All The Best Managed WordPress Hosting Companies – Reviewed And Compared (2019)

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If you need hosting for your WordPress website there are now some excellent companies out there with WordPress-focused hosting packages. As part of these packages, you can enjoy automated website updates and backups as well as access to expert support staff who know WordPress inside and out plus a lot more. But which one is the best and who should you trust with your website?

In this guide, we’ll look at the managed WordPress hosts that are widely considered to be the best in the business, including Flywheel, Kinsta, Pressable, SiteGround, WPEngine, and WordPress VIP. We not only cover the most important features you get access to but we’ve also included data from test results that show which is the most reliable and fastest managed WordPress host out there today.

Let’s get started!

What is Managed WordPress Hosting?

With managed WordPress hosting you can expect to have your website hosted on a server optimized especially for WordPress websites to deliver faster loading times and less downtime.

Not only that but you also get access to WordPress-focused features, such as the management of WordPress software updates, automated website backups, and WordPress-centric security provisions.

Furthermore, as the staff at these companies are looking after WordPress websites all day, they should be able to quickly resolve any problems that might arise as well as provide assistance with any queries you might have.

However, as the use of WordPress continues to grow, many web hosts are attempting to cash in on the WordPress boom by marketing their plans as managed WordPress hosting. In some cases, though, these are just rebranded generic hosting plans that pale in comparison to the best true managed WordPress hosting plans out there.

To avoid confusion, this guide only includes what are widely considered to be considered true managed WordPress hosting companies such as those that only host WordPress websites and have built up a great reputation doing so. One exception to this rule is SiteGround. While SiteGround do host other types of websites, their managed WordPress hosting plans compare well to the other options in this guide and they’re also a well-respected name in the WordPress community.

With managed WordPress hosting you will pay more compared to generic hosting. However, as this comparison will show, you do get a lot more for your money, including access to useful features that help make managing a WordPress website less time consuming and stressful.

About the Speed and Uptime Tests

For this managed WordPress hosting comparison, the speed and performance data from the in-depth Review Signal WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks was used to show how fast and reliable these hosts are. Thanks to Kevin Ohashi for all the hard work involved in collecting this data.

SiteGround

Some might not consider SiteGround to be a true managed WordPress hosting company as they offer hosting for a range of different websites besides those powered by WordPress. However, they do deserve a place in this guide as they also have some well-featured and well-regarded managed WordPress hosting plans alongside their relatively low-cost generic shared hosting.

SiteGround WordPress Hosting

Features

You do get a lot for your money when you choose one of the managed WordPress hosting plans from SiteGround, especially compared to some of the other options in this guide.

If you do decide to go with SiteGround, you’ll be dealing with a large hosting company, giving you access to lots of resources including a comprehensive library of online documentation, well-staffed help desks, and the experience that comes from hosting thousands of sites of all shapes and sizes. Although for some, the idea of trusting your website with a smaller, more boutique company might be preferred.

Core Features

Here’s a look at the core features SiteGround customers get access to before we move on to the highlights from this company:

  • Free SSL certificate.
  • Free WordPress website migration on middle and top-tier plans but not on the entry-level plan, although a free plugin to help with migration is available and does work well.
  • Daily website backups and on-demand backups on middle and top-tier plans.
  • Website staging on middle and top-tier plans.
  • SFTP access to your web space.
  • Database access via phpMyAdmin.
  • WordPress software updates managed by SiteGround with optional plugin updates.
  • Choice of 4 data center locations on three continents.
  • 24/7 support via live chat support, phone, and tickets on all plans.
  • Free CDN.
  • HTTP/2.0.
  • WordPress Multisite available on all plans.

Some of the highlights from the SiteGround hosting plans include:

24/7 Support

All of the best managed WordPress hosting companies offer round the clock support in some form but it’s rare to see 24/7 live chat, ticket, and phone support available on all plans, including the entry-level options. As a SiteGround user, it’s accurate to say that the live chat channel is very responsive and the staff are very helpful when it comes to resolving issues and answering questions.

Automatic WordPress Updates and Backups

Even on the relatively low-priced entry-level plan, SiteGround customers get access to some useful managed hosting features. Updates to the WordPress software are taken care of by default and there’s also the option of letting SiteGround handle plugin updates too. Your website will be backed up automatically each day if you choose SiteGround although if you’re on the entry-level plan you’ll have to pay a fee to have a backup restored.

