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Comparing Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix with NameCheap’s EasyWP Secure Managed WordPress Hosting

Comparing Wealthy Affiliate's SiteRubix with NameCheap's EasyWP Secure Managed WordPress Hosting

I used Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Secure Managed WordPress Hosting between January 2015 and March 2021. I wanted to compare it with NameCheap’s EasyWP Secure Managed WordPress Hosting.

I used EasyWP for about three weeks for one of my websites when I tried out NameCheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress hosting offering on two separate occasions, once in January 2021 and again in February 2021.

I reverted back to Wealthy Affiliate in both of those cases.

I also asked EasyWP in both cases for my money back when I canceled my subscriptions in both cases. According to the EasyWP website at the time, if you cancel within 30 days from the date of subscription creation, they refund your money. I satisfied that requirement as both cancellations were within 30 days from the date of subscription creation.

In both cases EasyWP refunded my money.

I always recommending checking the refund policy before payment or agreeing to things. Different organisations do different things. With Wealthy Affiliate, you can’t get your money back as per their terms even if you cancel a yearly deal a few weeks in. And if you want to cancel, be sure to do it a decent period of time before it automatically renews and the money is taken out of your account. Again, this is in the Wealthy Affiliate terms which you agreed to when you set up your Premium payment.

The refund policy at EasyWP is therefore way better than the refund policy at Wealthy Affiliate.

It would be fair to say that both of these companies improve their offerings over time. Of course, when offerings are improved prices typically go up as well.

Anyway this comparison was make in March 2021. One or both of these organisations may improve their offerings and make some of my observations in this post invalid in the future.

What Is Secure Managed WordPress Hosting?

I define secure managed WordPress hosting as hosting where the host manages WordPress, manages security and manages a range of time consuming technical tasks for you so that you do not do these time consuming technical tasks yourself. This is my definition.

Of course, I think that this type of hosting is way more high grade and way better than other web hosting solutions out there. I have noticed that other parties do not seem to define a secure managed WordPress hosting in this manner. They have a much looser definition, if they have one at all.

From what I have seen, no two secure managed WordPress hosts define secure managed WordPress hosting in the same way or offer the same features with their secure managed WordPress hosting.

This means have there are a number of different features between the EasyWP and SiteRubix secure managed WordPress hosting solutions.

This can explain the pricing difference. Also in this case to get SiteRubix’s secure managed WordPress solution you have to become a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate which comes with a lot more features and a huge pricing difference.

On the pricing front, apples are not being compared with apples. If you are not going to use the additional paid for features that come with SiteRubix, chances are very high indeed that become these two, EasyWP may be the better solution for you if you are hosting just one website.

In my experience, the ticketing based hosting support provided by Wealthy Affiliate is better than the ticketing based hosting support provided by EasyWP. From what I have observated, Wealthy Affiliate will perfrom the task whereas EasyWP point you to instructions on how you yourself can perform the task. I talk about my experiences with both approaches when I had an issue implementing the secure padlock for my website.

EasyWP’s NameCheap organisation offers a number of related services as does SiteRubix’s Wealthy Affiliate organisation.

For the purposes of this comparison, I am comparing EasyWP Turbo Yearly with Wealthy Affiliate’s Premium Annual membership. Both are capable of being renewed monthly or yearly.

You should know that the EasyWP Managed WordPress hosting is on a per website basis. If you only need hosting for one website this is okay, however if you need hosting for more, your web hosting costs are going to raise. With Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Premium membership, you can host up to ten websites for the same price.

This boils down to your approach, some people opt for extremely focussed highly relevant content on a very narrow subject whereas others talk about a more generalised subject. Some people use the latest version of WordPress, their WordPress Theme, their WordPress Plugins and keep their content up to date.

This all takes time, especially if you have additional enhancements that have to be reapplied after any such updates.

Some non free WordPress Themes and non free WordPress plugins are licensed on a per website basis, so using multiple websites may add up these costs, potentially on an annual basis. It really depends on your approach. And what you find works for you.

Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress Hosting against NameCheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress Hosting

I used Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress Hosting between January 2015 and March 2021. I used them all the time for all of my websites except for about three weeks for one of my websites.

This was when I tried out NameCheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress hosting offering on two separate occasions, once in January 2021 and again in February 2021. After using EasyWP in both of those cases, I reverted back to Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress Hosting.

