WordPress Tutorial Series is a series of articles for the new users to guide on how to begin using WordPress. In this article let us try to find a Web Host. In the previous and first article of this WordPress Tutorial Series, we have written What is WordPress and How it Works, in very lucid language. In the whole WordPress Tutorial Series, many things will be clear to the beginners – how bad business makes the new, novice users are susceptible for their innocence.
WordPress Tutorial Series : Understand 90% are affiliates of one or the other brand
Affiliates are like agents, they get paid if you click their link to the product and buy it then or within a time period. It is a great way to make money, other than using third party Ad management services like Google AdSense, but unfortunately; in order to sell the product, the websites (blogs or forums) sometimes highlights in a way, so that the new user get satisfied with the logics of that writer and buy the product. Most affiliates are of Web Hosting brands and WordPress Premium Themes, in our case – it is applicable for the whole WordPress Tutorial Series. If you want to judge neutrally, you have to search for both the good and bad in Google search and have to conclude.
WordPress Tutorial Series : The Crux is to make you Independent
So, beware of these affiliates. If you search all over the internet, you will notice 99% is not happy with their Web Host. Most of these Web Hosts do not have own data center or falsely claim to having so. Try to use the web hosts which most big brand uses – CNN, BBC, Diesel, Adobe, Sony. Quite obviously they have a team to elect a good web host. So learn from them. There are few web hosting brands which have the big datcenters and actually resells to most others. The Rackspace Cloud, Amazon and Media Template are among them. Keep in mind one thing – WordPress is not designed to move from one server to another. There are some residual signature remains when moved – you will notice insertion of some peculiar German like Characters in bigger blogs, if they were moved. This happens due to the fact, with increasing number of comments, posts the MySQL database becomes very large and usually direct backup from PHPMyAdmin becomes impossible. For this you need root access on your server – a simple UNIX command can tar it easily within minutes and then from the new server one can pull it with wget command. Then untar and restore. These are three sentences, but it will take 3 days to understand in practical for a beginner.
Cloud Hosting is the best solution today for WordPress
Though the minimum cost will be around $ 10 / month, which might be a big costly to begin, Cloud hosting is the best solution today as simply you can increase the RAM, Bandwidth if your website grows.
Judge the support of the web hosting before going to any deal
Use different computers and Internet connections to check whether their Live Support is really living.
Never rely on these jargons :
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Unlimited disk space
- Unlimited this and that
- Best cpanel hosting
- Best WordPress hosting
- Best Linux hosting
- 100% uptime
- ?Our Server colocated with Google / Rackspace etc.
- Offering free SEO, Backlinks
What you basically need for WordPress Hosting
- A Linux Server – preferably running Debian OS or Red Hat Linux, Cent OS is nether bad, take it as Open Source Red Hat Linux.
- Most standard web hosting brands gives a bland server, others offer a cpanel hosting. For the bland servers, you have to install the required supports to run WordPress, for cpanel or proprietary control panel based hosting you must check whether they are running the latest version of PHP, PHPMyAdmin or not.
- For WordPress LAMP is required – that is Linux server, Apache, MySQL, PHP.
- A pathetic truth is – most second or third class web hosts uses the already whipped dead horses – bigger brands sells their craps after a certain period.
- The reputation of IP and name-server are important. If they are / were hugely used by the spammers, they might be black listed. There are online tools to check the reputation of the both.
- Never register the domain name and use the server from the same brand. It becomes pathetic for some hosts to get the domain released to your new server – if you change in future.
So, the second part of our WordPress Tutorial Series ends here. You can read the first article of WordPress Tutorial Series – What is WordPress and How it Works by clicking here.