What to think before Choosing a WordPress Hosting Provider

Choose a WordPress Hosting

Nowadays, there is a wide range of web hosting services on the market, with many of them offering WordPress specific features. With so many choices to choose from, it is difficult to discern which providers will really optimize your WordPress platform. It depends on the website needs to know which Wordpress hosting service to go with. How much traffic would you expect? Do you have any traffic influxes at certain times of the day? Want to become a developer or a beginner-friendly hosting service? Is tech support important to you?

As a website owner, to get your money's worth for a web hosting service, it is important to know the answers to those questions. A smaller site will have different needs compared to a bigger site, which is more complex. You want your WordPress site to be configured by your hosting provider, but you also don't want to pay for superfluous features and other fluff you might not need.

We break down other things to consider in this article before selecting a WordPress hosting service. We are also going over some good features to look for a hosting service for shopping.

1. Site speed and size of your website

One of the key aspects of a good website is its speed. You want to load up your site easily, but what exactly does that entail on the back-end? There are three components in the hardware of a server which contribute to its performance.
  • The memory (RAM)
  • The processing power (CPUs) 
  • The disk space (HDDs & SSDs) 
All three elements work together to assess the speed and performance of your web. RAM and CPU are a unique part of your website. If you're a small blogging site you might not need a lot of memory, but if you see your site increasing, you may want more memory and scalability.

Furthermore, it's not about the amount of data your hosting service can store at the end of the day (though this is also significant, just not in this section). It's about how easily the provider can pass on that data to your customers. Essentially, it is how easily your Wordpress hosting company can get the information about your website to your users. A slow, unresponsive website will deter people from coming back. Make sure you have a sense of your site's traffic to choose a fitting hosting plan to accommodate it.

2. Future upgrades in web hosting accounts

If you're just starting your Wordpress domain, you'll likely use a shared hosting service to save money. But if you see yourself attracting more traffic or want more flexibility down the road with your platform, you might want to look at the upgrade options provided by the providers. Do they have dedicated hosting options or VPS web hosting? Is your plan easy to update, and are the different levels of hosting reasonably priced?

There are a number of reasons why you might want your hosting account to receive a sound upgrade option in future. Whether it's more processing power or more memory, it's not unusual for the sites from a shared server to scale up to VPS. Make sure your provider can do that for you.

3. Hosting provider uptime

Server uptime refers to the percentage of time that a server is "online/up" and is operational. This number should be as close as possible to 100 per cent. Anything below 99% is not considered reliable and means your site will be down 1% of the time (aka "downtime"). Search for hosting providers with maximum possible percentages of uptime. You want your users to have access to your site at any time. Low uptime may imply a hosting company needing more time to manage servers.

4. Level of security 

Cybersecurity is more critical than ever as the attacks make hackers and bad actors more resilient and imaginative. Although you may not have given it much thought, it is important for any Wordpress site owner to make sure your site is secured through your hosting service. Not sure yet? Poor security on the web can have negative effects on the SEO of your site, and hence how much traffic you receive.

When selecting your provider, some security features to look out for include 24/7 customer support, firewall protection, and built-in backup systems.

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