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 leaders wishing to create a WordPress site themselves or at least have control over hosting, without having technical skills. The objective of this article is to demonstrate that it is now quite possible to create your website under WordPress without being an IT pro, whatever the hosting solution chosen (or almost). In case of the WordPress Web Hosting when you go for the shared hosting, then here are the things that you should be sure of:
Let’s start by presenting the main hosting solutions for a WordPress site
There are different possible solutions for hosting a WordPress site, the shared server, the dedicated server, the VPS, the cloud and finally the dedicated hosting offers for WordPress. But before we start, let’s quickly remember what a host or hosting is for. The host is a company that offers to host your website on its servers. Accommodation is service. The host is the company that offers the service. All websites need to be hosted on (physical) servers in order to be accessible to internet users. The server acts as an interface between the content of the website (present in the database) and the Internet user who wishes to access this content from any web browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.).
Shared server: an inexpensive, but limited solution
Hosting offers on shared servers are the cheapest paying offers, but also the most limited. A shared server is a server that is used by several sites, which is 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 by itself. The shared server is a kind of colocation.
This has several Issues:
The server cannot be configured with little onions. It is the host who configures the server. The same configuration is imposed on all the 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 of maintenance. Note: this inconvenience can turn into an advantage, if you do not want to take care of maintenance.
The performance of hosting on a shared server is very average and above all very variable. For a simple reason: the resources of the server are shared between several websites. What: 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 traffic spikes (in particular).
By opting for a shared server, you will be quickly limited if your site gains audience. However, shared hosting should not be rejected a priori. It may be relevant at the start of the site launch and if you expect a fairly slow ramp-up. Pooled offers are the most attractive in terms of price. OVH, the French leader, offers a shared hosting offer from 2.99 euros per month (HT).
You could say, roughly speaking, that the server 1 / stores the various files on the website and 2 / makes the content of the site available to Internet users who wish to access it. We understand in these conditions the decisive importance of finding not only accommodation, but good accommodation. So in case of shared hosting you need to be perfect.