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What to Expect From a Hosting Partner

In this interview with Tiffany Bridge, the focus is on the benefits of managed hosting, particularly in the context of WordPress websites. The discussion begins by distinguishing managed hosting from traditional shared hosting and VPS hosting.

This session also highlights a new release called “Performance Shield” launched by the hosting provider. Performance Shield is introduced as a way to bring top-level cloud features, such as caching and security, to customers at an affordable price. It simplifies the process of securing and optimizing a WordPress site, making features like DDoS protection and bot detection easily accessible with just a single click. This service aims to bridge the gap between high-cost solutions and the needs of individual website owners or small businesses who require enterprise-level performance and security without the complexity.

The discussion extends to the security and reliability aspects of managed hosting. Managed hosting services are expected to include server-level daily malware scanning and a web application firewall to safeguard websites from security threats. The conversation emphasizes the importance of resource allocation for ensuring website reliability, particularly for e-commerce sites where caching may not be feasible for all elements. The hosting provider, in this case, allocates more PHP workers to improve database throughput, reducing latency and ensuring that the site remains responsive even during traffic spikes. The interview also mentions an autoscale feature that temporarily provides extra PHP workers to handle sudden traffic surges, ensuring websites don’t suffer performance degradation during high-demand periods.

You Will Learn

  • The key differences between managed WordPress hosting and traditional shared hosting or VPS hosting
  • The benefits of managed hosting, including automatic updates, caching, and security features specific to WordPress
  • The introduction of “Performance Shield” as a cost-effective solution for enhancing website performance and security
  • The significance of server-level security measures, including malware scanning and web application firewalls
  • The importance of resource allocation and PHP workers in ensuring website reliability and responsiveness