Choosing the right web hosting provider is one of the most common problems faced by beginner bloggers or webmasters. There are many free hosting companies, which will allow you to create sites on their platforms and host them. However, it is best to avoid them if you are taking blogging seriously because there are limitations and technical hassles with the free hosts. Therefore, I would recommend a beginner blogger who wants to earn through blogging to get some cheap, reliable shared hosting.
The kind of hosting you should choose depends on the kind of platform your site is running on. This article mainly deals with the kind of hosting to choose for those on the WordPress platform.
As a beginner, you may get confused with the many packages Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS and Dedicated Hosting. In addition, you do not have much money to spend monthly (or yearly) on hosting because you have not earned a single penny yet from your online business. We have already talked about the things to consider before buying new hosting. In this article, I will talk specifically about the type of web hosting you should consider as a beginner.
The Type of Hosting to Buy as a Beginner
Technically speaking, there are many types of hosting Shared Hosting, Reseller, VPS, Dedicated server, Could Hosting. Each of them is further divided into Linux hosting and Windows hosting. Now for example, if you have a WordPress site, it is best to go for Linux hosting because if you do not have technical knowledge, you can still install your WordPress site by following the manuals. However, for Windows hosting, you need a little technical knowledge, and it is costlier too.
When I started out about 6 years back, there were not as many video tutorials or manuals available. I switched between various hosts, and learned the hard way. I tried and tested on various servers until I found the one that satisfied my requirements completely. However, now that is not the case, as the internet is flooded with video and instructional tutorials.
Through the experience gathered all these years, I can say that shared web hosting is the best for beginners. Plenty of resource of hosting is available to meet your basic requirements in the shared servers. Once you feel the need for an upgrade due to growth in business, you will be free to do so.
If your site is heavy and it is consuming much resource, I would recommend you to optimize the site. What you need to do is lessen the use of plugins, optimize the database, and clean up the orphan tables.
In a nutshell, those who are starting out with blogging on WordPress can choose shared hosting because:
- Shared Hosting is cheaper
- The traffic is less, so you would not need high configuration servers
- They lack experience in handling cPanel and lack technical knowledge
As a beginner, you need to have the knowledge of handling FTP, and making changes to your website through cPanel. That is all you need and you will be in a good position to start your site.
According to you, what would be the best kind of web hosting or webhotel as the Danes call it, for beginner bloggers or webmasters on a WordPress platform?