Hosting Server Operating Systems
Running your WordPress site can be done through two options – Linux or Unix running Apache and Windows running Internet Information Server. The first option is better for meeting specific technical requirements.
- Linux – Based on the Linux Kernel, this operating system involves a free and open software partnership. A license like GNI GPL allows use, modification and redistribution of source code at commercial as well as non-commercial level.
- Windows Server – Microsoft sells various versions of Windows operating system.
Apart from the technical details, you need to consider the speed, quality and support offered by the hosting company. Server issues can happen at any time and good support can prove to be a lifeline at such times.
Up-to-date scripts and installations are important for keeping your server configuration, scripts and software secure. Simple settings like configuring PHP with register_globals and allow_url_fopen turned off can enhance the security of a hosting account. A good hosting company will undertake auto upgrade of server software as and when new security patches get published.
Server Performance and Hardware
Greater the number of sites hosted on a server, more will be the load on it. This means that server load policies are very important when considering different web hosts.
Hosting Company Features
Even though all WordPress Hosting companies make high claims, you need to look for key factors like control panel, data transfer and disk space.
The installation of basic WordPress requires ample disk space. It is also used for storing data like text, videos, templates, images, etc.
Also known as bandwidth, data transfer is the amount of available of consumed data that is transferred through a site to the server. You can start with lower bandwidth and increase it according to the site traffic, file size and popularity of your WordPress site.