There are so many options out there for WordPress server hosting. Finding the solution that fits your business needs is important. Beyond that there are more problems. How do you know when to upgrade your current hosting package or switch to a different type of server? For those who are less technical, these concerns (and worrying over what you don’t know) can be stressful. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Page Speed is the Heart of Your Site
Page speed is something you can’t ignore when it comes to running your business. One in four visitors will give up on a site and never return if it takes more than four seconds for a page to load. According to the Aberdeen group, even a one-second delay in page-loading time can create a 7% loss in conversions. Did you know that Google penalizes sites through search engine results for slow/poor load times?
Page speed is an essential factor for your hosting service, but how do you know how it’s performing? Your mobile device, laptop, and PC all cache frequently visited sites, so it’s hard to determine page load times for new customers. As a result, you’ll need to use a loading speed test tool such as WebPagetest or Pingdom.
If it takes longer than 2 seconds to load a page, then you should consider switching to a better performing hosting package. You can use the analytics from these test tools to determine where you’re running into problems.
Now that you know your speed, it’s time to look at different hosting solutions. WordPress server hosting has four options: shared hosting, shared WordPress hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), and dedicated server hosting.
Shared Hosting is a cost-effective solution, but keep an eye out for those too-good-to-be-true offers. A company’s hosting package that offers a $1.99 a month deal will definitely come with restrictions in bandwidth (updated WordPress will cause server errors), technical support (none available), and overcrowding. Overcrowding is especially important since it makes your website run very slow.
As a result, look for packages that give you what you need at a price you can afford. Shared hosting is a cost-effective solution. Expect to pay at least $6 a month, but it’s worth it. Shared hosting doesn’t require WordPress either, so you can experiment if need be.
WordPress Shared Hosting
WordPress Shared Hosting is a different form of shared hosting. Since it’s WordPress-specific, the server has been streamlined for WordPress. This means that extra software has been stripped from the server, limiting control of your server space. Also, plugins that aren’t secure will be blocked. Other than that, WordPress server hosting goes the extra mile for you. Their technical support experts specialize in WordPress problems so they can isolate your problems quickly and find a solution.
Virtual Private Servers
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) have all the benefits of a dedicated server without the higher price tag. It’s an excellent middle road choice between shared hosting and dedicated servers. You have complete control of your virtual server and upgrade can be done instantly through tech support.
A dedicated server is the most expensive option. It’s a dedicated machine just for your needs. The only problem you face is hardware failure and resets. A virtual server can transfer easier and resets happen online, while a dedicated server requires a person to physically do those things from the server room.
Shared hosting, WordPress server hosting, VPS, and dedicated servers offer managed hosting options. This means that someone else handles your administrative duties. It’s a bit more expensive, but worth it if you prefer 24/7 support. Choose the right plan to fit your business needs.