Checking out various secure WordPress hosting solutions and wondering if they would suit your needs in 2019?
A lot of secure WordPress hosting solutions talk about heaps of different technical specifications and heaps of features which can overwhelm you if you are not careful. This overwhelm is time consuming at best. You simply do not need to know all these things that you are simply not going to use. Ever. So learning about all these things ends up being a waste of your most important resource: heaps of your time.
I decided to write this article to help you focus on what I think is important when looking at a secure WordPress hosting solution in 2019. There is some technical information here which I hope is easily understood and I hope does not cause you overwhelm. 🙂 🙂
This article covers a quick introduction about why looking at secure WordPress hosting solutions is a good idea in the first place and then jumps straight into discussing the important items on my checklist.
In this day and age, it is estimated that about 30% of websites use WordPress as their website content management system. A secure WordPress hosting solution is a webhost that manages WordPress, manages security and manages a range of time consuming technical tasks for you so that you do not do these time consuming technical tasks yourself.
This frees up your time to focus on the important stuff rather than spending your time doing those time consuming tasks. I read somewhere that it can take somewhere between 100 hours and 150 hours just to learn about how to manage WordPress, not including the time to actually manage WordPress. So it makes a lot of sense to let your webhost do this.
It is important to mention that you may from time to time need to do some webhosting tasks but these in the main are usually taken care of by the secure WordPress hosting solution webhost.
Now jumping straight into discussing items on my checklist.
The solution needs to be robust and powerful
The website platform at the webhost I use is robust and powerful. With this hosting, your WordPress site will always be hosted on the latest and most powerful servers in the world through Amazon hosting.
You just want your WordPress site to be fast and not be concerned about the technical details to make that happen as you have other things to do.
The solution needs to allow you to host up to 50 websites
This potentially gives you a lot of flexibility to have a number of test websites where you are testing various things. You might for instance like to test out the latest version of WordPress without the potential of damaging your existing WordPress sites. You very quickly and very efficiently build a website and update it to the latest version of WordPress to see how you like it. This same concept also applies to different WordPress themes, updating your existing WordPress theme to the latest version, WordPress plugins and updating your existing WordPress plugins to the latest version.
I prefer to make a backup of the existing site and do the updates without doing these things. So far, I have been lucky in that those updates always worked for me and I am able to work successfully with the latest version of WordPress, WordPress themes and WordPress plugins.
Having the ability to host up to 50 websites will usually mean that you can “spin up” another website in an effective manner. It also means in a lot of cases that there is no hold up on this process. No need to get a purchase order or credit card authorisation. If you had to do these other non primary tasks first, this will at best hold up the process or at worst prevent the process from continuing. That could have prevented you from “spinning” up a new website that could have had loads of potential. We just don’t know. 🙂 🙂
The solution needs excellent SiteSpeed rating
There are at least two very important things here:
One, if a website is slow, people may not wait for it to load and display your content. They have already left and are now looking elsewhere. You do not want that. You want your web visitors to read your content and to take you up on your recommendations. Otherwise, why are you bothering with a website?
And two, the search engines take speed into consideration when ranking content. The search engines know that if they send people to slow websites and those people don’t wait to see the content, the search engines consider that a bad experience for those people. If this keeps happening, the search engines will most likely not send so much traffic to that content. In this case, other websites are getting the opportunity to show their content in front of that highly focussed traffic. Ah, that hurts.
All things being equal except for speed, the faster website would rank higher in my opinion.
The solution needs “double hosting”
If one of your websites were to for some reason to go down, your webhost should have a “mirror” of your website running at all times that they will swap in, instantly. As far as I know, I am with the only webhost that provides this for all websites hosted with them.
You might never know that this swapping process happened as the webhost should do it instantly. Whereas potentially with another webhost, your website is down. And it may be down until you find out it is down and then start to take actions to correct.
If your website is down then you are potentially losing out on traffic until you find out that the website is down and then start to take corrective action. Your website could be down for a long time.
If your webhost swaps your website with a “mirror” instantly then this prevents this potentially long delay before your website is back up.
If search engines notice websites being down a lot, it may also hurt your rankings.
The webhost needs to know WordPress
One very important reason for this is that I expect a secure WordPress hosting solution webhost to set up the hosting platform in such a way that they take advantage of applicable configurations to protect my websites and to make my websites run as quickly as possible. I would expect the webhost in this case to do as many practical things as possible to keep the WordPress websites secure.
Security is not an absolute, it’s a continuous process and should be managed as such. Security is about risk reduction, not risk elimination, and risk will never be zero. It’s about employing the appropriate security controls that best help address the risks and threats as they pertain to your website.
Please be aware that if you install WordPress with some Webhosts, if you run into WordPress issues, they may not help you. With a WordPress Webhost, they usually have already installed WordPress for you and associated a database with it for you so you do not have to do these time consuming tasks yourself. That is the case for sure with the secure WordPress hosting solution I use.
It is also possible but extremely unlikely that your webhost does not support the technical specifications for WordPress.
The solution needs several layers of security that help shield your websites and help keep them secure
Whatever overall solution your secure WordPress hosting solution has, it had better include several different layers of security. Having several layers of security makes a lot of sense. The website security package needs to at least cover hacking, malware and bot-net attack protection. If the website security package includes protections at the server level, it may mean that there is no requirement to install a number of WordPress plugins relating to associated security aspects.
The solution needs to automatically backup your websites every 24 hours automatically
They just need to do it automatically so that you do not need to think about it. Hopefully you never need the last backup but you never know.
Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have. – Franz Kafka
With some webhosts you need to manually do the backups yourself. You need to have a backup plan that involves you doing the backup on a regular basis consistently. Good luck with that one.
Quite often, in my earlier experience I would do the backups on a regular basis and because I did not actually need them, I would omit to do them. Then trouble. You need to revert to an earlier backup, but your last backup is back too far.
This is why if your webhost does it automatically every day, at least you can revert to that backup if you need to.
The solution needs to run on really modern and really powerful servers
If the webhost is using not so modern and not really powerful servers, then the experience for your website visitors may not be as quick and responsive and your website visitors may leave your website. Website visitors tend to be very impatient when it comes to requesting webpages online. They expect for the webpage to be displayed within a few mere seconds.
The solution needs to provide access to the Server Admins 24/7
Note that with some webhosts you have access to helpdesk personal not the Server Admins. Having access to the Server Admins typically allows the webhosting issue to be fixed in a more effective and efficient manner.
With the secure WordPress hosting solution I use, I have access to the Server Admins 24/7 using their helpdesk ticketing system. Any time I have used this, my webhosting issues were resolved in a timely manner.
Any “real” webhosting issues were resolved extremely fast. Any webhosting related non urgent “questions” were answered very fast. However the “real” webhosting issues were resolved much faster which is what I want.
The solution needs to include free SSL certificates (https) Security
These days all websites in my opinion should be using SSL (https) security as a matter of normal practice. Please note that some webhosts will charge you extra for these SSL certificates on a per website per time period basis. Good for their pockets but not good for your pocket. With the secure WordPress hosting solution I use, for each website I have hosted there, I simply press a button and it gets done instantly.
The solution needs to provide BotNet Security
This ideally needs to be implemented at the server level. This means that there is then no need to install and implement WordPress BotNet Security type of plugins. If it is implemented at the server level, the bots typically do not get a chance to “annoy” the website at the website level. If this security is not at the server level, then additional processing needs to happen at the per website level to process these bots. That clogs up processing power and potentially clogs up the WordPress database at the per website level leading potentially to a performance decrease. Plus it may also require human time with its associated costs to look at and correct. I wish you good luck on that one.
The solution needs to provide SiteHealth
This is where statistics are displayed for a number of different business headings relating to the health of the site.
With the secure WordPress hosting solution I use, they have a number of “performance headings” with a score against them to help you focus on what needs to be done next. These include publishing frequency, content quality & variety, visitor engagement (website comments), your engagement (you replying to website comments with your website comment reply), plugins, site trust, Google ranked and website feedback.
I use these “performance headings” and scores to help me to determine what needs to be done next. I use them as a guide.
The solution needs to provide SiteComments
The search engines like to see engagement with your blog posts. One way to get some engagement is to allow comments and also to reply to comments as they come in.
With the secure WordPress hosting solution that I use there is functionally in place that allows me to request comments against a specified post or page. A real person will then look at the post or post, and provide a comment. This is a useful feature if you need comments for specific posts or pages on your website.
The solution needs to provide SiteFeedback
It is a good idea to get feedback from other people regarding your overall website. Other people potentially notice things that you missed that you may decide to work on or not.
With the secure WordPress hosting solution that I use there is functionally in place that allows me to request this site feedback for my website. A real person will then look at the website and provide feedback for that site. This is a useful feature to help determine if you have overlooked something that may need attention.
This is a useful feature as other people see things differently and can help you to focus on what needs to be done. Please note that these are opinions so you need to use your judgement to determine if you are going to do anything with those opinions.
The solution needs to provide Community Access
Having access to similar minded people who are also building their own websites can help greatly. If you can ask related questions and receive answers, you have more information to help you.
With the secure WordPress hosting solution I use this is included. There are training areas where other people develop and put up related training. There are blogging areas where individual members develop and put up related blogs. There are question areas where individual members ask related questions. You see that one year ago I asked the community some questions and got fourteen replies in both cases. That by the way was a coincidence. Sometimes I get more, sometimes less. Getting the additional insights of other like minded people is extremely useful.
The solution needs to provide a decent amount of website space
With the secure WordPress hosting solution I use, 30GB of Website space is included. This is very generous for the price point when compared with other secure WordPress hosting solutions.
The solution needs to provide access to website training courses, videos and tools
With the secure WordPress hosting solution I use this is included.
This includes access to lots of relevant website building type of information. Information includes SEO techniques, how to get your post ranked in Google using SEO, different WordPress Plugins, how to do research for your blog, how to write articles, different type of article outlines, and other relevant information.
Now that you have read my 17 items that a secure WordPress hosting solution should have, do they resonate with you as being good reasons to use a secure WordPress hosting solution that ticks yes to each and every one of these items? If so, you will be thrilled and delighted to find that the secure WordPress hosting solution that I use answers yes to each and every one of those items.
I have used a number of different webhosts down through the years. I have been using this particular secure WordPress hosting solution since January 2015. All of my websites are now hosted using the secure WordPress hosting solution that this webhost provides.
This hosting has many features that come with it and the pricing is extremely competitive when compared with other managed secure WordPress webhosts. The pricing includes a range of other things as well as the webhosting.
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