Here at ShoutMeLoud, I often talk about web-hosting, as this is the first thing which you need to create a new WordPress blog.
When it comes to hosting, we have various options regarding hosting packages and companies.
Common hosting types are:
But one thing which is common to all of these hosting types and companies is that they will let you host any type of website.
You can host:
WordPress is memory-hogging software and it’s not uncommon to face downtime and site slowness at times.
The main reason for this is that most of the hosting companies are not optimized for running WordPress. Either you can become a WordPress server optimization expert or hire someone to do it for you.
But this sounds like a solution for 2015. In 2018, people are getting smarter & we all understand the importance of a fast-loading website.
Moreover, downtime can mean a missed opportunity.
But now, we have Managed WordPress Hosting.
In the past several years, I have used numerous Managed WordPress Hosts including WPEngine, HostGator, Page.ly, and now, ShoutMeLoud is hosted on Kinsta.
From my experiences (some bad & many good), I will help you to understand everything about Managed WordPress Hosting.
In this post, I will be giving you an overview of these specialized hosting platforms for WordPress and you will learn why you should be using them.
What does Managed WordPress Hosting mean?
As the name suggests, this type of web-hosting is specifically designed and optimized for WordPress websites.
I was checking out some WordPress server optimization slides by one of WordPress.com’s engineers, and I realized that there are many things which we can do to scale our server to handle high traffic. With shared hosting or managed VPS, doing this kind of optimization is not possible & this is why we face tons of issues with slowness or lengthy downtimes.
This is where specialized hosting for WordPress comes into the picture.
This specialized hosting is called “Managed WordPress Hosting”.
For anyone who is starting out, a Managed WordPress Host is much better than any other entry-level host. (Despite this, WordPress blogs usually start with shared hosting due to their low pricing.)
Managed WordPress Hosting takes care of every inch of server optimization for hosting a WordPress blog/website. Their technical teams are trained to manage WordPress servers, and the best part is, these teams know the in’s and out’s of WordPress blogs.
So when you are talking to their customer support for any issues, you will be getting an instant solution.
Managed WordPress Hosting companies offer server-level caching & CDN, so you don’t need to rely on WordPress cache plugins to keep your server well-optimized. This will allow your site to be served faster and there will be no hosting related technical hassles for you to deal with.
These types of hosting platforms are perfect for any business WordPress blog, big WordPress sites, or non-technical people where spending money on hosting is not an issue.
Now, let’s look at some of the advantages of using Managed Hosting for WordPress.
Benefits of Managed WordPress Hosting:
“Managed Hosting” can be defined as the daily management of WordPress by the web-host, so that you can focus on something else (like creating epic content).
With this kind of hosting, technology-minded professionals will make sure that the critical WordPress platform updates, plugin updates, and other site-specific updates are immediately installed as soon as they are made available.
They also handle speed optimization and backups, as well as some other tools that are meant to enhance your experience when using WordPress.
The professionals who provide people with Managed WordPress services understand this platform in a better way than the typical web-host. They know how to use it in the most efficient manner possible.
With regards to keeping your site secure, they will enhance it to provide you with additional security, while also managing the firewalls they create.
Here are some related reads for WordPress security:
These hosting providers will also provide you with amazing customer support.
This is the biggest advantage when you compare Managed WordPress Hosting providers with the cheaper or free WordPress hosting services.
Many hosts only provide people with space, but they don’t have a good understanding of the WordPress platform itself. If you happen to face a problem, these providers might not be able to help you in a proper manner.
With Managed WordPress Hosting, for a price, you will be able to contact someone who understands the platform really well and will be able to provide you with the help you are seeking in an efficient and effective way.
Let me tell you about a great experience I recently had with Kinsta (Managed WordPress Hosting) when they changed their server architect & moved ShoutMeLoud to their new platform:
- I had a few old plugins installed & the site was slowing down due to PHP compatibility issues. Their support team looked into this day & night, helped me to find all the plugins which were outdated, and wherever possible, they also did extra coding to ensure the site was running smoothly.
In my ten-year of blogging career, I have never had such a remarkable hosting experience.
…you can see what I’m talking about.
Having a backup is very important when it comes to managing a website.
Sometimes, things happen:
- your site gets hacked
- the database crashes
- everything on the site somehow gets lost
A normal hosting service won’t be able to help you.
There’s a very high chance that you will lose everything. Not having a backup is a big problem here.
With Managed WordPress Hosting, you don’t have to worry about losing your data. The creation of nightly backups are commonly included with the price you pay for the service.
Most of these companies have offshore backup services, which is free & costs you no additional money.
It’s very frustrating when everything you have worked for is lost because of something unfortunate. Creating a backup gives you the assurance that things will be fine even if something unfortunate does occur.
When I was hosting ShoutMeLoud on WPEngine, I had one such incident & my backup helped me recover my blog from the biggest mistake of my life.
Here are the recommended Managed WordPress Hosting Providers for 2019:
- Kinsta Hosting (For medium-high traffic, growing WordPress sites)
- WPEngine (For WordPress business sites up to 400,000 page views/month)
These service providers make sure that everything goes smoothly for you. They also provide you with increased security and performance. These service providers also give you increased website speed which is very important to your visitors.
So, if you want WordPress professionals to take care of your site, then Managed WordPress Hosting is the service you are looking for. This service typically starts from $30/month and increases to hundreds of dollars per month depending on what you need.
Let’s have a look at the pricing of various popular Managed WordPress Hosts:
Despite being the idle hosting environment for WordPress sites, Managed WordPress Hosting is not for everyone due to price constraints.
Right now, ShoutMeLoud is hosted on Kinsta, but before, it was WPEngine.
Pros and cons of Managed WordPress Hosting:
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 Website load time is an essential part of search engine ranking. 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.
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, managed hosting is indeed a good pick. Personally, I have grown my business a lot after moving to Kinsta, as now I don’t have to deal with hosting issues at all.
Do check out these two articles to read about my journey of managed hosting:
To sum up, if you are hosting a WordPress blog and your hosting companies can’t handle the resource requirements of your WordPress blog, you should definitely get a hosting provider which specializes in hosting WordPress blogs.
Compared to shared hosting or VPS, the cost of WordPress Managed Hosts are considerably higher, which might not be feasible for a newbie or upcoming blogger. But for a company WordPress site or for a professional blogger, where money is less of an issue, these are the perfect places to host your WordPress sites.
- Also read: Best Managed WordPress Hosting companies
Are you using Managed Hosting for WordPress? How’s your experience so far and which company would you recommend? Let us know in the comments!