One of the most popular forms of hosting these days specifically for self hosted WordPress clients is Managed Hosting as it takes away some of the more difficult aspects of running a website while still giving the client almost full control when needed. Below I’ll discuss the two forms of Managed WordPress Hosting and go a little deeper into what the positives and negatives are of both.
The 3rd type of hosting not mentioned below is self managed WordPress Hosting. We won’t go into that, but that type of hosting is generally run by someone with a bit more knowledge with server environments and databases along with at least some knowledge of coding as they are responsible for all aspects of their hosting accounts from creation and installation to daily management and security. This post will focus on clients looking for some form of website management since most people including small business owners fall into this category.
What is Managed Hosting?
Managed hosting slightly differs from other dedicated hosting in that it minimizes the amount of hands-on IT work that needs to be performed to keep a server running at peak performance. The hosting company will handle the hardware while you focus on your software. The client usually has administrative access but generally rarely uses it, instead interacting with the system through a Web-based interface. Typically, the hosting provider is responsible for setting up and configuring hardware, installing and configuring software, technical support, system maintenance as well as monitoring the site’s performance which includes updates to the server.
Other services that may be available either as part of the hosting package or as an add-on include backups, disaster recovery, as well as security processes including malware scans, intrusion detection (ID) and DDoS (distributed denial of service) prevention and mitigation.
While Managed WordPress hosting is definitely a step in the right direction for those that are either too busy running their businesses or just aren’t knowledgeable enough there’s another solution that takes it to a whole new level and is priced around the same price point, but delivers so much more value. That is Full Service WordPress Hosting which I go into more about below.
What is Full Service Managed WordPress Hosting?
Full Service Managed WordPress Hosting on the other hand completely takes away the need for the client to know almost anything about how to manage their site and leaves it completely in the hands of the hosting company.
One of the possible negatives of this form of WordPress hosting is if the hosting company isn’t quick to respond to problems or request for new content to be added.
At my company Creative Pixels Media we want our customers to think of us as their personal website assistants where almost no question or request is turned down and where they’ll receive fast, personal support almost 24/7. We focus on Small Business WordPress Hosting where the client doesn’t have to worry about their site since we handle the site’s setup, migration, security, performance, design, development and day to day management. We want you to focus on your business and what you do great and let us professionally manage your website. We want you to have the peace of mind knowing that your website is secure, up to date and making you money even while you’re sleeping.
At CPM our full service hosting plans also include free site migrations, theme + plugin + security updates, 1 free hour per month of website content updates and changes, daily backups, unlimited email accounts and databases, low cost SSL certificates and more all starting at only $49.95/month. All plans also include a 30 day money back guarantee so there’s no risk.
So when it comes to making the decision between managed hosting where the host takes care of some of the more difficult aspects of daily website management, Full Service Managed WordPress hosting takes it to a whole new level of personal management as you the client can sit back, relax and have the peace of mind knowing your website is in the hands of professionals that watch over your site as if it’s their own.
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Note: Creative Pixels Media is now Whiteley Designs.