Which High-Performance Host is Right for Your WordPress Website?

If you've​ got a WordPress website, we're willing to bet online advertisements from generic hosting services like BlueHost and HostGator have targeted you before.

How do we know?​

These companies have massive advertising budgets and capture large swaths of uninformed and unsuspecting customers as a result. To ensure you won't be one of them, we're not going to waste your time reviewing such big name brands and their dollar store hosting plans.

Instead, we're going to discuss a new breed of hosting companies that have been gaining ground in the past few years with two qualities we think are crucial:

  1. A focus on high performance (which we like because speed matters).
  2. And hosting made specifically for WordPress websites (which we like because WordPress rocks - and also powers a lot of the Internet).​

If you’re just getting started and don’t have significant traffic yet, the generic hosting options might be good enough for you right now. But once your site starts to perk up, you'll want to dump them for something better. 

In this overview, we're going to show you the current landscape of WordPress specialized hosting services, what they have to offer and which ones deliver the best bang for your hard earned buck.

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Disclaimer: This is only Part 1

What we've started here is a huge undertaking. The goal is to bring our typical level of scrutiny and attention to create a comprehensive roundup review of WordPress hosting services.

What you're reading right now is only "Part 1", where we've selected candidates, analyzed their claims and created some initial comparison tables.

Later in "Part 2", we'll conduct practical tests to measure performance and quality differences as objectively as possible. But before we begin that endeavor, we want to get some input from you. There's a lot of value in what we've done already so we decided to deliver this initial overview to you straight away.​

Getting To Know the WordPress Hosting Landscape

This post consolidates the core features and unique selling points of SIXTEEN different WordPress hosting companies into a single overview article.

While it's not a full review yet, what you'll find here is already a comprehensive guide to the current marketplace for WordPress specialized hosting.

WordPress Hosting Essentials:

The following is a short hit list of important benefits you should hold any hosting service to for your WordPress website:​

  1. Outstanding Load Times During both Normal to High-Traffic Conditions
  2. Daily Backups with a Quick and Easy Restore Feature
  3. WordPress Only Hosting for Optimized Architecture and Deep Operational Expertise
  4. Powerful and Intuitive Control Panel Management
  5. Responsive and Knowledgable Support Teams
  6. Advanced Security through State-of-the-Art Hardware, Software and Monitoring Systems

For each host, we'll run through this rapid-fire checklist to help give you an idea of what each company claims to provide via their online marketing materials.

Affiliate Disclosure

You may be aware that over at Thrive Themes, we are currently recommending WPX Hosting as the go-to solution.

This is a recommendation we made only after some very rigorous testing and we stand by it.

WPX Hosting is also featured in this roundup, but we won't be playing favorites. At ActiveGrowth, we have the capacity to do an in-depth roundup review unlike anything we've seen or been able to do before.

And yes, we are an affiliate for WPX Hosting, but as usual, we'll also be using affiliate links for all the other services – where affiliate programs are available. The deciding factor will be the tests we run, not which affiliate program pays out the most.

In case you're skeptical, consider this: if we wanted to maximize our commissions, we'd just recommend BlueHost like everyone else. They pay really well. ;)

The Importance of First Impressions

Most people try to compare marketing claims and technical specs to decide on their next hosting provider. Although this is necessary, technicalities alone won't give you the complete pre-purchase picture.

In an attempt to cut through the typical sales and marketing fluff, we actually emailed each company to ask – as nothing more than a potential customer – what made their services unique.

After receiving their email responses – or lack there of – we came away with a better understanding of each company's business culture. We included excerpts from their answers to help show you their customer service mindsets.

After all, if you're going to trust your online business foundation to one of these companies, it's good to know who you're actually shaking hands with.

1. WPX Hosting

WPX Hosting serves small to medium sized websites.

Like we mentioned above, WPX Hosting is the only managed WordPress Hosting company currently endorsed by Shane and ActiveGrowth’s sister site, Thrive Themes.

The TL;DR checklist of Shane's WPX Hosting review is summed up as follows:

  1. Load Times: Fast server response times, even under heavy visitor loads (as verified by Shane in his review).
  2. Backup Schedule: Two full weeks of daily backups for all their hosting packages without any data retrieval fees.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: An easy to use WPX Hosting control panel that provides all the important functions of cPanel.
  5. Support: 24/7 chat, fast response support (as verified by Shane in his review).​
  6. Security: Daily malware scans, brute-force protection and Enterprise-level DDoS protection.

