The Perils of Standard Web Hosting
If ever you’ve had a terrible experience with your web hosting company, be it lousy support or multiple site outages, you know how important it is to have quality hosting and superlative support. Indeed, it can mean the difference between picking up that one extra customer you need or turning them away due to an unpleasant experience with your site. Enter Managed WordPress hosting.
Most businesses we encounter who come to us with pre-purchased hosting are on standard shared hosting plans. Whether they realize it or not, the server hosting their website is also hosting hundreds, if not thousands of other websites which often leads to poor performance, security issues and the like.
Further, standard hosting accounts host websites built on any number of platforms be it Joomla, Drupal, Magento and other lesser known applications that exponentially increases the risk that your site will get hacked and that the server your site is built upon will perform poorly, particularly if they’re not being maintained and kept up-to-date.
So why do most folks select standard hosting to begin with? The primary reason is that shared hosting is cheap. As a small business owner sensitive to bottom line issues I understand the need to cut costs. Unfortunately cutting costs with regard to web hosting can adversely affect your website security and performance and ultimately whether or not visitors decide to contact you or choose another provider in your field.
Enter Managed WordPress Hosting
So if your standard shared host won’t cut the mustard, what’s the next step? If you’re at the enterprise level your next step would be to purchase a dedicated server that will host your website and your website alone, however unless you have the resources, such as I.T. staff, to manage that server then you’re on your own. If, however you’re a small business, then hosting designed for WordPress is the way to go.
Over the past couple of years we’ve seen the emergence of what is called “Managed WordPress Hosting”, that is hosting designed for WordPress websites only. With the increasing popularity of WordPress, hosting providers have recognized the need for WordPress optimized hosting, the benefits of which are as follows:
- Blazing fast load times and increased site speed.
- Staging environments. For more info on Staging Sites check out our blog post here.
- Daily on-site backups.
- Increased security.
- Superior support.
- Optimized for uptime.
- Maximum scalability, meaning there’s always room to grow.
- Superlative support-staff specializing in WordPress.
Managed WordPress Hosting Recommendations
So if you’re currently on a standard hosting plan and would like to migrate your website to a Managed WordPress host, where do you go from here? Well, we currently host our own site as well as a good many of our client’s sites on a Managed WordPress Hosting plan with WPEngine and are extremely happy with the results. Our sites hosted there are super secure and far faster than they would be on a standard host.
That said, if you’ve long since tired of a less than stellar shared hosting experience, or if you’d like to sidestep the shared hosting experience altogether, we’d be happy to discuss getting you set up with Managed WordPress hosting so that you can spend less time managing your WordPress website and more time doing what you do best. 😉