Where to host your WordPress website is not an easy decision. It needs proper research, understanding of features you will get and limitations you may face.
In my blogging life of more than 10 years, I’ve used five types of hosting which are typically the major option available to regular webmasters.
Shared hosting is the most widely used mode of hosting. It is also the most basic and cheap hosting available.
Shared hosting are generally supported with cPanel. It gives a visual interface of deploying websites.
Starting a blog on shared hosting is quite easy. The hosting would be available quite easily in $1-$2.
In the shared hosting category, some hosts offer premium shared hosting with 20-30 shared accounts on a host.
Shared hosting are good to start with as a hobby. But, one would start looking for other options after being professional.
Shared hosting posses the threat of slow load if some other website hosted on sharing basis gets a spike in traffic and puts pressure on resources.
The biggest problem with shared hosting is limited configuration option with WordPress. The beauty of WordPress is its immense customization possibility. If you are restricted from customization, you are restricted to use the WordPress from its full capability.
The big names for shared hosting are following:
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) , as the name suggests, are servers which are virtual. VPS hosting is like premium shared hosting that we talked above. However, the difference is in resources that is given per client exclusively.
Normally VPS is used without a graphical user interface, as is used in shared hosting. Connection to the server is done via command line.
VPS in working and setup is just as dedicated server, about which we are going to talk later. Here you are not going to get a physical machine to use.
Further, sudden spike of traffic can be easily handled in VPS as you might have option to increase the resources in just few mins by simple upgradation.
Some host restricts resources such as memory and CPU core whereas some will fix physical CPU allocated only for you.
VPS are introduced to bridge the pricing and resource gap required between a shared hosting and a dedicated hosting.
The price of VPS varies from $5-$500. Currently, this website is hosted on VPSDime.
Some dominant names in VPS hosting are following:
- Amazon Lightsail
Dedicated servers are regular computer used only for working as a server. Hiring a dedicated server means you get a computer on rent from your host. The computer is kept with the host for maintaining it. Their job is to give electricity, internet, cooling, etc to the system. You will use the computer remotely to keep your website files.
There are various benefits of having a dedicated server than a VPS. The optimum utilization of resources are fully in your control. You may not have to worry about disruption on your website due to excessive usage of machine resource by other shared VPS.
Dedicated servers are expensive. Plus, the requirement of dedicated server for a WordPress website may only arise when you are getting a traffic of more than 100,000 pageviews per day. Dedicated server may come at a price around $ 50 to thousand dollars.
A major downside with dedicated server is getting a fresh heavy duty machine at a cheaper price is almost impossible. In VPS, you may get access to servers having high processor speed at cheaper price compare to dedicated servers.
Interestingly, many people like me may be hosting websites on VPS but don’t use the full capacity of it. So, the machine I’m hiring is technically capable of handling 20 CPU load. But, 20 VPS users are just putting on an average 10 CPU load. So, the system have option to handle pressure in case of heavy spike of traffic. However, you can’t buy the same leverage of CPU load buffer on dedicated machine as it would be much costly.
Some popular names for Dedicated Hosting are as follows:
Cloud Hosting is a modern type of hosting. Various servers are connected together to form a giant network of servers working together as one.
The benefits of working with a cloud hosting is that it is designed in such a way that the end users have no worry about downtime or damaged parts.
The charges of cloud hosting are normally based on pay as you use. It would be hourly rates with a bill given at the end of the month.
Resources can be increased or decreased by the client instantly as per demand without any intervention. Cloud hosting will give an interface same as a VPS or dedicated hosting.
Cloud Hosting requires a team of highly skilled persons with resources to deploy a giant network. The big names in the cloud hosting are Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Computing and Microsoft Azure.
Cloud hosting is used by all the big websites due to its scalable ability. Cloud hosting is easy to deploy and handle.
- Amazon AWS
- Google Cloud Computing
- Microsoft Azure
- Digital Ocean
Managed WordPress Hosting
With growing popularity and use of WordPress, there are hosting companies which offers specialized hosting only for WordPress websites. These people utilizes their immense knowledge about WordPress and servers handling to give most optimized WordPress hosting environment.
Managed WordPress hosting is for those who like to concentrate on blogging and leave the server maintenance tension for professionals. One may not have to worry about caching and other such server-side customization if they are using managed WordPress hosting.
The only problem with this type of WordPress hosting is pricing. It takes a hefty price for hosting on a managed WordPress hosting. The hosting is generally counted on monthly page view basis.
Which type of WordPress Hosting is Ideal for You?
The answer of this question differs from person to person and more precisely from website to website. The factors to be taken into account is the time you can devote to the back-end work of WordPress other than blogging, the technical skills you posses to handle a server, how big is your WordPress website and the most important one your budget.
Shared hosting is never in the equation of comparision if you are serious about your website work. Rest all four have some good or bad features. The best among the lot is managed WordPress hosting and particularly Pagely. I’m looking forward to move my hosting to Pagely.
There are two more which I didn’t mentioned above. Collocation server and self-hosted. But, these are for big organization who have a big team working solely to maintain the servers.
I started with free hosting, then moved to shared hosting. Later on, when things started to become serious I tried dedicated servers, VPS, Cloud and Managed WordPress Hosting. I’m able to manage the servers myself.
I would love to know your story and the hosting type used by you. Please use the comment section below to share your story with us.