Managed WordPress Hosting Australia
As of 2021, WordPress powers 39.6% of the internet and is the most popular platform for building websites in the world. Major brands such as Mercedes-Benz and The Walt Disney Company are using WordPress to run their websites.
If you count only the CMS-built sites, then 64.1% of them are WordPress – 4% growth from 2020.
Don’t let these prestigious companies scare you off. Yes, WordPress can build complex sites, but it can also be customised for any website, no matter its purpose or size.
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
WordPress is a free platform with no subscription model or recurring costs. However, all websites need to be hosted on a server which means there will be additional hosting costs. WordPress hosting differs from regular hosting as it specifically designed to optimise WordPress websites for performance, speed and security.
There is no definitive answer when it comes to choosing your web host. If you would like to learn more about selecting the best hosting provider, you can read our previous article on WordPress web hosting Australia. Before we dive into the benefits of Managed Hosting, first, let’s see if a WordPress website is the right choice for you.
Benefits of using WordPress
WordPress was founded in 2003 and was created as a blogging and online publishing platform. Fast forward seventeen years, and WordPress is used to run complex sites with full-service eCommerce stores to small personal blogs and everything in between.
Although there are many alternative website builders such as Squarespace and Wix, WordPress has remained the industry leader with an almost infinite library of premium plugins and themes supported.
Having support for such a wide variety of plugins and themes makes WordPress the most flexible and adaptable platform available.
Building a simple website in 2021 is easy. You don’t need to learn how to write code or have any technical skills.
If you select the right hosting provider, they will install WordPress and provide you with an intuitive and straightforward Admin dashboard with all of the basic features included to get your website up and running.
Some WordPress themes look so damn good. It should be classified as cheating.
The WordPress theme library is almost infinite, and it continues to grow with new themes added regularly. Many of the best themes are “premium” and will either require an upfront cost or recurring subscription to use. However, there are still great free alternatives that can be customised and tweaked to look however you want.
You can preview themes on the fly, install them and swap them out with ease until you find the perfect design for your site.
WordPress comes bundled with enough features to create a basic website. However, if you want to extend your website’s functionality further, plugins are the way to go.
As of 2021, there are more than 55,000 plugins available through the WordPress plugin directory. All of these plugins have been designed to work with WordPress. You will be hard-pressed to find a plugin that doesn’t meet your business needs.
WordPress Websites Rank Higher
When it comes to websites, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a hot topic. We all want our websites to load faster and rank higher. Did you know WordPress can help improve your ranking and SEO as well?
WordPress sites are constantly updated, and as a result, they tend to rank higher for keywords. There is also an excellent selection of plugins and tools for optimising your content for SEO.
Mobile responsiveness can also harm your search engine ranking. Devices are constantly changing, and there is no industry standard for resolution and screen dimensions. Your website needs to work on every device.
Luckily, you don’t have to build your website over and over again for each device type. Many of the themes available for WordPress translate to mobile devices automatically. There are also plugins available to enhance this process to make sure your website looks good on everything.
Benefits of Managed WordPress Hosting
Even if you are familiar with WordPress and have the skills to manage your website, having dedicated WordPress hosting support removes the burden of managing updates, back-ups and security.
When it comes to building a website, the platform you choose is only one piece of the puzzle. A reputable WordPress hosting provider ensures that the hardware, firmware and software are compatible so that your website loads fast and runs smooth.
A compatible system will ensure that your website doesn’t experience any site freezes or performance issues. Poorly configured systems will not function properly, and your website might experience dropouts or go offline for an extended period.
We all want our websites to load lightning fast. However, building a website with WordPress does not automatically guarantee you will experience blistering speeds.
Anyone who promises faster speeds by simply using WordPress is lying. Yes, the platform you use to build your website is a critical factor, but here is a list of variables that also affect website speed:
– The size of your website
– Your hosting provider
– How you choose to host your website (Shared / VPS / Dedicated)
– Traffic volume
– Your images are too large/not optimised
– No caching plugin
– Too many plugins
Think of WordPress as a tool and not a magic elixir. If used correctly, WordPress can help you increase the speed of your website.
Choosing a provider with a managed WordPress hosting service is crucial. Most hosting companies will offer support to their customers, and when you select a provider who specialises in WordPress means their support team are experts and have a record of accomplishment.
The primary responsibilities your provider should handle are:
– Regular backups
– Disaster recovery
Ensuring your website is secure is more critical than any theme or plugin. Having the best website in town means nothing if a breach occurs and your customer data is sold on the dark web. Not only could you end up losing a lot of money, but your reputation will also be tarnished.
Nothing in this world can guarantee 100% security. Even the big player’s Facebook and Google, aren’t immune to a cyber breach. However, a managed WordPress host will ensure your website has the latest security enhancements and conduct nightly backups of your website. By planning for the worst-case scenario, you are better protected against an attack as you can restore your website to your previous backup.
If you would like to learn more about Managed WordPress hosting, contact us and book a free consultation with one of our WordPress experts. For further reading on WordPress and Web Hosting, you can check out our collection of articles.
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