Pagely was founded in 2006 and became the first ever managed WordPress platform. That market has exploded since, and Pagely now faces competition from other specialist managed WordPress hosting services like WPEngine, Flywheel, and many more.
How does Pagely stack up against the alternatives it helped create the market for?
Turning the Pagely: First Impressions
Pagely isn't your standard web host. Pagely hosting is designed to seamlessly host WordPress sites, handling all the grubby technical details like installation, optimization, and updates.
Pagely's specialists optimize your site to achieve the fastest possible page load times and take care of update installation. They also create daily site backups, leaving you with very little to worry about.
Normally, previous customer lists aren't worth a second glance.
But in Pagely's case, the names indicate the quality of the service provided, they include brands like Visa, Virgin Atlantic, and Disney.
As I expected from a managed WordPress host, migrating my site to Pagely was a painless experience. I simply filled out a no-nonsense form, and my site was transferred in just over 72 hours.
Qualified Customer Support
Pagely touts a "tierless" support service which translates as "every customer rep is a properly trained engineer". That was certainly my experience. I submitted a ticket to evaluate that claim and received a response in under 30 minutes from a person who obviously knew what they were talking about. Pagely claims such a timely response to be the norm.
Phone support is only available on a handful of plans but live chat is available 8:00 - 5:00 PST. Given the rapid ticket response, I can mostly forgive the omission of a phone line.
In recent years, Pagely decided to ditch its consumer plans in favor of focussing on enterprise customers. VPS hosting is the cheapest server type currently on offer. In total, there are six different VPS plans.
The cheapest plan is $199/month, but packages range up to $2249/month, with more expensive plans providing extra memory and computing resources. Enterprise and Publisher hosting is also available from $2500/month and $20,000/month respectively.
You can save 5% of fees on any package by paying annually.
Plans in More Detail
Let's take a look at the three cheapest VPS plans:
|No. of Sites||5||15||35|
|Email Addresses||Not Included||Not Included||Not Included|
|HDD or SSD||SSD||SSD||SSD|
|Customer Support||24/7 Ticket Support. 8-5 Live Chat and Slack||24/7 Ticket Support. 8-5 Live Chat and Slack||24/7 Ticket Support. 8-5 Live Chat and Slack|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30-Day Period||30-Day Period||30-Day Period|
Despite its price, due to the limited bandwidth and storage, the entry level VBURST-1 package will only really be suitable for development purposes. For anyone running a website with an active following, the VPS-1 package will be more appropriate.
I tested the speed of my Pagely site using Bitcatcha.
As you'd expect from such a high-end provider, speeds were reassuringly fast worldwide.
Pagely Review Final Thoughts: Worth a Read?
Pagely's service will help get your enterprise level WordPress site set up and running with minimal fuss. The pricing of its plans limits its suitability to large businesses though, so if you're a consumer or mid-tier business, look elsewhere.
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- Expert customer support
- Full supported site migrations
- Incredibly powerful servers available
- Based on AWS technology
- Extremely pricy
- Not suitable even for medium sized businesses
- Paying annually doesn't save much