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The Best Website Hosting for Photographers and Creatives (2023)

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Are you a photographer using WordPress and struggling to choose the best web hosting plan for photographers and creatives?

Well, you’ve made it to the right place!

In this post, we’ll look at the best ways you can host your website.

If you’re pushed for time, here’s the brief rundown – Bluehost and Kinsta are our two favorite web hosts! 

Bluehost is perfect if you’re just getting into the WordPress industry πŸ†

And Kinsta is hands-down the best-managed WordPress hosting money can buy. If reliability & speed matter to you, Kinsta is a no-brainer. πŸ†

Presslabs is also great for those with a bigger budget. With a clientele that includes Search Engine Journal, Cult of Mac, and many more you’ll be in good company. πŸ†


Whether you’re on a budget or willing to spend some extra money for that extra peace of mind. We’ve got you covered.

After years of trying and experimenting with an extensive range of web hosts, we’ve identified what works, and what doesn’t. More importantly, who each of the following options is most suitable for.


There are generally three ways to go when it comes to hosting:

  • Shared WordPress Hosting (Very Common)
  • Managed WordPress Hosting (Common)
  • Self-Managed WordPress Hosting (Uncommon)


WordPress Hosting Fundamentals

Before we jump into the advantages and disadvantages of each. Let’s look at what we mean when we refer to WordPress hosting as shared, managed, or self-managed.

What is Shared WordPress Hosting?

Shared WordPress hosting refers to using a single server for multiple websites. Which is why it is so readily available and inexpensive.

Simply put, shared hosting is when a web host reuses a single server for multiple websites.. Each with independent domain names and likely belonging to separate people.

Many people will argue that shared hosting no longer has a place in this day and age, but I disagree. Most people start with shared hosting at some point. As long as you choose to host your website with a reliable provider like Bluehost, you really can’t go wrong…

Shared hosting is perfect for websites that:
– Can make great use of caching
– Don’t require a large number of database queries
– Don’t receive a large amount of traffic consistently

However, shared hosting isn’t the perfect web host for everyone. It’s not a mystery that shared hosting isn’t ideal for high-traffic, complex websites.


What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

Managed WordPress hosting is a white-glove concierge service where the host handles everything from speed, security, backups, uptime, and updates. So you don’t have to worry about a thing.

This type of hosting offers a hassle-free experience that lets you focus on running your business and doing what you’re really good at. One of the flagship reasons to opt for managed WordPress hosting is the presence of real WordPress experts when you contact support.

Obviously, this comes at a price that is quite a lot higher than that of shared hosting.

As a photographer, you want your images to load extremely fast. If you don’t want to sacrifice image quality too much or spend time tinkering with your server setup, a managed WordPress host might be the best option…


What is Self-Managed WordPress Hosting?

Self-managed WordPress hosting is the least common type of hosting on this list and is when you choose to handle everything yourself.

This typically means paying for a server hosted with Digital OceanAWS, or The Google Cloud Platform and installing software, updates, security patches, and so forth all by yourself.

The downside is that it is relatively time-consuming and challenging to do. So unless this is something you’re interested in learning, you will likely be better off opting for a different type of hosting.


Shared WordPress

Shared hosting is still, to this day, the most common type of WordPress hosting. It is the best and most financially frictionless for people to delve into web design and development.

Bluehost

best WordPress web hosting for photographers
The Best Web Hosting – Bluehost

Bluehost is our shared hosting provider of choice. If you’re like me and don’t like taking someone else’s word for a big decision, I highly recommend you look at this in-depth review of Bluehost. And on that note, Bluehost is also officially listed as one of the web hosting companies that WordPress recommends. As you’ll find on this page here…

Many people argue that shared hosting plans like Bluehost’s ones no longer have a place in 2022 because they’re too slow. 

First of all, speed also depends on a variety of other things, such as your WordPress theme and whether you’ve optimized your images.

I completely disagree with them!

Yes, I know that Bluehost’s shared hosting wasn’t designed for extremely high-traffic, resource-intensive websites – obviously, that’s why it’s less expensive. But they’re missing the point.

Bluehost is a fantastic web host because they make it easy and frictionless for anyone, regardless of their financial background, to get a website up and running.

In other words, fingers crossed, you’ll reach the point where you grow out of shared hosting and migrate to a web host like Kinsta (up next). But until then, Bluehost is a great place to start!

If that sounds anything like you – I highly recommend giving Bluehost a try.


Pricing

PlanWhat you pay/moSupported sitesStorage space
Basic$ 2.951 Website50 GB SSD Storage
Plus$ 5.45Unlimited WebsitesUnlimited SSD Storage
Choice Plus$ 5.45Unlimited WebsitesUnlimited SSD Storage
Pro$ 13.95Unlimited WebsitesUnlimited SSD Storage

All Bluehost pricing plans include a free domain for one year, a free CDN that provides fast delivery of Internet content, and free SSL certificates to protect your data.

As we’ve come to expect, Bluehost offers 24/7 support (regardless of which plan you’re on) via live chat, ticket support, and phone support!


Managed WordPress

If money is no longer the most crucial factor when selecting a hosting plan, you can start looking at managed WordPress hosts such as Cloudways and Kinsta.

Cloudways

Cloudways WordPress hosting
Managed web hosting for photographers – Cloudways

Cloudways is one of the most popular WordPress hosting providers that is flexible and reliable, allowing you to choose between five different cloud providers: Google Cloud, AWS, DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode. 

This highly intuitive provider makes server management easy to use due to its one-click functionalities: vertical scaling, backups, migrations, and much more.


