Whether your site is big or small, our two recommended hosts will serve you well. Even nonprofits considering free website hosting should strongly consider the extremely affordable plans of our first recommended host…
This website is hosted on SiteGround. It is an excellent “shared” host. SiteGround is a great fit for nonprofits because:
- Their support is excellent, and they know WordPress.
- The GrowBig and higher plans come with a custom “caching” feature to make websites faster. It works.
- SiteGround supports free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates to secure your site over HTTPS. (Enabling SSL also speeds up your site and improves its ranking with search engines!)
Small and young nonprofits will be well-served by the StartUp plan while larger organizations should use the GrowBig or GoGeek plan. Buy longer-term plans to save money and lock-in your low rates.
Still not sure about SiteGround? Check out my more-detailed review of SiteGround.
For organizations expecting higher traffic and more complex websites—like those with a store or active online forum—will benefit from the features of WP Engine, my go-to high-level hosting company for clients. WP Engine stands apart from cheaper WordPress-specific hosts because of its premium features:
- Updates WordPress “Core” for you when there’s a new version.
- Daily backups, user-triggered backups, and automated site restores.
- An impressive “Staging Site” feature to make a copy of your site for testing and building new features.
- One of the few WordPress-specific hosts that supports WordPress multisite.
There are multiple companies that offer free or discounted hosting for nonprofit websites. While I have recommended these hosts in the past, I’ve had increasing performance issues with most of them in the past few years. Just about any organization can afford the extremely affordable SiteGround hosting I recommend above.
If you’re especially concerned about hosting costs, consider using WordPress.com.
Many web hosts offer domain registration with your account. Some even give you a free domain for a year, so choose your web host first before buying a domain.
If you do select a host that doesn’t offer domain registration, I recommend using Hover.com since they do nothing but domain registration.
An honorable mention for domain registration goes to Google Domains which I’ve been impressed by but is still fairly new.