The Best WordPress Web Hosting
If you look around there are lots and lots of webhosting that support self hosted WordPress websites and blogs. So which one is the best WordPress web hosting.
The answer is always going to be that squirmy uncomfortable “it depends”.
OK so if we play the “I’ve just won the lottery” game and money is no object. Then maybe a set of dedicated redundant servers dotted around the world hooked in to the best high speed backbone with a small dedicated team managing the backups, updates (operating system as well as wordpress) and security. The cost would run in to thousands of dollars / pounds / euros per year.
So we’re part way there, we now know the top end of the spectrum and because most of us don’t have those resources then we’re not going there.
What’s at the bottom end of the spectrum. Bearing in mind that you can have a WordPress blog for free, granted you can’t do exactly what you want with it, that’s why you’ve gone for the self hosting in the first place.
The bottom end of the spectrum is the cheap shared hosting. And to be brutally fair if your traffic levels are modest then you won’t need to go beyond the JustHost, HostGator, Site5 and Bluehost type of hosting that costs only a small amount per month. You can even host multiple modest traffic sites in the same account.
Now when it comes to it what we just identified as the top end and the bottom end are not necessarily the best and worst options. It depends on your circumstances (how much cash you’ve got) and your traffic levels how busy the blog is.
So our identified bottom end is OK for lots and lots of us because we don’t get 10,000 visitors per day. If we started to then we could opt in the short term for a better package from the existing supplier. So that’s something to bear in mind when you’re looking around, is there an upgrade path for when I get popular. The top of that upgrade path would typically take you in to the realms of a virtual server.
A virtual server is interesting. From the outside, on the end of a browser, it appears to be a complete web server, you have control over everything or as much of it as you want to have control over. From the hardware point of view it’s a software illusion, you can have several virtual servers hosted on a physical server. It gives you the flexibility and scope to do the things that you want in a server that is not as powerful as a full hardware based physical server.
Then there are managed solutions. These are specialist companies who charge a bit more, usually starting around the $30 per month mark but they give you a solid well connected well specified solution with good basic backup and support. When your blog or website gets going then these people are the ones you will probably be looking to to sort you out. These are people like Synergy and Wpengine.
So if you are starting out then go with the shared hosting on a reputable host.
If you’re getting busy and starting to get emails about excessive bandwidth then look at moving up to the managed hosting.
If you become really big business then the virtual private server (VPS) may be the way to go.
If you’ve got more money than sense and just want to show the world that you’re the best then get a team and a bunch of servers spread around the world.
Some of the most popular bloggers are using companies like Hostgator. Some of them have gone hosted at places like wpengine. Just be aware that it’s all out there when you need it. Until then spend the money on a nice holiday and improve the tone of your articles.