WordPress Website Setup Wizard

If you’re new to WordPress then you’ll appreciate being able to have WordPress pre-installed on your hosting account when you sign up. Not only that but you also get access to the SiteGround WordPress Starter feature that walks you through the process of configuring your site, choosing a theme, and enabling some useful plugins. SiteGround-hosted websites also have an optional custom dashboard that aims to simplify the process of managing a WordPress site.

Features Summary

With plans that cover websites and audiences of all sizes, there’s plenty of room to grow through the SiteGround plans as your needs increase. However, their entry-level plan is a good-value way to enjoy many of the perks of managed WordPress hosting including access to 24/7 support across three channels and lots of helpful documentation.

If you want to know more about this host, you can see a detailed breakdown of their plans, features, and performance in our SiteGround StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek comparison.

SiteGround Speed and Uptime Tests

As mentioned, SiteGround has lots of different plans at a range of price points. For the Review Signal tests used in this comparison, the $19.95 per month SiteGround mid-level GrowBig plan was chosen.

In these tests, the Review Signal team recorded an average response time of 445 milliseconds in the Load Storm test that scaled from 500 to 2,000 users accessing the test site hosted by SiteGround.

In a Load Impact test that scaled from 1 to 1,000 users over 15 minutes, the peak average load time was 0.556 seconds.

According to the WebPageTest.org tests, the average load time of the SiteGround site based on the times recorded from 11 locations around the world was 1.42 seconds.

During the two uptime tests that were carried out on the SiteGround hosted site, UptimeRobot and StatusCake both recorded 99.99 percent uptime.

You can see how these results compare to the other managed WordPress hosts in this guide near the end of this article, in the test results recap section.

Pricing

The SiteGround managed hosting plans start at $11.95 per month for the entry-level StartUp plan.

However, in order to get access to the majority of the SiteGround managed hosting features, the mid-level $19.95 GrowBig plan is recommended. It’s worth pointing out that SiteGround offers some deep discounts to new customers, reducing the price of the GrowBig plan to just $5.95 for your first invoice of up to 36 months in length.

Choosing the GrowBig plan gives you the ability to create an unlimited number of WordPress websites on your account. You also get 20 GB of storage and unmetered bandwidth with the plan designed to handle around 25,000 monthly visits across all your sites.

SiteGround Conclusion

SiteGround offer good-value feature-rich managed WordPress hosting with generous allowances. Purists might not be satisfied with their inclusion in this guide as they aren’t a WordPress-only hosting company, but for almost everyone else with less demanding requirements, they are worth taking a closer look at.

Visit the SiteGround website.

Flywheel

Flywheel is a managed WordPress hosting company with plans aimed at creatives such as web designers and agencies. The user interface of the Flywheel account dashboards is really nicely designed so if you appreciate a pleasant working environment alongside some impressive hosting features, Flywheel could be for you.

Flywheel Managed Hosting

Features

To help Flywheel appeal to their target audience, the plans include some interesting features to facilitate collaboration and assist those managing multiple client sites along with the ability to set up development areas for work-in-progress projects.

Core Features

When you sign up with Flywheel, you get access to the following features:

  • Free SSL certificate.
  • Free WordPress website migration to Flywheel.
  • Daily website backups.
  • Website staging and cloning tools.
  • SFTP access to your web space.
  • Database access via a custom interface.
  • Managed WordPress software updates.
  • Choice of seven data center locations.
  • 24/7 live chat support.
  • No overage charges.
  • Optional paid CDN.
  • HTTP/2.0.

As well as the standard features, Flywheel offer some extras that you might find useful:

Website Blueprints

To help you save time, Flywheel let you package up themes and plugins to create blueprints that can be used each time you create a new WordPress website. If you find yourself using the same configuration each time you start a new project, this feature should help, especially as you can create multiple blueprints.

Demo Client Sites

Flywheel make it very easy to build demo WordPress websites when you’re creating sites for your clients. You don’t even have to make a payment until the site is ready to go live, giving you a private area where you can work in collaboration with your clients. When your client is happy with the site, they or you can make a payment and the site will go live.

