Why Shared WordPress Hosting is the Best Option for New Blogs

One of the most difficult tasks faced by anyone starting a new blog or internet marketing career is the process of selecting the web-hosting for their site. We have already specifically advised you to stay away from free hosting, as they have significant limitations and issues, and at the end of day you will face lots of technical hassles. If you are a new blogger just getting started with the process of choosing your web-hosting service, I highly recommend that you opt for reliable, reputable and cheap shared hosting.

Why Shared Hosting for New Blogs

There are several web hosting packages available, such as shared hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting, and for new bloggers it’s always confusing to determine which is the best choice. In this post I will be writing specifically about which hosting package a new blogger should choose, and I will reveal some of the top web hosting services for beginners which are cheap and reliable.

We have already discussed the things to consider when shopping for a webhosting service. Now let’s have a look at the best type of hosting a new blogger or webmaster should consider from the various hosting packages commonly available.

Which type of web hosting is best for a beginner blogger/webmaster?

In technical terms, webhosting can be divided into the following categories: Shared, VPS, dedicated, reseller and cloud hosting. You can further classify them as Windows or Linux hosting.

For any WordPress site, I highly recommend Linux hosting.

When I started blogging in 2008, I was overwhelmed with many options, and as a result I have tried many types of hosting over time. We started with no traffic at the time when we published our first post.  Today we get almost 275,000PV/month, and we are currently on shared hosting.

Shared hosting is the best choice for any new blogger or webmaster who is looking to start a website. With this choice you will save money, and there are unlimited resources for hosting which can meet all of  your basic requirements. Moreover, VPS and dedicated hosting are costly, and for any beginner these would represent overkill.  It is highly recommended that you opt for shared hosting as you begin your Internet career.  If the time comes when you need more server resources than shared hosting provides, you can simply upgrade to VPS or dedicated hosting.

I started my blogging journey with Dreamhost, and later I moved to Bluehost, then Hostgator, then Linode, and back to Hostgator. At the time of the writing of this post we are currently hosted on Knownhost VPS.

All the hosting services noted above are services I have tried and know to be very good options.  I highly recommend shared hosting to start, and if the time comes when your WordPress site is consuming excessive server resources, instead of shifting hosts, optimize your site. You can optimize your database, clean up orphan tables and get rid of plugins to speed up your site.  I recommend that you do these things prior to changing hosts.

Your hosting requirements will depend on the kind of applications you want to run on your hosting account.

For bloggers who simply want to start blogging, I recommend opting for shared hosting, for following reasons :

  • Initially your site’s traffic will be low.
  • Shared hosting is costs less than dedicated hosting.
  • Most start-up websites are easily handed by shared hosting.

Most beginning bloggers are short on funds and have little income at the start. For this reason it is usually preferable to choose a hosting service charging between $5-$10/month rather than spending $20-$50 for dedicated hosting.

Many people believe that shared hosting affects search engine ranking, but in a recent video Matt Cutts, a Google web spam engineer, confirmed that the hosting environment does not affect ranking. You do, however, need to be sure to choose a reliable hosting service which can give your site maximum up-time.

Recommended beginner web hosting for WordPress:

Honestly, most of the webhosting services these days offer amazing resources at low prices, but I always judge a webhosting service for its performance and customer support.

When you are dealing with hosting, you need to have basic knowledge about FTP, SSH (in some cases), and other changes which you will be making from cPanel. Unfortunately, DDOS attacks and the hacking of sites is very common, and you have to ensure that your server quality is up to the task of dealing with any normal hacking attempt.

If you are looking for a reliable WordPress shared hosting, I would recommend that you opt for Bluehost, which is officially recommended by the WordPress community.

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Once your traffic shoots up, you can easily upgrade to any good VPS like Knownhost, Linode or Hostgator. Remember, a good shared hosting company can easily handle 15,000 visits in an optimized environment.

Which service do you think offers the most suitable hosting environment for a new blogger?

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 16 )

  1. Alex Bishop says

    I second you Harsh. I believe that since money has to be valued , and also the effort taken to build a website or a blog site matters a lot, it is for the best to be budgeted and rather go gradually. Whether you are a beginner or not , regardless of the same you can vouch for cheaper and much affordable services rather than vouching for the high end premium services which might end up being not so cost effective for you.

    Just like you have traversed from various vendors time to time, using different plans and services, eventually things get clearer and you start to understand what is the most suitable service provider for you. Well, that’s how market research is done I guess.
    I often end up saving some cash by preferably digging in a lot and finding the most sorted and affordable web hosting service provider.

    Likewise every time it’s a WordPress based set up, Bluehost is the first name that pops up in my mind.
    And whenever it’s about choosing cheap and affordable domains , GoDaddy rules !


  2. says

    Harsh I’m a loyal reader of your blog. You know, recently Hostgator was bought by EIG. Many of blogger judge that it will be bad for Hostgator.

    I think, that is the good time to you for update what is the best hosting after hosgator sold. I know you have posted about Hostgator alternative after sold, that was bluehost. but I still dont understand, because Bluehost is part of EIG too.

    • says

      I have seen so many news and rumours around EIG not being a good company, and I disagree with this. EIG is working as a big giant who is acquiring all small or growing hosting companies. Many companies like Bluehost actually become more reliable after being acquired by EIG as they got more fund to improve their infrastructure. At the same time other low quality hosting like Fatcow remains the same and making them look bad. I believe EIG should rather work on reputation management and clear out all the bells and whistles hurting their reputation.
      What do you think EIG should do here?

  3. Aj says

    Depends. I think the main issue is that dedicated hosting can be really complicated if you don’t know how to run one. But if you have the money and know how to run a dedicated server, I think it’s a good choice.

    I think when you are a beginner you should have the attitude that you are in it for the long run – so set up your sites knowing you will have tons of traffic in the future.

  4. Sathish says

    I agree with you harsh. The beginners should always start with a shared webhosting and thats the reason I am with dreamhost shared webhosting.

  5. Suresh says

    I completely agree with your point.
    how much easy in moving from shared hosting to dedicated hosting?
    do we need to work on filesystem and database migration etc…

    • says

      Suresh depends… If you getting cPanel along with it, with cPanel importer you can migrate everything with few clicks.. Else it will be more like Moving a WordPress blog, which is simple.

  6. Basant | Techno-Pulse says

    For beginners IMO the best way is to buy a domain name & go with Blogger (i.e. custome domain name @ blogger)…absolutely free of cost :) I am doing the same & earning with Google AdSense.

  7. Sanjay Goel says

    Itâ„¢s better to go for some hosting between 5-10$/month rather then spending 20-50$ for dedicated hosting.

    Where do u get dedicated servers at $20-50?

    • says

      Sanjay there are few which offer that…But again they are cheap and quality always come with a price tag…
      The good one I know offer VPS for such price…
      Thanks for dropping by. :)

  8. Nash Radak says

    That will be fine but It’s not always, some shared hosting plans costs more then VPS even dedicated servers in this post that is not, all of this companies offers cheap web hosting.

  9. Vaibhav says

    Its not only for beginners but also for small/medium scale companies which just need an online presence to showcase their products to a larger audience.

  10. Michael Aulia says

    Easy question :) Look at the price and you’ll get the answer lol

    Not too mention it’s easy to upgrade to a dedicated anyway later on during the track

    • says

      I agree with your comment Michael. And for any new blog or site (WordPress) shared hosting is good enough to hold your traffic and provide you enough resources.
      Thanks for dropping by and for your comment. :)