Recommendations for Website Hosting for Dental Practice Websites
Over the last decade I have designed and built many websites using WordPress and Squarespace. For general dentists, the best platform for their websites is self-hosted WordPress. I wrote a guide about why WordPress should be chosen and you can read it here.
Once you decide to use WordPress, you will need to choose a hosting provider. I have used many services to host websites. In the past, I have hosted sites using FatCow, GoDaddy, Media Temple, BlueHost, Site Ground, and FlyWheel.
I currently host my websites using either Pressable or a virtual private server on Digital Ocean using Serverpilot as the control panel. In fact, this website is currently hosted using Pressable. While Pressable offers a robust set of features, I do not necessarily recommend it for the the typical dentist because migration off the platform is more technical, and their control panel is not as user friendly as the competition. More importantly, Pressable is not one of the most economical hosting providers because their product offering is built to offer power and scalability to developers who are either managing multiple websites or hosting a resource intensive website with high traffic.
Given my experience with multiple hosting providers, I recommend that dentists use either Site Ground or Fly Wheel to host their website. Site Ground offers the perfect balance between affordability and reliability for websites serving static content. When selected, Site Ground will deploy your website onto a shared server, which is perfect for the majority of dentists. A shared hosting environment offered by Site Ground will offer enough storage capacity, memory, and bandwidth to reliably serve your website to potential customers everyday.
There are some drawbacks to shared hosting though. The major drawback is that your website’s performance (it’s up-time and speed), are affected by other websites on the server. Sharing a server with other websites is usually not a problem, however if one of your neighbors on the server is abusing the service or is under attack, the server’s resources may be consumed by another website on the server because the hardware is not dedicated to your site.
If you want the hardware to be dedicated to your website, you need to purchase a virtual private server. This is where a company like Fly Wheel. Fly Wheel sells managed WordPress hosting in the cloud using virtual private servers, so you do not have to worry about noisy neighbors disrupting the performance of your website. I used Fly Wheel for several years before switching to Pressable to host Embrasure Space and I highly recommend their services.
When dentists ask me where to host their websites, I tell them to start with manage WordPress hosting using Site Ground. If you run into any hiccups with their shared hosting, you can upgrade to a service like Fly Wheel and Fly Wheel will handle the migration for you for free.