NameCheap’s EasyWP has a lot of good things. However for me it was not really what I wanted. I was comparing my real world experience with EasyWP against my real world experience with SiteRubix.

Likewise, Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix has a lot of good things too. However for me, they priced themselves out of the equation.

Next up are my comparison comments between Wealthy Affiliate and EasyWP on related webhosting topics.

PHP version used

WordPress recommend using the latest supported version of PHP.

There are two main benefits to keeping PHP up-to-date:

Your website will be faster as the latest version of PHP is more efficient. Updating to the latest supported version (currently 7.4) can deliver a huge performance increase; up to 3 or 4x faster for older versions.
Your website will be more secure. PHP, like WordPress, is maintained by its community. Because PHP is so popular, it is a target for hackers – but the latest version will have the latest security features. Older versions of PHP do not have this, so updating is essential to keep your WordPress site secure.
Source: https://wordpress.org/support/update-php/

Wealthy Affiliate in their marketing explain that they are using the latest technology. However the version of PHP that they use is usually typically way behind other WordPress webhosts.

For instance, in January 2021, Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress solution was using PHP at version 7.3.9. At that exact same time, NameCheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress solution was using PHP at version 7.4.12.

Update: I created a quick test website starting from scratch on June 10th 2021 to see the current PHP level used by Wealthy Affiliate. See screenshot below:

PHP level at Wealthy Affiliate Below What WordPress Recommend

Maximum file size

At the same time, the maximum file size using Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress solution was 64M whereas this value using NameCheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress solution is 512MB. This is eight times greater. Most of the time this may not be important to you, however when it is important, it is really important.

I used to use the All-in-One WP Migration WP WordPress Plugin to save and restore WordPress websites. It has no problem saving a WordPress website, even those larger than 64M. However if you want to restore a WordPress website that is larger than 64M and the WordPress maximum file size value is 64M, it can get interesting to say the least. This is one reason I recommend testing out your full backup/restore process on a regular basis.

With Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress hosting, if the file to restore from is larger than 64M, you need an alternate plan if you are using All-in-One WP Migration. I documented some alternative plans. Although one or more of those alternative plans may help you out short term, you still need to do testing on a regular basis.

With EasyWP, if the file to restore from is less than 512M, you should have no issues using All-in-One WP Migration. You end up wondering what all the fuss was about.

By the way, the cPanel Hosting solution provided by Domain Cost Club currently also has a maximum file size of 64M. However I now use the UpdraftPlus backup/restore WordPress plugin that uses chunking behind the scenes. It also has some other neat functionally which I like.

Backups

Wealthy Affiliate backup websites automatically every day. This is good. However the potential problem is that if you need to restore back to say two days ago, you may be out of luck if you were relying on Wealthy Affiliate’s backup. As far as I know, they only keep the last daily backup.

EasyWP have a backup/restore area where websites are managed. You manually go in and select the backup option. Backups use up the disk space assigned to your website hosting account. You also manually go in and delete the old backups. You have total control however you have to manually go in and perform them yourself. That adds to the number of tasks that you have to do each day if your approach is to manually do these backups.

In any case, no matter what you webhost does or does not do regarding backups, you should also do your own backups independent of what your webhost does for you.

Which is better? That really depends on which is more important to you.

Update: I now use the cPanel Hosting solution provided by Domain Cost Club. There I now use another WordPress Backup/Restore Plugin called UpdraftPlus. I use the free version. This for me is a good solution. I have this configured to do a daily backup and to send that backup to my Dropbox account. I also have this configured to retain a number of daily backups on a rolling basis in my Dropbox account.

In my opinion, you need a backup/restore strategy that is independent of what your webhost does or does not do in this regard. Your website is an asset you have developed over time. When you are starting off and have little content this may not be important. Assuming you add content on a regular basis it becomes more important.

From what I can gather, it is possible to use the UpdraftPlus plugin at Wealthy Affiliate if you are a Premium member. In theory it should be possible to use the UpdraftPlus plugin at EasyWP as it is not on the EasyWP list of blocked WordPress plugins. Or at least it wasn’t on that list when I looked. 🙂

Remove “fictional” limit of four plugins at Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate encourage their customers to use four WordPress plugins or less. It you use more than four plugins, their SiteHealth score under plugins for your website does down.

