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Selecting Web Hosting for Your WordPress Blog

By Amy Lupold Bair

After you choose an appropriate domain for your blog, you need somewhere for your WordPress install to live. Don’t forget that you can also ask other bloggers what host they use and what their experience has been.

Web software such as WordPress has certain technical requirements. The requirements for WordPress are

  • PHP 5.6 or greater
  • MySQL 5.6 or greater
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module

Most web hosts have similar configurations and should be able to handle what you need, but you can review the official WordPress requirements page. WordPress also has a handy bit of text that you can copy and send to potential web hosts to see whether their services can handle WordPress. How cool is that?

Although the web hosting field changes from time to time with new hosting companies popping up, the following are some of the industry’s top picks for providing everything that you need for WordPress:

Each of these companies offers well-known, quality web hosting, but if you want to continue looking, compare notes with other bloggers.