Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the different web hosting plans available for your WordPress website? There are hundreds of web hosts competing for your business with all sorts of offerings. The truth is there are really only 4 major types of hosting. Below we go over the reasons why you might pick one over the other in your quest for the best web hosting for WordPress.
- Shared Hosting
In this form of hosting, the provider sets up multiple clients on a single server. The resources of the machine such as the hard drive and CPU are shared. The advantages of this hosting are that it is affordable. It is easy to set up- it is well documented, and systemized. Lastly, it can be scaled up to another hosting solution when the site has outgrown the specs of the plan.
The advantage of this hosting plan is that it is most appropriate for a small website when it comes to price, the complexity of set up, and scale. The only disadvantage is that the behavior of other sites on the server affects the performance of your site. For instance, if a site on the server attracts millions of visitors your site may experience downtime.
- Virtual Private Server (VPS)
VPS hosting is similar to shared hosting in the sense that clients share the same hardware. It differs from shared hosting in that it reserves resources for each user. This means that your neighbor on the server can’t share your processing power or your hard drive.
The advantage of being on this server is that the performance is faster. There are two challenges that you need to continually address when you are hosted on a VPS. First, it requires technical know-how to manage this hosting plan, and you have more server management responsibilities to handle.
- Managed Hosting
Managed hosting simply means that server management tasks are handled by someone else who is paid to do this job. The two advantages of managed hosting are that you are guaranteed 24/7 support. Your only responsibility would be to manage your WordPress site. This hosting as such is the best plan when it comes to support and security. The only challenge that comes with dealing with this hosting plan is that the prices are slightly high in comparison to the other hosting plans and it imposes restrictions on what WordPress plugins can be installed.
- Dedicated Hosting
In this type of hosting, you are assigned a physical server dedicated to running your WordPress site. You get to have the full computational power and memory of the server at your disposal. This guarantees high performance, especially for very high traffic sites. Nonetheless, this is the most expensive option among the four. It could cost thousands of dollars per month depending on the kind of setup. You will need some technical know-how to set up and operate. Dedicated hosting is usually best for large companies. It may be an overkill for your WordPress site.
When choosing hosting it is best to start with the cheapest and most convenient plan available and grow gradually.