What do you look for in a Managed WordPress host?
Choose a partner, not a price.
When you’re looking for a Santa Fe New Mexico Managed WordPress partner, then the price is only one element of that relationship.
If you decide to buy a new TV, price is important, but you realize you’re going to have your TV for a long time. You don’t buy a TV for a month or a year, you buy one for the long haul.
As with TV’s, you will quickly find that every sales pitch for web hosting is based on the same metrics, in this case, disk space, RAM, page views support per plan, and pricing. The question here is: can you evaluate a partner based solely on these criteria?
At the core of this decision, you’re not just buying another product. You’re buying the ability to make sure your business runs effectively. You need more than a specific amount of disk space or RAM or even pricing; you need a partner who understands how to meet your needs.
Evaluating a Managed WordPress hostWho am I and why does it matter?
I need to be able to work quickly in staging environments, so I don’t have to make changes on the fly in production. I want to be able to use crisp images and not worry about compression values— my host should do this for me. When I complete a site, I want to password protect it until my client signs off and gives me the go ahead to set it live. Providing accurate reports to my clients is also important, and I want to be able to show them the value of my work, as well as the stability of my Managed WordPress hosting provider. Liquid Web provides one-click staging environments because we knew it was critical for designers to see how updates and changes could impact sites. We also partnered with iThemes to give every account Sync Pro, so that reporting to your clients is easy and provides detailed, meaningful information.
I need Git integration and staging sites. SSL is a requirement, and I don’t want pay a lot to secure my sites. I find managing sites or developing for them is hindered if I have to do everything through a graphical interface, so I need SSH access, and WP-CLI is non-negotiable. Most Managed WordPress offerings deliberately restrict access, so you can’t unintentionally modify things on the backend. For example, if you want direct database access, Managed WordPress hosts will either make it difficult, or not let you have access at all. Similarly, when you need to SSH or SFTP a visual interface may be provided with limitations. The intent is to protect you from site downtime through restriction. The ideal Managed WordPress offering will allow access at levels that suit those who are or are not developers. At Liquid Web, our approach was to make the user interface comfortable for non-developers, and at the same time give developers the deeper access they need. Database management is available using phpMyAdmin. WP-CLI and Git integration are standard, allowing developers to navigate freely through site files without having to utilize a visual interface.
I have to think about all aspects of what is best for my site, whether I directly interact with it or not. I need to make sure that the site is fast and always available. I can’t afford to lose traffic or miss orders because of unreliability. When we thought about the needs of those running their businesses on WordPress sites, the first thing we considered at Liquid Web was making sure that your sites were backed by infrastructure that guarantees uptime. We focused on redundancy and availability, because we know you need us to have your back during a big campaign or on Black Friday when your orders double. Our features are backed by innovative infrastructure, so count on us to keep the lights on for you.
You may feel maintenance and support services don’t offer anything groundbreaking, as
they don’t provide help with anything you can’t do yourself. That, however, is missing the point. Support services greatly reduce your workload and allow you to focus your time on more important tasks.
At the end of the day
The time you spend on this decision is a byproduct of the kind of site you’re running. A mission critical site may require hours, days, or weeks to evaluate the available options. A hobbyist may make this decision in seconds or minutes.
We don’t mind if you take your time, in fact we encourage taking the time you need. We recognize that whether you choose High Desert Digital or another New Mexico Web Host, if you’re running a mission-critical site, if that site is the core of your business, then you should take time to do your due diligence.
When it comes to that due diligence, we recommend looking at more than just the price in relation to RAM and storage, or as it relates to the total number of page views that your website supports. We think there’s a lot to consider. Do you need Managed WordPress hosting? What kind of customer are you? What does the company offer in terms of innovation, infrastructure, support, and partnership? Are they reputable and reliable?
You’re picking a partner, and you want to choose the right one, and we believe this guide can help you with that decision.