Best Managed Hosts
Managed WordPress FAQ
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.
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I tried both and I prefer wpengine. Here are the main reasons;
Reason-1: my speed tests, ping and tracert showed better results at wpengine
Reason-2: Support is much better at wpengine. They are very helpful and friendly. The support team at websynthesis is not very cooperative, not helpful, and has very rude attitude.
wpengine also has instant Chat Support you can use anytime.
Reason-3: wpengine has better back-up system. You can create backup points, then when you need it, you can select a backup and hit “Restore” to restore your site to a previous version instantly. So I always create a new backup points before you I make any changes or add anew plugin etc. I can also download .zip files of my backups for safe keeping.
So I do not have to pay extra for daily or instant backup services.
Reason-4: Security; wpengine has their in-house system for vulnerability scanning. They also use SecTheory and Sucuri for external network connections. they scan and monitor your web site and database for known vectors and exploits.
I am not affiliated with any of the hosting companies. These are my honest opinion and experience after I use them both. Choosing a reliable hosting company, especially the one you feel comfortable contacting them any time for support and advice is very important. I hope this helps for other web site owners.
I have just moved my blog to Synthesis and really liking the experience. They are offering the entry level plan for scribe content management software along with the hosting which makes it a better deal and anyhow I am on Genesis.
Also for the starter plan, they can configure external CDN providers which is also a plus…
Thanks for sharing this experience and information. Been thinking a lot between both WP Engine and Synthesis. I believe the only reasons I see WP Engine is slightly better is because of the security features. But since I am a Genesis user, I am actually very bias towards Synthesis.
Guess there’s more digging to do and thanks for sharing!