Gone are the days when hosting was specific under few categories. Now-a-days, managed WordPress hosting has become an official offering by all progressive web-hosting companies. It makes all the sense for web-hosting companies to have a dedicated offering for WordPress based sites as it powers 25% of the websites in the world.
WordPress needs an optimized hosting environment for running smoothly without performance degradation over the time. There are many technology innovations happening in past few weeks that includes the adoption of HTTP/2 (Based on SPYD), which would help anyone to improve their website loading time. Before you get into these kinds of technical optimization, the first thing you need to take care of is a rock-solid hosting company for your WordPress site.
For an entry level blogger, a shared hosting offered by companies like Bluehost, Hostgator which costs about $3-5/month is usually enough. For an entrepreneur, startups or a professional blogger, a shared hosting is not enough. They need hosting from managed WordPress hosting provider, as it takes care of all the aspects of hosting your WordPress sites. That includes security, updating, backup & faster loading of your website/blog.
Fun fact: WordPress is memory exhausting platform as it relies on PHP & mySQL. With a managed WordPress hosting, you can make your site load within seconds.
If you are new to managed WordPress hosting, here are few refreshers for you:
Few years back it was not possible to afford a managed hosting for WordPress by a blogger or an entry level entrepreneur with limited funding. Due to increased competition in the last 14 months, we have seen hosting companies offering more features & the cost has reduced significantly.
The latest entrant in this field is LiquidWeb, which is a well-known name in web-hosting industry. They started in 1997 & since then they have won INC.5000 Fastest Growing Companies award in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The were famous for dedicated server & they have unveiled their latest WordPress managed hosting at WordCamp U.S. 2015.
LiquidWeb WordPress managed hosting offering & plan Comparision:
Technical side: Under the hood
I will share the details on pricing & a comparison chart later. For now, let’s have a look at technical specifications. LiquidWeb managed WordPress hosting is powered by HipHop VM, which is popularly known as HHVM. In their words;
PHP is the backbone of WordPress; if PHP is faster, then WordPress is faster. HipHop VM (HHVM) is a virtual machine specifically designed as an execution engine for PHP. Originally written by PHP enthusiasts at Facebook, HHVM provides unmatchable PHP execution speeds.
Along with this, they offer Memcache & mod_pagespeed (Developed by Google). Memcache that is offered by all cutting edge hosting companies including shared hosting offered by Siteground. Memcache is distributed, high-performance, an in-memory caching system that is primarily used to speed up sites that make heavy use of databases.
100% SSD Storage:
The customers will get 100% SSD storage that would ensure your data would be served faster. A new standard in the web-hosting industry, & something you should always look for when buying a hosting for your site. Just for info: SSD’s are way costlier than normal drives, but they offer great speed & reliability at the same time.
Below you can find the image that shows other notable features of LiquidWeb managed WordPress hosting. Do notice the support for WordPress Multisite & Free migrations.
LiquidWeb WordPress hosting Pricing:
What made me consider featuring Liquidweb here is because of their pricing. They are way cheaper than all existing players (Unlimited visits) & popular name in WordPress managed WordPress hosting industry. They offer four different WordPress hosting plans which are suitable for everyone needs.You should pick the right hosting plan based on a number of WordPress sites you want to host & hard disk space you need.
Unlike WPEngine, they don’t charge based on visitors. Their entry level plan is for only $79 which will let you host up to 5 sites with unlimited visitors. Here is a comparison chart of LiquidWeb Vs. WPEngine, PageLy, Pantheon & FlyWheel.
LiquidWeb Vs. WPEngine Vs. Pagely Vs. Pantheon Vs. FlyWheel
Personally I’m happy to see more big player offering managed hosting for WordPress. This will help to lower down the pricing & make it affordable for everyone. Being on managed WordPress hosting from last 2 years, I know how hassle free managed WordPress hosting are. Though it comes with a huge price tag & hopefully in coming months, we can see more lucrative pricing due to more competition. For now, you can get your WordPress optimized hosting for $79 from Liquidweb.
I would look forward to read your reviews & experience with LiquidWeb. I’m trying to get a review account from them & if that happens, do expect a detailed hands-on review in the coming week. For now, let me know your opinion on more hosting companies entering into WordPress hosting business? How this benefits an end user like you & me?