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Hello there, my precious fellows! As your WordPress guider, I really hope that you have collected some useful knowledge about WordPress through the Understanding WordPress articles I have released in the past weeks. Today, we are going to move to another distinct aspect of WordPress that I bet you will find really helpful and necessary, especially if you have just created a WordPress website and are confused about its hosting service. Whether that is the case or not (because you definitely need this type of knowledge anyway), I sincerely welcome you to the article of “Understanding WordPress: How to Choose a Good WordPress Host”!
My guide will lead you through a step-by-step process of how to find out which host is amazing and can become the right choice for your website. Since it can get complicated along the way, I do need you to pay close attention to the words. To be specific, this article will cover the following 5 areas:
Now, let us go into the details, shall we?
Many people ask me the same old question: “Why do I have to pay when it can come for free?”. OK this is a very common question, to which I do not deny the existence of free platforms. There are actually tons of them, ranging from WordPress.com to BlogSpot, Tumblr, etc. What is more, you can even get free hosting upon purchasing a domain name (this kind of offering comes from GoDaddy, for example). Yes, that is the utter truth! But as you see, when there are demands, there will be supplies. And the supplies of WordPress self-hosting service are on the rise more than ever, why?
The answer is control and power. Don’t lie! Admit it, who doesn’t want total control over their own website, right?! Generally speaking, when you buy a self-hosting, the content on your website will belong to you and only you. Just so you know, if you depend on hosted solutions, the first problem is that you will be restricted to some specific features, and the second one is that they can delete your content without your knowing.
These problems are totally fixed by self-hosting. That’s why you need one!
Well, any PHP server costing about $5-$10/month can do a good job of hosting your website. However, I have to say sorry for bursting your bubbles, since hosting cannot enable you to focus only on your content just yet.
After purchasing hosting, you will need to take care of speed and security afterwards also. Well, it is likely that you will understand what I am saying after the first waves of traffic. Anyway, while there are plugins to help you deal with that, they are also quite time-consuming. Therefore, I suggest that you should choose a features-rich hosting option in the first place. Quite a lot of WordPress hosts even automatically install WordPress for you, saving you from the need to create a database. This kind of hosting service requires you to hand out a little bit more payment monthly though. I mean, you get what you pay! You pay a little bit more, then of course you get a little bit fewer troubles to handle.
Think about what you get from a costly hosting service! Maybe more time for publishing content, promoting, tracking and measuring your websites, etc.
Now, let us assume that you have finally bought my words in this article of Understanding WordPress and so decide to root for a self-hosting service, then I certainly should tell you what to expect when examining a WordPress web host. Before making the final decision, be sure to double check on:
As you have got a grip of what features a good hosting service include, I will subsequently present to you 4 different kinds of WordPress hosting that you may take interest in. Have a look!
As you may expect, this is the cheapest kind among the four, working on the idea that a website with just a little traffic will not use much of the server’s resources. This means that your website, given that powered by this type, will share processing power, memory and disk space with ten or more websites. You see, that is why it’s cheap, because the cost is shared, too! Having said so, I want you to note that it only suits websites with little traffic, because if your server gets overloaded, then all websites running on it, including yours, will suffer from really slow loading time, or even crash. Do not fall for the words of those hosting providers who brag about “unlimited disk space”, because you will not need that. What you truly need is RAM and CPU, which no providers can be sure about.
Anyway, shared hosting is a good choice for the WordPress starters. At the end of the day, if your website goes viral and needs a hosting plan upgrade, then the provider will tell you so.
VPS is short for Virtual Private Server, which basically means that you will not be given the complete resources of any server. Instead, you get a specific amount of processing power, disk space and memory, together with an access that grants you the power to modify some relevant components of the server. This practice is to make the hosting work well for your WordPress website. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? And it indeed is complicated, hence, not very suitable for a newbie.
Although VPS hosting is praised as very flexible, never slowing down and stuff, it only fits for those intermediate blogger or developer, not for new users.
Choosing this type of hosting, you can happily relax and concentrate your mind on developing the website’s content. Your hosting company will take care of everything, from caching website, to running scans and fixing security holes, etc. They also update WordPress themes and plugins for you, run backups and restore your website in the event of a crash. What a perfect hosting, right?! But it is not everything, as managed WordPress hosting is also famous for having almost zero down time.
So, managed WordPress hosting is perfect for those having just a little or no technical skills, or those waiting to concentrate fully on the website’s content.
As the name indicates, this type of hosting dedicates itself to your website only. You will be the one and only powerful figure who controls its disk space, memory and processing power. What does this mean? It means your website will almost never slow down unless you want it to. How about the thumb down? Well, it is definitely the price!
However, because of the high cost, this type of hosting is only needed for high traffic website.
So, anyway, if you are still confused about which kind of hosting to choose and at what price to pay the company, I have some recommendations here.
First, regarding hosting type, I’d absolutely support Managed WordPress Hosting. Right now, according to what I have witnessed, it is the best choice for eCommerce businessmen, bloggers with small selling websites or medium-sized businesses. As your hosting company promises to handle all the problems, now all you have to worry about is how to develop your business. Talking about money, well, I am pretty sure you should pay based on the amount of work you have to do yourself. The only rule to apply in this matter is: Do more, pay less.
Yas! We have reached the end of the ultimate guide entitled Understanding WordPress: How to Choose a Good WordPress Host. As I have put so much knowledge and experience into writing this article, I really hope my words will help you solve the puzzle of what WordPress host to choose when it comes to building a website, or switching your hosting plan to a better one.
That’s it! In case you have anything to ask or share, just comment!