Choosing hosting for WordPress

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Choosing hosting for WordPress

 

One of the most important questions in launching a website is the hosting.

When moving to private hosting, I realized that I don’t need all features of the premium hosting plans, just a reliable hosting with basic tools to help me do my tasks easier, without too much investment. Also I wanted to continue using WordPress and reuse the content already created in my old website.

The requirements of WordPress from my hosting were pretty small:

  • PHP 4.3 or greater
  • MySQL 4.0 or greater
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module
  • What they don’t mention on website Required WordPress space: At least 10 Mbytes of space on server

The two most encountered flavors of hosting which I could use are:

  • LAMP stacks – offering on Linux the Apache / MySQL /PHP suite, but also may include other additional tools, like statistics by example, AWStats , CPanel for management and other useful applications;
    • they are cheaper, due to lack of costs associated with the software, the only investments being in hardware and quality work force.
    • the Linux is known that needs a lot less resources than Windows and it is known to be more stable on the long run.
    • this kind of hosting is more preferred by startups or companies who
  • Windows Server based – offering ASP .Net, SQL databases and depending on the version of Server (for 2008 I mean) they offer IIS 7 with FastCGI support for PHP and the rest of the stack.
    • they are usually more expensive due to the cost of licenses (but sometimes cut by new Microsoft licensing opportunities – see below)
    • the main advantage is that much powerful apps can be created on windows using Azure, Silverlight, fast SQL databases etc.
    • also allow using PHP/ MySQL based applications, which LAMP doesn’t do

What I didn’t find mentioned is the actual space required. But I did a small test by installing the free Vertrigo application, who created and setup very quickly a Apache server along PHP, MySQL and other tools, and created all necessary setup for running WordPress. Then I downloaded the latest WordPress version and proceeded to install it in the local website. The app installed and approx 30 articles with few pictures inside of them took me to 10 MBytes of space on disk. of course, after adding lots of plug-ins and templates I ended up to 24 MB, but still, keeping only what you need on server will keep you on the safe side of space required.

I liked very much that the WordPress developers spent some time for improving user experience in installing their tool, making it as easy possible. I followed their famous 5 minute tutorial and I learned how to install themes and plug-ins.

A very nice feature you might consider when using this application is the Import tool who allows you to move your already created content from one installation to another, keeping your content integrity – importing articles, images, tags, pages etc.

After spending some time in researching about types of hosting, asking friends, discussing with tech guys from different hosting companies, I ended up in choosing the MX-Host proposal.

2 Comments

  1. Daniel |

    You’re clearly strongly biased towards Windows Server. That’t not necessary the real picture. Get your hands on MySQL and you’ll see your dear SQL server will have trouble keeping up. Same for PHP vs ASP. And so on. Not to mention the price issue :p

    What’s up with also allow using PHP/ MySQL based applications, which LAMP doesn’t do?!? LAMP is all about PHP/MySQL based applications.

    • admin |

      Yes, I am biased to Windows server. I consider LAMP as being a truly good technology for startups.
      One of my biggest reasons is that when company grows it needs more and more interactivity and also integrated environments it really requires to have at least a Windows Server – please correct me if LAMP allows intra network security and sharing resources like MS Active Directory. Also the MS products are kind of good to interact with each other.

      It’s not about a holy war supporting a software company, more like choosing the right product for the right job (and also budget).

So, what do you think ?

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