Reliable web hosting is essential in maintaining websites successfully, and careful consideration should be taken before deciding on which hosting to get. There are numerous and varied choices when it comes to web hosting; these services can cost almost nothing, or can run into quite a hefty amount (with the ones offering mid-range prices in between).
Before deciding on the best WordPress hosting, most importantly the technical specs should be considered (and kept in mind); these specifications are at the time of writing this article MySQL 4.1.2 or greater, PHP 4.3 or greater, and the mod_rewrite Apache module enabled. However you will want really MySQL 5 and PHP 5.2.4 or greater as the next major release of WP will require these as the minimum specs. Luckily the required specifications for WordPress hosting are being offered by most hosting companies and unlike with Java hosting or similar you have a huge variety of choices, usually most of the larger hosting providers do offer tools for installing or upgrading WordPress more efficiently, even free templates or plugins. Some popular WP friendly hosting companies are mentioned here in the WordPress hosting page. Important is also to choose a host which is easily contactable, many offering a 24h phone or live-chat option. Personally I prefer live-chat as I can just keep the transcript of the conversation for archiving.
The search for the best web hosting solutions should take, apart from the price, also other factors into consideration: the storage space, the bandwidth limit (this can get costy for popular sites), uptime guarantee, IP addresses, money back guarantee and also the web host’s reputation, as late response or incorrect measures taken by the support staff can cause your site’s longer downtime.
There is much more to it, but taking these basic factors into consideration will help you get the most out of your web hosting – when and where you need the features the most.