Before this, I have already discussed what is the basic difference between Managed WordPress Hosting and Shared WordPress Hosting. But basically that article was based on is what and why you should choose Managed WordPress or Shared WordPress and which is best for your blog. Today I am going to shred some light on the technical side of things involved with Managed WordPress vs Shared WordPress Hosting.
Managed WordPress vs Shared WordPress Hosting
Technically as the name sounds it explains itself what it is. So when we say Managed WordPress hosting that means that the WordPress install is managed by the people from whom you bought the server space. Say for in my case, my domain is from Google and hosting is from Godaddy so in this case if I am using Managed WordPress then the WordPress is installed and managed by Godaddy.
What do you mean by Managed
Next question you might have is what managed really mean? So it is just that they have the control and they just install and uninstall stuff in your server of course with your permission. So by managing the WordPress means managing the core of WordPress. When you install WordPress on your blog it just does not work like a CMS but it also works as an origin of your blog.
Whatever plugin you install, whatever post you write, whatever pages you create are going to be running on WordPress and it also has some bugs as every software in the world, so there will be more security updates and more updates to complete system of WordPress. While updating the base, it gets tricky.
You will have to take the backup, update WordPress and fix if any error occurs on your own, also you will have to revert back in case the new WordPress version does not work with your blog. And these all you will have to do on your own. When you are having Managed WordPress you just do not have to bother about all these stuff, these all will be taken care of by the team, in this case, it is Godaddy team.
How is it different from Shared
Now, if you are having Shared WordPress Hosting you have more control over your WordPress install meaning you will have to check the details and manage everything on your blog. If you have some amount of technical knowledge then it should normally not be a problem. All you have to do is make sure when you are updating something you take the back up properly and keep that safe in case you run into any problems.
Even if you run into problems the company from which you bought the server space and all they should be able to help you out but normally but again it depends on your service provider what is their response time and sometimes it varies between 4 hours to 3 days and you might not want to have your blog not running for that much time, Sometimes you will just have to revert back from the backup you have taken. What I suggest is you should have a staging site and before making any changes to the real blog you test your changes in the staging site first, test it and then make the changes in the real website.
A Bird’s-Eye View
Shared hosting is, by its very nature, the cheapest means of hosting a website. It caters to the most common needs of a huge variety of websites for a very low price.
Managed WordPress hosting, on the other hand, caters to a very specific market (more on this below) by offering both highly-tuned, WordPress-optimized servers and a number of advanced services like back ups and all.
This means — in essence — that managed WordPress hosting is a technically superior form of hosting in almost every way.
The Trouble With Shared WordPress Hosting
There are a number of issues with shared hosting, most of which stem from its business model. Although the accounts are cheap, they’re cheap because hundreds (sometimes tens of thousands) of users are put on the same server. This leads to the so-called “bad neighbor effect”.
The server, which houses hundreds of accounts, has a fixed amount of memory. If one website exploits more than its fair share of the available memory, all the other sites housed on the same server will experience issues because of this one “bad neighbor”. This essentially means that one troubled website has the potential to cause thousands of unrelated sites to load slowly, or even — in the worst case scenario — not at all.
On top of that, memory isn’t the only resource that gets divided up on a shared server. Bandwidth, processing power, storage… everything has to be shared between these accounts.
Sometimes it also happens is if someone in the same space as you hosts a pornography website then it is going to create a lot of problem for you and that meaning your website going down and you not been able to get in Google rankings because sometimes because of that pornography ones Google thinks you are also of the same category.
The Advantages Of Managed WordPress Hosting
By moving your site to a managed WordPress host, you’ll not only be able to effectively sidestep the “bad neighbor” problem but you will be able to avoid the problem altogether. Below are some points that well explains why is Managed WordPress hosting preferred over Shared WordPress hosting.
BLAZING FAST SPEEDS
Everything about managed hosting servers is optimized to run WordPress. In contrast, shared hosts need to be able to run any kind of platform/application, so they have to forfeit all the WordPress-specific tweaking and fine-tuning that managed WordPress hosts are able to do. But here again you will have to take in to consideration that if you are on a managed WordPress hosting then you will not be able to run just anything but WordPress and WordPress only.
Basic security sweeps are likely performed by shared hosts to ensure that their hundreds of users on each server aren’t hit by all sorts of threats. Managed WP hosting however, takes security to a whole other level. They monitor the servers well and they will not even allow you to use just anything on your blog which they think is vulnerable.
I simply can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make regular backups of your site! Luckily, most (if not all) managed WordPress hosting plans include not only automated daily backups, but also features that let you quickly and easily restore to your backups should you ever need to.
With managed WordPress hosting, your web server will be managed by professionals whose goal is to ensure things are performing at peak efficiency. Automatic updates cover not only everything from the operating system on the server to PHP and MySQL etc, but also WordPress itself!
Support personnel at your shared host may be extremely friendly, but they’re unlikely to be WordPress experts.
BETTER UPTIME & SCALABILITY
Due to the highly-tuned nature of the setup, your website will be able to handle a much higher number of viewers with a managed WordPress host than it would be able to when running on shared hosting. Also please note that every Managed WordPress hosting provider is not going to give you any number of visitors but a particular amount of users a month.
Disadvantages Of Managed WordPress Hosting
Based on all of the above, I’m sure the prospect of a managed WP environment is beginning to sound pretty great — as indeed it should! However, before you decide, there are some downsides of which you should be aware.
A HIGHER PRICE TAG
There’s no getting away from it: Managed WordPress hosting has a higher price tag than shared hosting. If you’re running a serious online business/endeavor, then of course the additional cost will almost certainly be more than justified. If, however, you’re simply running a personal or non-profitable blog, then it may be worth sacrificing all the above-mentioned potential benefits and sticking with shared hosting in order to keep costs to a minimum instead especially if you are starting out.
LIMITATIONS ON PLUGINS
Many managed WordPress hosting companies will often put certain restrictions on usable plugins. They may disable some plugins because the task they perform is handled on the server level (like caching), or they may disable them for security reasons, for example.
You hopefully now have a good overall understanding of the differences between shared and managed WordPress hosting. But again I personally suggest if you are starting out then go for the Shared WordPress hosting as you will get more exposure and have more control and as and when your website traffic gross and people start coming in you can always make the move to Managed WordPress hosting.