Managed WordPress Hosting

What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

First we must decipher the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com. In simplest terms, WordPress.com is free for the user.  WordPress.org requires a hosting account.  Hosting accounts are only a nominal fee; we will cover that soon.

What is WordPress.com?

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WordPress.com is a commercial site. The free WordPress.com is only free for the basic version. Free also means that you are not in control of your website or blog. All you have to do is sign up and choose a blog name. After you sign up, all you have to do is design your site and write your blog.

What is WordPress.org?

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You grab your own copy of WordPress and install to a hosting account. Do not fret, most hosting companies, like Hosting Domains Web.com have a “one-click” install for WordPress. You have full control over the look and feel of your website.

There is a huge community of WordPress.org members where you can ask questions and get help. The options between themes and plugins are endless.

With two great options to power your website, it may be hard to know which is better for you.

What are the differences between WordPress.com and  WordPress.org

The 3 biggest differences between the two options are: Cost, Freedom and Maintenance. But cost is really not too much of a factor. Yes, you could go 100% for a WordPress.com site, but you will not have your own true domain. You will pick a sub-domain for your website’s URL.

WordPress.com has various plans ranging from $0.00/month to $24.92/month, depending on your options level.

WordPress.org requires a hosting account and domain name (the domain name is a free upgrade if you purchase a hosting account). So for less than $70/year, you can have a Managed WordPress and domain name that you have full control over. Plus 2/47/365 support from HDW Services on the hosting side and community support from WordPress.org.

WordPress.orgWordPress.com
Full Theme SupportLimited Support
You can use custom themes and modify anything you like to your site.You are limited to the themes and plugins that you can use for your website. Some of the upgrades cost money, so not exactly a free solution.
All Plugins AllowedNo Plugins Allowed
All Plugins Allowed - You can upload any free or paid plugins you likeNo Plugins Allowed - You can only use the built-in plug-ins provided by WordPress.com
Not FreeFree
You have to pay for hosting and a domain registration.Blogs are free up to 3 GB of storage. If you want a custom domain name vs. using a sub-domain, you have to pay for it.
Monetize Your WebsiteMonetized Your Website
You can sell ads on your website and you keep 100% of what you earn from it.You can not sell ads on your website unless you reach a certain amount of page views / month. And if you are accepted to be able to monetize, you have to split the revenue 50/50.
MaintenanceNo Maintenance
It is your responsibility to keep your site updated and optimized, however there are automatic procedures you can implement to keep it updated.All your site maintenance is handled by the WordPress.com staff, including backups and optimization.
Separate NetworkExtra Traffic
Your website is independent from all the other websites that are on WordPress.com. Your posts do not get exposure from WordPress.com's network.Your blog may get featured to the blog of the day, helping with getting you extra traffic.

Why Choose HDW Services for your Managed WordPress?

Pricing

Basic

$5.63

per month

10GB SSC storage

25,000 monthly visitors

1 website

sFTP

Deluxe

$7.24

per month

15GB

100,000

1 website

SSH / sFTP

Search engine optimization plugin

Ultimate

$12.08

per month

30GB

400,000

2 websites

SSH / sFTP

Search engine optimization plugin

Standard SSL Certificate - 1 year free ( renewed annually)

All Plans Include

  • 1000s of themes and plugins
  • One-click migration tool
  • sFTP access to WordPress files
  • Nightly backups and one-click site restore
  • Redundant firewalls, malware scanning and DDoS protection
  • Daily backups & 1 click restore
  • Automatic WordPress Core Updates
  • Temporary website address
  • One-click SSL installation
  • Localized in 37 countries and 17 languages
  • Premium WordPress Hosting Platform
  • Award-winning 24/7 support
  • Free domain with annual plan

Recommendation? Managed WordPress

Though you would not have to do the paid upgrades when using the free version, you will not be able to maximize your website to its fullest potential. For less than $70 a year, you can have your own domain name and hosting account. Which allows for you to have total control of the look and feel of your website.