Web hosting services almost always fall into one of four primary categories:
1) Shared Web Hosting (very affordable)
2) Virtual Private Servers or VPS (expensive)
3) Dedicated Servers (very expensive)
4) Free Web Hosting Service (free but very limited)
Each is explained in detail below.
Most personal, hobby and small business websites will work fine on the correct Shared Web Hosting.
Large Businesses with high viewing traffic will be best on a Virtual Private Servers VPS or Dedicated Servers. Virtual and Dedicated Servers require some in house (this means you) web hosting technical knowledge in most situations.
My general recommendation is never use free web hosting if you plan on using your website for business or serious personal use.
IN MY OPINION YOU MUST FIND A WEB HOST
that has a telephone number and email or trouble ticket support system to answer the many questions you will have. You must also get a web host where you have your own user name and password to access YOUR WEB HOST ACCOUNT.
When you purchase your domain name make sure that YOU OWN IT and have access to manage your domain name.
One more thing; it is important that your WordPress and website/blog theme is loaded and setup properly on your web host (this is your responsibility, please get help if you need it). Proper wordpress installation and setup will avoid operational problems and improve search engine optimization quality.
1) Shared Web Hosting; (very affordable at about $5.00 per month) shared web hosting service or virtual hosting service or derive host refers to a web hosting service where many websites reside on one web server connected to the Internet. Each site “sits” on its own partition, or section/place on the server, to keep it separate from other sites. This is generally the most economical option for hosting, as many people share the overall cost of server maintenance.
2) Virtual Private Servers (VPS); (expensive) is a term used by Internet hosting services to refer to a virtual machine. The term is used for emphasizing that the virtual machine, although running in software on the same physical computer as other customers’ virtual machines, is functionally equivalent to a separate physical computer, is dedicated to the individual customer’s needs, has the privacy of a separate physical computer, and can be configured to run as a server computer (i.e. to run server software). The term virtual dedicated server or VDS is used less often for the same concept, however it may indicate that the server does not use burst/shared ram through multiple machines, as well as individual CPU cores.
In addition to reducing hardware and power expenses, virtualization allows businesses to run their legacy applications on older versions of an operating system on the same server as newer applications.
Each virtual server can run its own full-fledged operating system and can be independently rebooted.
3) Dedicated Servers; (most expensive) dedicated hosting service, dedicated server, or managed hosting service is a type of Internet hosting in which the client leases an entire server not shared with anyone. This is more flexible than shared hosting, as organizations have full control over the server(s), including choice of operating system, hardware, etc. Server administration can usually be provided by the hosting company as an add-on service. In some cases a dedicated server can offer less overhead and a larger return on investment. Dedicated servers are most often housed in data centers, similar to collocation facilities, providing redundant power sources and HVAC systems. In contrast to collocation, the server hardware is owned by the provider and in some cases they will provide support for your operating system or applications
4) Free Web Hosting Service; free web hosting service is a web hosting service that is free, usually advertisement-supported. Free web hosts will usually provide a subdomain (yoursite.example.com) or a directory (www.example.com/~yourname). In contrast, paid web hosts will usually provide a second-level domain along with the hosting (www.yourname.com). Many free hosts do allow use of separately-purchased domains. Rarely, a free host may also operate as a domain name registrar. There are also some free domain companies which may provide free 3rd level domain names free with DNS and other facilities.
I hope the above WordPress, StudioPress website how to information was of help to you.