Basics to hosting WordPress websites in Japan

Hosting environment of WordPress site in Japan

Are you wondering which hosting service to use for your WordPress website? In this post, I’ll share with you the basic of hosting for WordPress in Japan, and recommendations.

Contract type of servers

There are two types of rental servers.

  1. Shared server hosting
  2. Dedicated server hosting

Shared hosting is a service where many websites reside on one web server connected to the Internet. If we refer a server as a shared house, than in shared hosting, it would mean renting a room of it. It is cheaper than managed hosting (some with smallest capacity are as cheap as $1.3) and easy for starters. The negative side is that server resources, such as CPU, memories are limited so that everyone renting the same shared server can use it comfortably.

On the other hand, dedicated hosting rents one server from the hosting company. It has become an old trend, and is being replaced with cloud servers, but it is still used in Japan’s large website, campaign sites etc. Dedicated hosting allows the server resources can be fully applied, and the cost more expensive with additional initial costs.

Cloud hosting is a virtual server running in a cloudcomputing environment. It is built, hosted and delivered via a cloud computing platform via the internet, and can be accessed remotely.

WordPress hosting services in Japan

When building a website using WordPress, there are several major web hosting companies in Japan that meets the requirements needed to publish a WordPress site.

Here are the top WordPress hosting services.

XSERVERShared hosting
LOLIPOP!Shared hosting
SAKURA internetShared hosting
HetemlShared hosting
KAGOYAShared hosting
MixHostCloud hosting
ColorfulBoxCloud hosting

These services will include support to easily host a WordPress site, and some include WordPress already installed with their plans. If you are running a small sized business or for bloggers, I recommend shared hosting which is cheapest option and is used by many in Japan.

WordPress PHPUnit Test Suite has a Host Test Results page where it lists hosting companies that run the WordPress PHPUnit Test Suite on their infrastructure. A few Japanese companies are listed here, and may be reliable source when deciding a hosting company.

Does hosting companies in Japan provide English service?

Although the service and registration for using hosting service is not complicated, many of the companies do not provide English service or support. If you are looking for support to create a website from scratch from finding a server, domain etc, Coweb can support you through this process.