Presslabs was founded formally in 2011 to “democratize WordPress hosting”, but it started hosting clients’ websites “as a side job” as far back as 2009. Today, Presslabs offers managed WordPress hosting to publishers, agencies, and enterprises. It also provides its Presslabs Stack (which blends WordPress with Kubernetes) and other solutions.
Presslabs’ English-language website boats some impressive statistics about its performance.
Features and Ease of Use
Presslabs offers three managed WordPress hosting plans for publishers, which come with:
- Bundled page views of 150,000 to 1,000,000
- 100% public website uptime SLA
- Content delivery network
- 500 MB to 1.5 GB database size
- 5 GB to 100 GB storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
- Unlimited development accounts
These plans include WordPress core upgrades and the WordPress Intelligence dashboard (for managing your website). You get a Git-driven development workflow and staging environments to help you test website changes before going live.
Performance shouldn’t be a problem because Presslabs’ platform can easily handle high numbers of page views. The WordPress CDN with HTTP/2 should ensure the efficient delivery of content to your customers or other website visitors. And to keep your website data safe, this host performs on-site and off-site incremental backups every 15 minutes, and it retains them for a month.
Although I’m focusing on WordPress for publishers, I can tell you that agencies and enterprises with more complex setups can ask Presslabs for a custom quote.
Pricing and Support
Since Presslabs offers enterprise-level hosting, its WordPress plans are incredibly pricey. However, you have to consider what you’re getting: a solution with Nginx-based enterprise-grade caching, a Git-centered development flow, a content delivery network, and performance data collection.
You can save a bit by opting for long-term billing, whereby you get 12 months’ hosting for the price of 10 months. Pay in U.S. dollars by bank transfer, PayPal, or credit/debit cards via PayU. You get a 14-day money-back guarantee, which gives you two weeks to change your mind.
Apart from some YouTube tutorials and a blog with a few posts, this host’s documentation section contains some useful tutorials categorized into getting started, development, support, migration, and more categories.
If the self-support resources don’t answer your questions, you can call on the customer support team via telephone, email, online contact form, or live chat. Some of these channels provide 24/7 technical support, and I was pleased to receive a pre-sales support response by email within ten minutes: