Managed WordPress hosting takes care of the day-to-day management of WordPress so you can focus on your business. They’ll ensure that critical WordPress, plugin and theme updates are are installed immediately as they come available. They typically handle backups, speed optimization and a suite of custom tools to improve your WordPress experience.
Managed WordPress providers generally focus 100% on WordPress and understand it better than anyone. Many times they’ll enhance the WordPress software to add additional security while also managing their redundant firewalls, protecting against DDoS protection and create custom firewall rules to secure WordPress.
Support is also a key advantage for using a Managed WordPress hosting provider vs cheaper or free WordPress Hosting. Many of the generic hosts offer a space and install of WordPress but have very little WordPress knowledge. If you have issues with your site, it is unlikely you’ll be able to find someone at those hosting providers who can help. However, with a managed hosting provider, you’ll have someone to contact (at a price) that will definitely be able to get your site up and going.
What if something terrible happens to your site – a hack, database crash or the site is lost completely. On a normal, cheaper hosting setvice you’ll likely lose everything. Backups are your problem. However, if you are using a managed WordPress hosting provider then nightly backups are generally included in the pricing.
And what does it cost? Typically, managed hosting will start at $20/mo and increase to hundreds of dollars per month depending on your needs. If you are serious about your WordPress business site then it’s a good idea to utilize one of the managed providers such as Page.ly. WPEngine, Synthesis or wpwebhost.com