Choosing the right hosting package is crucial to website performance.
New website owners are often advised to purchase shared hosting for WordPress because it’s cheap and easy. But if shared hosting cannot meet the needs of your website, it will cost you more in the long run.
After looking at the features of shared WordPress hosting, as well as its advantages and disadvantages, let’s see how shared hosting compares to other hosting options.
Shared Hosting vs. Dedicated Hosting
Dedicated hosting is the opposite of shared WordPress hosting. It is the perfect option for websites that receive a lot of traffic and need control over their servers.
It is also the most expensive type of hosting, because you don’t share the server with anyone else, but have full control over it. Besides having access to the fastest website speeds and getting all the storage you want, having a dedicated server means you also have to take care of the operating system and maintenance yourself.
You can opt for the DIY method and become your own system administrator or hire a technical expert.
Shared Hosting vs. VPS Hosting
VPS hosting takes all the advantages of shared hosting and dedicated hosting and combines them.
Like dedicated hosting, websites on a VPS hosting plan each have their own server space, without the hefty price tag. Like shared WordPress hosting, the websites share server space, so performance is still dependent on the other websites they share server space with.
VPS hosting is best for websites that need more control over their servers, but do not need a dedicated server.
Shared Hosting vs. Managed Hosting
Managed WordPress hosting (or WordPress hosting) is a particular type of shared hosting where the servers are configured specifically for WordPress. WordPress websites under a managed WordPress hosting plan run faster and smoother.
Like shared hosting, managed hosting plans include everything that WordPress users might need for their website, including
- Pre-installed plugins
- One-click WordPress installation
- Pre-designed WordPress themes
- Drag and drop builders
- Experienced WordPress customer support team
Shared Hosting vs. Cloud Hosting
Shared hosting, VPS hosting and dedicated hosting are all types of regular hosting.
With normal hosting, a website (or multiple websites) resides on a physical server. It is centralized, which means that when the server goes down, all the websites hosted on it go down with it. Users would have to wait for the hosting company to fix the server.
Cloud hosting solves that problem. Unlike normal hosting, cloud hosting works through virtualization, where a group of servers are combined to host multiple websites.
Your website data appears to be stored on a single server. But in reality, the data is stored in different locations: if one virtual server is down, you can retrieve the data from backups of other sites. Cloud hosting plans allow you to choose data centers close to your traffic source, which guarantees faster load times.
The best thing about cloud hosting is its flexibility and scalability. It can accommodate large traffic volumes and traffic spikes and works on a per-use basis, making it easy to add storage.
Like dedicated hosting, cloud hosting is recommended for high-traffic websites that need a lot of processing power, bandwidth and disk space. It can even be used as an alternative to e-commerce hosting.