WordPress is the most common application seen on hosting accounts. This is also used in many shared accounts. Automattic is something utilized by major hosts in order to highlight their WordPress-friendliness. A lot of hosts also have ways to show users that they are WordPress ready, such as using graphs and logos. Many users want to know what they need out of a host in order to run WordPress. The truth is that you don’t need a lot, and running this application is very simple.
Now all you need to do is find a host that can cater to your needs. Since WordPress is a very popular application, you will find it harder to locate a host that doesn’t support it. The actual requirements to run this application are not uncommon in most web host packages. However, there are also some features that you should look for if you want to maximize your WordPress experience for things to go a bit smoother. Official requirements for WordPress According to WordPress, the three requirements to run the application are very basic.
What you need for WordPress hosting are listed below:
1. PHP 4.3 or Greater
2. MySQL 4.1.2 or Greater
3. Mod_rewrite Apache Module Out of the three mentioned above, only two of them are actual requirements as stated by WordPress.
The Mod_rewrite is only something that is used for the Permalinks features. This is something used in most blogs, but not all. Therefore, WordPress can actually run without it but you’ll be stuck with ugly, long default URLs. The other two requirements are needed for the application to run, however if you want things to become easier, you need to look for other features.
Make your WordPress better
1. Linux – though WordPress does run on Windows, it is PHP based, which means that Linux is just the better choice for the application to run smoothly.
2. Apache – out of the many supported web servers, Apache is the easiest to use and it comes with an online guide. However, if you are looking for speed over user-friendliness, you can turn to LiteSpeed. This is difficult to install and does not have a step-by-step guide, but it does run much faster. LiteSpeed might be something that should be left for the more tech-savvy WordPress user.
3. FTP Access – for maximum flexibility in terms of installing themes and plugins, you will need FTP access. Not all hosts have this, and it will help you customize your WordPress with ease.
4. Control panel – when it comes to creating and maintaining a good WordPress database, you need a working panel to help you manage things. Though this feature is not necessary, it will help you manage WordPress. It doesn’t matter what panel you get (CPanel, Plesk, etc.) it can help make your WordPress life a lot more simple, especially in the long run.
5. Storage and bandwidth (lots of it) – the actual application is only a few MB in size. If you want to use it to host your blog, you’ll need a lot more storage. This will be used to store your images, videos, files, etc. and everything else that you host. Be sure that you have enough space for growth if you decide to expand your blog.