WordPress is a Content Management System, which is primarily used to create blogs. If you are into blogging and planning to take your blog onto self-hosted WordPress, you must continue reading this post because today I am going to talk about choosing the best WordPress hosting for WordPress powered site.
There is a huge number of web hosting companies available online. But, not all are good, and also not all provide services as they claim. Therefore, you must be very sure about the web hosting plan you are going to choose for your WordPress site.
A good Web Hosting makes sure your website is up and running 24×7. If you choose a bad hosting plan by looking at their fake promises and reviews, you will end up losing traffic on your site because such hosting servers go down frequently, and respond slowly. Due to this, when visitors come to your site and find it either down or responding slowly, they go back and find some other similar sites to find information they are looking for. So, you don’t just only loose instant visitors, but you also lose the chances of getting those users back again on your site as when user experience is bad, no one likes to visit that site again.
Therefore, it is crucial to choose the best WordPress hosting for your site that offers the best user experience to your visitors by offering better uptime and fast response time.
But, the question is how to choose such best WordPress hosting?
Don’t worry! This blog post is all about that only. I am going to list a few crucial things that you need to keep in mind while selecting a hosting plan for your WordPress site.
1. Choose Linux Hosting
Linux web hosting is the best-supported hosting for WordPress. In fact, to run WordPress powered sites, you should always choose Linux hosting.
WordPress can run on Windows hosting too, but you need to set up many things to make it run that can be a pain. Once I installed WordPress on a Windows server, it worked fine, but internal pages were not opening and few other issues were coming. I struggled to solve the issues, and later ended up to canceling the plan, and got a fresh Linux hosting plan.
2. Performance and Server Response time
When you start a site, it has relatively low traffic and due to this, you are not able to evaluate hosting companies because most of them work fine for low traffic. But, when your site’s traffic grows, you start getting issues if you have chosen a bad hosting provider.
Therefore, always do a lot of research about their server response time, RAM allocation, HDD & SSDs, other hardware usage, etc. as they play a major role of making a hosting server good or bad.
Don’t rely on the hosting company’s official website because no one says bad about their own services. Even, don’t trust the reviews posted on low-quality blogs because those reviews are not genuine rather they are paid to write such reviews.
Hence, always check out authority site’s reviews about the web hosting companies. You can also try approaching your friends who are using a particular hosting in which you are interested. It is always good to ask your friends or other users to know about their experience with specific plans. This way, you can get honest feedback.
In short, choose a hosting plan that has very fast server response time and offers 99.99% uptime. You can check a site’s loading speed using Pingdom tool or Google page speed tool that can give you a fair idea about the server response time of the web host. Google Page Speed test shows whether your site’s server response time is good or improvement needed.
Support is very important because there are a lot of things that you may not aware about when it comes to hosting configurations. Therefore, you must choose the hosting company which offers 24×7 fast, responsive support.
Installing WordPress, migrating a site, backup, restoration, etc. are a few things that you may find difficult to carry out if you are not a techie. You may need a support system to do these tasks.
Few hosting companies offer only email support, a few offers email and chat, and few offers email, chat, and phone all three support systems. I won’t recommend you choosing a hosting without chat support at least because it is indeed very important.
Though you don’t need much bandwidth when you start a blog, but later as your blog’s traffic grows, you need more bandwidth.
Thus, I would recommend you to get a hosting plan that offers unlimited bandwidth. Limited bandwidth plan can create problems if your blog starts getting heavy traffic.
Cpanel is the very important thing to have in your hosting panel because it makes things easy for you to manage and set up. Always, choose a hosting plan that offers Cpanel with it. In this, you get CMS installation scripts that allow you to install them in just a few clicks. For example, WordPress can be installed within a few seconds in Cpanel. You will find everything very easy to do with Cpanel, and even if you get some problem, you may get reference from their support.
Choosing the best WordPress hosting is a challenging task, but not impossible. Invest some time to research about various web hosting companies and their plans.
Keep all the things mentioned above in your mind, and if a hosting company fulfills all of them then only buy that hosting plan.
Apart from all these things, consider Pricing in mind too, don’t get too cheap or too costly hosting (if you can afford you may get a costly hosting). Choose the one that offers good services and at affordable prices.
Getting a costly hosting plan is not a problem. But, most of the newbies when starts their first blog, they don’t have much budget. Thus, getting a good hosting plan at reasonable price is good for them.
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