Looking For a WordPress Web Host? Here's What You Need to Consider.
Whether you're looking to create a professional quality website for your business or for yourself, WordPress is definitely the way to go these days. Chances are you've heard about WordPress either from a friend of yours or through an Internet search, but you are not sure where to begin when it comes to hosting your WordPress site. Fortunately, there are many different hosting providers to choose from.
What Is WordPress?
WordPress is a versatile, easy to use content management system that allows you to create professional quality websites and blogs much faster than traditional web design tools like FrontPage or Dreamweaver and without any raw HTML knowledge whatsoever, although you can still tweak the end result with these tools until your theme is more to your liking. This makes WordPress a very popular tool among hobbyists, web designers and businesses alike.
However, WordPress won't be very useful to you without a web server on which to install it. There are quite a few companies out there that provide hosting for WordPress sites. Depending on exactly what your needs are, the hosting can be very cheap or very expensive. Here are some things to consider when choosing a hosting provider for your WordPress site:
- CPanel - If your web host supports CPanel, you're in an excellent position. CPanel removes the hassle of creating and programming your databases yourself, has a very user-friendly interface, and has tools that make editing and managing your website's files much easier.
- Reliability - Your website won't get many hits if it's always down. Look for a host that guarantees high uptime. The higher the better, but an ideal number would be 99.9 percent. Be prepared to dig into your wallet a little because a free web host usually will not provide this. If you want all the extra bells and whistles (like site maintenance, cloud storage, etc.), that will cost you a bit more.
- Bandwidth - Make sure your web host provides enough bandwidth to suit your needs. This requires a bit of planning ahead. Don't just take a guess at how much bandwidth you will need, then purchase a plan that provides that exact amount - make yourself some room to grow. A good rule of thumb is to purchase about triple the bandwidth you think you will need for your website. You will be prepared when the flood gates start opening and your website starts getting an increased amount of hits. You can always back off a bit later if you don't think you're going to need the extra bandwidth.
- Budget - Of course your budget will play a critical role in what options you have to choose from. Luckily, there are some very good web hosts that are also extremely cheap. Just keep in mind that when you go down in price, you often skip out on extras. However, most WordPress sites get by fine with just the basics and won't need the extras.
- Site Maintenance - If you're short on time or simply lack the knowledge to perform site maintenance yourself, a web host with a site maintenance package can be a real time saver. However, this package can sometimes make web hosting a bit expensive. Pay attention to your budget!
- Storage -
- When deciding on how much space you need, consider that WordPress takes up about 2MB of space. You will then need space for all your images, databases, source files, any WordPress themes you want to use, etc. It's always good to purchase more space than you think you will need. If you think you end up purchasing too much space, you can always back down later.
Once you find a hosting company that suits your needs, the sky is the limit! You will find WordPress to be quite versatile, and with the numerous plugins available, you will be able to achieve almost any task you can imagine, or you can create your own plugins if you need functionality WordPress lacks.