What is a Self Managed Hosting Plan?
Basically this is the type of Hosting package you get with most hosting services, although we do a little more for you. Initially we will create your hosting account, and a single email address (you’re limited to 5). We’ll also install and configure WordPress for you … because we need it there to build your website. When the development of the site is complete, we’ll delegate your domain to the account. From there on, you run the show.
So what does this mean in practice?
Well, it will be your responsibility, via the cPanel system, to create any additional email accounts you require, and ensure they’re set up so they don’t exceed their quota. It’s your account, so you’ll also be responsible for maintaining the actual WordPress installation, for installing any updates, and for fixing anything that breaks due to any updates. Backups will also be your responsibility, as will adding, modifying or updating any settings that are required for additional components you install on your website.
Are there any advantages?
What some consider advantages, others see as potential dangers worth avoiding. For example, you’re free to add or remove components from your WordPress installation. But this is a double-edged sword, because if you break it, which is very possible, you also get to fix it. Of course we can fix any issues for you, but obviously that would be a chargeable service.
Self Managing arguably gives you more “control” – you get to run the show, get your hands dirty, do things right when you want them done and add or change whatever you please. But this too is a double-edged sword. Remember, “with great power comes great responsibility!” So really, the questions is, do you want even more responsibility? 😉