A Look At WordPress Hosting
In order to have a website that is accessible to anyone via the internet, you need to have hosting for your site. If you have a WordPress site in particular, then it is best to get WordPress hosting since this type of hosting is optimized for the WordPress CMS. A hosting service will basically store all of the files of your website and share them to various users as they request them online. These hosting services are capable of hosting sites that get thousands and even millions of visitors to your site. With that said, not all hosting services offer the same quality and there are many things you need to pay attention to. We will now look at some of these.
Firstly, when looking for a hosting company, you should pay attention to their uptime scores. In most cases this is a percentage and if any host has less than 99 or 100% uptime, then you should not host your site there. Uptime refers to how much your site will be up and available. So, if a host only offers 90% uptime, then your site will be unavailable to potential visitors 10% of the time. To put this into perspective, in a year, that means it will be unavailable for 36 days! This is unacceptable since you will lose out on a lot of sales, leads, customers etc. Also, many hosting companies are not fully truthful about their uptime percentages, so you should always research it on your own. You can do this by putting the name of the host in Google + uptime reviews. This will return past customer reviews which you should take the time to read to discover their true uptime rates.
Next, you should look for a fast host. You definitely don’t want to host your site on a slow host since this will negatively affect your site performance and your SEO. Even if you don’t plan to actively do SEO on your site, it will still naturally attract search traffic over time. However, a slow site is a negative ranking factor for Google, which means it will be penalized. You should always ensure that your site loads in less than 3 seconds and make sure that the host you choose is known for being fast.
Thirdly, you should look at the customer support being offered. You should choose a hosting company that offers excellent customer support because you will need them if something goes wrong with your website. For example, in the event that your site gets hacked, they can help to block the IPs of the persons that are hacking your website. They can even provide better security or other options to ensure your site is secure. You should ensure that you have phone access to the hosting company and that they will help you with any problems that you have, asap.
To wrap things up, these are just a few tips that will help you when it comes to WordPress hosting and setting up your site. It may seem difficult at first, but once you do some research, you will choose a great host.