Chances are, if you’re here, you probably know what website hosting is. There are hundreds of companies around the world that provide hosting in just as many forms: cloud hosting, shared hosting, VPS hosting…the list could go on and on. But there’s one type of hosting that often makes people wonder ‘What does that mean?’–managed hosting. What exactly is it, and what do managed hosts provide that sets them apart from other forms of hosting?
A Managed Host Provides…
Space for Your Site
First and foremost, a managed host is just that: a website host. That means they provide server space for your website. But all servers aren’t created equal. Some hosts make you share server space with other sites. This means your site could slow down or stop working if a noisy neighbor takes up too many resources.
Other hosts provide dedicated space for each site on their servers. This means each one gets an equal share of a server’s resources––and sometimes even more resources than that. If your site gets a spike in website traffic, you want to make sure it stays up and running. This is called scalability, or the ability for a host to send resources where they need to go, when they need to go there.
Another difference between hosts is the types of sites they play host to. Hosts like GoDaddy will take any and all the websites they can, whether they’re built with WordPress, Joomla, or from scratch. This gives you variety, sure, but it also means the team you’ll end up working with won’t be able to help as much as one that specializes in your specific platform.
Pressable only hosts WordPress sites. Our architecture is designed specifically for WordPress sites, by WordPress people. Our support team, you guessed it, is made up of WordPress and PHP experts that know the ins and outs of site, plugin, and core development. So when you contact our team with an issue, if we can’t fix it, we can point you to someone who can.
If security isn’t your biggest concern in the online space, it should be. On average, a new website is hacked every 39 seconds. That means every minute, about two websites, along with their visitors’ data, are compromised. If you’re just running a travel blog, that might not be a big deal to you, but to the neighbors on your server, it sure is. eCommerce stores and other sites that take in personal information like credit cards, addresses, and social security or driver’s license numbers are at the highest risk for hacks and have the most to lose.
That’s why for a managed host–or any host, for that matter–security should be the number one priority. At Pressable, we do a number of things to ensure our servers and your sites remain locked up tight. Here are just a few:
Automatic Core Updates
We automatically update the WordPress Core for you. This way, any security vulnerabilities from past versions are avoided and our servers stay as safe as possible.
Free SSL Certificates
SSL certificates encrypt communications going to and from a server. This means any user data on your site is safe and secure. Plus it’s good for SEO!
SFTP and Collaborator Access
Don’t hand out your master admin password to everyone who needs to have access to your site. We allow collaborator access to our Control Panel, so your team members can get individualized permissions and access to different areas of your Pressable Control Panel.
Believe it or not, sometimes things go wrong. Even the best managed WordPress host can mess up from time to time, and so can the best developers. A great managed host will have an equally great support team at the ready to help their customers when something goes wrong.
Some hosts support multiple platforms, like WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla. While this gives them an advantage in gaining customers, it doesn’t give them an advantage in support. They’ll need to hire a support team that works in multiple areas, not experts that specialize in one specific platform.
At Pressable, our team is made up of people from all backgrounds, from developers to designers. When they’re not working with customers to solve problems, they’re looking for security vulnerabilities, staying up-to-date with the latest WordPress news, and ensuring our servers and sites are performing to the best of their ability.
Tools for Growth
A great host isn’t just a place to park your website. A great host is a partner, a group of individuals who are invested in your business, its growth, and its success. Whether your host gives growth opportunities through their own devices or through a network of strategic partners, you should check out your opportunities before you sign up.
What should you be looking for? A good partner program is chock full of varying companies in a variety of industries. After all, you want to cover all your bases and make sure that you’ll be able to have a quick solution at your fingertips.
Also, be sure your host’s strategic partners work with their platform. At Pressable, we vet each one of our partners to ensure their vision, services, and most importantly, our platforms, work seamlessly with one another.
Hopefully this explanation has left you scratching your head. Not about managed hosting, but about why you weren’t with a managed host in the first place! Whether you’re going with Pressable or one of our many capable competitors, just know that a managed host is so much more than a place to park your website; it’s a business partner that’s invested in helping your business grow. Learn more about Pressable and what sets us apart from the rest here.