Is managed WordPress hosting worth the extra cost?

By | May 1, 2019
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Managed WordPress hosting benefits
WordPress web hosting is a mixed bag. The extent to which a provider “manages” your WordPress installation varies quite a bit, and different hosts emphasize different feature sets in an effort to appeal to specific markets.
That being said, there are some fundamental benefits nearly all managed WordPress hosts deliver; they include:

As demand for managed WordPress hosting grows, many vendors augment these core features with functionality tailored to specific use cases. Let’s look at how several hosts in this space build hosting packages for WordPress users..

SiteGround
Bulgaria-based SiteGround offers managed WordPress hosting at a price comparable to many standard, shared hosting packages. Thanks to a CDN and data centers on three continents, SiteGround offers fast speeds from anywhere in the world. US readers should note that prices are listed in euros:

WP Engine
A long-established managed hosting provider, WP Engine uses proprietary caching technology that provides, according to its website, “the fastest WordPress hosting around.” Prices aren’t the lowest, but the company claims its speed and support are unbeatable. Here’s what you get:

DreamPress (DreamHost)
For WordPress users craving something more robust than shared hosting, DreamHost’s “DreamPress” package delivers all the fundamental managed hosting benefits. Prices are a bit lower than most other US-based providers:

Pressable
Formerly known as ZippyKid, Pressable offers three plans at competitive price points. Its least expensive package allows up to five WordPress installs:

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Keeping the selling points of managed hosting in mind – and we’ll concede they’re compelling – let’s switch gears and examine “typical,” shared web hosting. You might be surprised at the benefits less expensive hosts can offer.

Shared web hosting benefits
“Shared” hosting refers to an arrangement in which your website lives on the same server as others’ websites. The primary benefit of this arrangement is more sites for less cost – and for small publishers, cost savings can be a serious deal breaker.
Here’s a rundown of a few popular shared hosts’ least expensive hosting packages. When it comes to costs and features, they all lookreally similar:

Most shared hosting packages include comparable “extras” like unlimited email accounts, one-click WordPress installs, and automated backups, too. What you lose, of course, are the premium support, security features, and server configurations that managed WordPress hosting delivers.
Some publishers genuinely need those additional features, but doyou need them? Ask yourself:

If you answered no to all three of those questions, you probably don’t need managed WordPress hosting – and that’s good news! Shared hosting is perfectly adequate for most bloggers and small publishers, which means you don’t need to pay a premium to keep your site online.
As your audience grows and traffic increases, it might make sense to pay more for a feature-rich hosting package. But hang tight for now. When you’re ready for managed WordPress hosting, you’ll know it. Changing web hosts will be a natural step in the ongoing management of your content, and you won’t need a provider’s marketing literature to convince you to switch.

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