Getting the right web hosting is one of the most important things you should take into account when running a website. There are plenty of web hosting options available: from free to shared, dedicated servers, and even managed WordPress hosting. For beginners, it’s important to choose the right one so that as your blog becomes successful, you won’t have to worry about maintenance that could pop up due to hosting or server issues.
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This is probably one of the most commonly asked questions and when I first started out looking for a hosting company, I didn’t know who to choose. It was like blindly picking a box of cereal off the shelf and hoping it was what I wanted. My research and a little luck led me to choosing a great host off the bat. Years later, knowing what I do, having had clients on just about every kind of server imaginable, I can say there are some I like and others I just don’t.
If you need more information on steps to securing hosting and domains, check out my eBook. It will give you a step-by-step process to follow when choosing hosting .
One of those do nots is: Host Gator – lots of people have great luck. One of my clients did not and their site was ALWAYS down because of server issues. Just my experience, but worth noting.
What Kind of Hosting Does WordPress Need?
WordPress pretty much works with almost all web hosting providers, and their requirements are:
• PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
• MySQL version 5.0 or greater
If the above requirements mean absolutely NOTHING to you, don’t worry! Because of the popularity of WordPress, major web hosting companies offer easy installations for WordPress right on your hosting account and most companies today offer WordPress install. If in doubt, call the company.
Here are two companies most of my Work at Home Mom clients are on and how you can install WordPress.
How to Choose the Right Web Hosting Provider
The right WordPress web hosting provider is the one who meets all of your needs. So in order to find the best one, you need to know what you need and what you can expect from a web hosting provider.
What KIND of Hosting Do You Need?
Knowing what you need will save you a lot of money in the long run, as this will allow you to choose the right web hosting provider right off the bat. As mentioned earlier, there are different kinds of web hosting available, and let’s take a closer look at each one of them.
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Free hosting sounds like a dream come true, but there is often a catch. The person/group offering you free hosting may ask that you display banner ads on your website, or maybe a text link or two. It might not sound that bad, but the thing about free hosting is that you’ll never know when it will end. You can be left hanging in the online world without a hosting provider anytime.
Shared hosting is the most affordable type of hosting since you will share the server with other websites (and it’s what companies like Godaddy and Bluehost use for most of their customers). In this way, the owner of the server is able to offer hosting service at a more affordable price since there are several other websites which share the server with you. The main downside with shared hosting is the usage restrictions; as your website grows and starts to take up on server load, you will be asked to upgrade your account. In a nutshell, as your website grows, so do your costs.
VPS is short for Virtual Private Server, and it refers to a virtual machine. Basically, what the server owner does is partition a physical server into multiple servers. So even if you’re sharing the server with other websites, you get control as you would a dedicated server. However, if you don’t have technical knowledge, it’s better to get managed VPS so that the hosting provider will take care of all system upgrades and offer you assistance as needed.
You can lease a dedicated server that will be for your exclusive use from a hosting provider. I will warn you, it’s a little pricey and you will want to have someone walk you through what a dedicated server does for your specific needs. Don’t let people sell you on this through any hosting site unless you KNOW why you want this.
A dedicated server means that you can choose the operating system, the hardware to be used, etc. It’s not recommended for a new blogger to get a dedicated server; this is only recommended when your blog becomes popular and you receive a significant amount of traffic. Now, if you don’t have a system administrator, you can get a managed dedicated server instead. With a managed dedicated server, you get system administrators to maintain your server for you, including phone support, server monitoring, etc.
Managed WordPress Hosting
With the popularity of WordPress, there are several hosting providers which are now offering managed WordPress hosting. This allows you to host a WordPress site and nothing else. What’s great about managed WordPress hosting is that you don’t need to think about anything: your site is optimized for performance, they secure your website, make regular backups of your site, and conduct scans for any hack attempts. Basically, it’s hassle-free hosting exclusive for WordPress.
This type of hosting sounds great, but the prices for this type of hosting is often higher than other hosting plans. This isn’t recommended for new bloggers, but works for established blogs who can afford the hosting cost based on their blog’s revenue. It allows them to focus on other things instead of worrying about the technical details of keeping their website up and running.
Need More Information?
If you need more help in choosing a hosting provider, check out the web hosting companies below. They are not only popular, but a lot of WordPress users use these companies due to their excellent service and great customer support.
Bluehost has been around since 1996, and is one of the most popular choices when it comes to WordPress hosting. Bluehost offers a free domain, free site builder with templates, and your website will never load slowly even if you get a lot of traffic.
• InMotion Hosting (professionally recommended, but not tested by WAHMU)
InMotion boasts of 99.9% uptime and offers business-class web hosting services. With InMotion, you get excellent technical support and is ideal for active bloggers and website owners.
Everyone has a little different experience with hosting. If you are a blogger that has basic questions, I recommend Godaddy. I personally and professionally have had great success with their products and they offer great discounts too! However, if you need a more “stable” server, I’d go with Bluehost.
• WebHostingHub.com (tested by WAHMU) – $3.99 and up
They have great customer support 24/7 and they are known as the GREEN option for hosting. You can read more about it here. If you purchase hosting through them you get a free domain, free email, and a shared SSL certificate (great for selling products on your site.)
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