And that’s not a very simple process.
There are hundreds or thousands of possibilities. There are Brazilian and international accommodations. Guys and cockroaches. Shared and dedicated. And so on.
If you have already researched a little on the subject already realized that each hosting is a little different and will offer you slightly different benefits as well. However, most of these benefits are in a language not very friendly for those who are not technical and even those who understand can be left in doubt of what is actually offered.
In this article I want to try to explain a little better what you should observe when purchasing a hosting for your WordPress site and what are my suggestions based on more than 200 websites created and hosted by my company.
The list of features for a good WordPress hosting
To simplify already from the beginning this guide, I want to point out some essential features or features that you should observe when hiring your server or hosting.
- PHP version 7 or higher
- MySQL version 5.6 or higher
- Free SSL (https security certificate)
- Use of SSDs on machines and not HDs
- Native cache on the server
- 1-click WordPress installation
- 99.99% availability guarantee (also called uptime)
- Support by chat, phone or email.
The first five items are of a more technical nature, so there’s no need for you to understand thoroughly if you don’t want to. They simply indicate that you will be running your WP site in with the newest and safest technologies.
The use of technologies – such as PHP and MySQL – old, which is still common in many Brazilian hosting, goes by your site both at greater security risk and slower.
The rest has more to do with the ease of you using this service and also the guarantee that your site will always be online.
I remember and 2012 when I hired a hosting for a site i was developing. It was my first national contracted hosting service. I was very angry because almost every day the site was offline a few minutes and sometimes a few hours.
And to make matters worse, they were slow to respond in support and said they couldn’t do anything.
The best website hosting will give you all the support and ensure that your site stays online 99.99% of the time.
WordPress hosting types
I’ve commented on another article in depth about the types of hosting, so here I’ll be more summarized.
Simply put, we have these five types of hosting to choose from:
The most common and usually cheapest type is shared hosting. Basically, you hire a space within a server (a computer) and share that machine with other people.
Of course, a client does not have access to other people’s information, but they share the resources of that machine such as HD, RAM, network, and CPU.
In general this type of hosting is perfect for those who are starting because the site can run legal since it will not receive many visits and the amount paid will also be very low.
VPS Hosting for WordPress
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server, or Virtual Private Server in Portuguese. In this type of hosting you still share one server with others, but the way that machine is split isolates each client much more and mainly gives you dedicated resources from that machine that are not shared.
That is, you hire computational resources such as memory, disk space, and CPU that will always be available to you.
This type of hosting usually comes with the need for a little more technical knowledge and at a slightly higher cost. In terms of performance, it is very good for small and medium sites since you can also control the amount of computational resources you want to hire at every moment. That is, you can scale your server according to the demand for visits and growth of the WordPress site.
Cloud Hosting for WP
Cloud computing, or cloud computing, is a somewhat broad term for this type of hosting. However, it is still the most used and you will see this type of name when you search for your solutions.
This type of hosting is a bit more complex and I suggest that only those who have a more advanced technical knowledge venture. The great advantage of this type of hosting is that the site can automatically escalate depending on the number of visits. This makes the site always grow without going offline or having problems with its availability.
A dedicated server is, as the name implies, a machine that is entirely yours. You rent it for a considerably higher value, but you have full control over what you install, how you configure it, and how you manage it.
Similar to VPS, here it is important that you hire a professional to manage this machine since it is very easy to do wrong even following online tutorials. It is not an option for beginners, but it is the option chosen by many large sites that receive millions of visits every month.
Managed Hosting for WordPress
Finally, we have managed hosting for WordPress. With this type of server, the contracted service comes accompanied by all the maintenance and management of the system. Updates, evaluations and settings are all made by the company that offers the service.
All the customer needs to do is not worry about hosting the site.
This is the type of hosting I recommend most to my clients who do not have technical knowledge and do not want one more thing to worry about.
Igloo itself offers this service to our customers. If you want to know more, say hello here.
Which hosting should you choose?
My first suggestion is that you understand the purpose of your site. A blog will have different needs of an e-commerce, for example.
An e-commerce has to be much faster and can’t give problems since you’ll probably be paying Ads and want sales to happen. So it’s more worth choosing a slightly better service than for a personal blog that won’t have much trouble if it gets a little slower from time to time.
Following a similar logic, it is important to also look at the content. More specifically the amount and complexity of the content. A single-page site will consume far fewer resources than one with 1,000 pages.
Finally, one of the main points to consider is traffic. The more people access your site, the more you will also have to invest in this hosting so that the site does not slow down and falls (offline) due to lack of resources.
I’ll present below the options that I consider best based on the types of hosting you’ll probably most need.
Recommendations for shared hosting
GreenGeeks, in addition to being a server that cares about the environment a little more, was the fastest in a study done by a YouTuber named Darrel Wilson.
Low price and speed make this service my main choice. I work with them and I have clients who receive thousands of visitors daily who use it.
Like GreenGeeks, SiteGround is one of the fastest on the market. One thing I like about them is that they break down exactly the limits and the amount of resources they can use.
They’re a little more expensive, but the support is the best I’ve ever seen.
I have been using Digital Ocean since 2012 and it is, in my opinion, the service that advances the most in vps management. It’s been many years that I’ve been following the development of their platform and it gets better and easier to use.
What is not lacking are articles and documentation about them, so it is very quiet to venture.
Cloud hosting recommendation
The service I recommend most strongly here is AWS (Amazon Web Services). If you don’t know AWS, I’ll introduce you to the system that hosts most of the technology companies we use, like Netflix.
Another option, which is a little different, which is legal and national is the Umbler.
It has some options for creating very cheap websites and abstracting the notion of computational resources to give the user a more affordable service. it’s worth a look.
Managed hosting recommendation
In 2014 I was a partner in a marketing agency and we created several websites for our clients. We tested dozens of hosting services and even found some good ones.
However, customers don’t like having to keep messing with these tools and having to deal directly with support to solve some problem.
Even a while ago a customer simply forgot to pay for the renewal of the service and his site was lost. I didn’t even have a backup anymore.
So thinking about it I created a service to host my clients. We have served hundreds of customers and are increasingly offering a better managed hosting service.
Even this site right here, which receives tens of thousands of people every month, runs on our service.
If you want to know more about it, I ask you to contact us below:
Choosing hosting is not a simple task, but I hope that with this article you will be able to make a decision with more information.
If you have any questions about hosting websites, be sure to comment below and I will do my best to help you in your specific case.
I am confident that you will find the best hosting of WordPress sites.