10 Best Managed WordPress Hosting Solutions

Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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Even if you know nothing about websites or hosting services, you’ve probably heard about WordPress. Everything you’ve heard about how easy it is to make a website with this CMS (content management system) is completely accurate. With WordPress, you can take your first steps on the Internet in less than an hour.

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Crash Course on (Managed) WordPress

Managed WordPress hosting is, by far, the best way to get online for a beginner. But what does it mean? Let’s break it down:

  • WordPress is the most used CMS on the Internet. At least 25% of the world’s websites run on it, and it’s not just for newbies. Walmart, Yelp, Etsy, TechCrunch, and many other industry leaders rely on WordPress for their websites.
  • Managed WordPress hosting is an out-of-the-box solution that gives you the structure to start, run, and manage your WordPress website. These services take care of technical aspects for you. They often include things such as server-side optimizations, management of security updates, automatic daily backups, a support team to help you when things get tangled, and so on.

In coming up with this list of best services, I’ve examined each solution based on ease of use, affordability, and features, but the ideal choice for you ultimately comes down your specific needs.

1. WP Engine

WP Engine is one of the leading platforms for managed WordPress hosting. Excellent features, attractive prices, and top-notch performance have secured WP Engine a well-deserved reputation. The company uses the Google Cloud Platform, so you can rest assured that scalability will never be an issue if your website takes off.

Headline features include a global CDN (content delivery network) to ensure that visitors from around the world get good loading speeds, automatic SSL certificates to keep your website padlock protected, and a premium WordPress framework to help build your website in a matter of minutes. That said, WP Engine’s main audience is comprised of developers and agencies.

2. Flywheel

Flywheel was actually acquired by WP Engine back in 2019. However, the company decided to keep the brand’s identity due to its extensive customer base and stellar reputation. If you’re looking for a more affordable managed WordPress solution, this is where you can get it.

In terms of service quality and performance, the differences between Flywheel and WP Engine are slight. The company also uses GCP infrastructure and they’ve been recognized by Google as one of the best hosts for managed WordPress hosting.

Flywheel also focuses on developers, but its Tiny plan makes it a viable option for small businesses and personal websites.

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3. InMotion Hosting

InMotion may not be recognized as a leading solution in the managed WordPress industry, but its plans pack a lot of value and are affordable to boot. Unlike Flywheel or WP Engine, InMotion doesn’t rely on GCP or AWS for its infrastructure. The provider owns its data centres and does its best to ensure an optimal experience with WordPress.

Aside from the WordPress optimized web server stack, InMotion throws in a license for a great drag-and-drop website builder, a ton of server-side resources, enhanced security, and more. Managed WordPress plans also come with a free domain name for one year.

4. A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is another frontrunner for easy and affordable managed WordPress hosting. The company has plans starting from as low as several dollars per month (for the initial term). However, you might want to take into consideration the renewal fee, which is what you’ll actually pay after your initial term expires.

The great part about A2 Hosting is that you can always upgrade to a more comprehensive manged WordPress solution that comes with servers optimized for page and resource-loading speed. If you change your mind, they have an anytime money-back guarantee.

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5. DreamHost

DreamHost is one of the companies recommended by the WordPress foundation, the people behind this amazing CMS. Many of the in-house developers contribute to the WordPress platform on a regular basis, and have done so for more than a decade. Its servers are 100% compatible with WodPress and there’s a wealth of technical knowledge there you can benefit from.

Although DreamHost’s managed WordPress plans do have their caveats (you can’t run more than one website on each), they offer isolated resources, free domain name, free migrations, and more. Much like InMotion, higher-tier plans have a premium Jetpack license included.

6. SiteGround

SiteGround is one of those companies that go the extra mile when it comes to hosting in general. For managed WordPress solutions, you can either go with an entry-level plan that covers all the basics, or the premium option that comes with a multitude of geeky features.

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All WordPress solutions include automated daily backups, SSD storage, account isolation, and some form of caching. If you opt for the complete experience, you’ll benefit from priority support, white label hosting to create websites for others, pre-installed Git, and much more.

7. Hostinger

Hostinger may not be one of the front-runners, but it can be a great starting place for your first hosting experience. From domain registration to LiteSpeed optimized servers, Hostinger is a reliable choice for managed Wordpress.

The advantage of Hostinger’s LiteSpeed stack is that you can use the LiteSpeed cache plugin (which comes pre-installed) to speed up your page loading times. Depending on the plan you choose, you’ll also benefit from a Jetpack license – free, personal, or professional.

8. Pressable

Like WP Engine and Flywheel, Pressable offers hosting services for freelancers and agencies, their main audiences. As such, there are plans that make it possible to host more websites, and you never have to worry about your bandwidth.

It’s worth mentioning that all managed WordPress solutions come with a premium Jetpack license, as well as with a WordPress SuperCacher. Higher-tier subscriptions also include personalized onboarding and analytics.

9. Bluehost

Albeit not one of my favourite services, since they’re owned by the infamous EIG conglomerate, Bluehost is admittedly one of the largest hosting companies right now. Its competitive WordPress solutions include unlimited websites and resources, but they are a bit pricey.

Like Hostinger, your Jetpack license will vary from basic to pro, depending on the plan you’re on. A neat feature that distinguishes Bluehost from the crowd is its marketing centre. The latter allows you to view and monitor your social media, blog, and website traffic all in one dashboard.

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10. GoDaddy

GoDaddy is one of the oldest, most popular names in the web hosting niche. Even if it’s not the best overall, GoDaddy has good value in its managed WordPress plans. What can you expect? All of the industry standard services plus a free domain name and automatic daily malware scan.

Higher plans come with an SEO optimizer, a staging option so you can test updates before they go live, and unlimited access to malware and hack removal.

WordPress Is Here to Stay

WordPress is so much more than a blogging tool. A fully-matured CMS, WordPress is used by millions of companies to create sleek, fast, and stable websites. Its open source character contributed to its current status and will likely consolidate it for many decades to come.

When you work with WordPress, it’s important to understand that you’re also working with an immense global community of freelancers, developers, marketers, businesses, and regular individuals. It’s a platform that continues to be shaped by its users and it doesn’t require a lot of technical knowledge to run.

Managed WordPress solutions are a great way to start with WordPress, since there’s someone there to rely on when you’re in over your head. However, you can also start with more affordable, shared hosting options and do everything yourself. If you have the time and patience, the knowledge and tutorials are out there, free of charge.