Pod Creative Managed Hosting vs WPEngine Managed Hosting

WPEngine VS Pod Creative, which offers the best bang for your buck!

Thinking of signing up for a managed hosting plan? Let’s compare Pod Creative’s dedicated, managed hosting plan with WPEngine, a popular hosting platform. 

Hannah Raeside

Office Manager, Pod Creative

Pod Creative’s VS wp engine

Pod Creative is a small but mighty Web Development, Graphic Design, and Website Hosting company located in the Comox Valley, British Columbia. We provide dedicated, managed hosting at an extremely affordable rate to any size business, big or small! Our servers are located in Montreal, and we support Canadian-owned businesses.

WP Engine is a hosting company located in Austin Texas, USA that boasts it’s the #1 WordPress hosting platform. They offer a wide variety of plans. Their servers are located in the US. 

Up-time monitoring

Uptime monitoring is an automated way of checking whether a service such as a website or an application is available. When service goes down during an outage (downtime), uptime monitoring spots the issue and alerts the right person on the development team.

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Wordpress + Plugin Updates

As part of Pod Creative’s dedicated, managed hosting, we take care of all regularly required WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates.  This means you can have the peace of mind that your website up to date, secure and running optimally.

WP Engine has an internal system that will automatically update WordPress however the ability to automatically update plugins cost extra. 

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Bandwidth

One of the elements that makes Pod Creative’s hosting service stand out from the rest is that we are able to offer unmetered network traffic with no bandwidth charge.

WP Engine’s plan restricts websites to 50GB of Bandwith per month. 

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Storage

Pod Creative’s hosting service offers unlimited storage for your site. Never worry about uploading too many photos again!

WP Engine’s basic plan allows you 10GB of storage. 

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Support

Pod Creative pride ourselves on our customer service.  We are available 24/7 by phone or email. For our clients in the Comox Valley we offer in person support at our office.

WP Engine offers 24/7 chat support, other forms of support cost extra.

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ssl setup and renewal

Pod Creative offers free setup of your SSL and will ensure it stays renewed. Never worry about your site’s security again! 

WP Engine offers free setup and renewal for basic SSL with paid options for more advanced requirements

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regular website checks

Never worry about your site! One of the most popular pieces of our hosting package is the fact that we check your site monthly for performance, errors, omissions, and more.

WP Engine does not offer this or a similar service.

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Pod Creative backs up your website regularly, and irregularly, and stores these backups in our secure Google Drive. Access these backups at any time or request one by emailing us, there’s no extra charge.

WP Engine offers daily backups. 

Cloud-stored backups

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Secure server

Pod Creative hosts our websites on a secure, dedicated server. This means that ONLY Pod Creative websites exist on our server, offering extra protection and lightning-fast response. At this point we have less than 200 websites on our server!

WP Engine offers secure shared hosting on its server. This means that your website will share its server, and subsequent resources, with thousands of other websites.

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Host any site

Big or small, Pod Creative can host it all! Whether it be a small personal website, a multi-page e-commerce site, or a popular members-only forum site, we have you covered. We have no restrictions on the number of visitors or website size!

WP Engine has different plans for different size websites, with e-commerce sites costing extra to host. 

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Annual cost

Pod Creative’s dedicated, managed hosting is $400 a year, billed annually. 

WP Engine’s basic managed hosting plan is $400 per year, however does not allow for hosting e-commerce sites. 

Pod Creative - $400

WP Engine - $400+

Wrapping this up

We always recommend shopping around when it comes to your hosting platform. Each hosting provider offers a slightly different service, and comparing offerings against the price is a great way to make a decision. Make sure you ask lots of questions if their service isn’t clear! Most hosting plans are based on a shared hosting situation, meaning your website is sharing a server with a large variety of other random sites. A dedicated server ensures safety and security.

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