Managed WordPress Hosting
In this article, I will tell you 19 features you must look for when choosing a Managed WordPress hosting account for your WordPress blog or site.
We have done exhaustive research on Managed WordPress Hosting and we have come up with this list that if followed assures you of settling for the best provider for your Managed WordPress Hosting.
At the end of this article, I will give you links to some of the best providers of this service who have been recommended by thousands of satisfied users but most importantly, have been recommended by the developers of the WordPress platform.
First, what is Managed WordPress Hosting? It is a service where all technical aspects of running WordPress are managed by the host and enhanced to run WordPress at an optimum level. These aspects include speed, security, updates, backups, scalability and uptime.
All this is done to make the running of your WordPress site or blog extremely efficient and hassle-free.
The following are the features that you must make sure are provided by a Managed WordPress Hosting provider before you sign up with them.
Number of Websites Allowed
The first feature that you must consider when making this choice is the number of websites they allow per one Managed WordPress Hosting account. The most reliable providers of this service don’t limit the number of websites you should build under one account. Any company providing this service but limiting this number should be avoided.
Number of Domains Allowed
The second feature you must consider is the number of domains they allow. A Managed WordPress Hosting account should allow unlimited add-on domains, unlimited sub-domains and unlimited parked domains.
Amount of Allocated Disk Space
The third factor that you must consider is the amount of disk space they allocate to Managed WordPress Hosting accounts. This space should also not be limited.
The fourth feature that you must make sure is available is unlimited bandwidth for your hosting account. The amount of traffic coming to your sites should not be limited.
Availability of Free Themes
The fifth item you must consider is whether the Managed WordPress Hosting account comes with free themes. This type of account should come with a wide selection of free professional themes for your websites or blogs.
Availability of Free Domain Names
The sixth item you must consider is whether the hosting account comes with free domain names. A Managed WordPress Hosting account should come with at least one free domain name, even if it’s just for the first year.
The seventh factor you must consider is how backups of the WordPress sites or blogs in the Managed WordPress Hosting accounts are done. The best hosting companies for this service offer scheduled daily backups in remote locations as well as backups on demand by clients. The accounts should also provide a very fast and easy process of restoring the same backups.
The eighth factor you must consider is whether the Managed Hosting for WordPress offered by the web hosting company you are considering signing up with provides a staging environment in their accounts. A staging environment enables you to safely test and preview all changes or updates you make in your WordPress site or blog before publishing them on your site for your visitors to see. Before you sign up for a Managed WordPress Hosting account, make sure it comes with a staging environment.
Type of Storage Disks
The ninth factor you must consider is the type of storage disks used in the servers in which the Managed WordPress Hosting accounts are set up. You should only settle for Solid State Drives known in short as SSD because they offer faster load times than Hard Disk Drives that are known in short as HDD.
Availability of Free SSL Certificates
The tenth item you must consider is the availability of free SSL Certificates. SSL Certificates encrypt the data being transferred between the server and your website. This prevents theft of personal information, e-commerce transactions and other sensitive data by hackers.
Automatic Installations and Updates
The eleventh factor that you must consider is whether the Managed WordPress Hosting account you are planning to buy has automatic installation and updates enabled. All fully managed WordPress Hosting accounts must come with automatic installation of the WordPress platform as well as automatic updates for themes and plug-ins.
Protection Against Malware and Spam
The twelfth feature that the best Managed WordPress Hosting accounts must have is protection against malware and spam. For the protection of your data, your account must have tools to detect and safely clean malware and also to filter out unwanted and harmful content before it reaches your comments section and email accounts.
Domain Protection and Privacy
The thirteenth factor that you must consider is domain protection and privacy. To protect you from identity theft and spam, the best Managed WordPress Hosting companies provide domain privacy and protection tools within your account. These tools remove your personal information from the global WHOIS domain repository that is accessible to the public. That ensures that such information is only available to you, your host and your domain registrar.
