Hosting is a critical service every website needs, without it your website won’t be going anywhere fast. So you have to include this in your annual budget. A lot of well-known WordPress hosting providers give special discounts to Nonprofits, which is great. But you might also care about other aspects of their service, such as how green they are, or how friendly their support service is. Afterall being a Non-Profit your values are not only based on finding the cheapest deal, but using service providers that meet your personal standards. So I have done a little digging and started a list of hosting providers and tested them against a few different criteria in order to find the top 5 green WordPress hosts:
- Environmental Sustainability: half a point for taking some action on this, 1 point for using sustainable green energy sources.
- Friendly Customer Service: Up to 5 points based on their TrustPilot star score.
- Nonprofits Discount: 1 point for a discount, 2 points for providing a free service.
- WordPress Hosting: 1 point if they have WordPress Hosting.
- Support: 1 point for 24/7, 1 point for online chat, giving a total of 2 points.
- Uptime Guarantees: 1 point if they have an uptime guarantee of 99.9% or above.
In creating this list, I checked 16 hosting services, and you can see my spreadsheet here. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you’re using a service, who you believe should be on my list, give them a shoutout in the comments, and I’ll check them out.
Below are the top 5 green WordPress hosts I recommend. Two of which I hadn’t heard of before I started. In fact, I was so impressed by Kualo, I signed up to be an affiliate and will promote their service on our site, so if you end up purchasing their service you may also support our ongoing work to support Nonprofits with websites, themes and plugins.
1. Kualo Green WordPress Hosting
I had not heard of these guys before, but they’ve actually been around for 15 years and they hit all the right marks scoring 100% on my criteria. There are many things I like about their service, but here are the important bits:
- They use 100% green-sourced power, for both their UK and US servers.
- They have 5 stars on Trustpilot.
- They provide FREE hosting for Nonprofits for registered charities. If you are not registered yet, their general pricing is also great value.
- Their WordPress hosting service is rather brilliant, with caching, CDN and other technology to help speed up your website.
- They have 24/7 support including chat and 1 hour support response guarantee.
- They also have a number of other guarantees, including 99.9% uptime, with tangible benefits if they don’t meet that target.
- Bonus: They also guarantee never to increase the price you pay for hosting for the duration you remain a customer and have a 60-day money back guarantee.
In short I have nothing bad to say about Kualo, so well done to them!
2. TSO Host
TSO also scored excellently on all aspects of my criteria, but missed half a point on the green energy aspect. They are worth checking out in comparison to Kualo, and do provide free hosting for UK based Nonprofits.
Another hosting provider I hadn’t hear of prior to writing this article, but great to see them embracing Green Energy, not just as a gimmick, but as a tangible belief to help make hosting more sustainable. They lost a point on their customer service rating, and dropped another point for only discounting their hosting for Nonprofits without a free option, but overall are a great option for green WordPress hosting!
A well known hosting provider and probably the biggest on my top 5. They also say they are a green host, although I couldn’t find any independent verification, like our top 3. However they rate extremely well across the board, and provide a Non-Profit discount, although it is buried a bit within their site. Due to the sheer scale of their service, it’s a great stable choice and brand name you can trust.
Siteground offers a 60% discount for Nonprofits, but don’t have a renewable energy program as of yet, so if you are reading this, I strongly suggest starting one! They score excellently on customer service, WordPress hosting and 24/7 support.
So that’s my list, if you have any feedback on any of these providers or believe I should consider another service provider, please mention their name in the comments, although I probably won’t accept direct links back to the websites.
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