“Managed” WordPress Hosting…
such as WP engine, is a concierge service where all technical aspects of running WordPress is managed by the host. This includes security, speed, WordPress updates, daily backups, website uptime, and scalability.
The benefit of WP engine WordPress hosting is that you do not have to worry about ANYTHING. They optimize your site for performance, make sure that your site is secure, keep regular backups, clean your site, tune it up, and lock it down. On top of that they advise you if a specific plugin is having a negative impact. Although, WP engine WordPress hosting is on the $higher$ end of the scale.
My clients are entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and small non-profit organizations that don’t have the technical skills or the time to keep their website up-to-date and backed-up in case something happens. With managed hosting most of that is included in the plan. There are just fewer things to worry about and the list of site maintenance chores is much shorter.
“Shared” WordPress Hosting…
like siteground.com OR asmallorange.com is when multiple websites share a large server. By having multiple sites on the same server, web hosting companies can provide the service at much more affordable rates. This is by far the most economical option when it comes to web hosting.
SiteGround WordPress Hosting is less managed and not exclusively dedicated to wordpress, but I’ve had positive experiences with them. They also offer a nice perk~ a free domain name with your new account.
ASmallOrange WordPress Hosting is new to me but between the two “shared” hosting options, I like this one the best so far.
Note: Some review sites will recommend hosting services of inferior quality and tell you it’s the best WordPress hosting just to make a quick affiliate buck. I only recommend the services I have used and have had a positive experiences with. As I try more WordPress hosting services and have a positive experience with them, I will add them to this list.