Shared and managed hosting are two of the main options available to host your WordPress website. Thanks to its versatility and capacity for growth, WordPress has gained popularity among individuals and businesses as a way to manage content and connect with the online community. The type of hosting you choose depends on your needs, budget and the reliability of the provider.
The most widely recognized kind of hosting, shared hosting is what you’ll find when you go to most major providers. Websites hosted this way literally share server space with other users, getting resources from the same central location. That means your site is using one chunk of the space, processor speed, memory and bandwidth offered by the server while many other sites are drawing on the same resources.
While this setup is useful when you’re just starting out and your site is small, it can become a problem when traffic picks up or if another site hosted on the server begins to grow. There’s only so much server power to go around, and too much of a draw from any one user results in slower response times or even downtime for others.
Then there’s the matter of security. With so many users sharing the same hardware, if just one has a problem with site security, all the others could be at risk. For this reason, shared hosting providers may put restrictions on the scripts or plugins you can use to customize your WordPress website.
With a managed hosting account, you get what’s known as “application level” management from your provider. Everything from the physical server to the programming is designed specifically to support a single application such as WordPress. That means the staff handling the infrastructure knows exactly how to take care of it to provide the best possible user experience.
You’ll pay more for managed hosting than shared, but you get more in terms of speed, uptime and security. Managed hosts make sure that WordPress installations are always up to date and that plugins are current to minimize the risk of a data breach. Scripting is also kept updated, so you can be sure that all your plugins will run the way that they should and not interfere with site performance. This hosting environment can handle a lot more traffic without sacrificing speed, making it a good choice if you’re using WordPress for business.