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.
This is fair enough until you want to compare different secure managed WordPress hosting offerings. In my experience it is very difficult to compare different offerings. This is because they offer different things.
Why Use Secure Managed WordPress Hosting?
In my opinion, using secure managed WordPress hosting should allow you to free up your time to focus on the important stuff rather than spending your time doing these time consuming tasks yourself.
I read that it can take somewhere between 100 hours and 150 hours just to learn about how to manage WordPress. You should note that this does not include the time to actually manage WordPress.
I think that it makes a lot of sense to let your secure managed WordPress host do this. Of course, you may from time to time need to do some hosting tasks. In my opinion, you should backup your website as often as you deem necessary. Even if your host does daily automated backups.
Furthermore, you should never be totally dependent on your host’s automated daily backup. In reality, you need to know that not all secure managed WordPress hosts do automated daily backups. Some will do automated daily backups however they may only keep the last copy.
This could be problematic if something happened three or four days ago and you want to revert to what you had five days ago. I suggest that you also do your own backups regularly as well.
Furthermore, I recommend very strongly that you test regularly that you are able to restore successfully from those backups. You do not want to find out that you can’t restore from your backup for whatever reason.
Quick Introduction to the Secure Managed WordPress Host That Was Used by This Website
I rate the Secure Managed WordPress Hosting where this website was actually hosted as very high. This website used the SiteRubix Secure Managed WordPress Hosting solution by Wealthy Affiliate. I used this solution between January 2015 and March 2021.
Their hosting although good is way overpriced. Back in January 2015 there were fewer options and I liked their affiliate marketing training solution.
However by March 2021 their were more hosting options and more organisations providing in my opinion better solutions at way better prices. For me, Wealthy Affiliate priced themselves out of the equation with their limited tiers pricing models which contains a lot of things that you may not really need but which you pay for in their pricing model.
During 2020, they added the Premium Plus+ membership tier which is above their Premium membership tier. In my opinion, they should have added an additional tier between their Free Starter membership tier and their Premium membership tier.
Let me explain that the pricing model for Wealthy Affiliate is a membership one. They have three membership tiers with separate offerings: Free Starter, Premium and Premium Plus+.
Each membership tier includes a number of different affiliate marketing products and services which are part of the membership deal. It just so happens that Secure Managed WordPress hosting for ten sites is included in the Premium membership deal.
Once you are a Wealthy Affiliate member you can access the Secure Managed WordPress hosting that comes with that membership level.
You will notice that this membership pricing by Wealthy Affiliate is a very generous one if you are going to be hosting ten Managed WordPress sites. This is specially true when you compare their pricing against other Managed WordPress hosting solutions out there for ten sites.
If you only want hosting for one or two sites, and you are not interested in their other offerings that comes with Premium Membership, it makes their web hosting for one or two sites very high. Which is the exact problem I had in early 2021. Then when I left I became aware of more problems with them that did not sit well with me at all.
With other web hosts, you can pay extra for each email mailbox on a monthly basis. You might need multiple such mailboxes for each of your websites. Examples include support, sales, first name (eg John or Mary) and so on.
I know at least one provider where having seven such mailboxes will cost you over $105 extra per year on top of your actual hosting costs. Each extra mailbox with that particular provider costs over $24 extra per year. With Wealthy Affiliate there is no additional charge for unlimited mailboxes. However if you are paying for them on a per mailbox basis, you are either going to limit the amount of mailboxes you have or go elsewhere for hosting. Right?
Bluehost Also Does Managed WordPress Hosting
Bluehost is a well known host that is recommended by WordPress. As well as providing shared hosting, they also provide WordPress hosting. Managed WordPress hosting is way superior to both of these.
In my opinion, the Managed WordPress hosting offered by SiteRubix compares very well with the Bluehost Managed WordPress hosting packages. The Bluehost Managed WordPress hosting is tiered and priced on a per website basis. The comparison compares well when comparing the cost of using Managed WordPress hosting for ten websites, less well when comparing one or two websites. 🙂 🙂
NameCheap Also Does Managed WordPress Hosting
NameCheap is a host that also provides shared hosting and Managed WordPress hosting. I tried their Managed WordPress hosting offering, which is provided by their EasyWP arm on two separate occasions, once in January 2021 and again in February 2021. The EasyWP Managed WordPress hosting is tiered and priced on a per website basis.
They have 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.
In my opinion, the Managed WordPress hosting offered by SiteRubix compares very well with the EasyWP Managed WordPress hosting packages. You should know that the EasyWP Managed WordPress hosting is on a per website basis. The comparison compares well when comparing the cost of using Managed WordPress hosting for ten websites, less well when comparing one or two websites. 🙂 🙂
If you only want to host one Managed WordPress site and don’t need the additional website building tools / online building business training that Wealthy Affiliate have, EasyWP may be a good option for you.
Note that with EasyWP you can’t use a htaccess file. So if you use you own specific functionally in a htaccess file you will have to do that functionally using alternative means. If this is you, contact EasyWP website support before moving for assistance.
