- By WinningWP Editorial
- Last updated: March 14, 2020
Your WordPress site is a valuable asset, so you’ll want to make sure it’s secure, runs efficiently, and is in the best hands possible. While managed WordPress hosting can help with this, it’s important to know that it isn’t an absolute cure-all. In this article, I’ll explain exactly what managed WordPress hosting is, when you should choose it, whether it’s worth the additional cost, and the things you’ll need to keep in mind when choosing a hosting service (plus a few recommendations).
Let’s get started.
But First: A Few Hosting Basics
First things first, what exactly is hosting? Well, simply put, hosting (or web hosting) is a service you need to store data and make your website accessible online (i.e. accessible to people using the internet).
Hosting is a service you buy from a company. To make the best decision possible, you have to understand what various hosting packages contain and how they affect your site. In some cases, this includes only the bare minimum — really just a publicly accessible place to store your website online — while other packages may include features that take the burden of security, performance, and general site management off your shoulders.
The more features and services a hosting plan offers, the more likely it is to be referred to as managed hosting. When such hosting plans are specifically tailored to and optimized for WordPress (in terms of everything from the technical hosting environment to the more general site management features), we refer to them as managed WordPress hosting plans.
What Is Managed Hosting?
Most packages on offer today would be considered managed to some extent. Why? Because running a website is actually a lot more complicated than you’d think. Many people can create and run a WordPress-powered website without too much trouble, but how many people have network management skills, or can create Nginx files and/or apply operating system upgrades to their own servers via SSH?
All websites are stored on computers, all of which have memory, a processor, a hard drive, ports that handle internet traffic and so on — and they all need to be taken care of on an operating system level. If there’s a bug in the operating system, it has to be addressed. If malware has made its way into the machine, it needs to be cleared — and that’s just scratching the surface of all the day-to-day things that need to be done to keep your site ticking over.
This is a level of management that almost all hosts offer nowadays. In fact, it’s in their best interest to do so. Most users have absolutely no need to control their low-level hosting environment — and, if
This article was written by WinningWP Editorial and originally published on WinningWP.