41 Responses

  1. Adrian Haxhibrahimi
    Adrian Haxhibrahimi January 19, 2013 at 19:05 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    You may want to consider Presslabs ( http://www.presslabs.com ) as one of the best option for the high traffic WordPress sites.

    1. Pedro Dobrescu
      Pedro Dobrescu January 23, 2013 at 21:38 | | Reply

      Dear Adrian thanks for mentioning us!

      As Jean and Austin were saying indeed the competition is good for the customers, making the service better. I would add that this is good also for the entire internet, as more and more sites are faster making access to information easier.

      I’m glad to be part of this story and even more glad to help various bloggers and publishers solve their WordPress hosting issues!

    2. Lewis Yildirimturk
      Lewis Yildirimturk August 19, 2013 at 20:43 | | Reply

      I tried both and I prefer wpengine. Here are the main reasons;

      Reason-1: my speed tests, ping and tracert showed better results at wpengine

      Reason-2: Support is much better at wpengine. They are very helpful and friendly. The support team at websynthesis is not very cooperative, not helpful, and has very rude attitude.

      wpengine also has instant Chat Support you can use anytime.

      Reason-3: wpengine has better back-up system. You can create backup points, then when you need it, you can select a backup and hit “Restore” to restore your site to a previous version instantly. So I always create a new backup points before you I make any changes or add anew plugin etc. I can also download .zip files of my backups for safe keeping.

      So I do not have to pay extra for daily or instant backup services.

      Reason-4: Security; wpengine has their in-house system for vulnerability scanning. They also use SecTheory and Sucuri for external network connections. they scan and monitor your web site and database for known vectors and exploits.

      I am not affiliated with any of the hosting companies. These are my honest opinion and experience after I use them both. Choosing a reliable hosting company, especially the one you feel comfortable contacting them any time for support and advice is very important. I hope this helps for other web site owners.

      Best regards.

  2. Austin Gunter (@austingunter)
    Austin Gunter (@austingunter) January 21, 2013 at 22:00 | | Reply

    Hey Jean, thanks for writing this piece! There are several managed hosts that people can choose from in the industry, which is a good thing for customers. It means they have hosts competing over them by continually adding features and improving their service. At WP Engine, we are hiring more and more WordPress experts on support, and will be adding some new features to our WordPress platform this year. I’m excited for the year to develop!

    And if anyone is looking around for a good managed WordPress host, check around on reviews and see what people are saying on social networks like Twitter. Just a search for the various companies will reveal a lot. I’m obviously super biased in favor of WP Engine, but it’s really the actual customers of a company that can tell a prospective customer about the quality of their customer experience.

    Thanks again,

  3. Mathew Porter
    Mathew Porter January 25, 2013 at 14:02 | | Reply

    Like Austin mentioned, looking at reviews and actually reading what people’s experiences are is a great way of gauging the services offered by individual hosts (ignoring the stupid comments… e.g. “rubbish”).

    The other thing to consider is your requirements as an individual based on level of experience, the support you may need, the money you have and the traffic to your site to name but a few.

  4. strebel
    strebel January 25, 2013 at 20:36 | | Reply

    Thanks for the write up and mentioning pagely. However I think you should disclose upfront these are all affiliate links.

  5. Matt
    Matt January 30, 2013 at 05:10 | | Reply


    Thanks for the post. I have been looking around at the different hosting options that are geared to WordPress. I noticed that you made the switch to WP Engine, and I was curious about the change in responsiveness that you have experienced. Have you run any site diagnostics that show a comparative before and after? If so, do you have any data that you are willing to share?


  6. David Martell
    David Martell January 31, 2013 at 04:56 | | Reply

    I switched over to WPCloudLayer on recommendation from a friend who hosts there. I’ve really like it so far, no malware, good speed, nice support and no more worrying about my site upgrades. I’d recommend you check it out as an alternative to these other services. I also like WPEngine for awhile, but not the interface.

  7. Tiyo Kamtiyono
    Tiyo Kamtiyono February 3, 2013 at 06:53 | | Reply

    I want to be big and one of the services mentioned here. Thanks for the review Jean, I hope I can use them soon 🙂

  8. Tony Quinn
    Tony Quinn February 10, 2013 at 03:40 | | Reply

    Tell my why you would not use Zippykid for a new blog? They give you a CDN and 100,000 page views a month. If you need more you pay $20 and have 200,000 page views a month that’s a lot of pages. They offer that NetDNA CDN standard along with edge cast is an option for agencies plans. WP engine, web synthesis and Pagely are all awesome.
    It feels like you are not Comparing zippy kid as a true peer to them
    Currently they only thing they don’t offer is any affiliate links or any money for affiliates.

