Managed WordPress Hosting and dedicated WordPress hosting are terms that often confusing for any one of you new to WordPress and want to host your website on a WordPress hosting services. The term WordPress Hosting services alone is a bit confusing if you are totally new to things related to web hosting.
You may also heard about shared hosting, dedicated hosting, could hosting and VPS. You keep asking what this all is about, and what is the best option for me to choose to start host my website?
Well, this is it, I will try to explain them for you. So that you will understand what Managed WordPress hosting is, and whether it will suit you or not.
WordPress Hosting Requirement
Before jumping to the explanation, lets see what is really needed by WordPress to runs a website? Here is what we got from WordPress.org website;
- PHP 5.2.4 or greater
- MySQL 5.0 or greater
- The mod_rewrite Apache module
- suPHP module (recommended)
- Web Server (a must that not written over there – Apache and Nginx mostly)
That is all the things needed to run WordPress. And most Linux hosting can easily provide you with all of that requirements.
Non Managed WordPress Hosting
There are several types of non managed WordPress hosting package offered by hosting provider, but most of them are called Web Hosting, VPS Hosting, Dedicated Hosting/Server and Reseller hosting. This hosting can also be used for any other script to build a website.
I will try to explain you one by one in a short explanation to help you get to know the difference. Then I will tell you more about Managed WordPress Hosting, because that is the aim of this post, to help you really know about what exactly it is.
1. Web Hosting – Shared Hosting
Web Hosting providers call their lowest level of hosting services as web hosting, people also often call it shared hosting. Because on this kind of hosting package, your website are hosted in one single server with dozen other websites.
Your website disk space and memory allocation are limited based on the package you are using, because shared hosting are also offered in some different levels. Especially the one which offer lower price tag like NameCheap. But at the higher number price that nor really far you can get all of it without limitation, like Bluehost and Dreamhost.
Shared hosting is good if you begin your online business, if you plan to manage a small website with relatively low traffic. Shared hosting usually below $10/month
2. VPS (Virtual Private Server) Hosting
VPS is a hosting package that will give you your own server, you will have a certain amount of CPU speed and RAM allocation. But the server is built using a virtualization technology, means that the server is in a virtual box, virtual OS inside the physical server.
One physical server could have several servers inside, but the allocation of the resource is what makes your server always run at the speed you really need. Your neighbors activity won’t interfere your server performance.
When you are growing up with thousands of visitors daily, this could be your hosting of choice. VPS hosting starts at about $15 – $30/month
3. Dedicated Server/Dedicated Hosting
Unlike shared hosting and VPS, Dedicated hosting will give you the whole server for you only. You are the owner of the server so there is no need to be afraid about your website going down because too many people open it. Unless you get a heavy traffic spike.
Once you getting more famous than ever, hundreds of thousand visitors to your website every day. It is time to pick a dedicated server, dedicated Hosting starts around $99/month.
4. Reseller Hosting
This is a package when you need to provide WordPress hosting solution for others, may be you are a developer who manage clients website or just want to get cheaper price to host multiple website of your own, you can go with this. The difference to VPS hosting is that you can install CPanel to each of the website you host, as it is aimed for a client.
InMotion Hosting offers $14/month price tag for their Reseller hosting package.
Managed WordPress Hosting Services
With the growth of WordPress adoption, it now power around 20% websites in the globe, the need of a hosting that totally know inside out about WordPress is inevitable.
There comes managed WordPress hosting, they brought some advantages compared to non-dedicated WordPress hosting like;
- They only host WordPress on their server.
- Specializing server setup for WordPress
- Guarantee of optimization using caching and CDN
- Added layer of security and protection
- WordPress expert support
- Daily backup, so you can restore your site anytime
In a simplest word, using managed WordPress hosting allow you to be more focused on your activity to do business. No need to take care about your website setup and maintenance.
Who provides managed WordPress hosting services?
We have dozens of choices, most of them will charge you close to $30/month for a single website. And with no more a do, here is managed WordPress hosting services you can try;
1. WPEngine – Managed WordPress Hosting
WPEngine is not the first hosting providers who provide managed WordPress hosting service, but they are now the most popular one in the market. The community love WPEngine because they win at some area;
WPEngine has great support
WPEngine support team consisted of WordPress expert that really know the ins ans out ow WordPress. Not like any regular web hosting, where you will be left as your website crashed (I ever in this condition) WPEngine support team will inspect your website scripts like themes and plugins to get to know where the bottle neck is.
WPEngine using curated plugins and themes
To keep your website loading blazing fast all themes and plugins are carefully curated. So that there won’t be any trouble you will face on the next day.
