10 Tips To Help You Choose The Best Hosting for WordPress Blogs

by Jenn Pereira49 Comments

One of the important aspects to learn when you are interested on how to start a blog is web hosting. However there can be different types of web hosting such as free hosting, shared, dedicated and managed web hosting services. Furthermore, there can be more than hundreds of sites offering these services. It can be ‘overwhelming’.

Before you dive into these services, you must be able to evaluate what you want out of your blog or site. From there, you can derive the specific requirements of what you will be needing in order to achieve the output that you want. Going through these steps first will save you time and resources because you have clearly mapped out your goal.

I have come up with these 10 tips that you need to consider when looking for the best hosting for WordPress.

It is important to carefully select whom you go to for these services because it can greatly affect the performance and even the future revenues of your website.

1. Hosting Price

web hosting pricing

Free Hosting

Practically speaking, price hits the top spot of the very important things to consider when it comes to almost any matter, even for web hosting services. There are services offered by free blog platforms such as WordPress.com, Blogger and Tumblr at zero cost. You just sign up with them and you can start your own blog in an instant. WordPress.com is considered to be the best free blog platform and continuously attracts many startup bloggers. Free services often have a catch however like very lengthy domain names because you cannot get rid of their extension. If you have no budget capital however, you can stick with free hosts.

Paid/Premium Hosting

Aside from free blog hosts, you can also consider some premium (paid) blogging platforms such as Squarespace or Self-hosted blog. Read about Squarespace vs Self-hosted WordPress, and decide which is perfect for you.

For self-hosted WordPress blog, on the other hand, there are companies or individuals who offer their services for a price. Popular best hosting for WordPress are Bluehost, Hostgator and GoDaddy. Premiums will cost you at least around $2 to $10 per month for basic hosting.

2. Value For Money

Value For Money

As important as the cost of the services, you must also be mindful of the value that you are getting for the premiums you are paying. Just because one company offers its services cheaper than others, does not mean it is then the best web host. Check its availability, performance, even read reviews about it.

There are companies that give package deals, go over them and compare. Read about some technical details such as RAM, technical support and email accounts. Watch out for hosts that have high-end, high-speed drives, offer round the clock technical support, maximum storage and bandwidth. If the offer is too cheap for way too much services, do a background check of the integrity of the web host site.

3. Server Storage Space

The amount of storage space or disk space is the maximum size that you can store on the host server. A 500MB disk space is usually enough to start with for a newbie WordPress blog. Basic plans allow 500MB to 1GB of storage and you can already use it to your advantage.

A basic WordPress installation with customized themes takes around 20MB up to 30MB, leaving you around 470MB worth of space for your posts. Let’s say each blog post would be 2MB, you would have 235 posts before you consume your entire storage space. By then, you would most likely to have upgraded your hosting plan.

There are plans that have unlimited storage and you can choose these hosts if your blog or website requires a lot of disk space.

4. Server Speed

Server Speed

The booming technology has caused people to require almost everything to be instant and loading your website or blog page is definitely no exception. When your page takes more than a few seconds to load, your visitors would most likely to close it. Perhaps you have even done this before when visiting some poorly hosted websites. It is important to know also that Google uses site speed as one of its basis for your page ranking. Because of these reasons, you must carefully consider the server speed that the host can provide your webpage.

If you wish to increase your site’s speed you may want to avail an extra solid state drive (SSD) since its read/write speed is three times more than the normal drives. This will incur additional payment however but will be worth the performance.

5. Data Transfer/Bandwidth Limitations

Data Transfer/Bandwidth Limitations

Bandwidth is another factor that affects the performance of a website. It is the volume of data that can be transmitted from a site in a fixed time. The higher your bandwidth limit, the more people can access your page at the same time. When you have high data transfer limitations, the quicker the visitors can see the information from your personal page or business site.

If you are just a start-up and do not expect much traffic, you can settle for basic plans. When you are starting to experience a significant amount of page traffic, then you can choose to upgrade to a higher bandwidth limit.

6. Uptime and Server Reliability

hosting uptime and server reliability

Have you ever tried visiting a site and it was not just accessible or it prompted an error message about something? You turn away from the page and would often forget about it because of the bad experience, right? If you happen to be the owner of that web page, you just lost a potential sale because your site crashed. Whenever your blog is down or inaccessible to your visitors, you are losing revenue and it can even hurt your brand reputation. No entrepreneur would ever want that to happen to him or her.

