Are you looking for web hosting and wondering which is best for WordPress?
When I choose web hosting or so-called hosting for my websites, I try to appreciate how important my website is that I need web hosting for.
A large website with many visitors or a website that I run for commercial purposes requires better security, loading times, service, uptime, etc. than a small and simple website.
Are you looking for web hosting for a small site, such as a small blog or smaller personal website created in wordpress?
Then you do not need to read this article.
You can probably settle for a web host in the low cost segment.
So this article is for you who are tired of paying (usually too much) for a bad web host and who want to switch to a better but affordable service.
The article is also intended for you who want to start a webshop with, for example, woocommerce or a website with wordpress for commercial purposes.
Then you need a good web host.
Choosing a cheap and bad service for your website is among the worst you can expose both yourself and your customers to.
Here I go through the best web host internationally that I have tested.
I also go through what you need to know to make a good choice from the beginning.
Personally, I have used SiteGround until very recently.
Nowadays, however, my first choice is Templ. (It costs almost as much as SiteGround but is better in every way.
You simply get more for your money) I have changed web hosts several times but I both SiteGround; and Templ are all really good.
Regardless of which of these you choose, you will be satisfied.
I do not recommend anyone, not even beginners, to use low cost web hosting.
Most of these web hosts that are marketed for USD 1 / month etc are not serious services.
You will not be satisfied, believe me, it is worth using a serious web host from the beginning.
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What is a web host?
There are various ways to get a website. Either you choose a service that has everything in one place.
It is recommended for those who are beginners and who want to get started quickly and get a good result for a simpler website.
If, on the other hand, you choose to install and use a standalone CMS, such as WordPress.
Then you need to find a web host that provides space on their servers for your website.
A web host is responsible for providing technology and service so that organizations ‘and individuals’ sites can be viewed and visited on the internet.
There are both international and more locally based web hosts.
They offer their services to anyone who wants to make their own website no matter where in the world they are.
An international company is typically the best solution for those who want to reach out with information to other parts of the world.
This is because international companies usually have several data centers located in several places around the world.
This way, you can place your site on servers that are strategically close to your intended site visitors.
A web host usually provides the following services:
Email account: When setting up your own website, you should also choose the domain name for your site.
For example (www.yourwebsite.com).
Your web host should provide the service to register one or more e-mail accounts that correspond to the name of your website, for example: firstname.lastname@example.org
WordPress compatibility: WordPress is by far the most common CMS or system for creating a website. Most web hosts offer their users service packages that are compatible with WordPress but it is not always completely secure.
Check with your web host before registering that their system meets the following requirements: PHP version 7 or above; MySQL version 5.6 or higher.
FTP: allows you to upload your files from your local computer to the web server.
Even if you build your site with your own HTML files, you can upload your files via the web server via FTP and thus make your website available on the internet.
How to choose and test web hosting
It is common for beginners to spend quite a bit of time trying to figure out what differentiates the different web hosts.
Some features and customer benefits are more obvious than others.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the added value of paying more for one service than another.
I will try to sort out the most common needs here.
First of all, if you are technically interested and have a habit of working in different types of systems – then you probably do not need a set where you pay more for good service than for the quality of the actual service and vice versa.
Some web hosts offer service 24/7. In other words, you can get help whenever you want.
However, it can be very different how good the quality of companies’ customer services is.
It is not uncommon for the cheaper web hotels to have outsourced service and you will be assisted by less knowledgeable staff who, for example, are connected from low-wage countries.
It is also not uncommon for companies to market their service and customer service department as exceptionally good, but that it then turns out that there are long queues in their online chat when problems arise.
2. Understand the difference between different types of services and servers
If you are going to build a simpler website, then a so-called “Shared web hosting”.
This means that you share the space on a server with other websites.
Your website is then affected, for example, by circumstances and traffic that also affect the other websites that are hosted on the servers.
A shared server is not considered as secure as, for example, web hosts that provide premium services in the form of, for example, “dedicated” service solutions.
An advantage of shared web hosting is that it is always cheaper to share.
Your service provider is also responsible for ensuring that the servers are maintained and not down.
Be sure to choose a provider that has recognized good up-time and that their servers are rarely down.
Try to be realistic and think about how big a website you intend to build?
Usually you measure not only a website’s size in data (text, media, files, etc.) but also estimated (or actual) traffic.
Let’s say you are planning to build a site that is expected to have hundreds of daily visitors.
Then you will have higher demands on both bandwidth and available space. My advice is to be realistic.
If this is the first time you are creating a site then it may be unlikely that you will have lots of visitors to your site from day one.
You will build your website over time and after a year or so you can even switch to a better service package if you should need it.
At the same time, you should be very careful about getting a service that is substandard to your needs.
Better to have a little too big clothes to grow in one on the contrary.
If your site is too slow (which happens if you have a bad web host combined with many visitors to your site) then your site will rank low in Google’s search engine.
Google is keen to rank high quality pages high in the search hierarchy. A site that loads slowly is perceived by Google as a low quality site.
4. Avoid Free Web Hosting
You have probably already discovered that there is a great variety of prices and companies to choose from.
Price for web hosting can vary from 2 – 40 dollars per month. In some cases, some companies market their services as completely free.
However, you will notice that there are a lot of hidden costs with such options.
Imagine, what company buys servers that they then provide for free to anyone? All companies that deal with this type of service want to make a profit.
However, there is no clear connection between price and quality.
For example, there are a lot of cheap web hosts on the market, some of which are actually quite good. (Be careful some are even completely useless).
