Website Design Care – But Which; Managed Or Continue With Self-Hosting?
WEBSITE CARE (IN BRIEF) – HOW IT WORKS
To begin with, web site Care is currently only available to my clients.
It’s about forming relationships with individuals or small businesses that need that initial bit of help with launching their websites.
We take the time to learn about your business and your website needs by performing a website audit. Where we can gather enough information to determine which long-term WordPress paths regarding software and resources you may take.
Most clients start out with us managing their hosting account; we take care of their hosting until they are ready to take the task on themselves. Be it personally or with the help of a referred webmaster.
(DESIGN) WEBSITE CARE
With the ever increasing demands, constant security update enhancements, bug fixes, upgrades and the need for ongoing maintenance has become an everyday part of running a WordPress website.
Now, as a client of mine, your website may be hosted from my personal self-hosted account. Alternatively, you may also have granted me access to your very own personal self-hosted account to manage on your behalf. There is an alternative to this that you may not be aware of. Please read on and feel free to leave any comments and suggestions below:
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Which; WordPress.org or WordPress.com?
In brief, the difference is that one provides for self-hosted website owners and the other for managed website hosting.
To elaborate; there is a narrowing gap between what is achievable with both a ‘managed ’ website hosting service and a self-hosted website. Especially in terms of addressing the objectives behind why anyone with an online business website would desire as much flexibility as possible.
Unlike a managed hosting service, the self-hosted option invariably provides you with more control over the customization and configuration of a site.
Although through the use of plugins and other software, with a self-hosted WordPress site, there is an unlimited number of integrations you can add, that will help alleviate some of the pressures of responsibility and the demands of running a self-hosted site.
However, if you just simply want as little to do with the technical side of things…
…How about the wordpress.com managed website hosting option?
For one, you could opt for a managed WordPress hosting plan with your own domain name for as little as $2.99 and up to $24.92 per month for a small business plan. ( by the way, the $2.99 doesn’t include the cost for a domain name – what do you think this is?)
With such an account you relinquish the responsibility and hassle involved with managing a self-hosted website.
On the other hand – with a self-hosted site, whilst the maintenance of your site falls squarely on your shoulders. You ultimately also have full control of managing and customizing your site ‘to the nth degree’.
If you have no time, web design skills or technical experience, hiring the right people for specific tasks may be an option.
So Which; Managed or Self-Hosting?
Although the flexibility afforded by a WordPress self-hosted website and that of a managed hosting website is increasingly narrowing. And in my opinion, there are still many additional routes you can take in achieving what you want, either way.
However, it can still be said that the choosing of one over the other is dependent on factors such as suitability versus affordability. Also, the clarity of your objectives and technical experience will help determine the route which is best suited for you.
But you want a more definitive answer?
If your website objectives and needs are fairly straightforward and free of the need for third-party integration; miscellaneous website additions and the type of customization that requires you ‘to know code’ – if you do not need so much flexibility, then the managed hosting option is probably suitable for you.
What type of flexibility will self-hosting allow me?
So, to quickly break it down, think of an instant e-commerce store solution. Let’s say Shopify. Now, let’s say you wanted to take your Shopify store and display your products on your WordPress website.
Well, by simply inserting the relevant code or plugin as instructed, you have the freedom to simultaneously display the products configured at your Shopify store, all from within the web pages of your WordPress website.
So, as you see, there are often multiple ways around getting things done using WordPress. WordPress is adept for a range of different tasks and possibilities, and especially with a self-hosted WordPress site.
Once your site is setup and running you’ll have other concerns to focus on, such as generating website traffic. And being prepared to receive an influx of website visitors is one factor often overlooked.
Self-hosted VPS (Virtual Private Server)
The busier a website gets the more the quality of performance matters, especially if you’re out to ‘hit hard’, and generate lots of traffic.
In my opinion, whether or not you decide to upgrade to a higher quality server or not, essentially lies on whether your current state warrants having that extra boost.
Depending on where you feel you are, with regards to the development of your WordPress business website. VPS hosting is a good step forward in the right direction if you are ready to start grabbing authority.
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