Local WordPress Development Tool

Another feature that will appeal to designers and developers alike is the Flywheel Local tool. This software makes it very easy to create local WordPress websites on your computer.

Unlike a regular local WordPress installation, Flywheel Local lets you privately share the sites you’re working on via a live link. You can also easily transfer the content, settings, and design of your local WordPress website to one of your sites hosted by Flywheel and vice versa.

Collaboration Features

As well as simplifying the process of giving your clients access to the sites of theirs you’re working on, you can easily create accounts for your team members or other developers you’re collaborating with. As each user gets their own username and password, there’s no need to share login details to provide access to your account and sites.

Features Summary

If you’re working with others or creating and managing sites for clients, then you’re sure to appreciate the features of Flywheel. As well as covering the managed hosting essentials, like website backups and automatic updates, these extra features help Flywheel stand out from the competition.

You can view the full details in our recent hands-on Flywheel hosting review.

Flywheel Speed and Uptime Tests

In a Load Storm test, performed by the Review Signal team that scaled from 500 to 2,000 users accessing a site hosted by Flywheel, the average response time was 2,415 ms.

In a Load Impact test that scaled from 1 to 1,000 users over 15 minutes, the peak average load time was 7.25 seconds.

According to the WebPageTest.org tests, the average load time of the Flywheel site based on the times recorded from 11 locations around the world was 1,380 ms.

During the two uptime tests that were carried out on the Flywheel hosted site, both UptimeRobot and StatusCake recorded 100 percent uptime.

Pricing

The Flywheel managed hosting plans start at a relatively affordable $14 per month and go up to $229. They also offer custom plans for those that need a bespoke hosting service.

However, the low priced entry-level plan doesn’t provide much when it comes to storage, monthly visits, and bandwidth so you might find the $28 per month plan is a more realistic option.

If you want to host multiple WordPress websites on one account, including your own sites and client sites, you’ll need to choose one of the Freelance or Agency plans, where prices start at $92 per month.

Flywheel Conclusion

If you’re looking for a host that’s well experienced when it comes to working with designers, developers, and agencies and understanding their needs, then Flywheel is definitely worth adding to your shortlist.

If you are collaborating with clients or want an easy and user-friendly way to demonstrate the sites you’re creating for them, then the stylish Flywheel interface and extra tools make the whole process very straightforward.

However, if you don’t need any of the extra features from Flywheel and your site requires a considerable amount of storage, bandwidth, and monthly visitors allowance, then there might be better-value managed hosting plans out there.

Visit the Flywheel website.

Kinsta

Kinsta are one of the most well-regarded names in the managed WordPress hosting space, at least when talking to technical users with an appreciation for robust performance. Focusing on creating a highly optimized WordPress hosting environment while also providing a selection of features that all website owners will find useful, Kinsta should appeal to anyone looking for a fast and secure home for their WordPress website.

If you sign up with Kinsta, your WordPress website will now be hosted on the Google Cloud Platform. However, as your site is supported and managed by the Kinsta staff, you get the best of both worlds by leveraging the impressive Google architecture while also having access to a team of WordPress experts that you can turn to when you need help.

Kinsta WP Hosting

Features

At Kinsta the focus is on providing you with the environment, tools, and features to keep your website running as quickly as possible:

Core Features

When you choose Kinsta you get access to the following:

  • Free SSL certificate.
  • Free WordPress website migration to Kinsta.
  • Daily website backups.
  • Website staging and cloning tools (not on entry-level plan).
  • SFTP access to your web space.
  • Database access via phpMyAdmin.
  • Dashboard for manually updating WordPress software and plugins.
  • Choice of 20 data center locations from around the world.
  • 24/7 live chat support.
  • Transparent overage charges.
  • Free CDN.
  • HTTP/2.0.
  • WordPress Multisite (not on entry-level plan).

Some of the highlights from the Kinsta hosting plans include:

Staging Environment

Kinsta provides you with an easy-to-use interface for managing your account and WordPress websites. Part of the functionality of the Kinsta dashboard includes letting you quickly create staging websites where you can test out new plugins, themes, and code changes without disrupting your live site. While some other hosts have a staging feature, moving content between the different environments is very straightforward with Kinsta.

