You can create a website or a blog using the WordPress software. WordPress has established itself as not only a blogging platform but also a content management system. It has become very easy to have customized websites and the number of plugins and widgets available make it possible to do just about anything on the website from tracking visitors and having effective SEO, to generating sitemaps and linking to social networks.
When a user creates a blog just for the sake of blogging, then there is no need to worry about a host. However, when the user wants the blog to be a revenue generator, its best to have the WordPress blog hosted by a hosting service.
It is while choosing a hosting company that a lot of care has to be taken. You need to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth. So it does you good to do a little research before you decide on your hosting service provider.
Service providers offer different packages; and there are some who provide Free WordPress hosting. The free service may be for a fixed time to allow you to experience the effectiveness of the services being provided. Here is what you should be looking at when looking for WordPress Hosting:
Resources: Does the WordPress hosting service provider have the necessary resources to provide you effective hosting? PHP, MySQL and Apache mod_rewrite module are the basic requirements and their version depends on the version of WordPress that you will be installing. Apache mod_rewrite module is used for clean URLs called Permalinks and this is optional. Do they provide the required bandwidth and side speed optimization?
Security: Does your host provide security for your data? Are you being provided your own space on servers so that other servers are not accessing your files and memory space? Is the set up safe for you to store the data you collect and process? Are there precautions to protect your site from hackers.
Expertise and Experience: Does the service provider have the expertise and experience to handle unique situations or situations that develop over time – like an upsurge in traffic? Can the host provider be trusted to bring your site up when it goes down because of a hacker attack or due to a sudden increase in traffic?
Data Back-up: Does your WordPress hosting service provider back-up data on the server regularly? Will they provide quick restoration in the event your site goes down during the installation of a theme or plugin?
If a WordPress hosting service provides all these features, then you can assure yourself that you are in good hands. You can let your host take care of the vital issues knowing that you are paying good money for that very same service. It will then be possible for you to spend your time and efforts on working on your website or blog and doing business; getting the benefit of all that you have invested into it.