There are a lot of hosting companies out there. Of the whole bunch, there are several that are my go-to recommendations.
Great Options for Every Day Use
I’ve told you about them before. I told you that it all depends on what you want.
So for your everyday use, any of these are a good choice for you, based on what you’re looking for.
- WP Engine (all around)
- Pagely (dev features, scale)
- SiteGround (expense, dev features)
- Flywheel (ease of use, support)
- GoDaddy (expense, support)
Enterprise WordPress Hosting
Then I also, pretty recently, told you about hosting providers for WordPress solutions with scale and enterprise features (including account management and around-the-clock support) included.
That list was smaller:
What you’ll notice is that two names are on both lists – WP Engine and Pagely.
Which one do you choose? Well the answer to that question is pretty much like the answer to every other question – it depends.
Yesterday I was on a phone call with a gentleman – who reached out via my answer-questions-by-the-minute service (otherwise known at clarity.fm) – to ask me for a hosting recommendation.
As we started talking, it became very clear that he only had one choice – Pagely.
So today I thought I would tell you what I told him…
Here’s what Pagely does better
What some people still don’t know is that Pagely runs on top of Amazon. Think about that for a second. Amazon, as in, the Amazon you know – huge, big, always available. That Amazon.
Now, for the non-technical, Amazon has been providing capacity of it’s computing infrastructure for a long time. It’s massively scalable and can be configured to be highly available.
But until Pagely built WordPress Managed Hosting on top of it, mostly Amazon hosting for WordPress was a DIY project.
And most people I know don’t want to become devops experts just to host their sites.
Pagely abstracts all that complexity by making it as easy to run WordPress on Amazon as if you were running WordPress on any other host.
No need for you to configure all sorts of pieces and parts of the Amazon Web Services infrastructure. So there’s that. And it’s nice.
Where they take the prize, where no one else competes in the same way, is when you can integrate other systems with your WordPress infrastructure easily.
Integrating your Non-WordPress Apps
Most of the WordPress Managed Hosts focus purely on WordPress. They specialize.
Now Pagely isn’t different. That’s their focus too.
But since they’re sitting on top of Amazon, it makes it very easy, if you want, to host an additional service or application on another part of Amazon’s infrastructure and connect the dots – without even leaving the hosting facility.
On a very large project Crowd Favorite spent months on, it’s exactly what we did. The client needed systems that were hosted on Amazon, but not WordPress. And they needed a WordPress front end and membership solution. And they wanted them connected.
Pagely makes that kind of solution easy.
Today I was on a call with a client that has a large system that isn’t WordPress at all. It has its own database, it’s own API, and it’s own need for several additional components for it to run. But it wants to put all of that into a WordPress application – either via an iFrame or an API integration.
They already knew they needed to host their own system on Amazon.
They were thrilled to hear they could host on Pagely and keep those two systems pretty closely aligned and connected.
Pagely does a lot of nice things. But if there’s one thing it does better than anyone else, it’s to integrate your WordPress solution with a different system that’s already running on Amazon.
It’s kind of a no-brainer.