Do you need Managed WordPress?

Different strokes for different folks. It would be easy for us to say that everyone needs managed WordPress services, but it really depends on the site and the people administering it.

What is meant by managed WordPress?

Hosting is a necessary part of having a website. Most people pay a company (i.e. GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost, etc.) to host their site for a fairly low price like $10/month, give or take. Once you have paid for these services, there is some “management” going on in that they are handling the servers, storage, software, etc. However website errors, backups, and troubleshooting are not included. If your site is built on WordPress (as a huge portion of sites are) then regular hosting doesn’t include fixing its potential problems.

Managed WordPress is like regular hosting, plus the added benefit of supporting your WordPress site for monthly fee that is a little bit more expensive that vanilla hosting. For example, with our managed WordPress services, daily backups, updates, and troubleshooting are all included.

Couldn’t the client just manage it themselves?

Absolutely, but (1) do they have the technical ability and/or (2) the desire to perform these tasks. Generally, it is assumed that managed WordPress is useful for people who aren’t tech savvy. While this is somewhat valid, the reality is that even developers themselves may have more sites than they wish to maintain on a daily basis.

Why not just hire someone when a problem arises?

This is another possible approach but (1) it doesn’t provide the same peace of mind that the site will always be running, and (2) hiring a developer for troubleshooting can be expensive. It also doesn’t provide a preventative approach to managing your site, and it’s more like putting out fires. It’s a little bit like how having dental benefits is often preferable to paying out of pocket.

Conclusion

There’s no one answer to whether or not you need managed WordPress. But, considering hosting is going to be a monthly cost anyway paying a little bit of extra money for peace of mind, and an insurance against future issues, seems like it would probably be worth it.