Managed WordPress Hosting Reviews & Comparison

Entry Level

Most managed hosting packages have several levels. This chart will help you look at each provider’s most basic offering.

All of the following plans limit you to just one WordPress site. All of them also offer backup and firewall security.

 
Our Review
Monthly Price
Traffic
Best Feature
Staging Area
Multisite
CDN Included
Managed Updates
One-Click Restore
ProActive Security
WP EngineWP Engine Review$2925k VisitorsOne Click Restore$19.95 extra
SynthesisSynthesis Review$2775k PageViewsMarketing ToolsThird Party - extra
PressablePressable Review$2515k PageViewsFree CDN & Gravity Forms
Page.lyPage.ly Review$2425k VisitorsSecurity$9 extra
SiteGroundSiteGround Review$15100k VisitsGeneric Host
Lightning BaseLightning Base Review$1010k PageViewsPricing

Notes:

  1. Synthesis provides CDN plugins, and encourages you to get a CDN from Amazon S3 or NetDNA. So a CDN is possible, it is just never provided out of the box by Synthesis.
  2. SiteGround isn’t a true Managed Host. It provides CPanel and the ability to customise many things that the other hosts take care of for you. But, because they do include a staging area, a CDN, and automatic updates, it qualifies for the list. If you desperately want CPanel, SiteGround is the right option. If you don’t know what CPanel is, avoid it.

Mid Market

Almost all packages have higher level plans around $100, and offer additional features.

I’ve taken Lightning Base off the list, as I don’t think their price/features makes sense at the higher level. This means that all of the sites listed below offer Managed Updates of WordPress and also offer Proactive Security (so those columns have been removed).

 
Our Review
Monthly Price
Sites
Traffic
Best Feature
Staging Area
Multisite
CDN Included
One-Click Restore
WP EngineWP Engine Review$9910100k VisitorsOne Click Restore
SynthesisSynthesis Review$972600k PageViewsMarketing ToolsThird Party - extra
PressablePressable Review$9020100k PageViewsFree CDN &
Gravity Forms
Page.lyPage.ly Review$1491750k VisitorsSecurity$9 extra

Enterprise Market

At the enterprise level, we quickly move from higher end packages to custom quotes. At this point, comparison sites aren’t that helpful. That said, there are a couple deal-breakers. Pressable does not offer Multisite, and Lightspeed Base isn’t a likely choice, as their focus is cheap and cheerful (and they lack client initiated backups and automatic updates to WordPress).

And there are a couple impressive features that may be the deciding factor. WP Engine’s staging environment and one-click backup and restore is incredibly powerful, as is their dedicated hardware. Page.ly also focuses on scaling through dedicated hardware or VPS, depending on your needs.

Only WP Engine, Synthesis, Pressable, and Page.ly market a enterprise solution where pricing is not listed; their Sales team will custom craft a quote for you.