Restore your hacked website for free
WPEngine back ups your data in a daily basis. So anytime your website getting trouble, it is easy to switch back as before. WPEngine automatically scan for, and fix, many hacking attempts to secure your site.
WPEngine guarantee is “to do everything they can to ensure your WordPress site won’t get hacked. And if your WordPress site still gets hacked, they will fix it…at no additional charge to you”
Managed hosting from WPEngine started at $29/month, that will be able to accommodate traffic of 25.000 visit with 10 GB local storage.
2. Page.ly Managed WordPress Hosting
Page.ly is the first company offering WordPress hosting services, they are the one who pioneering the term of Managed WordPress Hosting. As time goes by and competitors arose, their service are still the one used by big brands.
This company started by two, Joshua Strebel and his wife using Firehost as a hosting solution.
Page.ly managed WordPress hosting provide server security guarantee by the addition of PRESSARMOR™ in collaboration with Firehost to help build a Secure WordPress Hosting, Redundant Firewalls, DDoS protection on top of custom firewall for securing WordPress.
In the site management side, page.ly gives automatic WordPress core updates, plugin updates, backups, speed optimization using caching technology, unlike WPEngine, Page.ly don’t have such restriction of plugins and themes usage to optimize your site speed.
Page.ly Plans and Pricing
Page.ly offer a lower price tag, more visitors counts, though they limit the bandwidth quota and charge bandwidth overage $0.14 every 1GB.
3. Web Synthesis
Based on their experience of managing Copyblogger website which gaining traffic for 2.5 million views each month, they build their managed hosting solution service for the community of Internet Marketers, their base audience and every WordPress user in general.
Scribe for Web Synthesis
As Copyblogger is content marketer on its heart content optimization like Scribe is inevitable tool to optimize content. This plugin is bundled with Web Synthesis, what the plugin will do is helping you to create a content that will strengthen your website content on overall.
This plugin will score your article based from the keyword you will target compared the content already published. It will also help you doing data mining about your competitors and people talking about the topic, even before you publish your post.
Web Synthesis Features
Like other managed WordPress providers, Web Synthesis will also guarantee that all your website management related things is not your things anymore. Just do your business, because your website is under control.
All Web Synthesis hosting plans include Securi site scanner, Malware scanner, Amazon S3 backup daily, Genesis Framework, Site Sensors, W3C Total Cache Pro. Along with 24/7 support staff who will fix your site – in case it infected by malware – know WordPress and Genesis Framework and other themes except Thesis.
Web Synthesis Plans
Compared for the first two, Web Synthesis offer more traffic quota, since they give you at least 2.500 daily traffic which means 75.000 traffic/month. Click the image to visit their plans page.
DreamPress is managed WordPress hosting solution from Dreamhost, a company that recommended by WordPress.org to host WordPress websites. It is a WordPress install running on a specialized, optimized, virtual private server.
DreamPress also packed with advanced security features including random table prefix, randomized Salt, .htaccess protection from script execution.
What makes DreamPress interesting is that they offer the service for $20/month, if the previous managed WordPress providers seems too expensive, this may right for you.
5. Pressable – Dedicated WordPress Hosting
Previously known as ZippyKid, Pressable founded by Vid Luther in May of 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. It is a company that will make it easy to create a new WordPress website in two simple steps or clone an existing site with a single click. If you want your developer to help setup your site, you can invite them in without sharing password.
With all standard features of managed WordPress hosting services, with grouping pricing like below Pressable is good for webmasters who owns a couple of websites with low traffic. $25/month for 5 websites means that for the same amount of money spent for standard shared hosting each your website live in a better ecosystem.
Flywheel is a managed WordPress hosting built for designer that enabling web designers and developers to create a demo site before handed over to client. Developers can even let the website owner to pay the site himself after the site launched.
After they pay for the website, you as the developers still have access to the site as collaborator, without the need to create account to the site, so making changes to your client website is pretty simple.
7. Lighting Base
Lighting Base is a managed WordPress hosting start-ups Founded by Chris Piepho on November 2011, he has the experience of managing client websites for years. Using that background as his starting point he fine tune his own server setup until what the company it is today.
With solid hardware and software architecture, Lighting Base will give you a hosting services with helpful support from configuring multi websites per install or multi websites per account until fixing your website from if it get hacked.
For a relatively smaller personal website Lighting base will suit better, if you getting bigger or own more than a websites you can upgrade to medium or Large package which only cost you less than $5 for each website.
Is managed WordPress Hosting right for me?
If you get confused, whether or not managed WordPress hosting right for you, you may be not alone. But considering that it will make you comfortable and focus more to your business rather that managing your websites it will become inevitable for you to use one that fits your criteria and budget.
But the final choice is yours, to get a better hosting for your websites and DO your business or get busy and have less time for your website profit.