Should You Get WordPress Hosting or Regular Hosting?

WordPress is one of the most popular and most used content management systems around. It’s compatible with all major browsers and has a built-in CDN that means your site’s content is likely to load faster for your visitors. It’s also one of the most flexible content management systems around. This adaptability can cause some headaches, though. If you’re looking for a content management system that you can rely on, then WordPress might not be the right tool for you. This is because there are a lot of different options available in terms of hosting with WordPress, and not all of them are created equal. The question is, which type of hosting you should get for your WordPress site? That is what this article is going to discuss.

Pricing And Plan Options

One of the first things you’re going to want to consider when determining whether or not you should host your site with WordPress is the pricing. You’ll generally find three pricing options for WordPress hosting: monthly, annually, and free. Let’s examine each of these options in detail.

Monthly hosting with WordPress is pretty affordable. You’re going to find many shared hosting providers that offer this service for less than $5 a month. You do need to be mindful of certain limitations when choosing this option. For example, the number of databases, domains, and sub-domains you can have are going to be limited. The good thing is you can always upgrade your service to remove these limitations. In addition, you should be aware that this option doesn’t come with a lot of features. It essentially provides you with a barebones hosting environment. For these reasons, I wouldn’t recommend this option if you’re looking for a fully featured content management system.

The next option on our list is annual hosting with WordPress. Like the previous option, this option is also pretty affordable. You’re going to find many shared hosting providers that offer this option. What makes this option different is that you not only get to choose a host but you can also pick from a variety of different plans. You can get an entirely free account from some hosting providers, but you should expect to pay a little for this option. The good thing is you can customize the amount you’re paying for according to how often you need to upgrade your account. You also get a free domain with this option. The bad thing is you are not going to find many things that are fully featured. This option is great if you don’t need a lot of performance or functionality from your hosting provider. If you do, then this option might not be for you. This is especially true if you get a free domain with the plan. A free domain is something you’re going to want to upgrade to if you’re planning on selling products on your site. A purchased domain is going to make your site’s contents more discoverable.

Shared Vs. Virtual Private Servers

The last and most recommended option on our list is virtual private servers (VPS). A VPS provides you with a dedicated and standalone server which you can use to host your site. This option is pretty affordable, and the best part is you get an entire server for yourself, completely free. This means you have complete control over the server and the software installed on it. You can also choose from a variety of different plans to suit your needs. Like the previous option, this one is also pretty feature-rich. You’re going to find many shared hosting providers that offer this option. If you choose a reputable company, then there is no reason for you to worry about your site being hacked. Why? Because they likely invest a lot in security and make sure that your data is always secure. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about your site’s performance because the virtual private server is going to take care of that for you. This is also going to make your site content more accessible for your visitors. The last thing you want to do is hinder your site’s performance, and making it harder for your readers to find the content they are looking for.

When you host your site with WordPress, you are in control of its performance, and that is a great thing. You can make changes to the code as needed to improve its performance, or you can hire a developer to do it for you. These options are pretty expensive, however, so you should only consider them if you need a seriously improved performance. Otherwise, you’re better off choosing one of the first two options discussed above.

Final Takeaway

Overall, hosting your site with WordPress is pretty affordable, but you should always expect to pay for this service. If you choose a reputable company, then there is no reason for you to worry about your site being hacked. You don’t have to worry about the performance of your site either because the virtual private server is going to take care of that. This is especially true if you get a free domain. The last thing you want to do is hinder your site’s performance, and making it harder for your readers to find the content they are looking for.