Choosing the best wordpress hosting for your website can seem daunting, especially if you’re a business owner and find many companies making claims in technical jargon that are hard to weigh up. What is ‘managed hosting’?’ What is uptime? Here, we give you the information you need in plain English so you know how to make sense of it all.
First, what is hosting?
If you have a website, it needs to be hosted. This means a copy of your website is placed on a server so people can access it publicly on the web. It’s probably best to think of hosting as similar to renting a retail or business premises.
There will be good and bad places to do business and you are free to move anytime once your lease is up. You can see how choosing the premises might make or break a business and we encourage you to think about your website hosting in the same way.
From experience, we see cost as the single (and sometimes only) factor taken into consideration when choosing a hosting company. But you will find out here this can be a false economy as we detail the important factors you should consider when choosing the best WordPress hosting for your website.
What is managed WordPress hosting, how is it different to regular hosting?
When people say managed wordpress hosting what they really mean, is the service includes taking care of the ‘day-to-day’ housekeeping tasks of the website itself, not just the hosting. If your WordPress system needs upgrading because a new version is released, they will often quietly take care of that for you. Similarly, if a security vulnerability is found in a plugin, they will usually either upgrade the plugin or remove it and offer you an alternative.
These may sound like tasks that can be ‘put off until later’, but some of these are time critical. If a security flaw is found in a plugin, it’s a bit like discovering an outsider can get in through a window in your business.