Benefit of a managed WordPress hosting environment is that everything about it is completely tailored to running WordPress. General hosts (i.e. the type that host all kinds of websites running on all kinds of platforms) can’t truly optimize their systems to one specific platform because they need to be able to run so many different types of software.
Managed WordPress hosts, on the other hand, work exclusively with WordPress, and, as such, they can tailor all of their servers — from the operating system and file system to command line tools — for optimal performance. A great example of this type of optimization is website caching — something that can be made to work much more effectively at a server-side level than it can by simply using front-end WordPress plugins.
Security is another sector where managed WordPress hosting excels. It’s much easier to build a system that’s secure when you know exactly what’s running on it and what the weak points of a specific software (in our case, WordPress) are. Because hosts understand how WordPress reacts when someone tries logging in with incorrect details, they can build specific tools into the server that lock out any malicious attempts automatically.
The result of all of this is a significantly faster, more secure, more stable hosting architecture. A good analogy is why your TV won’t crash, but your PC may do so from time to time. Even though modern TVs have little computers inside them, they’re used for one, very specific, task. PCs, on the other hand, support a huge variety of operations — making them prone to unexpectedly seizing up or going wrong in some unforeseen way.
Managed WordPress hosting systems need only concentrate on a single system: WordPress. This allows them to use WordPress’s various strengths and dampen down its weaknesses, resulting in an environment that does one thing extremely well.
Features of Managed WordPress Hosting
At present, managed WordPress hosting companies offer a number of different features. The following is a selection of some of the most useful ones.
Automatically Managed Updates :
Automatic updates have been a feature of WordPress for quite a while now. However, managed WordPress hosting can take these a step further by automatically applying security fixes as soon as they come out — in the same way as they apply major WordPress version updates to sites. Where possible, some companies will even notify you in advance of such updates to ensure you always have ample time to prepare.
With almost all managed WordPress hosts, using the latest version of WordPress is usually enforced. This not only makes your website more secure (by closing any known security holes as quickly as possible), it also makes the host’s network more secure as a whole — the benefits of which will trickle down to you as a customer (more overall uptime, fewer attacks, etc).
Automatic and Manual Backups :
Because of the popularity of WordPress, specialized hosts can make the backup procedure faster, more efficient and more reliable. What’s more, having the host make regular backups also makes your site easier to restore should things go awry (after all, what good is having a backup if you’re unable to apply it yourself for whatever reason).
Having your host make regular backups that can be easily used is possible because they’re in the perfect position to understand the fixed structure of WordPress. This also lends itself to our next feature…
Better WordPress Support :
Your mileage with support will vary from company to company, but I think it’s safe to say an average managed WordPress host support will (or at least should) know significantly more about WordPress than a regular non-specialist host’s support. Again, since WordPress is just one system, it’s a lot easier to solve any problems that arise.
Automatic WordPress Setup :
A feature that allows you to get up and running with a new WordPress site in seconds. When you need a new site, a complete WordPress install (and the necessary database connection, etc) will be created automatically. All you need to do is fill in a short form with some admin and site details. Easy!
Staging Environment :
This is a great feature for developers and/or site managers. A staging environment starts out as a perfect copy of your existing site, which is only accessible to you personally (or it has an obscure URL), and is super handy for testing out new plugins/themes or updating/modifying code before applying any changes to your live site.
Finely Tuned Dashboards :
Regular hosting dashboards aren’t usually very user-friendly because they don’t actually know which software you’re using. As a result, some will give you a whole host of options — many of which simply aren’t applicable to WordPress — while others are so sparse that all they have are a few basic links to manage your database or your files.
Managed WordPress hosting dashboards, on the other hand, can do all sorts of useful things, such as provide you with individual statistics on usage/visitors, give others access to your account, show you if you have out-of-date plugins, tell you exactly which version of WordPress you’re using and so on.
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