We want to discuss something real quick as we are developing out our reviews. We understand that in most cases when people are choosing a hosting provider they are doing so with the intent of downloading WordPress. Although there is a significant amount of people using Drupal, the large majority of website these days are being built on WordPress. Throughout our reviews we will mention WordPress and comment on the ease of downloading WordPress and things to consider when choosing a hosting provider based on the assumption that many of our users are going to download WordPress. These considerations may have to do with a variety of things and here are just a few.
- Security – Some hosting providers are better than others simply because of security reasons. Providers like BlueHost and HostGator are known for their security and being less susceptible to spam and hackers. Spam can result in a variety of undesired consequences, including spammy comments and spammy links associated with pages and posts. In the event that your WordPress site gets spammed you will have to tirelessly not approve comments and eventually delete them. It is recommended that in these situations you not allow comments and also install security plugins like WordFence. Too many security threats like hacking can lead to your site being damaged to a point where it is unrepairable. Always check the security rating of a host before deciding to go with them.
- Name Server Propagation – To novice web builders this will not make a lot of sense, but for experienced web builders this is something to consider. Whenever you purchase a domain from a domain provider such as GoDaddy, you will have to direct the name servers to whatever hosting company you are using. If you are not using GoDaddy for your hosting then you will have to change your name servers on your GoDaddy account (if that’s where you got your domain) to whatever company you purchased your hosting through. Typically your name servers will be something like ns1.hostingcompany.com and ns2.hostingcompany.com so just make sure to change them to whatever your name servers are for the hosting company you are using. Anyway…the name servers can sometimes take forever to propagate. Which essentially means for your hosting company to recognize you changed them through your domain provider. Often times this will not allow you to download WordPress, and if it does, it will not show your website until they have fully propagated. Most companies take less than 24hours (usually 2 hours), but some can take over 72 hours, and some don’t seem to every propagate. In fact many times people will have to switch hosting providers because they cannot stand how long it takes for the name servers to propagate. BlueHost HostMonster & HostGator are our favorites for quick propagation!
- Mojo Marketplace – This will sound weird to many but again if you are a beginner this is something to keep in mind. Many of the hosting providers will include Mojo Marketplace with their WordPress install. This is simply a third party service that installs as a plugin on the site, but it has some properties that are not so desirable. Essentially it is in an up-sell service that offers premium themes. For those that are more experienced with WordPress they know that there is nothing additional that one needs to purchase, and that WordPress has hundreds if not thousands of great free themes. With certain hosting providers mojo marketplace, until you deactivate and delete the plugin, will actually cover the “add new theme,” which is the free way to download themes, with a mojo marketplace banner. If you are not familiar with WordPresses free themes then you might think the Mojo Marketplace is the only place to buy themes, which is certainly not the case. I’m sure Mojo Marketplace might have some good things to offer, but I think your better off deleting it immediately.
WordPress offers beginners and advance web designers a great platform to build beautiful sites, and most hosting providers offer a great options to download and setup your WordPress site. Despite our three considerations the process is pretty straightforward and simple. With a little research you can overcome any obstacle you face while downloading WordPress. Don’t be alarmed if something isn’t working exactly how you thought. Simply take some time and do a few Google searches and you should be able to resolve your problems like a pro. The dashboards between hosting providers will vary a little bit, but there is almost certainly an option to download WordPress. If you think there is something we left out or have any questions contact us.