choosing a reliable and fast web host can be one of the most important decisions you will make when trying to figure out how to speed up WordPress. We recommend staying away from cheap shared hosting as they tend to overcrowd their servers and you will end up sharing resources between hundreds of people. The old saying, “You get what you pay for,” definitely applies here. We suggest going with a VPS or managed WordPress host depending upon your level of expertise and time.
Digital Ocean is a great cloud VPS provider and you can get started running WordPress for as little as $5/month. They feature SSDs, 1Gbps network, a dedicated IP address, and you can easily scale up or down in a matter of seconds. They now even feature a 1-click installer for WordPress. It’s recommended that you have some web hosting knowledge with Digital Ocean as they are not a managed host, meaning if you get hacked, it is your responsibility to fix it.
Linode is also another good choice if you are looking for a cloud VPS. They have plans starting at $10/month and all feature SSDs, API, CLI, and easy scaling across 8 datacenters in 3 different regions.
Vultr is slightly newer to the VPS game, but they provide very fast and stable servers throughout their 14 different locations. A newer feature they now offer is DDoS mitigation service.
Here are some popular high-performance managed WordPress hosts: