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What does managed WordPress hosting mean?

Updated on July 22nd, 2020

When we refer to Flywheel as managed WordPress hosting, we’re talking about a number of things that make our hosting stand out from generic shared hosting companies. Because we treat each site on Flywheel individually, we go to great lengths to ensure that each and every one of them is secure, fast, and always up-to-date. And we go out of our way to answer questions when they arise.

Here are the main tenets of what makes up a true managed WordPress host like Flywheel:

Managed caching and performance

When your site is hosted on Flywheel, there’s no need to install and configure caching plugins in order to achieve top speed. We handle caching for you at the server level, using super fast servers to begin with, and even work individually with our customers to further optimize their sites for the best performance.

Managed security

It’s no secret that due to WordPress’ popularity, sites are under constant attack from would-be hackers and bad guys. At Flywheel, we manage this for you by configuring our servers for WordPress security best practices. This means we are proactively blocking hacking attempts and we’ll scan your site for malware for free – and even clean it up if needed. We do all of this at the server level, without the need for any plugins or configuration on the part of the customer. And in the unlikely event that your site is hacked, we’ll fix it for you, free of charge.

Managed software updates

Ensuring that your site is running the most up-to-date version of WordPress can be a challenging job. Even though recent versions of WordPress auto-update themselves, there’s still a chance that site updates will cause issues. We monitor the updates and pay attention to whether updates will cause issues with your site as part of the process. If it does, we either fix the issue or roll back to a previous snapshot – often before you even realize there’s an issue. Regardless, we’ll work with you to make sure your site is always running the latest and greatest WordPress software.

Expert WordPress support

Our team of WordPress experts goes above and beyond what nearly any other hosting company will help out with. Because we specialize in just WordPress, our support team is able to quickly diagnose any range of problems with your site. Trust us, we’ve seen it all. From “hey, I need help, I have a serious problem!“, to “can you recommend a plugin for XYZ,” we’re here to help.

Those are the core pieces of what it means to be a true managed WordPress hosting provider. If you have any questions, let us know!

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