WordPress Basics: Choosing the Right Host

Posted at November 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm by Mike

Building a WordPress website is a great way to get online, and much simpler than traditional website building. WordPress provides a valuable blueprint you can use to build your basic site, and there are plenty of versatile themes and plug-ins to make your site even more useful. Whether you are already in the process of building a WordPress website or still in the planning phases, it is important to choose a great host. The quality of the host you choose will be reflected in the user experience, and if you choose badly your online experiment could be a very short one.
When choosing a host for your WordPress site, there are a number of critical things to consider. Just as importantly, there are some vital questions to ask. Here are some queries any good host should be happy to answer.

  • What is the cost for monthly hosting? Is that cost set on a yearly or a monthly basis?
  •  What does the hosting include? What extras might I encounter?
  •  Will my entire website be backed up on a daily basis? Are the backups done on or off the server?
  •  Do you have malware protection in place? Are there firewalls to protect client data?
  •  How new are your servers? Do you have enough servers to handle the load?
  •  What is your criteria for adding servers and other hardware? Are upgrade decisions based on number of clients, bandwidth requirements or something else?
  •  Will you provide a free SSL certificate? This is critically important, since the lack of SSL certification can cause many browsers to designate the site as unsafe. Few visitors are likely to click through to a site labeled unsafe, so make sure a valid SSL certificate is included in your hosting package.

You will be spending a lot of time and money building out your WordPress website, but without a good host all that money and effort will be wasted. When visitors come to your site, they should be greeted by an attractive, robust and stable website. A good host will help deliver all of those things, so do your homework and choose wisely.

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