Managed WordPress hosting providers have been around for almost a decade. In that time multiple companies have started offering managed WordPress hosting plans on a variety of infrastructure options so that you now have 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 were not many hosting options out there. What’s worse, is that I had to manage everything. Security. Operating System. Configurations of PHP, Apache, and more. You name it, I had to – I was a jack of all trades, but a master of one.
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 it’s past 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 it, whether by email, phone or live-chat. And you want them to be available when you need it. If it’s in the middle of the night and your site goes down, you want to know you can reach your host and get them to help you out.
Super Fast Load Times
Managed WordPress servers are finely 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 improvement for WordPress running on performance tuned servers.
When you are hosting on other hosting solutions, there’s more opportunity for malware and software vulnerabilities. When only WordPress site is the only thing being hosted on the servers, you lessen the chance of your site getting hacked from another site. And with most Managed WordPress hosts, if your site does get hacked, they 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, it 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 a partner for you.
Once you’ve selected a host, you should think about what it takes to start launching your site. We’ve even written an ebook for you – 14 Strategies for Your Next WordPress Post Launch Plan.