WordPress Website Hosting Woes – A Breakdown for Beginners

With so many options available for a hosting WordPress website solution, the choices can be overwhelming. This is something you’ll have to think about whether it’s a new site or one that suddenly sees an increase in traffic. So how do you choose? Well, there are four commonly used hosting options: shared hosting, WordPress hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS) and dedicated servers. We’ve broken them down for you, but if you have any additional questions, please leave them in comments or feel free to contact our WordPress Hosting Experts at any time.

Shared Hosting

Who is it for? Those just starting out who don’t mind limited customization options.

When to upgrade? When you get more than 1000 visitors and/or 50 financial transactions per day on average or when you see constant slow loading times and receive server errors.

Benefits:

  1. You can host multiple sites and domains for a single low price per month.
  2. Simple Administration. You’ll probably have access to a number of tools that can help you with setup and maintenance of your site. You can use these tools to set up email accounts, add additional domains, install WordPress, and other software in just a few clicks.
  3. Shared hosting will also bundle services such as unlimited email addresses for each domain you host and multiple user accounts.

Drawbacks:

  1. Shared hosting can be really slow. Shared hosting means that you share resources with other people and if they receive spikes in traffic, it can hamper your performance.
  2. Downtime on your spike days. Most shared hosting companies will try to prevent resource drains by throttling a site or temporarily taking it down. Your spike in traffic is the absolute worst time for this to happen.
  3. You are restricted in the software you can upload. Since you share space, the software you install is also limited.
  4. You have a limited amount of resources at your disposal. If you go over that amount, your site will be taken offline or throttled until you upgrade your package or plan. When you consider overage fees and upgrades, another, more stable solution may be necessary.

WordPress Hosting

Who is it for? Those who use exclusively use WordPress, those who make money on their sites, and sites that need speed and/or plugin customization.

When to upgrade? If you offer streaming services, database storage, file storage, host a web server, or need a higher performance option.

Benefits:

  1. Expert Support. Your technical support team can specialize in WordPress solutions.
  2. Automatic Updates and Backups for your hosting WordPress website.
  3. Managed Migration. Upgrading your service or moving it from one hosting solution to another should be painless.
  4. More customization options through WordPress plugins and themes.

Drawbacks:

  1. It’s a bit more expensive than shared hosting in that your packages adjust based on the number of domains you host.  
  2. You are restricted to WordPress only software. Also, plugins are restricted to those that are secure and efficient.

VPS and Dedicated Servers

Who is it for? Those who own a number of high-performing sites, experts, those who want complete customization solutions, and increased security protection that only a server can provide.

When to upgrade? You should upgrade from VPS to a dedicated server when you need additional security or customization options.

Benefits:

  1. You own the server resources so you can use them as needed.
  2. You have complete control over your server space. This means you can host as many websites as you want, test, develop and more.
  3. It’s easy to scale (especially a VPS)

Downsides:

  1. It’s far more expensive.
  2. You have more control and that means more chances to mess up.

Hopefully, this helps you to choose the solution that’s right for you. If you are still feeling stumped, contact our customer support team at any time. We are here 24/7 to help you work through your technical questions or issues.

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