Hosting is a critical part of the infrastructure of every website, but it’s not just a ‘place for your site’, it directly impacts your website users experience, which ultimately directly impacts the success of your site.
Hosting, if you’re not technically minded, can seem like a complicated maze to navigate, however if you keep a few key factors in mind when exploring your options, the choice becomes far less overwhelming.
Key Factors to remember.
- Requirements for hosting your WordPress eLearnCommerce Platform are not the same as those to host a regular WordPress Blog or Website.
- There are different types of hosting.
- Keep your size and potential of growth in mind.
Requirements for hosting your WordPress eLearnCommerce site are not the same as those to host a regular WordPress Blog or Website.
Your eLearnCommerce plugin is a powerful Dynamic Learning Management System and a scaleable tool to build your platform. It is designed to be used as an educational tool. This means a lot of information storage, quizzes, uploads, downloads, video streaming, audio recordings, dripping of content etc.
The more you have the slower your site will operate, or worse still, down time and a host of other quirky issues.
If you consider the function of your website in comparison to a standard business website or blog, you really start to see the importance of hosting. With ‘standard’ Word Press sites, visitors tend to remain for short lengths of time and can be visiting any one of hundreds of different pages.Your platform is offering up courses, which by their very nature, will dictate potentially hundreds of students accessing the same material simultaneously.
This is why it is important that you put some time into considering the hosting options at your disposal.
The different types of hosting
- Shared Hosting
- Specialized/Optimized WordPress Hosting
- Virtual Private Servers (VPS)
- Cloud Hosting
This is the cheapest and most commonly used hosting.Many of eLearnCommerce owners use this with no problems whatsoever.However, depending on the size of your site, and the possibility of growth in both material content and usage by visitor, the scaleability of this option has limitations.
Specialized/Optimized WordPress Hosting
With the popularity of WordPress sites, came the availability and affordability of Specialized WordPress hosting.Though still technically a ‘shared hosting’ service, because it has been designed specifically for use with WordPress, it is still a little different.Yes it is more expensive than shared hosting, however it does the majority of what the more expensive hosting options do. Their support is also tailored to WordPress sites.
Virtual Private Servers.
This really is only a viable option if you have the technical knowledge personally, on your team or are willing to pay for a developer.If this is the case then VPS is a wonderful hosting option as it gives you full control.
Cloud hosting can be more expensive than any of the others previously mentioned, but if no downtime is absolutely critical to your website, it is the best option.Cloud hosting is available from some well-known companies such as Google (Google Cloud), Microsoft (Azure) and Amazon (AWS).
Cloud hosting guarantees no down time, as the information storage is not location specific. If your VPS goes down, your site goes down.With cloud hosting, if a service goes down, another simply takes its place and all remains functional.
The one main consideration with this hosting, as with VPS is that you must have the technical abilities or have access to an individual (team member or hired developer) with these technical abilities.
Things you can do to ensure the best functionality from your hosting of choice.
- Use PHP 7.2
- Use third party storage facilities for file storage
- Avoid unknown Simple caching plugins
- Avoid Bulky Themes
- Avoid unknown page builders
When deciding on the best hosting option for you, the first and biggest thing to consider is how you envisage your site being used, the amount of content you have (or plan) to have on it, and how many users you have.
You do not have to make your hosting decision based on future predictions of your website use, but you do want to ensure that, no matter the option you chose, you have the option to scale as your business does.
Some Hosting Companies we know our users use.
WPEngine - If you are not so technically orientated.
Flywheel - If you are not so technically orientated.
Amazon (AWS) - If you consider yourself technically skilled.