How To Find The Best Hosting For WordPress
[one_half]Selecting a top quality WordPress hosting service for your website is not always as easy as it seems. When you start your research, it may seem to be an impossible task. Many newbies to Internet marketing (including small companies) see hosting as a cost factor and want to spend as little money as possible. But that is exactly like a Formula One team trying to build a car that is as cheap as possible. Even if the driver is one of the best, the results will never be optimal.[/one_half] [one_half_last]
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However, what qualifies as bad WordPress hosting?
Disadvantages of bad hosting:
- Failures are not uncommon in cheap hosting plans. Not only can the technology of the server itself be bad, but the quality of the technology in the background can cause technological issues. For example: the “missing fallback” strategy.
- Cheap web space can be identified as a result of long load times. Here both the response time of the server itself can be the cause as well as the actual Internet connection speed itself. As little as one second (or less) can make a big difference, as some studies show.
- So-called peaks are often the real problem. With blogs, this is, for example, after the publication of a new article. While the site still works well for normal visits, it collapses during a rush of visitors. You certainly cannot always easily handle a rush, but cheap hosting suffers even from small visitor streams.
- A “bad neighbourhood” also has quite the effect on Google rankings. Whois information stored on servers that spam, contain content like sex, warez or other “evil” websites should not be surprised if Google is sceptical.
- Cheap web space usually doesn’t offer good service, so when problems or a move occurs, your website can be stuck offline for days. I have unfortunately experienced this problem first-hand.
Of course, all of these negative consequences of bad hosting have a negative impact on the image and also the ranking of your pages. Visitors will not think positively about a site with such slow-loading pages and, of course, in complete failure your reputation is hurt even more. And so they naturally tend not to come back and do not recommend the site.
But Google has now introduced loading time as a ranking criterion.
- Start small and then grow. Generally you should not save too much, nor should you waste your money in the beginning. It is best to choose a hoster that allows an easy and cost effective upgrade option for better hosting plans. Unfortunately, there are many hosters who do not offer this.
- Make your choice not only based on price, even if this is an important criterion, because you may end up with bad results.
- Good support always shines when you have real problems. The service may not seem so important at the beginning, but once you actually have problems, then you grow to appreciate fast, personal and competent support.
- Active and passive WordPress support. Although many web hosts offer good overall support, this changes radically when it comes to WordPress hosting. Here you should investigate whether the hoster pre-installed WordPress, and (if necessary) with the most important plugins. Also pay attention to whether or not they offer free video training and whether they offer specific WordPress support and help.
Always read the TOS (terms of service). The advertising promises are often only half the truth. How does unlimited traffic and storage not automatically mean that your website can infinitely consume bandwidth? Some vendors agree in the TOS that a reduction in bandwidth will occur when a certain traffic level is reached in a month. Unlimited storage is also a myth. Most hosting services base calculations on an average bandwidth usage and storage space their customers use and sometimes you may rapidly pass this average, which means you must upgrade to a higher package.
In addition, of course, you should also look at the technical details. Yes, I know that most of you don’t have any knowledge about this. To this end, nevertheless, here are the most important aspects:
Although Linux and Windows servers do not differ much, usually a Linux (Apache) server is better to recommend.
Although 100% availability is impossible, the hoster should guarantee a 99.9% uptime. (at 99%, there are three days of inactivity per year)
The response times depend not only on the performance of the server, but also on the connection of the hoster itself to the Internet. Often there is a bottleneck.
Security is an important issue. Therefore, it is highly recommended if the hoster regularly (daily) performs backups.
To manage your website(s) cPanel is an absolute necessity. cPanel Hosting is nothing but a control panel for web hosting. Any kind of web hosting can use this mode of interface. This kind of a graphical and easy-to-use front-end interface is very simple and helpful to manage a website. cPanel Hosting provides you with various options to easily manage your files on the website, email accounts, additional domains and sub-domains, FTP accounts, MySQL databases and many more. cPanel Hosting also renders the statistics of your website. If your hoster is offering only FTP access to manage your website(s), you should rise the red flag.
The technical details are not always so easy to recognize, but they do have great impact on the quality of the hosting.
What different kinds of hosting exist?
The first thing you need to ask yourself is what type of hosting do I need:
Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting or Managed WordPress Hosting.
Without making a decision for you, it is clearly not recommended to start with dedicated hosting or VPS hosting. But to be as transparent as possible, I agree with describing the individual options.[tabgroup][tab title=”Shared Hosting”]
Shared hosting is by far the most popular option for beginners as well as for all small companies (and this is also usually the least expensive).
With shared hosting, the resources of the server between you and the other customers are divided. The advantage is that the cost is low. The disadvantage is that one day they may not meet the requirements for your website any longer. But this is purely a very minor drawback since most hosting companies can offer enough upgrade options to satisfy your needs. Shared hosting is suitable for blogs, small businesses, agencies, small e-commerce sites, freelancers, etc.[/two_third] [one_third_last]
With a VPS (Virtual Private Server), you will get your own, protected partition of disk space and processing power on the server. This means your site is not affected by the other users of that server. Thus, a VPS is suitable for very fast growth. But they have the disadvantage of requiring more care on your part, which means it is much more work intensive and that it also is, of course, more expensive.[/one_third_last]
We recommend Hostgator
This is a server that is assigned only to you. Accordingly, the costs are high and only an in-house specialist can do the maintenance. In this sense, dedicated hosting is recommended only for medium to large-sized companies.
Since I have no experience in this field, I cannot make a recommendation.[/tab] [tab title=”WordPress Managed Hosting”]
Managed hosting, as the name suggests, offers a continuous support of WordPress Hosting. This means you get the latest versions of WordPress and your plugins are automatically installed; daily backups are created and the server is WordPress optimized. But everything has a price. Managed Hosting accounts are ten times more expensive (from $28.00) than shared server accounts.
We recommend: WP Engine
So if you’re starting out as an Internet Marketer or your company wants to finally go online, and WordPress seems sure to be the best solution, you have two possibilities:
Shared hosting or managed hosting. Or is there a third possibility?
Yes, there are a number of small hosting companies specialized in WordPress – and for a reasonable price (usually slightly more expensive than shared hosting) they can offer you a personal, tailored-to-Wordpress Hosting Service. This includes:
- WordPress installation, including the most important plugins
- WordPress Tutorials (if possible video)
- Advice on the selection of WordPress Themes. Premium Themes at advantageous prices.
- Automatic upgrades to the latest WordPress and WP plugin versions
- And last but not least, advice from WordPress Experts.
The Small Hosting companies usually have only a few hundred customers, but, as I said, they also come with personal support dedicated to WordPress.
Take advantage of the free trial periods: Most hosting companies offer either a free trial period or a money back guarantee (usually valid for a certain number of days). If you have a non- or less used website, transfer it to the new hosting. This test will show how well your new hosting company can be.
When hosting (and when specifically WordPress hosting is a new territory for you), invest some time investigating the hosters I’ve listed by asking questions or looking in the FAQ pages to see if they will or have already answered your questions. That way you’ll quickly find out which hosting is best suited for your websites.
I hope that this post gives you the help you were after. If you have made special (good or bad) experiences with the listed (or other) hosters, tell us about it.
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