Choosing the best WordPress hosting service for your website would seem a daunting task, especially if you are a beginner. There are several web hosting companies each claiming to be the best of all, however, your decision has to be based on your specific requirements including the type of website, budget, time, etc. Therefore, you must carefully compare and evaluate the hosting plans before buying any hosting plan.
Types of WordPress Hosting Services you should know
WordPress being the most popular content management system offers plenty of web hosting choices. You can choose from free hosting to WordPress specific managed WordPress hosting. Below are the major types of hosting services for WordPress described briefly to help you choose a hosting company easily.
Free WordPress Hosting
WordPress is open source free software that comes in two flavors officially: WordPress.com and WordPress.org. The major difference between these two WordPress platforms is ‘hosting’ i.e WordPress.com is a free hosted platform while WordPress.org is a self-hosted platform. Yes, the hosting provided by WordPress.com is free WordPress hosting.
You can create a WordPress website completely FREE in WordPress.com free hosting but there are limitations. You have limited control and customization possibilities. In addition, it displays advertisements in your site and in case you want to remove them, you have to pay.
So, free WordPress hosting may be a good choice for you if you want to establish an online business or enterprise. However it is a good platform for the beginners, seasonal bloggers to start a personal blog/ website FREE and with ease.
All the hosting services discussed in this post are paid hosting services for WordPress.org or self-hosted WordPress platform. If you want to learn more about the difference, view this post: WordPress.com Vs. WordPress.org.
*Similarly, there are other free WordPress hosting providers that have limitations like their ads on your site which you cannot remove.
Shared web hosting is the cheapest and most popular option available. With shared hosting, multiple websites share the same IP address and resources of the server including the memory, hard disk space, and the bandwidth. The advantage of shared hosting plan is the low cost – ideal choice for the low-budget projects and beginners. However, there are some disadvantages like limited memory space, slow site speed, SEO and security issues as there are multiple sites hosted on the same server and use the same IP address.
VPS (Virtual Private Server
With VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting, you will be provided a certain portion of resources on a server. You will share a server with other VPS users but there are not as many as in Shared hosting. Server resources are allocated to the VPS users according to their needs. Therefore you can get more resources like space and memory anytime you need at an additional cost. Hence, it’s a good choice for quickly growing business websites. It is costlier than shared hosting however it is a good solution for more secure hosting. Failure of other VPS users to protect the security of their sites on the server doesn’t harm your site.
Dedicated hosting refers to a hosting configuration where all the server resources are devoted to a single client. Unlike shared hosting and VPS hosting, dedicated hosting is used by a single user. You can use the full hard disk space, memory, bandwidth, while you have the full control over security, speed, and SEO aspects. Dedicated hosting is very expensive compared to the Shared hosting but it is worth it if you have a large online enterprise hit by a very large number of the audience every day.
Managed WordPress Hosting
If you want a summary of the web hosting types, here it is.
- Free WordPress hosting is not ideal if you want to start an online business. It is suitable for learners; a platform to get familiar with WordPress.
- Shared hosting is the cheapest solution while there are some compromises including security and performance.
- VPS hosting is costlier than shared hosting and also comes with more promising features.
- Dedicated hosting is not at all shared like ‘Shared’ and ‘VPS’. Therefore, it’s tougher by security and better for performance. It is expensive.
- Managed WordPress hosting is hosting plus management solution keeping users away from a bunch of essential tasks. It is quite expensive however the finest solution if budget is not an issue.
Despite all, here is good news for WordPress users! Most of the WordPress hosting companies now provide essential WordPress specific features including easy install and setup in low price.