June 22, 2017
If you are interested in starting a new blog, no matter what the topic, you must always keep this in mind: choosing a good web hosting service is crucial.
When choosing a web hosting service for your WordPress blog, you must consider the following factors:
- Reliability of the web host;
- Customer service and technical support provided by your web host;
- Hosting packages (either of the shared hosting, virtual hosting or dedicated servers) various hosts are offering.
Apart from these factors, there are some minimum requirements for WordPress that should be met by your web hosting service. These include features like bandwidth allocation (also referred as file transfer by some hosting companies) and disk allocation (commonly called storage space).
Bandwidth allocation/ File transfer
Bandwidth is defined as the measurement of accessibility between public files and your website files. When users visit your website, they are spending your bandwidth. Bandwidth consumption depends on the kind of blog you write and the kind of traffic flow you receive. So, if any hosting company guarantees you unlimited bandwidth, remember, it is not actually unlimited.
Disk allocation/ Storage space
Disk allocation or storage space is one of the important features to be considered when starting a WordPress blog. If you are storing your files in the blog, then your blog will require a web hosting service.
Let us now understand in detail all of the factors that should be kept in mind when choosing the right web host:
Determine how reliable your web hosting company or server is. Measuring the reliability of a web host depends on the up time of your blog. A goos web hosting company will guarantee 99.9 percent up time, so do not select any company that provides you with less than that. Also, a reliable host will be fast, thus helping you load your blogs faster and making it more convenient for the readers viewing your blogs.
A good and genuine web hosting company will always provide you with reliable customer service and round-the-clock technical support. You can test response by calling or e-mailing customer care and then keep track of how quickly the web host responds to you.
Hosting packages offered
There are three different types of hosting packages that a web hosting company offers for blogs. These include: shared hosting, virtual private hosting and dedicated servers. The type of hosting packages you select will entirely depend on what kind of blogs you are writing and your budget. If you are a beginner, a shared hosting package is the best option for you. Let us see the three main hosting packages in detail:
Shared Hosting Packages
Shared hosting packages are most commonly used. Most of the websites you visit use a shared hosting package. Shared hosting means the same web network is shared between different users. Shared hosting packages are suitable for most blogs and it depends on many factors like size of the Web server, it’s hardware, bandwidth of the site, RAM, drive space capacity, processing speed and many more factors. Some of the famous shared hosting packages are HostGator and iPage.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
The virtual private servers (VPS) are a type of shared hosting package. The only difference is the same web server is shared only between a few users, unlike the shared hosting package where the web server is shared among all the users. Let us understand this more clearly using the following example: If 500 general users are sharing the web server in the shared hosting package, then this same web host will be shared amongst maximum of 50 to 100 users in virtual private servers (VPS) package. HostMonster is one such VPS package offered to bloggers.
Dedicated servers are meant for altogether different kinds of users who do not want their web servers to be shared among other users. These users host their website on their own using private servers in dedicated server’s mode. Dedicated servers are expensive but they are ideal for large websites getting huge amounts of traffic. They have a greater advantage of higher up time; faster page loading; faster processing of FTP, downloads, uploads and all other server activities.