Top 6 Managed WordPress Hosting Providers for 2016
Are you looking forward to move from traditional shared hosting to managed WordPress hosting? When it comes to web hosting, choosing the right service is crucial. As your blog traffic grows, you need to think about upgrading your hosting. Shared hosts can’t handle really high traffic sites, which means you’ll have to opt for managed hosting. If you’re a newbie, you can go with shared hosting. If your blog starts to gain some traffic, you should definitely look at managed WordPress hosting.
Why is managed WordPress hosting better?
It goes without saying that good managed WordPress hosting should take care of all the technical details of hosting your WordPress site making content creation and marketing smooth. When you choose a good managed WordPress host, they’ll do caching at the server level making your site load faster. This is the most effective form of caching. With server-level caching, you won’t even need to install a plugin to make your blog as fast as possible. If you’re paying for managed WordPress hosting, you have a right to expect really good support. That means if you ever run into any problems, you can contact your host and instantly get help from a dedicated WordPress expert. If you want to add a new plugin, or try out a new theme, you can do all the set up in your staging area and then just apply the changes to your live site when you’re happy with everything. Most shared providers don’t offer this service, so this is definitely something unique you get when you pay for managed hosting. With a good managed WordPress host, you’ll never have to worry about this. Not only will it be backed up, but if you ever have any issues, you can easily restore to a previous day’s backup when everything worked ok.With shared hosts, you have to rely on yourself for security. But managed WordPress hosts will do all the little things to keep your site safe.
The best managed WordPress hosting providers
Here’s a list of the best WordPress managed hosts for your high-traffic blog.
Kinsta has built their hosting plans specifically to make heavy-duty WordPress sites run fast. They use Google Cloud infrastructure and all the best technologies like Nginx, HHVM, PHP5-FPM, Redis and Memcache. This makes sure your site runs blazing fast.Their support is also top-notch.
Kinsta also offers other great features like:
• Unlimited visits – some other managed hosts charge you per visit.
• Data centers on three different continents so you can pick the location that’s best for you.
• Daily backups
• Security – multiple firewalls and security scans to keep your site safe
• Easy-to-use staging area
• Competitive pricing
WPEngine is another really popular managed host. One nice thing about them is that they offer a more affordable plan than Kinsta. If your blog isn’t big enough to need Kinsta’s power, you can go with one of WPEngine’s plans to still get a lot of the benefits of managed WordPress hosting while paying less money.
All WPEngine’s hosting plans include helpful features like:
• Built-in caching. WPEngine has their own Evercache technology to speed up your site
• Staging areas
• Backups and one-click restore points
• Security scans
• Expert support
Keep in mind that all their plans charge you per visit, unlike Kinsta who allows unlimited visits.
Page.ly is a good managed WordPress host who allows you to have unlimited visits to your site like Kinsta.They have seven different plans which makes it easy to pick the one that’s right for you. Just make sure you pick one that gives you enough bandwidth, or you can always add more bandwidth as you need.
All Page.ly’s plans have these basic features:
• Total updates for your WordPress software and plugins
• Built-in Varnish caching
• Daily backups
• Developer tools like GIT and WP-CLI
• Staging areas
Pressdium is a good option for fresh bloggers who still have a limited budget.Remember that, like with WPENgine, you’re limited by visits when you host with Pressidium.
Their plans all include these features:
• Automatic updates
• Staging sites
• Caching and CDN support
If your site gets under 30,000 visits per month, Pressidium is a good, affordable option.
They’re another good option for people on a budget because they have plans starting at just $15 per month. But unlike the other hosts on this list, Cloudways isn’t specific to WordPress, so you won’t get a fully dedicated WordPress host.
It’s still managed hosting, but if you want the best WordPress experience, you can go with one of the other hosts on this list if you can afford it.
Pressable is a unique managed hosting service, and advertises itself as rated #1 in customer satisfaction. Its services are built on custom RackSpace hardware and has an appealing list of clients and testimonials. Pricing plans start at $21/month, which is capable of handling 15,000 shared pageviews per month.
All plans include the following features:
Rackspace Hybrid cloud — The best servers for storing your sites.
CDN included — Security is a top priority.
Daily backups — Your content will always be backed up on-time and automatically.
SFTP access — Secure file transfer protocol so your data is safe even while in transit.
SSL support — So you can set up shop and keep your customers secure, too.
Malware scanning and removal — Never feel the effects of malicious hackers again.
Pros: Reliable, high-quality hosting designed specifically for businesses and developers. Includes malware scanning and removal, SFTP, SSL, and CDN for added convenience.
Cons: On the pricier side of managed hosting providers and might not offer the largest plans for those with extraordinary hosting needs.
SiteGround is perfect for those who don’t have the money to spend on the expensive hosting providers. SiteGround provides unique WordPress security and speed solutions at a very affordable price. It provides all the shared hosting features such as free WordPress installation, free domain name, support, free WordPress migration, email accounts and a lot more for just $3.95 per month.
Other features include:
Unique WordPress Autoinstaller — Makes for easier setup.
Autoupdater — Automatically update WordPress Core files and all of your plugins
WordPress SuperCacher — For improving site performance.
WordPress staging — So you can easily test out new features before a live launch.
HHVM — For improving site speed, it loads faster (around 200ms) than PHP. But you should know this feature is only available on cloud hosting.
WP-CLI comes pre-installed — So you can take the command line route to updates and multisite management, if you wish.
Pros: Offers convenient autoinstall, auto update, caching, and staging features for a super low price. Also comes with Git, WP-CLI pre-installed, and offers WordPress migration for no added cost. Plus, the security team is very proactive when it comes to security, they have account isolation option, and regularly patches security exploits of plugins, instead of just sitting back and waiting for a security release to come out.
Cons: If you are like me and want to use MaxCDN, you will have to use a third-party plugin such as W3 Total Cache and WP Total Cache plugin.
Which host should to choose?
The type of host you choose on how big your site is and how much traffic comes to your site.You can try to stay with shared hosting as long as you can. Once your site grows big enough, go for Kinsta if you can afford it. You get awesome support, fast speeds, and unlimited visits. If your budget isn’t quite big enough for Kinsta, you can always look at something like WPEngine or Pressidum. Just remember to make sure your site doesn’t get more visits than you’re allowed. No matter what, you’ll need to consider your own needs as they apply to things like pricing, features, visits, support, and scalability.
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