As more and more small businesses start to see the value of a website and look to get their business online, learning how to choose a reliable, high-performing and yes, cost-efficient WordPress hosting plan that adds value to your WordPress design business may sound daunting.
But it doesn’t have to be. It ultimately starts with one simple question.
Will you be hosting your client’s websites in your account or their account? If you’re unsure, give this article a quick read.
That cuts to the chase by breaking it down whether adding an individual WordPress Hosting plan to your client’s account or adding a WordPress Hosting Pro plan to your account is your best bet as you acquire new clients or sites or both. These WordPress hosting plans give you the same access to WordPress you’re used to along with some awesome features to help make running a website easier for you and your clients.
From there, decide on features, how much storage you’ll need for the content, the number of monthly visitors, and your budget.
If you answered hosting in your client’s account:
Our individual WordPress hosting plans will be your best bet. You can use GoDaddy Pro to gain rewards setting your clients up with a new hosting plan and manage the website from within their account.
Here’s how it works
- If you haven’t added any clients yet, you’ll see the Add a Client screen. If you’ve already added a client, click Add another client.
- In the Add a Client form, enter the client’s First name, Last name, and Company. When you’re done, click Save.
- Click Request access and choose whether you want product access or product and purchase access.
- Enter the client’s Email address and select Send email.
We’ll email the client your request for account access. When the client accepts your request, we’ll email you a final confirmation.
From there, the next step is to decide which individual WordPress Hosting plan is right for your client.
Starting with the Ultimate plan because it provides the most value for a standard WordPress website. We throw in a free SSL Certificate for the life of the hosting ($74.99/year value), unlimited malware removal and hack repair ($83.88/year value), unlimited storage and visitors, free business email for the first year, website backup protection with 1-click restore, free domain, automatic daily malware scan, SEO optimizer, 1-click testing site, and a $550 marketing credit to Google, Yelp and Bing.
The Basic starter plan includes 30 GB of storage, ideal for 25k visitors a month, comes with free business mail for the first year, website backup protection 1-click restore, a free domain and daily malware scans.
A tier up from Basic for single WordPress hosting is the Deluxe plan, with 75 GB storage of storage, ideal for 100k visitors per month, free business email, website backup protection, and SEO optimizer.
And if you’re client is in need of an online store, our eCommerce plan is your best bet. Not only is this plan optimized for eCommerce WordPress sites, we’ve partnered with WooCommerce to bring your tons of free premium extensions including USPS Shipping Method, Subscriptions, Follow-Ups and more. These premium extensions are absolutely free for the life of the plan.
It also comes with all the same features as the Ultimate plan like the free business email, free SSL certificate, free malware removal & hack repair, and the SEO optimizer.
And that’s the lowdown on our individual WordPress hosting plans, all of which include our nifty WordPress hosting themes (pre-built themes that are a breeze to customize with a drag-and-drop editor). Simply choose your type of business and we provide a ready-made site for you — with relevant images. Or, put your own unique touch on it and choose from a bevy of WordPress themes and plugins. Your call.
Interested in our individual WordPress hosting plans? You can get started here.
If you answered hosting in your account:
Our Managed WordPress Hosting GoDaddy Pro/bulk plans will be your best option. For these plans, the “managed” part of Managed WordPress Hosting means the server management tasks and maintenance of the server is handled by us to optimize WordPress sites.
We make sure your system is configured for your load, regularly manage backups, keep an eye on security issues, update core versions as needed and regularly manage backups.
All bulk plans include a free SSL Certificate for the life of the hosting, unlimited storage and visitors, free business email for the first year, website backup protection with 1-click restore, free domain, automatic daily malware scan, SEO optimizer, 1-click testing site, and a $550 marketing credit to Google, Yelp and Bing. Additionally, the GoDaddy Pro 30% discount can be applied to new, qualifying purchases and if applicable will show up in the final stage of the purchase. Additionally, as a member, you’ll also get reward points that can be redeemed on a future qualifying product purchase.
For 5 WordPress sites, our Pro 5 plan includes 50 GB storage, free SSL certificates for the full term, backups up to 90 days, 5 staging sites, free site-maintenance tools, automatic daily malware scans, free domain and professional email for the first year.
10 or more WordPress sites? Our Pro 10 plan includes 80 GB storage, free SSL certificates for the full term, backups up to 90 days, 10 staging sites, free site-maintenance tools, automatic daily malware scans, free domain and professional email for the first year.
25 WordPress sites? Our Pro 25 plan includes 100 GB storage, free SSL certificates for the full term, backups up to 90 days, 25 staging sites, free site-maintenance tools, automatic daily malware scans, free domain and professional email for the first year.
And for the advanced WordPress pro, if you’re designing and developing 50 WordPress sites, then the Pro 50 plan has your name all over it. It includes 200 GB storage, free SSL certificates for the full term, backups up to 90 days, 50 staging sites, free site-maintenance tools, automatic daily malware scans, free domain and professional email for the first year.
Interested in getting started? You can view our Pro plans here.
Included in all our WordPress Hosting plans:
GoDaddy Pro premium features free
Get all the 21 GoDaddy Pro Features (paid and free) for free with ANY of the WordPress hosting plans. These features include uptime monitoring, advanced client reporting, link monitoring, seo ranking reports and more.
Industry-leading page-load times.
Faster sites deliver better business results and a 99.9% uptime guarantee to keep your clients happy.
Hosting Benchmark Performance Test, October 10, 2018.
WordPress Hosting support.
Our support staff is here anytime you need, 24/7/365. Reach out to an expert — they know their stuff.
Automatic site migration tool
Migrate your WordPress website over with only a few clicks of a button using our automatic site migration tool.
Caching and CDN
Website performance is crucial for you and your clients which is why we’ve included built-in caching and a content delivery network for your website’s assets.
Test site changes, PHP, theme updates and plugin changes before pushing them live.
Easily access and manage your WordPress database.
SSH access with WP-CLI and GIT
Let your command-line skills fly with advanced tools to get tasks done quickly.
Free website templates
Professionally designed templates are included to help jumpstart your design process.
Access and manage your files easily using our newly added file manager without needing to use any 3rd party software.
Free image library
Access over 10,000 royalty-free images to legally source high-quality images.
Getting started with a WordPress hosting plan
Getting started with either the individual or pro plans is identical. Once added to your account, you will be given 3 different options: View Templates, Manual WordPress setup (for experienced users), and Migrate an existing WordPress site.
Even if you’re a seasoned pro, we recommend checking out the templates available to use for your new site. It can help expedite the building process and it uses the native WordPress block editor and CoBlocks.
We hope that helped you choose your ideal WordPress hosting plan.
Now that we’ve given you the lowdown on individual vs bulk WordPress hosting plans, preferred storage capacity, security, 24/7 support, and the perks of managed hosting as you consider what’s best for your WordPress hosting, there may be other differentiators. So, feel free to chat with one of our WordPress hosting experts at 480-463-8390 or poke around our site and research our WordPress Hosting for single sites or our Managed WordPress for 5, 10, 25 or 50 sites.
Also, keep in mind that these hosting plans are flexible, and when your WordPress business outgrows them as your business grows (and we’re rooting for you when it does), it’s no problem to level up to a plan that fits you better.
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