What is WordPress
WordPress is the most popular blogging software in use on the web. It is in fact, one of the most used Content Management System (CMS) online.
It’s very easy to set up – it can be installed with Fantastico by one-click in a few seconds. Due to its popularity there is ample help online when you need it.
WordPress is written in a programming language called PHP which accesses the content from a MySQL database. As it is continually extracting packets of information from the server and elsewhere, WordPress can need more memory that a straightforward static HTML site.
WordPress and Hosting
To set up a WordPress site you need two things: a domain name and a web host.
Google rates speed very highly these days in its ranking algorithm, so it’s essential you pick a good host to make the most from your WordPress site.
You can find that certain plugins won’t work due to memory issues, servers can fail due to the host’s incompetence often causing a loss in Google rankings and sometimes WordPress’s features won’t work due to a poor host setup – so choosing a host not something to be hurried!
Most website owners when they start out will opt for a shared hosting package. This is the cheapest hosting option where your website will be sharing a server with hundreds or, sometimes, thousands of other sites.
Whereas a dedicated hosting service is one where you lease an entire server which isn’t shared with anyone.
What is VPS?
A virtual private server provides the features of a dedicated server on a machine that is shared by other customers. This is done by partitioning a physical computer into multiple servers such each with capabilities of running its own fully-fledged operating system, and each can be independently rebooted.
Customers therefore get hosting services that are similar to that of dedicated Web hosting without sacrificing performance and for a much reduced price.
Another benefit of VPS servers is scalability. Extra resources (RAM, other configurations) can be added at later dates as the website grows.
Which type of VPS host to use for WordPress?
The first thing to advise is to go for a Linux host over Windows as Linux takes much less resources and WordPress just runs better on it.
Managed VPS or Unmanaged VPS hosting?
You need to decide between purchasing a managed VPS or an unmanaged VPS hosting account.
With an unmanaged VPS site you are on your own. You control it. You install and run whatever software you want to run on it.
If you aren’t comfortable doing this then unmanaged hosting is obviously not for you. However, it does have the benefit of being slightly cheaper as hosts do not have to spend so much on support. You may have to pay extra for cPanel licenses, etc.
Managed VPS services include maintenance, monitoring, and repairs at a fixed cost – they also provide varying amounts of support.
Standard VPS hosting or VPS hosting in the cloud?
Cloud computing is generally run on a cluster of servers whereas standard VPS hosting will put your site on only one computer with backups.
With VPS cloud hosting your site will come back online immediately if any hardware fails.
Standard VPS can only offers a certain amount of RAM and CPU at any one time so you can still suffer from outages if your site become extremely busy. However, Cloud VPS can dynamically assign resources as your server needs them.