WordPress has been a commonly used platform for over a decade now, running millions of sites all around the web. Chances are, if you own a website or websites, then you have probably used WordPress before. WordPress hosting can come in all shapes and sizes. From your run of the mill shared host, to a cloud provider. People even sometimes run it on Dedicated Servers. But a rising trend now is Managed WordPress Hosting.
WordPress is a PHP app, and this can cause issues sometimes because it needs to be updated, patched, changed, and monitored for security updates. What Managed WordPress Hosting offers is the comfort of knowing your security is being looked out for. Managed WordPress hosts will typically handle the install/setup/monitoring of WordPress for you, so that you don’t have to do devops as part of your job.
Does running my own wordpress install really put me at risk?
The short answer is “yes” – assuming you are not a trained developer, somebody in systems engineering, or if you are somebody who doesn’t have the time to dedicate to managing security details for your site. Ask yourself this question: “If my site went offline right now because of a security incident, would I have the time, resources, and backups to get it back up in a timely manner?” – If you answered no – then you need to move your WordPress Install to a managed hosting environment.
Security is just one of the managed hosting benefits
Realistically, your managed hosting provider will have a handful of additional benefits offered to you. That may include things such as:
- Git deploys
- Automated Staging Sites
- DNS setup
- Automatic Plugin Vetting & Versioning
- Automated backups and restores
- Automatic WordPress Updates
Anything you’d like to add about your experiences with managed WordPress hosts? Leave it in the comments below.