Cheap Managed WordPress Hosting Comparison

With the massive growth of CMS like WordPress, Managed WordPress hosting has become very popular in the WordPress community. Managed WordPress hosting is a special hosting solution, built on fine-tuned hardware and software specifically for WordPress and optimized for quality performance, speed and security.

If you want the best performance, speed and security for your WordPress site and have the budget for it, WP Engine will probably be a good choice. I, however, don’t have an established site yet. And like many WordPress users, I’m just happy with hosting it on a plan that’s better than shared hosting.

Cheap Managed WordPress Hosting

Most hosting providers are now offering Managed WordPress hosting plans for a good price. But it’s not always easy to compare and find the best value plan. In order to make things easier for users, I have created a table that compares the lowest price of different hosting providers.

Lite (A2 Hosting)StartUp (SiteGround)Starter (HostGator)Launch (Inmotion)
Price$3.92/month$3.95/month$5.95/month$5.99/month
Number of websites1112
Average monthly trafficNot specified10,00025,000Not specified
Web space0.5 GB10 GB50 GBUnlimited
Free DomainNoYesNoYes
Free automatic daily backupNoYesYesNo
Free Content Delivery Network (CDN)Yes (CloudFlare)Yes (CloudFlare)NoNo
Free site migrationYesYesYesNo
Global CDN for faster accessYes (servers located in USA, Europe, and Asia)Yes (servers located in USA, Europe and Asia)YesYou can choose data center location
WP-CLI supportYesYesYesYes
Automatic malware removalNoNoYesNo
Free solid state drives (SSD)YesYesNot specifiedYes
Page speed6x fasterNot specified2.5x fasterNot specified
Optimized cachingNoYes (static content cache)Yes (Varnish & WordPress caching)Not specified
WordPress auto updaterYesYesYesYes
Free SSL certificateNoYes (first year)NoNo
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I haven’t included things like unlimited bandwidth, email accounts, databases or transfers as all web hosts seem to list them. I only listed important features that actually differentiate one web host from another.

Am I using Managed WordPress Hosting?

Yes. I’m currently using the HostGator baby plan. But I do plan to move to SiteGround soon as they offer some really good features for a cheaper price. Currently, they are the #1 web host and you can find out why in this SiteGround web hosting review. I also wrote an article on how I moved from wordpress.com to a self-hosted WordPress site.

Managed WordPress Hosting Experience

Everything seems good so far. But you will be able to tell better. Feel free to browse my site and see how it performs in terms of speed. I believe it’s already performing better than shared hosting and the cost is not too high. You can also find more details in my HostGator vs Bluehost comparison.

How about you? Are you using any Managed WordPress hosting? If so which one is it and what do you like about them? Please share with me in the comments.

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3 thoughts on “Cheap Managed WordPress Hosting Comparison”

  1. I don’t think WordPress should be the only requirement when selecting a hosting service. You need to look for other requirements like hosting price, disk space, bandwidth, email accounts, domains etc.

    If you are looking for a cheap WordPress hosting with good disk space Bluehost might be the best option for you. It comes with with a simple 1-click installer for WordPress and only costs around $3.95/month. Recently WordPress has also selected Bluehost to be one of their top recommended web hosts.

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  2. I’ve had experience with a good number of hosts after doing WordPress design and SEO for almost 3 years. I find SiteGround to be the best option if you’re looking for the cheap $3.95/month range. SiteGround always takes care of their servers and they are fast, reliable and helpful. They will migrate your website for you and you never have to worry about downtime or page load speed.

    If you are really concerend about the performance the other option is WP Engine. WP Engine plans start from $29/month but you will see a noticeable difference in your site’s speed and performance.

    I don’t find Bluehost to be that reliable. Your site could be down regularly on a monthly basis. HostGator is alright in terms of price and performance but not the best. Godaddy is making a lot of noises recently but I’ve heard that once you start getting traffic their servers can’t handle it very well. I would recommend anyone to stick with SiteGround or WP Engine because they have what it takes to be a good manged WordPress host.

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  3. My issue with SiteGround was that they lied to me during customer support. I needed a WooCommerce store and I needed to use the WooCommerce PDF Watermarking plugin because I sell sheet music and wanted to watermark the license that was purchased on the pdf file.

    Then I discover that the plugin doesn’t work … and that’s because FPDF needs to be installed. Then SiteGround tells me that I would have to upgrade to a $70/month solution to have that program installed *and* that every other provider would tell the same thing, so it would be useless to migrate to another service.

    Turns out that HostGator has FPDF installed by default on even their least expensive hosting options. So SiteGround’s dishonesty turned me from a supporter (because their customer service was amazing) to someone who will tell people to use any company BUT SiteGround.

    It’s one thing to tell me that you don’t support a feature I need unless I pay 10 times what I was paying before. It’s another thing to tell me that all of your competitors also will not support the feature.

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