Whether you’re a beginner getting started, searching for an upgrade, or just simply want to change your website host; this guide will help you determine which host is best suited for your site!
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The first and arguably most important factor when choosing the best host for a WordPress website is SUPPORT. When you run into problems (it’s inevitable!) you’ll want a hosting company that will provide support 24/7. Most website hosts also have numerous online resources including how to’s, start-up information, blog forums, and digital guides.
When we made our first switch to a new host, it was incredibly easy on our end. This was because our new host, SiteGround, did almost everything for us! Even though it’s not super challenging, having someone that is going to complete the transfer for you makes it that much easier. It also makes a great first impression when it’s done right the first time!
Would you choose a hosting company that doesn’t have a user-friendly platform? Absolutely not! This`s why it is so important to analyze the hosts’ website and familiarize yourself with their platform. If you feel comfortable navigating their website, chances are the rest of there platform is user-friendly as well.
If you`re tech-savvy and you’d like your Blog To Stand Out, customization will be an important factor when choosing the best host for WordPress. WordPress has an endless amount of Plugins to choose from that will help you to easily customize your website! But beware.. they can also slow your site down substantially if you activate too many at once.
cPanel is a web-based hosting control panel that many hosting providers use. This allows website owners to manage their WordPress websites from a web-based interface. If you’re a beginner it won’t mean much, but as soon as your skills start to advance, cPanel will become an extremely useful tool!
Having a host that also provides a custom email address that matches your website is very handy! As your website grows and people start to reach out to you, you’ll want to come across as a professional in your field. Trust me; @yourwebsite.com is a lot more professional than @yahoo.com.
Having a host as well as a plugin that automatically backs up your website is the perfect combination that’ll bring you peace of mind. If something ever happens to your website, at least you know you have all of your content saved somewhere.
You might not know it yet but the geological location of your hosts server does matter! Study’s show that having a host server in the same location as your target audience will boost your SEO Rankings and also increase the speed of your website! This will help Drive Traffic to Your Website!
There are many types of hosting which include; Shared, Virtual Private Server (VPS), Dedicated Server, Cloud, Managed, Colocation. Each type is used in different scenarios depending on the requirements of the website. These requirements are based on storage capacity, server speed, and reliability. Techradar has a detailed post on ‘The different Types of Web Hosting‘ if you’re interested in reading more about this. Cloud hosting is becoming more and more popular in the hosting industry and is what your website will most likely be hosted on.
When we first started our website, we learned the hard way by not getting an SSL Certificate right off the bat. A SSL Certificate is what makes your website secure; you can check by looking for a little ‘lock’ symbol in front the URL. Secure websites rank higher than non-secure ones so it`s important to make sure your host can provide an SSL Certificate!
Viruses & Malware
Along with making sure your computer is free of viruses, ensure that all programs/plugins are up-to-date and your passwords and usernames are solid. Having a host that provides added security is a huge bonus. If your site were to get Blacklisted by Google, McAfee or any other security program; your SEO Rankings and traffic will take a dramatic nose dive!
When you find the best host for your WordPress site, the price will matter. Although like most quality products, hosting isn’t something you wont to cheap-out-on. Expect to pay anywhere from $3 to $10 per month. VPS hosting is more expensive and will cost $30 – $55 per month.
Many hosts have a fantastic start-up deal but then after the one-year marker, hit you with a large renewal fee. This is important to know because having to change your website host annually just isn’t worthwhile.
Some hosting companies have different payment plans and contracts so be sure to do your research so you can avoid getting hit with an unexpected fee!