These days, managed WordPress hosting is one of the hosting options for some WordPress website owners. As their cost may cross $100 per month, a practical question arises: is managed WordPress hosting an option to think about? In this article, we have pointed out the reasons why (and also when) not to consider the managed WordPress hosting option. Of course, managed WordPress hosting has many positive points as well. However, we are not discussing them in this article.
Cloud/Container Hosting and Dedicated Hosting are Not Super Expensive
You do not a server with 128GB RAM to run a PHP MySQL web software. PHP simply can not suck a huge RAM per process and MySQL in these use cases is not heavy to run. As we have pointed out in one article, The Cost of Dedicated Server to Host WordPress is not extremely huge if your site can nicely run with a 16GB RAM server.
Today, there are too many open-source options for Linux servers. We have an Apache web server, there is NGINX, and LiteSpeed (to name a few). Right now you can have the modern technologies such as HTTP/3 completely free of cost. There are zillions of options for caching and web acceleration. Varnish when configured by an expert, can do magic. Most of these server software are enough optimized to run a low-end WordPress site. Most of the web hosts offer detailed guides on optimization written by expert sysadmins.
If you know how to SSH, none can stop you to deliver a WordPress site which loads within 3-4 seconds. Apart from manually running commands, there are bash scripts which can do the job well. You can not load more fast without sacrificing the design towards minimalistic and whole-site dynamic caching with GeoDNS.
The Power of Own Control
Managing own software by self or own company is a part of IT-related business. Is there a third party to manage the servers of Google? When you are running a technical business, you need all the settings files of the backend for the highest control.
With full control on the backend, you can test various types of servers of different price tags depending on the money your site earns. If your website earns too less, something under $100 per month, you have options like VPSDime.
If your earning is higher, you can use a dedicated server and keep such a server ready to work as a live backup. When your main server will face difficulties, just switch the server from DNS. Zillions of tech blogs will inform you how to reduce your budget even when you are using a server with root access.
Most of the managed WordPress hosts restrict the plugins that can be used on the website. Most importantly, your one server can run any web software including forums, CRM and so on.
There are Third Parties Who Can Manage Your Dedicated Servers
There are US-based reputed services, such as
bobcares.com which are providing optimization services and everyday management for many years. On average, they will charge you $40 to $100 per month per server. Even some web hosts offer such a service. Is $40 per month per dedicated server huge money?
Even low-end web hosts like VPSDime has expert sysadmins who are ready to optimize your server just for few dollars.
Your Experience Costs Many Thousand Dollars
In the world of IT, selling own experience is a way to make more money. If the size of your company is medium, a single person is enough to look after the IT infrastructure. The buzzword “stop wasting time behind IT and invest it behind the business” is not completely true. Your in-house productions, such as open source plugins and scripts help the other users. Even if you are not making money, you can gain good backlinks.
When you or your team optimizes your server, it becomes an attractive feature of your business. You can include such stories in the media kit or promote them as press releases.
Your Will Need to Operate a Lot of Websites, Not One
Shared hosts also offer some support for WordPress. They are intended for beginners. After shelling out $100 to $150 per month, you will want to operate different types of businesses and websites from your dedicated server with root access. On any managed WordPress hosting platform, you are ending up paying up many times with limited flexibility. They are a good option for the n00bs but does any n00b operate self-hosted WordPress?
Webhosting and optimization of the front-end are different aspects. Most of the managed WordPress hosts offer a bundled solution which does not offer any personalized optimization service specific to your website and business. Different types of websites have different needs. None on this internet operating own business are our foe. We tend to provide our insight to save your hard-earned money.