WordPress is one of the best-known blogging platforms. More than sixty million websites run on WordPress, making it the most popular blogging system of any, and nearly one in four of the top ten million websites are WordPress. It describes itself as “a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability” but might be more usefully understood as a free, open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.
It’s mentioned here because one of the possible hosting methods is VPS. A local computer can be configured as its own WordPress web server and these sites are known as self-hosted blogs. More commonly, WordPress is installed in a web server on which others also run – the number of blog hosting services that specialise in WordPress is too large to list them here. Most WordPress blogs will use shared hosting, but VPS hosting is gaining in popularity.
Advantages of VPS for WordPress Hosting Over Shared Hosting
- Security. With shared hosting, the fact that blogs share the same physical space and security settings makes them vulnerable to hackers and other interlopers.
- Performance. Of course it’s nice to know that your website loads quickly for visitors – but it’s more than that. A fast-loading website gets better se oh rankings on the major search engines.
- Flexibility. One of the drawbacks of shared WordPress hosting is that most of the large and well-known hosting services limit the scripts that can be run on them. With VPS, the user can install any script.
- Uptime. Because VPS uses a large number of discrete and physically separated servers, downtime is all but eliminated.
This is not a decision to be made lightly and we are always ready to discuss the pros and cons to help customers decide which of the several available options is best for them.