There are thousands of web hosting solutions and most of them are able to host WordPress. WordPress is just a PHP platform that uses MySQL database to store the data. If the hosting service meets the minimum requirements to run the latest version of WordPress (as of today 22.08.2014):
- PHP 5.2.4 or greater
- MySQL 5.0 or greater
- The mod_rewrite Apache module
You can go with them. To find this out, just browse trough their hosting plans and check the features or drop them an email.
Your Wordpress blog is like a tree tho, so it needs the right soil to grow. Based on our experience with hosting web sites for more than 15 years, here are the most important criteria you should consider before buying a web hosting service for your blog.
First, make sure it is a reputable company that provides hosting for the UK. This is where your audience is and you want your WordPress content to be delivers as fast as possible. That is why see if the company got a datacenter in UK or nearby. Also most of the UK hosting companies got inhouse tech support team that will help you move and install your blog and will be in your time zone. Also if they have SSD drives for the MySQL database is a big advantage since your database queries will load much faster.
Price and bandwidth. When you begin, make sure the price does not extend 5GBP/month and if they give you 5GB of traffic a month, it will be enough for more than 10000 visitors. This is just to be sure you are not paying extra for something that you do not need. Make sure tho that the company has other plans so when your blog grows, you can easily upgrade to another plan.
Security. See if the hosting provider have some isolation of the different WordPress accounts and the databases. Hosting is more secure when PHP applications, like WordPress, are run using your account’s username instead of the server’s default shared username. The most common way nowadays for hosting companies to do this is using suPHP. Just ask your potential host if they run suPHP or something similar.
WordPress optimized. A lot of the web hosting companies have made it easier for WordPress blogs to be run and managed by having a specific tools in the control panel like 1 click WordPress install, layered caching, auto updates, controlling your blog from a command line, updating your plugins and so on that will make it so much easier for you to manage your blog.
Any reputable UK web hosting that meets the above criteria will do for your WordPress blog, site or shop. Based on our experience we can recommend as WordPress specific UK web hosting companies Siteground and Godaddy. For more details read our reviews on Siteground and Godaddy and if you have any other suggetions or questions, post them in the comments below. And you can also check our the full list of the best 5 WordPress hosting reviews here.