With a plethora of options in front of you for hosting your WordPress website, choosing the right one is going to be a daunting task. Here are the different kinds of hosting solutions and what they provide you so that you can take a well-informed decision.

WordPress Hosting Options – An Overview

Shared hosting

Shared hosting comes at a very low price. They are also called the ‘public transportation’ of the hosting industry. They are overcrowded and offer little flexibility. When your website grows, you might face issues like slow response time and bandwidth limiting. Since the hosting companies host a number of websites on the same server, slow response time results. If the provider has to give you hosting space for a very low price, they must get a lot of clients to break even. Hence the goodness of the configuration they offer is going to be at stake when they are going to be crowded.

With shared hosting providers, you cannot expect to receive an answer to your question immediately. In fact, the answers you get might not be satisfactory since they do not employ WordPress specialists. If you are just starting your business, this can be a viable solution for you to keep the spending under control. The other advantages of the shared hosting include the possibility to use the space for different projects and managing your site affordable when it gets only low traffic.

Managed hosting

Managed hosting is something similar to shared hosting, but we can say this is a better option than shared hosting. In most cases, these companies build their services around a single open source product. Since they are adepts in these platforms, they have fine-tuned their operating systems and machines to suit the platforms they work on. They also have a dedicated support team that is well versed in the ins and outs of the whole business.

Managed WordPress hosts take care of all the back-end tasks connected to running a WordPress blog and hence you do not have to worry about these hassles. In addition to hosting your site, they also provide you an exclusive WordPress experience that can support you in optimizing your web presence in several ways by working on the speed, security features, plugins, updates, themes and plugin compatibility.

Virtual private servers

If you are familiar with Unix-based operating systems, you might like to consider building a custom stack on a VPS or bare-metal dedicated server. An entry level virtual server that can host a couple of low traffic websites is as low as $5 a month. These virtualized servers have become popular along with cloud computing. By spending a fraction of the amount you will have to invest in a dedicated server, you can get a virtual machine and customize it to your unique needs. The downside to virtual private servers is that you never get any support ad you need to manage several things yourself. Also, since you will have to share the hardware resources with other virtual machine users, your account might experience some problems if the other users are overusing the machine’s resources.

Dedicated bare metal servers

Choosing a dedicated server is similar to choosing a VPS, but you will use all the resources exclusively for your website only instead of sharing it with other users. These machines can serve very large applications that attract millions of visitors every month. In addition to the exorbitant prices these dedicated bare metal servers carry, their other disadvantages include the occasional hardware failures you must deal with. Also a faulty CPU or RAM unit can result in a serious problem.