Whether you are starting a WordPress blog or company website, choosing a reliable website hosting is necessary for the success of your website. This is because the web host is what will mainly contribute to improving your website’s ranking and performance. With the right WordPress Web hosting services, anybody can achieve to have a website with a boosted performance.
On the other hand, a bad and unreliable web host will negatively affect your website’s performance and search ranking leading to a waste of valuable resources and time. This is why choosing your website web hosting is a very big decision. However, with so many options available today, the question that begs is “how do you pick a web hosting company that is ideal for your website needs?” When it comes to choosing a hosting company, there are a number of factors that will come into play. To help you, we have compiled this list of the 12 factors to consider when choosing a right hosting for WordPress.
1. WordPress Hosting Cost
The cost of WordPress website hosting is one of the main considerations for most people. While most website owners will prefer the cheapest, it is always good to first take a closer look at what is being offered. In most cases, this price will depend on factors like the health of the servers and the quality of support. One thing that you should remember is never to fall for those “unlimited everything” traps since they are just intended to try and lure you in.
2. Speed and Performance
For a web host to provide great and quality services, it requires commendable hardware. Factors like memory (RAM), disk space (HDDs & SSDs), and processing power (CPUs) will a play a very big role in determining the site’s overall speed and performance of your website. To prevent your website loading slowly when handling larger traffic, consider mostly the hardware of the hosting service.
3. Customer Support
The level of support to look out for depends on your familiarity with the various hosting solutions. If you are quite familiar with WordPress installation, caching, and site backups, choosing a web host with less support won’t cause any harm. However, it is worth noting that it is still very easy to mess up everything even when you are a professional. For this reason, it is advisable to always go with a company that provides customer support 24/7 through the telephone, live web chats, support forums, emails, the support ticket system.
There was a time when Amazon went down in 2013 for approximately half an hour and the result was $66,240 lost each and every minute. Your website will need to stay online all the time. In order to ensure that this happens, you need to look for a 24×7 operating web host provider which will be definitely more stable.
Security should be a top consideration now that hackers are constantly coming up with new ways of installing the malware in the website and stealing data. Even if your website loads extremely fast, it is of no use when not secured. You should choose a WordPress hosting service that is capable of preventing and dealing with such challenges. This is why it is important to choose a web host that will make it easier for you to enable ‘’https’’ on your server.
6. Multiple Addon Domains
If you are purchasing a web hosting service for the first time, this is a very important feature to look out for. It is important to choose a web host with multiple addon domains so that in future you will be able to run multiple websites under your current web hosting account. When you purchase a web host company with only one domain, you can regret it later when you will need to add multiple domains to that specific web host account.
7. Essential Features
One of the most important considerations, as you go shopping for a web host, is the features a hosting service provides. Different web hosting companies have different features. You should first ensure that a hosting company has all the essential features like one-click installer and DNS management. From there, you can now consider whether it has extra features like free Domain privacy and regular data backups.
8. Renewal Price
Before deciding on a WordPress web hosting company, never forget to ask about the signup price and the renewal price. In some cases, you will find that the signup cost is cheaper but the renewal price is very high. The best way is to go for a company that has a reasonable price jumps. For example, if the cost of signup is $5 per month, ensure that it doesn’t go above $10 per month when renewed.
9. Refund Policy and Free Trial
If you are just starting out online, it is worth knowing whether a web host has a refund policy or offers free trials. As you start your online journey, free trials can help you to test out their hosting plan and safely hop out of it if you notice it doesn’t fit your website’s needs. Just ensure that you avoid those companies that charge a cancellation fee when you decide to cancel your account while in the trial period.
10. Website Backups
Even if a WordPress website hosting has all the security measures needed, backups are still essential for your website. As you run your website, you will always run through website failures or worse still a crash. This is where the web host backup policy will come in. A good web host should have a backup policy so that you can always get back your website running without breaking a sweat in case incidents like these happen.
11. Upgrade Options
While most people tend to start small, there are chances that you might in future own multiple websites. This is why you should choose a web host with the different types of hosting packages including dedicated hosting, VPS hosting, and shared hosting. Most people prefer starting by purchasing the shared web hosting which enables them to save a lot when it comes to that time they need to grow their blog or website. Shared hosting enables you to have multiple websites, with different domain names, served from a single server. However, you may also later bee in need for more disk storage and may be forced to move to VPS or a dedicated server. This is why you should choose a website with all the upgrade options.
12. Plugins Freedom
Plugins are very helpful in helping you run your WordPress website as they provide additional functionality. However, there are some plugins that conflict with a good number of hosting servers and are even banned by them. Therefore, you should choose those that will allow you to install and experiment with as many plugins as possible.
Choosing the right WordPress web hosting services is the key to achieving success in your online journey. Since it is the foundation on which your website is built on, there is an increased need to take your time and weigh all the options before you come up with a final decision. By following these 12 simple tips, you will be able to choose the right hosting for your website and save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run.
Undule Amon is an independent digital strategist and the Director at Duxte Limited, a marketing agency specializing in website design & web hosting in Tanzania that prides itself on efficient service and happy customers. Follow Duxte on Twitter.