Self-Served vs Managed Hosting for WordPress
When it comes to hosting your WordPress website, there are certainly some significant advantages to a managed hosting experience verses a DIY approach. Here we’ll take a quick look at some of the important reasons to go for a managed hosting solution for your WordPress site.
WordPress is an extremely popular (over 35% of websites run on WordPress) content management system that allows for an easy-to-use, scalable, secure and SEO friendly website deployment experience. A lot of the advantages of WordPress can be easily negated by cheap or self-hosted solutions, whilst they can equally be amplified by investing (not always at great expense) in a managed, WordPress focused hosting environment.
Avoid Downtime and Missed Sales Opportunities
There is nothing more frustrating as a website visitor than to end up on a dreaded 404 error page. Can that lead to a missed sale, a missed lead or a missed conversion of any kind? Absolutely. One of the most fundamentally important states for your website to be in is live. If your visitor cannot reach you, they’ll be out of there and off to a competitor before you can say: ‘downtime’. A managed hosting solution, such as the one provided by the Onyx team, for example, will mean that you can intercept any issues before they become a problem.
Save Time and Money
You have a business to run, meetings to attend, products to build, customers to communicate with, and staff to manage. Don’t try to do too much, otherwise you will dilute your effectiveness in the places where you hold most value. If you have outsourced the time-intensive technical web work to a trusted provider, then you can save time and money rather than trying to become an overnight web developer yourself.
Keep Everything Secure
Website security doesn’t just affect you, it also affects your website visitors and customers, so it’s critical that you get it right. Things aren’t getting any easier in 2019 and hackers are getting more and more sophisticated as they develop new ways to exploit websites, plugins and users. Whilst WordPress is a very secure and often updated platform, it’s important that you have the knowledge and expertise of a managed hosting company to make sure your security is watertight.
Expertise and Support
In these times of long winded answering phone systems disguised as ‘customer support’, it’s great to have the confidence of knowing you have a team of experts ready to help with any potentially business-critical issues. Another huge advantage of a managed system is that you are in the hands of people who live and breathe WordPress hosting, so if there’s a problem, you’re not left high and dry trying to solve things yourself.
Managed services are a no brainer if your website is an important part of your digital sales and marketing strategy; rather than leaving things to chance, risking downtime, losing business, and taking either yourself or your key staff out of their core roles, invest in managed WordPress hosting to save you both time and money in the long term.