The most essential part of a website is web hosting. The speed of the website mostly depends on the hosting, if the software is broken, it can be fixed, but if the hosting is weak, you need a new hosting provider.
Most of the websites hosted all over the world use one of the two hostings, wordpress hosting or shared hosting.
I say that because 33% of the internet runs on WordPress. Furthermore, WordPress can be installed on both shared hosting and wordpress hosting.
The differences between wordpress hosting and shared hosting are negligible to some. To some people, purchasing wordpress hosting won’t make a difference.
WordPress hosting is mostly for newbies, features that will very much make it easier for the website owner. Shared hosting, on the other hand, is much cheaper than wordpress hosting, but it is much harder to operate.
Side #1: WordPress Hosting
When choosing between wordpress hosting or shared hosting, the first thing you need to get out of the way is the price. WordPress hosting costs a lot more. If the price is a problem for you, you can skip to the next heading.
You will not find managed wordpress hosting under $15/month, which is 7.5 times higher than our lowest priced shared hosting. The features sometimes justify the price though. It does matter who you are, and what you want to do.
Sometimes, wordpress hosts like WP Engine will add in extra features to better justify the price. Even though the price still might be enough, if you see that you’re getting a free theme, you might still purchase it.
Managed wordpress hosting is faster than normal shared hosting. The “managed” part of the word means that the website or more accurately the WordPress platform is managed by the hosting.
This lessens the workload of the website owner and passes it onto the hosting. They will take care of speed, security plugin updates, and platform updates. This means that your website will always be up to date and at a much lower risk of a successful attack.
The support team that comes with a shared hosting is a universal one for all the websites, usually thousands, hosted on the same server. These websites run on different platforms.
As opposed to that, wordpress hosting comes with a team that is specifically knowledged in WordPress. They’re experts in that field and they will help you with anything you need.
Moreover, some wordpress hosting providers also offer a technical team to help you build your website.
Side #2: Shared Hosting
Shared hosting is mainly characterized by its low prices. There’s a lot of controversy going on about whether you should choose wordpress hosting or shared hosting, and most people seem to suggest that you should always use wordpress hosting if you’re hosting a WordPress website.
I’m here to tell you that you shouldn’t always do that. I’ve personally hosted websites on both sides and I don’t think the gains of wordpress hosting are big enough to justify the price. For me personally, I’d use shared hosting unless I have a really high budget.
With shared hosting, you can almost always install more than one website on it. Shared hosting supports all kinds of websites. Basic HTML/CSS/JS websites are not a problem, and it also supports any platform you want to install onto it.
This allows you to get more bang for your buck, though it doesn’t really matter if you have a really high budget.
With most WordPress hosting services, you do not get email hosting. Meaning, you’ll have to pay more to have a branded email (ex. email@example.com). This might be a problem if you need to host a lot of emails.
Opposite of that, shared hostings that have a cPanel most of the time come with email hosting. They might be limited to a number of emails, but there’s still email included in your hosting.
Speed is the most important thing when building a website. And you’re right, WordPress hosting will be a little faster for WordPress websites, but in my opinion, it isn’t enough to make a difference.
Shared hosting probably runs on a computer with the same specs as the computer of the wordpress hosting, and these computers can handle a ridiculous number of sites. You’re probably not gonna notice that it’s a little slower than wordpress hosting.
In the end, if your site opens in under 3 seconds, you are golden.
#4: Better price-performance ratio
If you were to look at the specs you’re getting for $35/month with WPEngine, you’d see that you’re getting a lot less than you’re getting from shared hosting.
There are just too many imposed limits. For less than 1/10 of the price of WPEngine’s lowest priced plan, you’re getting a lot better specs.
They’re even limiting the number of monthly visits. If that threshold is broken, there’s an additional charge for the additional visits.
If you have a really high budget and are using WordPress for your website, choose wordpress hosting, but if your budget isn’t that big, choosing shared hosting will be better for you.
This has to do with the fact that WordPress hostings are usually overpriced, but they do offer much better technical support if needed. They also have people that are managing the websites, so the owners’ only job is to upload more content.
WordPress hosting usually runs a dozen times more expensive than shared hosting. Opposite of that, shared hosting will only cost you a coffee per month.