Joomla can be installed on virtually any host server, as long as the hosting plan includes:
- PHP support
- MySql database support
Best hosting for your Joomla website?
As almost all hosting providers include support for these two options, it is difficult to say which is the best hosting for Joomla site. To decide for one, take in considerations:
1. The ease of Joomla installation
You can always install Joomla manually by means of transferring Joomla files by ftp and running installation script.
But some hosting companies like Hostgator, provide automatic Joomla installation within their control panel. Such type of installation doesn't need an ftp transfer. The latest Joomla installation files are already located on the server. A few steps procedure guides you trough the install and you have a running Joomla site up in less then a minute.
2. Reputation of hosting provider
When deciding for a provider, look how many people already trusted him and don't go for one whose only comparable advantage is low price. When it comes to web hosting, most important things are uptime and support. While uptime is difficult to predict, support options can be seen on hosting company's web site. Some providers offer options like 24/7 live chat, telephone and e-mail support, so bear this in mind when deciding. Check also if site provides a long term money back guarantee.
3. Price of hosting
Price of hosting varies according to:
- Hosting plan
- Hosting plan duration
Typically you can find coupons to obtain a rebate on initial hosting price. A Hostgator coupon codes for example are:
To obtain a rebate, enter the coupon code while registering.
Host Joomla on local PC
You can install Joomla also on local PC under Windows or Linux operating system. There are software distributions available such as WAMP or XAMP, which include Apache web server, PHP and MySql in a single package.