Hosting Your WordPress Site Through Different Hosts
WordPress is a content management system that is completely free to use. It was started back in 2006 by the team at Automattic and it actually contains a lot of features similar to other CMSs like Drupal and Joomla. For example, you can create unlimited categories and tags to organize your content, and you can use the site to create a blog or a magazine. In case you’re curious, you can actually try out WordPress for free here. You’ll need to create a free account to get started, but after that you can easily create blogs and edit existing content without any restrictions. Aside from that, you can use the built-in analytics to track the content that is on your site and how users are interacting with it.
Why Go Through Different Hosts?
You may be wondering why you should use multiple hosts for your WordPress site. After all, isn’t one host sufficient? The answer is yes, but you might not be aware of all the advantages that having multiple hosts provides. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the most useful things that you can do with multiple hosts in case you’re interested in trying this out for yourself.
Multiple Hosts Means Improved Performance
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems, largely used for blogs and small businesses, and it’s mainly because of how well it performs. Even though the platform is quite simple and minimalistic, it’s still very lightweight and that makes it particularly suitable for cheaper hosting solutions like shared hosting. When it comes to web performance, less files to transfer and fewer requests mean faster page loads. That’s why it’s a common practice to use multiple hosts for WordPress sites. One host is usually used for the site’s content and the other for the web architecture, including sending emails and managing the site’s appearance with things like themes and plugins. In case you’re curious, you can actually test the performance of your WordPress site by using a tool like GTMetrix.
Use Additional Domains For Subsites
One of the things that you can do with multiple hosts is set up subdomains for each site. A subdomain is usually associated with a website and it’s the short web address (or URL) that is used to navigate to that site. For example, imagine that you have set up a website called blog.mytechfriendly.com and you want to do some blogging on your own. In that case, you would use the URL blog.mytechfriendly.com to go to the blog posts. In terms of SEO, having multiple domains with different content helps with visibility since the different content can be optimized for different keywords. This is called multiple niche publishing or multi-niche publishing for SEO purposes.
Protect Your Site With Multi-Factor Authentication
An added layer of security that you can have with your WordPress site is MFA (Multi Factor Authentication). With this, you can protect your site with two-factor authentication, using things like a security key fob or a Google Authenticator app for the phone. The first factor is something you have, like a password, and the second is something you know, like the login details for your specific account. When a user logs in with MFA, they are presented with a six-digit numeric code that they enter in the space of.
With two-factor authentication, even if someone gets access to your password, they cannot access your site. The only way to do that is via the second factor, which is something only you know. That way, even if someone gets access to your password, they will not be able to log in and access your site. You can learn more about how to enable MFA for your WordPress site here.
In case you’re curious, you can try out MFA for free with Google Authenticator and a security key fob. You can create a free account here to get started.
Avoid Common DNS Issues With Alternate DNS Providers
If you’ve ever tried to host a site on a server that’s associated with GoDaddy or another domain registrar, then you might have encountered common DNS issues. When you use a standard DNS service, like GoDaddy’s DNS or Google’s DNS, to host a site, it usually means that all your site’s content will be cached in the user’s web browser. This is a major perk, especially for larger sites with a lot of content, since it means that when a user visits the site, the content will already be there and they won’t have to download it again from the server. This is called browser caching and it’s a great way to improve site performance.
However, if you’re using a third-party DNS service for hosting a site, then you should be aware that it may not have the capacity to cache all of your site’s content. This is why you should use an alternate DNS provider for this particular reason. An alternate DNS provider will not have any cached information about your site, so when a user visits it, the page will have to be loaded from the server. This can lead to a significant decrease in site performance, especially if you have a lot of articles or products that you want to be accessible to all of your site’s visitors.
With a third-party DNS service, you should be aware of how long the cache will be valid for. Typically, it’s only good for 90 days, so you’ll want to ensure that you update your DNS records every 90 days or whenever content is updated. This will ensure that the latest updates are reflected in the cache and that your site loads as quickly as possible for your users.
Protect Your Site With Cloudflare DNS
An additional layer of security that you can have for your WordPress site is Cloudflare DNS. With this, you can protect your site with two-factor authentication, using things like a security key fob or a Google Authenticator app for the phone. The first factor is something you have, like a password, and the second is something you know, like the login details for your specific account. When a user logs in with Cloudflare DNS, they are presented with a six-digit numeric code that they enter in the space of.
With two-factor authentication, even if someone gets access to your password, they cannot access your site. The only way to do that is via the second factor, which is something only you know. That way, even if someone gets access to your password, they will not be able to log in and access your site. You can learn more about how to enable Cloudflare DNS for your WordPress site here.
In case you’re curious, you can try out Cloudflare DNS for free here. Just make sure that you delete the browser cache beforehand (which is usually located at C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Temp) in order to ensure that new content is loaded in the event that someone visits your site again. For a premium plan, you can have your domain’s name cached for 6 months for free, and you can get email notifications whenever someone logs in with Cloudflare DNS.