There are plenty of Content Management Systems (CMS) out there, but managed WordPress hosting continues to dominate the field. Conservative estimates suggest that at least 30% of all global websites are powered by WordPress.
So, why do people prefer WordPress? Because it’s more than just a CMS; it’s now evolved into the ultimate platform where you can publish practically anything you like. From a simple blog to a complex media site, an e-commerce shop to an extensive portfolio, the possibilities are endless with WordPress.
While you’re likely already familiar with WordPress, you might not be familiar with WordPress Hosting or Managed WordPress Hosting. So, what is WordPress Hosting? And what is Managed WordPress Hosting? For all intents and purposes, they’re considered the same. Both simply mean that all technical aspects of running WordPress are taken care of (ahem, managed) by the hosting provider.
Think of managed WordPress like a 5-star hotel’s concierge service. Instead of enjoying tiny chocolates on your pillow or last-minute dinner reservations at the swankiest spot in town, you’ll enjoy a deluxe WordPress experience. Thanks to premium support from the experts, high security and speed, updates and backups and not to mention, 99.9% uptime, you’re sitting pretty for a super smooth stay.
This dependability and peace of mind of WordPress hosting services allow you to put the focus on running your business, whatever that may be, without having to worry about managing your website.
As with any software, WordPress first needs to be installed. How? With the hosting option of your choice.
While some might opt for a website builder that offers a simple drag-and-drop interface, others might go for Shared Hosting. Both require self-installation, however, and the steps to install can be quite complicated, especially for beginners.
Traditionally, regular WordPress was installed by downloading the software from WordPress, re-uploading to your web host of choice, and undergoing a series of technical steps along the way. Worst-case scenario, this would take several hours and even in the best-case scenarios for seasoned web professionals, this would become a time-consuming task. For Namecheap’s Shared Hosting and Namecheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress solution, the installation process is simplified with just one click..
So, how does Managed WordPress differ from Shared Hosting? Managed web hosting for WordPress differs from traditional installations in that it handles the entire installation for you. Managed WordPress hosting also provides a user-friendly dashboard portal that allows you to update, manage, and backup all of your future installations. This means that you don’t have to figure out how to use a control panel (cPanel or Plesk) to manage your website. (As a friendly reminder, cPanel is a dashboard that is used to control your hosting environment.)
With most WordPress hosting options out there, the servers are configured and optimized for WordPress websites. And, thanks to cloud server technology, your website can independently handle those extra spikes in traffic. In other words? Your website is far less likely to experience slowdowns. This is the case with EasyWP Managed WordPress Hosting from Namecheap.
Shared Hosting, although flexible in theory, can suffer from server slowdowns if another website suddenly gets a lot of traffic. This constraint is why most Shared Hosting plans have disk quotas and bandwidth limits already in place. However, with Shared Hosting, there is direct access to cPanel and works well if you’re running more than just WordPress or if you plan to switch to a different software platform in the future.
While some Shared Hosting providers require you to install everything yourself, Namecheap’s Stellar Hosting features the Softaculous app in cPanel that handles the entire WordPress installation for you. All you have to do is log in. Not too shabby, right?
Namecheap is proud to host your WordPress website either through Managed WordPress Hosting (EasyWP) or Shared Hosting. Our handy comparison table below lists the differences.
|Namecheap EasyWP||Namecheap Shared Hosting||GoDaddy WordPress Hosting|
|Price||From $6.88/month||From $4.48/month||From $11.99/month|
|Hosting Platform||Namecheap’s cloud, which is optimized for WordPress.||cPanel + CloudLinux, which is optimized for general usage.||Shared Hosting with GoDaddy’s dashboard|
|Architecture||Kubernetes with each website in its own container, guaranteeing uptime and performance.||Shared server on distributed storage for flexibility and reliability.||Shared Hosting platform|
|CDN||Yes (Free)||Yes (Free)||Yes|
|Websites||1||Up to 3||1|
|Suitable For?||Ideal for beginners and advanced users alike, EasyWP only supports WordPress websites.||Ideal for intermediate and advanced users, Shared Hosting not only supports WordPress but also a variety of content management systems, e.g. Joomla or Drupal.||Ideal for beginners|
*Pricing and feature details accurate as of 9/23/2022
Quick to learn, WordPress is fast becoming the most powerful web standard. Equipping you with valuable knowledge that you can apply to nearly every type of website, here’s what you can expect from managed WordPress hosting:
Managed WordPress hosting is ideal for small business owners, startups, and solopreneurs. Because when you choose a managed WordPress provider, you’re suddenly able to offload tasks that a small team was most likely handling in-house. This redistribution allows you and your team to focus instead on more important things, i.e. growing your business and creating the best content.
A managed WordPress host will also offer higher security and performance levels since they optimize your WordPress website from a server level. This means you and/or your pro IT team won’t need to stress if, let’s say, there’s a sudden traffic spike due to a recent product promotion. With managed WordPress hosting, all that backend optimization is gloriously handled for you.
If you’re currently looking for the affordable WordPress hosting option, look no further than Namecheap’s very own cloud hosting platform, EasyWP. Delivering outstanding value to its users, EasyWP offers a super-quick installation time (30 seconds, to be exact), reliability, performance, the aforementioned cloud technology, and more. While these attractive features are often associated with expensive managed WordPress hosting,
Starter Managed WordPress from EasyWP begins at just $6.88 per month, with the first month totally free.
And, it gets better. If you already host your WordPress website on EasyWP or have a registered Namecheap domain name, you can now add the Supersonic CDN tool to your account, free of charge. What’s CDN, you might ask? Short for content delivery network, CDN is EasyWP’s cutting-edge tool that your WordPress website deserves, giving your users 68% faster access to your website content. Not only does it apply to your web pages but also HD videos, audio material, and more.
True Managed WordPress hosting makes the hosting side of things almost entirely invisible. Your WordPress website scales as the number of visitors grows. Thanks to the underlying cloud technology platform, it won’t go down, either. Forget worrying about PHP versions or spending a lot of time on extensive technical training. Time is money and managed WordPress inherently understands this by eliminating the middleman (aka the regular backend of hosting).
Ultimately, whatever option you decide to go with, you definitely won’t be disappointed with managed WordPress hosting.
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