Reading Time: 3minutesWordPress is open source software for building unique and powerful websites! It is quickly becoming the easiest and most popular way to create blogs, business sites, portfolios, forums, memberships, and e-commerce websites on your dedicated server. Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress Hosting is a complete solution for your web publishing needs. With pre-installed plugins, streamlined plugin updates, website staging area, nightly backups, iThemes sync, and customizable website stencils, it’s a must-have for any WordPress developer.
Let’s get right into it with a couple of Managed WordPress Hosting best features and ease of use!Pre-installed Plugins:Managed WordPress (MWP) comes with quite a few money saving, pre-installed plugins, curated for maximum performance:
Akismet: The number one plugin for spam filtering on blogs and forum pages. This indispensable plugin helps comment-heavy sites by preventing spam comments from being posted to your site. Akismet protects your website from being marked negatively thus helping your Google SEO standing. A free plan is included with every site as well as having the option to subscribe to their Plus and Enterprise plans.
BJ Lazy Load
BJ Lazy Load: This plugin comes in handy for sites with lots of images. The idea is only to load those videos/pictures that are viewable on the browser and not those below the screen view (or “fold” as it’s called) until the client scrolls down the page. Thus increasing site speed and performance by reducing the resources loaded at a given time.
Themes Sync: Ever wish you had a portal where you could update all your plugins and themes for multiple websites in one spot? Look no further then iThemes Sync. iThemes Sync provides you with one central dashboard for all your WordPress admin tasks saving you time to focus on development.
TinyPNG: Minimizes load times for your site by compressing your images, while still maintaining photo resolution. Compression increases site performance especially if you have a large number of images.
WP Forms Lite
WP Forms Lite: Easily create contact forms with intuitive tools that allow for drag and drop construction.
Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress staging site allows you to experiment with themes, plugins, or any variety of other changes you might want to make, all without affecting your live site! It works by creating a temporary clone of your site to test your changes, giving you a chance to get things exactly the way you want them before applying them to your live site. So feel free to test away!
Nightly backups of your sites are included in each plan. The backups allow you to roll back to an older version by clicking the restore option, or you can download a copy. No need to install an extra plugin or stress when a development error occurs.
Core Plugin Updates:
Core updates help secure your site from hackers and malware by keeping your website up to date. Once available, the core WordPress plugin updates MWP are tested before being implemented on your site. If the plugin or update is compatible with your site, it will auto push the update to the live site. If the new update is not compatible, it will let you know via email allowing you time to inspect at your leisure.
The stencil feature is useful for developers who use the same themes and plugins across multiple sites. You can create as many stencils as you like with the click of a button! Click here for information about how you can set up your stencil.
SSH and FTP access:
Managed WordPress allows you to access your content via SSH and FTP. Once logged into SSH, Liquid Web’s Manage WordPress comes with WP-CLI pre-installed, so you can make simple commands from the command line to fine-tune users, plugins, and current themes settings.
Let your users know their information is safe! Managed WordPress includes free SSL for all sites on your server to help keep your sites secure. With automatic SSLs you no longer have to purchase certificates for your websites!
Our managed WordPress product has a 24/7 operations team that manages routine server maintenance and monitors for DDoS attacks, so you don’t have to, leaving you free to develop your website’s content.
Experience a streamlined way managing your sites through Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress platform. Not sure if Managed Hosting is right for you? Check out our handy guide to learn the benefits of Managed Hosting.