It seems like Managed WordPress Hosting is getting a lot of buzz recently in the hosting industry, but what exactly makes it so different than other hosting solutions?
Shared hosting has long allowed webmasters to install and use WordPress as their content management system. Almost all web hosts that offer cPanel include an auto installer (such as Softaculous or Fantastico) and as long as PHP and MySQL are available, the software is able to run. Watch how easy it is to install WordPress:
The short answer: The amount of traffic a website receives.
You see, 90% of websites out there using WordPress as a basic content management system can operate without a problem on a shared hosting plan. These mostly include local business websites such as restaurants, lawn services, lawyers, real estate agents, etc. Typically these websites receive on average 50 to 100 unique visitors a day and use very little physical resources.
But let’s talk about the other 10%. One of our Managed Cloud Hosting clients is WrestlingNewsWorld.com. On average, they receive around 30,000 unique daily visitors with over 100,000+ page impressions. Their content management system also happens to be WordPress.
With this amount of traffic, specific resources and configurations have to be put in place so that each visitor is able to load the site quickly. Certain WordPress plugins must be optimized to ensure they properly communicate with the MySQL database and there must be enough PHP resources to keep the site blazing fast.
WrestlingNewsWorld is also known to have traffic spikes and reach as many as 100,000+ unique daily visitors. Therefore the “managed” solution must be built out to handle these events with zero downtime.
Obviously a site like WrestlingNewsWorld that receives 30,000 unique visitors a day, earns significantly more than the local realtor reaching 50 to 100 people a day, but at the same time, requires a lot more attention to ensure perfect performance.
So before you signup for one of our Cloud Web Hosting solutions, you need to first determine your goals and objectives. Are you looking to create a website that is going to reach over 30,000 people a day? If so, you should be looking into our Managed SSD Cloud Hosting. While you can develop on one of our Shared Cloud Hosting plans, you’re eventually going to find the need to upgrade to a solution that we can “manage” a/k/a tailor specifically to your site.
If you still have questions about what exactly Managed WordPress Hosting is and if you need it for your website, feel free to reach out and we’ll help you make the best decision. Gone are the days of having to setup a Dedicated Server on your own. Using our high performance cloud we can ensure smooth performance without the headache. We look forward to serving you!
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.