WPX Hosting Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Business

Monthly Cost

$24.99

Number of Sites

5

Storage Space

10 GB SSD

Monthly Bandwidth

50 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

What makes us stand out the most is the amazing load times we provide and top-notch support.

2. WP Engine

WP Engine serves the spectrum of small to large scale websites.

Their smaller plans offer shared server environments while larger enterprise plans provide dedicated racks to single clients.

WP Engine stands by its security with a no hack guarantee. Any hacked site will be restored at no additional cost to you.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: "Four-to-six times faster" using EverCache, CDN and "front-end systems which can handle high levels of concurrent traffic." 
  2. Backup Schedule: On-demand, pre-update and daily backups with one-click restore functionality.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: "The User Portal is unique to WP Engine and unlike other portals, such as cPanel, is developed specifically for WordPress applications."
  5. Support: 24/7 live chat and phone support staffed by WordPress experts.
  6. Security: Managed patching & updates, real-time threat detection, security audits, code reviews & free hacked site repair.

WP Engine Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Personal

Monthly Cost

$29.00

 Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

10 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

25 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

60 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

At WP Engine we are a premium provider. Comparing us to general hosting providers (Like GoDaddy, HostGator, BlueHost, etc..) is like comparing apples to oranges. We are 100% specialized in WordPress so our platform is completely optimized for it. General hosting providers don't have this kind of specialization, so they are typically competing off server specs and hardware providers.

3. Pressidium

If there's one thing that instantly stands out about Pressidium, it's their focus on treating customers like partners.

To illustrate this, one of the co-founders instantly responded to our simple inquiry for more information with a detailed and personal reply.

With a global network of small to large scale customers, Pressiduim appears to be delivering scalable high-performance through their cutting-edge server architecture.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: Dynamic Load Balancing, SSD storage, Multilayer Adaptive Caching, GlobalDNS, CDNs and PHP optimization.
  2. Backup Schedule: On-demand, pre-update and daily backups with one-click restore functionality.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The Customer Portal offers instant backups, a usage statistics dashboard, a help and ticketing panel, as well as PHP and Cache management.
  5. Support: 24/7 ticketing staffed by actual engineers instead of support agents.
  6. Security: Managed auto-updates, malware monitoring and removal, managed Web Application Firewall (WAF), and Bad-Bots Filtering.

Pressidium Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Micro

Monthly Cost

$24.90

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

Designed for 10 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

60 days (for monthly subscriptions)

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

Our architecture is entirely different to what is generally available on the market today. We don't offer either shared-hosting or VPS servers, as both these approaches are old-fashioned, based on conventional technology and are not used in mission critical environments. We are currently the only host to offer High-Availability across the board.
Your site is simultaneously hosted and served by multiple nodes, so that if any single node (server) would go down, no downtime is noticed and your site continues to operate the same as before.
Our expert support and DevOps team is staffed by actual engineers and not support agents so you're in for a totally different experience than with any of our competitors.

4. Pressable

​Pressable is a small to mid-sized WordPress hosting solution.

Their plans meter traffic for price category determination but offer unlimited storage capacity across the board.

Pressable provides several features standard across all 5 of their pricing plans including CDN access, staging sites and collaborator access.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: Pressable offers WordPress optimized servers, CDN access, as well as batcache and memcache caching systems.
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The MyPressable Control Panel allows you to manage your domains, add or remove collaborators, initiate backups, access your databases, migrate sites and clone your websites.
  5. Support: Monday to Friday (8 AM - 6 PM CST) support tickets fielded by WordPress experts.
  6. Security: Automatic updates, intrusion detection systems and malware removal. 

Pressable Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Small

Monthly Cost

$25.00

Number of Sites

5

Storage Space

Unlimited

Monthly Bandwidth

60 K pageviews

Money-Back Guarantee

15 days

Migration Services

5 sites free

In Their Own Words

We have servers specifically configured for WordPress to improve your site performance, added optimizations that improve speed and stability, and also have premium CDN and caching set up on every site— along with unlimited storage and bandwidth for all of our customers!
Our support team is comprised of experts in the WordPress domain—they can help you with plugin and theme issues, and provide insights as to the best practices in the WordPress community. Our team will be glad to migrate your site over to Pressable, and we do this at no cost to our customers!

5. Pagely

Pagely is a senior WordPress hosting service that focuses solely on providing high-end plans to large companies across various industries.

Their distinguished client list includes such giants as Disney, Verizon and Facebook.

