Pagely is a well-known fully managed WordPress hosting service, uniquely powered by Amazon Web Services. Their tagline “Built to Scale, Always Fast, Always Secure” is pretty accurate as far as we can tell, as ThemeBeans is actually hosted on Pagely.
This post is about why we chose Pagely among other popular managed WordPress hosts, our views on the platform and finally our timely transition to Pagely.
Before our current tenure over on Pagely’s blazingly fast servers, I had started ThemeBeans on a pretty standard MediaTemple DV4 server. The decision to switch hosts did not come easily, as you can imagine. Moving any website can be a pain, but a massive WordPress site with over 14,000 members and many other moving parts behind-the-scenes is quite a task at hand!
Ultimately, we required better performance, up-time and WordPress relative support. Having had various MediaTemple hosting platforms, I’ve had both good and bad times to look back on and their own level of managed WordPress hosting was not quite a good fit for what we were looking for.
We investigated quite a few different managed WordPress hosting platforms but the final decision was not hard to make; Pagely won out on speed, flexibility, support and overall just felt like the right move for our team.
The first thing I noticed right off is how clean and organized Pagely’s dashboard is. All relevant site information and resource usage charts are provided right at hand. I’ve personally found this to be much more efficient from the vast majority of other hosting service dashboards, which are quite cumbersome and tough to understand at best.
Another key facet of Pagely’s top-notch service is it’s automation standards, which are second to none. They perform automated backups, plugin updates and even include a CDN (content delivery network) to serve your site’s assets super fast. Everything is secure, with PressARMOR integration and you don’t need to worry about aggressive caching plugins to really deliver the fast content to your audience.
Moving to Pagely
The transition honestly could not have been less painful. If you sign up on a Business plan, they include 2 free migrations of any of your sites. I sent them the details to do the migration and they had it up and running within a few short days. All I had to do next was to change the site’s DNS and push it live.
Almost immediately, I was up and running.
Next, I disabled my MaxCDN account. There’s no need for that anymore, as Pagely has PressCDN, a asset serving platform that is actually powered by providers that include MaxCDN. Then I setup Mandrill – a reliable, scalable, and secure delivery API for transactional emails by MailChimp – to properly handle emails sent from our website (such as notifications, sales receipts, etc).
That was basically it! No joke.
4 months later
We’re still enthused about Pagely and I can’t recommend it enough – it’s honestly worth every penny. If you’re looking for a solid managed WordPress host who really does give you the “white-glove” treatment, you will truly find that at Pagely.