Having a website is pretty much required for any business or organization at this point. Your website is the face of your business in the digital world, and not having a site can lead to lack of trust, diminished visibility, and lost sales.
But embarking on a new website design project can be a daunting task. We recommend using WordPress websites for the majority of our clients, especially if their sites are going to be informational in nature. However, you will need to select the right WordPress host for your website. The good news is that there are plenty of excellent hosting options to choose from. In this post we’ll look at differences in each option and share our favourite hosting platform.
Dedicated WordPress Hosting
If you’re looking for maximum control over your website, then dedicated hosting is the way to go. With this option, you rent an entire server from a web host and manage it yourself. This provides lots of flexibility in terms of customization, but also requires more technical expertise than other types of hosting. Dedicated hosting is usually more expensive than shared or VPS hosting, but it allows you to have complete control over your website and ensure that it runs as efficiently as possible.
For most people, this isn’t the best option as you are on your own when troubles arise. The trade-off in slightly improved performance will be quickly forgotten if you have a technical glitch on your server that you don’t know how to fix.
Shared WordPress Hosting
Shared hosting is one of the most popular options because it’s affordable and straightforward. With this type of hosting, your website shares space on a server with other websites. This means that you don’t have full control over the configuration of your server like with dedicated hosting, but it also means that you don’t have to worry about managing things like security updates or software installations; that’s all taken care of by your web host. The downside is that if another site on the same server experiences high traffic or has technical issues, it can affect your own site’s performance too.
Shared hosting is often advertised very cheaply, and that comes at a cost. The $7/mth host feels cheap on paper until your site’s performance lags and doesn’t load quickly enough for your users.
VPS (Virtual Private Server) WordPress Hosting
If you want more control than shared hosting provides but don’t want to commit to dedicated servers, then VPS might be right for you. With WordPress VPS hosting, multiple virtual servers exist on one physical machine with each having its own operating system and resources allocated specifically to them rather than being shared among multiple sites like in shared hosting. This provides greater stability and performance compared to shared hosting without breaking the bank like dedicated servers do. It’s also easier to scale up or down as needed since there’s no need for additional hardware or maintenance costs associated with dedicated servers.
Companies like GoDaddy offer VPS hosting with support to help you when you are stuck. This makes VPS hosting a more attractive offering for people who need technical help on occasion.
Fully Managed WordPress Hosting
As a small website design agency, we don’t have the ability to hire or pay for a full time technical support person. So we work with a product that offers that support in the form of fully-managed WordPress hosting – Flywheel.
Flywheel Sites is quickly becoming the go-to solution for WordPress web development and managed hosting needs. With Flywheel, users can enjoy an intuitive interface that makes it easy to transfer websites from one host to another, initiate backups of website files, secure them with encryption, as well as preview changes before actually publishing them. The Flywheel platform offers customizable white-labeled services packages that can fit any budget. It also provides a team of experts to help its customers get the best performance out of their websites and offers around-the-clock technical support. All flywheel managed hosting plans come with lightning-fast SSD storage and high end security features like DDoS protection so that customers feel safe knowing their site’s data is secure.
The cost per site is higher than other options, but the peace of mind knowing that you have a 24/7 team of WordPress experts on hand to help you out more than makes up for the premium in cost.
No matter what type of WordPress hosting you choose for your site, make sure that it offers reliable uptime and customer support so that any problems can be addressed quickly and easily. Also consider factors such as cost, scalability options, security features, and backup systems when making your decision – these will all have an impact on how successful your website will be in the long run! With these tips under your belt, you should now feel confident in selecting the best web host for your WordPress website!