Pagely uses Virtual Private Server (VPS) technology across all of their plans. Unfortunately, their entry level VBurst-2 plan only provides up to 6 hours of VPS-1 speed and traffic capacities per day.

If you're not a major player in your industry already, Pagely probably isn't the small business solution you're looking for based on the entry plan overhead cost alone.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: Uses proprietary NGINX/OpenResty Hyperproxies, the ReDis key-value database, and Amazon Web Services.
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups stored on Amazon s3 for easy restoration when needed.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: From Pagely's Site Details page, you can see your site Stats, Retrieve Backups, Enable/Modify the CDN, Purge Cache, and Create/Modify Aliases.
  5. Support: 24/7 Tickets, Mon-Fri (8 AM - 5 PM) Live Chat for VPS clients, and a Live Slack Channel for Enterprise Clients.
  6. Security: Managed updates and PressArmor security including rate limits, WAF, chroot user separation, and malware scanning.

Pagely Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

V Burst-2

Monthly Cost

$299.00

Number of Sites

15

Storage Space

30 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

50 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

2 sites free

In Their Own Words

Apart from unmatched performance and uptime, our unique characteristic would definitely be the ability to best scale to our customers' needs.
We actually pioneered the managed WP hosting space about seven years ago and have arguably the most mature platform and experienced team for managing and scaling high-traffic WP sites.

6. DreamHost

DreamHost's managed WordPress plan is called DreamPress and offers a low-cost hosting solution for a single website. DreamHost also provides VPS and Dedicated plans if your looking for more power without the WordPress specialization.

DreamPress touts unlimited bandwidth and 24/7 phone, chat and ticket support – which is surprising considering their bargain-bin price point.

Note that DreamPress doesn't offer a money-back guarantee, provides no help with your migration and tacks on an extra $9.95 monthly fee for each additional website you install.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: DreamPress uses VPS servers, SSD storage, multiple layers of caching and a highly tuned version of PHP.
  2. Backup Schedule: DreamHost maintains two weeks worth of backups and provides a one-click account backup feature.
  3. CMS: DreamHost is not WordPress only. The DreamPress plan is only for WordPress sites, but multiple CMS install options are available on their Shared, VPS and Dedicated plans.
  4. Control Panel Management: The DreamPress Panel provides a dashboard to view general info about your site as well as access DreamPress add-ons.
  5. Support: 24/7 Phone, Chat and Ticket access to WordPress experts.
  6. Security: Automatic updates and WordPress specific firewalls to block brute-force attacks.

DreamHost Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

DreamHost

Monthly Cost

$19.95

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

30 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

Unlimited

Money-Back Guarantee

None

Migration Services

None

In Their Own Words

Our Managed WordPress Hosting platform, DreamPress, is built and optimized specifically for WordPress. DreamPress is a web-hosting platform built on two VPSs (Virtual Private Servers), one web-hosting VPS and one MySQL VPS, in addition to having built-in Varnish caching which helps with site load times and performance. 
DreamPress includes unlimited email hosting.

7. 45Air

45Air offers low cost managed WordPress hosting plans targeted at developers.

45Air provides VersionPress, git, WP-CLI, SSH and BASH scripting access out of the box on all of their plans.

45Air is also a CloudFlare optimized partner and includes Railgun Performance acceleration to all customers.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: 45Air uses CloudFlare Railgun, advanced server-side Varnish Caching and Opcode caching.
  2. Backup Schedule: "30 day backups".
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: cPanel.
  5. Support: 24/7 chat on all plans and phone support is included for upper tier plans.
  6. Security: Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS and IPS).

45Air Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Coach

Monthly Cost

$12.99

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

10 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

None

Migration Services

$100

In Their Own Words​

We are very developer friendly, and allow git, Shell, and wp-cli access along with a plugin called VersionPress that handles database merging and staging.
We utilize a highly optimized server side Varnish Cache so you won't need to run any caching plugins.
We offer CloudFlare integration and RAILGUN acceleration free of charge.

8. Kinsta

Kinsta is a medium to large scale WordPress hosting solution.

Across their 8 Business and Enterprise plans, customers have a wide range of storage and bandwidth options to fit their specific website needs.

Kinsta is geared towards established online businesses as their entry level plan starts at $100 per month for a single site with limited storage.

