How to choose the right WordPress hosting for your website

How to choose the right WordPress hosting for your website

When it comes to hosting your website, you want to make sure that you are choosing the right company and service plan. It’s not always easy to choose the best option for your particular situation, especially when there are so many providers out there. Here are a few things you should consider before making your decision:

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Evaluate that the hosting meets the necessary requirements

One of the best qualities that WordPress has is that it is compatible with many hosting companies. That is, you can install it on most hosts, however, you should evaluate that the hosting meets these minimum requirements: PHP version 7.4 or higher, MySQL version 5.6 or higher OR MariaDB version 10.1 or higher and HTTPS (SSL) support. Your choice of hosting is ultimately determined by the type of hosting your site requires. The main types of hosting are: Shared Hosting, VPS Hosting, and Managed Hosting. Shared hosting is characterized by having inexpensive prices and being the most widely used, it is ideal for small sites that are just starting with WP. The second option, Virtual private servers, offers you a more complete solution. It acts as it’s own space in a server configuration, allowing for higher speeds, more bandwidth, etc. It’s perfect for bigger, more demanding WordPress sites. The last type of hosting is more expensive compared to the first and the second but provides great performance, which significantly influences the speed of your site. Managed hosting packages are tailored specifically for WordPress sites and are available on a variety of hosts. If price is going to determine the option you’re going with, one of the hosting with the best quality/price ratio can be found on Bluehost with WordPress Hosting plans starting at 2.95/month.

Read reviews from other customers

The opinions of customers who have used the services of a web hosting provider before are crucial in determining the right hosting for your site, plus the experiences of other users can help you determine the advantages and disadvantages of the hosting company you are considering. The quality of customer service offered by a web hosting provider speaks volumes about the reliability of the provider. Therefore, you should evaluate each customer’s level of satisfaction in terms of pricing, options, performance, technical support, and type of hosting to make comparisons and make the right decision.

The following reviews are about Dream Host, a popular hosting company that also provides WordPress hosting.

Compare prices and packages

There are numerous WordPress hosting service providers available today, each offering different prices for plans that fit your budget. When deciding which hosting provider to invest your money in, you should consider your needs and evaluate the services included in each package and the cost of purchasing it. In any case, the price of hosting is determined by the features you want to have for your website. Certain hosting companies offer the advantage of including promotions such as free domain for a year, which is ideal if you have a reduced budget. The most important aspect to keep in mind is that the hosting you choose will be a determining factor for your website to work properly and improve the user experience. For this reason, the price is important, but the quality is even more important.

Again, we’re mentioning Bluehost, a hosting company that offers low prices and good features. Can’t go wrong with them!

Choosing quality of service over server location

The quality of your hosting service provider is critical for users to access your website from and have a positive experience in terms of loading speed. For this reason, you should evaluate that your hosting provider does not compromise your site’s load time. Slow websites negatively influence search engine rankings. In comparison to the above, the location of the server is also an important factor when your website is specific to customers in a particular location. In such a case, it is advisable to place your files in a server in that country or near it, so that it loads quickly. If the website is made for customers worldwide, the location is not necessarily irrelevant, but it’s less important, although you should still prioritize having a hosting service of excellent quality in for your website to load quickly from any location in the world.

In the following image we can see some of the most popular locations for hosting plans, offered by A2HOSTING. Fun fact: the Ticksites has partnered with A2 Hosting to offer reliable, WordPress hosting for our clients!

Determine how much server space you need

Before choosing a hosting provider for your website, you should know how much server space is needed to host it. This amount of space is determined by how complex you anticipate your site to be. Consider the number of elements such as graphics, audio files, PDFs, and other pieces of content and tools that your site would require. Generally, in the beginning stages of a build, a website usually takes up a small amount of space and most hosting plans have enough memory/alloted space on their server to host it. However, as more features and media files are added to the website, such as a Woocommerce on a WordPress site, more space will be required.

Siteground, one of the more popular hosts in recent years has a good amount of web space at affordable prices. It’s also pretty damn quick and easy-to-use.

Consider security features, like SSL certificates

Information that’s transferred via HTTP protocols, especially transactional info such as Woocommerce orders, requires an SSL certificate to safeguard confidential data provided by users and ensure that unauthorized persons and hackers don’t have access to them. SSL certificates are responsible for protecting the information through advanced encryption mechanisms. Search engines like Google also require this to rank your sites on search engines. In essence, your hosting provider should provide you with the necessary security tools, thereby giving confidence to your users. Check the security options your potential host offers and ensure that you’re covered. Most of them have plans that include either free or paid SSL certificates.

There are many hosting companies that offer free SSL certificates with the purchase of one of their plans such as: SitegroundBluehostDreamhost, A2Hosting, etc.

How many visitors do you expect to get per month?

It is necessary that you have an idea of how many total visits your website will have per month, since each hosting plan comes with a specific amount of resources, and can support a certain amount of concurrent visitors. If you have your website has more visits than your hosting can handle, this can lead to problems with your website loading speed and overall user experienc.

Siteground is known in the WordPerss community as a host that is especially good for WordPress sites, especially those that require good performance. Its page specifies how many visits per month each of its plans can support.

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