So – you’ve decided to work with WordPress, the version that you arrange hosting for so that you can really make the most of the full functionality available, such being limited on the totally free WordPress.com version.
And before anything else, you need to know where it will live. Do you want a blog that lives within your website’s domain and hosting? Or is this to be a separate, new project?
What we’re outlining here are the essentials you need for hosting your WordPress. And if you cannot find the information you need on your host’s website, just ask – these are not silly questions, indeed some might think them a tad silly for not making such information easily available!
WordPress offer you the wording to send to your hosts asking for the information, as follows:
I’m interested in running the open-source WordPress <http://wordpress.org/> blogging software and I was wondering if my account supported the following:
- PHP 5.2.4 or greater
- MySQL 5.0 or greater
- The mod_rewrite Apache module
Once you know that these requirements are met, we suggest you then consider the pricing, the level of customer service, and also how helpful they can be for WordPress hosting. Some now offer specific packages just for WordPress, so that would certainly suggest they know what they’re on about. But another thing to consider is how well their servers respond, are the load times good – if you can visit some of their hosted websites to gauge load times for yourself, that can offer you a further level of confidence in their service.
My current favourite is ezpzhosting * – for the price, the ease of installing WordPress (a few clicks and it’s done) and the exceptional support. There are of course plenty other reliable and excellent WordPress hosts, feel free to add yours, with reasons, below.
We have helped people set up their WordPress on some of the bigger names and too often it is not as straightforward as it really should be. So go with a recommendation from someone you trust.
If we can help further, just ask…
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Page updated: 20/06/2012