Global Data Centers

Now that Kinsta use the Google Cloud Platform, their customers can choose from 20 data center locations for their websites. As well as hosting your website in a range of locations in the US and Europe, you can also choose from data centers in India, Asia, and Australia to match where your audience are based.

Manual Backups

As well as the automatic daily backups, Kinsta let you create a manual backup of your site on demand, through your account dashboard. Therefore, if you’re about to install a new plugin or change your theme, you can instantly create a restore point in case you need to roll back those changes.

Features Summary

Although the Kinsta dashboard isn’t quite as attractive as the Flywheel equivalent, it is well designed and easy to navigate. Thanks to this, tasks like creating a new site, cloning a site, or updating software is hassle-free. The choice of data centers should also appeal to anyone with an audience clustered in a specific region, especially if it’s a non-standard area like Asia or Australia.

Kinsta Speed and Uptime Tests

The Review Signal team put the test Kinsta site through its paces to see how quickly it loaded.

In the Load Storm test that scaled from 500 to 2,000 users accessing a site hosted by Kinsta, the average response time was 355 ms.

In a Load Impact test that scaled from 1 to 1,000 users over 15 minutes, the peak average load time was 0.41 seconds.

According to the WebPageTest.org tests, the average load time of the Kinsta site, based on the times recorded from 11 locations around the world was 1.40 seconds.

During the two uptime tests that were carried out on the Kinsta-hosted site, both UptimeRobot and StatusCake recorded 100 percent uptime.

Pricing

The Kinsta plans run from $30 a month through to $1,500 per month for their top-tier enterprise plan.

The entry-level Starter plan includes 20,000 monthly visits, 5 GB of SSD storage, and 50 GB of CDN access. All plans include a free migration to move your WordPress website to Kinsta but if you want to host more than one site, you’ll need to choose a higher plan than the entry-level option.

Kinsta Conclusion

Although Kinsta don’t have the same level of account sharing and collaborative features as Flywheel, you can still securely let other users have access to your account and the sites being hosted on it with the ability to control exactly what each user can do and see.

However, as our review showed, where Kinsta come into their own is their fast loading times and large choice of data centers. Therefore, if you’re looking for a host that will display your website as quickly as possible to your audience, no matter where they’re based, without breaking the bank and still providing you with many useful features, Kinsta is a good option.

Visit the Kinsta website.

Pressable

Pressable hope to distinguish themselves from the competition by offering all the same managed WordPress hosting features as the other companies in this field but also having a stronger focus on delivering exceptional service and keeping their customers happy.

As part of their commitment to customer service, the Pressable team will support you personally when it comes to migrating your site to their servers or creating your first WordPress website. They also have a few other features that aim to help you get the most out of your WordPress website.

Pressable Managed WordPress Hosting

Features

The Pressable core features compare well to the other managed WordPress hosting companies with a few extra additions to help them support their customers more effectively than the competition.

Core Features

Customers at Pressable get access to the following features for their WordPress websites:

  • Free SSL certificate.
  • Free WordPress website migration to Pressable.
  • Daily website backups.
  • Website staging.
  • SFTP access to your web space.
  • Database access via phpMyAdmin.
  • WordPress software updates managed by Pressable.
  • Single data center located in San Antonio, Texas.
  • 24/7 ticket support (chat support not available on the entry-level plan).
  • Free CDN.
  • HTTP/2.0.
  • Unlimited storage and bandwidth (just a visits allowance).
  • WordPress Multisite.
  • Selection of WordPress themes available via the Jetpack integration.

Some of the highlights from the Pressable hosting plans include:

Personalized Onboarding

When you sign up with Pressable you’re assigned a personal contact on their support team. The idea is that having a consistent point of contact makes it easier to resolve any issues that might arise with your WordPress website.

If this type of arrangement appeals to you or you’re unsure about starting a new WordPress website or migrating an existing site to a new host, then Pressable could be a company to explore further.

WordPress Training

Another feature that demonstrates Pressable’s commitment to customer satisfaction is the WP101 video tutorial series that all customers get access to. We’ve reviewed WP101 before, but it’s a series of narrated videos that walk you through the main features of WordPress as well as some of the other things you can do with this website software.

Normally you’d have to pay for access to the WP101 video tutorials but with Pressable it’s included with their hosting plans at no extra cost.

