Finding it hard to decide on a good host for your WordPress site? What criteria should you use to decide on your WP host? When every review site is strewn with affiliate links, aren’t the reviews going to be biased?

Web hosting companies pay commissions of around $100 for every new signup, so affiliates are going to be motivated by the commissions they receive; they are supposed to declare when they receive a commission before you click a link. However, honest web hosting affiliates are like hens’ teeth, exceedingly rare, and most hide away their affiliations with web hosts.

Read review sites by all means, but look deeper. The overview they provide is always positive because hosting affiliates will never tell you the problems web host companies have.

Why WordPress?

The WordPress content management system is easy to install, and even beginners find it easy to use. WordPress (WP) is used on about 25% of all websites because it is so adaptable with thousands of customizable themes and plugins for enhanced functionality.

Most web hosts give you an automatic, simple installation option where all you have to so is to double-click an icon, and then a few more mouse clicks and the software is installed

Crucial Criteria to Choose a Web Host

There are too many hosting companies to consider researching even one-third of them. This list of recommended WordPress hosts is a good place to start your research.

There are many factors you can use to decide on the perfect WP host:

  • Price
  • Percentage uptime
  • How many sites you can host
  • Disk space
  • Bandwidth

The above five factors are touted as being the most important when you choose a hosting company. There are very few differences between hosting companies in these areas.

Low prices mean you get more websites crammed onto each server, a smaller share of server processing power and a slower site.

Percentage uptime is usually given as 99.9% or 99.99%, but there are so many exclusion clauses you haven’t much chance of financial compensation for any breach of the guarantee.

How many sites you can host might be important to a few people, but most businesses only need one site.

Disk space is cheap and getting cheaper every year, and a new site isn’t going to come near the limits for several years

Bandwidth limits are often misleading, and some companies slow down your site if you use more than half of the nominal bandwidth on your hosting account. You need to read the ten pages of small print before you surrender your credit card details

The factors you should consider are rather different:

  1. Support
  2. Server speed
  3. Included software updates
  4. Percentage of server resources
  5. Any included backups
  6. Included CDN
  7. User satisfaction

Support is crucial when you are new to website building. However, support is expensive, especially if a company offers 24/7 US-based support. Everyone needs to talk to support staff at some point, usually when your site is down, and you need urgent answers.

Server speed affects how fast your site will load. The best web hosts use solid state disks (SSDs) rather than traditional spinning hard drives. SSDs load your website ten times faster than conventional web servers.

Included software updates include automatic updates for WordPress, which otherwise are a lot of hassle for you to do yourself. Many site owners delay installing updates, which increases the risk of hackers targeting their websites.

Server resources differ widely between different hosting companies, yet it ‘s hard to find this information in advance. Low-cost web hosts put more websites onto each server, so each site is only allowed to use a small percentage of the server’s processing power. If your site is using too many resources, the host will limit access to the processor, slowing down your loading speed, which will lead to unhappy users.

Included Backups are important because when you install new WordPress plugins it can crash your site and you will need a recent backup. The best web hosts will include free daily backups and will restore your site’s previous stable configuration.

An included CDN will make your site run faster and use fewer server resources. You can install a content delivery network (CDN) using any host, but the included option makes it simpler to do so.

User satisfaction is the big factor nobody talks about. Some of the most popular hosting companies have a user satisfaction score of less than 50%. The best companies have 90% or more customers who would buy their services again.

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