How To Choose Best WordPress Hosting and Save Money

How to Find Best WordPress Hosting and Save your Money.
Admit it:

You are searching for a high-quality WordPress hosting for your WP projects.

With easy to use control panel, loads of features and affordable to buy.

But, you are confused to decide which hosting and plan or feature must for you and which don’t.

Still confused?

Don’t worry, I am here help you to find and make a decision to buy Affordable WordPress optimized web host.

In this article you find,

  • WordPress Hosting Minimum Requirements.
  • Types of WordPress hostings
  • Things to consider while buying WordPress hosting packages for your business or projects.

What are the Minimum Requirements for Hosting a WordPress Site?

WordPress is a lightweight software and easy to run on any web server in the world. Which have a PHP and MySQL(replace MySQL with your favorite database name) installed.

The simple requirement is,

  • PHP Version: 5.2.4 or Greater
  • MySQL Version: 5.0.15 or Greater
  • Apache: mod_rewrite module (for clean URIs a.k.a. Permalinks) (Required for Multisite)

But for PHP, always choose a host which provides you a version 7 or greater for your installation.

As we know, WordPress is the world’s leading software for creating websites for your projects.

You may find many scripts and tools installed in your hosting account to install and fine tune your WP installation.

Note: I preferred Nginx on Apache but both work fine if your caching setting is great.

How many types of WordPress hosting Plan present and which is suitable to me?

Due to mammoth share in the online world (28% website use WordPress). You can find lots of companies provides a different plan for hosting with them.

And, it’s confusing, especially for first-time users.

In below lines, I explain four types of WordPress hosting with pros and cons of them.

I also guide you which plan suitable for your next projects.

Free Hosting:

Is Free hosting for WordPress hosting are bad?

Ah!

I admit:

I love free things and you should too. Isn’t it?

There is a lot of free hosting provider in the market who provides free hosting WordPress. But with the catch.

What?

What catch?

Generally, you find these types of the offer in Google organic listing or small group or in the forum.

These companies or individuals give you a limited free space in exchange for a link or displaying their ads on your site.

I think it’s fair because of nothing free in this world, especially in online worlds.

But sooner or later you will find,

  • Frequent downtime.(You can’t find actual reason for these downtimes)
  • Increasing load time means fewer visitors and lower ranking in search engines eyes.
  • Redirecting your traffic to free hosting provider ads partners. (Personal experience.)
  • Malicious code injection (Personally experience it.)
  • Loads of Ads on your site(and none of them reliable, many ads are NSFW)
  • No Support at all.
  • No security at host level.
  • Deletion of your website without giving you a proper warning or notice.
  • Website hacked.(Many time and no one able to help you in that situation.)

I use free hosting 2012 when I launched my first WordPress powered website. In two months while checking my website in incognito mode, I found all my site traffic redirect to some Chinese site.

I know buying a hosting in India for newbie blogger is still expensive, but in the long run, it helps.

Advice: Avoid free hosting at any cost.

Suitable for: No one.

Shared WordPress Hosting:

Shared WordPress hostings are affordable for new bloggers.

Shared hosting is the most popular type in WordPress hosting universe. It’s popular for beginner bloggers and small business owners.

How shared WordPress hosting works?

When you use shared hosting for your next WP site, you and hundreds like you split and use same server resources.

Why Shared WP hostings are favorites for Newbies?

  • Low Cost: Cost is the major hurdle for newbie bloggers and small business owners. Sharing hosting server space with the plethora of users help to keep it small.
  • Easy to Setup: Many newbie bloggers and small business owners are not a tech-savvy people. Shared hosting provides 1-Click install scripts for easier installation process.

The best part of Shared hosting is a low-cost plan. If you are starting a new WP venture or want to start your hobby blog, it helps you to save huge money.

You still have all feature which is present in the higher plans like 99.99% uptime, WP-CLI support, DDoS protection with 24×7 protection.

Note: If you are in starting phase, choose shared WP hosting provider. You can migrate to higher plan when it’s not enough for you.

