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WordPress Web Hosting

  • WpEngine is a very special hosting company that focuses only on WordPress hosting, where the support is provided by WordPress experts.
  • Shared Hosting – HostGator to clients who are getting started or have growing sites.

So you acquired a domain name, and are now looking at web hosting providers for your WordPress sites. With all the different choices and providers out there, where should you start your search for the best web hosting? In this article, we explain the various types of hosting, features to consider, and provide a few recommendations.

Types of Web Hosting

Free Hosting

Many hosts will have promotions or specials for free hosting. As with most things free, there will be an up-sell at a future date. In our opinion, free hosting is fine if you plan on hosting a very simple, static site that requires little to no processing power from the server. However, if you are running WordPress, free hosting is not geared towards your site. Additionally, free hosting can have a negative perception and user experience for visitors to your site. However, if you just want a site online, there’s nothing wrong with free hosting as long as you are willing to accept the lack of performance and user experience.

Shared Hosting

Most online sites are hosted on Shared Hosting environments. This means that several accounts (i.e., other sites) are also being hosted on the same server and using the same resources (bandwidth, RAM, etc.) of that physical server. Shared hosting is more affordable and popular since all the users are sharing the costs. If you do not expect high amounts of traffic and have a standard website, shared hosting is a suitable hosting solution. There are many reputable hosts that offer this solution at very low prices. Therefore, when choosing between free hosting vs. shared hosting, opt for shared hosting as it will definitely give you more reliability and features. Most shared hosting accounts come with one-click installations of popular software – such as WordPress – as well as shopping carts and other add-ons. However, when several accounts are using the same fixed amount of resources on a server, there will be noticeable variations in performance and stability at times. Servers may go down due to scripts executed on other users’ sites, or a single site may use up more resources leaving less for the other sites on the server. These are the types of reasons that drive more popular blogs, and especially those who make money off their sites, to opt for cloud hosting (VPS) or Dedicated hosting.

VPS Hosting

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. Unlike shared hosting where other websites are sharing the same fixed resources as your site, a VPS is a virtual instance of a server that can be used exclusively by an individual customer of the service. In short, it means the resources available all for your sites (not sharing). VPS hosting is becoming more and more affordable nowadays but is still more expensive than shared hosting.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated hosting means obtaining full access to a server, and all its available resources, exclusively for your site. If you have a popular site, get massive amounts of traffic, or just want the scalability of resources on a server, then dedicated hosting may be the right hosting solution. This is what the big boys online use. But having a dedicated server means you alone are responsible for all aspects of it including, in most cases, the server administration, upgrading, security, and uptime/downtime. Furthermore, this is the most expensive hosting solution. It can get even more expensive if you choose to have the hosting provider manage all the administration of the dedicated server.

Hosting Features

Hosting providers are great at marketing their offerings. When making a decision on which host to choose, you should carefully consider all the following factors:

  • Reliability - Check hosting reviews for the provider and ensure they are reliable. Are their servers up all the time? Keep in mind that almost every hosting company claims their servers are up 99.99% of the time. Therefore, read recent reviews on their forums to see what types of issues and questions existing users are raising.
  • Speed – Do site hosted by the host load quickly and correlate to the hosting package you plan on selecting?
  • Support - Is the host available for technical support? How quickly do they respond if/when a site or server goes down?
  • Limitations - Are there any special restrictions the host imposes on its users. If so, choose another host.
  • Web Tools – These are important internet hosting tools to support blogging. Make sure your host provides these.
  • Control Panel – You will definitely need access to a control panel. The most popular control panels are cPanel and Plesk. Does your host offer access to these so that you can make changes to your site?
  • Cost – Does the cost of hosting meet your expectations of the service?
  • Scalability – If your site grows, will it be easy to upgrade your account to a better server / package?
  • Location – Does your hosting provider have servers in your country or in neighboring countries? It’s important that your server be geographically close to the majority of your visitors.
  • Bandwidth and Storage – Does the package you selected allocate enough bandwidth and storage to accommodate the software and website you are running?

Web Hosting Recommendations

We work with hundreds of users who ask for our recommendation. Based on our past experience, the following hosting providers have consistently satisfied our web hosting needs:

  • WpEngine is a very special hosting company that focuses only on WordPress hosting, where the support is provided by WordPress experts.
  • Shared Hosting – We recommend HostGator to clients who are getting started or have growing sites.

Once you have your hosting secured, you can move on to installing WordPress and getting your web site up and running.

Comments (11)

  1. Dedicated Servers India Permalink Reply

    Thanks for the detailed explanation. Dedicated Hosting is a good option for many as its allows to have a complete control of your atmosphere.

  2. ingantosan Permalink Reply

    I’m implementing a news site using Advanced Newspaper.

    I’m completely unaware about how much successful we will be in terms of visits, comments and bandwidth, when we start.

    Do you still recommend in this “getting started and growing site” scenario a shared hosting?

    Would it be difficult to upgrade to VPS?

    • Mehmet Ozek Permalink Reply

      You should start with a shared hosting and then you can upgrade to a VPS host within same company without any problem. You shouldn’t worry about server upgrade; it will be easy

  3. ingantosan Permalink Reply

    We are anyway seriously weighing up starting with VPS. In this case hosting providers offer different plans that vary in some parameters: bandwidth, disk space, transfer, dedicated CPU, dedicated RAM. For instance: http://www.vps.net/?r=FGwo

    Just two questions:

    1. I am a little confused about what hosting providers are offering: Are bandwidth and network transfer the same thing? I guess it is, but I’m not sure (speed vs. bits transfered).

    2. I have no idea how much cpu/ram we will need. Only the news site will be hosted but we don’t have any experience as webmasters and ignore how much traffic we will have, but prefer initially exceed in hardware capacity (just enough) than offering to visitors a bad quality of service: slow access to site, requests lost… Please do some recommendation according to your experience.

    Thanks again.

  4. Don Mooney Permalink Reply

    What if I already have a wordpress site? if so can I transfer my data or should I start a new site?

  5. Bob Williamson Permalink Reply

    Hi, guys!
    I would advise you to reliable a Swiss hosting company Swisshosters (google it) that I checked on my own experience. I know it’s just words a stranger, but this company deserves attention. They have both dedicated and cloud servers. All of them are protected from DDoS attacks. Their support is 24/7.

    • Charlie Patel Permalink Reply

      Thanks for the recommendation Bob.

  6. chris Permalink Reply

    I have an Ipage hosting plan. Should I be ready to go if I buy your template – city news?

    • Mehmet Ozek Permalink Reply

      Hi Chris,
      Yes, you may purchase a theme and start your website :)

      • cameroonjournal Permalink Reply

        After I purchase a theme, what next would I need to get started? Do I need any other special software? And I have not used word press before, normally designed my sites with webdesign software. You think I did be able to do the design with no word press knowledge?

        • Yanko Georgiev Permalink Reply

          Hi There, WP is very easy to work with however if you are new to it I would recommend that you read some basic tutorials for it could get overwhelmed sometimes.To get your site live first you need to buy a hosting plan for your site from a hosting provider, then you need to install WordPress from your cPanel, once that is done you can install your theme and start working on uploading content.

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