Pagely and WP Engine have clearly cemented themselves as two of the top web hosts in the industry for managed WordPress Hosting. Both offer a wide array of top notch technical features and provide high level security that is not found with some of the more affordable options on the market.
While both have costs that are much higher than web hosts like BlueHost or InMotion, they are considered to be much better options when it comes to page speed, reliability, and security. Let’s take a look at some of the main questions that you should ask when deciding which option is best for you:
What Plans Does Each Host Offer?
Pagely’s Managed WordPress – Personal and Business Plan, Neutrino, is priced at $99/month. You’ll get lesser price if you choose the annual pricing which is $1069/year.
WP Engine, on the other hand, has four different plans to choose from that include a Personal Plan, Professional Plan, Business Plan, and Premium Plan. The Personal Plan is priced at $29/month, the Professional Plan is $99/month, the Business Plan is $249/month, and a quoted price is provided based on your unique hardware needs for the Premium plan.
What Are the Technical Features Offered With Each Plan?
The Neutrino Plan offered by Pagely includes 20GB of disk space and 25GB if bandwidth. The plan also comes with a 100GB of CDN.
The Personal plan from WP Engine provides 10GB of storage while the Professional plan offers 20GB. The Business plan includes 30GB while the Enterprise plan is dependent on your customized needs. All WP Engine plans come with unlimited data transfer.
How Many Websites Are Allowed For Each Plan?
Pagely’s Neutrino Plan allows for up to 5 websites. The Personal option from WP Engine allows only one website while the Professional plan allows up to ten. WP Engine’s Business plan users have the advantage of working with up to 25 websites while the Premium plan allows up to 150.
Is Site Migration Free With Both Web Hosts?
No. Only WP Engine provides you with an unlimited amount of free website migrations. Pagely, on the other hand, only provides you with up to two free migrations.
What Type of Customer Support is Provided By Each Web Host?
Both web hosts excel at providing their users with top notch customer support. The only unfortunate aspect of each host’s customer support is that Pagely does not provide live phone assistance while WP Engine does not have live chat. It should be mentioned that WP Engine does employ more full-time engineers and technical staff than Pagely.
What Level of Security is Offered By Pagely and WP Engine?
Pagely and WP Engine both make security a main priority with their hosting services. Pagely has actually built their own security architecture, known as PressARMOR, that is focused on the prevention and mitigation of risk to clients. WP Engine guarantees top level security by utilizing an enterprise-grade infrastructure for all of their plans.
Interestingly enough, speed tests by multiple third party review sites have had differing results for who comes out on top when it comes to website and content speed. One thing is for sure, both web hosts offer higher website and data speed than most other in the industry.
Does Either Host Provide Email Hosting?
No. Neither Pagely nor WP Engine provides email hosting services with their plans. Both web hosts suggest that you use Google Apps for email hosting, which is powered through Google’s Gmail service.
Who Does Automattic Endorse?
Automattic is the creator of WordPress and has actually invested in WP Engine. This makes for a pretty clear statement that they feel WP Engine is as good as it gets when it comes to Managed WordPress hosting.
The Final Word
At the end of the day, you really cannot go wrong when choosing either Pagely or WP Engine as your web host. If you plan on managing 2-3 websites on your account, Pagely is probably the best option. If, however, you are planning to create and manage ten or more sites, WP Engine provides better value than their competitor.
As two of the few web hosts in the industry that offer premium services, it should be noted that they are continually changing their offerings to compete with the other. For one, WP Engine previously did not offer free migrations but has since changed that to provide an unlimited amount of site migrations.
Pagely has also made major changes as they have gotten away from offering a Personal plan and instead focus on Business and Professional users. With the fact that both hosts offer a money back guarantee, it would not be a bad idea to give them both a try to see for yourself who is best.