However, you can use more than four plugins if you want to. Their SiteHealth score is a tool to help you to focus on things that need attention according to them.

It is a useful tool however it is not infallible. Take the results it provides with a grain of salt. Just saying that there are way more important key performance indicators.

You can of course use more than four plugins at Wealthy Affiliate. Their reasoning is that each plugin takes up more resources and slows down your website. This may be a valid point.

It does a simple count of the number of WordPress plugins that are active. Some WordPress plugins have a lot of functionally, some don’t. Some are not so well written and use up a lot of resources. Others are well written and use minimum resources. Yet Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteHealth score does not take this in account.

Anyway this limit only affects the SiteHealth score under plugins which is just an internal score to help you manage your website.

As far as I know, both Wealthy Affiliate and EasyWP allow you to use as many plugins as you want. Both of them block plugins.

I have never seen a complete up to date list of blocked plugins at Wealthy Affiliate. EasyWP are more honest and more organised in this regard. See the EasyWP list of blocked WordPress plugins here which I think that they update on a regular basis.

If Wealthy Affiliate have a similar list, I could not find it, even with the help of Google.

Support – Getting help when you need it

Wealthy Affiliate have fast reliable support provided by an email ticketing system. Every single ticket I have raised with them I get a timely response, usually with the issue resolved and usually in less than an hour.

The “but” is that this is the only way to get support. They have no web chat support. They have no phone support. I am actually okay with that. However other people are not.

EasyWP also have reliable support provided by an email ticketing system. I did ask them a few questions. They do get back in a timely manner but no where near as fast as Wealthy Affiliate.

There was one exception which I mention below. This regards getting instructions on how to “fully remove the ‘EasyWP’ non standard WordPress Plugin” so that I can backup a website hosted with EasyWP that I wanted to restore with another webhost.

EasyWP did not answer my technical question within 28 hours so I decided to ask the other webhost which was Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate Hosting support had it fully sorted in less than two hours.

EasyWP also do have web chat support and phone support. I can’t comment on how good that is as I never used those options.

Support – Well organised queries/articles explaining common hosting issues

EasyWP have this aspect well organised, easy to use and user-friendly. You can review common hosting issues and see other related information.

Wealthy Affiliate mainly depend on members to create this type of content, some of which is good. The problem is that this type of information can be difficult to actually find in Wealthy Affiliate.

With Wealthy Affiliate, this aspect is not well organised. It is not easy to use. And it is not user-friendly. Once you find related articles, it may be a hit or a miss. Wealthy Affiliate depend on their members to create this content, so it is all over the place.

Information regarding disk space used

EasyWP include this information in their dashboard. They clearly display allowed, used and available figures very clearly. They can be seen to change as you use up more disk space.

I noticed the used figure increasing when I manually backed up my website. And I noticed the used figure decreasing when I manually deleted a backup. I found knowing this information helps.

Wealthy Affiliate do not include this information in an easy to read place. I would have to do some work to determine how much disk space I used. And to be honest, I have way more important things to be doing with my time.

Caching/Performance

Wealthy Affiliate only provide three caching options: These are SiteSpeed Off, SiteSpeed Accelerated and SiteSpeed Extreme. Only one is these is on. It’s possible to flick from one to the other. Sometimes it’s possible that the latest changes to websites are not displayed.

This is configurable at the website level within the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard. It is not configurable within the WordPress dashboard. If you want to clear the cache, you have to go to the Wealthy Affiliate dashboard.

The clear cache option is not available within the WordPress dashboard which would be more user-friendly. However if you move your website to another webhost, it does not “remember” anything about the Wealthy Affilate caching solution, which is good.

I found on occassion that it did not do the expected caching for me.

EasyWP use a plugin to do this. I found that its clear cache option within the WordPress dashboard to be in a good place. Like the Wealthy Affiliate caching/performance tool, I found on occassion that it did not do the expected caching for me.

A potential problem arises if you change webhosts. Different webhosts usually use different caching/performance tools and your new webhost may be using a different one. They conflict.

I had some fun when moving back to Wealthy Affiliate. The EasyWP plugin is not a standard WordPress plugin. EasyWP install and implement this non standard WordPress plugin. It can not be deleted from your list of WordPress plugins. And therefore is included if you do a backup from your website hosted at EasyWP.