Their plan pricing escalates rapidly from there.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: Kinsta is powered by Google Cloud which "provides significant speed boosts and automatic scalability."
  2. Backup Schedule: Automated daily backups with a one-click restore feature.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress
  4. Control Panel Management: A custom built control panel including a site dashboard, a DNS editor and analytics access.
  5. Support: The Kinsta support team has experience in freelance and corporate work creating free and premium WordPress themes, plugins and have even contributed to the WordPress core code.
  6. Security: Google Cloud infrastructure protection, real-time monitoring, DDoS attack detection, hardware firewalls, and and malware scanning. Kinsta provides a free site fix guarantee if hacked.

Kinsta Business Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Business 1

Monthly Cost

$100.00

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

50 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

None

Migration Services

1 site free

In Their Own Words

We use linux containers orchestrated via LXD on the fastest Google machines available. We are the only host to finish Top Tier in every load testing category we entered.​

9. Synthesis

Synthesis is the WordPress specific hosting subsidiary of parent company Rainmaker Digital. Synthesis is also a sister company to the content marketing education site CopyBlogger.

Synthesis supports small to mid-size websites with monthly visitor limits separating their plans. ​

All Synthesis accounts have access to Rainmaker Digital's Scribe content marketing system. Scribe was the predecessor to CopyBlogger's new Rainmaker Platform – an all-in-one website builder, sales, content marketing, and membership site.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: NGINX architecture and proprietary caching configurations.
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups with your own S3 Bucket on Amazon Web Services.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The Synthesis Account Center provides full back-end access in place of cPanel. It also provides SFTP access, SSH access (if requested on Pro Plans and above), and full access to PHPMyAdmin.
  5. Support: 24/7 Helpdesk staffed by WordPress technical experts.
  6. Security: Secured configurations, server side-scanning every 6 hours, brute-force prevention, malware scans and free malware removal.

Synthesis Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Standard

Monthly Cost

$47.00

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

20 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

2 TB, 10 K visitors per day

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

$99 per site

In Their Own Words

In general, we believe that our lightweight NGINX architecture and proprietary caching configurations give our customers the best WordPress performance possible.
Several hosting companies focus on hosting just WordPress sites. What separates us is that we don’t just give you specialized hosting, we also give you the tools to make the most of it. We do this by including a standard Scribe account for content and site optimization – an account that used to cost more per month than a basic Synthesis account!

10. WPOven

WPOven is a managed WordPress hosting solution aimed at web agencies, developers and resellers.

Users can create "on the fly" sites using WPOven's Recipe Builder allowing them to mix themes and plugins for rapid website delivery for clients.  

Under the 'Professional', 'Business' and 'Agency' plans, users have access to the WPOven Client Manager. It's a white-label Client & Project management platform that gives users the ability to manage, bill and invoice their WordPress website clients.

The client manager feature also allows customers to create and assign client websites to Virtual Private Servers as needed.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: All plans receive a dedicated Virtual Private Server optimized for WordPress. Users can choose their desired server location from the U.S., Europe, Asia or Australia.
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily Amazon s3 backups with a one-click restore feature.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The WPOven custom control panel is built and designed specifically for the needs of designers and developers who create WordPress sites.
  5. Support: Email support with WordPress experts.
  6. Security: WPOven employs best practices along with firewall and DDoS protection. Daily anti-virus and malware scanning with anti-hacking support.

WPOven Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Tiny

Monthly Cost

$19.95

Number of Sites

Unlimited

Storage Space

10 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

1 TB, 25 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

14 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

What sets WPOven apart from the other hosting services is firstly Value for money. WPOven provides dedicated servers with the highest server resources for the price.
Another feature that sets WPOven apart from other Managed WordPress VPS hosting services is the Unlimited sites and Visitors. This means we do not set any limit to the number of sites you want to add on the server – neither do we count or limit the number of visitors on your sites.
Our custom dashboard also provides a host different tools which can help you manage your sites better. For example, one click site cloning, site staging and sync, database manager.

11. Flywheel

Flywheel offers a range of managed WP hosting services from single site options for individuals up to bulk install plans for agencies.

Flywheel's custom dashboard is built with web designers and developers in mind providing a way to manage client websites all in one place. Team and client collaboration is also streamlined through individual logins and passwords where access is easy to grant and revoke.

Flywheel also provides free demo sites across all of its plans as well as staging site access to all but its 'Tiny' plan.

With Flywheel's "Blueprints" feature, you can reuse your custom theme designs and plugin combinations to help you build future client websites faster.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: WordPress optimized server-side caching that can handle large traffic spikes. MaxCDN services included on the upper tier plans and for an additional monthly cost of $10 on the 'Tiny' and 'Personal' plans.
  2. Backup Schedule: Nightly backups are stored for 30 days have a one-click restore feature.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: An all-in-one dashboard designed especially for web designers and developers.
  5. Support: WordPress experts available by phone and email from 9 AM to 7 PM CST, Monday through Friday.
  6. Security: Managed WordPress updates, intelligent IP blocking, limited login attempts, malware scanning and free malware removal.

Flywheel Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Tiny

Monthly Cost

$15.00

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

250 GB, 5 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

3 Days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

Flywheel is a delightful platform that empowers designers, developers and digital agencies to focus on what they do best – build beautiful, functional websites for their clients.

12. PressLabs

PressLabs is a professional to enterprise-scale WordPress hosting service built for handling websites with large audiences.

Presslabs has two pricing plans that each offer unmetered bandwidth and storage space for a base monthly charge plus a $0.10 per 1000 page view fee.

The 'Enterprise' plan provides a dedicated hosting infrastructure where the 'Publisher' plan offers shared server infrastructure.

PressLabs claims to be hack-free since their first customer in 2009 so security is a badge of pride for the company. PressLabs uses a multi-layer backup system to restore site code, static files and databases immediately in case of a downtime event.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: PressLabs boasts a scalable architecture that has been tested to support "150,000 simultaneous visitors on a single site". They have 18 data centers across 4 continents claiming "up to 100ms average response times".
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups that are stored through Amazon S3.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: The PressLabs Dashboard allows users to configure access to site files, update site settings, change or add DNS records, check site stats, manage caching as well as view and configure logs.
  5. Support: Email with a claimed response time of less than 30 minutes between 8 AM to 3 PM EST, Monday through Friday.
  6. Security: "No hacks since our first customer in 2009". PressLabs uses Perfect Forward Security by default, LetsEncrypt certificates, and doesn't allow any arbitrary PHP code execution.

PressLabs Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Publisher

Monthly Cost

$299 + $0.10 per 1 K pageviews

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

Unlimited

Monthly Bandwidth

Unlimited

Money-Back Guarantee

None

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

We offer real-time human support with our engineering team. The founders and CEO also do support.
We have had 0 hacks since starting out in 2009.
We serve sites from 6 locations, simultaneously: Singapore for Asia, Melbourne for Australia, Frankfurt and London for Europe, Manassas for US East Coast, San Francisco for US West Coast. The geo serving mechanism is built on top of Amazon's highly available DNS service Route 53, and the server locations are close to Amazon's regional data centers.

13. KahunaHost

KahunaHost is low cost managed hosting service targeting WordPress beginners.

As you might've guessed from the name, KahunaHost is based out of Hawaii and is a sister company to OrganicThemes – a WordPress theme membership site.

Along with their managed hosting plans, KahunaHost offers a basic "Theme Setup" service that includes installing WordPress, setting up an Organic Theme as well as the "essential plugins".

KahunaHost has partnered with World Wide Web Hosting to provide its hosting services.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: "High-speed bandwidth".
  2. Backup Schedule: Daily backups.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress, however World Wide Web Hosting appears to manage KahunaHost's hosting services.
  4. Control Panel Management: The KahunaHost Admin Panel allows users to manage their sites, domains, billing and open support tickets.
  5. Support: 24/7 customer support tickets staffed by knowledgable experts.
  6. Security: "Fully managed WordPress Hosting" and "Fully managed Server Security".

Kahuna Host Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Aloha

Monthly Cost

$20.00

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

5 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

25 K visitors

Money-Back Guarantee

45 days

Migration Services

Free

Crickets...

Kahuna Host never replied to our request for more information about their managed WordPress hosting services.

14. WP Cloud.ca

WPCloud.ca is a Canadian WordPress hosting service specialized to serve the Canadian market.

​Take note that even their pricing shows Canadian dollars in the quick comparison table below!

The WPCloud.ca servers are located across Canada in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver​ to reduce Canadian load times.

If data localization and residency issues are important to you, WPCloud's bandwidth is 100% Canadian owned & operated. This ensures that your data is being stored in compliance with Canadian privacy regulations and corporate governance.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: WPCloud's SSD servers provide Varnish caching, 15 second failover protection, A CDN of 25 Data Centers in 5 Continents and 21 Countries, and image optimization and compression powered by Kraken.
  2. Backup Schedule: Automatic backups run daily, stored both on & offline.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: A customized WPCloud cPanel.
  5. Support: Email and chat support with WordPress Developers, Server Administrators & Security Consultants.
  6. Security: Real time scanning, monitoring & security updates. The WPCloud security team fixes hacks immediately at no extra cost.

