If you’re reading this, you probably own a business or are tasked with running one, and you are concerned about your WordPress database because you do not have a database administrator (DBA). This is a common problem among business owners and managers. Consequently, well-trained, highly experienced DBA professionals are in demand and are therefore costly.
If you are like most business owners and managers, you are wondering whether you should hire an in-house DBA or outsource your WordPress database administration needs.
Do I hire an in-house DBA or do I outsource?
If your budget allows you, then hiring an in-house DBA might be appropriate. Having one or a team of DBAs dedicated solely to your business would certainly be a valuable asset. However, if the current salaries of a qualified, experienced in-house DBA or team are anything to go by, hiring one may not be economically sound.
Hiring the services of a remote DBA consultancy firm therefore makes more sense, especially if you own or run a small or mid-sized business. The question then arises: How do you know if hiring such a consultancy firm is the most appropriate way to go about handling your WordPress database administration needs? To find the answer to this, you need to carefully evaluate the needs of your business.
If your business has any of the following concerns, it’s time to consider hiring a consulting firm.
- Persistent performance issues
- Issues with your IT infrastructure being unable to keep up with the growth of your business
- Lack of capacity to manage and maintain multiple database platforms simultaneously
- Database stability and security issues
- Difficulty hiring and retaining well-trained, highly qualified DBAs
Before you embark on making an appointment with a prospective DBA consultant, you need to acquaint yourself with the various types of DBA firms available in the market.
Individual, independent DBAs
Out there are a number of well-trained DBAs that operate independently, contracting their services fulltime or through freelance work. The best among them can help you out of tricky emergency situations at a budget-friendly cost. Many charge an hourly fee for their services.
These highly talented professionals will do a great job based on their knowledge and experience. It is however important to note that you’ll be working with just one person. Therefore, before hiring them, conduct some research to find out if they can meet your company’s needs. Some WordPress database administration issues may be too extensive for one person, irrespective of their skill level.
A remote DBA consultancy firm
If hiring an in-house DBA or team is too costly and your needs cannot be serviced by an individual freelance DBA, hiring a DBA consultancy firm might be the best available option. These firms have DBAs of varying levels of skill and experience on call, depending on the complexity of your needs.
Having dealt with numerous clients with many different needs over the years, remote DBA consultancy firms have developed standardized service procedures to handle issues including backup failure and SQL server stagnation among many other WordPress database problems you may encounter.
Sujain Thomas has worked as a database administrator in the tech industry for 13 years and has written numerous articles and blog posts on topics related to database management, including finding the best DBA consultant.