  9. Paul
    Paul February 27, 2013 at 12:18 | | Reply

    Having reviewed managed WordPress options I went with Page.ly because it’s slightly more affordable when moving up from a shared host and I needed mp3 hosting which WPEngine didn’t offer and it was fundamental to my site. Also Page.ly offered a UK server which made sense for me as the site was serving UK visitors. I didn’t realise however that Page.ly don’t offer email with their hosting so I’m glad I’d signed up for Google Apps several years ago on the domain! Thanks for the article though.

    1. blueprint
      blueprint February 27, 2013 at 14:23 | | Reply

      I just wanted to chime in on what was said above by Tony
      because Zippy kid does offer four plans not just the one.
      As of late December of last year Zippy kid started offering
      four plans solo, small agency, enterprise and high profile
      I believe that you can compare them directly with the other excellent hosts you mentioned. You here is a link to their pricing page where it shows the plans on the Zippy Kid website.

      I can say without a doubt every one of these managed WordPress hosts are light years ahead of standard shared hosting or VPS hosting. WordPress is a unique product and you have listed the best in the business I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them.

      I will say this only Zippy Kid provides anycast DNS with MX records the ability to use e-mail.
      Page.ly does offer any cast DNS however you may not use their MX records making it so you cannot use e-mail if you want to use their DNS. I believe if you are a reseller you have the ability to use MX records through Page.ly’s DNS

      I’d say that your fine off with AWS Route 53 or DNS made easy if you want to have AnycastDNS for under $25 year outstanding DNS to go along with your outstanding web host.

    2. blueprint
      blueprint February 27, 2013 at 14:31 | | Reply

      The link sorry
      as far as what you said regarding if you get big. Are you saying that send grid was not a rapid growth company? they host 1% of all the e-mail on the web now 2 years ago they were unknown. I apologize but I don’t think saying a blogger should not go with ZippyKid because their blog could take off and use as much traffic as send grid did over such a short amount of time and is it because zippykid would not be able to handle scaling with it? I am confused by your statement that they would not be a good fit. I hope you agree with me If you can handle sendgrid’s rapid popularity where people must login and check their stats using the sendgrid Zippy kid website most likely you’ll handle a blogger’s rapid popularity. let me know if I’m missing something I apologize if I am.

    3. Austin W. Gunter
      Austin W. Gunter February 27, 2013 at 23:36 | | Reply

      Hey Paul, WP Engine is the only WordPress host that physically has servers in the UK, as well as Asia. The physical location of your servers not only affects latency, but also affects the legal jurisdiction, and applicable laws (like the Patriot Act), that govern your site data.


  10. blueprint
    blueprint February 27, 2013 at 19:09 | | Reply

    Thanks that reminds me there is a free hosted Email like Google Apps. Now that google cost $5 a box there is still Zoho Mail

    I understand exactly why none of the hosts listed about would never allow somebody to use their hosting account to host e-mail off of meaning they would be the ones serving the e-mail. For many good reasons mainly because if somebody spammed someone else and you shared that IP it would get blacklisted thus impacting more users than the person who created the problem.

    I think it’s a shame that Google apps is no longer free accounts. They were helpful very helpful to many people. However there is a product Zoho Mail that is similar and you can get three 5 Gig e-mail boxes for free. After that it just $2 Per a box. https://www.zoho.com/mail/?src=zoho while there verification methods are very similar to Google you cannot simply copy and paste any JavaScript script you must create a cname or upload a file to root. Regardless it’s free and I think many bloggers that don’t need many mailboxes will really start using this service one big pluses it migrates your old mail into your new mailbox with just the username and password required.

  11. zippykid
    zippykid February 28, 2013 at 10:48 | | Reply

    Thanks for updating the information about us and our pricing :). A couple of things to clarify about us, and our offering..

    1. We’re the first and only hosting company that provides customers with insight into their production site with New Relic (https://www.zippykid.com/2012/03/14/managed-wordpress-hosting-support-what-you-should-expect/)

    2. We’re the only company that’s taking advantage of the Rackspace infrastructure, and the Openstack initiative, so we’ve built our own WordPress cloud platform, on top of dedicated hardware at Rackspace.

  12. zippykid
    zippykid February 28, 2013 at 16:29 | | Reply

    It means we’re the only company on this list that’s SSAE16 compliant, as we don’t use public cloud infrastructure.

    This isn’t a big deal if you’re a small business or an a-list blogger. But some fortune 500 companies will not add you as an authorized vendor if you can’t pass these requirements.

    This is true enterprise class hosting, where it’s not just the hardware you have, or the number of visitors your website gets, but your ability to follow certain processes internally within the company. As we said almost two years ago, WordPress is a mature platform that’s not just for blogs (https://www.zippykid.com/2011/10/18/wordpress-its-not-just-for-blogs-any-more/). So we’ve been building a company and a system that will allow companies with process requirements to use WordPress easily, since then.

    In the end, our decision to abandon the public cloud infrastructure that Rackspace, Linode, or Amazon provide, and build our own cloud using open source technology from multiple vendors, is what allows us to truly meet the need of a large company, as opposed to just being able to handle large spikes in traffic.

