Shared or Managed WordPress Hosting, Which to Choose and Why?
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Shared or Managed WordPress Hosting, Which to Choose and Why?

Hi! this Topher with WinningWP. In this video, we’re going to take a look at Shared and Managed WordPress hosting. Which to choose and why? First, let’s start off
with some definitions. Shared hosting has many customers on one server sharing all the resources, drive space, memory, processor, et cetera. Whereas managed hosting
usually has reserved resources per site so no one site
can overwhelm another. Both of these models have their place in the hosting ecosystem and both may apply to you at different times. So let’s take a look at
the pros and cons of each and we can help you decide
which one you want to use. First, let’s take a look at
the pros for shared hosting. The first one is that it is very cheap, if you have a personal non-business blog, this might be all you need. Another scenario is that you have an idea for a website but don’t
know if it’ll get traffic. You can put it up on shared
hosting for very little money and if it works, then you upgrade and if it doesn’t, you haven’t lost much. It’s also readily available, most hosting companies
offer it at some level. This is, if
we go to hosting and servers and choose web hosting, it takes us right to their shared hosting section and you can see that the
price starts at 7.95 a month. If all you want to do is
put up a website for fun, or do some experiments,
this is a great price point. But now let’s take a look at some of the cons for shared hosting. It’s often very slow
compared to managed hosting. Hosting companies simply don’t put a lot of resources into
shared hosting servers. It can also be unreliable,
uptime is simply lower than other types of hosting, again, you get what you pay for. It can rarely ever take
any traffic spikes. If one of the sites on
the shared hosting server gets very popular, it will
use up all the resources and every other site will go down. If you’re neighbor gets
hacked, you may be hacked also. If you’re neighbor site gets hacked and they gain access to
the core of the server, then they have access to
every site on that server. Support is usually low priority. That doesn’t mean it’s not there, but the people who pay
a lot more for hosting usually get higher priority support. Lastly, it’s often lacking in features, or it will have all the features available but if you turn them
all on at the same time, it overwhelms the server. Now let’s take a look at managed hosting. Here are some of the pros, it’s faster, it’s more reliable, it
usually can scale really well because they’re anticipating you growing. It’s more secure because
your site is sandboxed, separated from neighbors, it
has more specialized support, and there are many more features, or maybe it has all the features and you can turn them
all on at the same time. Now, I’d like to point out that
this video is not comparing hosting companies, it’s
comparing types of hosting. DreamHost offers different
types of hosting. There are a variety of hosts that offer both shared hosting and managed hosting. There are cons to managed hosting, for one thing it can
be much more expensive. You can pay anywhere from
40 to 400 dollars per month for managed hosting,
depending on your needs. It can also be more
restrictive in some ways. For example, we’re
looking here at WP Engine, and they have some disallowed plugins. For example, all of these
caching plugins are disallowed, but the reason is that they
offer their own caching so these plugins are not needed. The same holds true with backup plugins. They provide backups,
they’ve banned some plugins that make their servers
work particularly hard because there are others
that work just as well. So you may get into a
situation where you move to managed hosting and they tell you that one of your plugins
is no longer allowed and you need to find a replacement. That’s usually for the best, hosts that disallow plugins
usually do it for a good reason. So to summarize, both types
of hosting have their place. Shared hosting should
be considered disposable for sites that don’t
matter too much to you. This might be the beginnings
of a personal blog and you’re not sure if you
want to go through with it or not, or you want to toss up a whole bunch of domains and see which
ones get more traffic, or anything like that
where if they’re lost, it’s not that big a deal. Whereas managed hosting
is for serious websites. Maybe you started your
personal blog on shared hosting and you’ve decided you really like this and now you have a bunch of posts and you’d be pretty sad
if they all got lost. Now it’s time to move to managed hosting. Or you’ve thrown up a
bunch of domain names and you’ve found that one of
them is actually quite popular now it’s time to move
it to managed hosting. Once you’ve hosted for a while, you’ll probably be
comfortable and familiar with both models and you’ll get a feel for which one is right for which website. If you’d like to learn
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