We will build your WordPress website but where you host it is something you will want to consider – because you will be paying the ongoing bill for the service, minimal though it will be. There is every chance that if you have a hosting provider now you’ll be able to keep them. But that needs to be checked because WordPress sites require a Linux server and the ability to activate a database. We are far from alone in choosing 1and1.com as our provider but there are many other options specifically geared to WordPress sites. Here’s a rundown:
- Cheap hosting options include HostGator, BlueHost and DreamHost. Low cost, one click install and other services (e.g. email). Cons include performance/security issues, sharing hardware and limited support.
- Dedicated hosting options include Rackspace, MediaTemple, Firehost and LiquidWeb. Pros include no hardware sharing, better performance, better tech. Cons include WP only – no email, although you can hook the site up with a Gmail account, for example.
- Managed WP Hosting – examples include WordPress Engine, Web Synthesis, Pagely. Good support, WP only, no email and more expensive than the other options.
Candidly, choosing a hosting service means far more to operators of sites that expect very high traffic and or operate shopping carts than to a relatively small group, however active it may be. And moving a WordPress site from one hosting server to another couldn’t be much easier. So, at the end of the day it’s not something you should worry about. But always good to know what your options are.