Is Managed WordPress Hosting Right for you?

Is Managed WordPress Hosting Right for you?

This article is full of information that may help you decide whether you should purchase managed WordPress hosting. The arguments for and against are fairly impartial, but that is not to say that there is a right and wrong answer in this case. Some people are going to get a lot more out of managed hosting than others.

What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

Managed WordPress hosting manages the day-to-day requirements of your WordPress blog, so that you need not concern yourself with your blog’s maintenance. This means that you need not worry about theme updates or plug-in updates. They will be installed automatically — as soon as they become available.

A managed WordPress blog will also be optimized for speed automatically, auto-backup its content, and offer a bunch of tools to customize your blog, so that when you want to customize the WordPress experience, you are able to.

If you are the subject of an outside attack or a piece of bad luck while with a free host, your blog is most likely going to be lost or permanently corrupted. You will need to make your own backups if you wish to stay safe. With a managed WordPress host, they will back up for you. They will also protect against hackers, site failure and database crashes, so that you probably won’t even need your backups.

Managed WordPress managers (the “automatic” service providers) will often add to the WordPress software with things such as security upgrades/enhancements, and manage the rules that govern them.

There are far better support structures for managed WordPress hosting. This is especially true since a lot of generic hosts will install a WordPress platform and offer space on it without knowing the first thing about it. Any problems that occur in this situation will probably be redirected to a troubleshooting page. A managed WordPress host will be able to have your blog up and running again in no time, because they will have a deeper knowledge of WordPress, its features and problems.

The cost of managed WordPress hosting varies from host to host. Each price tag should be based on how many features you gain, and how much security it enables you — security in the sense of knowing your PageRank and content are safe.

Pros and Cons of Managed WordPress Hosting?

Here are a few pros and cons for using a managed WordPress hosting service. They are pros and cons when compared to the free unmanaged WordPress hosting service.

Pro

There is a more comprehensive and responsive support system, over that of free WordPress hosting.

Con

Most managed WordPress hosts will charge you a fee for contacting their support. They will either charge it for online info, or have a premium rate phone number.

Pro

A managed WordPress host will protect you against system crashes, database crashes, hackers, viruses and other threats to security.

Con

You could mitigate some of the damage caused by system crashes and the like, by creating copies (a backup) of your blog on your own computer. This can be done just as easily for free with a free WordPress host.

Pro

A managed WordPress is far less likely to fail or be corrupted, so you may build its PageRank — safe in the knowledge that there is little which may remove you from the web.

Con

Everything that is done by a managed WordPress host can be done by yourself. They are not doing something that is unique to them.

Pro

You do not have to worry about managing your blog. You do not need to keep it safe from hackers or viruses. You do not need to worry about its speed optimization or keeping up to date with the latest upgrade, updates and patches.

Con

They are going to charge you for managed WordPress hosting, and sometimes the costs outweigh your particular needs.

Pro

Local business marketing and small business marketing can benefit from maintaining a well-populated WordPress blog. Potential clients often check out a website before visiting a business. Having appropriate and timely content with information appropriate for your audience will go a long way toward starting a relationship with a potential client.

Con

Having a blog means you have to work on it – that means dedicating man hours and thought to the blog such that you can impress potential clients with your timely and appropriate information and offerings. Not maintaining your blog can be as bad as not having one at all.

For whom is beneficial?

It is very beneficial to people who rely on their WordPress blog. If their blog is linked somehow to their potential to earn money, its maintenance will be a primary concern. A managed WordPress host would help to protect and update their WordPress software. It is also beneficial to people who wish to maintain a WordPress blog, but who do not have the time or technical expertise to do it efficiently. Sometimes the people who need a good WordPress blog are too busy to do anything more than add content to it. In this case, a managed WordPress blog is desirable. If someone does not have the technical expertise to manage their own WordPress blog, then a managed host will help them too.

The old phrase “once bitten, twice shy” comes into play with managed WordPress blogs. They are often purchased by people who invested a lot of time and effort in a previous blog, to see it removed by a server/data base crash, or to see it corrupted by a hacker. Even with a large amount of WordPress knowledge, a person in this position may gain quite a bit of peace of mind from having another company (a good one) handle their WordPress updates and security.

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