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Thursday, September 8, 2016 by

Is Managed WordPress Worth It

Are you wondering what managed WordPress hosting actually is? You’ve probably wondered why managed hosting runs at a higher price tag than the less expensive shared hosting plans you’ve seen.

Is there really that big of a difference in the quality of your site? There’s no cut and dry answer. For most it depends on the size of your website, your overall tech skills, and how much traffic you’re getting.

Below we explore a few reasons you might need to upgrade to managed hosting and highlight a few benefits you’ll be able to realize for your business. 

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Common Signs You Need to Upgrade

People upgrade to managed WordPress hosting for a number of reasons, many of which are on the technical side of things. If you’re experiencing any of the issues below, then you might want to think about upgrading.


1. Your Site is Slow

Today’s website users demand that your site loads fast. Attention spans are decreasing and people simply won’t stick around and wait for your site to load. If it takes more than a few seconds for your site to load, and you’ve been able to diagnose that the issue isn’t related to your actual site, then it could be your hosting server.


2. Your Site is Feature-Rich

It’s easy for WordPress sites to become bloated with time. With the sheer number of plugins and customization options available the chances are high your site will begin to take up more and more server resources the longer it exists.

Naturally, this means that your site will take a much longer time to load. But, if you have a very thin site that has nothing more than a couple of pages, then a shared host should be able to handle your site.


3. You’re Not a “Tech” Person

When tech issues arise, are you able to handle them all on your own?

If you’re a tech person and love the challenge of maintaining your own server, then managed WordPress hosting might not be right for you. But, if the thought of the command line, or any technical errors overwhelms you, then a managed WordPress host might be exactly what you need.


Benefits of Managed WordPress Hosting

If your site’s been experiencing any of the issues above, then maybe it’s time for you to consider upgrading to a managed host. Below we dive into a few of the most common benefits you’ll start to see.


1. Speed

It’s easy for WordPress sites to become bloated and slow. Managed WordPress hosts are designed in order to support WordPress and ensure they’re as fast as possible. Plus, they are continuously optimized, so you don’t have to worry about any slow downs, even as your site grows.


2. Security

It’s unfortunate, but sites do get hacked on occasion. Usually, WordPress sites are hacked through the backend, or through using faulty plugins or themes.

Shared hosts can potentially be more vulnerable than managed WordPress hosts. Managed hosting solutions will also look at every aspect of your site to ensure that your site is always protected against the latest threats.


3. Growth

Most shared hosting plans aren’t equipped to handle very large amounts of traffic. You’d hate to have your site crash once you start to receive large numbers of traffic.

Managed hosting is equipped to grow with you, so your site will be ready to handle all of the traffic you send at it.


4. Support

Do you consider yourself a technical person? If the answer is no, then you might want to consider a managed WordPress host. When you have a shared host any issues that arise fall back on you.

With a managed host you’ll have an entire technical team behind you that’ll help you to troubleshoot any problems that might arise.

Are you ready to enjoy all the benefits listed above? Check out HostGator’s managed WordPress hosting!


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Kevin Wood writes about technology and human potential. You can find him at his virtual homes Wooden Writing and Counter Culturist.

  • Chris
    8 September 2016 at 9:38 am

    What is the “cap” on PHP Memory for Managed WP hosting?

  • Parks Pamela
    1 October 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Cost? Or did I miss where that was posted.

    Backup tools and support included? The current codeGuard offering has a 1 GB limit. My site archives a neighborhood newsletter… ever growing static content. We need something simple and cheap for the static content (media) and something more sophisticated for the main part of the site.

  • Milan
    2 October 2016 at 9:04 am

    Will I be still able to acces to root file and customize my theme templates?

    • Amelia Willson
      4 October 2016 at 11:27 am

      Hi Milan,

      Yes, FTP access is available for all Optimized WordPress accounts which allows access to theme files. Thank you for reading!

  • Eshter
    8 December 2016 at 10:10 am

    [quote] The memory limit is 256M for cloud and reseller plans, which includes managed WordPress hosting. [/quote]

    I am really interested in this hosting plan. I have a website with 1500 posts ready to be launched in the next 3 weeks. I currently have VPS but maintaining it is becoming a headache and I would prefer to focus on writing content.

    Will I be able to use the Avada theme? Like I mentioned above, the site is almost ready to be launched with avada theme so it will cause a big delay if I have to change the theme now.

    Here is a list of their requirements.
    max_execution_time 180
    memory_limit 128M
    post_max_size 32M
    upload_max_filesize 32M
    PHP max input vars 1540


    • Amelia Willson
      9 December 2016 at 11:13 am

      Hi Eshter,

      Thanks for your interest! I shared your info with our sales team – someone should have reached out to you. Please let me know if you need more info about our managed WordPress plans.