How to Host Your WordPress Database on Your Own Server
WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) used for creating and maintaining websites. Since its initial release in 2007, WordPress has become the standard platform for creating blogs and online stores. It is extremely popular and has millions of active installations around the world. If you’re looking to launch a new website or blog, you might want to consider WordPress as your CMS of choice.
However, one of the significant limitations of WordPress is its reliance on a third-party service for hosting. When you launch a blog or website using WordPress, you are usually provided with a free hosted platform (i.e., the WordPress.com service) that is maintained by a third party (i.e., Automattic). This is also the case if you opt to use a premium version of WordPress (i.e., the enterprise CMS), which provides additional features and functions. In all these cases, your site’s data is being maintained by WordPress.com or a similar third-party service.
If you are looking to host your own WordPress database or would like to have more control over your websites’ operations, then this article is for you. Here we will discuss how to host your WordPress database on your own server so you can have full control over its operations, including performance and security. You’ll also learn about the various hosting plans available and what to consider before making a purchase decision.
Choosing A Hosting Service
When choosing a web host for your WordPress database, it is important to consider the types of features they provide. Some of the most important features to look for in a web host include:
- a control panel — this is a web-based interface that allows you to manage the site’s basic operations (i.e., viewing and editing content, installing plugins, etc.)
- a secure socket layer (SSL) — this is a security technology that encrypts traffic to and from your site (among other things). It is widely supported and implemented
- a dedicated IP — this is a unique identifier that allows you to have complete control over the site you are building (i.e., no sharing with other sites). With a dedicated IP, you can rest assured that no matter what happens to a specific IP address, your site will not be impacted
- Linux support — this refers to the operating system (i.e., the “kernel”) that the web host uses to administer their servers. Since WordPress is a content management system, it requires a standard Linux-based operating system to function properly. Additionally, many web hosts offer a dedicated IP and SSL support for those who are running a WordPress site. If you are looking to host multiple sites on one server, then this is a plus since you won’t have to worry about IP conflicts
Choosing A Server
When choosing a server for your WordPress database, it is important to consider the amount of memory and storage that it offers. Most importantly, you need to consider whether you’ll need a dedicated IP or not. Based on your needs, you should choose a server that offers at least 2GB of memory and 20GB of storage. This will help ensure that your site’s content is loaded quickly and does not have to be stored on a temporary host before being brought down for update. If you’re on a tight budget, then consider a shared hosting plan, which provides you with limited resources. If you have plenty of funds and would like to have a dedicated server with great resources, then opt for a VPS (i.e., a “virtual private server”). A VPS provides you with everything you need to launch a professional-looking site.
Buying And Installing A Dedicated IP
If you’re looking to host multiple sites on one server, then you’ll need to consider buying a dedicated IP. A dedicated IP provides you with a unique address that you can use to access the server. It is attached to a static IP that you can manage (i.e., change settings like the server’s name, the IP address that the server will respond to, and the domain name that will be used to access the site).
If you’re using a shared hosting service, then you’ll need to consider buying a dedicated IP from your provider. Most hosting services offer this as a plus feature, so make sure you check before making a purchase decision. You can also contact the dedicated IP support team of your provider to get more information.
Configuring The Server
Once you have purchased a dedicated IP and installed WordPress on the server, you’ll need to configure it to work with the rest of your site. To do this, log in to your control panel and go to the “Settings” section. From here, you can configure the following settings: