Managed hosting pricing depends on the size and specific needs of your site. For example, starter plans for Nexcess Managed WordPress
and Managed WooCommerce
are as low as $19/month.
Hosting is an investment, not just another business cost
. Your website is important: it’s the face of your business. Having your site run smoothly with little downtime is vital if you want to make sales and generate traffic.
Think of it this way – maybe you have a physical storefront. If your parking lot is blocked, customers will have a hard time getting in the door. What happens when you can’t get customers in your store? They go someplace else. Lost sales opportunities mean lost revenue. You’re going to want a better functioning gate.
Managed hosting services might be a bit more per month, but it’ll prevent a headache and lost revenue when things go haywire.
If your door is stuck, customers will have a hard time coming into your store.
The ugly cost of unmanaged hosting
We get it. A good deal is hard to pass up. At first glance, hosting that costs $5 per month sounds like a score! When you look more closely at the terms and conditions, you might be unpleasantly surprised.
Super cheap hosting
often gets attractive labels like “unlimited” – which is technically impossible. There’s no hosting with unlimited resources and storage, period. You probably get an unlimited number of sites — but as soon as your site reaches the limit in the fine print, it’s going to crash. When you call for help, that’s when you’ll be told you need to upgrade. In fact, we know this story a little too well
Frankly, when you’re paying next to nothing, it’s for a reason. You’re going to make concessions. Here are some drawbacks of an “unlimited,” unmanaged hosting plan.
Cheap plans get the worst tier support. Surprised?
Many hosts offer limited, delayed support for their cheaper plans.
Why? The less you’re paying per month, the harder it is to justify helping you when you’re competing with “high rollers.”.
Some hosts have community support forums that rely on fellow users. Some have delayed support – 72 hours instead of under 24 hours, for example. And there’s no guarantee your support agent actually knows what they’re talking about.
One tradeoff of super low prices is dealing with the “fast food” model of support.
Every little thing ends up having a charge with unmanaged hosting.
Cheap providers charge for things like migration and much-needed features like CDNs and SSLs.
When you hit your resource limit, you’re told to upgrade. Once upgrades run out, you’re told to move up to a dedicated server. At this point, you’re shelling out as much as $2,000 in upgrades – in addition to your business costs.
When does it end? Usually, it only ends when you switch to managed hosting. Unfortunately, that’s the reality.
With managed hosting from Nexcess, many of the tools you need to create a successful site are bundled into your plan. No extra fees, no fine print.
When you’re using shared hosting
, you’re sharing server space with a bunch of people you’ve never met.
When you’re sharing resources on the same server, there are tradeoffs. For starters, cheap hosting where people are all bunking together in the same space – and likely handling security on their own – means that if their site is compromised by a cyberattack, yours is too.
Another problem of shared hosting is that it’s a LOT easier for resources to top out. Did someone’s site go viral? Is it getting a ton of traffic right now? Every other site hosted on that server is going to be slower and more dysfunctional.
It might seem like a great deal – until your conversions and clickthrough rates are plummeting because your site is down.