Jetpack Premium

Pressable customers also get access to the Jetpack Premium service which is worth $99 per month. With Jetpack running on your site, you can enable features like daily security scans with automatic resolutions of a large number of issues, content marketing tools such as a related posts widget, and enhanced website backups.

All of this can help make it easier to run and manage a WordPress website.

Features Summary

It’s hard to qualify Pressable’s claims of being the most customer-focused managed WordPress host out there. However, after checking out their features, they certainly do offer helpful extras that most other hosts don’t while also covering the essentials found elsewhere. Although the lack of 24/7 live chat support on the entry-level plan might not please everyone.

Pressable Speed and Uptime Tests

The Review Signal team recorded an average response time of 268 milliseconds in the Load Storm test that scaled from 500 to 2,000 users accessing the test site hosted by Pressable.

In a Load Impact test that scaled from 1 to 1,000 users over 15 minutes, the peak average load time was 0.486 seconds.

According to the WebPageTest.org tests, the average load time of the Pressable site based on the times recorded from 11 locations around the world was 1.55 seconds.

During the two uptime tests that were carried out on the Pressable hosted site, both UptimeRobot and StatusCake recorded 99.99 percent uptime.

Pricing

The Pressable plans start from $25 per month for their Personal plan and go up to $3,000 per month for their VIP 4 plan. Custom plans can also be built if your needs don’t match any of the pre-defined options.

Unlike some of the other options in this guide to the best managed WordPress hosting, the $25 entry-level plan from Pressable lets you create up to five WordPress websites rather than just one. You’ll have to share your allowance of 60,000 monthly page views between those five sites, but if you do want to host multiple sites on one account, the unlimited storage and bandwidth should come in handy.

Discounts are available if you choose to pay yearly instead of monthly and there’s a 90-day money-back guarantee so you can see for yourself if the Pressable customer service lives up to the marketing claims.

Pressable Conclusion

Pressable are right when they state that most of the best managed WordPress hosts offer the same sort of features so it’s good to see that they are actively trying to stand out from the crowd by offering extras their customers should find useful.

Visit the Pressable website.

WP Engine

WP Engine are one of the most well-established managed WordPress hosting companies out there so if you’re looking for a host with many years of experience looking after the sites of their customers, WP Engine certainly meet that criteria.

Rather than focusing on a specific type of customer, such as web designers, developers, or those new to WordPress, WP Engine have a feature list that should appeal to a wide audience. In short, if you’re using WordPress, then you’re in the WP Engine target audience.

WP Engine  Managed WordPress Hosting

Features

Over the years WP Engine have added more and more useful features to their plans. Some examples include the selection of high-quality themes from StudioPress that their customers get access to, development and staging environments for each website hosted, and the ability to create private transferable sites for clients.

Like Kinsta, WP Engine now also use the Google Cloud Platform, giving you a wide range of data center locations to choose from.

Core Features

Before we take a look at some of the standout features from WP Engine, here’s what’s available on their plans:

  • Free SSL certificate.
  • A free plugin to help with WordPress website migration to WP Engine.
  • Daily website backups.
  • Website staging and development environments.
  • SFTP access to your web space.
  • Database access via phpMyAdmin.
  • WordPress software updates managed by WP Engine.
  • Choice of 13 data center locations from around the world.
  • 24/7 live chat support (phone and ticket support available on higher plans).
  • Free CDN.
  • HTTP/2.0.
  • WordPress Multisite available as a paid add-on.
  • Access to 35+ premium WordPress themes from StudioPress.

Some of the highlights from the WP Engine hosting plans include:

StudioPress WordPress Themes

Every WordPress website needs a theme and while you can find some good free themes, the premium options generally look better and provide you with more options for your website. As WP Engine have acquired StudioPress, their customers now get access to some of the best WordPress themes available at no extra cost.

Developer-Friendly Features

In addition to targeting regular website owners with automatic backups and software updates, not to mention the library of themes, the development and staging environments that each website gets should help WP Engine attract developers and coders too.

Thanks to the quick and easy process for moving content between the three environments, developers can safely experiment in the development environment, share their work when it’s ready with their clients or team in the staging environment, then instantly push those changes to the live environment when everything’s been tested and approved.

