I guess you could call me a bit promiscuous when it comes to hosting providers.
As I’ve already said, I’ve personally been though seven hosts and I have probably worked my way through just as many with clients. And let’s just be honest… A vast majority of hosts will meet the demands for many of our sites, especially when you’re just getting started.
But over time, things can get…complicated.
Your site starts to gain some traction, which is awesome, but it can come with a laundry list of side effects.
- Server resources like database, storage, bandwidth, etc. start to explode.
- Pages load starts to crawl.
- Lovely white pages of death like “internal server error” or “error establishing a database connection”.
- Start spending late nights parsing log files to track down memory, performance, or caching issues with magical combinations of server operating system, PHP, MySQL, WordPress, plugin, and theme configurations and versions.
I don’t know about you, but as much as I really want to dig in and do and know it all, it’s simply not possible. There just isn’t enough time and I know I cannot be an expert at all those things. I just want as much time to work on the things I am great at and leave the rest alone.
Is there any hope? Can managed hosting focused strictly on WordPress really be the answer?