Managed WordPress hosting is one of the most popular hosting options for WordPress websites. One downside is that it is more expensive than unmanaged hosting. This begs the question: is managed WordPress hosting really worth the cost? In this article, we'll answer that question and offer some options for you to consider.
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
Managed WordPress Hosting is a hosting plan specifically designed for WordPress and provides a few services that simpmaintain the maintenance of your website. Managed WordPress hosting optimizes your WordPress website and handles security, backups, maintenance, and performance improvements.
Plans often include unlimited traffic, daily backups, server-side caching, staging environments, free automatic migrations, email, SSL, CDN, employee options, white labeling, 24/7 support, etc.
These features come at an additional cost. Before we look at this cost, let's see what we compare it to.
Unmanaged WordPress Hosting
For comparison, most unmanaged hosting plans do not include most of the features mentioned above. Some include email, SSL, CDN, and 24/7 support. These cost more for some hosts.
Typical prices for unmanaged hosting (comparing multiple hosts)average:
- Shared - $ 8.99 per month, 1 website, 10-50 GB storage
- Plus - $ 12.99 per month, 50 websites unlimited, 20 GB of unlimited storage
- Pro - $ 24.99 per month, 100 unlimited websites, 40 GB of unlimited storage
- VPS - $ 29.99 per month, sites Unlimited web, 120 GB storage, 6 GB RAM, 4 TB transfer
Note - prices vary. You can get this type of plan cheaper, but it 's average for a plan that works well. You get what you pay for. Also remember that "unlimited" does not mean completely unlimited. Many of these plans have shared servers, so your server resources are shared by other websites on the server.
What are the benefits of managed WordPress hosting?
Here are the main benefits of managed WordPress hosting.
WordPress is installed automatically with all thegins used by the service plan. This is especially useful for setting up all the important plugins, special features like WooCommerce, etc.
Server and speed
All settings from operating system to file system to server - side caching is predefined and optimized, and WordPress is already installed. The server does not need to be running other types of websites or content management systems.
Server-side caching speeds up site loading. A standard caching plugin must load WordPress before it can provide the cached page. Server side caching allows the host to serve the cached files before WordPress loads. This speeds up site loading and uses less bandwidth and server resources.
Most include CDN (Content Delivery Network) to serve your website to the visitor using the server that is geographically closest to them for faster loading
When a server can be completely optimized for a system, it will run faster, easier, and more reliably. This translates into increased uptime for your website and faster load speeds.
A clean hosting dashboard
Dashboards for managed hosting can focus on WordPress. Most dashboards focus on a variety of options that should apply to
Updates, security and backups are managed by the host. This alone cans save time and money.
Updates - rather than just automatically updating themes and plugins, managed WordPress hosting takes it a step further by only updating products 'once they have been tested and stable. Security fixes are applied immediately. The latest WordPress updates are applied automatically to help you secure your WordPress installation. Plugins with problems can be disabled or blocked by the host.
Security - the website is more secure because the security can be built around the theme and plugins of your website. Malicious login attempts can be blocked quickly and accurately because they are built into the server. The host can monitor your website and plugins for known security issues. If a plugin has a security problem, the hHost can uninstall the plugin to protect your website.
Backups - hosts automatically back up your website and manage backup storage. Hosts can reapply them to your website and you have access to the backups so that you can apply them yourself. Not only does this save you time, but it also saves you the hassle of purchasing premium backup plugins and online storage.
Hosts provide a preparation environment that includes a copy of your website that only you have access to. This can be used to design your site, test plugins, add code, make customizations, troubleshoot issues, and more, before applying it to your live website.
Since the host focuses on WordPress, support associates are more familiar with WordPress andplugins they use.
What are the disadvantages of managed WordPress hosting?
There are a few downsides to managed WordPress hosting for you to consider.
Most web hosts restrict the plugins that can be used on the website. This makes the site its iron, but it can be frustrating when there are no good alternatives or you already have the premium version of the plugin. Plans are also limited to WordPress.
As expected, additional services provided by managed hosting incur an additional cost. You get more, but you pay more.
What are the costs of managed WordPress hosting?
