Different types of WordPress hosting

When it comes to WordPress website hosting, there are several ways you can do it. The route that you chose depends on your technical abilities, how much time you’re able to spend on technical “stuff” and how much budget you’ve got.

Common hosting types

Do it all yourself

Pros

  • Cheap
  • You have full of control over your site’s configuration

Cons

  • You’re responsible for the site’s backups and security
  • If the site goes down for some reason, you might not know about it until a customer brings it to your attention

Managed hosting

Pros

  • Very fast page load speeds because the site is optimised for the provider’s servers
  • Software updates and backups should be implemented for you
  • Good managed hosting providers will also monitor your site’s online status, and fix problems if the site goes down

Cons

  • If you like to tinker with plugins and themes, you might undo some of the managed optimisations by mistake
  • A bit more expensive than cheap do-it-yourself hosting

Agency hosted

Pros

  • Single point-of-contact for design changes and hosting issues
  • Convenient billing

Cons

  • Agencies tend to concentrate more on how a site looks than on its technical health
  • Usually more expensive than if you arrange the hosting yourself

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