Managed WordPress Hosting

What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

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

What is banner is a commercial site. The free 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.

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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 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 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 and

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 site, but you will not have your own true domain. You will pick a sub-domain for your website’s URL. has various plans ranging from $0.00/month to $24.92/month, depending on your options level. 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
Full Theme Support Limited 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 Allowed No Plugins Allowed
All Plugins Allowed - You can upload any free or paid plugins you like No Plugins Allowed - You can only use the built-in plug-ins provided by
Not Free Free
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 Website Monetized 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.
Maintenance No 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 staff, including backups and optimization.
Separate Network Extra Traffic
Your website is independent from all the other websites that are on Your posts do not get exposure from'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?


choose your plan


Monthly visitors


24h support

Search engine optimization plugin

Standard SSL Certificate - 1 year free



per month

10GB SSC storage

25,000 monthly visitors

1 website




per month



1 website


Search engine optimization plugin



per month



2 websites


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.