We come across many hosting providers offering two kinds of shared hosting, shared hosting and WordPress hosting. Confused? same was the case with me when I read about these two different but similar products. I thought it to be just a marketing tactic to encourage more WordPress users to go for their shared hosting, under a different name.
But after some research and asking many experts, I had to change my opinion. There are many differences between general hosting and WordPress hosting.
General shared hosting is configured to cater needs of all kind of users. People host simple HTML sites, Joomla sites, custom php scripts, ruby scripts etc on shared hosts. So hosting providers adjust their settings in order to provide a balance to all kind of users.
But WordPress hosting is configured to serve only WordPress site owners. So what’s the actual difference between general hosting and wordPress hosting? Actually WordPress hosting has following advantages over general hosting.
1. Better Speed
WordPress hosting is optimized for WordPress sites so we can witness significant increase in speed of our websites. We have to put less efforts in optimizing our website as most of the work is already done for us.
WordPress is an extremely secure CMS and it’s extremely hard to hack it. Did you just read extremely hard? yes extremely hard but not impossible. Hackers still find a way to get into a WordPress site through outdated plugins, themes and some of the malfunctioned plugins. WordPress hosting provide some extra layers of security to its users by providing automated backups, plugins for security etc.
Most of the companies providing WordPress hosting invest in WordPress specialists to deal with customer queries related to this CMS. These tech guys can help your WordPress problems resolved much more effectively as compared to a general tech guy.
4. Upgrade and Maintenance
WordPress hosting provide auto theme and plugin upgrades as well as some basic maintenance for your WordPress site, which you would have to do yourself otherwise. They backup your WordPress data to an offsite location and make it easier for you to retrieve that data when needed.
You don’t need to bother about security, speed and maintenance of your site, isn’t it convenient?
6. Handle More Visitors
When using a WordPress site you don’t have to worry about the CPU resources your site is using or any other similar constraint. You also don’t have to worry about sudden increase in traffic. Most of WordPress hosting providers allow you to have a specified amount of visitors every month, no matter if they all arrive once or one by one. On the other hand, you may get your hosting account suspended if a large wave of visitors hit your website all at once.
7. Value Added Tools
WordPress hosting providers always have some value added tools to offer to their customers. They could offer you a free subscription of some premium service, premium plugins for free or something other than that to add value to their service.
Surely there are a couple of disadvantages as well. First of all WordPress hosting comes at a much higher cost as compared to a shared host, most of the time.
Secondly, most of hosting providers will allow you to host WordPress sites only on their WordPress hosting service. So if you have a PHP or Ruby in Rails script to try, you will surely need to buy a different plan.
As long as you can afford it, I would always suggest you to go for WordPress hosting for your WordPress sites rather than generic hosting. It could eradicate a lot of hassle in long run.
Curious about what are the best WordPress hosting providers? here are my recommendations.
- Bluehost ( A little expensive, but provide best quality. Even WordPress.org recommends Bluehost. )
- Hostgator ( Not the top, but surely one of the best )
- Inmotion ( An alternative, in budget )