I have a lot of people asking me what WordPress host I would recommend if they are on a budget. I normally recommend managed WordPress hosting with WP Engine, but not everyone can afford them. I even have some business clients that don’t want to fork over $29+ a month just for hosting. I am a firm believer that a fast host does increase sales and conversions, but sometimes you have to work within the constraints of your budget. Until now I haven’t had a good host that I honestly felt good about referring people to, but now I do! And that is where InMotion Hosting comes into play.
They have plans starting at
$7.99 $4.19 (with my 47% discount) a month and all of them include the following:
- Free SSDs
- Free Domain
- Free Backups (with super easy restoration form)
- Unlimited Disk Space
- Preinstalled WordPress upon Checkout
- Free Website Transfers (no-downtime)
- Green Data Centers
- Google Apps Integration
- SSH Access
- Select your Data Center Location
- 90-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Here is a comparison between their plans. Note: My review below is done on the “Power” plan.
Upon checkout you will immediately get an email in which you can setup your password, etc.
Once you login will see the InMotion Account Management Panel, or AMP as they call it. I was pleasantly surprised with the UI, it was pretty snappy, and was very easy to navigate.
If you need help transferring your website(s) you can always use the “Website Transfer Request” which is pretty cool! Simply fill out the form and let them do the rest. This is great for people that might not know how to move their mysql databases or don’t feel comfortable doing so.
At some point you will need to point your DNS over to InMotion Hosting servers. To find this information simply click into “Account Technical Details.” This is where you can grab InMotion Hosting’s nameservers.
They should be:
You can then head over to your domain registrar and update your DNS Servers. In my example I am using NameCheap.
There are a couple ways to install WordPress. You can do it at checkout, install it manually, or use InMotion’s “Install Popular Software” program. I am using the latter. So in the Account Management Panel (AMP) I click on “Install Popular Software.”
I then click on “Install WordPress.”
They then have an easy to follow WordPress installation setup. They always keep the WordPress version up to date which is nice. On other hosts sometimes I notice them falling a couple versions behind which is not acceptable or downright annoying because then you have to upgrade it immediately after installing.
One thing I did like and appreciate from InMotion Hosting is the advanced options at the bottom. I don’t want WordPress auto-updating anything as this has caused problems for me in the past. I like to test things first, so it is nice to have the ability to turn these off.
Another thing to note is by default InMotion Hosting has the dummy data file limit set to 128MB. So many times in the past I have had to ask hosts to increase this from 64MB. No need to do that with them :)
And the backend of WordPress, navigating the dashboard, is very snappy. On WP Engine I have noticed slowness sometimes on the backend.
For my first test I installed MyThemeShop’s schema theme and imported the dummy data. I then ran 4-5 speed tests on both Pingdom and GTmetrix without a caching plugin installed.
Pingdom without Caching Plugin
I was pretty impressed with the 850ms time, especially for only $5.39 a month! But wait, we are about to knock that number in half.
GTmetrix without Caching Plugin
Scoring a 1.33 seconds on GTmetrix is actually very good, the page speed and YSlow grades I was assuming would improve after installing a caching plugin.
So I installed WordPress Cache Enabler, which is by far the best free caching plugin out there for WordPress. And I ran my speed tests again.
Pingdom with Cache Enabler
Wow, just by installing Cache Enabler I managed to knock the speed down to 482ms! This is comparable with the speeds of my more expensive managed WordPress hosts.
GTmetrix with Cache Enabler
And of course GTmetrix followed suit :) Wow, 1.01 seconds with a page speed grade of 97% and YSlow grade of 95%. Very impressed with InMotion Hosting.
I could probably even improve upon the speed above if I install a CDN. Make sure to check out my review on KeyCDN.
Another great feature with InMotion Hosting is their backup feature. If you ever have a problem simply login to AMP and click on the “Data Restoration Request.”
You can then fill out the form requesting what you want restored. It could be a file, folder, email account, or database.
InMotion Hosting doesn’t just offer great speeds, they also have amazing support which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Always comforting to know someone is there to help if you run into a problem.
They also have the most incredible knowledge base I have ever seen from a host. In fact I have even referenced some of their articles in my previous blog posts. It was one of their articles which finally solved my issues with slow admin-ajax.php. These guys really know the ins and outs of WordPress hosting to its core!
I was very impressed with InMotion Hosting and will now be using them for my clients that are on a budget without sacrificing speed or support. If you are looking for new affordable WordPress hosting, or maybe thinking of switching, I definitely recommend checking them out! If you use the link below you will get at least 40% off on the launch, power, and pro plans.
As always feel free to leave your comments below, I would love to hear your thoughts.
InMotion Hosting Review
If you are looking for a cheaper host that has SSDs, free domain, free backups, and awesome support then look no further than InMotion Hosting. I was pleasantly surprised with them.
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