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When you’re running the self-hosted flavor of WordPress, then you’re going to need a hosting partner before you even think about themes, plugins or content.

A quick Google search for ‘WordPress hosting’ will throw up lots of results, some of which can appear very enticing if you focus on the price alone.

But pricing isn’t everything when it comes to hosting your WordPress site.

In fact, it should be just one of several factors you need to evaluate:

– Speed, Security, and Support ranked equally, followed closely by Fair Pricing.

In this review, you’ll learn about Pressidium and how their Managed WordPress Hosting service measures against those factors.

But before we dive into those factors let’s take a quick look at the architecture underpinning the Pressidium hosting service.

Enterprise Architecture – Pinnacle Platform

The team behind Pressidium are experienced system engineers and developers (DevOps) who are passionate about both WordPress and Technology.

Pressidium’s Pinnacle Platform, which delivers WordPress as an integrated hybrid Software-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service solution, is specifically optimized for hosting WordPress.

The concept behind the Pinnacle Platform is simple: to provide an Enterprise Architecture – using state of the art technologies usually reserved for larger organizations – to everyone.

A web hosting service that offers ALL users access to technology that only large corporations can afford.

The Pinnacle Platform includes a High Availability solution for WordPress that is not available elsewhere. Other vendors would be charging a high premium for such technology, but Pressidium includes it on every single plan.

Here’s an overview of the Pinnacle Platform:

Overview Pinnacle Platform

1. Speed

You can’t ignore the importance of a fast-loading website. You need to provide the best user experience to your visitors, and that starts with a fast loading site.

If you’re anything like me, then I’m sure you’ve abandoned some websites because you were bored waiting for them to load.

In fact, studies have shown that 57% of visitors will abandon a page that takes 3 seconds or more to load. [Source].

Oh, and don’t forget that Google uses speed as a small Ranking Factor too!

Pressidium prides themselves on providing a fast user experience through their Enterprise Architecture. Their technologies are like those employed by Facebook and Google, so you know it’s going to special.

Pressidium Enterprise Architecture

Caching

Pressidium Hosting includes Multilayer Adaptive Caching, consisting of five separate caching mechanisms. As a result, you don’t have to install and configure a caching plugin like W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache.

Everything is taken care of for you.

Furthermore, your site is individually optimized by the Pressidium team for the best possible performance.

CDN

You can either choose to install and configure your preferred CDN solution, like MaxCDN, or use the Pressidium CDN option.

(Note: The CDN option is an additional extra on some plans.)

PHP optimization

WordPress serves pages dynamically by using PHP code to request information from your database and then creating a HTML page for your visitors. The Pressidium Team are experts in PHP optimization and have super-charged their PHP processing time so that it is hundreds of times faster than regular hosts.

So how does Pressidium Hosting perform?

Here are the results of the Load Impact test – which measures how an increase in visitors affects loading time – that we ran on Pressidium without any additional CDN being active:

Load Impact Results

You can see that most visitors experienced loading times of around 1.5 seconds.

2. Security

Keeping your WordPress site secure and backed up is essential. If your site goes down, then you will potentially lose visitors and customers.

To keep your WordPress site secure you would usually have to install security plugins like iThemes Security or Wordfence Security, and backup plugins like UpdraftPlus or Backup Buddy.

You’d also want to keep your WordPress installation updated with the latest security patches.

But with Pressidium, you don’t have to. It’s all included in their service:

Pressidium Security

Pressidium builds security into their architecture , so there is no need for an additional WordPress security plugin. What’s more, if anything untoward worked its way through the multiple firewalls they would fix it for you; i.e. no expensive clean-up bills!

Pressidium run daily backups of your website(s) plus you can also run a manual backup at any time, for example, before updating a plugin or theme. This guarantees you have a safe restore point in case of any unforeseen problems. And it can be a real stress-buster!

When I went live with a new website last year, things didn’t quite look right. Although everything had been tested and checked, somehow there were some weird glitches in the sales page. Fortunately, using the Pressidium restore function I was able to utilize the previous good backup and the working sales page was back in place five minutes later.

Pressidium also manages your WordPress Core Updates. This is carefully managed so that all WordPress security updates are tested internally before being applied to your installation. Plus for major updates, you get notified in advance so that you have a chance to test the new functionality in your Staging area first.

Pressidium® Pinnacle Platform provides you with complete, hassle-free threat prevention, so your time is spent building your business.

3. Support

For me, support is not just about somebody answering a ticket when you have a problem. There are many things you can put in place which can help prevent problems and questions arising, and I’m pleased to say that Pressidium has embraced that concept too.

Reliability and uptime

First of all, Pressidium has invested in a rock-solid, robust platform that we highlighted above. Having a strong foundation to any product or service means there are fewer problems to resolve.

The Pressidium® Pinnacle Platform has no single-point-of-failure and is built from the ground up to be highly available & fault tolerant.

