Why choosing the right hosting is so important
There are many vendors that can host a WordPress website. But there are big differences in price, performance, performance, and support. For example, changing hosters can significantly improve your website’s load time. This makes your website more user-friendly and improves Google’s ranking.
You can also save a lot of money by choosing the right hoster. And avoid stress through competent and fast support.
- The first or cheapest choice is not always the best!
- Mass hoster like 1&1, Strato, DomainFactory or HostEurope attract with great offers. But through bad support, expensive additional services and unreliable hosting, you pay in the end.
- A list of VPS server for wordpress can be found at Peer-server.com
Which hosting tariff is best for me?
It’s stupid to pay for more than you actually need.
But it is just as stupid to pay too little and to have slow loading times or downtimes due to a too weak server.
That’s why I’ve chosen hosting rates for different page views. Please note that these are guide values. How much your server is loaded also depends on other factors, e.g:
- Number of installed plugins
- Type of plugins installed (eCommerce, membership or forum plugins can be resource guzzlers)
- Number of your WordPress installations
- Number of posts
- cron jobs
- PHP error
WordPress hosting for beginners
For beginners and smaller blogs that get up to 2,000 page views a day, I recommend shared hosting. There you share a server with other customers:
- webgo CMS Pro
- all-inkl.com PrivatePlus
WordPress hosting for medium-sized blogs
For blogs with 2,000 to 7,000 page views per day or blogs with resource-guzzling plugins like WooCommerce, bbPress etc. I recommend either a larger shared hosting package where you share a server with fewer customers or a vServer.
With the latter, you also share a server with other clients, but you have dedicated server resources and are not negatively affected by the overuse of other clients.
WordPress hosting for large blogs
For blogs with more than 7,000 page views per day, it is best to switch to your own dedicated server or a large vServer.
With dedicated servers, you always have two options: Managed Server or Root Server. With the first, the server software is managed by the host, with the second, you have to take care of it yourself.
If you don’t know anything about server administration, I would always recommend a managed server. Getting the maximum performance out of a server and securing it against attacks takes a lot of time and expertise.
Free SSL Certificate
An SSL certificate is now mandatory for every website. Not only for data protection reasons, but also because…
- Browser like Firefox or Chrome do not brand encrypted connections to websites as secure.
- HTTPS offers ranking advantages at Google.
- your website can then benefit from HTTP/2, which improves your loading time.
Since the end of 2015, hosters have been able to issue SSL certificates to their customers free of charge and automatically via Let’s Encrypt. If a hoster has not integrated this, you have to calculate per domain with 3-10 € additional monthly costs. That doesn’t have to be.
What else should good WordPress hosting offer?
Below you will find what I think are the most important features and services that good WordPress hosting should offer:
SSD hard drives instead of HDDs
SSD hard drives not only have faster access times than HDDs, but can also perform more I/Os per second (IOPS). This is also reflected in the load time and load stability of your blog. Especially the MySQL databases should be on SSD hard disks.
Enough disk space
Picture galleries, videos or some WordPress plugins need a lot of disk space. I recommend at least 2 GB of hard disk space per WordPress installation, better still 5 GB. If you also use your web space as an e-mail box, I would even recommend 10 GB per website.
Good WordPress hosting should offer PHP 7.x in any case. So WordPress runs almost twice as fast as PHP 5.6!
There are still a few plugins and themes that are not yet 100% compatible with PHP 7. But generally the use of the newest PHP version should not cause any problems.
The correct PHP settings
In addition to the PHP version, the correct PHP settings are also important for the performance of your WordPress blog. Pay attention to the following:
- memory_limit = at least 128M, better still 256M
- mod_rewrite = ON (necessary for nice permalinks)
It is also helpful if you can change important PHP settings yourself, such as upload_max_filesize, max_execution_time, max_input_vars or post_max_size.
HTTP/2 is the successor of HTTP/1.1. By better compression and merging several server requests, HTTP/2 speeds up the data transfer from the web server to the browser enormously.
Therefore, it is important that your WordPress host supports the new standard!
The ideal WordPress host should offer competent support. Best around the clock and 7 days a week reachable. A fast response time to inquiries is also very important. Long downtimes, a slow website or malfunctions cause loss of visitors, revenue and ranking at Google.
You should always make your own backups of your WordPress installation (e.g. automated with a backup plug-in). Nevertheless, it is an advantage if the web hosting provider itself offers an automatic backup solution. Because it can always happen that one of your own backups fails.
In addition to performance, the reliability of WordPress web hosts is also crucial. The fastest WordPress blog is useless if it is offline for half a day once a week. An uptime of 99.8% or higher is ideal