Building a new website can be a daunting task, especially if this is your first time doing this. However, WordPress hosting can make your life easier. In this article, we will understand why there are so many different web hosting services, what is WordPress hosting, how it differs from regular web hosting, and which one to choose.
Before you begin, please note that WordPress hosting can mean many different things. In recent years, the web hosting industry has developed so fast that every hosting company has developed its own WordPress hosting, including various services and architectures. Since it is easy to get lost in this environment, we will first introduce some general concepts so that you can better understand the features that WordPress hosting must provide from a practical perspective.
What is WordPress hosting?
WordPress hosting is a special type of web hosting optimized for the WordPress content management system (CMS). If you want to run a WordPress website and sign up for a WordPress hosting plan, you have everything you need.
In this way, you don’t have to worry about being unable to access basic tools, functions, and software, because your virtual host will take care of all architecture and security, including:
How does a web server render a website?
Suppose your domain is www.example.com. The visitor either knows the URL and manually enters it into the address bar of a web browser, or clicks on a link to your website on the Internet.
After clicking the link or entering the URL, the visitor’s browser will send a request to the Web server to display the page belonging to that exact URL.
This page is not necessarily your homepage. For example, if a visitor finds one of your blog posts on Google and clicks on the link, their browser will request all the resources that make up the blog post from your servers, such as images, content, fonts, and icons. In response, your server will send back all these files so that the user’s browser can download them and display the page on the screen.
In practice, this process is more complicated, involving a series of servers, depending on the type of website, for example:
DNS (Domain Name Server), which converts domain names (such as www.example.com) into numeric IP addresses
A web server responsible for request-response cycles with the user’s browser, and also provides services for static pages
An application server that processes server-side code, provides dynamic content and communicates with the webserver
The database server that receives the database and communicates with the application server
In addition, you can have multiple types of servers. For example, your web host may use multiple domain name servers to speed up domain name conversion. You may also not need an application or database server, for example, if you have a static website.
- PHP application server
- Database server: MySQL or MariaDB
- WordPress software
- Pre-configured and optimized plugins and tools for important functions such as search engine optimization, security, caching, etc.
Web hosting for wordpress sites not only involves installing and configuring hardware and software, but also involves constant maintenance, updates, monitoring, and troubleshooting. In addition, WordPress hosting plans may have other features, such as:
- Customer support 24/7
- Automatic (sometimes manual) backup
- Free SSL certificate (so your website uses the secure HTTPS protocol instead of HTTP)
- Free email address and mail server (so you can use a professional email address belonging to your own domain, such as firstname.lastname@example.org)
- One-click installation of WordPress
- Premium WordPress themes
- Developer features, such as a staging area, which you can use to safely test new plugins, themes, or features before adding them to the live site