Suitable for: New bloggers, Small websites, Small business
Best Suggestion: GreenGeeks , BlueHost , SiteGround

WordPress VPS Hosting

VPS helps you to Boost your SEO and WordPress performance.

What if your website does not fit in a shared hosting environment?

What if your website hits Reddit front page?

What if your article share by industry influencers and you are using shared hosting?

You definitely get Email from your hosting company to upgrade your plan or they will suspend due to high traffic.

But, you don’t want to spend your fortune on dedicated servers. Because you know it’s temporary and everything back to normal in one or two days.

For these situations, Virtual Private Server hostings are better than shared hosting.

How WP VPS hosting works?

You still shared hardware with other users, but you get little-dedicated space for you.

This gives you almost as much control as a dedicated server, give you a dedicated IP(great for SEO). You can install any OS here, with your preferred software.

VPS generally describes in two types:

  1. Managed VPS: In this type, hosting provider responsible for everything like updating software, hardening security and etc.
  2. Unmanaged VPS: In this type, you are responsible for everything from installing software to fine tune your server.

Managing a VPS is a fun for me with EasyEngine. EasyEngine helps me to install battle tested WordPress installation with one line of code. Everything is done via command line.

If you are not able to setup your VPS by yourself, choose managed VPS hosting or Cloudways like services.

Note: Unmanaged VPS for WordPress hostings are cheaper than Managed VPS for WP hosting.

Unmanaged VPS Suitable for Technical Bloggers, High traffic websites, and blogs, Medium sized business, Developers
Managed VPS Suitable for Technical Bloggers, Non-technical Bloggers, High traffic websites and blogs, Medium sized business, Developers, and Designers.
Best Suggestion: Impact VPS , DigitalOcean

FYI: This blog hosted on Impact VPS lowest Unmanaged plan and able to handle any temporary slashdot effects.

Dedicated Servers for WordPress:

Dedicated servers helps you to scale up faster WP performance.

Don’t want to share resources with neighbors, then don’t. We have a solution for you, buy a dedicated server from your hosting company.

How WP Dedicated servers works?

You are purchasing physical server via your hosting company and you are the sole responsibility for it.

This allows you full control over the parameter like the choice of hardware and software.

Like VPS hosting, dedicated servers have two types.

  1. Unmanaged Dedicated Server: If you have the knowledge of servers and how to install and manage it, then buy it. Otherwise, go to Managed dedicated server or find a system admin who’s responsible for your server operations.
  2. Managed Dedicated Server: If you don’t have technical knowledge but still want a dedicated server for your business, go for it.
Unmanaged Dedicated Servers and Managed Dedicated Servers Suitable for High Traffic Sites
Best Suggestion: BlueHost

Managed WordPress Hosting:

Managed WordPress hostings provides best WordPress hosting experience.

Above types are general in hosting industry. But due to heavy demand and heavy usage of WordPress, hosting companies offer a Managed WP Hosting solutions.

In this type of hosting, you are not responsible for anything. Everything is done by hosting partner.

They optimized your website for performance and speed. Taking backups and make your WordPress installation up to date.

They tell you to choose right themes and plugins for your website.

In this type of hosting, you can’t install anything except WordPress, which is good.

Managed WP hosting provider provides you a superior performance with topnotch support. Because their support staff has lots of WordPress experience. This helps you to avoid any problem in the feature.

Note: Managed WP hosting are costlier than Shared and VPS hosting.

Managed WordPress Hostings Suitable for: Established Blogger, High Traffic Sites
Best Suggestion: GreenGeeks , SiteGround , WPEngine

Things to consider before buying WordPress hosting for your business or projects.

We want a topnotch WP hosting for blog or business, Right?

But how can we differentiate between companies, which is topnotch and which not?

So, here some criteria or checklist for things which is consider before buying your next hosting.

You can test your existing web hosting using below the post and tell me your current hosting provider experience or score based on a checklist.

Note: WordPress has four major hosting type. You see some check not applicable on your current hosting type.

Better Uptime Rate:

Better Uptime helps your website in serp.

24×7 availability is a key need for every business in the world and applies in online world also.

Think, someone, refer potential customers to your website but unfortunately your website down.

I know:

It’s not your fault but what happens in this scenario?

