If you have a WordPress website or are thinking about creating a website you have probably run across the term Managed WordPress Hosting. You may have noticed it seems to cost significantly more with little explanation. We wanted to expound on the difference and which one you should probably choose.
Most of the low end hosting you may have seen during your search for the perfect host is Shared Hosting. These hosts keep costs down by packing as many sites as possible onto their servers. If your site is small with not much traffic (as most sites are in the beginning) this option may be a good solution.
When should you consider moving?
Let’s get this out there right away, we recommend moving to a Managed WordPress Solution if your website is tied to your lively hood. If you are making money from your website you need professionals watching your back. Making sure that if the unthinkable happens you are back up in no time.
The purpose of Managed WordPress Hosting is to give you a completely hassle-free hosting experience so you can focus on running your business. Here are just a few of the advantages of Managed WordPress.
Speed is more important than ever. Especially since 47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less. With professionals Managing your WordPress core, updates, backups, caching and more you know your site will stay snappy.
Cheap shared hosting requires your constant attention to keep your site backed up and updated. With Managed WordPress Hosting your site’s security is constantly monitored and if something should get through your site is restored for free.
Did you know most “hacks” happen when your CMS is out of date? Check out this article from Cloud Living explaining why you should always keep WordPress and any other CMS you might be using updated. With Managed WordPress Hosting, WordPress is updated and backed up automatically every night.
Database, WordPress, CDN, everything is optimized to run as fast and securely as possible. No more worrying about what you don’t know. In addition to maintenance and upkeep, Managed WordPress servers are specifically configured for WordPress.
Unlike cheaper shared hosting plans you have the dedicated resources of a VPS Server. Your site will not be packed in with hundreds or even thousands of other websites all fighting for the same resources.
Your server is managed. Someone is always watching to make sure your site doesn’t go down. Even if you should suddenly have a surge of traffic. With most shared hosting plans you are looking at your site being shut down, crashing, or being charged high overages if you exceed your allowances for site visits.
Who doesn’t need Managed WordPress Hosting?
If you have a small hobby blog or are just starting out with WordPress you really don’t need Managed Hosting. We would recommend signing up with SiteGround instead. They have amazing customer service (seriously, just Google it and see for yourself) and affordable rates for those who are just getting started. Once you outgrow their service or start earning a living off your WordPress site then move over to a managed solution.
The one exception would be eCommerce. This also ties back to the beginning when we said: “if your website being tied to your lively hood.” If you’re going to be making money off of your website we highly recommend going with a Managed WordPress plan from the start.
Have questions or need more information? Contact us about Managed WordPress or any other Hosting question you may have. We’d love to help.