Have you recently joined the WordPress website family and starting to navigate around all the ins and outs?
I am sure during your research you probably came across something known as, Managed WordPress Hosting. But what is it exactly? How does it work? And will it be of any benefit to you?
Previously when you created a website you would make use of shared hosting, not sure what that is? You can read more about it here in one of our previous articles.
But now days you can look into managed WordPress hosting as an alternative. There are many advantages if you go this route and we will look at them in this article. We will also discuss how it works and what the benefits are for you.
Are you ready? Let’s go…
WHAT IS MANAGED WORDPRESS HOSTING
In simple terms, it is a service offered by certain providers where all the technical aspects of running a WordPress website is managed by the host.
So what does that mean? Well, it covers all things such as; speed, security, updates for WordPress, daily backups and scalability.
The service is offered with the idea in mind to help you, the business owner, to be able to focus on your business knowing that your website is fully taken care of no matter what happens. There are experts available and on-call to solve any problems that may arise regarding your website – and you can be at peace.
That must sound good, right?
But just like with everything, there are pros and cons to any scenario or service on offer. Let us take a brief look at a few of these before we go deeper into who needs managed hosting and some of the providers who offer the service.
- Speed – because we all want a fast website, one that loads quickly and keeps visitors hanging around to see more.
- Security – This is a big plus as you want to know that your website is kept safe from hackers and anyone that wishes to cause harm to your site or business
- Expert Support – You have peace of mind that the people who are managing your website are seasoned professionals and they have your back
- No downtime – no one wants their website to be out of commission for an unlimited amount of time. Especially if you are a small business or have a lot of traffic to your site. Too much downtime can be detrimental.
- Price – It is significantly higher than share hosting (but the benefits are well worth it)
- Less say on what happens on the site – But technically this is what you want in the first place when you are looking into managed hosting, it frees up your time to focus on more important things.
Safe to say, the pros (and these are not all of them) outweigh the cons.
WHO NEEDS MANAGED HOSTING?
First, who DOES NOT need hosting – blog writers. If you are a blogger you do not need managed hosting.
Now, if you are a business owner or you have a website which yields a high amount of traffic on a daily basis, you may want to look into managed WordPress hosting.
The reason for this would be because when you have a lot of traffic and a lot of activity, especially on a site that is selling a product or service, you want to make sure that everything runs smoothly – ALL OF THE TIME! Any technical issues, crashing of the site, hackers and so forth can be detrimental to your business and cause serious loss of website visitors.
So you may say, “Yes but the price point is a bit higher than I anticipated”, yes sure, the price is higher, but if your website is the way you do business, the way you get business, then you would have to make that sacrifice and know that your website is in the safest possible hands with experts in the field.
Now, we will start looking at some of the providers offering the Managed WordPress Hosting service.
- Creative Ground – find out more about our offerings here
- WPENGINE – Referred to as the VIP of Managed WordPress Hosting. Everything about this host screams perfection, from the speed and robustness through to the amazing security (almost completely hacker-proof) and exceptional customer service.
- SiteGround – Very popular and also a very good service provider. Again you get great speed and security features as well as fewer restrictions which you may find with the more traditional website hosts.
- Bluehost – They were started in 1996 which makes them one of the oldest host providers, they are also one of the most preferred WordPress hosting providers and touted as “an official ‘WordPress’ recommended hosting provider”.
- Liquid Web – Fast and high-quality support are synonymous with Liquid Web and they have also been around for a while providing these services, and therefore are definitely a great choice for a managed hosting provider.
- Dreamhost – Last but not least, Dreamhost is one of those old faithful’s as well and are known for making managed hosting easy. You get custom dashboard, 1-click WordPress install, automatic WordPress updates, unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth and free SSDs which makes your site 200% faster.
THAT’S A WRAP…
Right, so now we have gone through quite a lot of discovery when it comes to Managed WordPress Hosting and we hope that this has given you some idea as to why you may need it for your website (or maybe not right now). Whatever you choose, make sure that is the right fit for you. If you are unsure of which direction to go in, maybe you need to consult with experts in the field of WordPress websites. You can get in touch with one of our technical wizards here at Creative Ground and let us guide you in your decision.