Considering a Managed WordPress Hosting?

Image sourced from Pagely’s official sales site – WhyPagely.

Peace of mind starts here – Pagely

Proudly placing itself above other hosting brands, Pagely – the premium WordPress hosting provider, promises great flexibility, scalability, and hosting solutions “engineered from the ground up for maximum uptime and durability”.

But, wonder what’s missing from the diagram? The price tags.

The cheapest plan at Pagely costs $199 a month – 600% more expesive than Kinsta and 6,700% more expensive than BlueHost entry price.

The diagram is not an apple-to-apple comparison by far.

WordPress Host? Managed WordPress Hosting… What?

A WordPress hosting simple means a web host that accommodate blogs (or sites) that are built with WordPress.

Technically, you can host a WordPress site on any server that support PHP 5.2.4 (or higher) and MySQL 5.0 (or higher).

A “Managed WordPress host” simply means hosting solutions with extra concierge service and extensive WP-specific features (more about how is Managed WordPress hosting different here).

Worth the Price?

It’s nice (and for many, a necessity) to have all the advanced hsoting features, expert tech supports, and ultra-fast servers – but they all come at a much higher price. Does your business need such sophisticated hosting infrastructure; or you are buying it simply because your web developer said so?

For those who are unsure – here’s my input for you.

Advantages of Managed WordPress Hosting

So what makes these high-priced managed WP hosting plans tick?

  • Faster Speeds – Due to the optimized nature of Managed WordPress hosts, you’re usually getting fantastic architecture to run WordPress sites off. To what extent depends on the host, but generally, this would be faster than regular shared hosting
  • Built-in WordPress tools – These range from all round tools such as JetPack to WordPress themes for you to use. They know you’re going to run WordPress and they provide for it.
  • WordPress-specific Support – Rather than rely on tech who are expected to know everything, Managed WordPress Hosts often hire WordPress experts for you. These specialists will know all the tips and tricks that can help you anytime, anywhere.
  • Automated Updates – Due to the modular nature of WordPress, you must update not only the core files, but also each plugin you run. Managed WordPress hosts can keep all of these up to date for you, reducing security risks.
  • Tools for Developers – Aside from pre-built tools, Managed WordPress hosting providers know that WordPress site owns often like to tinker. As such they will give you access to development tools and environments that you can play around with and not destroy your site in the process.

Disadvantages 

And what’s the downside?

  • Price – Almost unilaterally, Managed WordPress hosting is more expensive than standard low-cost shared hosting offerings. If you find a plan that’s the same price (or God forbid, cheaper) then you know you’re getting conned.
  • Only WordPress – You asked for WordPress and you get WordPress. Want to change your mind? Change your hosting provider or switch to an entirely different type of plan. That usually means site migration though.
  • Automated Updates – Yes, this can be a drawback too, if you opt for auto updates. There are times when developers (of WordPress or other plugins) make a boo-boo and release an update that is disastrous to its users. Your system will auto update. If you’re not around and don’t realize it, you can’t do anything.

So…

Personally I feel that Managed WordPress hosting generally offers at least some form of benefits, but it’s not meant for everyone. As I’ve listed above, consider your situation before looking towards Managed WordPress Hosting.

Note that, if you’re aiming to own a successful, large volume site. technical skills, server management should be part of your web skill set.

It’s not rocket science, there are literally hundreds of tutorial and forums to learn from and you have to playground to fool around in on the WWW. Ignoring the tech altogether is sheer laziness – and could cost you some day. With that, the decision is in your hands.

WordCamp Kuala Lumpur (WCKL) 2019

  • When? 1- 2 November 2019
  • Where? Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur
  • Who? Web developers, marketers, bloggers, business owners
  • Why? Learn and share your experience in WordPress, network with other relevant business people
  • Event details: https://2019.kualalumpur.wordcamp.org/

The conference sessions are divided into 2 tracks:

WCKL Track 1

  • Opening Remarks
  • Building the perfect service business website by Shaan Nicol
  • “Create one, publish everywhere” by Leonardo Losoviz
  • One coder agency – 3 steps framework for building one-man WP agency that lasts by Nathan Onn Yeap Chuen
  • Bagaimana membina landing page yang berimpak tinggi (BM) by Adlan Khalidi
  • Managing your online presence on Google search by Cherry Sireetorn Prommawin
  • WordPress CLI in depth by Sanjay Willie
  • Work, Travel and Join Global Community by Mayuko Moriyama
  • Secure Your WordPress website by Liew Cheon Fong
  • Demystify SEO and Google algorithm by Matthew Knighton

WCKL Track 2

  • Google Tag Manager untuk Markter (BM) by Amirul Nordin
  • The magic of headless WordPress and REST API by Hasin Hayder
  • Content strategy for lead generation and SEO by Ivan So
  • Getting more done in less time – WordPress automation using Ansible by Ivan Yordanov Ivanov
  • 10 tips utama untuk melajukan laman WordPress anda (BM) by Abdul Rahim Abdul Rani
  • Contributing the WP mobile apps by Cesar Targdguila
  • WordPress optimization by Ramon Sim
  • Expand your network: WordPress multisite by Ian Labao
  • Closing remarks

HostScore was one of the event sponsors – we setup a booth, gaveaway some merchandises, and meet people from 8am – 5pm, non-stop. All of us – Timothy, Jason, and I, have not talked so much in one day for a very long time. We were all exhausted by the end of the event.

Free Original Logos

Tired of free crappy logos? Some time ago I worked with Chee Ching and made 50 super-beautiful logos.

I was suppose to build a newsletter chain with these logos but I never got time for the project. It would be a huge waste to keep these logos in my hard drive so I am giving out these original logos for free on BuildThis.

The logos are available in .PNG and .SVG format, you can download all of them here in one big zipped file > https://www.buildthis.io/free-logos/

No signup is needed – I am not collecting emails from this.

Promise me you make good use of them! :)

Bitcoin is the very definition of bubble… yes?

I am no Bitcoin expert. I read the papers on how it works (years ago) and some news from media outlets I trust (definitely not Bloomberg and CNN). And that’s about it. I do not mine. I do not trade. I have yet to done my first Bitcoin transaction.

The idea of having a non-centralized, unregulated currency fascinates me.

Large banks, developed countries, and wolves from Wall Streets (Goldman Sachs might set a new stage for Bitcoin exchange) might not love it because that means end of world control and currency exploitation over smaller developing countries.

Bitcoin is unlike anything else in the past because:

Where there’s risk there’s opportunities?

The dramatic fluctuation of the crypto currency has defies the original purpose of the invention.

Would you spend your coin today if its value might surge 20 or 30% next month?

How would you feel, if you bought a car with 2 Bitcoins earlier this year and found out that the same amount of coins could buy you five or six car (the very same model!) today ?

So is Bitcoin the very definition of a bubble?

I don’t know.

Enlighten me please.

Very good interview – This hits me real hard. Read it twice, at least. 

Some key takeaways – 

"Their point was that the industry overvalues experience, and undervalues strategic and tactical flexibility."

"Great products happen when people build a product for themselves."

"I know that if I have a product that works, I can hire a marketing and sales and distribution team, and I can do it in a week."

"At Novell, we had what I called “glue” people. They sit at the boundaries, and help everyone work together. I tried to get rid of them because you don’t “need” them…" 

"She [Marissa Mayer] maintained a Top 100 list with 300 things on it, and would try to get these things to talk with each other."

#google   #management   #startups   #growthhacks   #business  

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