Domain Cost Club’s cPanel Hosting
The cPanel hosting option provided by many web hosts allows you if you have experience and expertise to set up WordPress hosting which you can manage yourself. Technically this is a lower type of hosting however these days it is relatively simple to set it up.
In March 2021 I moved over to the cPanel offering at Domain Cost Club. I find that it does the job for me. However support is not 24/7.
Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress Hosting against NameCheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress Hosting
I have been using Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress Hosting since January 2015. I used NameCheap’s EasyWP Managed WordPress hosting offering on two separate occasions, once in January 2021 and again in February 2021.
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.
Top Three Things I like about Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress Hosting
- Fast Reliable Support: 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.
- Lots of things already setup out of the box. At least some of these are things that other secure Managed WordPress Hosts do not do automatically for you. With at least one other Managed WordPress hosting you have to set these things up yourself which I think partly defeats the purpose of getting Managed WordPress hosting in the first place. With Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress hosting, some of their default setup enabled my SEO Site Score using the SEO Site Score functionally in the AIOSEO WordPress Plugin to be 96.
- Automated backups every day. Technically I believe that they only keep the last backup. This means that you can’t restore back to what your website looked like say three days ago.
Top Three Things I dislike about Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix Managed WordPress Hosting
- Pricing: Premium membership 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 the additional website building tools / online building business training that Wealthy Affiliate have, there are better options.
- They consistently don’t use a recent version of PHP. According to WordPress, using the latest approved versions of PHP usually results in better performance.
- They are very vague about what WordPress plugins you can’t use on their platform. Whereas EasyWP are very clear about what WordPress plugins you can’t use on their platform. You don’t want to find out after your move to a new host that you can’t use a specific WordPress Plugin that are really like. Or maybe that plugin uses functionally dependent on a later version of PHP that they are using.
My Analysis of Secure Managed WordPress Hosting Offerings
In my opinion, this really depends on your needs, requirements and experience.
I rate SiteRubix as high. However I wanted to push the envelope to see if another host was better. For this reason I wanted to see if I could find a better solution. Now I define a better solution as costing less for the same or similar services with the same or better performance. I also expect the host to perform certain tasks. Furthermore, when I report an issue I expect it to be sorted quickly where possible. Of course I know that not all issues can be fixed quickly.
For me after March 2021, the cPanel Hosting at Domain Cost Club hits the sweet spot. This is not technically Managed WordPress hosting in my view but based on how Managed WordPress hosting is defined by Managed WordPress hosts for example EasyWP I added cPanel Hosting to the list and then it jumped to the top of the list.
For many people using Bluehost is a good option. They have a good interface and they have 24/7 support. They have a wide range of packages. They are a good reliable web host who have been around for some time.
If you are looking to host one web host using Managed WordPress hosting, EasyWP may hit the sweet spot for you. They have a few options. When I tried them out in early 2021, they do not do automatic backups however had a good practical interface to allow you to manually backup your site.
I noticed that they did not do some of the things that I expected a Managed WordPress host to do for me so it may depend on how you define that term yourself.
If you are moving from EasyWP, know that the caching solution used by EasyWP uses an EasyWP non standard WordPress Plugin which is hard to remove. I asked EasyWP for instructions on how to remove this as I wanted to 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.
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.
And finally SiteRubix. Their pricing is the real problem here if you don’t need or want the other components in their packages.
The Pricing Comparison
Here are the results of my pricing comparison done on September 8th 2021. Pricing, packages and offerings may change in the future so I always recommend going to the respective sites to find out the current details. I hope you’ll find helpful.
The cheapest Bluehost hosting for one website using shared hosting costs about $10 per month. However I believe billing and payments are done in 12 or 24 or 36 monthly cycles. You get a larger discount for the first bill if you go for the longer cycles. For the first 12 month cycle they charge about $5 per month so you pay about $60 upfront. Then the next 12 month cycle would be about $120 for the full year assuming that monthly cost remains the same.
The cheapest Bluehost hosting for one website using Managed WordPress hosting costs about $30 per month. However I believe billing and payments are done in 12 or 24 or 36 monthly cycles. You get a larger discount for the first bill if you go for the longer cycles. For the first 12 month cycle they charge about $25 per month so you pay about $300 upfront. Then the next 12 month cycle would be about $360 for the full year assuming that monthly cost remains the same.
The cheapest EasyWP Managed WordPress Hosting for one website costs $3.88 per month which I believe can be paid monthly. Mailboxes cost extra.
Cheap cPanel hosting at Domain Cost Club is very reasonable for paid up members. You can buy your membership and hosting at the same time.
The cheapest Wealthy Affiliate with Managed WordPress Hosting for one website costs about $50 per month which can be paid monthly. This has other benefits as well including hosting for up to ten websites. However if you only want hosting for one website you pay the full rate of almost $50 per month.
I wrote another post which compared Wealthy Affiliate’s SiteRubix offering with NameCheap’s EasyWP.