WPCloud.ca Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Business 10

Monthly Cost

$24.00 CAD / ~$18 USD

Number of Sites

2

Storage Space

10 GB

Monthly Bandwidth

25 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

Free

Crickets...

WPCloud.ca never replied to our request for more information about their managed WordPress hosting services.

15. mWPCloud

mWPCloud is a small scale WordPress hosting service targeting bloggers and small online businesses.

Note that mWPCloud is now powered by CooliceHost's NGINX + Varnish SSD servers and support team.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: mWPcloud uses industry standard technologies such as CloudLinux Virtualization, Apache and MySQL optimized clusters. They also claim to use an "Advanced Caching & Security Framework".
  2. Backup Schedule: Nightly backups are kept for up to seven days.
  3. CMS: mWPcloud is 100% WordPress, but CooliceHost is not.
  4. Control Panel Management: cPanel.
  5. Support: Outsourced to CooliceHost with a 24/7 helpdesk for all plans. Phone support is provided for the 'Business' and 'Advanced' plans.
  6. Security: Automatic updates and 24/7 server monitoring. mWPcloud is compatible and easy to integrate with CloudFlare protection. "Special software" blocks and eliminates attempts to hack mWPcloud hosted sites.

MWP Cloud Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Personal

Monthly Cost

$9.95

Number of Sites

5

Storage Space

1 GB SSD

Monthly Bandwidth

60 GB

Money-Back Guarantee

60 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

Take a deeper look at our VPS hybrid plans. They are really good for any kind of WordPress site thanks to their specific features. Plus you will have DDoS protection with no extra charge.
We are specialized in providing fast ultimate solutions not only for most popular CMSs, but also for all projects based on PHP. This makes us a part of the big WordPress game.

16. Lightning Base

Lightning Base is a WordPress only hosting service that offers basic management for clients.

Lightning Base's plans are segregated primarily by bandwidth, local storage and page view metering.

Lightning Base servers use SSD storage and modern Xeon processors.

Critical Feature Checklist:

  1. Load Times: SSD Raid-10 storage, Varnish and Opcode caching, CDNs configured for every site and located in a Chicago, USA data center.
  2. Backup Schedule: Full backups taken weekly and database backups taken daily. All backups are stored off-site for disaster recovery.
  3. CMS: 100% WordPress.
  4. Control Panel Management: cPanel.
  5. Support: Email and ticket support with experienced WordPress users.
  6. Security: Lightning Base uses "comprehensive" firewalls to prevent hacking. Security scans are performed regularly to prevent and find intrusions. Users are strongly encouraged to setup Cloudflare for accelerating DNS resolution and providing another layer of security.

Lightning Base Plan Quick Comparison:

Entry Level Plan

Personal

Monthly Cost

$9.95

Number of Sites

1

Storage Space

1 GB SSD

Monthly Bandwidth

10 GB, 10 K pageviews

Money-Back Guarantee

30 days

Migration Services

Free

In Their Own Words

Lightning Base is known for being very good in terms of price/performance (3rd party tests have often shown our services to match some of the very fastest providers at a much lower price).
We are much smaller than a lot of the big hosts, meaning you receive more personalized support. Tickets won't be handed back and forth between a dozen different support people, and our support is both experienced and friendly.

Next Up, Part 2

​On its surface, this article is an overview of the top 16 WordPress specialized hosting services.

But, we have much bigger plans to expand this overview into a comprehensive Roundup Review in the very near future. 

As a reader of ActiveGrowth, you know we're obsessive compulsive about all the nitty-gritty performance details when we do our product reviews.

So what will our final WordPress Hosting roundup review actually include?

To wet your appetite, we're planning to get memberships to all the entry level plans listed above in order to stress-test their marketing claims through ActiveGrowth level scrutiny. We want to collect real data through a Thrive Themes powered demo site to show you exactly how all these services perform against one another.

We'd Like Your Input

With the description of our upcoming stress-test in mind, we'd like to know what you're excited to learn about when it comes to WordPress hosting.

Do you have any experience with these companies that you'd like to share?

Did we miss a WordPress hosting service you think should be included in our mega-list above?

Please contribute your thoughts in the comments section below to help us assemble a no-holds-barred WordPress Hosting review tailored to your online business needs!

About the Author Matt Totten

Matt's a geologist turned online marketer and digital nomad. He's a Modern Manimal on a mission to create a hunter-gatherer lifestyle in a high-tech world. When away from his tech, you can find him at the park training AcroYoga.