GoDaddy will start offering managed WordPress hosting on Friday, according to an announcement by the company.
GoDaddy plans to officially launch the product at the Wordcamp Phoenix event tomorrow. The participants tested out the product prior to the event to give feedback to the engineers and designers. While GoDaddy currently has over 2 million WordPress sites under management, its managed WordPress offering is new and was created with input from WordPress experts.
The managed WordPress offering the latest update to GoDaddy’s hosting services focused on small and medium-sized businesses. This week alone, GoDaddy announced a new CIO to oversee global cloud infrastructure, and a partnership with Microsoft to deliver cloud email and productivity offerings to its SMB customers.
As one of the most popular content management and blogging platforms, WordPress is used by many small and medium-sized businesses. By offering a managed WordPress hosting service, GoDaddy customers will be able to focus on content creation, while GoDaddy takes care of managing the technical side of things, including server set-up, security, daily backups and performance optimization.
With GoDaddy Managed WordPress, GoDaddy said its customers won’t have to worry about manually updating plug-ins, as it will be done automatically. This will help customers keep WordPress sites secure and less vulnerable to attack. GoDaddy also offers added security in the form of firewalls, malware scanning and automated security patching.
“GoDaddy is committed to supporting the WordPress community with one of the fastest, most secure and reliable hosting platforms,” GoDaddy Director of Hosting Product Management Bill Watt said. “The team created a product that is easy-to-use and is robust and scalable as an enterprise-level service. GoDaddy Managed WordPress hosting costs a fraction of other competitors prices and is backed by award-winning, around-the-clock customer service which makes this a great choice for anyone looking to get their website up and running.”
Customers that want to migrate their WordPress sites to GoDaddy can use a one-click migration tool that automates the migration process.
GoDaddy’s development team will be discussing the latest product offering in a Google Hangout tomorrow at 1:30 pm ET.
In other WordPress-related news this week, WordPress hosting provider WP Engine raised $15 million to double its workforce and expand into Europe.