Four Key Things to Consider When Choosing the Best WordPress Hosting
The WordPress platform is used by some of the world’s biggest websites as either a solid, reliable blogging platform, or a fully flexible and dynamic Content Management System. Big name brands like The New Yorker, BBC America and Sony Music are all, to quote one of the company’s maxims, ‘Proudly Powered by WordPress,’ so if it’s the platform of choice for your next website, it’s safe to say that you’re in good company.
There’s likely all kinds of reasons why those high-powered companies -and countless more besides- chose WordPress for their sites, though if we were to hazard a guess, we’d say it had more than a little to do with its ease of use.
Indeed, thanks to one-click installations to get your site up and running in moments, plus a sheer abundance of tutorials to help you manage your site, with WordPress, all you really need to get started is a good idea and a good hosting company.
And though we can’t tell you much about what makes a good idea, we do know a thing or two about what hosting. As such, here’s our guide to four key things you might want to consider when choosing the best WordPress hosting for your new site.
Let’s face it, cost matters. Even if you’re not necessarily launching your site on a shoestring budget as many people do, there’s still no reason why you should be paying over the odds when you can get quality hosting for less than $5 per month.
That said, some providers do offer dedicated WordPress hosting plans which cost a little more, usually around $10-$15 on a monthly basis. Whether you opt for one of those, or a basic hosting package, may largely depend on your needs.
If you’re starting small, a standard shared hosting package may do just the trick, though if you’re planning to go large right from the outset, the more expensive plans, with their extra disk space, data transfer amounts and other key features, may be something you want to look at.
Second only to the cost in terms of its importance when choosing a new home for your site, the reliability of your hosting provider is going to play a key role in determining the success of your website.
After all, the reliability factor dictates whether or not you’re getting everything you’ve been promised from your provider, including ample bandwidth to quickly serve your site up to as many visitors as you’re able to attract. If it doesn’t, you may well find that visitors get fed up with the slow loading speed of your site and decide to go elsewhere. If things are really poor, they may not return at all.
The same goes for uptime. Most good hosting companies promise at least 99% uptime. Again, if they fail to deliver and experience a period of downtime, that means your site is offline and drives away visitors who may have otherwise been ready to take on what you’re offering.
We touched on the difference between starting small and going large earlier, and that’s where flexibility really comes in handy. If you’re beginning with just a few pages and a few small files, that’s all well and good. Still, if you’re anything like most site owners with serious plans for expansion, it’s good to know that you’ve got a scalable hosting solution behind you which can grow as your site grows.
Last but not least, take a look at what others are saying about your chosen host and consider the reputation they have among users. All companies, whether they’re in the hosting game or not, are going to tell you that they’re the best thing since the proverbial sliced bread, but an independent review, or even just a few comments on a blog post from actual users can reveal the real story and give you some idea as to whether or not your host has a reputation for delivering on their word.