Shared Hosting Options for WordPress

A shared WordPress Web hosting plan should have sufficient hardware and bandwidth resources that can accommodate the needs and demands of your target customer markets. For instance, if you intend to develop and run a WordPress membership website with a large volume of members only content and more than enough materials that can be accessed by prospects, especially if you plan to include massive volumes of high quality video materials and slideshow presentations of digital photos and images in your members only and freely accessible website content, then you should go with a shared WordPress Web hosting plan that’s integrated with powerful hardware resources and more than enough bandwidth resources. Here are some detailed factors you should consider before choosing the shared WordPress Web hosting plan that’s right for you and your websites:

1. Shared WordPress Web hosting plans versus dedicated WordPress Web hosting packages. A shared WordPress Web hosting package simply means that the Web server’s hardware components and bandwidth resources are shared between multiple customers who have a shared WordPress Web hosting subscription plan with the Web hosting provider. This is suitable for those who expect minimal amount of traffic and onsite viewer activity during the first few months or so of running the websites hosted in the Web server. This also costs less than a dedicated WordPress Web hosting package.

A dedicated WordPress Web hosting plan is on the other hand a subscription account where the entire Web server is leased to one customer. This means the Web server’s hardware components and bandwidth resources are solely used by the customer. This is ideal for businesses, companies and individuals that expect to get a large volume of traffic and massive onsite viewer activity during the first few weeks of running and promoting their websites.

Hardware resources include data storage space, processor capabilities and RAM module efficiency. Of course, larger traffic estimates and onsite viewer activity will require bigger data storage space, better processor capabilities and more efficient RAM resources to accommodate the data transmissions sent to and from the Web server and the Web browsers of site viewers, administrators and Web applications. Websites that are integrated with features that allow user-generated content will also require larger data storage space than websites with only administrator-generated content. These user-generated content websites include video streaming sites and file sharing portals where viewers can subscribe for an account to upload and download multimedia content and files to and from the website. Administrator only-generated content websites include niche websites and blogs among other business websites.

Bandwidth is the amount of data transfers allocated to a Web hosting plan per month. This means larger traffic and onsite viewer activity projections will require higher bandwidth resources than websites that are expected to get minimal traffic and onsite viewer activity at the get-go.

Dedicated WordPress Web hosting plans are usually integrated with more powerful hardware component capabilities, bigger data storage space and higher bandwidth resources. Shared WordPress Web hosting subscription accounts, especially those with reasonably priced upgrade options, can be most suitable for websites that intend to grow their traffic through time and start out with limited budgets. They can anyway upgrade their shared WordPress Web hosting plans to get better hardware and bandwidth resources, or even move their websites to a dedicated WordPress Web hosting package when the time comes that they need it because of a quickly growing website readership and membership base.

2. Uptime guarantees, money back incentives, freebies and rewards. Get a shared WordPress Web hosting account that comes with a 99.9% uptime guarantee that can actually be delivered by the Web hosting company. You can verify this by contacting their existing shared WordPress Web hosting account subscribers, or by getting a shared WordPress Web hosting plan that’s bundled with a 30-day or 60-day money back guarantee. This way, you can verify whether the Web hosting company does indeed provide a 99.9% uptime guarantee with their shared WordPress Web hosting packages.

There are also freebies and rewards that are offered by some Web hosting companies with their shared WordPress Web hosting subscription plans. These freebies may include bundled Web server maintenance and management services, so keep in mind to get a shared WordPress Web hosting package with bundled Web server maintenance and management services. This will ensure that the Web server where your shared WordPress Web hosting package will be attached is regularly checked and optimized by IT staff of the Web hosting company. Some freebies are free Facebook and Google Adwords PPC (Pay Per Click) credits, which can be useful for promoting your websites in this heavily trafficked social community (Facebook) and this widely used search engine with a massive ad publisher network base (Google).

3. Customer and technical support service quality. Check out the contact options offered by the Web hosting company to customers who need to talk to their customer and technical support agents. These include email support, live Web chat support, phone support and helpdesk ticket support. Take note of the professionalism of their customer and technical support agents as well as the responsiveness and overall accessibility of their customer and technical support departments. You can do this by contacting their customer support agents to ask about the pricing structures and other details bundled with their shared WordPress Web hosting packages. Also contact their technical support agents and ask about the programming language module support integrated into their shared WordPress Web hosting accounts, in case you have custom Web applications you plan to integrate into your websites that will be hosted under the shared WordPress Web hosting plan you want. Now, here’s a brief overview of the WordPress Dashboard sections that can help you maximize the benefits provided by each of these WordPress admin panel sections:

There is a section in the WordPress Dashboard, also called the WordPress admin panel, which can be used to upload, activate and deactivate WordPress themes. There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes that you can use for your websites, so choose the most suitable WordPress themes for the content of your websites and for the visual and onsite content browsing preferences of your target viewer markets.

There is another section in the WordPress admin panel that can be used to upload, activate and deactivate WordPress plugins. There are many free and paid WordPress plugins that you can implement into your WordPress website to extend its functionalities and integrate custom features into your websites. There are also WordPress plugins that can be used to extend the functionalities of the WordPress Dashboard, especially in terms of onsite SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

A WordPress Dashboard section is available for configuring the settings of the WordPress admin panel, the WordPress CMS (Content Management System), permalink structures of your WordPress website, the WordPress theme implemented into your WordPress website and the activated WordPress plugins among other general and specific settings associated to these WordPress elements. This section can easily guide you in optimizing the settings of your WordPress websites.

There are sections in the WordPress Dashboard that can allow you to easily create, delete and edit categories, pages and posts. The sub sections of these content management sections can also guide you in entering keyword tags for your posts and pages. Quick and easy image and video embedding functionalities can also be accessed from these sections.

Another section of the WordPress admin panel is where you can monitor and manage comments left by your viewers. You can also allow viewers to sign up as subscribers or administrators through another section in the WordPress Dashboard. These are just some sections in the WordPress admin panel that make this open source CMS software a widely used platform by many owners of websites that are hosted under shared WordPress Web hosting subscription plans.

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