Good WordPress Hosting: The Holy Grail?
WordPress powers almost quarter of the web, and is growing that share fast, so it can’t be all bad, right? Yet, if you read forums you’ll see comments like “WordPress is slow”, “WordPress is insecure”, or just the generic WordPress sucks.
The fact is that most of these comments can be attributed to either lack of knowledge, bad third party software or bad hosting.
We can always educate and audit candidate software, but what’s to be done about bad hosting?
- Performance – performance will be dependent on processing power, memory, the webhosting software stack and caching, and it’s common for traditional shared hosting to fall flat in a number of these areas.
- Cost – let’s face it; cost is important, A dedicated server will perform much better than shared hosting, but will cost 100 times more, and that’s before we begin to factor in maintenance.
- Support – when something goes wrong, you need to know that your webhost is knowledgeable, available and obliging. It is common to find hosts who ignore support tickets for days, don’t know WordPress, and pass the buck on issues.
- Security – this is sometimes an afterthought with hosting providers. Bad filesystem permissions and ownership, down-rev unpatched operating systems and misconfigured firewalls are some of the many problems we have encountered.
- Availability – when a data center goes down, so does your website. You want to make sure that your site is hosted on a robust cloud, on an infrastructure with redundancy built in at every stage, so that if something goes “bang”, your site keeps on running while the problem is repaired.
- Scalability – as your site grows, you need to feel secure that you can expand your infrastructure without moving hosting to meet your new requirements. Moving is a disruptive and challenging task, whereas if you have the facility to add resources to your hosting, this can be done with minimal disruption.