest website. The entire process was completed as quickly as I could provide the content. Tom was able to edit the site with me in one sitting and activate it immediately. I’m happy to recommend Tom as a person of high skill, integrity and professionalism.
Paul J. Stevenson
Traumatologist
My website is my only form of advertising so I was truly thrilled when I discovered Tom who is a perfectionist in the best sense of the word. He combines the eye of an artist with the precision of a technician and has been infinitely patient with my string of requests. For the first time in many years I’m truly proud that my site is there for the world to see.
Julie Vear
Brisbane Qi Gong
Very impressed with MangoMatter! Having gone through several clunky website designs in the past, I have been nothing but impressed with the quality of work and efficiency of service offered by Tom & MangoMatter. The overall look of the site was exactly what we were after and nothing was ever too much trouble. By far the best web design team we’ve ever used, MangoMatter are genuine experts in the field of web design and I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone looking for a quality website.
Lauren Brown
Verve Group
Tom has taken a blog idea I had been toying with for many years and turned it into a reality, and a darn good looking reality! What I could have achieved alone would have been functional, but what I have achieved with Tom’s guidance is a product that is professional, works like clockwork and sells itself.
Megan Daley
Children's Books Daily

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