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WordPress Managed Hosting For All Your Designer & Developer Needs
Whether you are just starting your first blog, or you are web designer or web developer looking to maximize your business as a freelancer, or even if you are an agency who employs people with many years of experience, you are probably looking for something that just works and makes your life easy. With over 10 years of experience, we’ve developed a product just for you, no matter the level of your expertise, it just works, mostly with one click!
The most common solution was to get basic shared hosting with CPanel. Once you outgrew shared hosting, you could opt for a slightly higher plan at higher pay which might still not provide you with the resources you needed. Once you start getting more traffic and there are more demands for your website, you may find yourself having to upgrade to the next level. For professionals, the next step was to upgrade to a managed or unmanaged VPS or dedicated server. The words “VPS” and “Dedicated Server” still scare many people to this day. “Unmanaged” was to be fear and meant that you had to set up everything yourself. For many, this was too complicated and they found themselves unable to go anywhere at all or had to upgrade to a server that had more space and memory.
“Managed” became far more commonplace and helped many people with websites make the transition over to a higher more appropriate plan. While shared hosting can definitely take a lot, it was only meant for basic websites without too much demand on resources. The average blogger who might share with their friends and family and a few followers on the Internet is likely to find the most basic of shared hosting appropriate, but even bloggers do go viral and they often find themselves without the resources on low cost or free plans.
Fortunately, a few smart companies came along, figured that people no longer needed to be scared because they would be able to have their websites fully managed by a group of intelligent staff they didn’t have to hire who specialized in setting up servers and ensuring that things were running smoothly. The companies who performed had this type of setup called their servers, “Managed Hosting” and took away much of the fear and confusion away of starting websites.
What makes these WordPress managed hosting solutions so special? They usually come with a team of experts who manage your website for you. They optimize the server that your website sits on and sometimes they might even come with a limited or unlimited amount of space, bandwidth, and visitor count. For the most part, when you go with any company that specializes in WordPress Managed Hosting, you can usually do everything in just a few clicks. These companies even offer a dedicated staff team to help you, whether you need to move your website over, or build a website, so there’s no need to hire a web developer to do anything at all.
While my experience is limited to just a few different WordPress Managed Hosting plans, many are very similar and while some may be faster than others, it all comes down to two things: features and technical support. These features are usually basic and often include daily backups and easy restoration, free SSL, staging, as well as speed and security. When it comes to a good managed web host though, the support team tends to be a priority to many companies, as the whole purpose for WordPress Managed Web Hosting is to let people be the professional in their business. When it comes to building a website: it takes time to do and perfect. When a professional web designer or developer does it, it allows for people to focus on their business and not worry about their website.
A new WordPress Managed Hosting solution called WP Bubble has recently come to our attention that stands out from all of the others and may even lead the way in changing how the standard workflow is done. It serves as a host in addition to a Swiss army tool. Some of the features include the standard and expected tools you would find of every other WordPress Hosting, including free SSL certificates, automated daily backups and one-click restoration, and auto-updates of the WordPress core files, plugins, and themes.
There are some additional features that are starting to sprout up, as seen with other WordPress Managed Hosts, including cloning, staging, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited visitors, and sFTP and SSH access. Some features that are not often seen on WordPress Managed Hosting are built-in Cloudflare, which offers ultimate speed and security, instant access to your database, WP-CLI, up-time monitoring, one-click downloading of your entire website, one-click uploading of your entire website, unlimited migrations, automated interval restore points, and more.
One such feature of WP Bubble that stands out from the rest is the ability to reset a stage automatically back to a restore point, giving visitors a chance to interact with the website, but never actually saving any changes. This demo stage feature allows a developer to show off plugins, themes, or have clients and potential customers interact with a website without making any permanent changes that are saved. In other words, it is like a snapshot of the entire website at a set point in time that never changes.
WP Bubble also allows you to start a website without even owning a domain name. If you decide later to add a domain, it is as easy as changing your DNS records to point to their servers, update your website to point to your domain, and click on the dns hosting feature. Once hosted, your website does not need any migration and will simply resolve to your domain.
In addition, WP Bubble offers more power to your website than you will ever need, which includes up to 8 GB of RAM to perform a single task. Whereas websites that limit memory because they simply don’t have it, WP Bubble does not restrict or hold you back from being able to access this type of processing power. While this may be more than what your website needs, many growing e-commerce websites, including Event Espresso, require more power to operate properly.
There are no monthly or yearly plans and WP Bubble runs on a credit-based system, with the value of a single credit being $1.00. When you decide to add credits, the minimum amount you can add is 5 credits at at time. If you decide after 5 credits that WP Bubble is not for you, than you have not really lost anything. If you do find the features useful for your workflow, simply refill your credits at any time and even enjoy the auto-charge feature if necessary, using Stripe or Paypal. Rather than force you to sign up for a single plan based on who you are, the pricing system is based on the type of website you need.
There are 5 types of plans for your website:
- Blogger: for the average blogger or blogger who is just starting out or who may be somewhat established. (250 MB SSD, 512 MB RAM)
- Designer: for the designer who loves to build basic websites for their small client base. (500 MB SSD, 1 GB RAM)
- Developer: for the developer who needs more power for themselves or their client base, best for established clients who receive a decent amount of traffic or who have a small e-commerce website. (1 GB SSD, 2 GB RAM)
- Power User: for those who need even more power for themselves or an established client base and are running somewhat popular websites and using platforms such as Event Espresso or Tickera.
- Power Engine: for those who need the most power for themselves or an established client base and want things to run very, very smoothly, while being able to use a large amount of resources.
Each of these website plans come with their own pricing systems. As every website is different and requires a different amount of resources, the price of every bubble you create is going to be different. Whereas most other hosting solutions charge you a set price and give you X amount of websites, you may create an unlimited amount of websites with WP Bubble.
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