Choosing the right WordPress hosting is quite a challenging task yet a crucial component to achieving success with your WordPress website.
For beginners, web hosting is a service that allows organisations and individuals to publish their websites on the web. And true enough, a lot of web developers get lost in this process due to a lot of factors to weigh in.
However, when planned properly, having the best WordPress hosting that suits your needs can help you get better visibility on the web, and ultimately, help you reach your online goals.
In this post, we will review and compare the different types of hosting platforms – shared, reseller, managed, VPS, cloud, and dedicated – to help identify which will work best for your business needs and at the same time provide a quality experience for your visitors.
Its cheap price and no-frills packages offered by providers makes shared hosting the most popular option for those who wants to deploy their website almost immediately. Despite that, it might not be the best option if you are after security and performance for your website. Why?
Shared hosting works by allowing many users to run their websites on a single server- hence the name.
Because all websites share the same resources of a single server – hard drive space, memory, processor speed and bandwidth – there is a high probability that the websites under this hosting platform will load slowly and potentially jeopardise each other from a security perspective.
- Security – There is no assurance that all the users occupying the same server as yours are implementing proper security measures on their websites. If someone breaches one of these websites, then your own website can also be put at risk.
- Moreover, since you all share the same IP address, if these websites do something that is unethical or illegal then your website can get penalised as well.
- Limited Resources – When these websites start experiencing issues or receive a massive spike in traffic, they will start taking up more resources, which can immensely affect the performance of your website and can lead to the lose of your audience and clients.
- Restricted Customisation – You are limited to run WordPress through its default configuration, and often are not allowed to modify the system files to tweak the performance of your hosting account.
- Price Range: £5 – £15/month.
That said, aside from being a great option for those who are on a tight budget, shared hosting works best for housing sites that are still under development, websites where the loading time will not be a huge issue, and personal websites that are just for fun, or for when you’re only just starting out.
Basically, reseller hosting is a type of hosting platform that allows you to resell your hosting space to other companies on behalf of your provider.
This is becoming a popular option for web developers who want to have an additional source of income aside from managing their own websites.
Compared to shared hosting, this option provides greater control over your hosting account (via a Web Host Manager control panel) and often comes with billing software to help you invoice clients, as well as other bonuses like free website templates, technical support for your clients, and private name servers.
- It provides more control and other perks than shared hosting.
- You can earn more revenue from your reseller hosting clients
- You can save more if you purchase from a highly recommended reseller-hosting provider.
- A customisable control panel for you and your clients.
- Price Range: £10 – £30/month depending on features and resource limits.
On the flip side, having a reseller hosting account means that your services are limited. If anything goes wrong with your upstream provider, you will also suffer the same thing as well as your clients.
3. VPS – Virtual Private Server
This type of hosting platform is still a s