The comparison between shared and managed word press hosting is not only based on their price range. But, now managed word press hosting has become quite affordable. You can host it on a shared, VPS (Virtual Private Server), or a dedicated server. But, it offers a better performance as compared to shared hosting.
Definition of Hosting, Shared Hosting, and Managed WordPress Hosting
What is hosting?
The hosting provider reserves space on a server for a website to stock its files. It is known as hosting a website. It makes the website viewable online. Website is made up of files and web hosting make them available online for viewing.
The type of hosting decides how much space a website will occupy on the server. Shared, VPS (Virtual Private Server), dedicated, and the reseller is the main types of hosting.
These hosting can be differentiated based on the type of technology used, the support provided, and other additional services.
Web hosting is similar to buying space to establish a website on the World Wide Web.
What is shared hosting?
It is a hosting service where your website resides with many other websites on one server. This server stores the files of all the sites and serves the information about them.
If you are a beginner, it is a good option for you, as it is low on monetary investment and maintenance.
Every website has a unique address. It determines the location where the site is stored.
The browser requests the information about the website from the server. The server provides the data, and you see the webpage. Now you can navigate different pages of the site, click on links, etc.
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
It is a hosting designed with the latest technologies and optimized specifically to support WordPress sites. It offers higher security, reliability, and performance. Most of high-end businesses are ready to invest in it as they do not have to appoint an in-house team to manage their website.
Pros of Shared Web Hosting
- Price: Relatively cheap and price range from $2 to $5 per month
- Beginner-friendly plans: A few shared hosting plans offer unlimited websites for one flat monthly fee.
- Unlimited traffic: Some hosting providers allow unlimited visits to your site.
- Unlimited storage: Some shared hosting providers offer unlimited disc space and bandwidth. After a certain amount of usage, the speed might be affected.
- Professional email: Includes the creation of your email address, such as email@example.com.
- Security certificate: Some also provide free SSL certificate and site backup.
Cons of Shared Web Hosting
Slow response time: Shared servers have limited resources. If any website hosted on it uses extra resources, your site’s speed will decrease.
Downtime: Other websites hosted on the same server can become infected with a virus or malware. If this happens, your website might get offline for some time.
Unable to handle high-traffic: Shared hosting will not support your site if it receives lots of visitors.
Unsuitable for WordPress: Shared hosting servers are not suitable for WordPress specific operation. They also do not provide appropriate security features for your WordPress site.
Self-managed: Additional features, such as automatic backup and updates, are not included. You have to pay additional fees to your hosting provider. There are very few hosting providers who offer backup at no extra charges.
Minimal support: You might not get WordPress specific support.
Pros of Managed WordPress Hosting
Good performance: Servers are designed specifically for WordPress. They provide better WordPress specific security and performance. Also, the systems are regularly monitored and updated with the latest security features. Some offer malware scanning and removal also.
In-built cache and CDNs: They have in-built caching and CDNs. It eliminates the requirement to install extra plugins, and your site’s performance improves.
Automated theme updates: Themes and plugins are updated regularly to maintain the proper functioning of your site.
Daily backup and restore: Daily backup ensures the safety of your site.
Friendly tools: You can have an in-house team of engineers to manage your site, as managed WordPress hosting equips you with all the necessary tools.
Scalability: It can quickly adapt to sudden traffic increase.
Fast page load speed: It takes care of the server-level caching of the content of your site. It speeds up your page load speed.
Expert support: Managed WordPress host provide knowledgeable WordPress specific technical support staff.
Cons of Managed WordPress Hosting
Expensive: Cost is more as compared to shared hosting. You have to pay per site and for the amount of traffic your site receives. If you host many small websites or have a single site that receives millions of visitors, you have to pay more.
Plugins: Some hosts impose restriction on the usage of certain plugins due to security reasons. The problem arises when they restrict certain plugins that you or your client needs.
Bandwidth: Some managed hosting providers give limited bandwidth or limit the number of visitors per month, such as 100GB bandwidth or 50k visits.
Limited websites: You can host limited number of websites, such as 1 or more as per your plan.
Restricted file access: Some hosts do not provide access to all the files and databases that make up your website. Some may offer limited access.
Email account: Email service is not provided by all hosts. You have to opt for 3rd-party service like Zoho, G-Suite, etc.
Now you know the advantages and disadvantages of both shared and managed WordPress hosting. Price is not the only factor for deciding which hosting to buy.
Look for security, support, speed, and other features before buying.
I recommend you to buy keeping in mind your requirements.
If you use any of the two hostings, share your experience in the comments below.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Preeti Shah
Preeti Shah (author) from Delhi on January 08, 2021:
I am glad that you found it useful.
Amit Masih from Jaipur, India on January 08, 2021:
In this article, you've shared a lot of valuable pieces of information, Preeti!
Keep up the good work!