It has been so much easier to publish content with one click. This means no more browsing through website templates and having to manually insert code whenever content needs to be updated. A Content Management System such as WordPress can be setup right away, even with little knowledge of File Transfer Protocol, or FTP. For WordPress, a blog can be setup right away by signing up for their flagship service for free or for a monthly fee. While this is a start to see how many readers are interested in reading without losing anything, it’s important to seek an alternative WordPress hosting service from the beginning.
Managed WordPress Hosting means that a blog can be maintained with some help. When there is a new version of WordPress available, it will be updated automatically. If there are concerns of plugin conflict, it’s in the hands of the manager to ensure the site stays online. Even if a little about WordPress is known, help is there when it’s need it.
The host may or may not have WordPress hosting specifically, but it can be any shared hosting service that offers PHP and MySQL. There are many ways to install WordPress, but if the host offers exclusive WordPress hosting, it can be installed right away without uploading the installation files.
Here is the difference between Shared and Managed hosting:
Shared Hosting – Shared hosting is standard when looking for a service to host any kind of Content Management System. Linux is a popular choice for WordPress installations and provides better support compared to Windows. With a host that provides PHP and MySQL, along with PHPMyAdmin for managing the database and FTP support for uploading, WordPress can be installed just by following the instructions. A drawback with Shared hosting is that there can be limitations on the amount of data received and what can be done compared to Dedicated hosting, but it should not affect WordPress usage. It can less expensive than a specialty host.
Pros: Cheaper than Dedicated and Specialty hosting; complete control over WordPress installation; one-click installation of WordPress.
Cons: Some hosts limit bandwidth and data usage; installation intended for Intermediate and Advance users.
Managed WordPress Hosting – Several Shared hosts also provide services for WordPress only, and can be managed as if it was installed by hand. It can more expensive depending on the services provided, which include automated backups and multiple domains, as well as higher bandwidth and disk limits. WordPress hosts are normally more expensive, but is worth the cost due to the quality of their servers and dedicated around-the-clock support.
Pros: No knowledge of WordPress required; more time publishing content.
Cons: Costs more than shared hosting.
To avoid working in the back more than in the front, a managed host might be a good idea. If a budget is in mind, WordPress on a Shared host gives just as much freedom as if on a WordPress service, but at the cost of time understanding how the platform works. Hosting specifically for WordPress could just be the best way to go, with backups in one place, and a WordPress on auto-pilot when it comes to maintaining the software.