As the popularity of WordPress websites continues to rise, there have been an increasing number of companies, both new and existing, who have decided to step into the arena of managed WordPress hosting. For some companies, it’s been a case of adding new services to an existing repertoire, and for others, it’s has been a case of reinventing the wheel. FlyWheel is one such situation.
As a managed WordPress hosting company that was launched in 2012, Flywheel decided to do things a little differently from the start. Their mission was simple:
To improve the lives of the millions of web designers & developers worldwide that build sites on the WordPress platform.
They sought to accomplish this mission by creating the ultimate combination of great software, solid architecture, and expert support.
Let’s jump in and take a closer look at what FlyWheel has to offer as well as whether or not they’re achieving their mission.
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About FlyWheel & Key Differentiators
Don’t get me wrong, I think that if you’re a business owner who is looking for a high quality managed WordPress hosting, FlyWheel is an option worth considering. That said, their core focus is on improving workflow for developers and designers and most of their unique software and systems is built around that core purpose.
If you’ve ever worked on a website for a client, you’ll instantly see the UVP that Flywheel offers. Honestly, I’ve barely started this review and it already looks really cool. Here is a brief summary of what makes FlyWheel unique (don’t worry, I’ll go into more detail in the next section).
- Easy collaboration between you, your team, and your clients
- Organization (team) dashboards
- Simple billing transfer
- Staging of websites and one-click update
- Client demo sites
In addition to these unique features, FlyWheel also offers everything else you’d expect from a managed WordPress host including:
- Free website migration
- Fast WordPress only hosting
- Nightly backups
- Almost air-tight security and free fixes in the event of a breech
- Choose from 10 data centers and use a CDN
- Ticket, telephone and chat support
As you can see, almost all the standard bases are covered and then some. Once you decide to give FlyWheel a try the process is rather simple. I’m going to share my experience with getting started and see if FlyWheel measures up to their sales proposition. Most of my time here will be spent on the unique features. I’m going to assume that you’re already familiar with things like managed backups & automatic WordPress updates.
Quick Managed Hosting Comparison
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Getting Started With Flywheel
Getting started with FlyWheel is as easy as visiting their sign-up page, or in my case, being invited to collaborate on an account. Here’s the initial email that I received from FlyWheel after being invited to share account access.
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