So you’ve decided to transfer your free WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org blog and you have no idea which web host is needed for your blog. Well, picking a web host for your WordPress blog is like picking your web host for a regular website in most ways. You just have to know how much space you need, what kind of scripts and tools you’ll need and so forth for your WordPress blog to work. Now, you’re probably asking, “How am I supposed to know what I need for my blog?” Well, there are only three requirements for self-hosting your WordPress blog:
- PHP version 4.2 or greater
- MySQL version 4.0 or greater
- The latest version of WordPress.org to install on your web host’s server downloadable here
Most web hosts come with both PHP and MySQL. The good ones come with instant install WordPress as well. Otherwise, you’ll need to visit the Installing WordPress page for WordPress’s famous 5-minute installation. I suggest just signing up with a web host that offers an instant install in their basic web hosting package. Although it says 5-minute, it might take some folks who have absolutely no knowledge of web stuff a bit longer. Anyway, it’s a good sign when a web host offers a simple install of WordPress among other free and easy to install web applications and software. Regardless, I’ve decided to make it easy for you to choose your WordPress blog web host. WordPress has a great page listing reliable, affordable and highly recommended WordPress blog web hosts. And, the following are a few I would suggest as well:
- Lunarpages is a fantastic web hosting service that Poles Apart Design has personal experience using. My personal website/blog, Kemio.net, and my film blog Film Tops have been hosted by Lunarpages for 3 years now. Lunarpages also has as much love for WordPress as I do! Your basic package (at $6.95/month) comes with a ton of extras including, of course, a quick install of WordPress. An added bonus with hosting with Lunarpages is that they’ll add your remaining duration from your old host onto your Lunarpages account up to six months and provide you with a 90 day money back guarantee to ensure that you’re absolutely satisfied with their service. Can’t beat that!
- Host Gator provides Premium WordPress Blog Hosting, simple WordPress installation, a great Cpanel (administration area) with lots of simple to install extras like forms, wikis, email forwarding, databases and so forth. You can host unlimited blogs and websites. Host Gator provides ample disk space and bandwidth. Current rate is $7.95/month for basic. This site and others by Poles Apart are hosted at Host Gator.
- ThinkHost, a web hosting company whose servers are powered by 100% renewable energy using the wind and the sun. ThinkHost also plants a tree for each new client. Besides all this, of course, they have great and very affordable hosting packages with tons of space, extras and of course a simple install of WordPress starting at $7.95/month.
Hope this makes your search for your WordPress blog web host easier!