When you go to WordPress’ own website and check out their page on hosting, they list a number of criteria that they consider when recommending a host to their users. You’ll find things like customer base, how easy it is to install and upgrade WordPress, and whether or not the host capitalizes WordPress correctly. When you’re looking for a WordPress website, you’re probably looking for more than just proper capitalization. In this post, we’ll take a look at some services that you should get with your WordPress hosting solution.
While there are lots of services for WordPress hosting that are great, these are the eight services that you may want to consider essential when considering what counts as good hosting and what hosting you should avoid trusting your site with.
You should pay for good hosting. If money is not exchanging hands with your host company, then you are getting ripped off in some way. Maybe they own your data or maybe you are severely limited. If you want to tinker around with WordPress and start a small blog, then you might be able to get away with that without paying anything for it. But if you’re serious about building a website or starting a business, then you’re going to have to give up some money in order to get it. Fees are what legitimate the website hosting company and help them provide you with great services. If you aren’t paying for hosting, then take a closer look at the terms and conditions. Definitely beware of companies that make a big deal about hosting for free only to charge you after the first couple of months.
The level of support that you receive will have a lot to do with the kind of hosting plan that you are paying for. There are a couple kinds of hosting plans that you can go for: managed and unmanaged. While many WordPress hosting companies will claim to be “managed,” you’ll need to dig into the terms of service and the reviews a little bit more to determine just how managed the company is. When something goes wrong on your site, you want to be able to make a single phone call or send a simple email and get it taken care of. While not every company needs to have every form of service, your hosting company should have a system for resolving problems with your site.
Hosting simply means that there is a landing spot for all your pretty files to get found by Google and get tossed up on the internet. But if you know that WordPress is going to be your content management system of choice, then you can optimize your hosting selection by picking a host that is specifically designed to work well with WordPress. There are a number of hosts that come with WordPress already installed, while still more hosts will have a one-click installation process that easily gets WordPress up and running within your host dashboard. Additionally, some hosting services will automatically update WordPress in the background so that you don’t have to do much!
04High Uptime Guarantee
You’re paying for your site to be on the internet, not so that you can access your own site. In order to guarantee that your site is mostly live on the internet and not crashed in a heap in the backyard, most hosts will offer an uptime guarantee. Basically, you might be entitled to some form of compensation if your site is not live for at least 99.9% of your contract. The exact number varies by host. 99% and above is a really good score. Most hosting companies will give themselves a good bit of wiggle room with this uptime guarantee, while other hosts won’t offer one at all.
Websites crash. Sometimes when they crash, they lose data. Other times malware gets onto your site or bugs that you didn’t anticipate and everything becomes a fuzzy headache. Maybe you’ve made a sweeping change to the website that you’ve created and now you’re regretting it, longing for the sweet website that you had last week before you decided that teal was a good internet color. If any of these things happen, you’ll need to have your site backed up. Don’t mess around with a host that isn’t actively helping you backup your website. You should have, if not daily automatic backups, at least weekly automatic backups.
06Free SSL Certification
Google automatically distrusts any site without an SSL these days. An SSL is basically a security certificate that says that your site is on the up and up, and helps prevent others from hacking into your site and stealing data.
07Security (Firewall and Malware)
Security is a big deal in the website world. While you might not have much to worry about as a small blog or personal site without much in the way of an audience, as you start to grow your traffic you’ll start to become more and more of a target for anyone looking for data or simply to be mean to your site. At this midlevel, things can get critical. You want to make sure that robust malware and firewall protections are in place so that you aren’t vulnerable to attackers. In addition to firewalls and malware protection to prevent things from going wrong in the first place, you’ll also want active malware scanning to keep things clean. Additionally, a good support service will help you keep your WordPress site clear in the long run.
Finally, you will want to engage with your audience on your site. Your website can form you a number of valuable connections with people. Few things are more professional to legitimate your communication than a hosted email address which reads @yourwebsite.com. Getting that @ your website will really help you put your best foot forward when communicating with people. Your host should offer robust email services which allow you to track and store data.