Whether you choose to use one of my recommended companies or not, you should not go with a web host that costs less than 1-2 bucks per month.
This type of service basically always comes with some form of hidden cost.
It can be the cost of SSL, domain names or different types of restrictions in functionality and service that you then have to pay to be able to use.
5. Security – An important requirement!
You should make sure that your website is securely protected from hackers and spamming and has some form of security to prevent other unwanted problems (caused by external influences) on your website.
There are various ways to protect your site from intrusion.
An easy way is to be careful about updating programs (“plugins”) and themes and to get rid of old themes that you do not use.
There are also security add-ons to install to prevent and identify intrusions.
In general, you get what you pay for – programs and themes that are free to download can pose a greater security risk than paid services.
Regardless, even when you start looking for web hosting, you should keep in mind to choose a service provider that has a good reputation in terms of security.
For example, you should check if back-up is included in the service plan that you are considering using?
Also make sure that your web host allows SFTP (“Secure File Transfer Protocol”) which is a client to guarantee extra security when you upload files for publication on your site.
It is also part of the server provider’s responsibility to ensure that the servers undergo regular inspections and maintenance.
You can check that the Web Hotel that you are considering using has a published Security Protocol on their website.
Things to include
It’s easy to stare blindly at the purely quantitative parameters:
bandwidth, available space, “up-time”, 24/7 support but the fact is that it is probably even more important to ensure that there are no additional costs for things that you will need.
Check that the following are included:
1 Guarantee – Personally, I only use services with a satisfaction guarantee.
I think you should be able to test a service in peace and quiet to ensure that you “do not buy the pig in the sack”.
If for any reason you regret it, you can unsubscribe and get your money back.
A reasonable satisfaction guarantee should be to be able to test the system for at least 1 week and get your money back if you are not satisfied.
2. No restrictions – As a paying customer, you should be able to build a site with as many pages as you want. Serious companies do not offer service packages for sites with a limited number of pages (in my opinion).
3. SSL certificate – an absolute must!
You need this certificate to avoid being “insecure” at the top of the URL.
From a security perspective, SSL is also an important certificate to ensure that data transmitted to and from your website is securely encrypted.
4. At least 1 email account (should be included)
5. Registration of domain names (also check price for renewal. Many companies market their services as the best because everything is included, but then you have to pay premiums afterwards)
6. European or international hosting?
Another common mistake is to google online to find a service that is considered good based on, for example, American reviews.
If your website or webshop is intended primarily for European customers and visitors, then you want to get a hosting service that can offer servers in data centers that are located physically close to your visitors and customers.
The reason for this is that your web pages will load faster if data needs to travel shorter distances.
Services that are popular in the United States, for example, are usually not very good for Europe.
However, there are exceptions.
Nowadays, it is common for some hosting services to give you access to the Content Delivery Network (CDN).
It is a network service that allows your website to load from the data center closest to your visitors.
Of course, other technical conditions also play a role in addition to where the data centers are located in relation to where visitors and customers are located.
In so-called shared web hosting (“shared hosting”), where users share server space, there are, firstly, different technical solutions that provide different degrees of quality.
It is also possible to set up your website via a dedicated server which means that only your website is located on a certain server and thus not loaded with data and from other websites.
Dedicated servers usually require more work and technical expertise from users.
In addition, a dedicated server costs relatively much compared to shared hosting.
For large companies, a dedicated server can be an option, but for startups and medium-sized online stores, my options are well enough to ensure good security, fast load times and good support.
The farther away the servers where you have your website are located, the further information and data must travel to reach it.
For example, let’s say that you want to build a website that is only aimed at Swedes.
If you then get a web host whose servers are located in the USA, then all Swedes who go to your site must retrieve data from the USA, which is so far away that it can slow down the speed at which the site loads.
This means that your site will have a certain quality deviation for your visitors. Nobody likes to wait for a site to load.
What Google users do not like; do not like Google either. There is a risk that your site will thus be classified as a low quality site by Google and that it will get a low ranking.
- Should you create your own site via a standalone CMS, for example WordPress. Then you need a web host that ensures that your site is accessible on the internet. In addition to your web host hosting your website on their servers, they should ensure a high level of service.
- For example, they should allow you to set up unified email accounts with your domain name, you should also ensure that their service packages are compatible with WordPress.
- When choosing a company that will host your site on their servers, you should also ensure the following:
1 Service: Is this your first time building a website? Then you should ensure that you have access to high-quality service and that you can get help quickly.
2. Speed and free space: Make an estimate of how much traffic you think your site will have per day over the next two years.
Be realistic but do not underestimate your need.
You should get a service that provides a little more space and speed than you think you will need.
3. Should you set up a site, web shop or similar that requires a high degree of security and where you know that many visitors or customers are expected to visit your web shop daily then you should consider a dedicated server service or VPS or a web hotel in the premium segment.
- Companies that market themselves as “Free Web Hosting” are basically never free. There are usually hidden costs and I recommend you instead choose a serious company and a good service package that suits your actual needs. The same applies with web hosting that costs 1 buck / month etc. (They provide poor quality until you have upgraded to a more expensive service which is usually not very good either.)
- If you know with you that your website intends to reach an audience that can be defined geographically (such as Sweden or the Nordic countries). Then choose a service where you can use servers that are not located too far away from the target group you want to reach.
If you have several websites that you need web hosting for, then I think you should consider SiteGround which has good prices for those who want to host several websites on their web hosting.
Not sure what to choose? and if you wanna learn more then take a peek at this video I found on Youtube (not sponsored).