WordPress: Special Hosting Needed?

No secret that we’re big fans of self-hosted WordPress. Get a good hosting package, install your own copy of WordPress (it’s free, after all) and you’re blogging away, with a solid website built around that blog.

WordPressA friend mentioned that our most beloved hosting company, Charlottezweb, doesn’t specifically mention WordPress. They’d been told that a host which doesn’t specialize in WordPress might have problems with security, plugins, and perhaps scrambled eggs and oil changes, I’m not sure.


Any good hosting company can host your WordPress install. Virtually all hosting companies these days offer the right database tools and solid security so your WordPress site will work just fine. As long as you keep it up to date and use secure passwords, happy days ahead.

We always recommend Charlottezweb; Jason Saunders is the only web host we’ll ever work with by choice. But you don’t need special hosting for WordPress (though, if you trust Charlottezweb, what you get will be special indeed.)

Questions about WordPress, or hosting, or web stuff in general? Just ask.

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5 Responses to WordPress: Special Hosting Needed?

  1. Sheila Grimes says:

    When I founded the company years ago, I assumed GoDaddy was an adequate hosting solution. At the time there were not a ton of options for WordPress hosting, so GoDaddy it was. I quickly learned that GoDaddy performance and their support of WordPress websites was less than adequate and well, the technical side of support was virtually nonexistent. Backend performance was poor, the websites were slow for visitors, and the support staff was always quick to blame WordPress on anything that could and did go wrong. GoDaddy, along with Network Solutions, 1and1.com, Omnis, and a few other providers have fallen onto my list of hosting companies to avoid. I will quickly tell clients and even prospects of the dangers of using such entry-level hosting options. Cheap doesn’t mean they can effectively support the combination of MySQL, PHP, and CSS.

    • Hulloo, Sheila!

      Good list of bad hosts. I’ve had nonsensical battles with Hostgator, Bluehost, Dreamhost — nearly all the major hosting companies. All quick to blame WordPress, then disappear into the night.

      I like a host who’ll answer my emails, and then actually do something.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  2. Karen J says:

    Hey, Joel!
    One uncertainty that keeps getting in the way of my big leap ~ “What’s this gonna cost me??”
    I know you can’t quote other peoples’ prices, but what ball-park are you talking about?

    • Well, if you go with the only hosting company I’ll ever use, it’s $5 a month, or $52 for the year. (I charge 2.5 times that if I manage someone’s hosting, but you can go direct to Jason and save money.)

      Domain name is $10 a year and you can get it at the same time you order hosting. karenjohannessen.com is even available.

      Moving from WordPress.com to self-hosted WordPress, you’ll be one step removed from the community tools you might be used to, but you’ll have much more control and more options.

      • Karen J says:

        Grazie! Grazie!

        That’s in the neighborhood of what I spend for coffee per month – at the grocery store, not the barrista’s! Not nearly so bad as my Monster keeps telling me… ;)

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