Managed WordPress hosting providers have been around for almost a decade. In that time, many companies have started offering managed WordPress hosting plans and even some of the largest hosting companies have seen the influx of this type of hosting. This gives you many different options when selecting which host you want to partner with for your website.
But what are the most important factors in choosing a managed WordPress host? Are there certain things to take into consideration when selecting a host? We’ll examine the most important factors in this article.
Everything is Managed
When I first started building with WordPress, there weren’t many managed hosting options out there. What’s worse, is that I had to manage everything. From security to the operating system, configurations of PH, Apache, and more. You name it, I had to configure it. I was a jack of all trades, but a master of one.
Now, when you select a managed WordPress host, they take care of everything. Configurations of your LAMP stack? Yes. Security? Yes! Server Updates? Absolutely! Whatever the situation is, they are going to make sure your site is running smoothly all the time.
We’ve all been there. Your site goes down and you don’t know what to. Do you call the person that helped build it for you? What if you built it and the issue is beyond your experience level? Whatever the reason, when you select to go with a managed WordPress hosting provider, they are going to be there to help you out.
You want your host to be there whenever you need them, whether by email, phone or chat. And you want them to be available when you need them. If it’s the middle of the night and your site goes down, you want to know you can reach your host and they’ll be able to help you out.
Super Fast Load Times
Managed WordPress servers are specially tuned to run WordPress in the most optimal way possible. It’s pretty ingenious if you think about it. When a host only has to worry about hosting WordPress, they can make a lot of decisions on the type of infrastructure, the configuration of the servers and more. They don’t have to worry about making the non-WordPress sites run fast so it’s an incredible performance improvement for WordPress running on finely tuned servers.
When you are hosting with someone that is not optimized for WordPress, there’s more opportunity for malware and software vulnerabilities. When WordPress is the only thing being hosted on the servers, you lessen the chances of your site getting hacked. Plus, with most managed WordPress hosts, if your site does get hacked, your host will help you get it fixed.
Wrapping it Up
Choosing a hosting provider can be a tough decision. Depending on your knowledge or comfort level, looking for a host can be an incredibly frustrating experience. That said, if you take into account what your requirements are, you can find your own top contenders.
When you select a hosting provider that is support-conscious, you get the satisfaction of having the ability to know that your host is more than just a vendor, they are your partner.