Like Flywheel, WP Engine also now have a transferable sites feature that lets customers create a private site that doesn’t count against the site allowance of their plan. This private website can be shared with clients who can take ownership of it when it’s ready to go live. Again like Flywheel, you don’t have to start with a blank WordPress website each time. Instead, you can quickly copy an existing website into the new site to serve as a foundation.

Scalable Cloud Hosting

Now that WP Engine are using the Google Cloud Platform as their hosting environment, the resources available to the websites of their customers can be instantly scaled without any downtime. Like Kinsta – another managed WordPress host using the Google Cloud Platform – WP Engine customers can choose to have their website hosted in a variety of locations around the world.

Features Summary

Although specializing can be good, WP Engine have broadened their appeal as the company has grown. Bloggers and small site owners looking for a fast and managed environment for their WordPress website will find WP Engine appealing as will more tech-savvy site owners who want to take a hands-on approach to creating and managing their websites.

WP Engine Speed and Uptime Tests

The Review Signal team recorded an average response time of 509 milliseconds in the Load Storm test that scaled from 500 to 10,000 users accessing the test site hosted by WP Engine.

In a Load Impact test that scaled from 1 to 5,000 users over 15 minutes, the peak average load time was 0.665 seconds.

According to the WebPageTest.org tests, the average load time of the WP Engine site based on the times recorded from 11 locations around the world was 1.27 seconds.

During the two uptime tests that were carried out on the WP Engine hosted site, UptimeRobot recorded 99.95 and StatusCake recorded 99.96 percent uptime.

Pricing

With the entry-level Startup plan priced at $35 per month, WP Engine are slightly more expensive than some of the other managed hosting companies covered here. However, you do get a relatively generous 10 GB of storage, a 25,000 monthly visit allowance, and 50 GB of bandwidth. If you’re happy to use one of the premium StudioPress themes, you’ll save some money. Also, if you choose to pay yearly instead of monthly, you’ll receive two months of free hosting.

WP Engine Conclusions

If you want to go with one of the most tried-and-tested names in managed WordPress hosting then WP Engine are hard to beat. However, as the feature list demonstrates, you’re not just paying for the name but access to some genuinely useful tools and extras to help you create and maintain your WordPress website.

Visit the WP Engine website.

WordPress VIP

WordPress VIP is the managed hosting service from Automattic, the team behind the WordPress.com platform. The founder and CEO of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, is also the co-founder of WordPress so if you’d like to cut out the middlemen and host your website with a company that’s been involved in with WordPress from day one, then this host could be for you. However, as we’ll soon see, due to its high prices, WordPress VIP certainly isn’t for everyone.

WordPress VIP Hosting

Features

WordPress VIP is aimed at high-end WordPress websites that need more power and performance than regular managed WordPress hosting can provide and their features and prices reflect this.

WordPress VIP also have strict coding standards and don’t just take on any type of WordPress website. To give you an idea of the types of websites they host, some of their high-profile their clients include the New York Post, USA Today Sports, and News Corp Australia.

Core Features

WordPress VIP provide a completely tailored and bespoke hosting service so whatever features a site needs, they’ll be able to deliver it. Due to this, all the features from the other managed WordPress hosts in this comparison should be available if you sign up with WordPress VIP.

However, some of the highlights from WordPress VIP hosting include:

Pre-Onboarding Website Evaluation

Before WordPress VIP even take on a new client they perform a thorough evaluation of the existing website. This includes an audit of the current website and its codebase from a security and performance perspective. Their team of WordPress experts then make a recommendation for going forward and whether that includes partnering with WordPress VIP or not.

Detailed Project Planning and Development

If you’re accepted by WordPress VIP, their involvement in your project continues. More than just a web hosting provider, WordPress VIP aims to be partners with their clients and will support them with planning the migration to their platform.

They can also help with creating a new website or optimizing an existing site. They provide training for client’s developers, editors, and administrators covering how to use WordPress effectively as well.

Unlimited and Managed Everything

In order to deliver the best hosting environment possible, WordPress VIP manage every aspect of a website, including backups, updates, and security. There are no bandwidth, storage, or visitor allowances to worry about either.

