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Top 10+ Managed Hosting Solutions

If you have a self-hosted blog you’re more than likely on one of the larger web hosting providers and they have also most likely served your general needs and you may not have had many problems with them so far.

But if you do you may be looking for a little more dedicated support around WordPress than the more generalized web hosting services – that’s where the rise and growth of WordPress-centric managed hosting may come into play.

These web hosts specialize in WordPress development, architecture, and support and some are exclusive only to WordPress-powered clients, sites, and blogs. In some instances this can be much more of a preferred route, especially if WordPress is your absolute bread-and-butter.

There are many pros and cons to using these specialized solutions and this post isn’t about whether or not you should pursue such a service (and I’ll leave that to the comments) but rather provide the options plainly. That being said, here are the top 10 WordPress-centric managed hosting solutions today. We leave the due-diligence to you in terms of choosing one but we’ve provided one of the more important metrics for you to consider: Price!

If we’ve missed any please let us know so we can include it on this growing list of providers!


1. Page.ly

Pricing starts at $24/month and scales to $149 and even custom at $.17/GB of bandwidth.


2. WordPress VIP, Enterprise

WordPress VIP has their cloud hosting ($3,740/month) as well as their enterprise solution ($500/month). Not for the faint of heart and certainly not for the small startup blog.


3. Zippykid

Zippykid starts at $25/month and you must request more information for the larger plans.


4. WP Engine

Pricing starts at $29/month and scales to $249 for much larger blogs. WP Engine also has the honor of being financially backed by Automattic.


5. WPWebHost

WPWebHost starts as low as $4.95/month and can scale very quickly towards the $200/month range.


6. Synthesis

Synthesis is from the same team that brought you the Genesis Theme and Framework. Pricing starts at $27/month, $97, $147, and $300 for enterprise.


7. Kahuna Host

This provider starts pricing at $20 per month which might be the right size for you. They have partnered with a few Theme providers as well, like Organic Themes, Press75, and Headway Themes.


8. Lightning Base

Their pricing starts at $9.95 and goes to $99.50 per month. Not bad.


9. CloudyPress

They are going through a re-design right now but their pricing started at $19/month. We’ll have to see if it changes when they re-release their update.


10. Host Like Toast

Neat name, right? Obviously they are located in the UK since their pricing is in pounds (£) – they start around $25/month.

The Market is Growing

The market is obviously growing and we’d love to keep this list up-to-date and current. We’d also like to showcase services that make it intuitive and obvious about their pricing, for example, WebsiteHall markets itself as a WordPress hosting provider (among other things) but doesn’t show any obvious pricing or have much of a presence. Too bad, as that doesn’t help anyone who’s trying to make a critical decision.

Got others that we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments. We’d also love your thoughts about WordPress-managed hosting in general!

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  • https://www.tinywp.in Pothi Kalimuthu

    I’d like to mention Presslabs (presslabs.com) in the list. I’m *not* affiliated with them. :) I, kind of, run (actually manage) my clients’ custom cluster servers tweaked specifically for WordPress, similar to what Presslabs do for the masses (that’s why I mentioned it).

    • http://www.presslabs.com Pedro Dobrescu

      Thanks for mentioning us Pothi, even if I actually don’t know you personally :)

      This is a nice list of hosts and I’m really curious what the guys at WooThemes are preparing.

  • http://twitter.com/judmackrill @judmackrill

    WPEngine has been a great fit for us. Good service and performance.

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      how long have you been with them?

  • Charles

    BlogDroid is another managed WordPress host. They start at $25 per month.

  • http://www.wilwebs.com Wil Ransz

    Stumbled into this post, today.

    You might want to have a look at NodeKi, the company where I am hosting WPReviewLab. NodeKi has a nice range of plans – including lifetime hosting.

    • http://john.do/ John Saddington

      cool, thanks man!

      • http://www.wilwebs.com Wil Ransz

        You’re welcome, John 😉

  • http://www.twitter.com/matthewfsnider Matthew Snider

    I wanted to so badly to go to WPEngine but I may go with Zippykid. Reason being – cash.

    I am launching a new product and I am aiming to have more than 30k a month around the 6month mark. That would push me from 30 dollars a month to 99 dollars a month on WPEngine. That is crazy in my mind.

    Tripling my costs for say 36k a month is insane, I understand a bit more if it was around 100k etc.

    Even at Zippykid, it goes from 30 to 64.

    I may wait and see what else is around the corner..

  • Dan

    It would be great to have an oranges to oranges detailed, data-based comparison of the managed WP hosts and their packages. What matters most to customers and is most confusing to those without the technical knowledge is capacity. How much traffic in visits per day and simultaneous visits can be handled? The better hosts have always been fairly forthcoming about this in private communication, but only recent have specialized application hosting providers started to specify a range and actually talk about this up front. WP Engine is a great example.

    The only host I’ve used for the better part of a decade without being burned or bugged is Nexcess, so let me put in a plug for them too. They offer managed, specialized WordPress, Magento, and Expression Engine hosting. They own and built their own datacenters and infrastructure while remaining completely privately owned. This seems to matter a lot for stability and quality of service over time.

  • http://www.copperleafcreative.com Gordon

    I’ve been with WP Engine since October 2012 and have been VERY HAPPY. Working on moving all my clients over. Common shared hosting be damned!

  • http://thebihartimes.com Rajesh

    You have provided a great list but the average cost of these providers is very high. I have been hosting my blogs on Godaddy / Hostgator / Bigrock. Till date all of them are working very fine but when it comes to page speed only Hostgator gives me 90 plus score.

  • David Murphy

    Of these I’ve only used WPengine and I wouldn’t look elsewhere any more for hosting. Very impressed with them

  • Alan Hill

    Which of these services has a phone number? Honestly it seems a red flag in my eyes any host without 24/7 phone support and pre-sales during normal biz hours. I also loathe any provider with an affiliate program or a “hired comments gun” who defends the brand at every review article. It makes this research process a huge chore wading through all of th BS.

  • joe greenidge


    WP Engine, Pagely, ZippyKid, Synthesis are the top and the oldest companies around and they can be chosen with your eyes closed anytime, but personally I feel because of this there plans and pricing are a little too high.

    It’s good to see that you have also reviewed the newer and upcoming hostings like lightening base, but I think you should add a couple more like wpoven and getflywheel and cover more of the new hostings as compared to the old ones, whose reviews are already flooded on every news blog.