WordPress hosting can handle a variety of different websites, from the small static ones to large data-heavy websites with videos, images, and other fun stuff. This is possible because hosting companies offer different types of hosting. Each type offers benefits to different kinds of websites.
As hosting plans can vary greatly, it is important to know which ones offer what, and what type of website they work best with.
To do this, let’s go over the four main types of hosting plans for WordPress.
The first hosting plan we will talk about is the most common. Shared hosting is very appealing to a lot of website owners. Owners of beginner websites love the low cost and, because there’s no immediate growth potential, don’t mind that there are a few restrictions at this low-cost tier.
As it is a simple plan, the workings of it are simple as well. One server hosts data from multiple websites which share the server’s storage space and bandwidth. This is usually the reason why the cost is so low. While you can save money, there are some drawbacks. With a shared plan, if another website on your server upgrades, or has a large uptick in traffic, your site can suffer. If this happens your site can be slowed down – a big turn-off for visitors.
Next up on the list of WordPress hosting plans is VPS hosting. At its core, VPS hosting is the same as shared hosting. There are multiple websites sharing one server and all of its space, but there is a limit of how many sites can be on the server. Not only are the number of websites limited, but the storage space and bandwidth are partitioned so each site has their own set amount.
This a great upgrade from a traditional shared hosting plan. If you are a medium-sized site, this can be a good option for you. One of the only drawbacks is that you are still on a server with multiple websites. If a hacker gets into one website, they would then have an easier path to access the other sites on that server. While this sounds scary, hosts are very observant of their servers and would likely interfere before any damage could be done.
Here is where things start to change. Cloud hosting is basically shared hosting, but with one huge advantage. You are not connected to just one server, you are connected to a network of them.
Instead of having to fight for precious storage space and bandwidth on a server, your site just moves to another one. The only issue that can arise is that because of having a network of servers, hosts can allow a large number of websites on each plan.
While you may not run into storage issues, there are more websites that can be attacked or compromised. Again, most hosts have security measures in place to prevent this. Cloud hosting is good for newer sites and ones that are growing but not at a rapid pace.
When your website starts to get more traffic or you add more media, its size grows. This is when you should start looking at a dedicated plan. Unlike the three above, with a dedicated plan, you are the only website on the server. That’s right, the storage space and bandwidth is all yours.
This gets rid of any of the security risks of having other websites on the server. Because of the privacy and dedicated storage space and bandwidth, these plans can run high on the cost scale. However, if you have a website that needs the security that a dedicated plan offers, the price is worth it.
There is a WordPress hosting plan for everybody. Deciding on which plan to go with depends on your site’s needs, budget and, in the end, how confident you are in the plan and host. There is more to each plan as well, but we wanted to just give you a brief overview of each one. To learn more about the different types of plans, head over to our homepage to get some more detailed info and compare the different plans.