The WordPress platform has become the CMS of choice for bloggers all over the world. WordPress is reliable, flexible and you can build some incredible sites on the platform. Along with the ever growing popularity of WordPress it has brought with it a whole bunch of hosting companies that dedicate their services to hosting only WordPress sites. Do you really need a dedicated WordPress host or can you use different regular hosting?
Blogging as a Business
Dedicated bloggers who make a living off their craft take the technical aspects of their site as seriously as the content they produce. Ranking high in the search engines and creating a positive user experience is what turns many bloggers to dedicated WordPress hosting. Site speed is a factor that affects both your rankings and the user experience. Dedicated WordPress hosting companies will optimize the server settings so that you get the optimal performance from your server. If you’re not exactly a techie nor are you comfortable adjusting your own server settings then this may seem the ideal solution.
The biggest drawback to using a dedicated WordPress host, by far, is the cost. Regular shared hosting is under $10 per month and VPS hosting is under $20 and both allow you to host more than one website. Dedicated WordPress hosting can run you over $100 per month. If you’re a new blogger and still building your audience this may be priced out of your range. WordPress hosting also doesn’t have the flexibility that a VPS or a dedicated host has.
If you are just starting out and you don’t have traffic in the tens of thousands per month then you can start with shared hosting. The trick to that is to find the right hosting company that will grow with you. As the traffic increases you can upgrade your site to a bigger and better hosting package so you never have down time. A good hosting company will help you migrate to a bigger package with zero downtime.
VPS hosting allows you to easily run your WordPress blog, handle all the traffic that you may have. It also allows you to tweak your settings so that they are optimized for WordPress hosting so that your site has a super quick load time. If you’re not comfortable with setting up your server most hosting companies will help you do that.
What Should You Choose
If you have an established blog generating a substantial income then WordPress hosting can work for you. VPS is the most flexible of your choices, it is cost effective and offers the same features as WordPress hosting.