Stackable explains WordPress hosting in simple terms. If you’re confused whether to get shared or managed hosting, this article’s for you!
It’s very easy to get lost in translation when you’re trying to figure out how to start your own website and what you will need to do that. For most DIY-ers and beginners, web development and design terminology sometimes feels like it’s a completely different language and tends to be overwhelming.
One of the essential things you need to be able to start your website is a server. However, having your own server is very time consuming If you’re interested in learning about what type of web host plan would be best for your website, you’ve come to the right place!
What is a website host?
A website host is basically a platform where all the files of your website will be stored. You keep all your website’s files (including stylesheets, html, assets, etc.) on a web host then when a visitor attempts to access your website, they fetch all of those files and display your website to the visitor.
TL;DR: You need a web host to get your website up and running.
What are the different types of web hosting?
There are different types of web hosting packages that will address the needs of your website, such as shared hosting, cloud hosting, managed hosting, and more. If you’d like to have a deeper understanding of these types, we recommend reading this article from Techradar.
In this article, we’d like to focus on the two most popular types of web hosting used with WordPress.
What is Shared Hosting?
Shared hosting lets you share a server with other websites. All the resources such as hardware, server maintenance and support will be shared by the websites using the same server. Shared hosting plans are ideal for small businesses, blogs, and personal websites. Some web host providers include Bluehost, Site Ground, Dreamhost, and Hostgator.
What is Managed Hosting?
Web hosts that offer managed WordPress hosting packages will completely manage the performance of your website making sure it’s always running at optimal speeds.
Instead of sharing with hundreds of other websites, dedicated hardware, technical support, and maintenance will be made exclusive for your use depending on your website’s needs. This is best for websites that have higher traffic or e-commerce websites.
This means though that managed hosting will cost more than shared hosting services. For example, WP Engine’s starter plan is around $25 per month as of writing, and on the higher end can reach around $240 per month. Managed hosting providers include Nexcess, Kinsta, WP Engine and Flywheel.
What is the best web host for my website?
The answer to that is dependent on some factors that you need to consider for your website:
It all boils down to what your website needs. It makes sense to use a shared hosting plan for those that are only starting. However, when your website starts growing in traffic, and transactions, you could consider migrating to a plan that would empower you to serve more people.
If you’re looking for a web host, we have some exciting deals to help you get started! We partnered with Nexcess that will give you 50% off for the first six months of their Managed WordPress hosting. On the other hand, if you’re looking to start out with a shared hosting plan, our partnership with Bluehost is giving Stackable users a special discounted price. In addition to these discounts, Stackable will be automatically installed for your site 😱 Sounds like a great deal, don’t you think?