A beginner’s guide to managed WordPress hosting
So you’re contemplating getting a website? Or perhaps you already have one. One of the main things you might find yourself considering when it comes to taking your place on the World Wide Web is hosting, or more specifically, managed WordPress hosting.
Some of our Tap users know all about the ins and outs of hosting and came to us as their perfect managed hosting solution. But for those of you who perhaps don’t quite have your head around the technical side of WordPress, we’re here to explain!
What is managed WordPress hosting? Do I really need it?
We felt it was time to brag a bit, so we’ll use Tap as an example of what to expect from managed WordPress hosting:
Hosting with Tap is designed and optimised to work specifically for WordPress websites, so you can sit back and focus on what you do best. I’m sure you already find that running your website/ blog already takes up a lot of your time… writing content, taking pictures, thinking about your theme or design… then there’s social media, marketing and upkeep to consider.
With all of the above in mind, do you want to have to worry about your site running smoothly, being online and keeping itself safe? Probably not… That’s where managed WordPress hosting comes in!
At Tap, managed WordPress hosting is all we do, because it’s what we do best. Our aim is to make Tap not only look beautiful, but to be quick, simple and easy to use. In addition to this, we aim to provide a whole range of features that take away any of the worries of having a website.
The best reasons in favour of managed WordPress hosting:
No technical knowledge required – With managed WordPress hosting you don’t have to rely on having any technical skills, and you won’t find yourself waking up at 4am to reset a server.
Expert Support – At Tap we pride ourselves on our quick and efficient support service. All our staff are trained in WordPress and are here to help you with any questions or problems you may have; from helping with migrations, to providing advice on any urgent issues that may occur. We also have a host of useful resources for self-help.
One-click Backup Restores – As you may have previously read, we provide one-click backup restore(s) of your site content, data, themes and plugins – keeping your work safe and sound in case disaster strikes. We store your backups remotely with 3-day retention (i.e. We keep 3 days of backups).
Speed – We’ve set up Tap to provide you with speedy loading times and our servers are optimised for WordPress. There are other things you can do to improve your website speed further, such as optimising images, but we’ve built Tap with speed in mind. We use NGINX for caching to keep your site speed down, meaning you don’t have to worry about any external caching plugins.
Security – Putting your mind at ease. You don’t have to worry about hacking, malware, DDoS attacks or security issues because we’ve got our servers covered by threat-scanners. We run HTTP2 and provide free SSL with Let’s Encrypt – ensuring your site is safe, secure and fast.
Server Housekeeping – Tap runs intelligent, automated scripts that sniff out redundant and spammy sites, and removes them to keep the servers tuned and your sites running smoothly. We also have 24/7 real-time server alerts, keeping the team in the know about how our servers are running.
Minimal Downtime – We work around the clock to maintain our 99%+ uptime record, ensuring your site is up and running 24/7 (even while you’re asleep!)
Pricing – Okay, so you’ve read all these great things that come as part and parcel of your managed website hosting with Tap. A final reason to push you over the edge is value for money. You can have all of the above from as little as $5 per month… bargain!