Powering almost 40% of all websites on the internet, WordPress has steadily become the most popular and commonly used content management system. What was formerly a blogging tool has now become one of the most powerful website builders in the world – and is still growing.
What is WordPress
Quite simply, WordPress is the easiest and most efficient way to build a website. The open-source content management system (CMS) allows you to manage important elements of your website, without having any programming knowledge. WordPress has had a huge impact on the way websites are built, making it a lot more accessible and maintainable to the average user.
With many successful companies using WordPress as their CMS, let’s take a look at what it is that has made WordPress so popular and widely-used.
Benefits of WordPress
There are plenty of benefits of using WordPress. Here are our top three:
1. It’s Free!
One of the biggest advantages of WordPress is the fact that it’s free software! You can literally download and create a website with WordPress completely for free but of course, you’re going to need web hosting and a domain name to install it and get it up and running.
At NetShop ISP, we offer a free domain name and more extras, as part of our web hosting plans!
Extremely user-friendly and easy to learn, it’s no wonder why WordPress is so successful. With a huge library of themes and plug-ins, many of them free, building your website with WordPress is really straightforward – and no technical or design experience is required.
The super intuitive dashboard makes it easy for users to create and publish pages, manage content and customize their website to suit their business needs.
3. SEO friendly
If you’re going to build a website, you want to make sure it’s being found. Due to the amount of tools and plugins that WordPress offers for content optimization, WordPress sites tend to rank higher on search engines. Generally speaking, WordPress is very SEO friendly – with plenty of SEO focused themes and plugins to help you get to the first pages of Google.
How to choose the best web hosting for WordPress
So if you’ve decided to use WordPress as your CMS, you’re going to want the best web hosting too. Here are some factors you need to consider when choosing your web hosting provider.
1. 24/7 Support
The most important thing to consider when choosing your WordPress web hosting, is the quality of support you can expect to receive. Customer support is invaluable when it comes to hosting and you need to be sure that you can receive assistance if you experience any issues – any time of the day.
NetShop ISP offers 24/7 support for our clients – with dedicated International support lines in Cyprus, the United Kingdom and Malta, and 24/7 live chat.
When it comes to a website’s search engine ranking, there are many determining factors – one of those being the hosting location. Website load speeds are important for ranking high on Google and one way to ensure high speeds is by hosting your website close to your user’s location.
Generally speaking, hosting your WordPress website in the same country as your target market is beneficial as it’s more likely for Google to show your website first to users in Cyprus, for example, if it’s hosted on a Cyprus server.
3. WordPress optimized hosting
WordPress optimized hosting is, quite simply, a hosting provider that’s optimized to help WordPress run better. As we mentioned in our first point, customer support is vital when choosing your hosting provider. Whether you choose shared or managed WordPress hosting, you need to be certain that the support team will be well-versed in WordPress-specific issues. Although managed WordPress hosting may not be as cheap, it will ensure you high efficiency and peace of mind.
4. WordPress automatic installation
Have one less thing to worry about and choose a web hosting provider that offers automatic WordPress installation. Choosing a hosting provider that will automatically install WordPress for you makes the process a whole lot easier.
Our web hosting plans come with the powerful and intuitive cPanel™ Control Panel with WordPress auto-installer script.
5. Free SSL
Everyone loves a good deal. Opt for a web hosting provider that will offer you more for your money. Having the added benefits of a free SSL certificate or domain name, will not only be great for your budget, but it will also mean one less thing for you to worry about.
At NetShop ISP we offer a free SSL LetsEncrypt certificate, domain name and more with our web hosting plans. For more information on our Cyprus, UK and Malta web hosting plans, get in touch with our team.If you’re interested in reading more about how your business can benefit from WordPress hosting, visit our website here.