02 Jul
Do You Really Need a Dedicated WordPress Host

Do You Really Need a Dedicated WordPress Host?

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 Drawbacks

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.

Alternatives

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.

26 Jun
Cloud Hosting Overtakes Shared Hosting

Cloud Hosting Overtakes Shared Hosting

Cloud hosting is fairly new on the scene but there are tons of web developers who have abandoned traditional hosting in favor of cloud hosting.  Traditionally there were only two types of hosting for you to choose from, dedicated and shared.  Dedicated meant that you essentially owned an entire server and were in total control of the settings, security and all the resources were yours to do as you wish.  Shared hosting gave you a portion of a server that you shared with plenty of other people.  Your bandwidth, RAM, and the space you have on the drive are all limited.  If one of the other websites on the server gets hacked or attacked you will suffer too.

The Problem With Traditional Hosting

Both types of hosting companies have servers set up all over the world and at any time any of these servers can be shut off, attacked by hackers or have any number of problems that are outside of your control.  When any of these things happen your site can go down and that isn’t good for anybody’s business.  Personal sites going down is one thing but a business site…that is not acceptable. Downtime results in not only lost revenue at that time but you run the risks of alienating a customer who won’t return to your site.  Here is how you can protect your site from attacks.

What Does Cloud Hosting Offer

Cloud hosting uses virtual storage across clusters of servers.  They take advantage of mirroring techniques so that there is always continual access to your site.  That means that if one server goes down your website is largely unaffected and this gives you more stability and almost complete uptime.  Even though many shared hosting services boast 99.999% uptime, that is rarely the case.

Cloud hosts also offer a different style of billing where you only pay for what you need.  For a new site or a very specific niche site that doesn’t get a ton of traffic that can save you thousands over the cost of a dedicated server.  Combine that with better peace of mind that your website won’t crash for things beyond your control and it makes cloud hosting a very sweet deal indeed.

Cloud hosting is still a fairly new concept in the world of hosting but despite that cloud hosting is offered by the big players like Google, Amazon and Microsoft.  Goes to show how cloud hosting overtakes shared hosting among developers.