When you are running a WordPress site, you have to consider what type of hosting is going to work best for you. There are so many options for you making it overwhelming to determine the right one. Choosing the perfect hosting fit will often lead people to using their own Linux server. For those that want an easier scenario and don’t have the experience setting that up, a virtual private server, cloud hosting, or dedicated option is typically where the debate ends up.
WordPress will work just fine with each of these options but there are certain ones that will work better for your different projects. Take a look at the differences between shared hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, and cloud serving in regards to what will work best for WordPress users.
Dedicated servers refer to getting your own server without anyone sharing the server with you. You are essentially renting your space and the resources for yourself making it great for those that need more security, the ability to change all of the settings, and the ease of use without needing to share it with others.
It’s not as affordable and can be stressful if something goes wrong since you’re the only one that will come to the rescue and fix it. It works best for those that need their WordPress site to have the most security, they use many pages on the site, or they need several plugins.
Some people prefer the flexible pricing, scalability, and fast loading sites by using cloud hosting. It’s different in that it uses a cluster of servers, the content is stored redundantly, you can use as many resources as you need, and you won’t have to worry about excessive traffic slowing the site down. This means that security is not a number one priority and your site could be affected by others on the hosting. It’s also a bit tricky to use unless you’re a natural in the tech world.
If you like the idea of saving money and don’t mind sharing your server with others, shared hosting is the most affordable option starting as low as $5 per month. The hosting company will set up a server and create an account for each customer in order to pack as many people into the server as possible.
This means that you have to share resources with others on the server but it also means most of the tools are installed for you. It’s really easy to get started with and use but you’ll be limited when it comes to settings access and the amount of resources you can get. People avoid shared hosting if security is a major concern since you’ll be affected by a hack that took place on someone else’s site.
A great option in the middle of all of these options is a virtual private server, similar to shared hosting and dedicated hosting. It’s similar to renting an apartment in which you’ll have other neighbors in the same building but you’ll have your own portion of the building to yourself. This means that you can easily upgrade your plan as you see fit, you can access all of the settings, you’ll have more resources at your disposal, and it’s decently affordable compared to a dedicated server.
While all of these options could be useful for different projects and needs, you’ll likely find sites like photo blogs or new companies option for the VPS option, a site that isn’t expecting much traffic for a long period of time trying shared hosting, those running a social media site choosing the dedicated server, and those with a major site choosing cloud hosting, taking the lead of sites like Netflix and Airbnb. The best option though would probably be VPS hosting, something that will appeal to and work for just about any WordPress user.