WPEngine introduces Evans Update to developers.
As a major provider of managed hosting, WPEngine's blog is a great read for developers in training. Directly quoting WordPress.org is always prudent. As well as highlighting the gap between owners and technical support, the difference between being informed or sold to, is clear.
This means that you will always be running the latest, most stable and most secure versions of just about everything.
Shared hosting sometimes offers something similar, but with a slight twist. Shared hosting operators will also take care of maintaining your server essentials, however, this will be done far less proactively and primarily include only the operating system, control panel, PHP, MySQL and Apache — at best. It will not, generally, include WordPress — which you will need to maintain yourself.
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