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General Webhosts Vs WordPress Specific Webhosts

Apr 6, 2008
There are quite a few options for bloggers in terms of what they use to get content heard. Of the masses, WordPress has arisen to the top of the bunch as one of the best platforms for blogging. To help keep up with popularity, webhosts are starting to offer WordPress-specific hosting options. But are special WordPress hosts worth the time and effort to try?

What To Expect From WordPress Hosts

Above all else, WordPress should be simple to install. Several different administration panels allow for the instant installation of the script, such as cPanel. cPanel is run on the vast majority of all webhosts, so nearly every webhost user should have access to WordPress.

When it comes to security, bloggers prefer WordPress-specific webhosts. This is mainly due to the fact that when important security releases are circulated, normal webhosts aren't always the first to get their auto-installers updated with the new information. WordPress-specific webhosts are much more "on the ball" in this sense, as they are always kept updated on new releases.

When a blogger needs to upgrade a blog, he or she will soon find that the "one-click" upgrade feature most webhosts have is very dangerous. These installers write over previous files: meaning that old themes, plugins, and other content can be lost for good. In this case, WordPress-specific hosts take the win as they allow for better upgrading options.

When it comes to databases, more traffic means more entropy. Database operations require extra performance- meaning extra bandwidth. If a blog is hosted on a normal host, bandwidth probably isn't something they have a surplus of. WordPress-specific webhosts take this into account, and offer better optimization for their users.

Extra Features For WordPress Users

It isn't always a game of business- sometimes it's about the extras that webhosts can offer. WordPress hosts are popular for offering WordPress-specific plugins and themes for their users free of cost- whereas normally extras such as this can cost webmasters hundreds of dollars.

Interestingly, Wordpress hosts have an overlooked benefit: their exclusivity of their WordPress themes. Free WordPress themes are popular, but it seems that everyone has them. But thanks to the exclusivity of WordPress themes from webhosts, the problem of having a unique design is easily solved.

Custom designs for WordPress blogs can easily run hundreds of dollars. As compared to the low fees of a WordPress host, it's no contest as to which route every WordPress user should take in regards to themes.

When we add the score up, it seems that the WordPress hosts come out on top. But be sure to get quotes from several sources before making your decision. After all, a website is only as good as its host!
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