What are the requirements to host WordPress?

When you start out learning how to build your first WordPress website, it’s critical that you choose a hosting company with WordPress optimization so that your site runs the way it should. Thankfully, almost every reputable hosting service these days designs automatic-install functions for WordPress; that means that you don’t need to have any coding skills to set up your WordPress theme on most hosts. With just a few clicks, you can easily get your website up and running. If anything goes wrong, the bigger hosting companies have more than enough resources to help you out with their reliable technical-support departments. WordPress websites can operate well with hosting services that are free, shared, dedicated or on a virtual-private server or “VPS.”

However, maybe you are a little familiar with coding or have hired a professional to build your website with lots of extra customization. In that case, here is the list of the absolute minimum technical requirements that any host needs to run WordPress:

  • The hypertext pre-processor script known as “PHP” in version 5.2.4 or later
  • An open-source, relational database-management system called “MySQL” in version 5.0 or later
  • Recommended servers, although not always essential, are Apache or “Nginx.”

Which hosts are the best and easiest to use for WordPress?

HostGator offers the best value for your money, and they have 24/7 support you can trust. They also offer a 45-day money-back guarantee for their services and unlimited bandwidth. Currently, HostGator supports more than 8 million domains. Best of all, they let you install WordPress with just one click. Their 99.9-percent uptime rate ensures that you won’t lose traffic due to technical difficulties either.

Bluehost Inc. has been the officially recommended hosting service of choice from WordPress developers since 2005. They also offer a one-click WordPress installation, a free domain, free website builders with extra templates and competitive rates. Bluehost doesn’t lock you into contracts either, so you can get a refund at any time if you aren’t satisfied with their service. Plus, the 24/7 technical support and enhanced “cPanel” options make it an excellent choice for hosting.

The iPage hosting company gives you unlimited email addresses for your website with highly optimized support for WordPress. They also offer a free security suite, unlimited bandwidth, the one-click WordPress-install feature, unlimited disk space and more. With more than 1 million happy customers, iPage also provides a great value for trustworthy hosting.

Just Host has the many of the same popular features as their rivals — unlimited space and bandwidth, one-click installs, refunds and free website builders with 24/7 support — at very low prices. They also offer free additional advertising credits to promote your website through Google and Bing searches too. If you’re planning to build a lot of websites, they also let you host an unlimited number of domains as well.

Written by Kris Calixton