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What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
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(Last Updated On: November 10, 2021)

How much time could your business save with managed WordPress hosting? With a wide range of challenges, today’s businesses not only need to support all aspects of their core operation but somehow need to manage hosting, advertising, content development, and all other ongoing tasks associated with digital marketing. 

Partnering with a managed WordPress hosting provider is a time-saving alternative that can free up a business’s technical and marketing staff to focus on other projects while ensuring world-class marketing service.

What is Managed WordPress?

The WordPress platform has a reputation as a powerful and easy-to-use blogging and website builder. ‘Easy’ is a relative term, however – blogs and websites require continual management. As a reliable solution for small and large businesses, the platform is a versatile content management system (CMS) ideal for everything from conventional business websites to eCommerce platforms. But managing business websites and blogs for measurable success takes time and money to pay staff to perform the associated work.

Managed WordPress hosting provides a beginner-friendly experience while keeping your website fast and secure. Your website maintenance tasks can be passed off to your hosting service provider with managed WordPress hosting. “Managed” means that we’ll take care of basic tasks like daily backups, installations, updates, and caching.

Not surprisingly, many businesses prefer to take a hands-off approach to their website management. Hence, the popularity and convenience of managed WordPress hosting. With managed WordPress hosting, businesses enjoy concierge, enterprise-level service that offers optimum website performance and outstanding support. 

A shared hosting plan might have a lower starting cost, but extra services can bump that price up. Managed WordPress Hosting can cost more than shared hosting, but is the price worth the service? For many businesses who value fast website speed, uptime monitoring, scalability, reliable security, and support expertise – it is. Is it the right option for your business? Let’s explore.

What Are the Benefits of Managed WordPress Hosting?

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Before deciding on a hosting method, take time to look at the benefits of a managed WordPress hosting plan. While the cost is a bit higher, it provides convenience and time to give back to business staff to focus on other aspects of their jobs. The many advantages of choosing managed WordPress hosting continue to convince businesses to opt for this concierge-style hosting. We’ll explore them here:

Fast Website Speed and Optimum Performance

Speed and solid website performance are crucial elements of a business website. Without them, search engine optimization suffers, and all investment put into the website sees a reduced payoff. One of the main benefits of managed WordPress sites is their better performance and greater speed. The best managed WordPress services optimize services based on the themes and plugins clients run on their websites or blogs – this customization and attention to good optimization results in improved speed and functionality. 

With a managed provider, you don’t have to stumble around knee-deep in configurations and can, instead, focus on your business. Your managed host takes care of servers, technical optimization, and more.

Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Today, CDN service is essential for supporting your website’s speed and various features like its video streaming. CDN is typically a separate service from your WordPress hosting provider, but the best managed WordPress hosts include CDN because it’s crucial for today’s websites. HostPapa’s WordPress is delivered on the world’s fastest CDN, and customer websites are located “at the Edge” of the global network. High-speed web hosting is important for many reasons, and a big one is its impact on your SEO ranking. This means your website is as close as possible to visitors worldwide. Simply put, a CDN boosts your website’s speed. CDN service reduces latency (i.e. if your server is located on the Western U.S. coast, it may not load quickly in Australia or Europe) so that all the site’s visitors are treated to optimum loading times. 

Support Expertise

Managed WordPress hosting services specialize in WordPress; typically, their calling card or one of their top services. Their support teams are, not surprisingly, experts in WordPress, and the goal is to put their expertise to work for clients. Whether they’re troubleshooting a server-level problem or inspecting a plugin conflict, they have the experience and knowledge to quickly problem-solve or provide the best recommendations to fulfill clients’ needs. 

While other types of hosts certainly offer support, their WordPress support may be hit or miss depending on which team member you get at any given time. Companies who want reliable and robust support for their busy website or high-traffic blog benefit from managed WordPress providers who prioritize expert-level support.

Comprehensive, World-Class Security

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Managed WordPress hosting comes with high-level security as a matter of course. For businesses, online security is always a concern – and, often, a top concern depending on the type of business it is and the data it maintains online. Although there are no perfect security measures, security risks go down when using a managed WordPress host. Most managed services offer robust security measures built right into their systems. The provider you choose may provide routine backups and feature optimized servers that handle security plugins for clients. 

Managed hosts can also quickly step in if a site is hacked or needs malware removed quickly. They should employ a PHP-based Wordfence Web Application Firewall (WAD) as a protective measure. This is another reason why expert support is a crucial element to consider when choosing a hosting plan. A lack of high-quality security is a liability. When considering hosting options, the world-class security available with managed providers is not something to take lightly, especially if you want to enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you have immediate security assistance at the ready with 24/7 support.

One-Click Staging

Most managed WordPress providers feature a convenient staging area for editing sites before they go live. Making changes in a live environment can lead to huge mistakes that result in white screens of doom. Using the provider’s simple plugin or staging tool, you can make changes or updates with one-click staging before you greenlight them to go into production. Not only will this reduce the risk for mistakes or accidents, but it also allows businesses to test their changes before they take effect. 

Scalability

Can your shared hosting provider handle surges in traffic to your blog or website automatically, or will you get suspended because you haven’t upgraded beforehand to a higher plan with a dedicated service, for example? The best managed WordPress hosts will automatically scale to increased traffic boosts that ramp up data requests with auto-scaling solutions. Managed providers know that WordPress is highly scalable – at least when the hosting platform is configured to handle traffic increases. These configurations are simply part of what your managed provider will do to ensure that your site is managed well in every regard.

Automatic Updates and Backups

As mentioned, the high degree of security offered by managed WordPress hosting services typically includes nightly backups, but that’s not all. Updates are essential for ensuring the continued optimization of your website. Skip and update or take too long to get to it, and you could face anything from search engine penalties to reduced security. 

With managed WordPress hosting, your website enjoys automatic updates and backups. The provider will automatically update the software driving your site for security, performance, and more. Additionally, the best managed WordPress hosts will even monitor how the updates are serving your website. Their automation allows them to determine if the updates are hindering your site’s performance in any way. If there’s an issue, the update can be automatically reversed until a solution can be found.

Uptime Monitoring

Uptime monitoring is a standard service offered by managed WordPress hosts that shared hosting services may not offer as a basic feature. Your managed WordPress host will automatically detect problems with your site that have the potential to cause downtime; in most cases, these problems can be fixed before the site goes down. 

A recent update or a plugin might cause problems. No matter the situation, it can cause costly downtime to a site that most businesses want to avoid at all costs. Managed service providers take preventative measures like uptime monitoring to catch and repair problems quickly to ensure maximum uptime and reliable functionality.

Make the Most of Your WordPress Site With the Least Hassle

All types of businesses use WordPress, from small local businesses to Fortune 500 companies like CBS, Disney, and even Pioneer Woman. If you’ve opted for WordPress, you may already be aware of its inherent speed, mobile-friendly themes, custom menu, SEO features, and other advantages the content management system is celebrated for. 

If you’ve invested in a WordPress site, it makes sense to get the most out of it that you can. Managed WordPress hosting allows you to do just that and to capitalize on your digital marketing efforts with a high-functioning website that’s expertly managed at no headache to you – and for a reasonable price. 

Many businesses have already concluded that the concierge-style WordPress management offered by managed hosts is worth the slight pricing increase. With this service, your business can skip the hassle of setting up servers or the reduced support and speed associated with shared hosting providers. For streamlined functionality, the choice is clear: choose managed WordPress hosting. 

Julia O'Leary

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