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Published on March 21st, 2018 | by George McKechnie


Best Hosting For WordPress – Shared vs Managed WordPress Hosting

So you’ve already made the smart choice to go with WordPress for your website. Now, you’re on to making the next important decision for your site. Among a barrage of terms like shared, dedicated, and VPN, you’ve come across this thing called WordPress hosting.

WordPress Hosting

In the simplest sense, WordPress hosting is just hosting that has been optimized to better meet WordPress’ performance and security needs. It also typically includes one-click WordPress installs to make it easy to get started with WordPress. There are two main types of WordPress hosting that is shared WordPress hosting and managed WordPress hosting.

Shared WordPress Hosting

Shared WordPress hosting is almost always the cheaper of the two options. With shared WordPress hosting, your site will share a server with other websites. Your server will still be performance-optimized for WordPress. You just won’t have it all to yourself.

In addition to the performance tweaks, you’ll also get access to some type of a one-click WordPress installer. Honestly, this isn’t a huge draw because cPanel (available on most hosts) already includes a one-click WordPress installer.

Finally, some WordPress hosts will offer to automatically upgrade your WordPress software. Sometimes they will even upgrade your plugins and themes too! Keeping your WordPress site updated is an essential security measure, making this feature actually quite important. Shared WordPress hosts typically offer steep discounts for your first billing cycle. After that, prices jump back to normal. Remember those are just starting prices higher tier shared WordPress plans run more expensive.

Managed WordPress Hosting

If shared WordPress hosting is a clean 3-star hotel, managed WordPress hosting is a 5-star resort with beachfront views. In addition to everything offered by shared hosting, managed WordPress hosting typically offers: Faster speeds, Server-side caching, Better security. You’ll get regular malware scans and intrusion detection.

Fortunately, it is possible to boil down the factors of choosing a WordPress web hosting company into four key areas:


When it comes to scalability, the key aspect you should look for in a host is flexible plans that can accommodate all kinds of sites.


To identify whether a WordPress web hosting company can be considered secure, you should keep an eye out for the following tells: While we can easily determine the first three points by taking a good look at a host’s feature list for each plan, the final suggestion does require you to do a little Googling on your own.


If the WordPress web hosting company you’re considering happens to provide its users with substantial documentation and WordPress-specific advice, you’re probably in safe hands.


The best kinds of reviews will often discuss the quality of the different services on offer, what a particular host is doing right, and where they’re dropping the ball.

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