Where should you Host your Website? Surveys can only Tell You So Much
I’ve reviewed a few website hosting surveys for 2016. Some specifically for WordPress (including this one) and some for everything else.
Sometimes you get what you pay for. Sometimes you get more and sometimes you get less. Shared hosting is cheap, but you don’t know what kind of service you’ll get until you’re already using it. VPS hosting isn’t as cheap but you have a lot more control over everything that happens on it. Dedicated server hosting is the most expensive and it really isn’t what your average person needs or wants.
One Host I don’t Recommend for any Website
As of now, right now, the only web hosting service I recommend you stay away from is Bluehost. They started going downhill in 2010. One of my friends has a WordPress site at Bluehost and I sometimes go into the admin side to make sure things are up-to-date. There are times when I can’t get into the admin at all and when I do, it’s incredibly slow.
That’s shared hosting by the way, which means one server shares hundreds of websites.
Hosting I can Recommend
For shared hosting, I think SiteGround is an excellent choice.
For business hosting, Kinsta seems like a reasonable choice. Of course, you can do business hosting on the others as well. It depends on the size of your business.
Getting your Hands Dirty
Some website hosting services offer one-click installations of your favorite platforms. Many do not. I use Digital Ocean, which specializes in low-cost VPS hosting called “droplets”. Ocean, droplet, get it?
It’s mostly shared hosting that offers control panels and one-click installations. Managed VPS hosting does as well. Unmanaged VPS hosting means you do it all by yourself.
Doing it by yourself and getting your hands dirty is an enlightening experience. My first website started on shared hosting. I eventually moved over to Media Temple for managed VPS hosting and then on to unmanaged VPS hosting. I recently moved to Digital Ocean.
I’ve learned a lot in the decade leading to today. I learned that unmanaged VPS hosting is the best way to go. You can use it for one website or many. There are plenty of tutorials to help you get started. I may piece together one myself (I’ve already written some related articles).
Your Website and Web Development
If you just want a website that works, without getting into all the server administration stuff, then by all means go with shared hosting. When you want to get into the nuts and bolts that hold things together, an unmanaged VPS is the way you should go.
The most important thing to know is this: If you host your website at one of the big web hosting providers that don’t charge anything (WordPress.com, Blogger or even Facebook articles), you’re going to have a hard time doing anything extra. You won’t be able to make the money you could make (if that’s what you want to do) with self-hosting.
Many people start a website and then give up a short time later. Some don’t even last a month. It’s something you have to want to do. You have to have time to work on it or you may be wasting what little time you have to spare.