Your business website is the hub for all of your online & offline business marketing efforts. This is where you will have contact forms, lead forms, and e-commerce sales. Below we will explain why you should choose Managed WordPress Hosting for your business website.
What is web hosting? Your website needs to “physically” live somewhere. That somewhere is a computer server that is in a data center. (Although we have migrated websites that were hosted on “some guy’s computer” in a basement!)
Many businesses choose low-cost shared WordPress hosting such as HostGator or Bluehost to “save money” when first getting their website online. These hosts are usually pretty cheap at $7 to $15 per month, but you get what you pay for! Shared hosts usually have overseas support teams, which can lead to subpar customer service. Shared WordPress hosting also “share” server resources which generally results in slower website performance and sometimes security hacks.
We’ve also worked with many clients who were using experiencing website issues with shared hosts that were “magically” fixed when we moved them to Managed WordPress hosting. If you had to pay a consultant to diagnose and fix these issues, you could easily lose any savings from the cheaper service. You may actually lose money if you missed any leads or sales from your website.
Managed WordPress hosting is a hosting solution that is built and optimized to host WordPress websites. Managed WordPress Hosts monitor the backend on your behalf and make sure it’s running correctly. This includes automatically backing up data, installing updates to the software without any downtime or outages, and even speeding up performance by spreading the load across more resources.
Website speed is extremely important when it comes to user experience and Google ranking your website(see Core Web Vitals).
“Amazon Found Every 100ms of Latency Cost them 1% in Sales” – https://www.gigaspaces.com/blog/amazon-found-every-100ms-of-latency-cost-them-1-in-sales/
Managed WordPress Hosts are also built for security which means they can proactively stop potential hackers before they cause damage to your website. They keep the hardware & software up to date, manage core security patches and make sure your site can scale as you grow without breaking a sweat.
So if you’re still wondering why you should choose managed WordPress hosting for your business site when there are many low-cost shared hosting solutions available, just keep these points in mind: faster performance, better customer support, easier management of technical tasks (no need for tech skills), 24/hour monitoring with live chat/phone assistance available.
– Managed WordPress Hosting is more expensive upfront vs shared WordPress hosting but it’s worth the cost and could be cheaper in the long run.
– Managed WordPress Hosting offers faster website performance.
– Managed WordPress Hosting has better customer service.
– Managed WordPress Hosting will also be able to provide you with more advanced website features such as SSL certificates and security.
Managed WordPress hosts are not all created equal. Make sure to do thorough research before choosing one for your business site.
Please note: we do not recommend using a managed WP host that does not offer a migration service, as this can complicate the process of transferring all your content onto their servers. This could lead to hours or even days lost (when trying to find new web development services for example) and/or costly errors due to poor planning by inexperienced technical staff on these migrations who are unfamiliar with third-party integrations (for example if there was custom code written) and DNS changes.
You may also want to speak with an expert(like us!) in order to create a detailed plan for migrating your website from another WordPress host or from other platforms such as Wix, Squarespace, or GoDaddy.
We go beyond Managed Hosting and offer hosting packages starting at $99/month that include: hours for website support, maintenance, and changes/updates to the website. We work with managed hosts such as WPEngine, Nexcess, and Pressable.
If you care about your business, use a Managed WordPress Host instead of a cheaper Shared Hosting option that will only slow down your website and hurt your bottom line. Shared WordPress Hosting is fine for your blog about cats but is no place for your business website. Similar to how you wouldn’t use slow dial-up internet for your business if you could have faster broadband speeds.