- By WinningWP Editorial
- Last updated: March 24, 2020
If you’re new to hosting, working out the kind of service you need may seem like a daunting task with lots of factors to consider. But it needn’t be overwhelming. As with any decision, there’ll be things you absolutely have to have, and, once you’ve found a few options that fit the bill, you can get into the detail to narrow down your list. Say you’re choosing a restaurant, for example: The first things to think about are the type of food you want, the location and the price. Once you’ve found a few places that suit your needs and budget, you can get into the likes of reviews, atmosphere and menu options. Choosing a host isn’t that different from choosing a restaurant: There’ll be a few deal-breakers that will narrow down your list, and then the details that will help you to find the most fitting option for your needs.
In this article, we’ll look at the four different hosting options — Shared Hosting, VPS (Virtual Private Server), Dedicated Hosting, and Managed WordPress Hosting. We’ll cover what they are, why they’re different from one another, how much they cost, the pros and cons, when to choose each one, and — perhaps most importantly — when not to!
Types of WordPress Hosting (section links):
The Analogy: Shared hosting is the McDonald’s of the hosting business. The product isn’t awful (we all have a burger every now and then), but it’s not appropriate for every situation — rather, a low-cost quick-fix with no bells or whistles.
The Nuts and Bolts
Shared hosting is based on the premise that small websites require few resources. A shared server contains hundreds, if not thousands, of users, each with a number of different websites. The result is a cheap product that isn’t very powerful and often introduces all sorts of issues to do with overcrowding.
Based on four well-known hosting companies we’ve selected to best represent this type of hosting (listed below), the average cost of a quality shared hosting plan is roughly between $5-$12 per month, which doesn’t include any initial bargains the companies may offer (more on this later).
DreamHost offers the cheapest plan at around $2.59 per month with a long-term commitment or $4.95 per month if you pay monthly.
At the end of the day, ~$10 a month should generally buy you a good-quality shared hosting service.
The biggest advantage shared hosting has over any other type is the fact that it’s cheap. It doesn’t have much more going for it, but the price alone can justify using shared hosting in many situations.
This article was written by WinningWP Editorial and originally published on WinningWP.