As a small business that's looking to bring your store online, the type of WordPress hosting you choose should be at the top of your list. It's an often overlooked element, but choosing the wrong solution could result in lower speed of access, lost customers, poor SEO results and, ultimately, lost revenue.

There are many things to consider, because your choice depends on what type of business you run, your budget, how much traffic you are expecting, and maintenance issues.

Here's the top WordPress choices from Rebel for you to consider.

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Shared WordPress Hosting

Shared WordPress hosting is the solution most beginners choose because it costs less than other forms of WordPress hosting and offers straightforward deployment. The downside is that it isn’t dedicated WordPress hosting, which means that your website has to share server resources and space with whoever else has bought a shared solution, too. If they get lots of traffic, then there’s a chance that your website may slow down. If they operate shoddy security measures, then your site may also be at risk. That’s not to say that these things will happen, of course, but they are something to bear in mind.

As a beginner, or someone with a site that’s still under development where loading times aren’t an issue, shared hosting may be perfectly adequate for your needs, but if you want to modify system files or tweak your performance, you’ll need something else.

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Managed WordPress Hosting

Managed WordPress hosting is a bit like having a dedicated server, but in this case it’s the host (that would be us - Rebel!) that keeps everything running smoothly, including patch updates and maintenance. In this way it’s a bit like VPS, Cloud or dedicated hosting, but it’s intended for companies who don’t want to handle the management and maintenance responsibilities themselves.

Managed WordPress takes care of all the maintenance tasks that come with running a website, including plugin updates, malware removal, and daily backups of your data.

Regardless of what type of WordPress hosting you choose, you can be confident that your website will always be available when your customers are searching for you, thanks to Rebel's 99.9% uptime guarantee.

Have WordPress hosting somewhere else? No problem - the Rebel hosting migration team will move you over to our servers free of charge. Get access to 24/7 support from real humans from Canada who actually pick up the phone when you call - no bouncing around between queues or having to scream "AGENT!" to a robot.

Thanks to our friends at Plesk for portions of this blog post.