So, you are ready to launch your website on the internet. But before you go live, there is one important thing to consider…
Should you use managed WordPress hosting or shared WordPress hosting?
This has been a burning question many WordPress users have had for years now.
Each comes with its own positives and negatives. So it’s not easy to say that one is better than the other.
However, that doesn’t answer your question.
So we are going to take a closer look at them both so you can decide which is better suited to your needs.
The Difference between Shared vs. Managed Hosting
There are a couple of differences between shared WordPress hosting and managed WordPress hosting.
Shared WordPress hosting leaves most of the hard work to you. Everything from website optimization, backups and speed optimization is in your hands.
Managed WordPress hosting is more of a VIP service where everything is managed on your behalf. Important site and security updates are taken care of, along with speed optimizations.
And that is pretty much it in a nutshell!
Of course, we know you didn’t come here for nut shells, so we are going to move on to the next section…
They Are Not as Different as You Might Think
You will hear it time and again. People claiming that shared hosting is cheap hosting. And cheap hosting is inferior. Not always true!
Here’s the deal:
There are literally thousands of shared hosts who offer managed services or managed platforms. Yep. Shared hosts with managed status!
When you look at it closer:
- Shared hosting is where your website shares resources with various other websites hosted on the same server.
- Managed hosting sits on top of your shared hosting package, providing various performance tweaks and added services to supercharge your site.
One thing that can be drastically different is the price that you will pay. Shared WordPress hosting can start as little as $3 a month. Managed WordPress hosting can reach up to $600 a month. And shared managed WordPress can be found for as little as $6 a month!
Shared WordPress Hosting
Okay. So now we’ve got back out the way, let’s take a closer look at shared WordPress hosting.
Shared WordPress hosting is when your website is hosted on a server with many other websites.
This helps host sites keep their costs down, meaning that you pay less for hosting your WordPress website.
Now, it would be easy to think that sharing a single server with many other sites is a bad thing… but it really isn’t.
Doing it this way means that you can pretty much have your website hosted for the same as what you would pay for a decent cup of coffee!
However, you can’t expect miracles. While you share a server with hundreds of other websites, you will also be sharing resources.
Here’s the thing:
If you are on the same server as a website that has a huge amount of traffic, it can actually slow your website down! Not great!
So how does a managed WordPress host differ?
Shared Hosting Pros and Cons
When looking at the pros and cons of shared WordPress hosting, the majority of the positives surround the price. While the negatives are more focused on performance and features.
Here are the pros of shared WordPress hosting:
- Will it cost much less each month than managed WordPress hosting
- You are not restricted or limited to the amount of visitors to your website
- You can host several sites for the same flat fee
And here are the cons of shared WordPress hosting:
- Your website will likely take longer to load when users visit
- Automatic updates and backups won’t be included, but you can use plugins for this
- Other websites on the same server can cause your website to become slow
Managed WordPress Hosting
Managed WordPress hosting is basically where add-ons, performance optimizations, and additional services are added on top of your hosting plan.
Typically, security is much better with managed WordPress hosting.
Automatic backups and automatic updates make maintaining your site quicker and easier.
Various tools designed to manage and install your WordPress site safely.
Improved site speed functionalities meaning your website will load faster and smoother.
Basically, managed WordPress hosting makes installing and maintaining your WordPress website safer, quicker, and easier.
However, it’s not always the best option.
How many managed WordPress hosts restrict or limit how many visits are allowed each month.
This is definitely something you should be aware of before making your mind up.
Managed WordPress Hosting Pros and Cons
Unlike shared WordPress hosting, managed WordPress hosting has a few more variables to consider. These may help you make up your mind if managed WordPress hosting is the right choice for you.
The pros of managed WordPress hosting include:
- Built-in server level caching and server architecture for improved speed and performance
- Automatic WordPress backups and updates for improved security and functioning
- Improved overall site security, including malware scans, login hardening and firewalls
- Dedicated customer support who can help you get everything set up
And here are the cons of managed WordPress hosting:
- Restrictions on the number of visitors or website visits performed each month
- WordPress plugin restrictions for improved overall host performance
- Can cost the same as buying a bottle of champagne instead of a cup of coffee… expensive
Choosing Between the Two
We have taken a closer look at what each type of WordPress hosting package offers. We have weighed the pros and cons. And we have highlighted how each works.
So which one is right for you?
If you are happy with clicking a button to manually backup and update your WordPress site, having access to all WordPress plugins, and don’t want site visits restricted, shared WordPress hosting is a great choice.
However, you should also remember that you may have to sacrifice website loading speed at times.
This makes shared hosting perfect for small businesses, bloggers, calling cards, or hosting several small websites on the same plan.
If you prefer to spend time focusing on your business and not on updates and backups, managed WordPress hosting is your best choice.
However, you need to remember that you will likely have visitor caps, plugin restrictions, and a much higher price to pay for the privilege.
Managed WordPress hosting is great for medium sized businesses and websites that are resource-heavy.
But what about large businesses?
Well, that’s a whole other post! Because bigger businesses tend to use dedicated WordPress hosts.
Ultimately, the type of WordPress hosting plan you chose will come down to your budget and ability to click a button or two.
For beginners to the world of WordPress, kicking things off with shared WordPress hosting is the way to go.
You can always upgrade to a managed WordPress hosting plan at a later date.
If you want to learn more about website hosts and the different CMS platforms out there, check out our recent post covering them.