Different Types of Hosting – Which is the Best WordPress Hosting Plan for Your Blog?

by Jenn Pereira27 Comments

One of the important things to consider when you are learning how to start a blog is to know about what is web hosting and what are the different types that you can choose from. Basically web hosting is a service being offered so that you can upload your site or blog page to the Internet. People or third party sites behind these services are called web hosting service providers or simply a web host. They provide the technologies needed in order for your page to be accessible thru the web.

Now that you have a brief idea of what web hosting is, next is to learn the different types of WordPress hosting. If you get to have an idea of each type, then it would be easier for you to decide which hosting services you would pursue for your website.

Free WordPress Hosting

Good news for you because even hosting services can come in free packages. If you are just starting your own blog and does not have the extra budget to pay for hosting services, then you can opt for the free ones. These can be easily found in forums and online groups. Free blog platforms will go hand in hand with free hosting sites for you to start your WordPress blog journey at zero cost.

Free blogging platforms

But then I know you are probably thinking “What’s the catch?”. So yes, there is a catch. Mostly these service providers or individuals will be using your page as launching pads for their advertisements hence profiting from them. These ads may be in the form of banners and/or footers. You have no control as to what advertisements will be shown in your page which can be a downside. Another thing to note is that when availing these free hosts, you as a website owner will have no security of their services. They can just stop hosting your page whenever they want or when they can no longer support you.

If you wish to take your blogging to the next level, then you can consider other paid hosting options like self-hosted WordPress blog using a hosting plan like the ones below.

Shared Hosting

Shared Hosting

Just like the name suggests, shared hosting enables you to share space in a web host server with other sites. Since there are many sites that are sharing within a large server, rates become more affordable. This is why shared WordPress hosting is the top choice for new bloggers and start up business sites since it is cheap. However, even if shared host services often advertise about the unlimited usage, that is not really the case. Once your WordPress blog is taking up too much load, these hosts will impel you to transfer or upgrade to a more expensive account.

Another disadvantage of shared hosting is that you are vulnerable to your neighbor’s activities. If one of the sites in the same server you are in is getting a truckload of traffic, your site might run slower. Shared WordPress hosting can be ideal for you if you are just starting to get your feet wet in self-hosting your blog or business website.

VPS Hosting

VPS Hosting

VPS WordPress hosting uses virtual private servers (VPS). The way these virtual machines work can be compared to apartments. The entire host server is like the building while the VPS are the apartments or the partitions within the building. Each apartment room is independent of each other which means whatever you do or whatever happens within your virtual private server will not affect other servers’ activities. Likewise, if other servers would crash or would have a traffic, your site will not be bothered by their activities unlike the risks present in using shared hosting services. You may want also to go for a managed VPS host server if you are not equipped with the technical knowledge behind website hosting. Managers will be in-charge for upgrades and will assist you for any help need.

VPS hosting is ideal for individuals or companies who would want to step up their blogging or business website to the next level. Premiums are slightly higher than that of shared hosting but would be worth also the security features.

Dedicated Server Hosting

Dedicated Server Hosting

When your website is receiving such a huge amount of traffic then you might start considering moving to dedicated servers. This means that you have an entire physical server solely for your site’s hosting needs. You get to choose the operating system to be used, hardware types and a lot more. But if you do not have any experience with system administration, then you may go for a managed dedicated server hosting. Dedicated servers are more costly compared the previous hosting types.

Managed WordPress Hosting

Managed WordPress Hosting

With WordPress being the top choice for blog platform, it is no surprise that there are some companies or host servers that offer managed hosting specific for WordPress based websites. You can research more about the best hosting for WordPress blog if you are serious about getting your site managed by the experts. When you decide to go fo this type of hosting, you choose to be hassle-free when it comes to maintenance of your WordPress blog.

Managed WordPress hosts are responsible for the security of your site, performance optimization and keeping backups. They even tell you if your installed widgets or plugins are causing downtime or negative effects on your blog. Companies who offer managed hosting are composed of professionals and web experts thus you can be assured that your site will be left out in the dark. Besides, premiums for this WordPress hosting is around $25-$99 dollars a month which can be expensive already. This is mostly fit for well-known bloggers and established businesses since revenues can justify the monthly expense.

Ideal WordPress Hosting For You

Best WordPress Hosting

You now have a glimpse of the different WordPress hosting services available and probably have an idea already of which would suit you. Another crucial step you need to do before deciding on which hosting type to use for in your site is to assess the needs of your blog. If you know clearly what is it that you want, then you could easily match it with the services and with your resources as well.

Additional Tips: I have written a brief review for the best blog hosting sites. These companies are recommended by most bloggers, and I do personally recommend some of it too. These WordPress hosting companies are providing top hosting services consistently for long time.

