When choosing between the power and performance of WordPress Hosting and the flexibility and price of Shared Business Hosting, many customers experience confusion. How do they compare? What makes them different? Is one better than the other, or is it just a matter of which product will best serve your needs?
Both products provide powerful resources that can host incredible websites, provide excellent performance, and make for unforgettable user experiences. Yet, as an industry leader, InMotion Hosting felt the need to explore new technologies to improve its server fleet. As the most popular content management system (CMS) on the planet, a product designed specifically to enhance WordPress seemed an obvious way to best meet customer needs. Thus, our new WordPress Hosting service provides users of the popular CMS with significant improvements in speed and reliability.
However, fans of our Shared Business Hosting can tell you that it has plenty of power for many users. It also offers a platform that has not been tailored to suit a particular piece of software; perfect for those who wish to run other applications on their server. It also has a very competitive price that may appeal to those working on a budget.
So, which should you choose? The following list provides an analysis of features that different site owners might want for their ideal hosting package. It then suggests which kind of site might benefit from each one.
Power WordPress users probably want to squeeze every bit of performance and reliability out of their hosting plans. These users will love the improvements provided by InMotion Hosting’s WordPress Hosting. Unlike many other web hosts that include WordPress pre-installed and call it “WordPress Hosting,” InMotion Hosting designed its entire WordPress Hosting platform with the sole focus of enhancing WordPress websites. This results in an undeniable boost in performance, reliability, and security.
To achieve these results, InMotion Hosting’s WordPress Hosting platform uses NGINX reverse-proxy caching technology. NGINX allows a web server to handle an extremely large number of visitors very quickly.
In a traditional hosting environment, WordPress dynamically generates all the content that makes up your web page for every single guest that lands on that page. Completely generating all the text, graphics, and features in this fashion slows site loading experiences. It can also easily exhaust the resources of your hosting service. With NGINX caching, WordPress only has to generate a web page once for the first visitor. Later visitors will then see a saved copy of that web page until you edit it again. That means significantly improved load times for your website, as well as the capacity to serve a greater number of visitors.
Additionally, a FastCGI manager called PHP-FPM spawns processes to manage your online applications. Typically, your web server would have to use plugins to display and process your PHP code. PHP-FPM runs its own server so it can process PHP code natively. This separation of features has shown some incredible speed and performance gains for PHP applications like WordPress.
On the other hand, our Shared Business Hosting provides a powerful platform for a WordPress site (or a site using any number of other content management systems), but without the WordPress-specific upgrades. Using servers and software that can easily support WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, or any number of other CMSs, Shared Business Hosting offers a robust alternative to our WordPress Hosting. Alternatively, while not as fast at serving WordPress sites, Shared Business Hosting could offer the perfect solution for those more focused on price than performance. This solution works perfectly for more static websites that have fewer processor-hungry features and less traffic.
To get the most out of a WordPress-based website, WordPress Hosting provides many more performance-enhancing features.
Malware and Hack Protection
While all InMotion Hosting products benefit from industry-leading security, our WordPress Hosting has some especially effective security enhancements. As the most popular CMS on the planet, WordPress websites make obvious targets for hackers. Among the easiest ways for hackers to attack a site, exploiting known weaknesses in software that site owners have failed to update has proven quite simple and potentially devastating.
To prevent this, our WordPress Hosting system automatically scans your website files for vulnerabilities and malware, patching vulnerabilities, and quarantining potential exploits. Our system also handles tedious core, theme, and plugin updates automatically. To prevent any errors caused by updates, our WordPress Hosting also offers a unique backup plugin for WordPress that automatically creates a backup of your site before applying any changes. If the system detects an error in the update process, it automatically rolls your site back to the last successful backup copy. Of course, as optional features, users can disable these automatic update and backup features at any time.
Shared Business Hosting, on the other hand, also provides a very secure platform from which to run your website. However, because it focuses on a broader range of site types, many of the WordPress-specific security and backup features described above do not automatically come included. You may be able to add some of these to your site as add-on services, through plug-ins, or via other means. However, while available, such solutions lack the seamless integration found in the WordPress Hosting products.
For WordPress sites, WordPress Hosting’s seamless security and backup integration wins this category.
Both Shared Business Hosting and WordPress Hosting have very competitive pricing for what they include. However, because of the plethora of additional features in WordPress Hosting, it does have a slightly higher price point.
Despite its lower price tag, Shared Business Hosting offers excellent service, performance, and reliability for sites that require less power. For example, shared hosting works perfectly for static web pages without large numbers of images or applications. It also works great with a variety of different CMSs and has fewer enhancements designed specifically for WordPress. Also, with Unlimited Hosting options available, Business Hosting plans can perfectly suit the needs of users that manage large numbers of websites on a single account. (Visit the Business Hosting Page to learn more).
WordPress Hosting does come with a higher price tag than Shared Business Hosting. Nevertheless, that price remains very affordable and competitive with similar products in the market. Still, if price is the sole determining factor, Shared Business Hosting wins out in this category.
Experience the Best Web Hosting for Your Needs
Whether your focus rests on speed and performance or on cost savings and versatility, InMotion Hosting offers the right solution for you. Unlock the full potential of your WordPress website with hosting crafted specifically for the ultimate WordPress experience. Or, enjoy the versatility and value of a Business Hosting plan. Either way you go, InMotion Hosting provides the best solution for you. To learn more about these products, visit either the WordPress Hosting page or the Shared Business Hosting page. Alternatively, you can chat with one of our friendly Sales Team members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and they will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the purchase process.