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Types of WordPress Hosting

WordPress is one of the most popular web publishing platforms. It was released in 2003. It is a content management system which can be used to create one’s own blogs or website.

WordPress is famous for being an Open Source project. It implies that it is being used by thousands of users working on it around the globe constantly improving it. There are plugins, widgets and themes which enable the user to build any type of website that one can imagine.

WordPress can be used in many other numbers of ways, for example arcade, portfolio, rating website, video collection site. WordPress is free and contains thousands of templates to choose from, so one can use it according to his purpose.

How does WordPress work?

WordPress is a user-friendly system for content management. To start using it, one needs to install the WordPress software script on his web server. It may hardly take 5-10 minutes. After installation, it is available for creating web pages and blogs.

WordPress is built on industry-standard PHP and MySQL. WordPress can run on any modern web server.

Types of WordPress Hosting

It is a hosting environment that is specifically designed to meet the needs of WordPress websites. Some of the WordPress hosts are bluehost.com, hostgater.com, ehost.com, track.theme.cloud etc.

WordPress hosting may be used in two ways: Managed WordPress Hosting and Shared Hosting

Managed WordPress Hosting 

Managed WordPress hosting is a service whereby the technical aspects of running WordPress are managed by the host. Where the web hosters specialize in WordPress and offer complete services tailored according to the need of the candidate, this falls in the category of managed WordPress hosting.

Features

Technical Assistance

Technical aspects include maintaining the speed, timely backups, website uptime, security and managing updates of WordPress.

In managed WordPress hosting, user can expect support from WordPress experts in real time. This is an add on since the experts have a lot of experience as compared to problem solving by reading some manual or guide book.

High price

For managed WordPress hosting, one has to pay premium price for premium services. Lowest starts from 29$ per month as compared to Shared hosting which is available at 3.95$ a month.

No downtime

At the highest of the traffic in the website of the user, there are remote chances of going down.

Handing different media

WordPress supports oEmbed enabled websites. By just pasting the URL from the website, wordpress user can embed instagram photos, Youtube video links, tweets or soundcloud audios in the posts and even their replies.

Shared Hosting

In Shared hosting multiple users work on the same server.

Features 

If you are a beginner, shared hosting may be used where a person is not expecting much traffic on his website. This suits beginners.

System run down

Where numerous websites are sharing the same server and server experiences huge traffic, there are high chances of the user’s website loading slowly.

Low price

As compared to Managed WordPress hosting, shared hosting does not offer customization much to the needs of large businesses.

Shared hosting is low priced which can be an attraction for the starters at a small scale.

WordPress Hosting Platforms

Two types of WordPress hosting platforms are available:

  • WordPress.com
  • WordPress.org

WordPress.com

In this platform, the website of the candidate is hosted by the WordPress and a subdomain website is assigned. For example username.wordpress.com. Working on this platform is totally free of cost. But the con is not having access to full features of the website like some plugins are not supported by wordpress.com despite being the most important feature of WordPress.The user should also expect ads appearing on his website since wordpress.com is ad-supported.

WordPress.org 

WordPress.org enables a user to enjoy the features which are missing in WordPress.com. The user needs to find a web hosting firm and install the program himself. The users need to register his own domain name. This program can be customized according to the needs of the user himself.

The user of the website has full control over the modifications desired by him for his blogs.

WordPress.org is priced around 100$ a year for hosting and registration of domain name. To cover up the hosting costs, one can place ads on his website.

Working in the web development and marketing industry for over 10 years. Been part of several large projects, coded a lot of websites, and owning several bigger projects. Right now, I am focused more on my personal life, doing what I like, trying not to be someone's slave... if you know what I mean.

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