Managed WordPress vs cPanel

The Only Thing that's the Same about Them is the WordPress Code

Why Managed over cPanel

At Liquid Web, like many other web hosts, we have offered a hosting plan that comes with cPanel. If you don't know what cPanel is, it's a control panel that lets you auto-install software and configure it in a lot of different ways.

Our cPanel solution has been optimized for WordPress - to the extent that it makes sense. After all, the cPanel approach is one where we leave you more in charge of your solution. In the old days, this was the only way you had access to the server or database. But our new managed WordPress solution gives you SSH access and the ability to connect to phpMyAdmin, if you need it.

For a long time cPanel was the way to go. Today, however, we think there's a better approach.

Optimizing what you care about most

Our cPanel solution for WordPress gives you the ability to control a lot about your configuration, including:

  • The name of your database & database user
  • The ability to park and redirect domains
  • A way to manage cron jobs
  • Direct access to define MIME types
  • Create email accounts & lists

While there are people who need to do these things, our experience suggests these features aren't what people care about most (except maybe email). It's why we created our own Managed WordPress portal - so you could do the things you care about, without needing cPanel.

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Proactive
Protection

Our Managed Portal goes beyond a control panel. Whether it's checking code before changing PHP versions, or doing visual comparisons of your site before and after plugin updates, this is not something you get with cPanel.

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Performance
Improvements

By constraining the environment for consistency, we can introduce performance optimizations that aren't available with your cPanel version — like image compression and optimization. your site will load so fast you'll think it's magic.

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Full Server
Access

cPanel used to be the way you got low-level access to your sites. Today we offer SFTP & SSH access to your files and phpMyAdmin access for your database and its tables. Our Managed Portal now gets you all the access you've ever really wanted.

The Caveat

If you have been hosting websites for years using a control panel like cPanel, you may not like the fact that some of the advanced options are no longer available to you. The idea that you'll need to open a support ticket to do what you use to be able to do bothers you. In that case, you may want to continue to use our cPanel WordPress solution.

There's also email. Some people like using cPanel, as mentioned above, because they can create email accounts and lists. This is true and another reason you may want to use our cPanel solution. We do highlight, however, that sending email from a webserver has its own risks — from security to performance to getting blacklisted.

LEARN MORE ON WHAT YOU GET
WITH MANAGED WORDPRESS PLANS

cPanel vs. Managed WordPress

FEATURES
cPanel

Managed WordPress

The latest version of WordPress (always updated) check_box check_box
SFTP & SSH Access check_box check_box
Database (phpMyAdmin) check_box check_box
Email Lists and Accounts check_box remove_circle_outline
Automatic Image Compression remove_circle_outline check_box
Plugin Updates Using Visual Comparison remove_circle_outline check_box
Manage Multiple Sites with iThemes Sync remove_circle_outline check_box

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2GB VPS

cPanel Included

  • 100 GB SSD STORAGE
  • 5TB BANDWIDTH
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cPanel Included

  • 150 GB SSD STORAGE
  • 5TB BANDWIDTH

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cPanel Included

  • 300 GB SSD STORAGE
  • 5TB BANDWIDTH

We’re Focused on Web Professionals, Like You.

We recognize that companies who sites are powering their business know their success is tied to more than just infrastructure. They want a team who is always on, always vigilant and always there to help. That’s us...we’re your team. Monitoring your servers, mitigating risk, optimizing performance. And if you need support, with one of our technicians quickly and on your first contact. Everything we do is about being that partner you can trust.

That’s why Liquid Web is the most loved managed hosting provider in the industry with a leading NPS score of 71.

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I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! The speed alone got me excited about LiquidWeb's Managed WordPress Hosting. Staging sites, daily backups, and amazing support… I'm one happy chick!

Kim Doyal / Founder / The WP Chick

My Site Loads 5 Times Faster. Not all managed WordPress hosts are created equal. I migrated my blog to Liquid Web, and it now loads 5 times faster than on my previous managed WordPress host!

Shawn Hesketh / Creator / WP101.com

My SEO Rankings Instantly Improved. Not only will you have excellent speed and performance, you’ll having an amazing team of technical support personnel to provide assistance when you need it.

Rebecca Gill / Founder / Web Savvy Marketing

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