Choosing the best WordPress host for your blog can be an overwhelming task, especially if you are not used to the technical aspects of running a website.
There are many articles that talk about installing WordPress and starting a blog, but they often recommend hosts based on the commission they receive. And choosing a host based on a single recommendation can hurt your website.
Hosting is an essential part of running a successful blog, so when you choose a WordPress host, you have to consider your website’s needs.
Before we get started, let’s talk about some common terms:
Web hosting vs. domain name
Do you know there’s a difference between web hosting and domain name? There’s a lot of confusion between these two terms because most web hosts also offer domain names.
The best way to describe them is to think of a house:
The domain name is the address at which your website resides. You can register your domain name through a domain registrar or through your web host. It doesn’t mean you can build a website just because you have a domain name. You still need a host.
The web host is your house. This is the place where you store all your files. When you purchase a hosting package, you rent space on a server for your files.
Shared hosting vs. premium hosting
There are many types of web hosts, but to simplify this, I will talk about shared hosting and premium hosting.
If you have shared hosting or budget hosting, your site is hosted on the same server as hundreds or thousands of other websites. If another site that is on the same server has issues or needs many resources to run, your site might have problems. Shared hosts are not built just for WordPress so your blog might not run in the best way possible.
Premium hosting can be of many different types: Managed WordPress Hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), dedicated servers. In this post, I will talk about managed hosting because it’s the most common type of premium web host that bloggers use.
Managed WordPress hosting is a bit more expensive than shared hosting. The servers are built for WordPress users, so this means your website will be faster and more secure. While this is still shared with other websites, there will be fewer users on the same server. Another great thing about it is that the host will handle WordPress updates and backups for you, but you will still have to make your own backups, update your themes and plugins, and take extra steps to secure your site.
What is your budget?
While your budget is important when you chose a WordPress host for your website, it should not be on the top of your list. When it comes to hosting, you get what you pay for, but that doesn’t mean that the cheapest option is bad for your site or that you need to get the most expensive host.
I do know that budget is important and this blog was first hosted on GoDaddy because of that. I used their managed WordPress package and I didn’t have any problems with them. But when my blog started growing, I decided to move to Siteground and I’m still very happy with their services.
What does your site need?
The needs of your site are the most important things you have to consider when you choose a host. Do you have a blog or an e-commerce site? How many page views do you have? Do you expect your site’s traffic to grow in the next six months?
If you have many posts or products on your site, shared hosting will not be a good option for you, even if your traffic is low. If your blog is new, but you have tens of thousands of page views every month, you should use a premium host.
Your traffic is a good indicator of how much bandwidth you will need, but there are other things you should consider.
How secure will your website be?
Your website’s security is very important, especially if you run a small business website and you ask your customers for personal information.
Unfortunately, if you are on WordPress, you might be the target of attacks or your server might go down.
When you choose a web host for your WordPress site, there are a few things you should look at:
- do they offer regular backups and will you be able to restore your site?
- do they offer DDOS protection?
- will you be able to install an SSL certificate?
Please keep in mind that many WordPress sites are hacked because the admins use weak passwords and don’t update plugins. But good security measures are signs of a good web host.
How much support do you need?
Moving your site to a new host takes a lot of work and it can be hard even for experienced users. When you choose a host, you should ask if they will transfer the site or if they will install WordPress.
Even if they won’t install WordPress, a lot of hosts offer user-friendly solutions for installing WordPress, adding an SSL certificate, or Cloudflare.
You should take a look at how much your new host will help you and check the support area for step by step instructions even if you are tech-savvy.
How good is their support team?
Thankfully, I never had to call support. However, I did receive a very nice phone call from someone at Siteground when I first joined them.
There are many hosts that are famous for their bad customer service, while others have great reviews. You should read about this before you move to a new host.
If you have questions and want to see how fast they reply, you should give them a call.
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Choose the best WordPress host for your site
If you have a new blog or website and you have a small budget, there’s nothing wrong with starting on a shared host. Although you should keep in mind that you might have to work harder to maintain your site and support might not always be very helpful.
If you have a shop or a business website, you should invest in managed hosting. There are many hosting providers that offer managed WordPress services for less than $10/month in the first year. You don’t have to purchase the most expensive package because you can always upgrade when your traffic grows.
What is the best WordPress host for your website? Are you happy with your choice?