Differences Between a Shared Host and a WordPress Host

Differences Between a Shared Host and a WordPress Host

There are enough hosts with plenty of their own specs as it is, before you start adding in WordPress hosts. Sometimes, it can be confusing to really see the differences between the two host platforms. When do you need WordPress hosting and when will Shared work well enough on its own?

Here are some of the key differences between a shared host and a WordPress host:


Software

Don’t forget: shared hosts mean that webpages share servers. Those webpages also have all kinds of specific features and plugins. That means that shared servers need to be capable of running every kind of software it can. For many website hosts, that’s a stellar quality. And it can be—if everyone plays fair. The minute one website abuses that trust, everyone else’s site can suffer.

But a WordPress host only has to worry about one, or just a few, features; these features all revolve around WordPress. They’re WordPress optimized and prioritized and run WordPress platforms with amazing speed capabilities.


Support

Akin to the server differences, support issues with a shared host can range from the server itself, to different schematics with your webpage. If you found a good host, these issues should occur very few and far between, and neither have any bearing on the customer support staff your host employs. It does vary the types of issues you experience. WordPress hosts, on the other hand, usually experience only server issues and WordPress-specific issues. On top of those, you pay WordPress hosts to troubleshoot these issues for you, or to circumvent them before they start.


Control Panel

With a WordPress host, not only might the customer and host both be as familiar with the panel, but the host manages many technical aspects of the panel automatically, including backing information up and automatically updating the software. Shared hosts do offer automatic backups and updates, but if one’s website contains a lot of content, any fluctuations in the server could affect the quality of these backups. Backups are stored in the same server as the website itself  in both cases.


Security

All shared hosting platforms offer security measures to protect your website and its content. This is part of why websites on shared servers are capped in the first place—to ensure that users can keep the same level of security and ward off malware. If one website gets infected with a virus, all websites on the same server risk being infected by the same virus. WordPress platforms are slightly easier to manage, in terms of security, because the customer support team only has to focus on keeping one plugin secure; they can invest their time an energy properly and the security level rises.

Choosing shared hosting over WordPress hosting really just depends on the functions of your page. At the end of the day, just ask yourself: does my website host all kinds of plugins, including WordPress (and not prioritizing WordPress)? Or is WordPress, and its functions, the bread and butter of my page? Answering this question will tell you in short order which host is right for you.