For your business to succeed online today you have to juggle all sorts of things; everything from marketing, hosting, social media, advertising, content creation, etc. This can all become quickly overwhelming and very stressful. Find out why choosing a managed WordPress hosting service can be one of the most important decisions you can make for your business website.
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
What does managed WordPress hosting mean and how is it different than shared or do it yourself (DIY) hosting? To best explain this let’s break down the general online population into the three hosting scenarios typically used:
Shared WordPress Hosting
The first crowd is typically people just starting out who choose to go with low-cost shared WordPress hosting. These include hosts like GoDaddy, NetRegistry, Dreamhost, etc. Usually, these are people who are:
- Building their first website.
- Migrating away from from services like Squarespace and Wix.
- On a strict budget and need to keep things as cheap as possible.
- Someone that doesn’t understand the differences between the different types of hosting, and therefore is simply making a decision based on price (hint: this is not good!).
When it comes to shared hosting, you usually get what you pay for. Shared WordPress hosting plans usually range anywhere from $3 to $25 a month. There is nothing wrong with starting like this, but there are a few things people should be aware of:
No matter how you do the math, after expenses, $3 a month isn’t actually generating any revenue for the hosting provider. Especially when you attribute support into that. One support ticket and they’re already in the red. The way a shared host makes a lot of their money is through upselling products and hidden fees. These upsells include things like migrations, domain registrations, renewal fees, SSL certificates, etc.
To make money most hosts offer what they call their “unlimited resources” plan. You have probably all seen this. Well, there is no such thing in the real world as unlimited resources. What hosts will do is throttle the clients using up a lot of the resources. This, in turn, ends up with those angry clients leaving, making room for more clients that don’t use a lot of resources. In the end, you have a vicious cycle of the hosting company pushing cheap plans, signing up customers who they hope won’t use a lot of resources and will purchase upsells. It’s all about volume.
Also, because the plan is so cheap this usually forces the host to overcrowd their servers to consolidate resources. So even though you don’t know it, your website might be on the same server as 500+ other websites. Any performance issues that pop up with other sites can, in turn, affect your site.
You combine everything mentioned above together and what do you get? You get slow performance, bad support and even more worrying, security risks. Shared hosts have to spread their teams way too thin, which results in long ticket times and subpar customer service.
VPS WordPress Hosting
The second crowd of people are typically bootstrap startups and people with a little more development or WordPress experience. They are the DIY crowd. These folks are typically still trying to save money, but they are also usually concerned with performance and realise its importance in the success of their business. Commons setups might include using Digital Ocean, Linode, or Vultr; and possibly a tool like cPanel or ServerPilot to manage it more easily.
A small VPS from DigitalOcean starts at $5 a month and the popular plan at ServerPilot starts at $10 a month. So depending on your setup you could be looking at a cost of between $5 to $15 or more a month. The DIY approach can definitely cut costs, but it also means that you are responsible if something breaks, and for optimising your server for performance.
The DIY approach can be great, but it can also backfire on you if you aren’t careful. Don’t go this route just because you want to tinker! Your time is worth money and you should be spending it on growing your business. Take advantage of someone who knows how to run successful websites and provide personalised support. JAMLAB has been fixing WordPress issues on a daily basis all across Australia.
Managed WordPress Hosting
The third crowd of people are typically small to medium-sized businesses, high traffic blogs, and companies looking for specialised WordPress hosting for businesses. From the moment you hand over the technical tasks to a managed WordPress hosting provider like JAMLAB, you fast realise you have made a good investment because it saves valuable time and usually offers better performance since it’s fine-tuned for the WordPress CMS.
Plans for managed WordPress hosting typically average $50 a month, but JAMLAB does things a little differently. Yes, you can get managed WordPress hosting for $50/mth, or you can bring JAMLAB onboard for even more managed services to help your business grow. For $250 a month, you get the added benefit of a managed Office 365 service and 5 hours of personalised support every month to tackle any issue you have with your digital assets, from email to content strategy consults.
