If you want to find dependable web hosting for WordPress sites, then you are going to need something that is reliable and secure. Figuring out what is best for your needs isn’t always easy. There are quite a few things to consider when deciding what hosting service is right for you.
Let’s look at some specifics that you need to look for in a WordPress host and details that you need to avoid when picking a host.
What to Look For in a Hosting Service
If you are a novice at creating websites, then you may not know what to look for in a host. But as with other investments in your business, there are a few basics to check early on:
- Support—Obviously if you have used WordPress to create your website, then you want to make sure that your host can actually support the platform. Although many do, not all can help you with this and you don’t want to wind up paying for a host that isn’t compatible with your website’s content management system.
You also need to talk with the hosting company to make sure that their server is up to the task of handling your website. Can the host handle the traffic and bandwidth demands that your website requires?
- Guarantee—Uptime refers to the amount of time that your website is actually live on the internet. Many websites offer a 99% or 99.9% guarantee. (It’s virtually impossible to get an absolute 100% guarantee.) However, if your host doesn’t offer a guarantee of at least 99% uptime, it’s probably best to check other hosting companies.
- Hosting type—For websites running WordPress, we recommend choosing a Managed WordPress Hosting plan, as it will give you the best power and resources. Here at InMotion Hosting, our WordPress Hosting plan not only brings power, but also super fast speeds.
Things to Avoid in a WordPress Host
When choosing web hosting for WordPress, there are also some things that you want to be on the lookout to avoid. These include:
- Claims of “Unlimited”—A lot of hosting companies have started using the term “unlimited” when it comes to bandwidth. The problem is that there is no such thing unlimited bandwidth, there is always a limit as servers can only handle so much.
What the company means is that they won’t put restrictions. While the company isn’t imposing restrictions, the hardware of the server might be. The bottom line is that this is a deceptive term of which you should be wary.
- The $1 Gimmick—Some hosting sites are now offering deals like $1 a month hosting (or one year for $12). Sure, you will have a website, but the quality, not only in hosting, but also customer service will be virtually non-existent. If your website goes down, then theres a high chance that you won’t be able to contact anyone. Just remember that you get what you pay for and even an affordable, shared server at $5 a month will offer better options.
Finding the right web hosting for WordPress sites can be a difficult proposition. If you take your time, list your options, and do some research, you can find dependable hosting services. Start with InMotion Hosting’s Managed WordPress Hosting.