If you’re starting an online business, hosting is one of the key elements in building a successful website.
While searching online for a web host, you must have come across terms like web hosting and WordPress hosting. For beginners, these terms can be really confusing and can make it difficult to choose what’s best for them.
In this post, we’ll explain the main difference between the two and help you choose which one is better for your site.
WordPress Hosting vs Web Hosting: The Overview
To make your website live on the internet, you need two things – a domain name and a web host.
A domain name is a unique address of your website that users type in the browser’s address bar to get to your website.
On the other hand, a web host is a place where you store the website files. When a user visits your website, files are fetched and your website is shown in the browser.
There are different types of hosting such as shared hosting, WordPress hosting, dedicated hosting, etc.
Web hosting is a general term that implies all forms of hosting.
WordPress hosting on the other is a niche, targeted, managed hosting with features dedicated to the WordPress platform. It is faster and more secure than a normal web host.
Managed hosting has WordPress-specific features like automatic backups, advanced security, and WordPress automatic updates that make it less likely to run into any issue. Everything on the server-side is managed by the hosting provider so that you can have peace of mind and focus on improving your business.
Shared hosting, on the other hand, shares the resources with hundreds of other websites. This results in a slow and poor experience. Resources are limited and you will have to manage everything on the server-side if something breaks.
Now that we know the basic difference, let’s see why WordPress hosting is better than shared hosting.
The Advantages of Using WordPress Hosting
Some of the benefits of using managed WordPress hosting are:
- Ease of Use: The server is configured for WordPress installation and comes with dedicated features such as one-click WordPress installs. WordPress hosting providers also have beginner-friendly dashboards and server-side operations are managed by WordPress experts.
- Daily Backups: Every other month we have major updates from WordPress. Plugins and themes also keep getting updates every other day. Some updates might break your website. With managed WordPress hosting, you get automatic daily backups so that if something breaks, you can restore the latest backup without any hassle.
This article was written by Ahmed Chougle and originally published on WP Mayor.