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How to choose the right web hosting service for WordPress

Being new to the world of web hosting many people will ignore the importance of the environment in which websites are going to live on. Having a good web hosting is key to success for your website as well as for its content.

There are many different type of services that you could find to host your site, many of them will offer a free service, but they are ad-supported and they are not good if you are planning to generate some revenue, or you could find cheap web hosting services which are not good in up time and they require you to agree to stay with them for a long time; also there are the V.I.Ps, the good ones, the ones that actually cost money and they offer a great service.

Now you know that to set up WordPress you need a web hosting, but do you know which is right for you? What are the WordPress system requirements? — Don’t grab your head with your two hands just yet. In this article we are going to explore your options and go through the process on getting the right web hosting for your new WordPress site.

Step 1:

What are the WordPress system requirements?

As we talked in the previous article (What it is WordPress and why you should be using it?), this open source software is really light-weight and the installation requirements are really modest. Starting at WordPress version 3.2 and higher there is a minimum requirement that the server (web hosting) should support:

  • PHP 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater
  • For Clean URLs (now ESC URLs) you need support for mod_rewrite on Apache or URL Rewrite on IIS 7.

Don’t worry if this doesn’t make much sense to you right now, but is good if you know them. Besides, nowadays most web hosting will support the minimum requirement for WordPress in both Linux and Windows.

Step 2:

Consider these things before selecting your web host service:

WordPress doesn’t need much, so you don’t need to spend a lot of money on expensive or dedicated services. A well-known cheap service will do it for the time being.

Most shared web hosting service offer numerous feature, and unlimited space and bandwidth. This is a great thing to consider too.

Plan before you decide, it is a good idea to evaluate things, like how much space you are going to need. WordPress runs fine with less than 150MB of space, but if you are going to be offering things to download and hosting your own images and other sort of media files, you will need more space.

Bandwidth is important as well, knowing how much you are going to be using is key. As people starting their own business or just creating a website, our dreams are to be the first in a search result on Google or Bing, but this doesn’t happen over night (in most cases!). To answer the question of how much bandwidth you are going to use, I would recommend you starting with a basic (low) and then upgrade as your WordPress site grows (becomes more popular and you start getting more traffic) — this will also apply for how much space you are going to need.

Remember to spend the time researching the company you are thinking of choosing to host your website. Look into what is their reputation, read reviews and see if they are doing good in their up-time — a good sign of a great service is the one that truly have the five-nines, this means that they have an up-time of 99.999% of the time; in other words they are down only 5 minutes every year.

To wrap up, here two web hosting services worth to check out:

I just want to say that, I am not affiliated with these companies I’ll mention next. These are just several well-known companies that offer a fair web hosting service.

  • bluehost — This is a web hosting company that has been around for a long time. They provide good deals and great features for your money.
  • Host Gator — This company has been around since 2002, based on research, reviews and experience they seem to be pretty good. They have plans to suit all of your needs and they are cheap.

If you have any more suggestion that you would like to share with everyone, please tell us in the comments below.