WordPress runs 28% of websites, which include portals, blogs, enterprise sites, and now web apps. Rising in popularity on a daily basis, the need for a solid WordPress Hosting Setup is crucial.
When setting up a WordPress website there is a list of certain criteria that you should look for and pay close attention. To guarantee efficient management of your website, the following features is what you must look for in a host offering you a WordPress Hosting plan.
HTTP/2 Enabled Protocol
A revised version of HTTP network protocol, HTTP/2 supports faster loading speeds than its predecessor HTTP1.1 usually offered by most other hosting companies. Running 24.1% of the total websites online, this protocol also reduces latency by improving the page load speed up to 2x faster!
Another benefit of HTTP/2 is GoogleBot has added support for HTTP/2, so websites that support the protocol can see an additional ranking boost from the improved speed. Also, with Chrome and Firefox only supporting HTTP/2 over HTTPS, many websites that have yet to upgrade to HTTPS may see an additional boost in rankings when they do upgrade HHTP/2.
Therefore, always look for HTTP2 protocol with ALPN feature, before signing up for any WordPress Hosting!
Auto Updates & Security
Everyone loves simplicity and peace of mind. Todays WordPress evolves fast and so many programmers contribute to this great project, so with that being said the center of attention brings more risk therefore it is crucial to keep your WordPress and its plugins updated and secure at all times.
A great feature is auto updates of WordPress and it’s installed plugins. Look for a host that provides hassle free auto updating, updates are downloaded automatically and pushed to your sites installation automatically.
If your serious about WordPress developement then a set of command-line tools from wp-cli is a must for streamlining your workflow.
WP-CLI is a straightforward tool that makes it easy for WordPress users to interact with the platform. It enables developers to speed up day-to-day tasks by using simple commands instead of shuffling from one tab to another using the platform’s dashboard.
The tool supports nearly every action you would need to manage a WordPress site, including:
Regardless of whether you’re working on a test site, a live installation, or a multi-site network, WP-CLI can help make your life simplier and easier.
SSD & PHP7
We all know that SSD drives offer the best speeds for disk read/write so a web hosting provider should always offer ssd drives as a part of wp hosting. We traditionally see an increase of 200% over HDD when using SSD. So other benefits of SSD: Better Data Security, Executes Requests Faster, Better For Database Intensive Uses Like eCommerce or Forums, More Reliable Performance Because No Fragmentation.
PHP 7.1 and newer is the fastest PHP version to date. With the release of PHP7 a new Zend Engine was released. The most easily recognizable advantage of the new PHPNG engine is the significant performance improvement. The development team of PHPNG refactored the Zend Engine, and remarkably optimized memory usage.
The results? By using PHP 7 not only will your code be executed faster but you will also need fewer requests to serve the same amount of users.
WordPress can be resource hungry for CPU & I/O, Memory usage and that’s why we need to be sure we have the right amount of resources or else its game over. So a WordPress plan tailored to the needs of WP is always best. Look for a plan that you can scale up CPU I/O, RAM and disk space.
Normally for your average small or beginner wordpress site we want a minimum of 1 MB/s of I/O and at least 512 MB of ram and at a good amount of cpu. For most sites that see a good amount of usage we typically want to have at least 150% guaranteed CPU and 1GB of ram and again 1MB/s of I/O speed.
Since the release of PHP 5.5 OpCache caching engine is included as a built in feature. OpCache stores precompiled script bytecode into memory. Engines such as APC or Xcache are already known to work. With a bytecode cache like OpCache the code is compiled once and then stored in the server’s memory. This precompiled code is then served on each script request instead of having to compile and parse on each script request. The result allows you to handle more requests per second and return the response quicker than without a bytecode caching engine. Make sure you host uses OpCache and also supplies a OpCache Management Panel, this allows you to see the current settings and easily flush the cache when needed.
In ending, even though a basic Shared Hosting plan could do the job, we see here that a hosting plan dedicated to WordPress can go a long way to improving your site load times & improve SEO results. For more information on blazing fast wordpress hosting see WordPress Hosting Plans offered by Bluebird Hosting.