5 Managed WordPress Hosting Best Practices
Building and managing multiple websites can quickly become a time-consuming task. For those who manage multiple WordPress sites, efficiency is critical. Refining and optimizing your workflow with Managed WordPress Hosting creates space in your daily schedule, enabling you to focus on clients rather than get bogged down by the repetitive tasks of manual website maintenance.
Moving to Managed WordPress Hosting can lead to huge time savings for web designers and developers, opening up the ability to take on more clients and ultimately run a more successful and efficient business. For web designers and developers looking to save time this year and ultimately make more money, we’ve pulled together a list of five best practices available with Managed WordPress Hosting.
1) Leave the initial heavy lifting to Managed WordPress Hosting
Setting up a new WordPress site requires several time-consuming tasks like WordPress installation, backup setup, plugins installation to optimize page load times, security setup, and staging site creation for development and testing. Managed WordPress Hosting automates these setup tasks by pre-installing these features so you’re ready to hit the ground running and move on to the next task at hand. For example, with our GoDaddy suite of Managed WordPress Hosting tools you can do it all under two minutes.
2) Automate website maintenance where possible
Web developers and designers performing ongoing management of client sites face a growing list of banal tasks. On top of that, oftentimes clients might not understand or value the importance of website maintenance since it largely takes place “behind the curtain” in the website back-end.
Rather than spending time making sure core, theme, and plugin updates don’t break the site, try using pre-installed plug-ins and automated updates offered by Managed WordPress Hosting services to make sure things run smoothly.
3) Bundle your security tools
Rather than working with a piecemeal set of security tools and plug-ins, the toolkit of security options comes pre-installed with Managed WordPress Hosting. Make sure you’ve got access to free SSL, top-level encryption, and malware scanners already configured and automatic updates. When you bundle these tools together you save time through the individual downloading and updating sometimes required with top-tier web security solutions.
4) Outsource your troubleshooting
It’s easy to identify an issue – the trick is to find the issue and fix it before your client notices. But even if you’re quick, the fix can take hours, if not days to figure out. Save time by opening up a direct line with a dedicated, specialized support team. Many managed hosting services enable web designers and developers to have a full customer support team at their disposal, 24/7.
5) Re-think your workflow
If you’re still logging in and out of WordPress sites, using individual logins and switching between dozens of tabs in your browser window, you’re wasting a ton of time. With Managed WordPress Hosting you can centralize and manage multiple sites from one dashboard. This might seem like common sense, but a centralized, consolidated dashboard is a web developer’s best friend.
The web evolves at an accelerating pace, just like customer and business needs. By perfecting your web back-end and automating tasks where possible, you can take a proactive step in keeping up with the growing demands of web-based businesses and customers. By delegating the heavy lifting of website maintenance to Managed WordPress Hosting through automation, and bundled security tools, you can re-imagine your end-to-end workflow and ultimately save precious time.
What you do with that extra time is up to you, but three hours can go a long way in an era that moves at the speed of the web.
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