Pricing

PlanWhat you pay/mo InstallsStorage space
Started$ 10Unlimited Websites25 GB Disk Space
Pro$ 22Unlimited Websites50 GB Disk Space
Business 1$ 42Unlimited Websites80 GB Disk Space
Enterprise 1$ 80Unlimited Websites160 GB Disk Space

All plans come with 24/7 support, a free SSL certificate, free migration, a CDN add-on, and the freedom to host unlimited applications on any plan.


Kinsta

Kinsta
Managed web hosting for photographers – Kinsta

Kinsta is another managed WordPress hosting provider that has come a long way in a very short time.

We chose to host all of our websites on Kinsta’s Managed WordPress hosting due to their reliable infrastructure, focus on speed, and quality support. It was one way we could rest assured and have peace of mind knowing that our websites would always be up and running and fast without us having to lift a finger.


Pricing

PlanWhat you pay/moInstallsStorage space
Started$ 301 Website10 GB Disk Space
Pro$ 602 Websites20 GB Disk Space
Business 1$ 1005 Websites30 GB Disk Space
Enterprise 1$ 60060 Websites100 GB Disk Space

In addition to all these plans, Cloudways provides three more pricing plans for businesses (Business 2, Business 3, and Business 4) and three more for enterprises (Enterprise 2, Enterprise 3, and Enterprise 4) that support more sites and storage space.

However, all plans include free migrations, a highly secure network, Nginx, LXD containers, PHP 8.0, and MariaDB on the Google Cloud Platform for lightning speed.

And, just as with Bluehost – support is Kinsta’s number one priority.


Self-Managed WordPress

It is challenging to recommend self-managed WordPress hosting to anyone simply because of its difficulty.

For most people, the time spent and hassle caused by self-hosting a WordPress website is not worth the higher price-performance ratio and money they can save.

Ultimately, web hosting companies like Bluehost and Kinsta can survive because they are highly experienced and take care of something, so you don’t have to.

So unless you plan to pursue a degree in computer science at university (or already have one) and enjoy working with servers – unmanaged or self-managed WordPress hosting might not be suitable for you…


Conclusion: WordPress Hosting for Photographers

And that’s all for this time! We hope you find this post useful and decide to host your photography or creative portfolio with either Bluehost or Kinsta.

In addition to these web hosts, we can confidently recommend Presslabs to those with a bigger budget thanks to their clientele, including Search Engine Journal, Cult of Mac, and many more…

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15 responses

  1. Morris Avatar
    Morris

    brilliant post! i use blue host and agree they are a great web host

  2. Luis Avatar
    Luis

    Really nice work! Big ups!

    1. Alex Panagis Avatar

      Thanks Luis, appreciate it! πŸ™‚

  3. Debdut Mukherjee Avatar
    Debdut Mukherjee

    Great! This is something I was looking forward to!

    1. Alex Panagis Avatar

      Thanks for the kind words, Debdut! πŸ™‚

  4. me Avatar
    me

    Great article

    1. Alex Panagis Avatar

      Thanks for the kind words! πŸ™‚

  5. Sandhiya Avatar
    Sandhiya

    Thank you for sharing great WordPress Hosting. Many people actually count on the immersive experience of a hosting provider as a factor when choosing.

  6. Merion Rebeca Avatar
    Merion Rebeca

    Really awesome article.

    Let me give you some insights and guides on how to choose the right web hosting services. Let me share some checkpoints which you help you choose the web hosting more easily

    – Knowing your hosting needs monthly/Yearly
    – Check server reliability
    – Hosting upgrade options
    – Signup prices vs renewal prices
    – Refund policy
    – Account limitation

    Good luck everyone! πŸ™‚

  7. Jerry Peres Avatar
    Jerry Peres

    Nice information you shared here. It is very informative. Thanks for sharing such a great post here. I like this stuff.

  8. Dan Centres Avatar
    Dan Centres

    WordPress is indeed a great CMS for building websites, but not necessarily for photographers. Every new feature requires you to find appropriate plugin and even the slightest change in the theme requires coding knowledge. A photographer should spend more time outside clicking photos rather than designing a simple portfolio website.
    I’ve recently shifted to Pixpa, and it has been a great decision. Every feature that a photographer needs including design changes and proofing are easily available without the need to code. The flexibility is indeed less than WordPress but for a photographer it should be enough.

    1. cristian Avatar
      cristian

      Hey Dan,

      thanks for leaving a comment. FWIW – we’ve already covered the best WordPress plugins for photographers in this post, here: https://wp-modula.com/best-wordpress-plugins-for-photographers/

  9. Dee Avatar
    Dee

    Great article, however, you forgot to add turnuphosting to the list.

    1. Puneet Avatar

      Thanks for your kind words and recommendations. πŸ™‚

  10. Puneet Avatar

    First of all, Awesome article πŸ™‚

    There are numerous WordPress hosting providers available, and deciding which one to use can be difficult. Here is a list of three WordPress hosting companies that you can’t go wrong with.
    1. WordPress Engine
    WP Engine is one of the most well-known WordPress hosting companies on the market. They provide a wide range of features, including a strong and dependable platform, excellent customer service, and a variety of pricing options.
    2. Bluehost Bluehost is another well-known WordPress hosting company. They provide a wide range of features, including a strong and dependable platform, excellent customer service, and a variety of pricing options.
    3. SiteGround
    Another popular WordPress hosting provider is SiteGround. They have a variety of features, including a strong and durable frame.

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