Google “WordPress Hosting” and you’ll see results that span all sorts of price ranges and technical specs. You need a document to cut through the noise and help you choose the right hosting for your sites.
I’m going to go through and detail the choices that you have when you choose WordPress hosting.
At the end, we’ll get you set up with hosting that is well-suited to the site you’re building, the blog you write at, or the app you’ve created.
HOSTING OPTIONS – CHOICES & FACTORS
Let’s start with the 4 basic types of hosting accounts to choose from:
• Shared Hosting
• VPS (Virtual Private Server)
• Dedicated Hosting
• Managed Hosting
And that there are 6 major factors to consider when you’re choosing a host:
Knowing those various features, we can quickly cut through the noise to prioritize which type of hosting suits your needs best.
TYPES OF HOSTING
Shared hosting is a common hosting solution. It’s most compelling feature is price.
Shared hosting is cheap. For less than $10/ month you share a single server’s resources with a few hundred other small sites. If price is the most important factor, shared hosting is the way to go.
The downsides are that pages will take several seconds to load, and you’ll be responsible for keeping your site secure and updated from hackers and malware. And if you get a spike in traffic because your blog goes viral, there is a high risk that the site may crash.
Virtual Private Server
A VPS gives you more control over your site for development, along with more server resources, since you’re only sharing the server with a few other sites and not hundreds.
A VPS account can handle higher loads of traffic than a shared hosting account.
You’ll pay a bit more money for a VPS, $20-$100+ (depending on the storage) for the extra control and resources. And the server will be pretty beefy, so it can handle some significant traffic. However, scalability is limited to that server. Once the server runs out of processing power, either because of your traffic load, or maybe your neighbor suddenly got an influx of traffic, your site’s performance will drop as a result.
If you’re running a VPS, because you’ve got more control over the server, please make sure you are performing your own security measures to prevent hacking. You’ll receive pretty good support, but the folks you call or email won’t be able to offer much help if you get hacked, or if your site goes down.
This is the solution you’ll want if you need absolute control over all the technical aspects of hosting your sites. But you, or your SysAdmin better know the difference between Apache and Nginx, and being familiar with object caching. And someone on your team needs to know their way around a MySQL database, also they should be able to maintain your own security protocol and firewall.
Dedicated servers give you a whole server, or several, for you to work with. Depending on how you set things up, your site will be extremely scalable under high traffic loads, and you’ll be able to hand-tune the performance and scalability. Dedicated servers are more expensive than a VPS: right at $250-$300 to start. It’s a bit more expensive, but it’s a good solution for websites that you want complete control over.
Managed WordPress Hosting
This elite breed of hosting is the top of the line for speed and scalability, and it also assumes that your site is running on WordPress. That’s a safe assumption, since about 20% of the Internet is built on WordPress. Managed WordPress Hosting means that a company like WP Engine takes care of all the technical details of the hosting and makes sure that your WordPress site is served quickly, usually under a second, and that speed scales with high traffic loads. So if (and when!) you get featured on the New York Times, you’ll be able to handle all the traffic.
WP Engine will also manage the security for you, and automatically update WordPress when the latest version is released. Knowing that your site is being cared for by WordPress hosting specialist means that you don’t have to worry about hackers or security. WP Engine even guarantees their security. No other Managed Host has the guarantee.
One of the biggest benefits is having expert support when it matters most. Managed hosts have support staff who know not only hosting, but they know WordPress as well, and can offer help in troubleshooting issues with plugins or themes.
WP Engine also provides tools like a staging area and automatic nightly backups of your site in case you ever need to restore your site. We also have git for version control.
WP Engine starts at just $29 a month. Visit wpengine.com to learn more and sign up today!