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…
SiteGround is a great fit for cost-conscious nonprofits. Nonprofit WP itself is hosted by SiteGround!
Among affordable hosts, SiteGround is consistently on the cutting edge of technology. SiteGround’s unique combination of cost, ease, and technology is unparalleled:
- New accounts automatically use HTTPS and PHP7, technologies that make your site faster, more secure, and search-friendly.
- GrowBig and GoGeek plans come with a custom “caching” feature to make websites faster. It just works.
- They provide good support and heavily invest in the WordPress community.
- The custom WordPress Toolkit and SG Optimizer plugin give you tools to quickly do complicated tasks like change the website address or turn on HTTPS for security.
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.
For organizations with higher traffic or with more complex websites—like those with a store or active online forum—WP Engine is a go-to hosting company.
WP Engine stands apart from cheaper WordPress-specific hosts because of its premium features. It has similar features to SiteGround like custom caching and good support along with these extras:
- Daily backups, user-triggered backups, and automated site restores are built right in and super easy to use.
- Fast servers exclusively used for WordPress and configured accordingly.
- Impressive “Staging Site” feature to make a copy of your site for testing and building new features. (SiteGround’s GoGeek plan also offers a staging feature.)
- Excellent support from people exclusively working with WordPress.
Free Hosting for Nonprofits
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.
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.