Managed WordPress hosting can handle a variety of different websites, from the small static ones to large data-heavy websites with videos, images, and other fun stuff. This is possible because hosting companies offer different types of hosting. Each type offers benefits to different kinds of websites.
As hosting plans can vary greatly, it is important to know which ones offer what, and what type of website they work best with.
If you have a WordPress website, it should go without saying that a WordPress hosting service does better than one-size-fits-all hosting.
What Are the Different Types of Web Hosting?
There are four types of web hosting: shared, VPS, dedicated, and cloud. In theory, your website could run just fine on any of those, depending on your needs. Here’s a quick breakdown:
The first hosting plan we will talk about is the most common. Shared hosting is very appealing to a lot of website owners. Owners of beginner websites love the low cost and, because there’s no immediate growth potential, don’t mind that there are a few restrictions at this low-cost tier.
As it is a simple plan, the workings of it are simple as well. One server hosts data from multiple websites which share the server’s storage space and bandwidth. This is usually the reason why the cost is so low. While you can save money, there are some drawbacks. With a shared plan, if another website on your server upgrades, or has a large uptick in traffic, your site can suffer. If this happens your site can be slowed down – a big turn-off for visitors.
Next up on the list of WordPress hosting plans is VPS hosting. At its core, VPS hosting is the same as shared hosting. There are multiple websites sharing one server and all of its space, but there is a limit of how many sites can be on the server. Not only are the number of websites limited, but the storage space and bandwidth are partitioned so each site has their own set amount.
This a great upgrade from a traditional shared hosting plan. If you are a medium-sized site, this can be a good option for you. One of the only drawbacks is that you are still on a server with multiple websites. If a hacker gets into one website, they would then have an easier path to access the other sites on that server. While this sounds scary, hosts are very observant of their servers and would likely interfere before any damage could be done.
Here is where things start to change. Cloud hosting is basically shared hosting, but with one huge advantage. You are not connected to just one server, you are connected to a network of them.
Instead of having to fight for precious storage space and bandwidth on a server, your site just moves to another one. The only issue that can arise is that because of having a network of servers, hosts can allow a large number of websites on each plan.
While you may not run into storage issues, there are more websites that can be attacked or compromised. Again, most hosts have security measures in place to prevent this. Cloud hosting is good for newer sites and ones that are growing but not at a rapid pace.
When your website starts to get more traffic or you add more media, its size grows. This is when you should start looking at a dedicated plan. Unlike the three above, with a dedicated plan, you are the only website on the server. That’s right, the storage space and bandwidth is all yours.
This gets rid of any of the security risks of having other websites on the server. Because of the privacy and dedicated storage space and bandwidth, these plans can run high on the cost scale. However, if you have a website that needs the security that a dedicated plan offers, the price is worth it.
So, with all of these options available, why should you go out of your way to find a provider that offers managed WordPress hosting?
Managed WordPress Hosting
WordPress hosting offers the same basics as most other web hosting services, that is true. But if you run a WordPress website, you need more than just the basics.
WordPress hosting services exclusively cater to WordPress website owners, and their equipment and software are specially configured to meet specific needs. In a nutshell, a managed hosting service takes care of the day-to-day upkeep of your website so that you don’t have to. Specifically, you can expect help with the following areas:
- Tech Support — This is one of biggest reasons for choosing managed hosting. You are not simply being given space on the host company’s server. You are also getting 24/7 technical support. These experts know specifically how to handle issues like plugins that are slowing down your website’s responsiveness.
- Security — The server your website is on has a high level of security settings. Specifically, the firewalls and security plugins will help keep your site safe against WordPress-specific threats. This is essential since nothing will lose you customers or readers quite like building a reputation for being infected with malware or being the victim of a data breach.
- Optimization — On a regular server, you might have a dozen stored websites all using different platforms for their creation. But with a managed WordPress hosting service, all the sites on the server were created using WordPress, meaning that the server must be configured to work specifically with WordPress and no other platform. This means that everything from the operating system to the plugins used on the sites will run easier on this type of server.
- Resources — Because all websites are running on the same platform, the server’s resource usage is more predictable, and configuration can be more specific.
- Server Technologies — Web technologies can be pre-configured for quick setup within your website.
- Staging Sites and Uptime—A final benefit is that your managed site will include a staging site where the managing firm can create a website for you and change it, tweak it, and manipulate it without interrupting your website’s uptime. When it is fully ready and meets your approval, then they can push the website out to the Internet with a push of a button. This keeps your website up continuously, so you can cultivate a greater customer base.
- Maintenance — All accounts can receive the same custom maintenance. Hosts can perform bulk upgrades and apply security patches quickly and easily.
- Feature Rich — Many WordPress hosting plans include a WordPress website builder, and many also offer themes, plugins and even SSL certificates.
Choosing the Right Provider
Many hosting providers market themselves as WordPress hosting experts when, in fact, they do nothing different. In other words, they are ‘WordPress hosting’ services in name only: no special software, no automated WordPress updates, and no WordPress experts on staff.
So, how can you be sure that you’re getting the real deal and not just a marketing ploy?
Research! Look at the features a company offers, speak to their service team beforehand, and most of all – read reviews! If you can trust anything, it’s first-hand testimonials from other users.
At InMotion Hosting, we have a strong reputation for WordPress website management. Our WordPress hosting is fine-tuned to deliver superior performance, security, and provide best-in-class service.
If you’d like to find out how you can migrate your current website or get started on a new one, reach out to our friendly support team today! They have all your WordPress website needs covered, 24/7.