The choice between shared and managed WordPress hosting has always been a topic for debate in the WordPress community.
We’ll be discussing what exactly does it mean for both- developer and users whenever there is a discussion about the shared v/s managed WordPress hosting.
This never-ending debate on the versions of WordPress hosting can be concluded to the point. When WordPress specific services are added and performance tweaks are included with the managed WordPress hosting.
Shared WordPress Hosting
Shared WordPress hosting is a type of hosting plan where the website “shares” the resources with other websites present on the same server. This WordPress hosting is a popular hosting solution for newer websites and blogs. It is budget-friendly. Though, one may not expect many resources out of it.
Pros of Shared WordPress Hosting
- The user only pays a significant amount of lower monthly fees
- Many shared hosts allow you to host unlimited websites at one flat cost
- Most of the shared hosts advertise unlimited and don’t define a hard cap for the number of visitors hitting the site
Cons of Shared WordPress Hosting
- As the focus lies on cutting down the costs rather performance boosts. There is a chance that websites might load a bit slower
- Due to the sharing of resources, the load time of the website can also be hampered. Due to the activities happening on other websites present on the same server
- There is an absence of value-added features such as- automatic updates and automatic backups
- There might not always be WordPress-specific performance as well as security tweaks
Managed WordPress Hosting
The Managed WordPress Hosting includes a set of services, performance optimizations, and other value-added features. These value-added features benefit the user in the following ways-
- Helps in making the site to load faster, as every configuration is specially set up for optimization under WordPress
- Gives the user the tools needed that make it simple to install and manage WordPress along with other staging tools in order to make safe changes to the WordPress website
- Helps in maintaining the website with a number of features including- automated backups and updates
- Better security of WordPress website keeping in mind the security rules and features that focus especially on WordPress only
- One can even manage a website by using a custom-designed dashboard
Pros of Managed WordPress Hosting
- In managed WordPress hosting, the server architecture is designed specifically for WordPress, thus giving a better performance
- Automatic updates of WordPress keep the user’s website secure and functioning
- Automatic backups can ensure that the user data at the WordPress website is safe
- It is a more convenient website management dashboard
- Supports a large number of helpful features such as staging sites in order to manage the user website easier
- The customer support agents are dedicated to WordPress experts
Cons of Managed WordPress Hosting
- Managed WordPress hosting is often expensive than the shared hosting
- The services of managed hosting focus purely on making the WordPress website well-optimized for speed. This is due to the managed hosting don’t give the usage to certain plugins that can slow down the website
- The managed WordPress hosting providers allow only WordPress websites to be hosted on the servers