For starters, my Pagely review is legit. I use Pagely to host all my WordPress product sites, and I can confidently say that choosing Pagely is worth every penny you can afford to spend on WordPress hosting.
I’ve used a ton of different hosts in my days of working on the web and with WordPress. From iPage (yes, somewhat ashamedly) to HostGator to Bluehost (I still recommend Bluehost for price sensitive folks) to WP Engine to VPS.net to just about any other popular host you can think of, I’ve purchased and used. I’ve accumulated a bunch of knowledge from working with all of them in the past, so I hope to take that knowledge and formulate it into one giant, awesome Pagely review for you and convince you why you should choose them as your next WordPress hosting provider (erhhhmm, hosting “partner”!).
Before I get started with my Pagely review, I do want to say that I have affiliate links in this post, meaning if you purchase a Pagely package after clicking on one of the links, I may receive a small portion of that sale as a commission. This doesn’t affect the content of the review, however, as I really do use Pagely for my WordPress product and other business sites!
Pagely Review Intro: Why I Use Them
I’ve sometimes been annoyed at reviews (especially hosting reviews) because they never explain why you would actually want to use whatever service they are recommending. That irks me because typically you are searching for a reason to use whatever you are researching, not necessarily the features (although feature highlighting is important). I want to share with you a few important reasons why I think Pagely is a superb choice for hosting your WordPress site.
- I’m big on speed and performance. Both of those matter a bunch to me because both of those things can vastly impact (both positively and negatively) the experience a visitor has on your site. Pagely is built to scale with performance and speed in mind. The underlying architecture is built on top of the Amazon Cloud, one of the most scalable platforms (if not the most) in the world. This means that your WordPress site gets access to the largest amount of resources you could possibly imagine – speed, performance and scalability. These three things alone are enough to convince me that Pagely is a superb choice for WordPress hosting.
- Pagely automates many tasks that help keep your site safe, secure and successful on the web. They do automated backups and updates for you. They include a free CDN (content delivery network) at any level plan you decide to purchase, meaning your content gets served faster to your audience. Their service is very secure (all behind-the-scenes work requires two-factor authentication + key access) with their PressARMOR implementation, and as I mentioned before, they are blazingly fast. You don’t have to configure caching plugins or anything of that nature – they do it for you. Automatically.
- Their technical support is outstanding. These guys are engineers and have a highly competent support staff (Kris, Piotr and the rest of the team) that can answer any of your most technical questions. They are always speedy in their responses, and they are even gracious when I don’t respond back right away (which I am guilty of). I’m confident there’s not a question you can ask that these guys can’t handle.
- Most importantly for me, hosting with Pagely has allowed me to sleep easy at night. I don’t have to worry about my sites suffering from yet another hack attempt or denial of service attack. I don’t need to worry about my server crashing when a popular review for one of my products sends a surge of visitors over to the site. I didn’t need to worry about our sites going down during our record-setting Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales pushes. Pagely allows me to focus on the things I do best.
To sum it up in one simple phrase: Pagely has been an investment in my business. I think you will find Pagely to be an investment in yours, too.
Pagely Review: The Features
Let’s get into the meat of the features for my Pagely review. At the time of this writing, there are 7 different plans that you can choose from, all of which are tailored to your growing needs for your budding website and business. Each and every plan comes standard with the following items:
- Unlimited number of pageviews (awesome – no restrictions on the growth of your business)
- Powered by the Amazon Cloud infrastructure
- Automatic WordPress upgrades
- Automatic backups to Amazon S3 (this is awesome – huge for security and general mishaps that you might cause)
- PressCache (their own sweet caching implementation for faster sites) with a persistent cache (Memcached or Redis)
- PressArmor (their own custom security infrastructure for their network and your site)
- SSL + SPDY support (for fast SSL implementations)
- Dedicated IP addresses
Now that we have all of the standard options listed, let’s take a look at each plan and the where each differs in terms of price and features.
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I understand that the features listed in my Pagely review can be somewhat overwhelming. To give you an anchor, my products use the VPS-1 package from Pagely. If you are a small business site that doesn’t receive a lot of traffic (less than 10,000 pageviews a month), the Personal plan makes total sense for your site. I also have another site that runs on the Personal plan and I’ve not once had any issues with speed, performance or bottlenecking of any kind. In fact, I mention later in the review that average response time over 5 months is under 400ms!
