Managed WordPress hosting has become more and more common in recent years. Such hosting environments used to cost an arm and a leg; now even some of the big players in web hosting have started offering it, on the cheap. But are all Managed WordPress hosting plans the same? And what does “Managed WordPress Hosting” even mean?
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
Managed hosting is when the hosting provider owns, and completely manages the server for you; Installing server updates and updates to the software the server uses to host your website, and automatically run regular backups for your website. Any Managed hosting worth considering will also do things like, run regular security scans (especially if they offer email or FTP services), among other things.
Managed WordPress hosting does all that and more. See, the WordPress software often needs updates to it’s Core, as well as to the themes, and plugins you’ve installed. Managed WordPress hosting usually includes automatic updates but beyond that, each Managed WordPress hosting provider offers something a little different.
So, why do some hosting providers offer Managed WordPress hosting for a monthly cost as low as the cost of a cup of coffee while others charge several hundred dollars? The simple answer: what they offer isn’t really Managed WordPress. For those “el cheapo” plans, you could think of it more like “Managed with a few extra tweaks in favor of WordPress. …And Joomla, and a couple other common website platforms”. Does that really matter, though? I mean, some tweaks are better than none, right?
The bottom line…
“El cheapo” Managed WordPress hosting is not much different than el cheapo shared hosting. And let’s face it, many of those big shared environments are way overcrowded and too many websites hosted on a single system increases the odds that the system’s resources will get bogged down. The end result? Timeouts, random errors, and downtime for YOUR website.
Why Good Managed WordPress Hosting Costs so Much?
The reason why some hosting plans cost more is because they offer a combination of more resources and features. The same is true for Managed WordPress hosting. Here is a chart that compares some providers smallest, and largest, plans;
|WP LIKE A PROBasic/Professional|
|Monthly Price||$29 | $249||$19.99 | $49.99||$10 | $15|
|WordPress Installs||1 | 25||5 | 30||1 | 2|
|SSL Certificate||$49/year | $49/year or third party||Not Supported | Supported|| DV - Free or $44/yr
OV - $182/yr
EV - $220/yr
|Expert WordPress Support||24/7 Chat | 24/7 Chat & Phone||24/7||24/7 Email & Social Media|
|Visits / Month||25K | 400K||100M | Unlimited||50K | Unlimited|
|Caching and/or CDN||$19.99/month | Included||SiteLock CDN | SiteLock CDN/WAF Pro||NGiNX|
|Hard Disk Space|| 10GB | 30GB
Both include LargeFS
|30GB | 240GB||5GB | 25GB|
|RAM||Not Specified||2GB | 8GB||Not Specified|
|Dedicated IP||Not Specified||1 | 1||NO | 1|
|Plugin Limitations||Not Specified||Not Specified||No|
|Content Edits or Custom Programming||No||No||2 hours/month included|
|Learn More||Learn More||Sign Up|
*Certain VPS systems are available upon request
Why Do I Need Managed WordPress Hosting?
Everyone will answer that question differently. But allow me to shed some light on your decision before you jump to conclusions.
Shared hosting, especially when overcrowded, comes with risks that can be avoided simply by paying a little more for better technology in a less crowded environment. (Hey, did you notice several of the providers mentioned in that chart expect you to be OK with shared hosting even at the higher price points!?)
The point of Managed #WordPress #Hosting is to mitigate as many risks as possible by abstracting away server, and website, management so you can focus on your goals. This is done by…
- Utilizing a high-availability hosting environment
- Ensuring that environment remains uncrowded (or even dedicated to an individual customer)
- Optimizing the environment exclusively for a specific platform (WordPress, in our case)
- Supporting the customer’s technical needs on a server/hosting level as well as a general WordPress level
I get it. Managed WordPress Hosting is not for everyone. But consumers these days are online 24/7 and expect to get the information they need instantaneously from your website. if you’re business depends on your WordPress website running fast and having little, or no, downtime it would be wise of you to consider such a hosting option.
What are your thoughts on Managed WordPress Hosting? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments!