WordPress Hosting packages differ a lot between hosting providers. But to call a Hosting, “WordPress Hosting”, that provider should meet certain requirements. Otherwise, it will fail badly and you will notice it fairly late.
You can find our top WordPress Hosting Requirements for 2023 in the following list. Before selecting your WordPress Hosting Provider, make sure you have checked all those requirements carefully.
WordPress Server Requirements: 10 Critical Requirements
1. LAMP Stack
LAMP is the short name for Linux-Apache-MySQL and PHP. WordPress runs on LAMP stack hosting servers. If your hosting doesn’t provide you with any of those required software, then maybe it is not so suitable for WordPress. I know this seems most obvious, but there are many users out there trying to use Windows hosting for WordPress. So, listen to our word and just pick a Hosting with Linux servers using the LAMP stack.
2. PHP Version 7.4
With the recent updates on WordPress core, the minimum requirement of PHP changed from 7.2 to 7.4. Meaning if you want to get WordPress updates (which we highly recommend you to do so) you should go with a Hosting server that allows you to choose your PHP version. Or at least the version they have installed should be 7.4.
Many of the old hosting servers are still using PHP 5.6, which will cause many security failures in the following years. So, if you are starting fresh, just go with a hosting server that has 7.4. Otherwise, you may need to ask your hosting server how to change the PHP version through CPanel.
3. Caching Support
WordPress is a highly dynamic content management system, meaning that, it requires a lot of CPU and RAM to generate a page made up of all dynamic content. So, it is critical that your Hosting should provide you necessary tools for caching static pages and database queries. For the caching plugin, I prefer using LiteSpeed Cache, which works best if your host is using LiteSpeed Web Server. If you don’t have this option, however, the best alternative seems to be W3 Total Cache. But W3TC is a little harder to set up.
Cpanel is a Linux-based control panel that allows you to manage your hosting in many ways. Using Cpanel you can backup your site, edit databases, make new installations, and more. If you are going to select a hosting provider for a brand new website, I highly recommend you to go with the one that has Cpanel on it. It will make give you full power over your hosting.
5. Automatic Backups
Although WordPress is a highly secure platform, you still don’t know what troubles you may have. So, I recommend taking backups frequently. Today, most hosting providers have a backup plan. If you go with a hosting that has an automated backup plan, you won’t regret it. Because they don’t only backup WordPress but all your files.
WordPress is a very secure platform if you are regularly updating your site. However, your hosting should be secure too. There are many levels of hosting security. User, Database, Operating system, etc. Of course, you can handle most of those using premium plugins. But picking a highly recognized, security-optimized hosting server will make you feel more comfortable. But, don’t forget to take backups in any case!
7. Unlimited Space
When you are uploading images to WordPress you don’t realize how fast you can fill a 250MB hosting. But you can do it really fast. Because WordPress makes at least 3 different sizes of each picture you upload.
Nowadays, hosting providers have a really nice offer. They have unlimited plans (well unlimited in size, but limited in the number of files) which can handle a large site with nearly 50k images in it. If you are planning to use more images than this, however, you should consider a VPS.
8. Free SSL
SSL is now a requirement for SEO. Because Google announced that HTTPS sites will appear higher on results, now all websites are converting to HTTPS. Many of the hosting providers now have at least a Free SSL service, so you can easily serve your website over HTTPS. If you select a hosting provider with Free SSL, you won’t have to pay extra fees for SSL Certificates.
9. One-Click Software Installer
In the old times, we had to create our own databases and install our own platforms using PHP scripts. Today, most hosting providers have that option called One-Click Software Installer. Now you can install WordPress using a few inputs without any manual actions. It’s very quick and also allows you to manage and upgrade your installations later on. By selecting a hosting with a one-click installer option, you will have access to many more software installations without any hassle.
Bonus: What is the Best OS for WordPress?
WordPress is written in PHP programming language. That is one of the top reasons for picking linux servers (Apache/Litespeed/Nginx) over Windows servers. Plus, most of the linux servers come with CPanel which greatly helps managing your hosting server.
If you are aiming for the best performance out there, I would recommend you to pick a server with LiteSpeed technology. It comes with a native caching plugin. This improves your server response times drastically.
Choosing the right hosting for your website is hard. I had to try at least 6 before finding the best option. In this post, I have tried to share with you the most basic requirements for a high performance, SEO-optimized, and secure WordPress website. If you have a favorite, please share it with us in the comments with the main reason you are recommending it.