WordPress.org updated the hosting recommendations on their site, a revamp that has been in motion for nearly a year.
DreamHost, SiteGround, and Flywheel have joined Bluehost as recommended hosting providers on WordPress.org/hosting. There are, however, some notable omissions from the lineup, like popular hosting providers WP Engine, Pagely, and more.
The WordPress.org team last year announced that they were starting from scratch with the hosting page, and subsequently released a 40-question survey asking hosts various questions about their technology, customers, and more.
On the hosting page, WordPress.org notes that the list is “completely arbitrary,” but hosts must meet a certain criteria to be listed. The requirements for a host to be included on WordPress.org/hosting are:
- PHP version 5.6 or greater
- MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR MariaDB version 10.0 or greater
- Apache or Nginx (recommended)
The page notes that “We’ll be looking at this list several times a year, so keep an eye out for us re-opening the survey for hosts to submit themselves for inclusion.”
Hosting recommendations will appear on WordPress.org’s new “Get” page, which currently has no official release date. Under the hosting section on the page, two hosts will rotate each time the page is refreshed. This was problematic due to the lack of hosting options previously listed. Automattic’s Samuel Sidler said that a “Get Listed” box would temporarily be added to the page which would inform hosts how to be added to the site. It’s unclear at this time if this feature will still be available with the newest additions to the hosting page.