WordPress Website Hosting

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At Braizen, we only like to recommend hosting providers we’ve used ourselves. There are roughly a bajillion website hosts out there. In this post, we’re focused on our favorites: Flywheel* and WPEngine*. 

Both of these specialize in hosting WordPress websites. This means they know WordPress inside and out and their servers are configured just for WordPress sites. If you’re hosting a bunch of random websites, these hosts may not work for you.

Website Hosting Technical Terms

This blog post includes some technical terms. Read this first so you know what they all mean.

  1. SSL Certificate: a security certificate that allows you to display your website using HTTPS instead of HTTP. This is good for SEO and website security.
  2. Staging server: a clone of your website. Use this feature to copy your website, try out a new plugin, or experiment without affecting your live website.
  3. Database: where WordPress stores all your content. It’s like the brain of your website. It’s stored in an SQL file.
  4. WordPress install: this refers to a single WordPress website. If the hosting plan says you get one install, this means you can only host one website.
  5. Security monitoring: occasionally WordPress websites get hacked. Our recommended hosts include security monitoring for hacks and vulnerabilities. That means, if your website gets hacked, they’ll fix it for you with no extra fees.

Having great hosting [with Flywheel] has made my life soooo much easier! It never even occurred to me, in literal years, that Dreamhost was my problem; I always just blamed it on themes and other plugins not playing nicely together.
– Kate Anderson of Plumeria Album Design

WPEngine hosting overview

  • Plans start at $29/month or $290/year (pay annually to get two months free)
  • The $29/month plan includes up to 25,000 monthly visits to your website
  • One WordPress install
  • Daily backups of your website’s files and database
  • Option to create a new back-up whenever you want
  • Daily backups of your staging server’s files and database
  • Unlimited free SSL certificates included (helpful if you have more than one domain)
  • Security monitoring included
  • One-click staging server
  • 24/7 Support via phone, live chat, or support ticket (email)

Flywheel hosting overview

  • Plans start at $15/month or $165/year (pay annually to get one month free)
  • The $15/month plan includes up to 5,000 monthly visits to your website
  • The $30/month plan includes up to 25,000 monthly visits to your website
  • One WordPress install
  • One free SSL certificate included
  • Security monitoring included
  • Daily backups of your website’s files and database
  • Option to create a new back-up whenever you want
  • Staging server is included on the $30/month plan and up
  • Support from 9am-5pm CDT via support ticket (email), or live chat. Emergency support available 24/7 via email.

Flywheel and WPEngine compared

Flywheel will happily answer your support questions. In our experience, it’s typically within a few hours. If you have 5,000 monthly visitors or less, are cool with one SSL certificate, and don’t need a staging server … then Flywheel is a great choice.

In our experience, WPEngine typically answers support tickets within minutes. They also include a few more technical features. If you need more than one SSL certificate, want quick replies to support questions even on the weekend, want a staging website, back-ups of your staging site, or have more than 5,000 monthly visitors … we recommend WPEngine.

We love both of these web hosts. Total honesty … we have more clients using Flywheel than WPEngine. Most people don’t need multiple SSL certificates or a staging server. If you do, go for WPEngine.

*This blog post uses affiliate links. That means if you click the links and sign up with WPEngine or Flywheel, we get a little bit of money. 💰 We only recommend services we trust.

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