So, you’ve decided to create a website for whatever purpose, which means you’ve started doing your research and you’ve probably seen WordPress all over the place. Although you might have an idea of what the platform is, you might most definitely be confused about which WordPress web hosting to choose, or what that even means? There are innumerable options available today, which can definitely add to all the confusion.
When I started out, almost 12 years ago, there were very few choices of hosts, let alone any WordPress web host. Over the years I have earned my living by working online in various capacities, including being an avid blogger and an online marketer, among other things. Today, I generate leads comfortably and get hundreds of thousands of page views each month.
I have used the entire spectrum of web hosts that have come, gone and remained. Why you might ask? Too see which would work best for me and my needs an also because I experimented a lot back in the day with various projects and still do from time to time.
The important thing to determine is your objective while choosing a WordPress web hosting. There are four main types of hosting that are available: VPS, Shared, Dedicated and Managed.
How to Select a WordPress Web Host
In this article, I will give you an overview of each type of hosting (the pros and cons) and my recommendations of the best WordPress web hosting in each category. Hopefully by the end you will know which works best for website goals.
Shared WordPress Hosting
This type of hosting is the most popular option and it also happens to be the cheapest. The concept behind shared hosting is pretty straight forward. With a shared hosting, you are sharing the resources of the server with the other customers on that server. Since you are sharing, the space, memory, power etc. there are certain limitations to the scope of your website. As your site grows and starts to attract more visitors, you will definitely have to change your setup and opt in for a different hosting to have access to more resources. If you’re simply planning on starting a small blog, or small website where your website is not the main source driving your business, a shared hosting is a good option.
Hostgator, DreamHost and BlueHost are great options as far as shared WordPress hosting is concerned. If your budget is really tight, I would recommend either BlueHost or Hostgator as they provide great quality for a lower price.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) WordPress Hosting
It is just that a virtual private server. You are designated a virtual space on the server and only you have access to this resource. Since no other customers share this space with you and you have complete autonomy of your virtual space, there are no limitations in terms of growing your website. In addition, for a certain cost, you are granted access to the server main frame where you can make certain upgrades related to the performance of your website (power, memory etc). So, if you are planning on running a small business/ medium business website, or an e-commerce platform or other powerful web operations, VPS will foot the bill more than adequately.
Inmotion hosting and Media Temple are among the best in the business in this category.
Dedicated WordPress Hosting
With a dedicated hosting you are given a server that is entirely dedicated to running your website. This is the ultimate in autonomy and resource allocation. All the power, memory and functionality of the serve are at your disposal. While this might sound great, as you can imagine this kind of setup doesn’t come cheap. A dedicated hosting can cost anywhere between a hundred bucks a month to close to a thousand dollars, if you get serious about the specs. Leaving aside the cost, a dedicated hosting is just not for beginners, there is a lot that goes into the setup and the upgrading process. If you are large business, or a professional who like me runs a high traffic website, then needless to say you would already be using a dedicated hosting.
I have not included any web hosts for these, since it is not for the newbie.
Managed WordPress Hosting
This is a relatively new phenomenon as far as WordPress hostings go. These hostings are mainly geared towards simplifying the management of the technicalities of a WordPress installation. Stuff like backup, restoration, monitoring, security and server configurations including caching and the scalability of your website are factored into the managed hosting agreement.
WpEngine prides itself on being the best in the WordPress hosting business and I am inclined to agree with them. However, they are definitely not the cheapest. So if you are a beginner, just starting out there are better bets you can choose from (Hostgator, Bluehost, DreamHost) that are great on a budget.
All the WordPress web hosts I have mentioned are extremely credible and transparent in their customer relations. They are the leaders at what they do and are recognized by many accrediting bodies as well as large enterprises that employ their service. Having said that, you will be fumbling and you will need a helping hand more than a couple times. So guys, make use of the free trials and starting calling them to test their support. Good Luck!