WordPress isn’t of ancient origin, but its pioneering beginnings are already worthy of history. Born out of a dream for a well-architectured personal publishing system, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little created WordPress as a successor to a well-received program called cafelog, or b2, developed by French programmer Michael Valdrighi. Mullenweg, a college freshman at the time, had been using b2/cafelog to post photos from a trip to Washington D.C.
Yes, if you want to get into the web hosting business without starting an entire operation from scratch, or if you're a web designer who wants to host your clients' separate control panels without ponying up money for potentially expensive dedicated hosting or VPS hosting. That said, you should know something about how web hosting works. You need to be ready for the inevitable problems that will arise, and you'll sometimes need to act as the messenger between your clients and your web hosting provider.
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An SSL connection encrypts the data that travels between your site and users' web browsers, thus safeguarding the transmission of purchasing information. All the WordPress hosting services in this roundup offer SSL certificates, but the prices vary from company to company. Some companies include a free SSL certificate when you sign up for a hosting plan, while others charge close to $100.

A reseller is a company or individual (merchant) that purchases goods or services with the intention of selling them rather than consuming or using them. This is usually done for profit (but could be resold at a loss). One example can be found in the industry of telecommunications, where companies buy excess amounts of transmission capacity or call time from other carriers and resell it to smaller carriers.
Domain names are created to make IP addresses easy to remember. Every computer has an IP address assigned to it - much like a street address. But instead of having to memorize each IP address number, we assign domain names to these numbers so we can easily remember them. The domain name system, or DNS, takes domain names and translates them into their IP addresses so that computers can communicate with one another.
Low-cost domain names offer an easy way to get online without breaking the bank in the process. Whether you’re starting a website for your business or just buying your kid’s domain name, the right domain lays the foundation for a great website and an engaging online presence. With GoDaddy, you can register domains for as low as $0.99. You can even snag a free domain with one of our website hosting plans. It doesn’t get any cheaper – or any better – than that. In other words, the price is right. And if you’re smart about SEO, social media, email marketing, and the rest of your online presence, the traffic and name recognition of your website can be, too.
Hey Caroline, WordPress.com is a bit of a different animal because you don’t run a self-hosted WordPress site on there. That means, you can’t install all the plugins you might want to (especially on lower plans, where you can’t install plugins at all) and overall have less control over your site than with a self-hosted site. That’s why we didn’t include it in this list. For more information, I recommend this article: https://websitesetup.org/wordpress-com-vs-wordpress-org/

We've reviewed many WordPress hosting services aimed at individuals and small businesses, and included our favorites this guide. The chart above, which includes traditional web hosts that offer WordPress hosting and dedicated WordPress services, gives you a quick overview of the features you can find with each service. If you want a more in-depth look at those WordPress hosting services, read the full reviews, linked below.


Dedicated server is a physical server that you can lease from the hosting provider. This allows you to have full control over the server including the choice of operating system, hardware etc. You DO NOT need a dedicated server if you are just starting out. Once your site is receiving a significant amount of traffic, only then you should consider upgrading to a dedicated server. WPBeginner runs on a dedicated server by HostGator. If you do not employ a system administrator or have no experience with servers, then we recommend that you get a managed dedicated server. WordPress hosting providers who offer managed dedicated servers employ full-time system administrators that maintain your servers. Along with doing software updates, they also do server monitoring, offer phone support etc. Most top websites use clusters of dedicated servers.
DreamHost stands out from the crowd. We're one of the last independently-owned and operated web hosts in the business. We've grown from dorm-room beginnings in 1997 to helping more than 400,000 customers in over 100 countries. We proudly host over 1.5 million websites, WordPress blogs, and applications for designers, developers, small businesses, and more from our data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, and Hillsboro, Oregon.
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