This communicates to your audience that your site handles their personal information securely. What personal information might they use on your site? First name, last name, email address, and phone number — these might be used when signing up for an email newsletter, for a free PDF download, registering for a webinar, etc.
It’s a little more expensive, but it’s the right choice for a serious WordPress-based project (website on the rise, e-commerce store, popular online publication with a lot of traffic, and also good for developers who just want to avoid any problems in the future when working on client sites).
In my experience DreamHost is always good because, they keep their hardware and site updated to modern standards and their customer support is fantastic. They offer SSD drives on all plans even on their shared plans which give an added speed boost to your site. Even the best guarantee won’t stop your site going offline – they are giving me 100% uptime even though they have promised 99.9% uptime. However, their web hosting admin panel is custom designed, which is clean and easy-to-use.
If you use Windows, one of the best web editors around is Expression Web, a free web editor from Microsoft. This was originally commercial software, that is, it used to be sold in shops, so it has the advanced features, ease of use and polish of such programs. I assume the company gives it away free of charge now because they no longer want to be in the web editor business.
Finally, a fourth less common option is co-located hosting, which enables you to purchase your own server and, while it will be kept in the vendor’s data center, you’ll have complete control over it so you can install anything you need onto it.
However that wasn’t the only reason I don’t recommend them. The quality of most themes there are not very good (at least from the best practices standpoint). The themes might look great aesthetically, but usually cause a lot of bugs with numerous plugins.
WordPress hosting is for people who want to build their sites on the back of the popular WordPress content management system (CMS). Many WordPress hosts automatically handle backend stuff, so you don’t have to worry about updating the apps and CMS, and enabling automatic backups.
This is where A2 Optimized came into play. A2 Optimized WordPress is a result of our team of optimization experts determining the most secure and highest performing setup by testing a number of configurations. Trust us, they tested a lot of WordPress configurations! At A2 Hosting, you get this pre-configured, A2 Optimized WordPress setup right out of the box when you sign up with us!
Cloud hosting is relatively new, and it has the potential to be the best option for everyone because, in theory, your website will never go offline. It’s not tied to particular server, so if one fails, your site will bop over to one a different cloud. And you pay for only the server space you use: you’ll pay less when you have slower traffic and more when you have a traffic spike. The downside is that it’s new enough technology that security is a concern. No one is quite sure how safe information in a cloud can be.
While InMotion doesn’t excel in any particular area, it offers an overall decent WordPress experience. Loading speeds aren’t exceptional, but aren’t too bad either. Their support team is friendly and knowledgeable, but often take ages to answer. If we had to sum up InMotion in a single word, it would be “average”.
WordPress.com is a commercial website builder owned by Automattic and running only on WordPress software. They bundle hosting, software and support into a single package. Their founder, Matt Mullenweg, wrote the original WordPress software. If you want a more controlled but sleeker experience, WordPress.com is where you go.
Clustered hosting: having multiple servers hosting the same content for better resource utilization. Clustered servers are a perfect solution for high-availability dedicated hosting, or creating a scalable web hosting solution. A cluster may separate web serving from database hosting capability. (Usually web hosts use clustered hosting for their shared hosting plans, as there are multiple benefits to the mass managing of clients).