Keep in mind also the importance of security, speed and reliability as you will be dealing with sensitive information or important details within your website.

Do let us know how we could help you in deciding the best web hosting for you. Don’t hesitate to comment 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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robin rue
Dec 12 . 2017 at 11:49 am

I had my hosting with Godaddy for years, but my site designer tried and tried to get me to switch to someone else and I finally did last year. I am happy with my host, but I was happy at Godaddy, too 🙂

Laura @ MommyDearest
Dec 12 . 2017 at 2:47 pm

Thank you so much for this. Just getting back into the blogging world and deciding what to do next. For now I’m using a free platform but come the new year I will be switching over. I’ll be saving this link for sure

Melissa Chapman
Dec 12 . 2017 at 8:31 pm

These different ways of hosting and the use of WordPress are things I need to learn more about. This was a great post and a nice introduction.

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 13 . 2017 at 8:37 am

    Thanks! Melissa.

Krystal Butherus
Dec 12 . 2017 at 8:39 pm

I use VPS Hosting for my blog, and I really like it. I considered upgrading to a Dedicated Server Hosting package, but have decided to stay put for the time being.

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 13 . 2017 at 8:37 am

    Wow! That’s a great choice Krystal. Wish you all the luck for your blog.

Angela Tolsma
Dec 12 . 2017 at 8:41 pm

Reading through all this makes me glad my husband took care of all of it for me. He was able to figure out the best fit for my blogging needs. It can be so confusing.

Dec 12 . 2017 at 9:50 pm

This is such a helpful post! It took me forever to pick web hosting, I could’ve definitely used this.

Dec 12 . 2017 at 10:30 pm

My blog is currently a WordPress blog and my host is Bluehost, sometimes… I miss Blogger. I honestly did not half the problems I do now, now that I’m on WP. However, I can say my WP blog looks much nicer. Well, it did before the whole SSL certificate debacle and theme fail. I’m bitter, I’m sorry.

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 13 . 2017 at 8:36 am

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us Dean!

Dec 12 . 2017 at 10:57 pm

I’m lucky my husbands friend is in the webhosting business so I’m able to get a great deal with him, and great support via my husband 🙂

Dec 13 . 2017 at 2:28 am

I have to say if someone would have said how much it costs to keep a website up and running yearly I probably would have never started my blog way back when I did. This is great information for people starting out.

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 13 . 2017 at 8:35 am

    Thanks Serena!

Dec 13 . 2017 at 2:56 am

My work is looking at moving our whole site over to wordpress. I have heard it is much more user friendly. Thanks for sharing!

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 13 . 2017 at 8:34 am

    Yes Rachel! By the way if you need any assistance in moving your website to WordPress. We can help you out.

Cindy Ingalls
Dec 13 . 2017 at 3:36 am

This is such helpful information for bloggers or established bloggers who need to decide what to do when their site starts to grow. Security, speed, and reliability are so important. No one wants a slow loading blog or one that can easily be hacked.

AnnMarie John
Dec 13 . 2017 at 9:45 am

I’ve been using blogger for the longest time and I’ve never thought about switching since it’s all been going great. It’s still good to know what plans work best for bloggers!

Terri Steffes
Dec 13 . 2017 at 3:29 pm

My favorite is Blogger. WordPress is good, but I like having my blog hosted for free. I have had it for 12 years, NO CRASHES EVER, and my monetizing is fantastic.

Dec 13 . 2017 at 4:34 pm

This is a great breakdown of blog hosting options. I my very earliest days, I started on blogger. But I very quickly moved my blog over to my website once it was set up. I use Managed WordPress and pay about $100 a year for it. Not too bad.

Dec 14 . 2017 at 12:40 am

This is such great information. I am the worst when it comes to tech and behind the scenes. So bookmarking this to share with my web guy!

Dec 14 . 2017 at 10:00 pm

This is such a helpful post for people who are starting a blog. I used a free WordPress package initially before going self hosted with ipage. There are pros and cons to the different options.

Tiffany Haywood
Dec 15 . 2017 at 1:46 am

This is such a great resource for any Blogger getting started! There are so many options that getting a bit of insight can be helpful in making that final decision.

Amber Nelson
Dec 16 . 2017 at 12:42 am

Great idea! it is always such a tough decision, especially if you aren’t familiar with all the options out there.

Dec 17 . 2017 at 12:30 pm

Excellent post! It’s all so confusing when you first start. This is such helpful information!

Dec 17 . 2017 at 3:30 pm

I get so lost on the tech aspect of blogging. I love having great resources like this to figure it all out.

    Jenn Pereira
    Dec 18 . 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Brittany thanks for stoping by in our blog. Glad you can learn from it.

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