Top 5 Managed WordPress Web Hosts

Premium Managed Wordpress Hosts for your WordPress Blog

WordPress blogging is a tremendous creative and business outlet for home-based online entrepreneurs and others looking to make money with a blog. However, it's easy to get bogged down with the technical minutiae of keeping it running smoothly 24/7.

Instead of managing hosts, plugins, themes etc. on your own, why not consider a managed WordPress host that takes care of installations and maintenance issues for you?

Here we consider five (5) of the best known managed WordPress hosts in the market, emphasizing basic features first, but occasionally enhanced services that may be appropriate for your specific situation.

See Also: The Best Budget Web Hosting for Your Online Business

1
WP Engine

WP Engine Managed WordPress Hosting
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When it comes to managed WordPress hosting, WP Engine is one of the bigger names in the business.

Its 60-day risk-free Personal option is appropriate for most people (e.g. creative artists, marketers, developers etc.) who only need one install and don't foresee massive growth in the short-term.

What’s included With WP Engine?

  •      Base Monthly Fee: $29.00 (Personal)
  •      Bandwidth: Unlimited
  •      Domains: 1 WordPress Install
  •      Local Storage: 10 GB
  •      Number of visitors: > 25,000 monthly
  •      Support: Yes, but no phone support.
  •      Transfer Fee: None, if you transfer the site yourself. They will give a quote for managed site migration.

If you are looking to host multiple sites and exceed the Personal option's traffic ceiling, consider either the Professional ($99 monthly) or Business ($249 monthly) options:

Professional: Includes up to 10 WordPress installations, 100,000 monthly visitors and 20 GB of local storage. 24/7 phone support has been recently added to the base service.

Business: Includes up to 25 WordPress installations, 400,000 monthly visitors and 30 GB of local storage.  24/7 phone support.

Premium and Enterprise-level plans are negotiable with the company.

Unique WPEngine features include:

  • A staging area where you can experiment and test adjustments of your WordPress site before going live.
  • Built in site caching that eliminates the need for separate WordPress caching plugins.
  • Built in daily backups and one-click restores that work to prevent critical data loss.
  • Managed upgrades, whereby they test and upgrade your WordPress installation to keep your site interaction hassle-free.

See our interview with with Austin Gunter from WP Engine here.

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Pagely

Pagely Managed WordPress Hosting
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Pagely is a fully managed WordPress host that has introduced a revamped base managed WordPress account to better compete with the hosting heavyweights.

Called the Neutrino account, it hosts up to 5 WP sites with fully managed updates and security. PressCDN, PressCache, PressDNS, and PressArmor are standard with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Available.

What’s included With Page.ly?

  •      Base Monthly Fee: $99.00 (Neutrino)
  •      Bandwidth: 25 GB
  •      Maximum WP sites allowed: 5
  •      Local Storage: 20 GB
  •      Number of visitors: Unlimited (always free).
  •      Support: Yes, ticketed and live support with real engineers; pop-up chat service.
  •      Transfer Fee: Free with a business account only.  Otherwise $100 per site.

The next step up from Neutrino is the VPS-1 option at $499 per month.  Likely not required for most, however it does allow up to 30 WP sites, 50 Gb of hard disk space, and a 200 Gb bandwidth (Ticket+chat support).

3
Synthesis

Synthesis - Managed WordPress Web Host
Synthesis - Managed WordPress Web Host. Courtesy of Synthesis

Synthesis is closely associated with CopyBlogger Media creators of the popular Genesis Framework WordPress blogging theme.  Although Synthesis hosting was produced specifically for the Genesis Framework, it has been enhanced in recent years to provide performance and security benefits for WP sites built on other frameworks.

What's Included with Synthesis?

  • Base Monthly Fee: $47.00 (Standard)
  • Domains/WP Installs: 1
  • Local Storage: 20 GB; 10 GB for backup storage.
  • Daily Traffic (Pageviews): 10,000.
  • Support: 24/7 Help Desk Support.
  • Transfer Fee: Full service WordPress migrations for $99.00.
  • Free Trial Period: 30-day money back guarantee.

If you need more, there are three higher-end plans:

  • Professional ($97 monthly): 20,000 daily visitors, 40 GB of storage and 2 GB of memory.  2 domain installs included.
  • Advanced ($147 monthly): Increase to 85,000 daily visitors, 80 GB of storage and 4 GB of memory. 5 domain installs included.
  • Enterprise ($300 monthly): Increase to 300,000 daily visitors, 160 GB of storage and 8 GB of memory. 5 domain installs included.

Unique features:

  • WordPress hosting specialists: experts in content creation
  • WordPress and hosting at the Help Desk
  • Daily backups, malware scans every 6 hours with free removal; WordPress and Genesis support.

See Also: Genesis Framework WordPress Theme Review

4
Pressable

ZippyKid - Managed WordPress Web Host
ZippyKid - Managed WordPress Web Host. Courtesy of ZippyKid

Pressable (formerly ZippyKid) revamped its business strategy in 2013 to better meet its customers' needs. Although the free hosting package (with limited page views and anchored company link) is history, a free, no-risk 15-day trial remains for those looking to test the waters.

What's Included with Pressable?

  • Base Monthly Fee: $25.00
  • Bandwidth: Unlimited
  • Domains/Site Installs: Up to 5 sites.  Charges for additional domains.
  • Number of visitors: not noted. See Page-views below.
  • Page-views: 60,000 shared pageviews.
  • Support: 24/7 phone, email, and online help desk. 
  • Transfer Fee: Call ahead to find out.

Also included in every plan are standard and advanced features like:

  • Server side optimization.
  • Staging sites.
  • Caching
  • Daily Backups
  • Malware Scanning and Removal.

If you need more, there are three higher-end plans:

  • For $45 monthly: Up to 10 sites, 200,000 shared page views.
  • For $90 monthly: Up to 20 sites, 400,000 shared page views.

Pressable also offers an Agency ($135 monthly) and VIP hosting plans ($750 monthly) for companies with greater hosting needs. They currently host many large organizations, such as Estee Lauder, Whirlpool and Six Sigma Corporation. A lot of premium services are included and can be customized according to specific need.

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WP Web Host

WP Web Host - Managed WordPress Web Host
WP Web Host - Managed WordPress Web Host. Courtesy of WP Web Host

WP Web Host offers the most economical hosting option in the business. For as little as five bucks a month, it is a very good option for new bloggers and solopreneurs. It also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

What's Included with WP Web Host

  • Base Monthly Fee: $13.95; $6.95 with 1 year pre-payment; $4.95 monthly with 3 years). (Freedom Plan)
  • Disk Space: 50 GB
  • Domains: 50
  • Number of visitors: 30,000/month
  • Support: 24/7 support via online form, e-mail, or help desk.
  • Transfer Fee: Migration support available; contact for details.

Its popular Rockstar Plan ($44.95 per month) and VIP Plan ($199.00 per month) are sold out. However, people are invited to investigate Exabytes (WP Web Host's partner) Cloud VPS Solutions, which offers a base configuration of 1GB RAM, 10GB SAN storage, 1 CPU Core and 1GB/hour bandwidth per node.

Final Thoughts on Managed WordPress Hosting

The managed WordPress web hosting companies discussed above are a great starting point for your business needs. Most if not all of them offer sufficient information on their sales websites, but in the end it is our job to make personal contact to ensure the best fit possible.

 Editor's Note: Updated by Online Business/Hosting expert Brian T. Edmondson