Why WordPress Hosting is Better Than Regular Web Hosting
If you’ve ever been in the market for web hosting you’ll have no doubt seen all of the app specific web hosting plans and packages out there. There are literally hundreds for every web based application imaginable but WordPress is probably the most popular one. Pretty much every web hosting firm out there will offer a WordPress optimised plan of sorts, primarily due to its popularity but ultimately due to its demand.
Today we’re going to look at the reasoning behind these plans and why a dedicated app specific web hosting plan such as WordPress hosting will trump regular web hosting plans each and every time. Whilst WordPress can run on any Apache based web hosting plan regardless of type, there is definitely a long list of reasons and justifications as to why an app specific plan might actually be more beneficial to you and your business.
One thing you’ll find with dedicated WordPress hosting firms is that the support staff are extremely knowledgeable in all things WordPress. The sheer amount of users means that there will inevitably be problem and issues occurring from time to time. When this happens, you need a support team at your disposal who knows what to look for and how to resolve the common issues. Having someone on hand who can optimise and tweak your hosting plan to suit your install is also a huge bonus.
Caching as Standard
If you’ve ever run WordPress you’ll know that it can be quite server intensive. It’s a big application that can do a lot of things and that means it consumes a lot of resources. Due to the nature of the file system and how your pages are rendered, it’s also quite bandwidth heavy (everything loading on every page) and because of this you’ll find that pretty much all WordPress hosting plans come with caching as standard. This makes your pages load much quicker than dynamically calling them each and every time. If you don’t have any kind of caching enabled you can consider W3 Total Cache or similar.
If you’re running a blog you’ll no doubt be adding a lot of new content on going. For this you need a robust backup system. Most of the WP hosts I’ve come across offer this. One firm I found seem to offer full snapshot backups as far as 6 months ago via their WP hosting plans. This is the sort of thing you should be looking for if you’re serious about your project.
Optimised Web Servers
The biggest and probably the most important factor (and selling point) is that the servers are highly optimised for running WordPress. Of course WordPress can run on any old host but if you want it to truly run at its optimum performance wise, you’re going to need to perform a few configuration changes, install some dependencies and a whole bunch of modules. Obviously you can choose to do this yourself but if you’re not particularly technically adept it may be in your best interest to just choose a host who can do it all from the outset.
If you want to get the most out of your WordPress install you really should be looking for an optimised plan. The cost difference between this and a regular shared hosting plan is negligible and all of the extra configuration and optimisation really can make the world of difference when it comes to serving your website. The other option of course is to go with a regular hosting plan and have your web hosting firm optimise the account/package for your needs.