Why Managed Solutions For WordPress Hosting Work Best
WordPress is perhaps the most popular tool used for publishing blogs. It is easy to learn the basics, features loads of useful tools, and there are countless add-ons available to expand its capabilities. Best of all, it’s open source, so there is no outlay on blogging software. If you decide to use the software, you will have to choose a WordPress hosting service. You will have to opt for a paid hosting service, as free services, which are not recommended for any type of commercial website, that offer WordPress hosting will be hard, if not impossible, to find.
If you want to install WordPress on a server, this is fairly straightforward. The software is not very demanding when it comes to server software resources. It just requires an up-to-date version of PHP and one MySQL database. These packages are installed as standard on all but the most basic hosting services. That means you will have no difficulty in finding a WordPress hosting company.
A standard installation of WordPress is easy to implement. WordPress is designed to run on Linux flavored servers, such as Apache, so you will have to have a hosting account that offers this. These are the simple steps to install WordPress.
1. Download the application from the WordPress site and unzip the file into a directory on your local machine.
2. Log on to your host’s server, and create a MySQL database. If you already have a MySQL database, you can use that, but you will need to add a unique prefix to avoid overwriting any tables already in the database.
3. Create a user for the MySQL database and grant all privileges.
4. Rename the file wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php. Use a text editor to edit this file, adding the information for your database.
5. Use an FTP program to copy all the files from your local machine’s WordPress directory to your server. There are lots of files to upload, so this step can take a long time.
6. When file transfer is complete, navigate to the installation by typing your blog’s address into a browser address bar. For example, if you copied your blog to mysite.com/myblog, just type http:mysite.com/myblog/ into your address bar. The WordPress installation script will run automatically, and your WordPress setup is complete.
If you have questions about any of the steps outlined above, then you are unlikely to have the technical expertise to handle any installation problems. You can go online and check out WordPress tutorials to help you. You will find plenty of help, including video tutorials, for everything from WordPress for beginners to complicated tasks. You can also opt for managed WordPress hosting, which we will be discussing shortly.
Options for WordPress hosting
You will be able to sign up for shared hosting to host your blog, but you should plan ahead, and anticipate what resources you will need in the future. If your blog becomes a success and is generating huge volumes of posts, then its performance is likely to suffer if it is still being hosted on a shared service.
You can help to minimize such problems by choosing the best WordPress hosting company at the start. You need to pick a service that offers state of the art data centers, and has built in procedures to improve website performance. You need to ensure your chosen host can offer server load balancing. Additionally, you will want to select a hosting service that provides auto-adjusting bandwidth. Some companies restrict your bandwidth, and charge you additional fees if you exceed the limit.
Beware of companies offering cheap WordPress hosting. The best blog hosting services can offer very competitive rates, but they do not advertise their services as cheap. Instead, they provide a range of services and options that ensure the best results for your blog at prices you can afford.
When you select an entry-level WordPress web hosting package, you may find performance is degrading even though you have chosen a hosting company that provides top-class resources. If this happens, you will need to upgrade, and there are a number of factors you need to keep in mind.
It is much better to be aware of these in advance if you want to ensure your blog is always operating at maximum performance. The biggest problem with under-performing websites is that visitors get fed up with slow response times and they abandon them, permanently if this is an ongoing problem.
Blog owners face unique problems in planning for resources. By their very nature, blogs can encounter tremendous spikes in visitor numbers. This can happen when a post attracts a lot of attention, and starts trending. Thousands of visitors may suddenly want to post on your blog, and this puts a huge strain on resources.
Managed WordPress hosting
It takes a good deal of knowledge to configure your blog software and server to provide the best possible performance. To demonstrate this, consider the infrastructure that might be needed to host a WordPress blog that had over 200,000 posts.
One expert recommends using a 64-bit OS with enough RAM to hold the entire MySQL database. You would need to run mysqltuner to find out how much RAM is required. The alternative is to physically move the database and its temp files onto an SSD disk.
When the database gets big enough to hold 200,000 posts, searches, indexing by bots, and caching operations take so much longer, and you will need to devise ways, or use tools, to address the issues.
Your blog will get constant visits from bots that will crawl your site. You will be glad to see visits from the major search engine bots, but you will want to stop others that are simply scanning for things like email addresses to be used for spamming these addresses. These bots are essentially malicious in nature, and you will derive no benefit from them getting access to your blog.
Bad bots are not going to obey your robots.txt settings, or any noindex, nofollow directives. You have to be more proactive to get rid of these, and that takes up more time.
It is clear that being your own WordPress host will take up a lot of your time. The alternative is to opt for managed WordPress hosting. With managed hosting, you have a team of experts working behind the scenes to make sure your blog is always delivering top performance.
1. It is important to choose a reputable hosting company right from the start. That means selecting a company that provides first rate load balancing and auto-adjusting bandwidth.
2. If you have in-depth knowledge of WordPress hosting, and are an expert in server configuration and operations, then you may well be able to technically support your blog. Remember, this will take time, and you need to assess whether that time would be better spent posting on, or marketing, your blog.
3. Failure to plan ahead can prove disastrous.
4. Selecting managed WordPress hosting could be the ideal solution for you.
Here at webdevel.com, all our servers are stored in ultra-modern data centers, backed up by highly skilled support staff. By using our managed WordPress hosting, you can free yourself from all the worries attached to technically supporting your blog. That leaves you free to concentrate on developing the actual blog. We will be glad to explain what we offer. All you have to do is give us a call.