It is known that more than 30% of all websites are powered by WordPress. It is a good choice if you are an experienced developer or even if you are going to build your first website/blog. The first things you should consider are finding a good and proper theme to start with and, of course, choosing the right hosting plan.
Selecting efficient hosting services is one of the most important issues in website development because of performance and security reasons. Server choice and optimisation is a radical factor in website speed. Also, it is responsible for security reasons and how safe your website will be.
In addition, before making your choice you should first consider two serious points. Firstly, you should check if the hosting you would pick complies with WordPress requirements and secondly the theme requirements like MoveDo recommended server settings.
So, let’s dig into the hosting possibilities we have for a WordPress website.
Shared Hosting is a common WordPress hosting for small blogs and businesses. In this option you share a physical server with many other websites. It is a low-cost solution and generally you don’t need many development skills. However, the fact of sharing the same server with others keeps a low capacity of visits and CPU usage.
A virtual Private Server, also known as VPS, is a virtual private server that is created by dividing a physical server. Although, in this way you can get an economical version of a private server so you can control your server settings, you have to obtain high-level technical skills in server administration. This option fits larger businesses and blogs.
In Cloud Hosting you use virtual servers on the cloud and distribute your website content in them via the internet. This gives you the opportunity to choose different servers with different possibilities and select a more affordable plan depending on your specific needs. Moreover, as you use many different servers, your website is less likely to go down. Nevertheless, it is recommended for people who know how to manage their server settings. It is suitable for sharing content, social media or high traffic websites.
Greatives.eu run on Linode Cloud Hosting. This company provides Linux virtual machines from some different node locations and with different resources on the cloud. Our Agency website, Greatives.gr, uses Cloudways, a Managed Cloud Hosting provider, which is partnered with Linode and they are offering a great managed Linode hosting plan for WordPress.
With a Dedicated Server Hosting, you get full access to controlling your server settings and possibilities as well as server resources. This physical server belongs only to you and you are responsible for installing WordPress and managing resources and security. It is not that inexpensive but is the best plan if you are a developer and you create large blogs or large business websites. In case you don’t have advanced technical skills of course you can ask for help from someone else.
Managed WordPress Hosting
Managed WordPress Hosting is a great choice for WordPress websites if you need a complete server plan and you’re not a server administration guru. With this plan, you get directly a WordPress installation in your server. Plus you don’t need extra knowledge about server security, updates, settings, backups and performance. Usually, this hosting is a proper solution for small blogs and websites as well as large companies’ websites.
So when the time to decide will come you have to think about three important aspects:
- What your website is about
- Why you create it
- How many users will visit it per month
Depending on your website/blog content and intention you should pick the appropriate plan.
A second important consideration is the hosting provider. You have to find out how good and reliable is a hosting company and if they offer good technical support. You can inspect all of these by checking the hosting companies reputation and reviews.
Even though there are also free hosting services from some companies we wouldn’t recommend them for any WordPress website unless it is in a testing phase.
Do you need a hosting option but you don’t have the technical skills to support it? Keep in mind that there are many companies or freelancers that you can hire to do the hard work.
After this brief explanation of hosting services, we hope to have helped you with the tricky part of server selection.