WordPress is the most used software for creating websites . If you choose WordPress to edit your site, you will have to start by finding a suitable hosting. This is an essential first step. Only once you find a web hosting will you be able to install WordPress, adjust the settings and edit the content of your website.
How to choose your accommodation? There are a large number of solutions and hosting offers for WordPress sites (shared server, dedicated, VPS, specific offer WordPress as WP Engine …). It’s easy to get lost when you’re not an expert on the subject. To see more clearly, we will begin by presenting 5 possible families of accommodation. We will see that the choice of the hosting solution of your actual needs in terms of performance (number of visits per month in particular), but also the mode of maintenance.
We will end with a zoom on the main solutions currently available on the market in terms of dedicated WordPress hosting or shared hosting. This article is primarily intended for project holders wishing to create a site themselves in WordPress or at least have the hand on hosting, without having technical skills. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that it is now quite possible to create your website under WordPress without being a computer pro, regardless of the hosting solution chosen (or almost).
Table of possible solutions to host a WordPress site
Let’s start by presenting the main hosting solutions of a site under WordPress. There are 5 possible solutions to host a WordPress site: the shared server, the dedicated server, the VPS, the cloud and finally the hosting solutions dedicated to WordPress. But before we begin, let’s quickly remember what a host or an accommodation is for. The host is a company that offers to host your website on its servers. Accommodation is the service. The host is the company offering the service. Websites all need to be hosted on servers (physical) to be accessible to Internet users. The server plays the role of interface between the content of the website (present in the database) and the user who wishes to access from any web browser (Chrome,
We could say, basically, that the server 1 / stores the various files of the website and 2 / puts the content of the site at the disposal of Internet users who wish to access it. Without hosting (on a server), your site can not be accessible to Internet users. We understand in these conditions the decisive importance of finding not only accommodation but good accommodation. Here are the 5 possible hosting solutions for a site using the WordPress software .
Shared server: an inexpensive but limited solution
Hosting offers on shared server are the cheapest offers, but also the most limited . A shared server is a server that is used by several sites, which is shared (= shared) between several clients of the host. By opting for a shared server, your WordPress site will be stored in the compartment of a server. In other words: your site does not have a server all by itself. The shared server is a kind of colocation. This has several disadvantages :
The server can not be set up . It is the host who configures the server. The same configuration is imposed on all sites hosted on the server in question.
You also have no control over server maintenance . This is also the host who takes care of A to Z maintenance. Note: this disadvantage can turn into an advantage if you do not want to take care of maintenance.
The performance of shared server hosting is very average and above all very variable . For one simple reason: server resources are shared across multiple websites. Which: 1 / Reduces the amount of server resources allocated to you and 2 / Causes random slowdowns or even bugs when the other “roommates” of the server have peaks of traffic (in particular).
By opting for a shared server, you will be quickly limited if your site gains audience. Nevertheless, shared hosting is not to be rejected a priori. It may be relevant at the beginning of the launch of the site and if you expect a slow increase in load. The shared offers are the most interesting price level.