So when choosing the best hosting for WordPress blogs and sites, you must take into account also what they call the uptime rate. A good hosting site’s uptime rate should be 99% to 100% . If a hosting company is offering cheap services but poor uptime rate, simply don’t bother yourself.

7. Dependable Security Features

Another factor that should affect your decision making when choosing the best hosting for WordPress is with regards to the level of security they can provide. We all know how the world wide web is a very open place and full of hackers trying to steal viable information. Be it may running a blog or a business site or an educational blog, you as an owner must see to it that your web host is capable of rendering tight security measures. Your service provider is responsible for firewalls, early problem detection systems, file backups and other extra security features.

8. Customer Technical Support

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The rise of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has led to accessible round-the-clock customer support for a lot of companies all over the world. Most web hosts provide 24/7 customer support with different media. Sometimes you would have questions from basic details to even the most technical aspects of your web hosting and it is critical that you could get competent customer service. Do a background check and read customer reviews about your chosen host company to see if they could be a good fit to you.

9. Control Panel Accessibility

If you are not armed with technical expertise, then you must choose the best hosting for WordPress that has a user-friendly control panel or interface. You can even take a look at their video tours of their site if they have any. It would be highly advisable to go for hosting companies that offer cPanel especially if you are a beginner in setting up your own WordPress blog or eCommerce site. It is the most popular control panel being used in the market and you can get easily familiar with it.

10. Extra Features

Auto WordPress Installers

If you would use WordPress without auto-installers, it could take you like forever. Not really forever, but significantly a long time, especially if you are new to WordPress. It would then be nice to verify if your WordPress hosting company allows auto-installers in order to save plenty of time and hassle.

Free Backups

It would save you a lot of worries if you know that your blog or your website is regularly being backed up. When there’s an unexpected crash or problem, it would lessen the damages to your page since you are certain that you will get to retrieve the previous files thru the back up. Some hosts offer this service for free and would do scheduled backups for you. Others would provide an easy backup tool that you can click whenever you do some changes.

Backup options will have its pros and cons but it always pays to be more diligent and just follow the simple steps being required.

Customized Email Address

Web hosting companies provide email hosting also, although not all. Some would have it for free, others would charge for an additional cost. If you are a webpage owner, it would be totally convenient if you have a customized email address solely for that site. This allows you to interact faster with your visitors and even adds up to your credibility.

Blog Transfers

When you already have a blog somewhere and would want to transfer to a different platform, you should better ask your hosting company if they are providing free blog transfers. If you do it manually, a lot of things could go wrong such as altered permalinks and faulty image links. You could benefit so much if your host will do all the work of transferring your blog from your old platform to your new one, especially if it is for free or already included in the package plan that you prefer.

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Additional Domains

There are hosting plans that will allow a customer to have 2 or even more domains in the same account. These other domains are considered addon domains. This is convenient if you have more than one site or thinking of expanding your web pages. If you need more addon domains in your account, then it would follow that it would be more expensive than the basic hosting plans.

Refund Options

As a customer you would want a 100% satisfaction for the services that you paid. One way to test a company’s confidence and integrity in what they do, not just as the best hosting for WordPress but for almost anything out there, is to check if they offer a money-back warranty. Some hosts offer 15 days no questions asked money-back guarantee, while there are those who give up to 30 days and even 90 days money-back guarantee. The longer the money-back period, the higher the confidence of the company to deliver its promises so watch out for these service providers.

Conclusion

There are a lot of hosting sites and each company are offering unique services and different packages. The tips listed above are just there to help you identify some key points to look for when deciding on the best hosting for WordPress pages. It is not necessary to hit all those items as you might not need everything for your blog.

Again, go back to identifying what are the needs of your blog and how much you can spare to avail the services required. You can narrow down the list of the best blog hosting sites and then compare by price, performance and features included. Read some reviews, ask other bloggers for recommendation or research more on the Internet. I hope this article helps you find the best hosting for WordPress and service for your blog.

Are you using a free or paid hosting? If you are self-hosting your WordPress blog, what hosting plan and service are you using? Share us your story by commenting below.

