Why do we recommend managed WordPress hosting? Because you want to build your site, not manage a web server.
You need a partner who’s an expert in both hosting and WordPress itself. Someone who will pick up the phone when you call and actually tackle your problem – whether it’s with WordPress itself or on your web server.
You already know you need a WordPress site that loads fast, and handles all the visitors you’ll one day get. A site that stays up under the heaviest of loads, deflects the many daily security attacks WordPress sites see, and provides an excellent foundation for the hard work of creating content and engaging visitors.
By now, you’ve likely determined that WordPress is the right solution for your needs. But you might not know exactly how to make WordPress and the underlying server software stack work for you. It takes serious technical knowledge to get WordPress to stay up and stay fast when your website finally succeeds.
And that’s why at WP101 we both use and recommend managed WordPress hosting.
So Why Choose Managed WordPress Hosting?
As your site grows and more visitors start arriving every day, managed WordPress hosting will solve some of the tough technical problems for you… before they ever ruin your day:
Fast sites convert traffic to revenue more effectively and rank higher in search engines. Speedy sites deliver better experiences to visitors, which in turn, leads to happier, more engaged visitors.
WordPress sites can become slow for any number of technical reasons. Managed WordPress hosts actively monitor these factors, making continual optimization improvements.
Managed hosts create an infrastructure that makes WordPress fast – even under the heaviest of visitor loads.
Every minute, silent armies of robots are crawling the web, looking for sites to break into and bend to their own nefarious purposes. They try passwords, look for outdated themes, plugins, and core code, and pore through thousands of sites every hour.
While you might ask yourself “Who would want to break into my site? I’m not the government or a company,” that’s not how hackers think. These bad actors seek to turn your website into a spam-sending, botnet-controlled, malware-distributing machine.
And you might not even know about this until one day someone tells your website has begun to look like a fly-by-night pharmacy. By that time, your whole site is often not just defaced, but left with backdoors for bad actors to return anytime they want.
Managed WordPress hosts work heavily on security, and take care of hardening WordPress and looking for new vulnerabilities on your behalf. And if you do get hacked, some of them (like WP Engine) will fix it for you for free, and restore your site back to its former glory.
After months of hard work on your site, there will come a time when it all pays off – you finally get featured on that big media site, make the homepage of Reddit, or rank number one for that keyword. Thousands of visitors come to your site in a matter of minutes. Hooray! Fame and fortune are closer than ever before.
But this is exactly when most websites fail – just when your site is its most popular, the crush of visitors overwhelm the server and the site goes down. New visitors are shown an error message or a blank screen.
And after months of hard work, your web host has turned success into failure.
Managed WordPress hosts can scale your site’s traffic automatically to serve hundreds of thousands of simultaneous visitors – so you’ll avoid the dreaded “Error Establishing a Database Connection” error message when you finally hit that front page of Reddit, CNN, or your favorite publication.
Many hosts support only their own server hardware – so when your site goes down or shows errors, they simply tell you the server is fine, and throw the responsibility back to you. Unless you want to become a systems administrator, this is confusing, frustrating, and flat out irritating.
Managed WordPress hosts, by contrast, employ experts in not just servers, but also PHP, MySQL, and WordPress itself. Their support lines are staffed by WordPress experts, so their team can help you troubleshoot issues at every level of your website’s software stack.
While every managed host trains their support team differently, my friends at WP Engine make sure each and every one of their support team members goes through months of training, so they can fix minor issues before they become major problems.
5. Automatic Updates and Nightly Backups
One of the most popular questions raised by our members is, “How do I back up my site?”
If your site is hosted by a managed WordPress host, you’re already covered. They handle it for you, automatically backing up your site every night. If anything goes wrong, you can simply restore your site from a backup with just a couple of clicks!
But managed WordPress hosts don’t stop there. They also automatically update your site to the latest version of WordPress whenever a new version is released, ensuring you’re always up to date and secure.
WP Engine even includes a feature called “Automated Upgrade Protection” — which first creates a complete backup of your site. Then they perform the upgrade. As soon as the upgrade is complete, they test the site to make sure your site is loading as expected.
If the site loads without any detected problems, you’ll be notified that you’ve been upgraded. But if something appears to be off, they automatically roll your site back to the previous version, and investigate what might have gone wrong.
All of this happens without any intervention required from you!
My Story: Why I Trust WP Engine to Host WP101
As a former freelance web designer, I hosted about 60 of my customers’ WordPress sites on a dedicated server. My clients enjoyed having a single point of contact, but if their site went down for any reason, I was the one responsible for troubleshooting and repairing the site — even if that happened at 3 AM.
I received almost no assistance from the hosting company where my dedicated server was located. As is the case with most hosting companies, their responsibility was limited to maintaining the hardware itself.
But during one particularly nasty incident, the underlying software that powered my web server was hacked. Nearly all of my clients’ sites were compromised, despite running the latest version of WordPress.
When I reached out for support, I was told that it was completely my responsibility, was likely due to vulnerabilities within WordPress, and if I didn’t remediate the hacked sites within 7 days, my server(s) would be shut down.
I went to work, frantically repairing the hacked sites, changing all my clients’ passwords, notifying them by email, explaining the situation in detail, and repairing the damage.
Imagine my dismay when just 72 hours later, the server was hacked again! But this time, the web hosting company discovered a system-wide vulnerability — and acknowledged that it was actually their fault all along.
Still, they offered no help in remediating the problem, and it took me another 72 hours to complete the cleanup process once again.
During that painful ordeal, WP Engine reached out to me. They offered discounted hosting that would accommodate all my clients. They assisted me with the tedious process of migrating my clients’ sites to their servers, and I haven’t looked back since.
Today, I enjoy the peace of mind that comes from having an entire team on my side.
Now, if something goes wrong with a client’s site, the excellent support team at WP Engine handles it… usually within minutes.
They monitor and take care of my clients’ sites so I don’t have to, often fixing issues before I’m even aware of them. Their WordPress experts take care of issues in a timely matter, so I can focus on what matters: serving my customers, creating great content, and growing my business.
Manage Your Website. Not Your Server.
Managed WordPress hosts obsess about making your site fast, secure, and available, so you can focus on making your site great and your readers happy.
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