5 differences between WordPress web hosting and managed WordPress hosting

For a business to sustain a long- term growth, a deeper and clear understanding of the fact – what sets it apart from the competition, is vital. And when we talk about the efficient and smooth working of an online business, the selection of right hosting platform is the differentiating factor that plays critical role in the success of any business.

WordPress, the most used CMS among the 58.8% websites, is the best hosting platform for sites and blogs. WordPress sites generally falls into two categories: Unmanaged and Managed WordPress hosting.

Difference between WordPress Web hosting and Managed WordPress hosting

WordPress web hosting is the most popular hosting that caters to the most common needs of a business website – security, speed, updates, backups, uptime and scalability.

But it comes with a presumption that you need to work out your own setups and configs to make your site up and running. If you doesn’t lie in ‘tech savvy’ category, then you will have to hire your own IT team and deal with all the bits and bytes on your own.   

On the other hand Managed WordPress hosting is an optimized hosting that incorporates all the features of Unmanaged WP hosting and additionally, it has the ability to increase efficiency of any business website hosted on it as it helps a business to focus on its core competencies and offload all the non-core functions to dedicated experts-the WordPress hosting providers.

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Managed vs Unmanaged WordPress hosting

1. Security management : Although WordPress has a high security standard, yet the number of cyber-attacks on websites is increasing so it is essential that website security is not neglected.

In WordPress Web hosting, it is you who will make security updates, security scans, add malware detection and anti-virus tools, look into the installation of security software – Firewalls, etc. as per your website security needs.

Whereas with Managed WordPress hosting, you get enhanced security defenses. Your host will proactively scan the operating system for viruses and install firewalls on the server, run security audits to detect security vulnerabilities and fix them preventing your site from being attacked and provide DDOS protection and mitigation. 

2. Routine or emergency support – In WordPress Web hosting there is no routine support extended i.e. your hosting provider will reboot servers, replace failed components, maintain the network but it won’t support any software or install anything for you.

But in Managed hosting services, you get 24×7 round the clock support for every problem by the hosting provider via – phone, live chat and support ticket. You get support for operating system, control panel, server setup and any pre-installed applications.

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Also, they know about the WP versions and plugins that you are using, so they advise you for plugins that impact performance, thus helping in fixing problems faster.

3. Daily Backups and updates– In Unmanaged WP hosting you have to install security patches, fix error messages and install everything but updates are done automatically with managed hosting plans. Automatic updates cover everything from the operating system on the server to PHP and MySQL etc. and WordPress too.

Coming to backups – You need to back up your entire site and your WordPress database. Your web host is not liable for any backups and restoration of the data loss. You will have to manage and take measures to prevent data loss. You can also opt for automatic backups through various plugins or cPanel and manage your backup collection easily.

In Managed WP hosting, web hosts create daily backups and offer several methods and disaster recovery plans to deal with natural and human disaster scenarios.

4. Control panel – Control Panel is a tool that helps its users to view and manipulate basic settings and controls such as adding hardware, adding and removing software, controlling user accounts, and more.

Control panel is provided in unmanaged WP hosting but you will have to install a control panel on your own. Many providers offer cPanel with unmanaged WP hosting.

Whereas, Managed WordPress hosting comes enabled with Plesk Onyx – the web hosting control panel that aims to reduce workloads and simplify lifes of web professionals, developers and server admins.

5. Staging environment- The staging environment gives your website a testing environment (after development but prior to production), that lets your website move within and across different environments. For example, you can modify content of the website, create applications or move a new Web page or a marketing campaign from a test environment to a production environment.

With unmanaged hosting, you do not get staging environment but with Managed WordPress hosting you get this testing environment to build and test your website.

 Though it’s known that unmanaged hosting is less expensive in comparison to managed hosting but point to remember is that in managed hosting all the responsibilities of the server lies with the web host and in unmanaged it is you who require technical knowledge, time and tools to manage your WordPress account.

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