What’s the difference between Managed Hosting and Shared Hosting?
Nowadays, the two most popular hosting options for WordPress websites are Managed Hosting and Shared Hosting. Though similar in some ways, these hosting types have their principal differences.
Managed WordPress Hosting is a hosting environment that is typically built on top of a Cloud Platform. Specifically fine-tuned to deliver the best performance to WordPress websites, Managed WordPress allows for less-complex installation and management. These platforms also offer customized dashboards with all the features you need to manage your website.
Shared Hosting, as the name suggests, is a type of hosting where multiple hosting accounts are located on a single server with a web-based control panel (e.g., cPanel at Namecheap) that allows the user to manage files, databases, email accounts, etc. Here, the server’s specific resources (e.g., disk space, CPU/RAM, bandwidth) are all shared between the websites. This is why, during periods of heavy traffic, your website may run slower or become unresponsive.
As a general rule, the cost of Managed WordPress Hosting is usually higher than that of Shared Hosting; therefore, in terms of affordability, Shared Hosting is the preferred option.
At Namecheap, we offer both Shared Hosting and EasyWP Managed WordPress Hosting. Both are competitively-priced, let’s take a look at the main features of each to help you make the right choice for your website.
Namecheap EasyWP Managed WordPress Hosting
The EasyWP platform is solely designed to run WordPress websites. Here are just a few of Managed WordPress Hosting unique features:
- A setup time that takes less than 30 seconds
- A Cloud-Based Platform means that any server failures will not affect your website and your resources will not be shared with other customers
- A simple and easy-to-use dashboard for installing, maintaining, and configuring your WordPress websites
- All server-side configurations are managed by Namecheap, eliminating the need to choose a PHP version, configure limits or manually upload files
- 3 levels of advanced caching to ensure Namecheap delivers your website as fast as possible, without the need for caching plugins
- SFTP access that grants you full control over your website files
- Support for Namecheap-registered domains, which pointed to our BasicDNS or PremiumDNS
PLEASE NOTE: If you’d like to use WordPress with a domain name that is not registered with Namecheap, we recommend choosing one of our Shared Hosting plans.
Namecheap Shared Hosting Plans
With each plan, you are given access to a cPanel (control panel) where all installations and other configurations can be managed. Here are just a few of Shared Hosting unique features:
- A modern network infrastructure and server hardware with fast SSD storage
- The possibility to install a different version of WordPress, including subdomains, and have "multi-site" WordPress installations
- The possibility to choose a different PHP version, set cron jobs, manage email accounts, and more using cPanel menus
- Quick WordPress installation through the Softaculous App Installer
- The possibility to install other CMS (e.g., Joomla, Drupal, etc.) and host custom websites (e.g., PHP, HTML)
While there’s no exact recipe to choosing the right hosting option for your website, whatever you choose should depend entirely on your needs and how comfortable you are with managing a website on your own.
If you’re just starting out and prefer an easy-to-use interface, we suggest EasyWP Hosting. Here we’ll take care of all the micromanagement so you can concentrate on building your website.
If you prefer to be a little more in control when it comes to setting up and customizing your website, we suggest Shared Hosting.