    Our system is the newest out of all the players in the market. We’re still working out the kinks in it, so we spend $0 in marketing. This is usually why most people think we’re not capable of doing so many things :).

    Our founder Vid Luther will be speaking in detail about these changes at a PHP conference in Chicago during the month of May, a lot more details will come out then.

  13. zippykid
    zippykid February 28, 2013 at 16:37 | | Reply

    PS: In the interest of full disclosure, Sendgrid is no longer a customer of ours, they wanted more control of their development as they’re doing some cool things with their documentation site that requires non-WordPress stuff which we weren’t going to be able to support. We’ll be updating our site and removing Sendgrid as one of our customers.

  14. Apartmentblogger (Robert)
    Apartmentblogger (Robert) June 6, 2013 at 07:26 | | Reply

    For bigger / business websites managed wordpress hosting is affordable. We have several small niche sites. All are wordpress based and I am searching a “fire and forget” host (=managed). Are their also services with special packages for small sites with lower pricing plans?

  15. ratan
    ratan July 17, 2013 at 13:56 | | Reply

    Some Available WordPress managed hosting are WPEngine, WPOven, Page.ly, Synthesis, Lighteningbase, zippykid.

    I have found that among the available WordPress managed Hosting basic plans of Synthesis and WPOven can handle more than 30K/Mo visitors . Synthesis has a maximum limit of 75K/Mo with daily limit of 2500 visitors. WPOven doesn’t have any limit. the only limit in some hypothetical scenario would be that available 2TB Bandwidth per plan gets exhausted, which is very unlikely to happen.

    Site Migration is not included in Page.ly and Zippykid in their basic plan, though they have some other very good features. Synthesis charges a Fee for doing Migration. WPOven and lighteningbase offered free Site migration.
    i want to go for WordPress powered site with fully managed hosting. So far i have checked info on Synthesis, Page.ly,WPOven, Zippykid, WPEngine and lighteningbase WPEngine appears to be more popular. WPOven offers dedicated IP, dedicated VPS and Premium plugins and themes even with their basic plans. lighteningbase is the cheapest and looks fairly suitable for my single site. but i doubt its scalability.

    But A friend of mine had 3 wordpress powered sites with WPEngine, but it was turning out to be very expensive at $87/Mo for him. So we looked into other options like Synthesis, WPoven, Zippykid and lighteningbase who provide fully managed wordpress hosting and allows migration in their basic plans.

    WPoven provides unlimited sites for $39.99/Mo. But we ultimately changed to lighteningbase as we had only three sites. lighteningbase at $9.99/Mo bills us $29.97/Mo which turns out to be cheaper. So, conclusion is that if you want the cheaper options you should go with lightenningbase. If you want more features go with wpoven. If you want to go with popular choice then go with WP Engine.

    1. Austin Gunter
      Austin Gunter July 17, 2013 at 20:22 | | Reply

      Hey Ratan,

      Great summary of data you’ve collected. I think you’re right on about most everything here. WP Engine is a bit more expensive than the other hosts, but we also think we add a maximum value for the price. I mean, if you need to go with the cheapest option, then that’s how you need to make your decision, and that’s fine. At WP Engine we have the largest support staff per customer, and we’re always adding more smart folks who genuinely care about your sites.

      In terms of features, nobody has more features than we do. We’ve got a one-click staging area, and the ability to deploy from staging -> production with a single click, daily backups, git push for version control, site stats in the portal, and the ability to manage all your sites from a single window.

      Our goal is to make our WordPress platform so valuable to your development and content creation process, that we save you time and hassle with your sites on a daily basis.


  16. haine online
    haine online July 27, 2013 at 01:55 | | Reply

    Hi there! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?

    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up
    losing months of hard work due to no back up.
    Do you have any methods to stop hackers?

    1. Austin Gunter (@austingunter)
      Austin Gunter (@austingunter) August 3, 2013 at 01:30 | | Reply

      We guarantee our security 🙂

  17. Nathan Simpson
    Nathan Simpson March 18, 2015 at 01:11 | | Reply

    wpoven? anyone know about them?

  18. Anna Hassan
    Anna Hassan May 29, 2019 at 05:21 | | Reply

    GoDaddy seems quite slow in comparison to some WP site hosts. I’m considering swapping to one of these. Thanks for the overview

  19. Rajeev
    Rajeev May 31, 2019 at 08:37 | | Reply


    Thanks sharing great information about Managed WordPress Hosting even I used WP site hosting for wordpress blog its great solutions more advance then others hosting like godaddy. Even for WP Engine security purpose also good too may be it will be costly but better solutions for all wordpress!

    Thanks for sharing valuable information!


  20. Millie
    Millie June 5, 2019 at 07:37 | | Reply

    Kinsta looks good, but it’s rather expensive. BitWP (bitwp.io) has been pretty fast, cheap and hassle-free for me.

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