Our team work with PHP programming from 2004 with a lot of experience on server side configuration and set up. In this article we will show you how, why and what is the best PHP web hosting what make your php website work fast , security and best support.
Top 3 PHP Web Hosting Companies
If you don’t have much time to read to understand all of features and reasons then we have here top #3 candidate PHP web hosting for you, you can choose one of them and I believe you will be happy with their result and service.
SiteGround PHP Hosting package: $3.95/month (60% OFF now), Server SuperCacher unique features (memcached, proxy cache, apache google speed, Varnish cache …), PHP Security, PHP Multi versions (7 different PHP versions), CDN + Multi server location, Free domain, Free transfer…
A2 Hosting package: $4.97/month, SSDs support, unique SwiftServer platform, PHP Security, PHP Multi versions, Free domain, Free transfer …
Hosting24 package: $4.84/month, Free domain, Unlimited disk and bandwidth, PHP Security, CDN, Free domain, Free transfer …
Many people will ask me why SiteGround is the first choice?! It ‘s just because all of our customers who they host for us get 100% happy with their services. They know exactly what to do when the problem happen and it ‘s just what customers want. You always have peace in mind when using them.
In the case you want more information about the best PHP web hosting , I will show you all of features needed here:
1. PHP compatible and Multi version support
A good PHP web hosting provider must support newest PHP version and as many as possible other PHP versions. For this time, at least they support PHP 5.x
PHP Multi version will help us a lot when we deploy PHP application because some applications only work with a specific PHP version and configuration, so that sometimes you will need to switch between PHP versions.
As the first option we listed above, SiteGround support 7 PHP version for user to choose when running their websites. That ‘s nice enough for us and enough to make them different.
2. PHP opcode support for PHP web Hosting
A best PHP Web Hosting can’t miss opcode support in their server set up because it will speed up the performance very much. And who don’t want the fast website?
Opcode what PHP hosting server can use is XCache, APC, eAccelerator …
If you has ever worked with PHP you will see PHP coding what usually have too many files included in one process call. Let ‘s say we have to include 10 php files in just one process what do a simple work, in this case, the PHP compiler have to parse text and do many complicated steps to get a final binary code what can run directly in PHP interpreter. Opcode was born to save all of steps from PHP code text to binary code, it will compile just one time and then if it detect there are no change in all of files included it will use the last compiled binary code and run it right away. This way it can make site faster 10 times, it ‘s really impressive.
3. Strong and Friendly control panel
Are you working with cPanel before? If yes, then let ‘s require your hosting company support it because it will save you a lot of time if you manage your hosting support what you like to work. And in anyway, you can require the user interface what they are using must friendly enough for you to start a new website in 10 minutes.
4. PHP security, Anti-Spam & Backup
The security is the most important for any online business so that the best PHP web hosting must cover the risk and cover everything when any problem happen. At least in the bad situation, they must support daily backup what make sure we can recover the old version.
Many problems can happen in live online business and we have to choose the PHP hosting company who can give us peace in mind to have time to focus to main business instead of spending a lot of time for hosting.
So in the bottom line, the PHP web hosting company must support auto backup or you should say no with them.
5. Quick support and PHP Expert support
The support quality can be a top of requirements for the most users to choose the best PHP web hosting. It ‘s very crazy if a website down and we can’t do anything to get it up again, so that the quick support will help us a lot to calm down the problem.
Other than that, we can’t allow the support from stupid guys (the guys from hosting company don’t know anything about techniques, they just stay there, wait and answer a general question), we need a PHP expert, the server and hosting expert who will solve the real problem for us. So that the best PHP web hosting must provide the PHP expert support in quick response time.
You know, the support response time average from SiteGround ticket is only 7 minutes, it ‘s really nice response time. And it will be no waiting with phone support. That ‘s what we really like their service.
6. Multi server location & Global and Famous brand name
5 years ago we had chance to work for a customers in UK who already got his local hosting company to handle their hosting stuffs. I will not say their name here but their name is not famous, and they don’t have too many customers. My customers always think that if they don’t have too many customers they will have much time to take care us. But he ‘s wrong! You know, the big brand name and famous brand name will know how to take care you because they already take care a lot of customers on the world. The big brand name will have a lot of useful tools what need to build and invest for a long time. That ‘s why I highly recommend you choose a global and big brand name in hosting company instead of local hosting provider.
7. Dynamic cache support
Memcached, Redis, XCache …. Or whatever but they should support one of them to make sure we have something faster than FileSystem cache. Maybe you will not focus much in beginning but in the product live website, you will think about it, and it can be late to support later what cost more money. Why don’t we choose it from the first step?
8. PHP Application & PHP Extensions support: WordPress, Joomla, Magento …
By supporting many useful and popular PHP extensions what are required by popular applications like wordpress, Joomla, Magento … the PHP web hosting can handle all of them in very smooth working. Other than that, they need to support RAM and CPU resource enough for resource consume. If you want to use PHP for specific application then please ask them support them or not before buying the hosting package.
9. Linux OS
PHP must be built and run on Linux OS like CentOS, Ubuntu, Red Hat … or any Unix base OS because PHP are designed and work best on Linux. If you get a PHP hosting provider but the OS is Window then you should look at their profile about hosting before choosing them.
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