Search Engine Optimization and Marketing Tools
The fourteenth item you must consider is whether the Managed WordPress Hosting account you’re considering to buy comes with Search Engine Optimization and marketing tools. The best web WordPress Hosting providers of this service provide tools that allow clients to optimize their websites for search. These tools provide dashboards where the client can do Search Engine Optimization and view statistics that result from that optimization. These accounts also come with dashboards for management of social media integration and marketing.
The fifteenth factor you must consider is whether the Managed WordPress Hosting account you’re considering to buy is CDN Enabled. CDN enabled accounts provide faster load times because web pages load from servers nearest to the person requesting them instead of loading from one server that might be located very far away from the location of the website visitor.
The sixteenth factor you must consider is whether the account you are considering to buy comes with Jetpack integration. Jetpack is a toolkit for WordPress that gives you everything you need to design, secure and grow your site. The best Managed WordPress Hosting accounts come with Jetpack integration.
Single Management Dashboard
The seventeenth feature you must consider is whether the Managed WordPress Account you are looking at comes with a single dashboard to manage all the features in the account. Most Managed WordPress Hosting accounts come with very many features that may be confusing to use fully and effectively if they are not arranged well in one location. It is therefore advisable to settle on a provider whose accounts are managed from one easy dashboard that is easy to navigate.
Money Back Guarantee
The eighteenth issue you must consider is whether the company you are considering as a provider for your Managed WordPress Hosting needs offers a Money Back Guarantee. If a web hosting company is confident of their products and services, they should have no issue giving a money-back guarantee of at least a month to buyers of new accounts. So, to make sure you don’t lose your money on the wrong account, pick a provider who offers a money-back guarantee so that in case you are not satisfied by what they are offering after you have already bought it, you can terminate the account and get your money back.
The nineteenth factor you should consider is the customer support offered by the company you are considering to sell you a Managed WordPress Hosting account. This type of account is a premium product and so it must come with an equally premium support package. They must, therefore, provide 24/7 customer support via ticket or email, phone and real-time chat.
I have come to the end of my article. But before I go, as I promised at the beginning of this article, I will give you what might be the most important factor you must consider before settling on a host for Managed WordPress Hosting or any type of WordPress Hosting.
I consider this the most important factor to consider because it takes the work of checking and confirming all the above factors out of your hands and into the hands of the organization that is the foremost authority on WordPress.
This extremely important factor that you must consider is whether the Managed WordPress Hosting company you are considering has been recommended by WordPress.org. WordPress.org are the developers of the WordPress platform. They are therefore the best people to tell us which hosts are the best for WordPress. As of now, they have recommended only three web hosting companies.
We went out to test those companies by hosting several fully-fledged WordPress websites and blogs with them but managed to carry out tests on only two of them. We were blown away by the results, both web hosting companies surpassed our expectations with what they offer their clients. They offer more than what we have listed above as a must features to consider when choosing a Managed WordPress Hosting provider.
The following are links to the websites of those two hosting providers recommended by WordPress.org that we tested.
- BLUEHOST – Click HERE to visit Bluehost’s official website.
- DREAMHOST – Click HERE to visit DreamHost’s official website.
I have also listed links to WordPress.com sites that offer products that are highly rated in the WordPress community, for example, the Jetpack toolkit and WooCommerce for your eCommerce needs.
- WordPress.com – Click HERE to visit the WordPress.com website
- WooCommerce – Click HERE to visit WooCommerce
- Jetpack – Click HERE to visit the Jetpack website
- WP Job Manager – Click HERE to visit the WP Job Manager website.
Click on them and visit those websites to see for yourself what they have to offer.
Thank you for reading this article. I believe and hope the information in it will help you to settle on the right Managed WordPress Hosting provider. The same information, especially the part about the recommendation by WordPress.org can also help you choose the right eCommerce Hosting and Shared WordPress Hosting providers.