We recently got a chance to sit down with Bhagwad Park – the owner of the website WP-Tweaks.com – about the latest trends in web hosting, and what advice he has for people trying to start their own website. Here’s a transcript from the interview.
Dan McGill: Thanks for sitting down with us!
Bhagwad Park: Not at all, it’s great to be able to talk about the latest trends in web hosting!
Dan McGill: Let’s get right into it, then. Tell us about WP-Tweaks.com
Bhagwad Park: The idea behind WP-Tweaks.com is to allow people to compare different web hosting products, and get genuine reviews and opinions.
Dan McGill: But there are so many web hosting sites out there. What makes WP-Tweaks.com different?
Bhagwad Park: Well, you’re right Dan. There are so many websites doing the same thing. But if you look closely, none of them give you a proper comparison. They’re all trying to sell you the product, they rarely criticize the features, and most of these sites don’t have experts that help you make a choice. What’s lacking in the current crop of web hosting sites is human opinions from knowledgeable people.
Dan McGill: And you feel that WP-Tweaks.com fills that niche?
Bhagwad Park: That’s the idea. I’ve been hosting websites since 2008. Since then, I’ve used GoDaddy, Bluehost, SiteGround, NameHero, and have experience with Hostgator as well. WP-Tweaks.com is in a unique position to compare the different web hosting products and make recommendations. The idea is to transfer my knowledge and experience to others so that they don’t make the same mistakes I made.
Dan McGill: As an outsider, I feel web hosting can be overwhelming, and that puts me off. How do you feel about this barrier to entry?
Bhagwad Park: It’s definitely a problem, and it’s one of the reasons people are drawn to page builders like Wix and WordPress.com because it gives them an easy way to set up a website and get going. Unfortunately, the whole process of web hosting isn’t very intuitive. But it’s worth learning if you’re serious about starting a website.
Dan McGill: Why? What’s wrong with page builders?
Bhagwad Park: Well for starters, they lock you in. Once you develop your website with a branded page builder, they’re not going to let you go. And the bigger your website is, the harder it is to move. This means they can raise prices at any time and you have no choice but to pay them. Also, your site isn’t really yours. If the company goes belly up tomorrow, or you want more features, you have no choice but to migrate your site page by page, manually, by copying your site’s content. That can be hugely tedious if you have a big site.
Dan McGill: So you suggest that people bite the bullet and learn how to host a website properly?
Bhagwad Park: Absolutely, Dan. There’s no substitute. If you want your own website, then it’s worth the time to learn about domains and web hosting providers. In many ways, it’s like a phone. A domain name is like your phone number, and the web hosting company is like your telephone provider – you should be able to move from one provider to the other.
Dan McGill: And that’s where WP-Tweaks.com comes in?
Bhagwad Park: I hope so! WP-Tweaks.com has sections for people with different levels of technical experience and budgets. For example, low-cost web hosting is a completely different game compared to mid-range or high-end web hosts. As your site grows, your hosting needs to evolve with it as well.
Dan McGill: With more of the world going online, it seems that WP-Tweaks.com will remain relevant for a long time. How do you feel about that?
Bhagwad Park: I mean, it’s great right? The upheavals of the past few years have shown us that more and more people are taking their business online. Even businesses that previously didn’t have websites have now realized the value of an online presence. So this is a growth industry, for sure, and I want to make sure that WP-Tweaks.com is ready for it.
Dan McGill: How do you see web hosting competing with other online avenues like Instagram? Aren’t those easier?
Bhagwad Park: Social media is absolutely a huge part of any marketing campaign. Some businesses run entirely on Instagram and Facebook marketplace, for example. Or even YouTube for that matter. The problem is that at the end of the day, you rise and fall with the platform. Nothing lasts forever, and there’s always a new, trendy social network on the horizon. When that happens, none of the value of the content you have on one network can be transferred to another.
So while social media is critical, it’s important not to put all your eggs in one basket. With web hosting, however, you own your content. Your website is your own, and it’ll survive the constant churn of social media companies. If you want insurance against the vagaries of fate, then there’s no alternative to web hosting.
Dan McGill: What are some of the trends in web hosting that excite you?
Bhagwad Park: I’m really looking forward to seeing how traditional CDN providers can take on more of the functions of a traditional web host. I’ve written about this quite a lot on WP-Tweaks.com, where I compare CDNs like Cloudflare and QUIC.cloud and explain how they can now cache dynamic content. So now instead of just serving images and other static files like CSS and JS, they can serve your entire web page. Taken to the extreme, this means you can get away with even low-cost web hosting if your CDN is doing all the heavy lifting for you.
There’s still some way to go, but I feel that this is a huge trend in the web hosting world that not enough people are taking advantage of.
Dan McGill: How much time a day do you spend on WP-Tweaks?
Bhagwad Park: (Laughs) Well, it often depends on the time of the year. Towards the holidays, it’s absolutely bonkers as people try and grab the latest Black Friday deals and web hosts put forth their best offers. But even during the rest of the year, I’m always working on improving the content of WP-Tweaks.com and making sure that it’s up to date, and revising my opinions. So yeah – there’s always work to be done!
Dan McGill: Thanks for your time and the opportunity to sit down with us Bhagwad. I really appreciate it!
Bhagwad Park: Not at all, the pleasure was all mine!
Bhagwad Park is the owner and founder of WP-Tweaks.com, a website where you can compare and get professional advice on web hosting. Dan McGill is an experienced tech journalist covering up-and-coming companies that impact the marketplace.