One of the basic decisions which constitute the basis for any website or blog is a web hosting server. The server is the foundation, like home for us, and has great importance for running our website, among other things with emphasizing page loading, bandwidth and storage space. In this post I will explain and compare between different web hosting plans for WordPress and give recommendations to several web hosting companies that I work with them now and I have worked in the past.
Shared Hosting vs Dedicated Server
Web hosting companies offer several hosting plans in a shared hosting or a dedicated server. How to choose what will suit to us? Shared hosting plan, as its name suggests, is a server that stores a large number of websites, at best hundreds of websites. This is the reason that the more the website is large with high traffic of visitors, it will be advised to choose a dedicated server, which means private server that doesn’t share its resources with other websites and is intended only to a specific site or number of your websites only.
Server requirements for WordPress
To run WordPress on the storage server to support the following requirements:
- PHP version 5.6 or higher
- MySQL version 5.6 or higher
- Recommended Linux server Apache or Nginx based
Recommened Web Hosting Companies for WordPress
DreamHost company is one of the recommended web hosting company in the field with fast servers with high high availability, great support and specification that include storage space and bandwidth without limit. There are shared hosting plans, dedicated servers and also plans that suit specially for WordPress. Click here for more information
Bluehost is onf of the oldest companies in the field of web hosting and has been operating since 1996. The company offers a range of hosting packages ranging from dedicated servers that include management and maintenance for WordPress platform. The company ensures high availability. Click here for more details
HostGator is one of the oldest and largest web hosting providers in the world. They also beyond shared hosting plans and dedicated servers, they have specific plans for WordPress. Including security and optimization (cache for WordPress, etc). Click here for more information
GreekGeeks’s flagship is a green web hosting with energy saving and environmentally friendly servers farm. Their server farm uses solar energy and wind energy to generate electrical power to the server farm. Storage is stable with high availability. They are also cheaper than other companies. There is a package that is optimized for WordPress. Click here for more details
SiteGround offers variety of web hosting plans speficic for WordPress. The prices are attractive compared to others companies. Click here for more details
The great thing about WordPress platform is the plugins, extensions that can be added and add additional functionality that doesn’t exist by default in the system. The WordPress plugin repository currently contains more than 43,000 plugins.
In this post I will recommend the 5 plugins that I include in almost every installation of WordPress
Yoast SEO (previously WordPress SEO by Yoast) is the best and most recommended plugin to optimize your WordPress website or blog to search engines. The plugin allows you to change the title and description of the post and include various recommendations to improve the content and text according to the target keyword you entered. In addition, it’s possible to create an XML sitemap and add breadcrumbs navigation.
Contact Form 7
Each website contains at least one contact form. Contact Form 7 plugin allows you to create and customize any form you like in easy and effective way.
W3 Total Cache
W3 Total Cache plugin designed to improve site performance and page loading time by configuring settings for your browser cache and compress pages and files to a minimum file size. Additionally, the plugin allows to load you content from other servers using Content Delivery Networks (CDN), the system creates copies of files on other servers and directs the visitor when he enters to the site to the fastest source content.
Beyond adding additional functionality to WordPress,it’s important to keep the system secured and protected from bad network threats. Wordfence Security plugin allow you to do it. The plugin block attacks and give protection in real-time and can also block specific IP address and blocking of robots flooding the system.
For sure it happen to you once when you need to replace an image to another image or different size and the thumbnail image displayed on the site remains the same? This plugin solve the problem and regenerate the thumbnail again from the large image. Very useful.
In this post I will explain the difference between opening a blog or website in WοrdPress.com to an self-hosted WordPress.org installation on a standalone server. I will explain the differences and the difference in terms of costs, benefits and disadvantages of each platform and how to choose what fits the requirements. Let’s start by comparison.
- WordPress.com is a commercial site that allows opening a blog or site based on WordPress (WordPress). Basic opening of a blog or a site system is free but limited and requires an additional fee for every domain name, such as adding plugins and themes.
- WordPress.org is an independent platform designed for a blog or content management system and operates about 25% of websites today. If you choose to use an independent platform there is a need to purchase a domain and hosting. The system is open source, so you have full control of all files. There are many WordPress plugins, themes and it receive frequent updates so it always remains flexible and secure.
Comparison between WordPress.com to WordPress.org
In this section I will compare and examine the two services in several parameters
- WordPress.com allows opening a blog or a free basic website and in easy way but it’s not enough for a business website or a professional blog. The free themes they provide are very limited and same about the plugins that not exist like the independent platform and requires an additional charge. Storage is also limited. Another detail, the service includes advertising, you need to pay to remove them.
- WordPress.org initial cost is the domain and hosting. The limit of stoarge space depends on the hosting plan you will choose. There are a large variety of themes and plugins. No need to pay for removing advertisements.
- WordPress.com is limited to the changes you can make to a blog or website. There is no option to add e-commerce functionality, just if you pay an additional fee of $ 299 per year. Themes and plugins are limited. There is no option to custom theme or plugin and to remove the advertisement you required to pay. No FTP access to the site. Unable to implent the analytics code.
- WordPress.org system is very flexible and allows any changes. Wide variety of themes and plugins. Full control of all system files. Do not depend on any service, you can move the site to another hosting whenever you want.
- With WordPress.com you doesn’t need to worry about the operational level. The system is updated alone.
- WordPress.org is your responsibility to take care of updating the system. At first you will need to install and configure of the database and server settings. There is a need to update plugins and themes from time to time. It’s required to backup the files and database for any case.
In summary, if you are interested in a personal website, a professional blog or a commercial website, you should chose on self-hosted WordPress.org that allow you great flexibility in terms of design, plugins, files management and database. Although the operation of such website requires constant updates, this would be the right choice in terms of costs for most websites. This is my personal recommendation.
Google has launched this week AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) technology for quick loading of pages on mobile. AMP is an open source project Google is a competitor to which version of Facebook Instant Articles. Behind the scenes, AMP simplifies the presentation of the page and actually draws only the necessary elements for content. In addition, Google retains the cached content to deliver content quickly and in an accessible form for the visitor.
Automatic company that operates WordPress.com announced that AMP will operate the service by default for all sites of her. In addition, for those websites and blogs use WordPress platform (WordPress.org) released AMP plug-in support, but now seem that pages are not supported, only posts.