I’ve spoken before about why backups are a necessity. If you don’t backup and you are hacked or have some sort of technical issue that’s difficult to repair – you’ll need a backup to restore your site to it’s previous state. In addition it’s important to keep your wordpress core (and your plugins, and themes) updated – that’s also a good way to keep the hackers out!
If that sounds annoying, or too technical, managed wordpress hosting might be for you. Personally I like to use Flywheel* but I’ve also heard good things about WPEngine.
What’s good about Flywheel’s Managed WordPress Hosting
- They back up your site daily
- You can restore a backed up version of your site VERY easily
- They’re wordpress experts, so when there is an issue you can rely on them to help you out. Believe me that this is not the case with all hosts, some of whom are a touch clueless.
- When you want to make big changes to your site you can set up a staging site environment, make the changes there (away from the prying eyes of the public) and then when you’re happy, make them live.
- They run wordpress updates for you! (not plugins and themes though – keep on that!)
- They’re more focused on WordPress security than a regular host – help keep the hackers out
- They’re pretty darn fast
What’s not good about Flywheel’s Managed WordPress Hosting
- They won’t host your email. You’d need to set up your email with a separate host – or with Google’s GSuite
So, if you’re creating a new site – I HIGHLY recommend doing a bit of research on managed wordpress, and if you don’t like your current host – you should think about it too. Plus FlyWheel migrate your site for free. Yay!
*(You should know that that is an affiliate link, but I would have written this post and recommended FlyWheel, even without it).