02 Dec WordPress Hosting: All You Need to Know
Hosting can play an important role in your WordPress site speed and security. There are a number of different factors and providers, so lets take a look at some of them.
If you don’t have a WordPress site, or are looking to set one up, the first thing you’ll need is hosting. There are a ton of different companies out there who offer hosting (even WordPress specific hosting), but I recommend JustHost. They’re super easy to use, have 24/7 support, and are pretty cheap. This is the company I use.
To be honest, most hosting companies are pretty much the exact same. So you’ll want to make sure you get: 24/7 support (chat and phone), $50-$75/yr for basic sites, Linux based, a one click WordPress installer, and unlimited emails. Let’s look at each.
The 24/7 support will rarely be called upon. Most problems can be solved through a regular FAQ or just clicking around. It’s nice to know it’s there for the rare occasion you need it. Cost is a big concern for a lot of people, but at only $60/yr JustHost is as low as they come.
Linux based sites make all the difference in the world: WordPress is built for linux. Typically, servers are set up with Linux (instead of Windows), but it’s important to make sure. A Windows based server will really slow your load time, and thus cause major SEO problems (sites that load faster are ranked higher).
A one click installer saves headache when installing WordPress. This means there are no settings up of databases, changing files, using FTP clients, etc. It’s all done for you, in an easy to use package.
Lastly, make sure you have an unlimited number of email accounts. Often you’ll want like 5 or 6 accounts (especially if you have an ecommerce site)
There are a lot of sites out there who claim to have “WordPress hosting” such as WPEngine, or a variety of other sites. Do not start with them. They charge $30/mo as a base. That’s $360/yr or $300 more than regular hosting, with less features. If, however, you need to get off shared hosting (due to high traffic) I would recommend going with something that’s a little more specialized. At that point you should probably speak with a specialist anyways.
Other good hosts, with everything mentioned above: Site5, Host Gator, Dreamhost and Bluehost. All of them come with the basic cpanel backend (add /cpanel to your domain name), as well as cost efficient hosting.
One last note: stay away from GoDaddy if at all possible. The only thing they used to have a competitive advantage on was 24/7 support, but they no longer do. They have a clunky back end that is hard to navigate and deal with, and will often charge more for installing WordPress if you didn’t get WordPress specific hosting. They’re also the only ones who use a URL for their databases instead of ‘localhost’ which is a tad bit less secure.