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What to look for when choosing a WordPress host

Kristen Symonds

May 12, 2016
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  1. What to look for in a

    WordPress Host

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  2. WordPress Requirements
    • Apache or Nginx
    • PHP 5.2.4 5.6
    • MySQL 5.6 or Maria DB10.0

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  3. Host Types
    • Shared
    • VPS
    • Dedicated
    • WordPress-specific

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  4. Terminology
    • # Websites
    • # Domains
    • Visits
    • Bandwidth, Transfer
    • Storage, Space
    • Memory, RAM
    • CPU
    • FTP
    • SFTP
    • SSH
    • SSL

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  5. Common Gotchas
    • Unlimited
    • storage
    • bandwidth
    • SSH & SFTP
    • First-term pricing

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  6. Comparing hosts: shared
    GoDaddy Bluehost Siteground MediaTemple
    websites 1, ∞, ∞ 1, 10,∞ 1, >1, >1 10, 50, 50
    storage (GB) 100, ∞, ∞ 50, 150,∞ 10, 20, 30 20, 100, 100
    bandwidth ∞ ∞ ∞ 1, 5, 5 TB
    visits (per month) 10, 25, 100 (k/mth)
    cpu # * 2000 GPU
    backup extra $ included included included
    email 100, 500, 1000 5, 100, ∞ ∞ 1, 5, 5 Gapps
    $/month 10.99, 13.99, 21.99 7.99, 10.99, 23.99 9.95, 14.95, 29.95 30, 150, 350

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  7. Comparing hosts: VPS
    GoDaddy Bluehost DigitalOcean Linode
    RAM (GB) 1-8 2-8 0.512-8 1-8
    storage (GB) 40-240 30-240 20-80 24-192
    bandwidth (TB) ∞ 1-4 1-5 2-8
    visits (per month)
    cpu (cores) 2-4 1-4 1-6
    backup included extra included
    email 5k SMTP relays
    $/month 43.99-203.99 29.99-119.99 5-80 10-80

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  8. Comparing hosts: WP-specific
    GoDaddy Bluehost WP Engine Pressable
    websites 1-5 5-30 1-25 5-20
    RAM (GB) 2-8
    storage (GB) 10-50 30-240 10-30
    bandwidth ∞
    visits (per month) 25-800k 100m-∞ 25-400k 60-400k
    SFTP/CDN/security y/y/y y/y/y y/y/? y/y/y
    backup included included included included
    $/month 10.99-36.99 24.99-169.99 29-249 20.83-75

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  9. Kristen’s Essentials
    • SFTP
    • PHP 5.6 or higher

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  10. Nice to haves
    • Backups
    • SSH
    • WP-CLI
    • Logs
    • Cron control

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  11. Image Credits
    • grover_net
    • Falzingo Photos
    • Tom Simpson
    • Lisa Brown

    • theaucitron
    • Christian Labarca
    • Hungry Squirrels
    (with permission or Creative Commons)

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