It’s an inconvenient truth, but it needs to be said. Most web hosts offer the gamut of buzzword plans on their websites, and they’re all basically shared hosting. “WordPress hosting” is no different. Yes, there are some specialized WordPress hosting services which are expensive and notable. But if you ever see “WordPress hosting” at exactly the same prices as web hosting, it’s because they are the same. The prices and features – all mirror copies of each other.
So Why Have “WordPress Hosting” At All?
Undoubtedly because that’s what customers are searching for. The problem is, customers want specialized WordPress hosting at the same prices as ordinary shared hosting. Or maybe they’ve just become accustomed to it at this point. The trend seems to have gotten worse in the last couple of years, with major hosting companies introducing “new” WordPress plans (same as shared hosting), just to keep up with other web hosts.
So it’s essentially just an SEO requirement, or giving the customer what they say they want – even if it makes no sense.
What is “Real” WordPress Hosting?
If almost all “WordPress hosting” is just shared hosting, then what are the features that customers should demand differently from ordinary shared hosting? Here are a few:
1. Specialized Caching
The first thing you need to look for in a “true” WordPress hosting plan, is specialized server-caching for dynamic pages. Server caching is superior to ordinary caching via plugins, because much of the workload is done in the backend by the server, and not a PHP process in WordPress.
Luckily, NameHero uses the LiteSpeed webserver for all its plans – not just WordPress packages. LiteSpeed has in-built server caching capabilities that you can enable either form within their plugin, or through cPanel. So NameHero’s WordPress plans come closer to what you would expect from real WordPress plans more than any other ordinary web host.
2. In-Built CDN
A real WordPress plan should come with either an in-built CDN like the one provided by SiteLock, or advanced Cloudflare caching via Railgun integration. Again, here NameHero has tied up with Cloudflare and integrates Railgun – something not many web hosts have.
Though your experience with Railgun may vary. Test it out on your site and see how well it holds up!
3. Free Malware Scanning
Any respectable WordPress plan worth its salt should provide free malware scanning of your WordPress website. And not just on a scheduled basis either, but in real-time! This is something that no ordinary web hosting provider will give you with their WordPress plans – and with good reason. Such a service is expensive to set up and will end up costing you more.
However, NameHero has tied up with Imunify360 that provides this service for free! So if you select WordPress hosting with us, you get the benefits of 24-hour malware protection, so you can rest easy knowing that we’re constantly looking out for vulnerabilities and keeping your website safe.
What “Ordinary” Web Hosting Can Provide
You may not need to worry too much if your web host doesn’t provide either of the above. WordPress is now such a common platform, that many WordPress specific features are available with normal web hosting such as:
- Automatic updates for the WordPress core and plugins
- Automatic installation of WordPress via Softaculous
Other useful functions are backups, which may not be WordPress specific, and tie-ups with professional theme marketplaces that provide free or discounted themes and plugin support. But these are optional and vary from one web host to the other.
What is certain is that if you choose NameHero to host your WordPress site, you’ll be getting many features that are normally available only to “specialized” WordPress hosts that cost a ton more than what you pay out of the box with us. So give our LiteSpeed enhanced WordPress packages a try – you won’t get better value for money anywhere else!
I’m a NameHero team member, and an expert on WordPress and web hosting. I’ve been in this industry since 2008. I’ve also developed apps on Android and have written extensive tutorials on managing Linux servers. You can contact me on my website WP-Tweaks.com!