There are hundreds of web hosts out there and finding the right one can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking at. These tips should help you to ask the right questions to find the right host for you.

WordPress Requirements WordPress Requirements

When you are trying to figure out which web host to use, you need to make sure that they meet WordPress’s minimum requirements. These are:

  • PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.0 or greater

WordPress also works best when using Apache or Nginx servers, but any server that supports MySQL and PHP will do.

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Linux or Windows Web Server Linux or Windows Web Server

When you sign up for your web host you’ll have a choice of Windows or Linux hosting. If you’re a long-time Windows user with no experience of using a web server you may be tempted to go for Windows, since it’s something you’re already familiar with. However, the Windows operating system bears no resemblance to Windows as a web server. The best choice for hosting your WordPress website is a Linux server.

WordPress’s features are built to work flawlessly with a Linux server running Apache. If you are running a different configuration you will have to make manual adjustments to ensure features such as pretty permalinks and user permissions to work as expected. Unless you have server configuration experience, Linux hosting will be the best choice for you.

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Asking the Right Questions Asking the Right Questions

If you plan to contact a new hosting provider, and are not sure what to ask them, you can use this email script to see if they have a server configuration that supports WordPress:

Hello,

I’m interested in running WordPress software on my web hosting, and I was wondering if you offer a Linux hosting package that supports the following:

  • PHP 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL 5.0 or greater
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module

Thanks!

You can also check out the recommended hosts page for a list of hosting providers that we know work with WordPress.

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1-Click Installation Scripts 1-Click Installation Scripts

One of the easiest ways to install WordPress is through the use of a 1-click install script, which many hosts provide. These installers will enable you to deploy WordPress at the push of a button. You simply need to log in to your hosting provider, click on the installer application, fill out a few simple options, and WordPress will be installed on your hosting account for you.

Check to see if the host offers the following options for 1-click installation scripts for WordPress:

  • Fantastico
  • Softaculous
  • SimpleScripts
  • 1-Click Applications
  • QuickInstall
  • Anything with the phrase “1-click” or scripts

These scripts turn installing WordPress from a 5-minute install, to a 30 second install.

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Alternative WordPress Hosting Alternative WordPress Hosting

Apart from usual traditional web hosting, there are many services which currently offers to install WordPress. This is great way for the WordPress developers to test drive WordPress. These includes :

Platform as a Service (Paas) solutions :

These uses Java EE base scripted installation.

Git based solutions :

Git based installation is via Git Bash and needs grasp on command line.

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Managed WordPress Hosting Managed WordPress Hosting

There are hosts that solely host WordPress installations. These managed WordPress hosting companies come pre-installed with WordPress, so all you have to do is sign up and you have a WordPress website. They often take care of things like updates and security, though each host has different benefits so it’s worth checking them out before deciding which one is for you. The most popular are:

Got your hosting provider? Time to check out our guide to installing WordPress.