As you’ve made up your mind to start the online presence and business you’ve got to do lot of things. Developing the strategy, business plan, choosing WordPress theme, design creation, elaborating the content - is not everything. Also you have to find a good WordPress hosting for your successful web site. Web host is like a fuel for your car - the better it is, the more benefits you get from the site.
When you start looking for a WordPress hosting, you’ll realize, there are thousands of them to choose from. And you must be sure you’ve got the perfect one to suit all the needs of your web project.
In this post we’ll tell you main points to pay attention while choosing good web host. So till the end of it you’ll be able to sort out the best variant and, probably, even help your mates with this.
WordPress Hosting Requirements
From the start you have to read WordPress requirements. Here you may see the excerpt from the official web site.
To run WordPress your host just needs a couple of things:
PHP version 5.2.4 or greater (recommended: PHP 5.4 or greater)
MySQL version 5.0 or greater (recommended: MySQL 5.5 or greater)
Probably from the start the main aspect you’ll pay attention to is the cost of the WordPress hosting.
But don’t give way to choose the cheapest one. See, you always get what you pay for, so the more you give, the better quality you’ll probably get.
Pay attention to the web host features and options that will be provided for you. Note, that high quality support, timely backups and healthy servers can hardly be provided for $1,99 per month. However, there’s probably nothing you may get from a web host that may cost $100 per month. Keep reasonable and think thoroughly while checking hosts. One that costs $4-$20 can be the best variant for a small WordPress site.
Of course, in case you’re going to develop your site, use additional plugins, draw thousands or even millions of visitors you’ll definitely need to use powerful and premium plan of the host. At the beginning you may start with a shared web hosting and then scale up to ore advanced variants as your site enlarges.
Besides one hosting may have different plans, so you may choose one and then move higher step by step with the growth of the site. Just select the best features within your budget.
Think of the future of your web site. How will it look like? What functions will perform? Will it be huge business site or a small personal blog? You have to choose the host based on the future requirements.
Just ask yourself couple of such questions and write down answers to see exactly your needs. Will I use additional subdomain/s? Will I need to run a WordPress multisite? Are there backup services included to the hosting plan or you’ll have (and you’ll need) to pay some extra fee for it? Would you like to use free domain? Will you load great amount of graphics and use lots of scripts/plugins? Think of a future perspectives of the site and decide based of the plan.
As for the host performance itself, you have to be sure it’ll provide you with fast servers, enough storage space, up time services, bandwidth and fast server-related issues solving. Also pay attention to the email hosting, security and control panels. Don’t pay it too cheap, it may cost you even more money (and nerves) after all.
Before you stick to a certain hosting provider, read reviews, ask questions their support team, talk to your experienced friends or use forums for advice. Also note, if the hosting company specializes in huge hosting solutions it won’t suit your small blog (in most cases), ans vice versa.
Customer Support Aspect
Clients treatment tells a lot about any company. As the customers entrust their sites to a certain web hosting, it, in its turn, has to do the best to provide them with high quality support.
You may be sure that in case your site breaks down, you’ll get professional support as soon as possible and won’t have to wait for days. Look through the Internet for reviews of the host and make sure it has a good reputation.
Also, check that there’s convenient way to get in touch with them - email, forum, chat, phone, etc.
1. Shared Hosting
Shared hosting is the cheapest and most popular web hosting.
As the name states, you’ll be sharing the server resources with other users. And that causes the main disadvantage - limited resources for your site. You may use it from the start because if the low price, but, as your site will grow, you’ll need more powerful environment.
However, shared hosting is quite good for low traffic blogs, small freelance or business sites.
Examples: DreamHost, Bluehost, SiteGround, GoDaddy.
2. Managed Hosting
It’s relatively new kind of hosting, that appeared from the previous one. However, it’s created specially for WordPress hosting and provide wide range of supported services to take care of your WordPress web site. They usually include backups, security enhancements, automatic updates, caching, etc.
Managed hosting will be good for those, who wants ones to take care of the WordPress platform itself, and concentrate only on the site creation.
Examples: WPEngine, Synthesis, Pagely, Flywheel, Pressjitsu, etc.
3. Virtual Private Hosting
Using VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting you’ll have your own virtual server on a hardware one. This gives you unlimited flexibility and independence from the other users’ requests to the server configuration. However, you’re still depending on the other users of the shared hardware resources. One more bad thing is that you most probably won’t get any support.
This kind of hosting will suit people, who want to get much server flexibility for a low price, also for rapidly developing sites and websites using complex or specific apps.
Examples: Media Temple, Linode, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, etc.
4. Dedicated Hosting
This kind of hosting gives you hardware server with all its memory and power for extremely high performance. Such hosting costs hundreds or even thousands dollars per month. They
Such dedicated servers are good for large enterprises, powerful websites with millions of visitors, web applications with high requirements and complex databases.
Such giants like DreamHost or BlueHost (and others) provide dedicated hosting. But you won’t need it from the start.
As you see there are lots of possibilities to choose perfect WordPress hosting. Web market is full of useful offers that may be beneficial both for providers and users.
Hope, our pieces of advice will help you to make up your mind with the suitable hosting variant. Tell us, what WordPress hosting are you using? And what were the main features that helped you to choose? Are you satisfied with your host provider?
Source articles used for this post are: Smashingmagazine by Mark Gavalda, Wpexplorer and Winningwp posts.