You will definitely lose one potential customer.

What if,

Your website often offline without any reason?

You lost many potential customers and still, you pay for those offline hours or days. Right?

For avoiding these types of disaster,

Always check your potential web host uptime guarantees and promises.

And,

Never settle below 99.99% guarantee on any hosting plan.

Don’t believe in written words on web host site, check online uptime review for that web host.

Above lines are great for before buying decisions, what if you have a site already or want to check purchased hosting uptime by yourself?

There are many great services present for website uptime monitoring like,

Note: Never settle below 99.99%, even if you want to buy cheap shared hosting.

Better Software Support:

latest server softwares helps you in long run to speed up WordPress.

When you choose any web host or shortlist web host for your next WordPress project. Keep below lines in mind.

Look for hosting partners for a WordPress site, whose always updating server software.

As we know, WordPress support PHP version 5.2.4, but PHP team release version 7 and it’s twice faster than PHP 5.6.

Check this infographic by Zend

PHP V5 and V7 comparison  for WordPress Speed

Updating software to latest version helps to avoid a hacking attempt on servers. This makes your WP site secure at the server level.

It also helps your WP website to load faster, How?

Every new update includes bugfixes and improved code over the previous release. Which helps you in loading time and reducing TTFB at the server level.

Note: Latest software and hardware helps your website to load faster and helps to avoid a most common security problem.

Host Level Caching:

Caching at WordPress Host level makes your website blazzing fast.

WordPress has lots of Caching Plugin and some plugins are the best for boosting WP performance.

My personal favorite is WPRocket and Cache Enabler.

But, these plugins can’t beat host level caching solutions.

Why?

When someone connects to your site, the browser first connects to hosting server. Then server executes commands related to user need and gives them what they want.

In Only Plugin Solution:
Server connects to WordPress database and then caching plugin comes into action.

In Host Level Caching Solution:
The server gives the required output to the user without requesting WordPress.

Note: Server level caching helps you to focus on your WP site rather than tuning your WordPress site for huge traffic. Choose SiteGround or GreekGeeks.

WordPress Specific Features:

WordPress host with WP specifc features more serious to WP hosting.

We are talking about specialized WordPress hosting provider. How can we forget features which are specific to WordPress itself?

What are the WordPress specific features?

  • 1-Click easy installation or pre-installed WordPress setup
  • Automated updates to latest WordPress version
  • WP-CLI and SSH Access for command line access to your WP host site
  • Optimized HTTP & MySQL for faster performance
  • Server level caching for blazing fast speed
  • Daily WordPress site backups to ensure data safety
  • Real-Time Security Scanning for vulnerabilities in WordPress themes or WP Plugins
  • Free account migration from one host to another host

SSL Support:

SSL helps you to provide safe browsing to your WP users.

I am an SEO guy and always check google for tips for helping my website to rank better and faster in search engines.

If you search for Google to find specific query. Sometimes you observed two sites have identical knowledge.

But a site with HTTPS rank above than an HTTPS site.

Why?

Because Google recommends using SSL on your websites.

How SSL helps WP Sites?

First, it helps up to rank better in search engines.

Second, If your host support PHP version 7 and you install SSL certificate. Then your website loads faster than before due to HTTP/2 technology.

Check HTTP/2 demo from CloudFlare.

Please note HTTP/2 only support website with SSL certificates.

SSL also helps you to gain trust if you want to sell at your WooCommerce sites.

If you don’t have enough money, go for hosting with Letsencrypt enabled. Or, use free CloudFlare flexible SSL.

Now,

You have a clear idea about your next big WP hosting search. Keep in mind, Nothing free or Unlimited in hosting the world.

Choose and select your host wisely.

If you still have any doubt, ask me in comments. If you like or think this post helps you, share with your friends.

1 thought on “How To Choose Best WordPress Hosting and Save Money

  1. Managed WordPress hosting is the best. since the provider takes care of everything, the site owner can worry about running the business rather than worrying about hosting.

    • Shaikh Masood Alam

      That’s true but nowadays many hosting providers looting customers in the name of Managed WordPress Hostings.

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