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Score 8.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Flywheel is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

9.3

Flywheel

93%
2 Ratings
8.9

WP Engine

89%
28 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

Flywheel

N/A
0 Ratings
3.0

WP Engine

30%
1 Rating

Usability

Flywheel

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

WP Engine

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

Flywheel

N/A
0 Ratings
7.7

WP Engine

77%
12 Ratings

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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WP Engine

New users to WordPress can rejoice with a very hands-off hosting approach. If 100% uptime is not essential, you can get breakneck speeds with minimal tinkering using their platform. If you need to get up and running quickly and scale as required, the cost-benefit is here, although you need to pay a lot to get the most from it.
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Pros

Flywheel

  • Customer Service
  • User Interface
  • User Experience
  • Creative Support
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WP Engine

  • I love the database backups and how quickly & easy it is to restore from an old backup point. This gives me & my clients confidence that any change can be rolled back.
  • The built in caching & CDN mean that I have to spend less time worrying about the speed of the server & site. The caching has some side-effects that take getting used to (on-page dynamic PHP code sometimes needs to be moved to API endpoints), but this is true for most caching systems.
  • They have really good support for multiple environments. It's very easy to have separate production & staging environments. It's also very simple to deploy from staging to production, making product launches and large scale website copy changes much easier to coordinate.
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Cons

Flywheel

  • I'd like to see an option for Flywheel to provide email hosting for custom domains
  • A sandbox feature to preview new sites for customers
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WP Engine

  • I'd like to see WP Engine offer their own monitoring solution. When I say monitoring, I mean specific use cases that may end up being something you could script. This would keep customers from having to pay for additional services like Pingdom, New Relic, etc.
  • I would like to see some proactive analysis done by WP Engine on their customer sites - at least on their home pages, and offer up suggestions. This kind of goes along with the other example.
  • Finally, it would be nice to see a "lighter" offering, perhaps a plan that costs $49 for those who want to host only a few sites, or even 1 site.
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Pricing Details

Flywheel

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Flywheel editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Tiny$15.001
Starter$30.002
Freelance$115.003
Agency$290.004
CustomContact sales team5

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

WP Engine

Starting Price

$29 per month

Editions & Modules

WP Engine editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Startup$25.001
Growth$95.002
Scale$241.003

Footnotes

  1. *Per Month
  2. *Per Month
  3. *Per Month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

*Pricing for annual contract.

Likelihood to Renew

Flywheel

No answers on this topic

WP Engine

I was in a situation where I had to bolt Wordpress on to an existing infrastructure that could not support it. If I ever end up in that situation again, please kill me. Other than that reasonably common use case, I don't think it offers a lot of value over robust shared hosting, virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated servers.
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Usability

Flywheel

No answers on this topic

WP Engine

It took very little time to learn their dashboard for managing WordPress sites. Their built-in tools are really well done, and the addition of security and CDN tools is great.
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Support Rating

Flywheel

No answers on this topic

WP Engine

Support is generally great. Enterprise support is fantastic, with little to no wait times. I find that chat support can almost always take care of the problem without escalating to a ticket for a higher level of troubleshooting. The chat support for many other hosting providers can only handle basic issues. This is a big bonus for us to get quick and helpful answers.
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Alternatives Considered

Flywheel

I select Flywheel to host my site and my clients' sites because of how fast and reliable the service is. The tools are incredible and their local site program, Local, is head and shoulders above the competition. I tried Kinsta's program, but it felt slow and old compared to Local. Flywheel is powerful and dead-simple to use.
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WP Engine

While we still use GoDaddy for some services, WP Engine definitely has been a major upgrade for our WordPress hosting. In addition to faster load speeds, WP Engine has been more adept at allowing us to manage a high number of websites without straining the system. We have never used Network Solutions for our own hosting needs, but when we do interact with them on behalf of our clients, their systems always seem to be clunky and hard to use, and they often overcharge customers by selling them products they do not need.
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Return on Investment

Flywheel

  • Flywheel has helped me maintain my website where many customers have discovered my business
  • Flywheel has positively impacted my business by offering me an reliable solution to run my WooCommerce Store.
  • Flywheel offered me an affordable managed hosting option, particularly valuable for a small business.
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WP Engine

  • WP Engine reduces our time investment and upkeep costs which increases our margins.
  • WP Engine simplifies site management with a built-in development server, which saves us headaches.
  • WP Engine itself is positioned as a premium service, which allows us to use their branding as a tool to close sales.
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