Knowledge base

Pressidium has a Knowledge Base on their website where you can check for some FAQs and articles on best practice – always a good starting point before contacting the support team.

Portal

Part of the Pressidium solution includes a Customer Portal where you can quickly manage your website. For instance, you can manage technically challenging tasks with simple one-click commands like creating an instant backup or creating a new copy of your staging environment. You can also access the KB and raise support tickets from the Portal.

Pressidium Portal

Migration service

On joining Pressidium, you are offered a FREE migration service to transfer your existing WordPress site from your previous host to Pressidium.

This is great for two reasons:

  • It’s FREE. Other vendors usually charge for this service.
  • It ensures everything transfers smoothly; i.e. all behind-the-scenes technicalities like DNS, NameServers, and IP address are configured correctly.

Note: there are migration plugins that can handle this process for you, but it’s easier if Pressidium handle that for you. They do this day in, day out.

Expert support

Many support operations use tiered support levels, but Pressidium handles things differently. Instead of support tickets passing from Level 1 to Level 2 to Level 3 until eventually the ‘right person’ is assigned to investigate and fix a problem, all Pressidium support tickets are handled first-time by the team, i.e. the founders, who built the solution.

Because we specialize in WordPress and have such significant and diverse experience, we’re able to answer questions and diagnose issues that 90% of all hosting companies wouldn’t touch.

4. Fair pricing

If you’ve been impressed so far with the Speed, Security, and Support factors, then you’ll be further impressed with the Pressidium Pricing Plans.

Remember that Pressidium is a Managed WordPress Hosting provider. They are providing a specialist WordPress hosting service that includes a hybrid of Platform and Software services.

Some of the other popular “Managed WordPress” providers include:

  • WP Engine
  • Flywheel
  • Web Synthesis
  • Pagely
  • Rainmaker

Pricing plans

Pressidium offers very competitive pricing plans.

Pressidium Personal Plan

If you were to include the two additional sites, plus SSL and CDN to the WP Engine Personal Plan you would be paying around $90/month. And you still wouldn’t have the High Availability infrastructure that Pressidium has with its Pinnacle Platform.

Pressidium Pricing

Pressidium Micro Plan

If you only require a single site plan, then Pressidium have their Micro Plan at $24.90/month.

  • Pressidium Micro: 1 WP Site, SSL Support Included Free, CDN Optional (at $10/mo), Enterprise Architecture with High Availability Included Free.
  • And it’s still less expensive than a WP Engine Personal Plan.

Notes

A visit is an indication of resource usage, and Pressidium would never block a site which exceeded the plan’s limit. They are flexible and will devise custom plans where necessary.

The 30K visits on the personal plan do not have to be split equally between 3 sites; you could have one site with 20K visits and two sites with 5K visits each. This limit is worth bearing in mind when you are deciding which hosting plan is right for you.

A visit is a measure of the traffic your site gets in 24 hours. We aggregate these all up and count how many visits you have for a given month, and that’s how we calculate your traffic. In our opinion, it’s the fairest way to measure how many server resources your site will need.

Pressidium is purely a managed WordPress service, which means that they don’t offer an email service. As an alternative try the free Zoho Mail service or the relatively cheap Google Apps for Work email service.

Wrapping up

While you might be tempted to start off with a Shared Hosting plan, lured in by a cheap price point, there will come a time when you have to ask yourself if you are getting value for money. As more and more sites are crammed onto your shared server, then performance dips.

I started off with Bluehost and became increasingly frustrated with their declining service. That’s when I decided to switch to Pressidium.

Not only did the speed and performance improve significantly, but the level and quality of support increased dramatically as well. Pressidium has invested their many years of experience into creating and maintaining a high-performing hosting solution, backed up with expert WordPress support.

I let those guys manage the hosting while I produce the content.

If you’re looking to make the move from Shared Hosting to Managed Hosting, then I can highly recommend you trying Pressidum. You won’t be disappointed.

Pros

  • Micro Plan: a single site plan for just $24.90/month
  • Custom Plans: if you have a larger enterprise, custom plans are available too
  • Enterprise Architecture: includes High Availability on ALL plans
  • 2-months discount: available if you choose to pay annually
  • No long-term contract: cancel at any time
  • Risk-free trial for 60-days: get a full refund if you’re not completely satisfied

Cons

  • Visits: with large traffic volumes, this way of calculating traffic could get expensive
  • Email service: there is no email service included

Summary: Pressidium has revolutionized the Managed WordPress Hosting arena. They have built a fast, reliable and secure platform, and added top-class support with a fair pricing strategy.

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Posted by David Hartshorne

David Hartshorne is a freelance writer helping solopreneurs and small business owners build their online presence through friendly, engaging and shareable web content. When he’s not writing about WordPress and the latest digital marketing tools, you’ll find him chilling with a thriller in Spain.