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How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting

How to Choose the Best WordPress Hosting When choosing hosting for their WordPress websites, small biz owners often go with whoever is cheapest.

But, as in all things in life, you get what you pay for and they usually go on to regret the decision later.

Why? Because there are some very specific requirements that WordPress sites need in order to run efficiently and optimally.

The following is somewhat technical, but if you’re not a techno geek, that’s ok. You’ll get my point as you read this post.

Requirements:

It’s important to know that WordPress requires the most recent PHP version (your eyes are probably glazing over about now, but stay with me) to run optimally. And then there are the Linux servers and… But that’s too technical for this post — just know that not all hosting companies have the minimum requirements for WordPress.  The following quote will prove what I am saying…

It is recommended you use a robust platform comprised of the Linux
operating system, and either the Apache web-server or the NGINX web-server.
Almost any server that supports PHP and MySQL will work.  ~  Wordpress.org .

You see what I mean. The above geek speak quote proves that WordPress.org sites have special requirements. And apparently they know what they are talking about..

But in all seriousness, you will be having a long term relationship with your hosting company — make sure it’s someone you are going to love. I do know from experience that it’s very important to get the hosting thing right in the beginning. It’s not easy to change hosting companies later.

What else should your hosting company provide to make both you and your visitors happy? Your hosting company must provide you with speed that allows your site to load quickly. There are a few hosting companies I’ve worked with recently who could not provide the speed that you come to expect with a WordPress site. I know my clients’ sites will load frustratingly slow forever — and maybe even get worse over time.

You might be surprised to learn that one of the ones I am referring to is actually one of the Big 3 hosting companies. I have come to believe that they are failing by success (my humble opinion of course).

When you have just seconds to capture someone’s attention on the internet, you don’t want those seconds to go to waste while your site loads… and loads… and loads. Your visitor/potential client/customer will click away and probably never return.

So price is definitely not the most important factor. Here are some other very important factors to consider:

  1. Is their control panel easy to use?
  2. Can you upload your files easily?
  3. Are they big enough for your needs?  (Look for data space, bandwidth and file size limitations.)
  4. Do they have the tools, features and functions you need?
  5. Are they well reviewed? Do they have a reputation for good customer service?
  6. Are they reliable?
  7. Are they secure?

I recommend Bluehost because they can fulfill the requirements that WordPress needs to run optimally, they’ve got all of the features above and some, and their customer support is second to none.  At just $6.95 $5.95 per month, what else could you need?

You can check out what Bluehost has to offer you by clicking this link:  BLUEHOST

Links Disclaimer: Links mentioned within this post are my affiliate links and I may be compensated for recommending this product. However, I will never recommend anything that I don’t personally believe in.

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8 Important Tips for Finding The Right Website Hosting Provider

Choosing hosting for your site whether it’s a WordPress site or otherwise, is an important decision. You’ll want hosting that is affordable, but price should not be the only factor. Sometimes “affordable” means that you don’t get the features and functions you need.

Here’s what to consider when shopping around for a host:

1. Is their control panel user friendly?

I am often surprised by how difficult some companies make it to just log in to the dashboard, never mind working within it. There are a lot of hosting companies out there who offer free videos, demonstrations, or tours of the dashboard area. Take advantage of them so you can know ahead of time whether it’s a control panel/dashboard that makes sense to you and is easy to use.

2. Does the hosting company have FTP transfer?

You will be using FTP (file transfer protocol) to get music files, video files, sales pages and so on, into your hosted directory of files. See whether this process is easy. Some hosting companies are only compatible with certain file types. Find out beforehand.

3. Are they big enough to meet your needs?

How much space do they give you in your package? The ideal is where a hosting company gives you unlimited data space, bandwidth, and file size. You don’t want to end up paying more money each month because your site (account) size exceeds their limits. There are many hosts out there who offer unlimited space and band width and who’ll give you room to grow.

4. Server reliability

There hosting company should rarely have any downtime. If they do have downtime, you should be forewarned as to when and how long the servers will be down. Based on the downtime ratio of the most popular hosting companies out there, your host’s servers should be up and running 99% of the time.

5. Security

Online business and security are essential partners. You absolutely need to know that your sites and content are safe from hackers, malware, and viruses. You’ll want to know that your hosting company will do everything possible to protect your website/account. You also need to know that if your site is somehow hacked, that they will catch it immediately so there is minimal damage. A secure host is essential.

6. Features and functions?

Do they offer partner software in the dashboard that makes it easy to install apps like WordPress and others? Do they offer some sort of analytics that will monitor and report on traffic and website visitor behavior? Do they offer email associated with your domain name? Make sure your website host has most of your wishlist of features and functions before you sign up and transfer your domain.

7. User reviews

Check around on the net to see what people are saying about the hosting company you’re thinking of hiring. Make sure the company has a solid reputation in the industry. See if they are known at all.

You should also know that there are a lot of resellers out there who offer hosting at an inflated price. Make sure you’re dealing directly with the hosting company and not a reseller – you’ll get the best price and customer support.

8. Compare price.

If a website host meets all of your criteria, AND fits your budget, then you’ve found a good company.

With so many really great hosting companies out there, there’s no reason to get stuck with something that can quickly turn into a frustrating experience. Spend a bit of time researching companies that fit your needs and not the other way around.

 Click here to find out why I recommend BLUEHOST

(Disclosure: I am a proud Bluehost affiliate and will make a commission if you choose to
purchase a hosting package with Bluehost. )

Backing up your WordPress Site

On crashing WordPress sites and other not-so-nice business mistakes

Not quite a year ago, I crashed my WordPress site and lost all of my content.  I was creating a course and using one of my parked domains to show the steps to building a WordPress site. Unbeknownst to me, a parked domain points directly to your main domain, so whatever you do on a parked, you are also doing to your main domain.

Long story short, I called my hosting company to see if they could recover my site for me, but was told that my site had long ago become too large for the automatic backup service (up to 2 gig) and there was no backup available.

So what have I learned about hosting that could help you in the future?

  1. That once your account (not just your site) gets bigger than 2 gig, it will no longer be automatically backed up.
  2. That you do not get any warning that lets you know you are close or have exceeded the 2 gig limit.  But you can go into your C-Panel (the back end of your hosting) and check the file space and usage anytime to see how close you are to the 2 gig point.
  3. You can backup your site yourself and I highly recommend that you do this.
  4. Bluehost has wonderful tutorials that will walk you through this process.  Go to tutorials.bluehost.com for the best info available.
  5. That PARKED domains are redirected to your main domain.  What you do to a parked domain, you will be doing to your main domain.  (Remember I installed WordPress on a domain I wasn’t using? It was a parked domain.)
  6. I highly recommend that you learn all you can about your hosting package.  Bluehost offers C-Panel which is a user friendly, highly intuitive program allowing end users (you) to manage your hosting/sites/account yourself. Read up on all that you can get your hands on from your Hosting company.
  7. Wherever possible, use other sites to upload content to. For example, did you know that you can create the coolest sales page in Twitwall (thank you Lauren McMullen for this tip)?  And you can host your videos on YouTube and so on.  Get really creative and monitor the size of your account frequently.
  8. If you don’t use a file anymore, take it out of your directory.

You can read the complete story by clicking this link, but in the meantime, schedule a weekly manual backup of your WordPress site. Go to your hosting company and find the information you need to do this yourself.  It’s not difficult to do, but playing around in the back end of your hosting can be intimidating. Good hosting companies will have videos or some way of instucting you on how to do this.

Contact me today to get yourself online with a WordPress site. Click here to check out my WordPress packages