If you need more than one site, the Business and Professional plans are both very good options for you. You still get the same speed that you would expect with the ability to add new sites and sustain growth in traffic and usage of your site.
If you have more highly dynamic sites or sites where your website is crucial to your business revenue (like maybe an ecommerce store), the VPS packages will make the most sense for you. If you think about it, ~$400 is a small price to pay considering the safety, security and performance you are buying. The last thing you want to do is skimp on your hosting and then worry about your site going down when you have customers waiting to buy, which is exactly what I experienced at lots of other hosts until I moved to Pagely. Their custom built VPS packages do not disappoint at all – speed, security, scalability, and peace of mind. What more can you ask from your hosting partner?
Pagely Review: Control Panel
One of my favorite things about my Pagely review is their finely tuned Atomic Dashboard. In this control panel, you have direct access to manage your applications (sites), setup staging URLs, request support and more.
When you first log in, you will be presented with a screen that looks something like the image below.
The dashboard is very clean and organized, and all of your site information is easily accessible. I’ve found this to be far different from most other hosting panels, which are cumbersome and tough to understand at best.
This particular plan is the Personal plan, as you can tell by the 1 site that I have created on it. From here, you can manage your sites, adjust your plan and billing details, request support and more. I’ve had no issues at all with this starter plan since I began using it. In fact, the site is mostly on autopilot because Pagely handles all of the updates and backups for me!
You can click on each one of your sites for management tools, such as staging URLs, site backups and site statistics (like bandwidth and CDN usage). There are also some nifty tools that you can use as well, such as their Whitescreen Eliminator process which will swiftly remove that whitescreen of death from your site so that you can fix whatever error has occurred.
Pagely Review: Support
You can also access support straight from your Atomic dashboard as well, which if I haven’t already said before is absolutely phenomenal.
Pagely has done as excellent job at crafting incredibly helpful and thorough documentation, and their integration with Zendesk rocks. It’s very easy to login and see any tickets that you have already created, the status of those tickets, and the ability to respond to and create new tickets.
Their support is incredibly fast, competent and helpful. These guys want to help you succeed (at least that’s the feeling I get), which definitely cannot be said in comparison to many of the cheap hosting providers where you feel like you are not valued at all as a customer. Their support staff are quick to answer questions, resolve issues and provide helpful information for anything they might deem beneficial for the future.
Most of my support issues are technical, such as having SSL certificates installed or doing migrations over to their platform, but not once have I had an issue with Pagely’s service or competency. Beyond the speed and performance of Pagely, their support is my next favorite “feature” of having them as my hosting partner.
Pagely Review: Blazing Fast Speed
Speed, performance and reliability were the most important things for me, and you will not be disappointed by Pagely. Of all the hosts I have used, Pagely has been by far the most consistent with blazing fast speed and performance. I’ve been hosting one site with them for about 5 months now, and my Pingdom Tools reports that the historical average load time is only 344ms. That is crazy fast!
I ran a quick test (using WebPageTest) on the OptinMonster site, and the results are awesome for a high-traffic product site with a ton of styles, scripts and graphics to boot.
The important stat from this image is the “Start Render” column – that is the amount of time it takes for the page to be viewable and usable. For first and repeat visits, the average is 569ms – incredible! That is blazing fast speed. And not only this – the site scores a 96/100 with Google PageSpeed without any extra configuration needed on my end.
I can’t really find any cons in my Pagely review for any of the non-VPS plans. For my needs and the needs of sites I have hosted on those plans, Pagely has all of the bases covered. My only con would be on the VPS plans with their staging implementation. WP Engine definitely has a more intuitive staging setup. That is not to say that Pagely’s setup doesn’t work – it does and works very well – but it takes a little bit of work and you need to have a good understanding of Git and SSH to make it work effectively. Other than this, everything is a breeze.
Pagely Review: Final Remarks
Like I’ve said before, I’ve used a ton of different hosts over the years. I’ve used pretty much all of the managed WordPress hosts at one point or another, and I can confidently say that Pagely is an excellent investment for your WordPress website. It’s worth the money that you spend on the plans, and I think you will be very pleased with the performance, scalability, reliability and security of your sites while on the Pagely platform.
If you still have questions about ,y Pagely review, please let me know. I’d be more than happy to help answer them so that you can make an informed purchased decision. I hope my Pagely review has been insightful and helpful and maybe even encouraged you to use them!