What type of web hosting is best for your WordPress site?

Posted by Ana-UKWSD on June 03, 2016 in Web Hosting, WordPress

Today, every business should have a website. After deciding which website is great for you and your business, you have to choice a type of hosting. And often it is cheaper to outsource the hosting of your website to a third party rather than trying to deal with it on your own. However, price shouldn’t be the main factor when choosing the best hosting solution. Mostly because your business can have different needs which requires a certain hosting solution.

But, before selecting a web hosting package, you have to first understand your website needs and purpose. When creating a website you want your users or readers to take a certain course of action. What action do you want your users to take? What kind of message do you want to send? How are you going to send that message? Answering these questions will then determine the amount of bandwidth you need, the website availability you require, and the extra services you must include (for e.g.: video hosting services). Knowing all these things will let you take an educated decision in respect to which web hosting package to choose.

Read below about the differences between shared hosting, VPS and dedicated servers. Hopefully, this information will help you make the right choice.

Shared Hosting. This is the cheapest option for hosting, least configurable and most inflexible among the three hosting types. This type of hosting works better for a website with not so much traffic. What does it mean? Your website is coupled with others on a single server with shared processing power, memory and disk space.  Many small eCommerce sites and blogs use shared hosting because its affordable and easy to manage. You should avoid this type of hosting solution if security is a major concern, because you can be affected by a hack that takes place on someone else’s site.

Dedicated Hosting.  This solution means you have your own server without sharing its resources with anyone else. Dedicated hosting is the right choice if your site has a lot of traffic. Also, it is great if you need more security, the ability to change all of the settings, and the ease of use without needing to share it with others. Large eCommerce sites, high-volume informational sites or small data streaming sites will require a dedicated server for optimal performance.

There can also be managed or unmanaged dedicated hosting.  Unmanaged hosting means you are granted root access to the server and are expected to maintain it yourself. This gives you more control over the server but requires in-house expertise. Managed hosting is probably the best option for non tech savvy people, the technical part is completely taken care of by your hosting company. Now, you can focus on making your website popular and creating awesome content.

VPS Hosting. A virtual private server is similar to shared hosting and dedicated hosting. On a server you are given a certain amount of disk space, memory and processing power. Also, you will have root access and you can modify the performance related components of the server to suit your needs. This will require quite a bit of technical expertise and isn’t recommended for a beginner.

Now that you know what your website needs and what type of web hosting you want, you have to find the right company for web hosting. What you need to look for when choosing the right web hosting company?

  • Guarantee that their servers are up 99% of the time
  • Guard servers against physical access by any intruders
  • Will not add advertisements to your site or sell your information to third parties
  • Provide support and consult with you about your needs at no extra cost

We recommend opting for Managed Hosting, if you want to let the technical side of things on our hands. This way you can focus all your attention on improving and adding great content to your website.

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