Time for another article in our “WordPress for Beginners” serie. In the previous two articles I talked about why you should choose WordPress over other CMS or blogging software, and the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. In this article I’m going to help you find the best WordPress hosting provider for your needs.
With this article, I’ll go deeper into the needs of a self-hosted WordPress website. Once you’ve decided to that route, you’ll need to find yourself a WordPress hosting provider. Luckily for you, these days, you have different options to choose from and finding a good-quality hosting provider will not break the bank.
Main Types Of Hosting
First thing you need to know is that there are three main types of hosting between which you can choose. You can choose between shared hosting, VPS (a virtual private server) hosting and dedicated server hosting.
Shared hosting is where your site shares a server with lots of other sites. If you’re a blogger, or if you own a small business and are just starting out with a new WordPress site, this is likely your best option, and it’s the least expensive one too.
A dedicated server is where you rent an entire server from your hosting company. Going this route is recommended when you have a significant amount of traffic.
VPS is a type of shared hosting, but it has a few more benefits, like more options to use specialist applications. There are also fewer sites on the server.
Another option is free hosting. When you go that route though, I would urge you to check carefully before you sign anything. Very often the free hosting has a few strings attached. In most cases, free hosting isn’t as reliable as paid hosting, and customer service is almost always non-existent. Since a simple shared hosting account will only cost a few dollars each month, I would recommend to go that route instead of taking the risk with free hosting.
WordPress Hosting Provider
Since WordPress has become a household name when it comes to creating websites, there are some hosting providers who will offer hosting that is optimized specifically for WordPress. This kind of offer can help your site to run faster than it would with other hosting providers, and in most cases it will also include additional security features.
Choosing The Best WordPress Hosting Provider For You
So, now you understand the different types of hosting, but what should you look for in a host?
1. The first thing to look at is if it supports the latest version of WordPress. As WordPress is the most popular content management system in the world, any large hosting company should be able to support it. But it’s worth checking your prospective hosting company to be sure.
2. The second thing to look at is the price and the package that are available to you. Most companies will have a range of packages available for shared hosting, so you will definitely find one that fits your needs in terms of traffic, storage space and budget. Keep in mind that your site will grow, so you want to allow some room to grow!
3. Reliability: Once you have your site up and running, you want it to stay up and running. One of the things you need to check before deciding on a hosting provider is their statistics. How often are they down? How long are they down when they are down? Customer reviews are also a great place to check this. Just make sure that you are looking at recent reviews. If a company had a lot of issues when they started out, but fixed everything, you do not want to choose against them based on those older reviews.
4. The last element I find important is customer support. If you’re just starting out with your own website, whether it’s WordPress or another set up, you might not be so knowledgeable about all the tech stuff. If that’s the case, you want to be sure that you’ll be able to contact customer support at hours that are convenient for you. A good hosting company will have their tech support available 24/7. You also want to see how to contact them. Most of them can be reached through email and telephone. A lot of them will have chat support available too.
Now you know the web hosting basics it should be easy to pick the best WordPress hosting provider for you.