In a generation where consumer behaviours are continuing to migrate online socially and commercially, more people and businesses are striving to get themselves onto the Internet to catch the wave of the Internet migration. One of the most simple ways people have been able to get online is with the use of the Wordpress platform. Web design and development was once left alone to technical experts and web designers. Nowadays, the platform offers a simple and flexible option for people to build and customise their websites in ways that will provide them with a powerful online presence.
Working closely with your web hosting provider will be essential if you want to make the process easier with getting your website online with minimal coding and technical configurations. When it comes to hosting your website in the Wordpress CMS module, the team from Host Geek have provided a few considerations that you should keep in mind.
Does the Wordpress web hosting provider offer a one-click setup solution?
Most web hosting providers will offer a 1-click Wordpress setup and configuration for your website. In the backend, they will setup the database, store the files and configure the website as per the requirements needed to ensure that the website is running smoothly. If the web host doesn't offer the one-click setup solution, you can still get your website online. You will need to install manually the Wordpress module via the FTP and configure the SQL database for Wordpress to write the files. Once the website is up and running, you will need to develop the content and manage the design to make the website come across exactly the way that you want it to.
Technical assistance from the web hosting company
If you aren't technical, you will need to find out if you will receive Wordpress support from your web hosting company for free or whether there will be any additional fees involved. There are potential issues that may arise as a part of the technical plugins, website downtime or the website's security. If you don't have the technical skills to manage these issues, you will need to consult with an expert who will probably charge $100 an hour or more. Alternatively, have access to the technical team through your Wordpress web host who can assist you for free or at a much lower fee.
Access to the FTP and CMS settings.
It sounds simple, but you need to make sure that you will get access to your website's FTP and admin CMS logins. There are some companies that offer the web hosting service for your Wordpress CMS but only provide you with limited access to the administrative sections that you need for your site. Before going ahead with any packages, ensure that they will guarantee that you will receive the FTP access details should you need to change anything in the backend of the website (outside the CMS) and the administrative access inside the CMS platform so you can make tweaks and changes as required.
Forecast how much traffic you will expect to get on your site. If you expect to receive a lot of traffic, you will need to ensure that your hosting plan will provide you with enough bandwidth to make sure your website doesn't go down. Furthermore, you should also find out if there is flexibility with upgrading your web hosting plan so you can access higher bandwidth, storage space, SQL databases and email accounts if required.
Backing up your website and database (Cloud solutions)
It is extremely important to maintain regular backups of your website. There is a range of threats online that could see your website go down and without a backup of your website, everything will need to be redone from scratch. Find out if your web host provides website backup solutions to a cloud or ensure that you maintain regular backups of your website to a storage device.
You must have a web hosting website storage service that will allow your website to stay online all the time. If you are using shared hosting, one of the risks is that the hosting may go offline. This could be due to the traffic bandwidth being overloaded or other issues on the shared hosting. Make sure you read reviews and the credibility of the web hosting company that you choose.
Can your web hosting provider offer SSL?
You need to ask yourself whether your website will be transferring secured data such as information on financial transactions or other sensitive data. The security of your website is important for your website to stay online and to avoid any fraudulent activities that may occur with phishing or malware that could potentially impact your website.
Taking pre-emptive action against Wordpress hackers.
You will need to be careful with any loopholes within Wordpress that may be leveraged by website hackers to gain administrative access to your website and use the site and your domain to send spam email or to take down your website. The threat of hackers doing this can leave your site becoming blacklisted across the Internet providers, and you needing to fork out an additional bill to remove the blacklists for your website. Find out the options that your web hosting provider can offer to protect your website from any potential threats.
Depending on what you are planning to use your Wordpress website for, you will need to consider the IP address that your site will be hosted on. Will it be classed in a -safe neighbourhood' online or will you need to look at another class C IP address option? Consult with your web hosting provider to find out the flexibility in the options with your packages.
These are a few considerations to keep in mind to help you find the right web hosting provider for your Wordpress site. If you set these up well in the beginning, you will be able to manage your website with few issues impacting your site and the journey to your online success.