To take a look at the costs of managed WordPress hosting, let's take a look at a few web hosts who have partnered up with Elegant Themes to provide Divi-specific managed WordPress hosting.
Flywheel includes ultra-fast servers optimized for Divi, project management and team collaboration tools, website cloning, secure SFTP, 24/7 live chat / 7, and more.
Plans include Divi installed, servers optimized for Divi, free SSL, CDN, caching, staging environments and assisted migrations.
- Tiny - $ 15 per month, 1 website, 5,000 visits, 5 GB of storage, 20 GB bandwidth
- Starter - $ 30 per month, 1 website, 25,000 visits, 10 GB of storage, 50 GB of bandwidth
- Freelance - $ 115 per month, 10 websites, 100,000 visits, 20 GBstorage, 200 GB of bandwidth
- Agency - 290 USD per month, 30 websites, 400,000 visits, 50 GB of storage, 500 GB of bandwidth
Pressable was created by the same people behind WordPress. com and WooCommerce. It includes custom integration, a user dashboard with easy access to all tools, and more.
Plans include Divi installed and optimized, jetpack premium, Free SSL, CDN, caching, staging environments, free automatic migrations, and 24/7 support.
- Essential - $ 14 per month, 1 siteWeb, 10,000 visits, 10 GB of storage
- Personal - $ 24 per month, 1 website, 30,000 visits, 20 GB of storage
- Starter - $ 40 per month, 3 websites, 60,000 visits, 20 GB of storage
- Pro - $ 88 per month, 10 websites, 150,000 visits, 30 GB of storage
SiteGround is the lowest monthly cost of Divi hosts, lower the prices to compete with unmanaged hosting plans.
Plans include Divi installed and configured with your license key, optimized for Divi, unlimited traffic, free SSL, CDN, caching, staging environments, free migraautomatic notifications, free email and 24/7 support. Larger shots add increased speed, staging, collaborators, white labeling, etc.
- Startup - $ 6.99 per month, 1 website, 10,000 visits, 10GB of storage
- GrowBig - $ 9.99 per month, unlimited websites , 25,000 visits, 20 GB of storage
- GoGeek - $ 14.99 per month, unlimited websites, 100,000 visits, 40 GB of storage
WP Engine is not optimized for Divi, but it works well with Divi. The servers are fast and reliable, and you have thechoice between many plans. You can create your own personalized plan based on your needs.
Plans include free SSL, CDN, Evercache, LargeFS, staging environments, free automatic migrations, and 24/7 support.
- Startup - $ 25 per month, 1 website, 25,000 visits, 10 GB of storage, 50 GB of bandwidth
- Growth - $ 95.83 per month , 10 websites, 100,000 visits, 20 GB of storage, 200 GB of bandwidth
- Scale - $ 241.67 per month, 30 websites, 400,000 visits, 50 GB of storage, 500 GB bandwidth
- Custom - ?? per month, 30 websites, millions of visits, over 100GB of storage, over 400GB of bandwidth
Is Managed WordPress Hosting Really Worth the Cost ?
Managed hosting costs about 50% more for what appears to be similar specs:
- Unmanaged WordPress hosting usually costs less than $ 10 for the lowest plan for 1 website and 10-50gb of storage.
- Managed hosting costs an average of around $ 15 for the lowest plan for 1 website and 10-20 GB of storage.
The main difference is that you get a lot more services with managed hosting which can save you a lot of time and headache. Managed hosting is worth it if you need these features.
It is possible to handle many of these tasks yourself or install plugins to handle them for you on your unmanaged website, but it takes a lot of time, and plugins configuration may leave features unselected, conflicts and unresolved issues. Many features require premium versions of plugins, so their costs will need to be considered.
If you just needn a test environment, don 't get a lot of traffic, performance is not critical, use prohibited plugins or code, have a low budget for your website, or prefer to micromanage every detail then you should not choose managed hosting. For all other websites, I highly recommend fixing managed WordPress hosting.
Managed WordPress hosting doesn't solve every possible problem with your WordPress website, but it does solve enough problems to handle the main issues of running a WordPress website . It is built around the strengths and weaknesses of WordPress. This makes it fast, stable and secure. When a server can focus on one thing, it can do one thing better.
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