WordPress Hosting Guide

By: Ejaz Alam | Topic: Web Hosting

Managed WordPress hosting guide for webmasters who do not won't to get in to hassles of managing their hosting themselves.

Managed WordPress hosting takes the major burden off your shoulders and you can concentrate on your business affairs only. Due to the increasing popularity and increased usage  of the WordPress platform several web hosts have started offering managed WordPress hosting services to their clients. To cater for the needs of their customers they have employed several WordPress technicians who possess extensive and specialized knowledge about WordPress. So they are in a better position to solve your WP related issues.

Do You Really Require Managed WordPress Hosting?

If you are comfortable with WordPress usage and can handle its issues yourself without requiring any help then you may not opt for managed WordPress hosting but ask for simple hosting. Let us see who are one’s who really require managed WordPress hosting instead of simple WordPress hosting packages.

Managed WordPress Hosting

1. Individuals who are less knowledgeable about the core WP content management system, its plugins, widgets, themes, maintenance, security and overall management of the WP platform. As WordPress requires lots of tasks to be done for the smooth functioning of a WP site so you need sufficient knowledge in order to have an effective online presence.

If you are in the learning process but want to have your website/blog up and running immediately and smoothly then it is better to opt for managed WordPress hosting initially and when you are fully confident about the management of the WP yourself then you can opt out and go for a simple and much cheaper hosting package.

2. Second type who may require WordPress managed hosting are the large companies and online business who are engaged in production of the products and processing of orders with less or no staff to manage their WordPress websites. This is for sure that every businessman can’t be WP expert and business expert at the same time. So if you are a busy business professional who solely want to concentrate on your business related matters then the managed WordPress hosting is the ideal solution for you.

In most of the cases it will save you lots of money by not hiring an in house webmaster to maintain your website. There are several good WordPress hosts who provide such services at affordable rates and this brings peace of mind to you by getting sufficient time to concentrate an your business related matters.

Benefits of Managed WordPress Hosting

This type of hosting offers several benefits over normal hosting. As mentioned earlier that the web hosts who offer WordPress managed hosting have employed several WP experts who are aware of the issues and remedies of problems related to WP platform, plugins, security and maintenance of the CMS. So most of your WP related issues will be solved in a quick time without disturbing you.

Managed WordPress hosting provider may offer you following:

a. Security: They will provide every possible help and assistance to ensure complete security of your WP website. They keep an eye on the potential threats and employ advance protection of the databases and WP platform. In addition to this they may offer fixes, security patches and solutions to the effected websites. This of course is a very important requirement for an online business website having some confidential information about the clients and business data.

b. Site Optimized for Performance: A WP website that is fully optimized performs better so if you buy WordPress managed hosting your website will be optimized for performance by the specialist WP technicians. Since they are at hands and fully trained for the job you can own a well performing website that can create a good impression on your site visitors and potential clients. They will understand that you are serious about your business and it increases your credibility.

c. Regular Backups: This facility is particularly important for business owners/webmasters with large databases that contains important client data or business information. It is the task of the managed WordPress hosting provider to take regular backups of your website in order to protect and safeguard the important files and data. Due to some un-avoidable incident you will never lose your files, folders or data. This can be considered as a big advantage offered by the WordPress hosts.

d. Advice/Support: Your WordPress hosting provider will keep an eye on the plugins, themes and widgets installed on your website and will advise you if any plugin or part creates any problem or prove to be harmful for your website. If this happens then it is advisable to pay attention to your managed WordPress hosting provider for smooth functioning of your website.

In case you are confident enough and know the issue yourself then discuss the matter with them to be on the same page. Since you are paying them more money than normal hosting package so you will be entitled for dedicated/priority support through phone, chat or their ticket system.

The benefits of managed WordPress hosting are not limited only to the points mentioned above but you may get some added benefit also. It varies from host to host and you must check before you opt for any sort of WordPress managed hosting.

Disadvantages of Managed WordPress Hosting

After reading and understanding about the WordPress managed hosting now let us see some of its disadvantages of it. Like everything that has good points also have some bad points so is the case with this type of web hosting.

a. Limitations of Websites Hosted: If you normally see any hosting package you will find that number of sites allowed to be hosted on a panel is quite large and in some cases unlimited. Whereas this option in managed WordPress hosting is very limited. You can host very less number of websites and that to only in WordPress CMS, you are not allowed to host websites in other programming languages or CMS. Thus a webmaster is restricted to WP platform with less sites.

The WordPress hosts are justified for this because they don’t have unlimited number of employees who can manage unlimited websites hosted by their clients. Similarly a WP expert may not be as good in maintaining other CMS, platforms and programming languages.

b. More Costly Than Normal Hosting: This is an understandable point that managed WordPress hosting will cost you more than a normal hosting. This is also rationale and WordPress web hosts are justified to charge more in order to pay for the expenses incurred due to additional employees. That is why it is said that such type of managed WordPress hosting is suitable for large online businesses and websites. You get extra so you have to pay extra.

Except the above mentioned two points I don’t see any other disadvantage of managed WordPress hosting. The choice is yours and you are best judge of your requirements.

Final Word

Whatever help and services your web host promises to provide you, remember one thing that it is YOUR website and only you are in love with it, so you should not solely depend on the WordPress hosting provider and learn to manage and maintain your website yourself.

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