On rare occasions, I run into issues running WordPress on different web hosting providers. Normally, the client has pre-purchased their domain and their web hosting. I develop their website on my testing server and get it to where the client wants it (both in look and functionality). With the final approval to launch, we upload the website to the live server, and it doesn’t look or function the same as on the test server. After some investigative work, we find that the web host removed plugins from the website without telling the client. Read on to discover which web hosts ban WordPress plugins.

Why do hosts ban plugins?

Before we begin, let’s examine why hosts ban certain WordPress plugins. On WordPress.com, they ban plugins that they consider to be inferior to their supported plugins. If they have a plugin that provides the same (or better) functionality, then they want you to use their supported plugin. Doing so lets WordPress.com support a ‘scalable and efficient hosting environment’.

Also, some web hosting platforms do not allow caching, backup, high-strain, database altering, email, and automated content plugins. Sometimes, web hosts have their own way of performing these functionalities and they want you to use their recommended plugins (some come with an added cost).

Research before buying

So, how do you overcome plugin restrictions on your web hosting provider? Do your research before selecting your web hosting service. In our experience, WordPress.com, HostGator, Kinsta, WP Engine, FlyWheel, goDaddy, and a2Hosting all have plugin restrictions. All these companies provide shared web hosting accounts to their customers (with hundreds of websites all using the same server resources).

Dreamhost popular solution

At Majaid Web Solutions, we exclusively use Dreamhost Virtual Private Servers for our web hosting choice. We have yet to run into an issue with restricted WordPress plugins. Using a Dreamhost VPS, our websites also run faster because they are not using shared web hosting. While these servers cost a little more to run, the benefits to our clients far outweigh the costs. When choosing your web hosting platform, don’t go on price alone. Do your research into exactly what type of platform they offer (shared, VPS, or dedicated server). Select the best web server you can afford. Look for any WordPress plugin restrictions. You may end up wasting money when you learn that your web hosts ban WordPress plugins.

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