Are you planning to shift your WordPress site to managed WordPress hosting?..
.. Want to evaluate & understand the good & bad side of Managed WP Hosting?
Well, let me share what I have learned after spending almost $6500 in last three years by hosting ShoutMeLoud on various managed WordPress hosting.
If you are new to this not so new form of hosting, start by learning what is managed WordPress hosting. You will also learn about features and advantages you will get with them.
Now, as we all know there are two sides of coins and same goes with managed WP hosting. However, there is no as such limitations or bad thing about Managed WP hosting, but there is few downside, especially for tech-savvy people that you should know. Personally, I feel for any professional WordPress blog & Business WordPress Website should be hosted only on managed WordPress hosting.
If you are asking why?
Read on to find the answer. At the end, I have also updated some of the most popular managed WordPress hosting of 2016.
The Pros of Managed Hosting for WordPress
As the name implies, it’s a service which takes care of everything related to WordPress. We all know that managing WordPress platform isn’t easy. The plugins, themes and more have to be kept updated. A Managed WordPress hosting service provider takes care of such things. This provides you with the time to focus on something else. You need not worry about updates and a slow loading site anymore. However, there are two sides to every coin. So, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this management service.
The benefits of paying managed WordPress hosting are:
There are a lot of updates that are released to improve the WordPress experience. By paying for this management service, you can be sure that everything will be up-to-date as soon as an update is released. Even the plugins will be updated, and the service providers will test them before they make an upgrade. This means that they will test the compatibility of the plugin before they make the update. Moreover, you don’t need to worry about updating your blog; you have your personal butler to take care of it. What a royalty it is :)
The speed with which a website loads is very important. Visitors hate slow loading sites, and you can lose a lot of traffic because of this. The service providers will make sure that your site loads as fast as it can. There are a lot of things they will do to ensure less loading time. They can implement the most-recent caching plugins, developments in speed optimization, content delivery networks and more to make the site load faster. In below screenshot, you can see ShoutMeLoud loading within 1.73 seconds & we are hosted on Kinsta managed WordPress hosting.
Most of these managed WordPress hosting providers enable caching at the server end, that means you don’t need to rely on caching plugins for speed optimization. Also, CDN comes as a part of the package, which makes sure your site loads blazing fast.
Takeaway: You don’t need to pay for CDN.
You spend a lot of time to improve your site. Just imagine how you will feel if something unfortunate occurs, and you lose all of the content?
If the site is running on a bad host, then there’s no doubt that you will lose everything if something unfortunate occurs. However, using Managed WordPress hosting provides you with the surety that your data will be safe through their daily backup service.
This also saves on your money if you use paid services like VaultPress to take your backup, as managed hosting backup will ensure if something goes wrong on your site, you can quickly restore to previous working state.
If a technical issue arises, then a standard shared hosting support team might not help you in a proper manner because the support service doesn’t completely understand that platform. By paying for managed WordPress hosting, you know that the service providers understand the platform, and that’s why they will be able to help you in the proper manner and take care of the technical problems your WordPress site is facing.
Your data will be kept safe because with these service providers; you don’t have to worry about malware or other security issues. These service providers do what they can to keep your site safe.
You don’t have to spend hundreds of hours to understand how the platform works because everything will be handled by the managed hosting service providers. Everything technical is handled by them, and you can focus on other things.
These are just a few of the advantages of managed WordPress hosting services, now let’s look into some of the downsides of managed WP web-hosting companies.
The Cons of Managed WordPress Webhosting
Some of the things which beginners might not like are:
Price (Managed WP hosting is not for everybody)
As I mentioned above, managed WordPress hosting is for business WordPress sites, professional or serious bloggers like you & me. Managed WordPress hosting will cost you money.
It can start from $30 per month to some hundreds of dollars a month. It depends on how much management you need. You will also have to pay extra if your post goes viral.
The basic package, generally $20 a month, allows a certain number of visitors to your site each month. If the limit exceeds, you will have to pay extra. You can increase the ‘limit’ by paying for a more expensive package that allows more visitors. Below you can see the pricing table of MediaTemple managed WordPress hosting.
For a high-traffic site, the cost can go up to hundred of dollars/month.
Right now my blog (ShoutMeLoud) is hosted on Kinsta hosting. I pay close to $250/month & last month; I paid for one year in advance.
Is it worth it?
Well, 99.9% uptime with 1.5 million/page views a month says it all.
If blogging is your full-time business or you operating a corporate or enterprise level WordPress blog, the huge cost of managed WP hosting, should not be a reason to stop you from buying. In fact, you will gain more when hosting your WordPress site on such World-class hosting.
You won’t have full control because the technical things will be taken care of by the management service providers, and they will decide what needs to be updated. It doesn’t mean you can’t add new stuff or do anything on your dashboard; you will be doing everything like usual but for many things like Cache plugins, updating WordPress will be taken care by the service provider.
We can clearly see that there are no as such disadvantage apart from the price factor on managed WordPress hosting, but when it comes to peace of mind and having a complete hassle-free WordPress blog, managed hosting is indeed a good pick. If you think that you can pay for the services in a comfortable manner, then going for Managed WordPress hosting is a good option for you.
Here are recommended managed WordPress hosting for 2016:
If you are using any managed WordPress web hosting provider? Do let me know your review and your feedback about their service.
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