WordPress Hosting

Google lists around 60 million results for “WordPress Hosting”. This means it can be hard to find a host for your wordpress site.

WordPress hosting requires a certain environment on the server and a host that is geared up to meeting these requirements is obviously a good thing. They will check that all the necessary components and versions meet the published specification by WordPress so that each WordPress installation is seamless.

So where to start? Well using a search engine to look for “wordpress hosting” is what most people do, although many generic hosts use third party software to offer ‘one-click’ installs of wordpress. The problem with these is that this offers no guarantee the people at that company have any knowledge of wordpress whatsoever.

In summary, even though choosing a specialized host is on average more expensive than a generic host, you will find the environment and support superior to the average hosting company.

WordPress History

WordPress was first released by Matt Mullenweg on May 27, 2003. In late 2005, he founded Automattic, the business behind WordPress.com and Akismet. WordPress.com is a hosted version of the blogging software, often used to try our WordPress before finding a host, and Akismet is a extremely successful comment spam prevention tool.

As of August 2010, version 3.0 had been downloaded over 12.5 million times.

Matt Mullenweb set up the WordPress Foundation in 2010 to look after his legacy. The foundation website states:

“The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the software projects we support. People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come.”