Why You Should Choose Managed WordPress Hosting
Every business is different and the three methods mentioned above aren’t always necessarily the right way to go. You should do your research to make the right choice for your business. Perhaps you start with the DIY method and upgrade to managed hosting after you grow.
Or you could invest in managed hosting, to begin with, and focus all of your efforts on growing your business. There is no right or wrong path, but let’s find out some reasons why JAMLAB managed WordPress hosting can benefit you today.
- You Get Personalised Support
- Powered by Google Cloud for high-performance
- Automatic Backups (Never Lose Your Data)
- Security Is Taken Seriously
- Built with Scalability in Mind
- Premium DNS (Reliable and Faster Lookup Times)
You Get Personalised Support
The number one reason you should choose managed WordPress hosting is superior support. The support from JAMLAB is personalised to your request as your business needs are understood. As a result, the expertise of JAMLAB support is second to none. Nothing is worse than getting stuck and wasting hours trawling the internet for a solution. With JAMLAB you have built-in tools to help solve your problems fast and you can always get in touch with JAMLAB in real time!
When JAMLAB first began, the lack of real support and customised solutions for small business were few and far between. This is why JAMLAB is structured completely different. You get to talk to a real person in real time to solve your issues fast. Running your business on an industry leading platform of Google Cloud with JAMLAB means outages are kept to a minimum and major bugs and vulnerabilities are patched fast.
JAMLAB uses a ticket-based support system via your WordPress dashboard. It feels like a real-time chat but in the background, it isn’t. It has provided an easy way to integrate chat and support tickets it into our dashboard so you know support is always one click away.
So when it comes to choosing a host with a reliable and knowledgeable support, managed WordPress hosts typically will be a level above the rest, simply because you are running in an environment that’s tailored for you. JAMLAB also includes premium uptime monitoring for all clients, checking the status of all websites on the JAMLAB platform every 2 minutes. That translates to 720 checks for each of your sites every day.
This means that if your website goes down, JAMLAB will be the first to be notified and a solution will be underway before you even notice!
Powered by Google Cloud for high-performance
The second reason to choose a managed WordPress hosting provider is that the environments are typically fine-tuned to work with WordPress on industry-leading infrastructure.
If you go with a shared host or the DIY route they will typically be on more barebone machines and you will need to spend time installing software and optimising yourself to obtain the same speeds that a managed WordPress host offers out the box. Or in some cases, on a shared host, there won’t be anything you can do to achieve the speeds you need.
A high-performance managed WordPress host should also provide you with the latest and greatest architecture and technology. This is why JAMLAB is powered by Google Cloud. Utilising Kubernetes architecture to provide a highly customised platform to allow free access to all resources for every website, plus the latest versions of PHP 7, managed Cloud SQL databases, HTTP/2 and NGINX, which have all been proven to be one of the fastest combinations for WordPress.
Managed WordPress hosts fine-tune their environments specifically to ensure that WordPress runs as fast as possible!
Everything at JAMLAB is also interconnected over the highly reliable Google Cloud Platform’s “premium tier” network. This is designed to minimise distance and hops, resulting in faster more secure global transport of your data. Some hosting providers might opt for Google’s “standard tier” network service to cut costs, but we believe in only utilising the best at JAMLAB.
How much of an impact does this have? Well, for data traveling across continents, the premium tier network is about 41% faster, on average, than the standard tier network. For data traveling to a nearby region (same continent), the premium tier is about 8% faster. While networking only makes up a fraction of your total page load times, every millisecond adds up!
Automatic Backups (Never Lose Your Data)
What would you do if you suddenly lost everything? You should always be prepared for the worst-case scenario, and this includes always having backups of your WordPress site. A quality managed WordPress hosting provider should always include automatic backups for no additional charge. With shared hosts typically backups are included, but in the higher cost plans. And if you go the DIY route with a VPS, usually you have to set up your own backup system as well as VPS snapshots which also cost extra.
