The WordPress content management system has its specific requirements, therefore not any web host will do. You need a great match in this department if you’re hoping to be successful online.
Why is this aspect so important? It’s because, when chosen properly, a web host can actually help you increase your sales online.
The options available
As far as WordPress Hosting is concerned, there are the following options to choose from:
- Free WordPress
- Managed WordPress
What to consider?
Your needs will be the main guide here. The most popular or cheapest service may not meet your requirements. You must consider the speed, as well as the security and reliability. The WordPress script is considered very light weight therefore it’s compatible to most companies on the market. It calls for a PHP version of 5.7 or greater, plus MySQL version 5.6 or higher. Whichever company you choose in the end, it should offer one-click installation and full WordPress support.
Why is the shared option the most popular?
The shared version is the most suitable to beginners. In addition, it is inexpensive and both these aspects make it perfect for anyone who’s just starting (for example, a small business owner or a new blogger). Shared means there is a large server, which is used by numerous other websites at the same time. This method helps bring the cost down. However, if you see it mention “unlimited resources”, you’d better not believe it – there are always certain limitations. In most cases, when your site begins to grow, these companies will require you to upgrade and get a more expensive plan.
Dedicated versus VPS
It is essential to compare these methods, as both are meant for the more advanced users. Therefore, beginners should not apply. VPS refers to a shared virtual private server where you can have as much control as with a dedicated one. This is good for the intermediate level. Only a managed VPS would suit a beginner or a site with little traffic. On the other hand, a dedicated server is different in the way that it can be leased from the service provider. Consequently, there will be the same level of control for the user. This method is also meant for growing websites, which are already getting a significant amount of visitors.
The worry-free method
To most, having to do nothing at all to host their WordPress website and maintenance is the absolute best. For them, there is the managed WordPress option. The chosen company will be in charge of optimizing the site performance, security etc., and do all the necessary regular backups. In case you install a plugin that’s not right for the site and has a negative impact, the customer service will notify you. This is a hassle-free, quick and successful method, given that you find a highly experienced provider with dedicated staff who can be there for you and deliver their promise. However, it does come with a high price tag, since it includes so much and is only recommended to websites with consistent revenue.
Choosing the best service for you requires some balancing work – you need to find a balance point between the features you require and the price you can afford to pay.