Jenn Pereira

I think out of the box. Full-time Web , UI and UX Design. She is not perfect nor a perfectionist, but she is a believer of perfection in every work she does.

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49 Comments

Cleo
Dec 16 . 2017 at 2:03 am

There is so much to consider when looking at hosting a website, this blog is perfect! Has definitely helped me decide on what type of company i should be looking for.

Joanna
Dec 16 . 2017 at 11:55 am

Choosing the right hosting is very important from the beginning, if you have a clear idea what you want to do with your website and in which direction you are going. You don’t want to wake up one day with 1000 visitors and your website down because you don’t have enough bandwidth for all or your website is too slow and you are losing them.

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 17 . 2017 at 3:55 am

    That’s really true
    Joanna.

Bea
Dec 16 . 2017 at 1:38 pm

I wish I saw this when I started my blog, it was so confusing! This is really helpful!

Nina
Dec 16 . 2017 at 8:50 pm

These are all very important factors to consider. I pay for hosting and then installed WordPress for free. It works out nicely.

Monique Elise
Dec 16 . 2017 at 11:10 pm

I have Squarespace but I’ve considered switching to WordPress. Thanks for this information I’m still not certain what I plan to do but these tips are very insightful!

Angie D Hills
Dec 17 . 2017 at 12:33 am

Great information for someone looking for a host. There are so many out there now & it gets very overwhelming trying to figure out which is the best. I’m sure this list and information will be a big help!

Vasundhra
Dec 17 . 2017 at 3:02 am

It is so important for all bloggers to keep these tips in mind while choosing the best hosting for WordPress. It is such an important investment which has a huge impact on the performance of the website.

Shell
Dec 17 . 2017 at 3:41 am

These are wonderful and fabulous tips for those who are thinking about blogging or starting their own website.

corinne & kirsty
Dec 17 . 2017 at 3:15 pm

A lot of information here. When we choose our hosting site we didn’t really think about comparing but we were quite lucky so it’s okay in the end

Evelina
Dec 17 . 2017 at 3:25 pm

Such an informative post! I wish I had this information when I was choosing a place to host my blog.

Angela Ricardo Bethea
Dec 17 . 2017 at 3:48 pm

That is amazing! How wonderful those tips are! I have a friend who is currently looking for this. I am going to share this

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 18 . 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks Angela!

Ellie Plummer
Dec 17 . 2017 at 8:40 pm

I have been thinking about self-hosting so this was really useful and gave some insightful tips.

Ariel
Dec 18 . 2017 at 1:36 am

These are some great tips! It was definitely a difficult task to pick which one to use! This will help me in future endeavors for sure.

Sneha lodha
Dec 18 . 2017 at 3:56 am

I am using paid hosting service by A2 hosting provider. They are providing great service without a doubt. In this plan I am getting unlimited sites to host.

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 18 . 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Cool… I am very glad to hear your experience Sneha!

Candy Rachelle
Dec 18 . 2017 at 5:26 am

This is such a great list! Many will find this so helpful and really attempt to try these awesome tips!

robin rue
Dec 18 . 2017 at 11:46 am

I was with Go Daddy for years, but my designer HATED them and finally convinced me to switch last year. I was happy with Go Daddy, but am also happy with my new host 🙂

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 18 . 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Robin. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

Karen Morse
Dec 18 . 2017 at 11:54 am

WordPress is a great platform for blogging and I think it’s just as important that we find an equally awesome hosting site for our blog. There are so many choices out there, and it’s good to find something that fits our needs as a blogger and out budget as well.

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 18 . 2017 at 7:32 pm

    That’s right! Thanks Karen for sharing your thoughts.

Jessica Joachim
Dec 18 . 2017 at 1:10 pm

Hosting was so confusing for me when I first started out. I started with the paid wordpress.com and changed after less than a month to Digital Ocean. Being self hosted is really the way to go!

Journa Ramirez
Dec 18 . 2017 at 1:50 pm

I am a virtual assistant and I know these tips are very helpful. These are perfect for those who are just trying to start!

Laura @ MommyDearest
Dec 18 . 2017 at 3:01 pm

This is so Helpful. I am considering a move to wordpress in the new year and this answers a lot of the questions I had.

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