To help you decide which managed WordPress host is right for you, we’ve chosen to compare two of the most popular head-to-head to show where each plan excels.
When it comes to speed, both WP Engine and Web Synthesis are tied. They both employee incredibly technology to ensure your site load times are reasonable (within three to five seconds depending on file size) to increase sales and search engine ranking.
Both companies take pride in their customer service, and it definitely shows. With a full staff of WordPress experts at hand to answer your questions and address your issues 24/7, it’s not unreasonable to expect a response to your email within 30 minutes.
In terms of price, both WP Engine and Web Synthesis have comparable pricing points on each of their plans. Therefore, it becomes important to look at the value of what you get for the money to determine the clear winner here.
WP Engine offers plans at $29, $99, $249, and custom pricing per month. For the basic $29/month plan, you’ll get 25,000 monthly visits, one WordPress site, unlimited bandwidth, and 10 GB data storage.
Web Synthesis offers plans at $27, $97, $197 and $300 per month. For the basic $27/month plan, you’ll get 2,500 daily visits (roughly three times more compared to WP Engine), one WordPress site, 650 GB bandwidth, and 3GB of data storage.
If you’re looking for a budget plan, Web Synthesis wins.
The two are fairly comparable on features, because you’ll get automatic updates and backups, along with malware scanning. But, you’ll get extras with WP Engine that you won’t find with another managed host.
WP Engine gives you a staging area, where you can make changes to your WordPress site to test, without making them live to your customers. This can help you see how changes you make may change site speed and decide whether or not the changes are really worth it.
If your website ever gets hacked, WP Engine will fix it for free, which offers a great piece of mind when you’re worried about security.
But, if you’re a Genesis framework user, you’ll get extra support with Web Synthesis, because they’re ran by the same company that developed Genesis.
This was a really tough call for us to make, because the services are so closely matched. The reason we gave overall to WP Engine is because of the additional features you get for a matter of $2/month. The free site repair puts them miles above the competition, and was the deciding factor in this case.