Flywheel vs. Pantheon

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Flywheel
Score 9.7 out of 10
N/A
Flywheel is a managed Wordpress hosting specialist headquartered in Omaha, boasting creative and design agency tools, plugins, and white label services for designers who choose Flywheel as their hosting provider.
$15
per month
Pantheon
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Pantheon is a WebOps platform where marketers and developers collaborate to drive results. The vendor states that with Pantheon, site owners maximize their capacity to update website design and functionality, responding to market trends, catering to consumer behavior, and adding real value to the business's bottom line. Today, companies compete on the basis of digital experiences, and the best results emerge from an agile build-test-learn process. Whether it's publishing content,…
$29
per month
Pricing
FlywheelPantheon
Editions & Modules
Tiny
$15.00
per month
Starter
$30.00
per month
Freelance
$115.00
per month
Agency
$290.00
per month
Custom
Contact sales team
Basic
$29
per month
Performance
$114
per month
Elite
Contact for quote
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FlywheelPantheon
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
FlywheelPantheon
Considered Both Products
Flywheel
Chose Flywheel
Compared to WP Engine and Pantheon, Flywheel offers the most affordable and easy-to-use managed hosting platform for WordPress websites. I actually prefer Flywheel's UI a bit more to WP Engine's. Media Temple simply doesn't offer an affordable hosting option that particularly …
Pantheon
Chose Pantheon
A lot of the other providers on this list are different from each other with very different target audiences. The only thing Pantheon can compare with is managed WordPress hosting, WordPress-related support, and hosting on Google Compute Engine. Pantheon wins hands down in …
Chose Pantheon
Pantheon provides stellar premium hosting for Drupal and WordPress. The platform is highly performant. Support is responsive and knowledgeable. System-enforced best practices improve site stability alongside rock-solid platform reliability. However, Pantheon absolutely charges …
Chose Pantheon
Pantheon is definitely the best, most premium option of any WordPress hosting services I've tried. For simpler WordPress sites I prefer using SiteGround because of it's lower cost and simpler features for the client to manage.

For sites of any complexity though, Pantheon is the …
Top Pros
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Best Alternatives
FlywheelPantheon
Small Businesses
Cloudways
Cloudways
Score 9.5 out of 10
ManageWP
ManageWP
Score 10.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
WP Engine
WP Engine
Score 9.4 out of 10
Progress Sitefinity
Progress Sitefinity
Score 7.7 out of 10
Enterprises
Pantheon
Pantheon
Score 8.4 out of 10
Progress Sitefinity
Progress Sitefinity
Score 7.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
FlywheelPantheon
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(3 ratings)
8.0
(68 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(29 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
FlywheelPantheon
Likelihood to Recommend
Flywheel
Flywheel is particularly well-suited for hands-on WordPress managed hosting. It's also perfect for developers who build site's locally on Local and then want an effortless way to import them into their managed hosting environment. Flywheel particularly excels in scenarios where a customer needs managed. WordPress hosting that handles daily backups and offers test and live environments for a reasonable price.
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Pantheon
Pantheon is excellent for medium-large websites that require high availability and a managed workflow. It would be inappropriate for small websites because of the cost or for situations where more control of the environment is appropriate. We find it useful because we rarely do anything outside of the Drupal application.
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Pros
Flywheel
  • Customer Service
  • User Interface
  • User Experience
  • Creative Support
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Pantheon
  • Effective use of our codebase deployment and implementation.
  • The dashboard functionality and general stability and security are excellent.
  • The server is quite consistent, and if you need assistance from the support team, they are very quick to respond.
  • Automatic updates let me ensure that my customers have safe websites without increasing my own expense.
  • The team offers excellent assistance and help for chat.
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Cons
Flywheel
  • Flywheel is more expensive than many hosting companies
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Pantheon
  • Pricing structure has too large of a jump between Basic and Performance plans
  • Have run into issues with prescribed WP updates not working through dashboard and having to do manually.
  • Pantheon site dashboard occasionally is unavailable (the site is never affected though)
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Likelihood to Renew
Flywheel
No answers on this topic
Pantheon
The environment is stable and we have not had any issues/downtime. The annual cost is reasonable.
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Usability
Flywheel
No answers on this topic
Pantheon
Pantheon is an easy system, especially to the users with previous experience with other similar platform and the interface is clear enough to easily understand how things operates. On the Cloud deployment everything also works effectively and the technical team from Pantheon community are very helpful on providing the necessary assistant to their customers.
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Support Rating
Flywheel
No answers on this topic
Pantheon
Even tier 1 Pantheon chat and ticket support are knowledgeable, competent, and useful. They routinely understand and promptly resolve urgent, complex, and/or unusual issues that other hosts need to escalate to tier 2 or tier 3 support personnel. I honestly can't think of a truly negative or disappointing support experience in the years I've used Pantheon hosting for client websites.
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Implementation Rating
Flywheel
No answers on this topic
Pantheon
Once the environments were up and running, the implementation was easy to synchronize with latest data prior to switchover.
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Alternatives Considered
Flywheel
Compared to WP Engine and Pantheon, Flywheel offers the most affordable and easy-to-use managed hosting platform for WordPress websites. I actually prefer Flywheel's UI a bit more to WP Engine's. Media Temple simply doesn't offer an affordable hosting option that particularly caters to WordPress websites. Flywheel has become my favorite among managed hosting platforms that are targeted on servicing WordPress developers.
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Pantheon
Although it may seem a good fit for a company that needs extra control over the deployment process and development process, for a firm that is mainly concentrating on SEO, it would be an overkill. Pantheon provides that sweet automation that allows us to shed some weight on development and focus on our business activities.
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Return on Investment
Flywheel
  • Fast/easy to create new sites with blueprints
  • Easy to work locally with Local
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Pantheon
  • Pantheon allows ordinary sites to excel esp if there is consistent development going on behind the scenes.
  • Website management is super easy and the hosting fee gets paid off as you save on developer hours.
  • Expensive for those who are not consistently developing on the platform, there are other options out there at better price points.
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Pantheon Screenshots

Screenshot of Find out in seconds if your site is ready to launch. Use Launch Check to get recommendations and discover site issues fast with our report based on over 50 automated checks.Screenshot of Our Developer Dashboard has everything you need to build, launch, and run Drupal and WordPress sites. Interface via SFTP or Git, deploy and scale your sites, and access tools like backups and one-click core updates. Easily add team members and control access.