Managed WordPress Hosting – Just What Is It?

Aug 26, 2019 | Resources

Managed WordPress Hosting

Managed Hosting Should Make Life Easier!

There are a lot of different solutions available today in the Managed WordPress Hosting field, but we believe that managed hosting should have one main goal: To make your life easier!

Let’s face it, not everyone is – or wants to be – a technology geek. Not everyone has the time or desire to learn how to manage and maintain their website once it is up and running. If you have a business to run then you have your hands full already, and don’t need the additional stress of maintaining your WordPress site. Sure you could hire someone to do that for you, and sometimes that is the right approach, depending on just how much of your companies business is conducted on, or depends on your website. In house management may be the best option. 

For many small and medium sized companies however, it is usually much more cost effective to simply have their websites security and maintenance included in their hosting packages.

Back to the main point: What is Managed WordPress Hosting? 

 Any hosting package that claims to fall under the managed WP banner should include, at the very least, the following:

  • An environment that is fully optimized for WordPress websites.
  • Solid server side security in place tweaked to provide for the nuances of WordPress.
  • Free SSL included – there is no reason not to these days.
  • Regular site backups performed and stored in multiple locations.
  • Regular (at least weekly) security scans performed on your website.
  • Regular plugin updates.
  • Regular Theme Updates.
  • WordPress core updates.
  • Uptime monitoring and reporting.

That is where some companies stop. You may find some that do not even provide everything in the above list, though this is the minimum required to be a managed WP host – in our opinion.

Most of these items are easy ones to implement, so companies are quick to offer them. They can set most of this up to automate, and then let it run itself. But what happens if an update breaks your site? You don’t want to now have to learn how to troubleshoot your website. After all – you wanted managed hosting so you didn’t have to be bothered with such things!

Unless there is site restoration and troubleshooting included in your package, you may now be in the position where you have to pay your host to step in and fix things for you. ‘But I signed up for managed hosting!

 

The actual degree of management you get varies wildly from company to company. 

The good news is, even though there are many, many companies that offer Managed WordPress Hosting, the best of them look to be climbing to the top, passing those who use the service as an opportunity to upsell you on site restorations or other security services. The companies who provide the fullest value for your money  will continue to grow in the field. 

As I stated above, every managed hosting company has its own features list, but here is what we believe should be included in every managed hosting plan. This is what we include in our lowest tier package:

  • Everything listed above plus:
  • Site restoration — if something breaks due to a plugin or theme update, we find the issue and fix it!
  • Nightly site backups stored in three locations. If something bad happens we can restore you to the latest backup in minutes!
  • Full featured control panel.
  • Staging site so you can make changes and test them before pushing them live.
  • Visual inspections of your site weekly. We take a stroll through your pages to make sure nothing is off.
  • PHP version 7* running under PHP-FPM with plenty of workers to keep you speeding along.

I won’t get into all the technical details because you may or may not care. You can read the details of all of our plans on Ice & Fire Hosting.

What is Managed WordPress Hosting? 1

Ice & Fires Managed WordPress Hosting Plans are meant to take away some of the hassles of running a website.

Many of our clients like to be hands-free when it comes to their website, and so we offer plans that include content development, WooCommerce management, blog management and whatever you may need to keep your website working for you without you having to work for your website!

From single site hosting plans to dedicated cloud servers, we can run the entire show for you so you can take care of your business. We will take care of your websites!

Fully Managed Options

Fully Managed 

  • 250 GB Bandwidth
  • 5 GB SSD Storage
    $49.99 / month Sign-up!

Advanced

  • 500 GB Bandwidth
  • 10 GB SSD Storage
  • 1 Free Domain Name
    $69.99 / month Sign-up!

Ultimate

  • 700 GB Bandwidth
  • 20 GB SSD Storage
  • 2 Hours Content Updates / Month
  • Blog Management1
  • Product / Ecommerce Management2
    $199.99 / month Sign-up!

1 – Weekly or Monthly posts. You provide all content.
2 – Up to fifty products. Larger shops contact us for a customized solution

Standard Features - All Plans

 

Standard with all plans:

  • Nightly Site Backups
  • Regular Plugin Updates (weekly or better)
  • WordPress Core Updates
  • Regular Security Scans (weekly or better)
  • Uptime monitoring (each site)
  • Free SSL
  • Control Panel
  • Staging Sites
  • Fully Managed Environment
  • Site Restoration
  • Update Troubleshooting
  • PHP MyAdmin
  • SFTP Access
  • PHP-FPM
  • PHP starts at 7.2  (5* is not available)
Fully Managed Business Plans

Every business account is on it’s own cloud server (VM) with flexible resources and full management.

Business Five
$99.99 / month

  • 5 Sites
  • 25 GB SSD Storage
  • 500 GB Bandwidth
  • 10 Databases
  • Isolated Cloud Server (VM)
  • 4 GB RAM
    Sign-up!

Business Ten
$195.00 / month

  • 10 Sites
  • 30 GB SSD Storage
  • 1000 GB Bandwidth
  • 20 Databases
  • Isolated Cloud Server (VM)
  • 6 GB RAM
    Sign-up!

Business Fifteen
$249.00 / month

  • 15 Sites
  • 35 GB SSD Storage
  • 1500 GB Bandwidth
  • 30 Databases
  • Isolated Cloud Server (VM)
  • 8 GB RAM
    Sign-up!

Business Twenty-Five
$378.00 / month

  • 25 Sites
  • 50 GB SSD Storage
  • 3000 GB Bandwidth
  • 50 Databases
  • Isolated Cloud Server (VM)
  • 12 GB RAM
    Sign-up!
Standard Features With All Business Plans

 

Standard with all Business plans:

  • Isolated Environment (VM)
  • Fully Managed
  • Expandable Resources
  • SSH Access
  • 99.99 % Uptime
  • MairaDB @ localhost
  • Control Panel
  • Staging Sites
  • Fully Managed Environment

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