With so many web hosts out there claiming to offer “WordPress Web Hosting” it can be hard to find out the essential and best practice web hosting technical requirements for a WordPress site.
Let’s review the essential and recommended WordPress Web hosting requirements.
Hosting a simple WordPress site is actually pretty easy, but very often web hosts don’t routinely offer some of the essential features needed to get WordPress running well, especially when it comes to adding some of the most useful WordPress features and plugins. When you do run into a problem with your WordPress site caused by inadequate web hosting configuration, it can be really difficult to troubleshoot the cause of the hosting problem, because when you are with a shared web host (99% of WordPress sites are on shared hosting for economy and convenience), because you aren’t ever told what the technical specs of your server are, and it can be hard to find reliable information about the best WordPress hosting server configuration.
To help you identify the best WordPress hosting, we’ve prepared a list of the minimum WordPress Hosting Requirements and also added a second list with the “nice to have” WordPress hosting options. This is by no means exhaustive, and reflects our own (extensive) experience installing, running, tweaking, troubleshooting and optimising WordPress sites on a wide range of WordPress web hosts, including popular shared international web hosts like Hostgator (Shared, Reseller and VPS) as well as more specialised US, EU and Australian web hosts.
Some of key points to note about choosing the
WordPress web hosting plans:
- You definitely get what you pay for with WordPress web hosting. Don’t expect high quality hosting for much under $10-20 per month.
- In particular, one of the primary costs of web hosting is providing support services. Any company offering decent support services simply cannot offer budget web hosting
- “Unlimited” hosting is a marketing term: any hosting claiming to be unlimited is likely to be extremely limited in the most critical resources: memory and CPU. One thing you will notice as you start to pay more for hosting is that the limits of memory, CPU, disk space and bandwidth are more clearly stated.
- Australian web hosting will cost more: Australian infrastructure is still more expensive to provide and the economies of scale aren’t there (yet). In our experience though, Australian web hosting is worth the extra price, especially if your market is Australian. If most of your visitors are from the US or EU, then go for web hosting there.
- Don’t expect your web host to have the first clue about WordPress. Some may, but their expertise will be from the hosting perspective which often means they speak a different language to you, even if you are highly competent with WordPress (unless they are specialist WordPress hosts)
- WordPress support isn’t included with your web hosting. For that you should rely on the WordPress.org support forums or your web designer. Exceptions to this include some managed wordpress hosting providers.