WordPress is a marvelous tool for getting elegant looking websites or blogs up and running quickly, and if you use this free tool, you may be interested in the benefits of managed WordPress hosting. Before we look at the benefits of managed WordPress hosting, we will take a quick look at WordPress for those of you who may not know too much about it.
WordPress is a suite of computer programs and associated files written in the PHP language. It is an open source product, which means you can use if for free. It uses MySQL databases to store all its data. Both PHP and MySQL are also open source products, so that you can build a website without having to make any investment in software.
Development of WordPress
When WordPress was first published back in 2003, it was intended primarily as a builder of blogging websites. The code is provided by volunteers from around the world, and is continually being enhanced and expanded on. Today, WordPress has become far more than a tool for building blogging websites. It is a fully fledged content management system, and can be used to build virtually any kind of website.
WordPress for beginners
WordPress was always intended to be for people who had little or no website design or coding experience, and that remains the case today. If you are completely new to WordPress, we recommend you go to the WordPress site and download a copy. You can then see how easy it is to install.
If you plan to deploy websites built with WordPress, it is a good idea to install them locally first. This makes if faster to make changes, and allows you to test changes, or experiment with different templates, for example, without affecting any live version of a website. After testing, you can upload your modifications to the live site.
Ease of use
Perhaps the main attraction of WordPress for beginners is how easy it is to use the tool. Everything is integrated in the package, which is browser based. Once WordPress is installed on a server, it can be managed from any browser at any location.
For example, if you want to create a new web page, all you need to do is navigate to the admin page, enter your password, and you immediately have access to the new page tools. In addition, there is lots of easily accessible, free information online, and you can find tutorials. On our WebDevel site you can find a WordPress guide to take you through the installation process.
Benefits of managed WordPress hosting
You can choose to manage your own WordPress installation, and you can even opt for a self hosted WordPress installation. However, you will need a great deal of technical knowledge to do so. The best option for people without that technical expertise is to choose a managed hosting solution. Here are 5 major benefits that you get by selecting a managed WordPress hosting solution.
You are unlikely to have the expertise to sort out many of the problems that can crop up once your website is live. For example, you have a blog, and many people who comment on it complain that response times are too slow. Clearly, there is an issue with your website or with your WordPress installation, but would you know how to go about finding out what the problem is, and how to rectify it?
If you are a complete beginner, then it is highly unlikely you could sort out this type of problem. Even if you are a more experienced WordPress user, your knowledge may be limited to using the functions and tools that the WordPress package makes available to you.
Here at webdevel.com, we have a range of experts on hand to help our managed WordPress hosting clients get to the bottom of any issues that could be affecting your website’s performance.
2. No need to be physically present
Many new website owners overlook the fact that their website is accessible at all times of the day and night. People who access the site could be based anywhere in the world. If your site is in English, it could attract visitors from the northern and southern hemispheres, from Canada to New Zealand.
If you publish a blog, a key aspect of it may be to invite comments or posts from visitors. Once a topic gathers interest, you will find that posters often comment on other posts, and not just on the owner’s original blog post. Sometimes, a whole flurry of posts from the same geographical location can be posted in a very short time period. The time zone from which they are being posted could be the middle of the night where you are located.
It is impossible for an individual to be able to monitor such activity round the clock. If a subject becomes a really hot topic, the server could receive thousands of post in a short time.
While all our servers have the most advanced software in place, and can cope with this type of traffic spike, your underlying installation of WordPress might not be robust enough to cope.
When you sign up for managed WordPress hosting, you do not have to be on hand to sort out any issues like these. Our engineers constantly monitor the performance of sites for our managed WordPress hosting clients.
Backups are very important. If your database crashed and your backups were out of date, you could lose a lot of the information therein. If you do not use a managed WordPress hosting service, you have to do the backups yourself. Is it worth the risk of losing valuable data? Do you have the time, the discipline and the resources to backup regularly?
Everybody knows that all websites and web servers are vulnerable to hacking attacks. Our software and monitoring systems are the very best at fighting off these attacks. Nevertheless, hackers target WordPress installations, because they know that owners can often unknowingly introduce security loopholes or vulnerabilities. When you choose managed WordPress hosting, the chances of weakening the security level are almost non-existent.
5. Cost savings for businesses
If you are a business owner and want to host a commercial website built with WordPress, our managed WordPress hosting will save you a lot of money in the long term.
Keeping a commercial website at maximum availability is even more important than doing so for a non-commercial website.
Technical issues that affect the performance of the website, or make the site unavailable, can result in significant financial loss through lost sales or lost subscriptions.
On the other hand, it is very expensive to provide 24/7, in-house technical experts to keep the website operational. The best solution is to select a managed WordPress hosting service such as ours, where we provide the technical experts, and they are available to you as part of your hosting package.
Wordpress is an excellent choice for people wanting to build websites. However, you cannot overlook some of the technical issues, such as security, that you will have to deal with when you launch your WordPress website. You would have to have a very high level of technical know-how to handle all these issues yourself.
The ideal solution, especially if your website is a commercial one, is to request our managed WordPress hosting service. Our prices are amongst the most attractive in the business, and our service is second to none.
Call us today if you would like to sign up, or if you want to ask us something. We will be delighted to help you.