Choosing a Good Host for WordPress Blogs
Yes, this is crucial but most bloggers select their blog host without getting answer to this question. WordPress is designed for Linux, not for Windows, so it creates several frustrating issues on servers with Windows OS. The first thing, which you should consider, is that select a hosting with Linux servers, not with Windows OS. By doing this, you will minimize the risk of any technical issues which might create problems later on your blog.
Dedicated, VPS or Shared Host?
Analyze Reputation of Your Host
Before selecting your host, get maximum details about it and see what its reputation among general users is. What people are saying about the host’s uptime, customer support and other features. Get information from more than one neutral sources. If you unable to find satisfactory stats about the host, I would like to recommend you that forget about that host and search a different one which is famous and trusted by a majority.
Most bloggers select the host instantly after knowing that the host is offering its services for a very low price. I would like to say that always prefer performance of the host over price. In general, the cheaper the host is the crap it will be in performance. But it is also possible that the host is both cheap and good in performance. To find out this, again do a search on Google about the host and see what general reputation the host has.
The most important thing is that how the hosting service faculty is dealing with its customers. You will face several technical issues with your WordPress blog and in most situations; only your hosting providers can solve your issues. If they are responsible and responsive, then they will resolve your issues instantly and your blog will perform well always. So considering the customer support of the hosting service is another important thing which bloggers must think about before they select a good host for their WordPress blog.
Space, Bandwidth, MySQL Databases, Ad-on Domains and Email Accounts
Space and bandwith are two most basic things about which every blogger knows. Bandwidth is the amount of data which is consumed when your visitors access your blog and download or upload content. If you can afford, go for unlimited space and bandwidth, but it is necessary that bandwidth must be unlimited or enough to handle the amount of traffic on your blog.WordPress stores its data (posts, pages, tables, comments, site member details etc.) in MySQL databases. See how many MySQL databases are provided by your host. The more databases are given by your host, the more scripts (WordPress, Joomla, forums etc.) can be installed.
Add-on domains and email accounts are also important. Add-on domains are additional domains which can be used with the same hosting for creating other blogs and websites. If your hosting provider allows add-on domains, then you can create additional blogs, personal websites and forums on the same hosting with no any additional cost. You may also like to create multiple email accounts under your blog, so check how many email accounts are allowed by your hosting.
These were some most basic tips which you must consider before selecting a host for your WordPress blog. Good luck!