Choosing the best web hosting plan for your specific project has always been a bit confusing. Plan features never line up. Terminology never matches. And pricing varies according to current discounts and plan length.
But that was before the latest trend in web hosting – WordPress-specific hosting plans.
Nearly every hosting company offers a “WordPress Hosting Plan” in some form.
Sometimes those plans are nothing more than a headline change.
Sometimes they are very well-priced for the extra services. And sometimes they are plainly upsells with dressed up “features.”
It’s maddening – because here’s the thing. WordPress software runs fine on typical web hosting.
You do not need “WordPress Hosting” to run WordPress software.
All you need is a Linux-based hosting account that supports PHP and mySQL – aka plain vanilla shared web hosting.
Both are run of the mill features on even shared server plans since the early 2000s. So what is the difference between WordPress Hosting plans and Web Hosting plans?
Well – sometimes a WordPress-specific plan is absolutely worth paying for. WordPress does have some needs & requirements that are not “generic” so some companies can offer seriously better service, support & performance for WordPress installs.[Read more…] about WordPress Hosting vs. Web Hosting Explained