How to Choose Hosting for Your WordPress Site
Are you looking for affordable and high-quality WordPress hosting in the Philippines? Choosing the good WordPress hosting for your business, is just as important as having the website itself. Because, if you choose the wrong hosting service, it will be a waste of your time & money in the end.
The common challenge for people looking for WordPress hosting is that there is just too much information (and advertisement) on the web. Especially for beginners, it is hard to make the right choice without knowing where to look at.
The aim of this article is to help you make the best (and quick) decision in finding the right WordPress hosting. Based on our experiences in website building, we listed what to look for and organized the information about features.
Let’s dive in
Web hosting explained
Before we talk about how to choose a “WordPress” hosting, let me briefly explain web hosting. If you are already familiar with what WordPress hosting is, you could skip this section to the list of our choices.
What is web hosting and how it work
A website, no matter personal or business, will require a server to store its data and contents and to make it accessible from outside 24/7. For personal use, technically you could set up a personal server (home server), but to keep it running seamlessly and well-maintained, renting the server outside will be the realistic choice for business.
So, a web hosting company basically rents its server storage (disk space) and allows users to store their website’s contents, as well as allow visitors to take a look at that content through the internet. You could picture it as renting an apartment. WordPress hosting is almost the same as web hosting, but more specific and customized to the WordPress content management system (CMS).
4 different types of web hosting
Just as the apartment come in all sizes and forms, it’s the same for web hosting too. There are mainly 4 types of web hosting which is available. Depending on the company which provides the services, they come in different features and of course, prices.
- VPS (Virtual Private Server)
This is definitely the cheapest and minimum option. With shared hosting, you share a single server with other users. Because you share the resource with others, its capacity and functions are limited. If you are entry-level, this type is for you.
A complete opposite of shared hosting is this dedicated hosting. This hosting would be for a business with large traffic. It’s fast and reliable. You will have full control of your own server and its resource, but it will come at a cost.
VPS (Virtual Private Server)
In between the shared and dedicated is the VPS. Physically, it’s one server, but virtually, it’s partitioned to several “virtual” servers. You can customize the setting of the resource than the shared hosting. The downside is that because it’s still one physical server if a problem occurs (or is caused by another site), it will impact the overall server performance.
This is a relatively new service, but being accepted as a better option compared to shared hosting, and in some aspects even better than VPS. “Cloud” refers to how your website will be based on a network of physical servers. Strength of the cloud hosting is its flexibility and scalability of resource allocation. For both VPS and cloud hosting, the price is more than shared but less than dedicated.
There are still many differences in each of the hosting types, but for briefly understanding what web hosting option there is, this would be enough.
So, which one should I choose?
It really depends on how you want or expect to run your website. If you are an entry blogger, you don’t need dedicated hosting. If you are doing a small business and have both a website plan and budget, you could start from VPS and scale up to the dedicated in the future.
Choosing web hosting is an investment
When it comes to web hosting, affordable means that its price is reasonable in relation to your business. The more you pay, the more features and performance your will get. If you look only at the price and choose a cheap plan, it will be budget-friendly but will come at certain costs not good enough to run your site smoothly. (Of course, as your business expands, you could change the type of hosting. It’s called “hosting migration”).
5 tips to consider for WordPress beginners
For those of you just getting to know about WordPress websites, here are some useful tips when selecting WordPress hosting services. The terms and conditions vary among the hosting companies but generally speaking, these 5 points are the key.
Easy to use
Whether you’re a pro or a beginner, WordPress is a straightforward and easy-to-use content management system. But linking between the content management system (CMS) and web hosting can be a bit tricky for a beginner. If the hosting service is difficult to use, it can be stressful. If you are a WordPress user, it would be wise to choose a hosting service that has servers and resources optimized for WordPress.
Safe and secure
Security would be a major concern if you are running a business website with WordPress. A security incident can cost you both money and credibility. According to WP Engine, a hosting company, they block 26 billion attacks annually. For this reason, you want to choose a well-protected hosting service with a good backup.
Some benefit of using a WordPress hosting company is that their environments have been fine-tuned to operate with WordPress. And also give you the most up-to-date architectural and technological solutions. Especially for shared hosting, we would highly recommend checking the user’s reviews for known troubles and delays in the server.
Aside from different hosting types (shared, VPS, cloud, dedicated), each of them is usually provided in different plans (deals or packages) from entry-level to professional level. Differences are in the number of websites, storage size, bandwidth allocation, and security level. It’s better to choose the best hosting packages that suit your budget and needs.
Good customer support
In case of technical trouble or question in set-up and daily management, you want to be sure that you will have someone to assist you. Of course, troubleshooting might mean communication in English. This could be a reason that you want to consider choosing a Filipino company for web hosting. If you could consult in advance about your website and what hosting plan would work best for you, even better.
Which web hosting is popular in the Philippines?
There are numerous companies that offer web hosting services in the Philippines. Some of them are international, some are local. We searched and compiled the list of the hosting providers which is popular in the Philippines as per available data on Builtwith.
Along with names and details, we have added links to the official website, so you could check the actual offers for yourself. (Terms and conditions may change, so we highly recommend visiting the official site for more information).
Amazon Web Service (AWS)
Amazon Web Service is the most popular and active VPS hosting in the Philippines, with more than 12,000 websites. AWS is the pioneer in cloud hosting and is trusted by companies all over the world.
Amazon Lightsail would be the easy option to create and run a WordPress website. Pricing is very flexible but may be a bit hard to understand with all the technical terms. They have a great tutorial to get your WordPress website running in a few steps. 3 month free trial is also available.
Google also offers the WordPress hosting package in what they call “Google Click to Deploy”. For 90 days, a $300 Free trial is available, where you are able to use a variety of Google Cloud products.
Direct support is only offered for billing and upgrades. This means that for daily Q&A but users can refer to a community forum.
GoDaddy hosts around 4000 websites in the Philippines. The company is in the US, known to be the biggest domain registrar in the world. If you visit their website, you will realize that information is customized to the needs of Filipino businesses and users. User support is available on various forms of communication, including phone, chat, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.
In addition to WordPress hosting offered in 4 plans and prices, they have WordPress eCommerce hosting, which specifically supports a new business entrepreneur.
Hostinger has low-cost, shared hosting plans ideal for different types of websites. It provides a plan for single, starter, business, and pro. Pretty much everything you need is included to start a small business website, for the price starting at a cheap price. Their closest data center to the Philippines is located in Indonesia and Singapore.
Outsourcing could be your solution
So, now you know how web hosting works, what different types of hosting there is, and even some ideas about running cost. There are still many hosting services that we couldn’t list. If you search further, you might find an even better one. Nevertheless, we hope this article would help you in finding the right hosting service for your business needs. For more information on creating your website with WordPress, you can also read our introductory article about it.
If you are not confident about doing everything on your own, outsourcing all the steps (from selecting a hosting service to managing the website) could be the best and fast answer. In such case, don’t hesitate to contact us.