Article by Vanessa Davis from “WHS”
WordPress is among the most popular blogging software and millions of sites and blogs run on it. There are also many web hosting companies, which have specialized in WordPress hosting, so if you have already decided that you will be running your blog on WordPress, the next step is to choose the right host for your WordPress blog.
Why You Need WordPress Hosting and Not Just a Random Web Hosting Provider
When you are choosing the right host for your WordPress blog, you might be wondering what is so special about WordPress hosting that you can’t do without it. As a matter of fact, you can go with a web hosting provider who doesn’t explicitly label themselves as WordPress hosting and this doesn’t mean that the service you will be getting won’t be top-notch but it is much better if you select a web hosting provider with experience in WordPress hosting.
When you choose a web hosting provider with experience in WordPress hosting, this is much better because the hosting provider will know how to administer servers, where WordPress blogs are hosted. Well, most likely you will still have to install your WordPress blog on your own (or use Fantastico) rather than hope that your web hosting provider will do this for you (though there are such offers on the market) but an indisputable benefit of choosing a WordPress hosting provider is that they will have more experience in configuring the host operating system and the other software (i.e. Apache and PHP) the way a WordPress blog requires it.
There are many settings in the operating system, the Apache server, or the PHP environment, which are specific for a system where WordPress blogs are deployed. In many cases it is possible to run WordPress even if these settings are not modified, but this leads to all sorts of problems, including security and performance issues.
Criteria to Choose the Right Host For Your WordPress Blog
There isn’t a universal list about the criteria a web hosting provider should meet in order to be considered the right WordPress host but generally in addition to the typical requirements a would-be client has to his or her hosting provider, such as a reliable service, no frequent downtime, friendly and competent support staff, etc., some criteria in relationship to experience with WordPress are also important. Here are some questions you could ask your potential WordPress hosting provider:
Choosing a WordPress hosting is not very difficult but you need to do your homework because if you pick a web hosting provider with a poor service, this can hurt you a lot.