Web Hosting Services for Your WordPress Site

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

Web hosts consider WordPress a third-party application; therefore, the host typically won’t provide technical support for WordPress (or any other software application) because it isn’t included in your hosting package. However, several web-hosting providers have WordPress-related services available for additional fees.

The popularity of WordPress has given birth to services on the web that emphasize its use. These services include WordPress designers, WordPress consultants, and — yes — web hosts that specialize in using WordPress. Many of these hosts offer a full array of WordPress features, such as an automatic WordPress installation included with your account, a library of WordPress themes, and a staff of support technicians who are experienced in using WordPress.

Here’s a list of some of those providers, each with their own packages, pricing models, and features:

To find out whether your chosen host supports WordPress, always ask. As a WordPress user, you can find WordPress support in the official forums.

A few web-hosting providers offer free domain name registration when you sign up for hosting services. Research the way a hosting provider handles domain registration and read its terms of service because that free domain name may come with conditions.

Many users have gone this route only to find out a few months later that the web-hosting provider has full control of the domain name and they aren’t allowed to move that domain off the host’s servers, either for a set period or for infinity. It’s always best to have the control in your hands, not someone else’s, so stick with an independent domain registrar, such as Network Solutions.