What is a Managed Hosting Service?
As web applications took off in the 1990s and running a server became more and more complex, the concept of a Managed Dedicated Server was introduced. Having a managed server freed the typical business client from all of the tasks involved in operating a server that was in constant need of updates, hardware replacement and security reviews.
Along a similiar vein, a Managed Hosting Service provides managed servers to people interested in hosting websites. According to Wikipedia a Managed Hosting Service commonly commonly provides:
- Operating system updates
- Application updates
- Server monitoring
- SNMP hardware monitoring
- Application monitoring
- Application management
- Technical support
- Firewall services
- Antivirus updates
- Security audits
- DDoS protection and mitigation
- Intrusion detection
- Backups and restoration
- Disaster recovery
- DNS hosting service
- Load balancing (Requires multiple servers)
- Database administration
- Performance tuning
- Software installation and configuration
- User management
- Programming consultation
What is Managed WordPress Hosting?
The term Managed WordPress Hosting surfaced for the first time as early as 2007 and embraced the concepts of Managed Hosting Service, but tailored the product specifically to hosting WordPress based blogs. Managed WordPress Hosting does not preclude running other applications such as Joomla or vBulletin, but many of the tools and features will target WordPress specifically.
Managed WordPress Hosting includes not only these features, but also WordPress specific features. Each host will provide a different set of features dictated by their areas expertise. However, generally speaking, Managed WordPress Hosting can include:
- Automatic WordPress installation and setup
- Automatic Updates of Core Files and Plugins
- Automatic Rolling Backups and Recovery Instructions
- Permissions Management specific to WordPress
- Built in caching tools tailored to the server(s)
- Premium Themes
- Premium Plugins
- Plugin Installation
- Theme FrameWork Customization
- WordPress Specific Support
- Custom Theme Creation
- Custom Plugin Development
- Security reviews of plugins and themes
How eHermits Inc. does Managed WordPress Hosting?
Every item listed above plays a key role in providing a complete managed hosting hosting solution. Therefore even our home account benefits from every feature listed above and more. Six months of development went into crafting each aspect of our hosting serve to meet the specific needs of the educated website owner who has reached the point where they want to concentrate on delivering their vision instead of worrying over the details.
In developing our feature set, we concentrated our efforts in three main areas. Click on each to get further information: