Just a quick run down of WordPress hosting;
WordPress hosts (by name)
– Shared accounts
– cPanel (Centos/Apache/Litespeed)
– Renamed regular cPanel accounts WordPress
– May suggest cache and security plugins
– May be limited in help
– One-click installation
– Emails and all the other bells and whistles you get in a cPanel account
– In many cases have jumped on the bandwagon recently to regain lost customers, or tap into the market
WordPress host (by function)
– No panel (Debian/Ubuntu/Nginx/Mariadb)
– Accounts are configured specifically for WordPress which will include a built-in cache and security
– Knowledgeable on not only current and past WordPress issues
– No one-click installs
– No emails or bells and whistles…only PHP and MySQL since that’s all WordPress needs
– Within the known few, have been doing so for years prior to WordPress’ popularity
So with the above list, both markets work, but depends on your needs.
For the “WordPress hosts” that are just regular hosting…they’re fine if your starting out or have low traffic. No point investing in more if not needed. That’s just burning through money. With such accounts, you should still keep an eye on things and install security plugins like WordFence (and disable the Live View option in WordPress).
With WordPress host who do not just do so by name…they tend to be managed, and more for WordPress websites with high traffic, or for those that make an income from their website and cannot afford any downtime or long support times.
Another comparison…if you own a regular vehicle, you can go to any mechanic shop including those at Walmart. If you own a high quality vehicle or have one for work purposes, then you will have a specialized or dedicated mechanic for your work vehicle or brand of vehicle.
A WordPress host by definition would be.
-A host who knows the ends and out of WordPress.
-have Staff member(s) who are strong in PHP and other required programming languages for wordprss.
-Have a optimized Database/server setup to run wordpress for performance.
-Can manage the blog for you in terms of help you with themes, plugins, security of the blog, and configuration of the wordpress.
Everything else is extra.
It does not have to be a VPS it can be on a shared server. If the server is configured, secured, and properly managed, you will not see a big difference unless you become a heavy blogger.
99% of all Shared Host can host a wordpress, but does not mean the “Specialize” in wordpress.