Why I Recommend InMotion WordPress Hosting

On my page comparing yearly WordPress hosting prices, I recommend InMotion as my provider of choice. This is despite some excellent competition from top class hosts like SiteGround and DreamHost. Indeed, you can’t go wrong with any of these three. The only reason I don’t talk about Bluehost WordPress hosting is because of their price point. It’s really expensive.

But I think InMotion nudges the others out by just a hair’s breadth. Here’s the complete list of all InMotion offers and discounts. And I’ll try and explain why their WordPress hosting takes the crown.

Note: Despite it’s awesome WordPress plans, it’s not “true” managed hosting like Kinsta. InMotion’s WordPress plans still retain their “general” flavor and are not 100% geared towards WordPress.

Most Extensive Range of Plans

Out of the providers reviewed on this site, InMotion has the maximum number of WordPress plans from the most basic to the most expensive. Here’s a table showing the full extent of their offerings:

Note: These are standardized to 12-month billing cycles.

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As you can see, their plans range from the basic $4.99/month to the enterprise-class $114.99/month.

The range here is important because it means that you have full room to grow from a small website, to a large one. Normally, there’s a huge upgrade point between shared hosting and VPS/Dedicated servers. But with InMotion, you can continue to just upgrade to higher and higher plans without much hassle. I consider this scalability, a very important part of a long-term hosting solution.

Premium Subscription to BoldGrid

I’ve always been torn when it comes to drag ‘n drop website builders. On the one hand, they allow everyone to develop their own website easily. On the other hand, I have the following three objections:

  1. They’re expensive or require a paid subscription
  2. They’re not standardized – which means you’re locked into them
  3. You can easily export them if they come with your hosting provider

The last point is particularly troublesome. Hostgator, for example charges people for its own website builder at $3.95/month. However, will you be able to export your website and settings if you move to another web host? Will you be able to continue development on say, SiteGround?

The answer is “probably not”. And it’s not as if Hostgator is going to assist you in moving your custom site off their servers either. Which is why I like platform-independent CMSs like WordPress, which are standardized everywhere.

But InMotion WordPress hosting offers BoldGrid, which gets rid of these issues.

What is BoldGrid?

BoldGrid is a website builder that words as a plugin for WordPress. Immediately, you can see why I l like it. It’s part of the WordPress ecosystem, and that makes transferring from one host to the other easy. If at any point of time you want to move your website off of InMotion’s servers, you can use the standard WordPress migration procedure and all your BoldGrid settings will be moved as well. You can get started with BoldGrid from the InMotion AMP control panel as shown here:

BoldGrid in AMP

When you visit the BoldGrid link from your InMotion panel, you get a key that makes it a premium subscription. From here, you can use all the cool drag and drop features to design your ideal website, without the worry that you’re locking yourself into a single service.

Excellent NGINX Caching

By default, InMotion caches your dynamic website – meaning that your servers don’t have to generate the page each time from scratch for each visitor. This has several benefits:

  1. Your visitors see the page much faster
  2. Your servers are not overloaded
  3. You save on bandwidth

I’d written earlier about InMotion’s hosting limitations, and one way they ensure that you don’t overuse the CPU, is by caching. They do this via NGINX.

What is NGINX?

NGINX is a tool that has many uses, but it’s really valuable as an accessory to a standard WordPress installation. Basically, it sits between your users and the server and stores the pages that are served. So the next time someone comes to the same page, they’re given a stored (or cached) version of the page. This is called a “reverse proxy” and this is what it looks like:

Recommend InMotion WordPress with NGINX

As you can see, the NGINX box servers your users whenever it can. It only queries your main server when necessary. The caching works really well once it’s “primed” – meaning the first set of pages has already been generated. For example, I ran a stress test on my InMotion hosting account and these are the results:

Caching Allows for Excellent Performance

You can see that the initial response time is quite high, because the cache is empty. But once the cache is “primed”, the response stays constant regardless of how many new visits it gets. That’s pretty awesome, right?

Free Auto SSL

Unlike many other hosts, InMotion offers its users free AutoSSL. This means you don’t have to pay a penny to ensure that your visitors can access your site via HTTPS instead of HTTP. Here’s a tutorial on how to enable AutoSSL on InMotion.

While AutoSSL with InMotion doesn’t support wildcards, it doesn’t matter because they create a separate SSL certificate for each individual subdomain as you can see in this tweet:

So it’s as good as Let’s Encrypt wildcard cert.

Automatic WordPress Updates and Rollback

InMotion WordPress hosting automatically downloads and installs updates for WordPress and its plugins. This means that even if you don’t log in regularly to your site, it’ll still be kept up to date. This is critically important to ensure that your site is free of security loopholes.

Also, you can rollback updates if something goes wrong. Very useful!

For these reasons, InMotion tops the list of my recommendations for WordPress hosting. For regular shared hosting, I recommend SiteGround. But InMotion nudges it out of the way by just a hair’s breadth!

About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!

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