When restored to your website hosted at Wealthy Affiliate, it “sticks” and can not be removed “cleanly”. EasyWP hosting support did not provide me with help on how to resolve within 28 hours of raising the ticket with them. In the end, Wealthy Affiliate’s hosting support were able to fix this conflict for me in less than 2 hours after raising a ticket with them.

I did raise a ticket with EasyWP on how to resolve this as their hosting added this plugin so they should be able to support it when people migrate away from them.

People move hosting all the time, so I think it is very unlikely that I was the only one who ever experienced this. However after waiting for over 28 hours with no response on how to resolve this, I raised a ticket with Wealthy Affiliate and it was resolved fully within 2 hours.

For politeness, I did update the EasyWP ticket system reporting that the issue had been fixed by my original webhost and got a human “thanks for letting us know” reply within minutes.

However they should have answered my technical question hours earlier. They never did answer my technical question as I informed them that the issue was resolved by my original webhost.

The ticket based hosting support is very good with Wealthy Affiliate.

AIOSEO SEO Score

The AIOSEO WordPress Plugin has a SEO Score based on various things that their developers think are important for SEO. Some of these things are things that are associated with settings implemented by your webhost.

The score achieved using this was higher with Wealthy Affiliate hosting over EasyWP hosting.

This is an internal score provided by the AIOSEO plugin which is an indication of how SEO friendly the home page of a website is. It is not the score that search engines like Google and Bing assign to your posts which would be the most accurate score. The AIOSEO score is just a guesstimate.

Pricing

There are a number of different features between the EasyWP and SiteRubix secure managed WordPress hosting solutions.

This can explain the pricing difference. Also in this case to get SiteRubix’s secure managed WordPress solution you have to become a Premium member of Wealthy Affiliate which comes with a lot more features and a huge pricing difference.

On the pricing front, apples are not being compared with apples. If you are not going to use the additional paid for features that come with SiteRubix, chances are very high indeed that become these two, EasyWP may be the better solution for you if you are hosting one website.

Premium membership at Wealthy Affiliate comes with hosting for ten websites as well as other benefits. If you only want to host one Managed WordPress site and don’t need or use the other benefits then this pricing is very expensive.

Email functionally

With Wealthy Affiliate, it is easy enough to set up any number of email address associated with your website on the Wealthy Affiliate Premium plan. This costs you nothing extra.

With EasyWP, you have to pay extra for each package of so many email addresses associated with your website on a recurring basis. If you are technically minded, and use NameCheap’s FreeDNS service, it is possible to configure email addresses with your website domain, that forward those emails to another email address for you. However, you don’t have a sent email address of say support at your website which looks more professional.

For instance, using FreeDNS set up the website domain. Within email settings, configure it to forward emails sent to support at your website name to your personal email address at gmail. When you reply, the sent email address reveals your personal email address at gmail. To look professional, you have to puchase at least one “professional” email address at a recurring charge.

Conclusion

Which is better I hear you ask? That really depends on what features you really need.

For me, I am finding that another solution is ticking the boxes for me.

In March 2021, I tried out another Webhost and moved all of my hosting over to them. This is not EasyWP and it is not SiteRubix. It is the cPanel Hosting solution provided by Domain Cost Club.

This is not technically secure managed WordPress hosting however it does the necessary for me. However its support is not 24/7 which may be a problem for you. If so, know that Bluehost, a well known web host has multiple webhosting packages with varying offerings with varying deals and prices.

Here Are Some Recommendations

Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful. Here are some recommendations that I hope you’ll also find helpful. Of course, I may earn commissions if you buy using my links.

Domain Registrations, Renewals and Transfers

I use Domain Cost Club for domain registrations, renewals and transfers. I been using them now for over six years. I find that they do the job and do it very cost effectively. You can read my review of them by clicking here.

WordPress Hosting

A good WordPress Hosting webhost is Bluehost. They have a good interface and they have 24/7 support. I wrote a short post outlining some of the packages Bluehost have available. Click here to read that post.

If you are more technical and already have practical cPanel Hosting expertise, you might find the cPanel Hosting solution I currently use hits the sweet spot for you. Just know this solution does not have 24/7 support.

I wrote a post explaining my definition of managed WordPress hosting which includes a pricing comparison at the bottom of that article. You can read that by clicking here.

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