If you are in the market for a hosting platform, then you should consider jumping on the latest trend—WordPress Web Hosting.
WordPress is already the single biggest content management system (CMS) on the market. Because of that market saturation, it should come as no surprise that specialized hosting that is optimized for WordPress has followed suit.
So, what, exactly, is WordPress web hosting and why is it such a big deal? Let’s take a look and find out.
What is WordPress Hosting?
Web hosting is where you place a website onto a computer server so that it can run and be accessed by users on the Internet. WordPress web hosting involves placing only WordPress based websites onto a server that has been specially optimized to run that particular CMS.
In many instances, these hosting plans allow users to automatically update their WordPress software and to get started by building WordPress websites. If you have a WordPress website, then you can opt for one of two types of WordPress hosting—shared or managed.
What is Shared WordPress Hosting?
With shared hosting, hundreds of WordPress websites are placed on one server. All of these websites are built with WordPress and will be placed on a WordPress optimized server. Your website will be able to run faster than on a regular shared server because the server will be designed to run just WordPress sites.
However, shared hosting is always limited because you have a finite amount of resources such as memory, bandwidth, and processing power. If a website on your server needs more of these resources, it will be taken away from your site to help power it. A sudden traffic spike could slow your website down to a crawl. But again, this may be offset by the optimization of the server itself.
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
Managed WordPress hosting is a higher tier of hosting plan than shared and, therefore, more expensive. But you also get more for your money with managed hosting. First, your website will run faster than on shared hosting. The servers that are used are faster than shared hosting, and the resources are not “up for grabs.” If one website needs extra resources, it won’t pull them from your site.
Another way to speed up your website is with caching. There are plugins that will allow you to configure this feature on your site, but a managed hosting platform will handle this for you.
Another major feature of a managed website is the fact that it is more secure. The management side of your site will handle security updates as well as malware scans and WordPress specific firewalls. Finally, a managed WordPress hosting plan will provide you with staging sites that let you build and test your website before you push it out live to the world.
Which Plan is Right for You?
This is a tough question. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on hosting, then shared hosting is the choice for you. Managed hosting is a better fit for those looking to create a large online presence that requires faster speeds. It’s also better for those who want to take the hassle of running updates and backups regularly on their own. All of this will be handled by the management side of your hosting company.
Specially optimized WordPress web hosting is a fast-growing side of the web hosting industry. InMotion Hosting is able to provide you with either shared hosting or managed hosting plans that will help meet your specific needs and ensure that your WordPress website runs quickly and smoothly.