Features Summary

The selective approach to taking on new clients or partners means that WordPress VIP only host the websites that are the best fit for their service. So while most websites aren’t suitable for WordPress VIP hosting, if you do make it through the selection process, your website will be in very safe hands.

WordPress VIP Speed and Uptime Tests

The Review Signal team recorded an average response time of 108 milliseconds in the Load Storm test that scaled from 500 to 10,000 users accessing the test site hosted by WordPress VIP. This result made WordPress VIP the fastest host in this test.

In a Load Impact test that scaled from 1 to 5,000 users over 15 minutes, the peak average load time was 0.102 seconds, making WordPress VIP one of the fastest hosts in this test.

According to the WebPageTest.org tests, the average load time of the WordPress VIP site, based on the times recorded from 11 locations around the world, was 0.54 seconds putting WordPress VIP at the top of the results for this test.

During the two uptime tests that were carried out on the WordPress VIP hosted site, UptimeRobot recorded 99.95 and StatusCake recorded 100 percent uptime.

Pricing

As WordPress VIP create bespoke hosting packages for their clients there are no prices published on their website. However, after doing some research, it looks like the WordPress VIP prices range from $5,000 per month up to $25,000 per month, plus an initial setup fee that can be as high as $5,000. Although as mentioned, the service does include unlimited bandwidth and storage plus hands-on onboarding, migration, and management of your website.

WordPress VIP Conclusions

WordPress VIP do appear to be the best of the best when it comes to managed WordPress hosting. Their custom plans and packages are designed to provide you with everything your website needs. However, thanks to the application and invitation-only process for taking on new clients, not to mention the high prices, WordPress VIP won’t be an option for most websites. It is interesting to see what’s available from top of the range WordPress hosting though.

Visit the WordPress VIP website.

WordPress Managed Hosting Speed Test Results Recap

Thanks once again to the great work carried out by Review Signal, it’s possible to see who offers the fastest managed WordPress hosting across a range of tests. Below is a summary of the results from the hosts featured in our guide:

  • SiteGround: Load Storm test 445 ms – Load Impact 7.25 seconds – WebPageTest.org 1.38 seconds.*
  • Flywheel: Load Storm test 2,415 ms – Load Impact 0.556 seconds – WebPageTest.org 1.42 seconds.*
  • Kinsta: Load Storm 355 ms – Load Impact 0.41 seconds – WebPageTest.org 1.40 seconds.
  • Pressable: Load Storm 268 ms – Load Impact 0.486 seconds – WebPageTest.org 1.55 seconds.
  • WP Engine: Load Storm 509 ms – Load Impact 0.665 seconds – WebPageTest.org 1.27 seconds.
  • WordPress VIP: Load Storm 108 ms – Load Impact 0.102 seconds – WebPageTest.org 0.54 seconds.

*As SiteGround and Flywheel fall into the category of hosts available for under $25 per month category, they faced less demanding tests from Review Signal. For example, the Load Storm and Load Impact tests were only scaled up to 2,000 and 1,000 users respectively, compared to the hosts in the higher priced categories where more virtual users were accessing the sites simultaneously. Therefore, their results can’t be directly compared with the higher priced plans from companies like Kinsta, WP Engine, WordPress VIP, and others.

As you can see from the results, you generally get what you pay for in terms of performance, with the Flywheel entry-level plan – one of the lowest priced options — coming in with the slowest times while the most expensive WordPress VIP service had the best scores.

However, the SiteGround GrowBig plan performed well compared to some of the equally priced and even higher priced options. Although do take the different test variables mentioned above into account when comparing the results.

All websites and their audiences are different therefore your results will vary. However, most of these hosts offer some sort of money-back guarantee so you do have the option of testing your site with each of these hosts, risk-free.

Final Conclusion

As you can see there’s a lot to take into account when choosing a managed WordPress host for your website.

Having a fast loading website is important, but getting access to the right features can be just as important, especially if you have particular requirements, such as being able to host your website in a non-standard location or need the ability to securely share test sites with your clients.

Hopefully, this guide has provided you with all the information needed to make an informed decision on which managed WordPress host to choose for your website.

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By Joe Fylan

Joe is an experienced WordPress user who enjoys sharing the tips and knowledge he's picked up from using this fantastic platform for many years. You can find out more about Joe on his website.
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