We include automatic backups of all WordPress sites for free, no additional setup is required. 14 consecutive daily backups are kept to ensure you don’t never lose any data.
Security Is Taken Seriously
And you can’t forget security! Typically in shared hosting environments, they don’t provide any assistance if you’re hacked or if you encounter malware. This goes for the DIY VPS route as well. If your site is hacked, you’re responsible. A lot of managed WordPress hosting providers include support if your site is hacked and they have systems in place to protect you from malware.
JAMLAB takes WordPress security very seriously and have implemented active and passive measures to stop attacks and malicious intent in its tracks. We even offer free hack repair and malware removal. If your site is infected it’s most likely JAMLAB is already cleaning it up. Hardware firewalls are also in place and have very tight software-based restrictions to protect your WordPress site.
The provider your web host uses is also important. JAMLAB uses the Google Cloud platform which means you get the benefit of a security model that has been built upon over the course of 15 years, and currently secures products and services like Gmail, Search, etc. Google currently employs more than 500 full-time security professionals.
JAMLAB also uses Kubernetes containers, and isolated services, which enables JAMLAB to completely isolate not just each customer, but each separate WordPress site. This is a much more secure method than offered by other competitors. On top of that, customer data is encrypted by default.
Beyond the website security, JAMLAB is always improving security-level features that improve the overall security of your business. Deploying business wide password management, two-factor authentication and staff training on best practices measures to increase security.
If you pick a web hosting provider that offers the above features, not only will it save you time, but it will also give you peace of mind knowing that if anything ever happens that the host has your back! It’s important to invest in secure WordPress hosting.
Built with Scalability in Mind
Another important aspect for any host is scalability. When it comes to shared hosting your only option when you outgrow your resources is to upgrade to a higher plan. And this is if they haven’t already suspended you. Eventually, with a shared host you are going to reach a point where they will simply force you to migrate to a dedicated server. This can simply be time-consuming in itself as you’re constantly having to worry about watching your limits. And moving to a better server might require time on your part.
With the DIY VPS route it’s a lot easier to scale, but sometimes this requires a little more server knowledge to expand disks, etc. With managed WordPress hosting providers they usually handle all of this for you.
A very cool and unique feature at JAMLAB is the ability to automatically scale your site due to the fact that your website is on Google Cloud servers. This platform can let the site’s container scale to as many CPUs as needed when there’s a traffic surge.
With our isolated software container technology, hardware resources are allocated to each site container automatically by our virtual machines on an as-needed basis. No resources are shared between sites. The result is a hosting configuration that is secure and private by design while simultaneously allowing server resources to scale up or down as needed based on the demands of the site.
Premium DNS (Reliable and Faster Lookup Times)
And last, but definitely not least, is that you should be using a premium DNS provider. You won’t get that with shared hosting providers or the DIY VPS method. You would have to sign up separately for the service. There actually aren’t a lot of managed hosting providers that even offer this, but JAMLAB does! Included with every plan is premium DNS on Google Cloud.
What is DNS? Well, think of it like a phonebook for the internet. Whenever you type an address into your browser this actually routes back to an IP address, even though you never see it. DNS servers do the mapping for you. Just like with web hosting, there are slow DNS providers and fast ones. Amazon has one of the largest networks in the world. By going with a fast DNS provider you will ensure faster DNS lookup times. Typically the free DNS provided by domain registrars like GoDaddy is very slow. It also might not be consistent and lookup times can vary. Another reason a reliable DNS provider is important is to protect you from DDoS attacks.
As you can see there are a lot of benefits from choosing managed WordPress hosting over shared hosting or a DIY VPS. Yes, managed hosting costs more money, but you should treat this as an investment in your business. How much is your time, peace of mind, and data integrity worth to your business? If you have any questions regarding hosting for your business or blog we are only one click away here at JAMLAB.