WordPress CMS Managed Hosting Services
WordPress has exploded in popularity as a blogging tool and content management system in recent years, and is now used by more than 23.3 percent of the top 10 million websites worldwide. Due to its popularity, several web hosting providers have chosen to offer ‘managed WordPress hosting’; a concierge service where a wide range of technical aspects of running a WordPress site are managed by the host (for example, security, speed, WordPress updates, daily backups, website uptime, and scalability).
WordPress VIP is operated by WordPress itself. They are two levels of service – ‘cloud hosting’ and ‘support’. The prior (which includes unlimited traffic, backups, SaaS, and round-the-clock support) costs $5,000 per month, while if you want to host the site yourself and just want their support on optimising and scaling your site, it costs $1,250 per month. With a range of blue-chip clients, such as NBC, TED, CNN, Time, and UPS, you know you’re in good hands.
They offer six different plans to choose from (shared hosting, semi-dedicated hosting, business hosting, dedicated servers, cloud VPS hosting, and reseller hosting) which range from $5 per month for the cheapest shared plan (5GB storage, 50GB bandwidth), to $275 per month for the most expensive dedicated plan (a Dual Intel Xeon E5-2620 server with 12 Cores, a 12,947 CPUMark score, and 32GB RAM).
Clients such as Tecturized, Tarambuka, and ECOFYS all giving glowing testimonials about CloudWays. Standout features include the ability to deploy unlimited applications on top of ‘super-clouds’ (such as Amazon’s EC2), a VMAN stack configuration that guarantees 40-50 percent better page load times than a traditional host, and a dedicated security team. Prices range from $5 per month to $855 per month.
FlyWheel’s personal plan (25,000 monthly visits, 10GB disk space, 500GB bandwidth) starts at $30 per month, while their ‘Agency’ plan costs £250 per month but includes 30 WordPress installs, 600,000 monthly visits, 120GB disk space, and 8TB bandwidth. With well-known brands such as The Washington Post and Wyman on-board, they’re a name we can expect to hear a lot more about.
One of Kinsta’s biggest attractions is its ability to choose your location. They understand that the nearer the data centre is to a site’s core user-base the faster its page will load, and while WPEngine offer three data centres, Flywheel offer five, and Pagely only offer one, Kinsta have fourteen locations across four different continents. Prices start at $157 per month and go all the way up to $487. Existing clients include The Daily Banter, Sleeping Baby, and Bitcoinist.net.
LightningBase offer four plans – $9.95 per month for 1 WordPress site, 10,000 pageviews and 1 GB SSD storage, $19.95 per month for 3 WordPress sites, 25,000 pageviews and 3 GB SSD storage, $49.95 per month for 10 WordPress sites, 100,000 pageviews and 10 GB SSD storage, and finally $99.95 per month for 25 WordPress sites, 250,000 pageviews and 25 GB SSD storage.
MediaTemple’s web hosting and cloud services now power more than 1.5 million websites in 100 different countries, and boast some of the world’s biggest brands as their clients – including Samsung, Aiga, Obey, and a range of famous designers, artists, bloggers, and entrepreneurs. Their personal plan costs $20 per month, but for larger sites they will create a custom plan for you and then give you a quote.
Based out of Phoenix, Arizona and Bristol, England, Pagely was the first ever managed WordPress hosting platform. They have a hugely impressive list of clients, such as Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, Vonage, and a string of other Fortune 500 companies, governments, and universities. Plans start at $99 per month (three sites, 10GB disk space) run up to $999 per month (35 sites, 50GB disk space).
With large clients such as Cisco and the UN across sectors as diverse as financial services, government, healthcate, media, and technology they immediately demonstrate that they offer a viable solution no matter what your industry. They claim that recent tests demonstrated they had the fastest average response time out of all the benchmarked providers, and also came through with no errors, even under heavy load. Prices go from $25 per month to $400 per month.
Their cheapest plan is $149 per month and their most expensive plan is $299 per month, though they will give you an individual quote if you have special requirements. Clients include Fredo & Pid’jin, Motivation Grid, and Segment Next, and they have data centres in North America, Europe, and Oceania.
Websynthesis’ biggest clients are BlogWorld and GeekBeat TV. On their website they claim their five biggest selling points are a) superior uptime and page load speeds, b) keyword and social media research, c) enhanced security defences d) content and website optimization, and e) their influencer outreach tools. Their standard plan is $47 per month, while their most expensive one is $300 per month.
WPEngine, one of the industries foremost managed WordPress hosts, has a personal plan available for $29 per month (25,000 traffic, one install), a professional plan for $99 per month (100,000 traffic, 10 installs), and a business plan for $249 per month (400,000 traffic, 25 installs). Clients include WP101.com, WPMayor.com, and Kalzumeus Software.
By Daniel Price