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OVERALL RATING 4.8 / 5.0
★★★★★
Features 4.5 / 5.0
Ease of Use 4.8 / 5.0
Pricing 4.7 / 5.0
Reliability & Support 4.6 / 5.0
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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey,

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A WordPress-only host geared toward designers, developers, and creative agencies, Flywheel appeals to customers with optimized hardware, powerful dev tools, and gorgeous and intuitive user interfaces. A few puzzling limitations surprised us, but the boutique WordPress host excels with reliability, speed, and security.

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4.8
★★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“A fast-growing web hosting provider laser-focused on performant WordPress hosting, Flywheel serves experienced designers, developers, and agencies a beautifully designed hosting experience with the muscle to back up the good looks.

More than a pretty face, Flywheel appeals to a more experienced customer base that understands the importance of a technology stack specifically tailored to hosting the world's most popular content management system.

Instead of trying to be all things to all hosting customers, Flywheel employees put all their effort into managed WordPress services — there is no email hosting, no domain services, no website builder, and no built-in eCommerce tools. Those limitations might frustrate mainstream hosting consumers, but the more tech-savvy Flywheel customers should have no problem arranging the services they need. As avid WordPress users ourselves, we appreciate Flywheel's dedication to optimizing WordPress hosting.

Flywheel deploys a virtual private server for each customer, meaning each user receives ample computing resources, stability, and security. Without shared hosting, the company's infrastructure is never overcrowded or overtaxed.

In business since 2012, the host based in Omaha, Nebraska, doubled its staff in 2016. In addition to software developers and designers, Flywheel employs numerous Happiness Engineers and Customer Success Specialists to ensure happy hosting experiences.

We appreciate that Flywheel offers assistance through phone, email tickets, and live chat during those hours, along with around-the-clock emergency support to respond to any outages. However, live support hours are restricted to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT on weekdays, and we'd love to see those hours extended to match the 24/7 norm in the industry.”

  • WordPress-exclusive hosting
  • Managed caching and security
  • 1-click staging environment
  • Nightly backups and 1-click restores
  • Free SSL certificates and migrations
  • Get started on Flywheel now.
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30 days
Disk Space
5 GB - 120 GB
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Hosting Plans
Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com): This rating is not available yet. We haven't evaluated Flywheel for the "Cheap" option yet as they do not currently offer this type of hosting service. We're always working to keep our reviews up-to-date so check back later!

Does Flywheel already offer the "Cheap" option? Let us know.

Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com): This rating is not available yet. We haven't evaluated Flywheel for the "Dedicated" option yet as they do not currently offer this type of hosting service. We're always working to keep our reviews up-to-date so check back later!

Does Flywheel already offer the "Dedicated" option? Let us know.

VPS Rating

4.7
★★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“Flywheel takes an interesting approach to web hosting by giving each customer a virtual private server, or VPS. The company doesn't offer shared or dedicated plans, instead focusing on doing one thing exceptionally well.

The company offers single-site or bulk hosting plans, referring to the number of WordPress installations allowed. The $14-per-month price tag for the most affordable single-site plan will seem a little steep for novice customers who are used to seeing shared hosting, unlimited websites, and costs less than $5 per month. The added infrastructure, resources, and managed support, however, make Flywheel an excellent deal for developers and designers with more discerning tastes.

Flywheel starts single-site hosting plans with 5GB of storage and 250GB of bandwidth, along with a free site migration and SSL certificate. Traffic is limited to 5,000 monthly visits with the most basic plan, but Flywheel won't shut off your site if you go over. Single-site plans scale to 100,000 monthly visits, 20GB of storage, and 1TB of bandwidth.

Flywheel doesn't share as much information about the company's infrastructure as we'd like, but we like what we can find: server-side Varnish caching, NGINX web servers, chrooted PHP-FPM, and, naturally, MySQL databases. All features allude to Flywheel's technical prowess and WordPress expertise.

With the infrastructure optimized for speed, Flywheel engineers devote ample time to security. In fact, Flywheel is so confident in its protections that customers aren't allowed to install additional security plugins for fear of interference and slowing down performance. Servers are configured with WordPress security best practices, and server-level blocking and scanning services prevent brute force attacks and protect core files.

If a site does become infected, Flywheel will remove the malware for free. Flywheel's partnership with Sucuri means customers get world-class malware scanning, and the company's intelligent IP blocking detects attackers within seconds and prevents them from attacking the network.”

  • Server-side caching and CDN ready
  • WordPress-optimized infrastructure
  • Choice of 10 server locations
  • Easy billing transfers for resellers
  • NGINX comes standard for speed
  • Get started on Flywheel now.
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30 days
Disk Space
5 GB - 120 GB
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WordPress Rating

4.9
★★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“It seems rather obvious (and repetitive) to say that a web host that solely hosts WordPress sites excels at hosting WordPress — but it's true. In addition to infrastructure optimized for the world-famous content management system, Flywheel offers several proprietary, one-of-a-kind services that extend WordPress hosting beyond traditional norms.

We're suckers for hosts that provide WordPress staging environments, and Flywheel has one of the best — no need for an additional server or plugins. Users can push and pull changes between production and staging environments with just one click of the mouse, in addition to selectively merging the database or just themes and plugins. Staging environments are the perfect way to test how new plugins or updated versions of WordPress will affect your website.

Flywheel further streamlined the design and development process when it acquired popular local WordPress development platform Pressmatic, eventually relaunching it as Local by Flywheel. Local™ removes the technical headaches of configuration and debugging local environments and allows for one-click WordPress installations, flexible infrastructure, simple root access, and shareable URLs.

We also appreciate that Flywheel enables designers, developers, and agencies to package together commonly used themes and plugins for rapid, automated configuration of new sites and projects. Blueprints can be saved and deployed with speed and simplicity, empowering you to focus on a client's specific needs and customizations.

In addition to free site migrations and all-VPS architecture, Flywheel further expands WordPress hosting with performant server-side Varnish caching and full-featured, free demo sites.

Everything is controlled from a gorgeous, easy-to-use interface. All your sites are hosted and accessible through the admin portal, meaning you don't have to remember all the different logins for sites you manage. Traditional hosting customers might miss the standard cPanel installation, but Flywheel's platform was clearly designed for people passionate about well-crafted user experiences.”

  • Free local WP development app
  • Managed security scans with Sucuri
  • Sandbox environment for staging
  • In-house WP expertise and support
  • All-VPS infrastructure
  • Get started on Flywheel now.
Money Back Guarantee
30 days
Disk Space
5 GB - 120 GB
Domain Name
N/A
Hosting Plans
Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com): This rating is not available yet. We haven't evaluated Flywheel for the "Website Builder" option yet as they do not currently offer this type of hosting service. We're always working to keep our reviews up-to-date so check back later!

Does Flywheel already offer the "Website Builder" option? Let us know.

Features

(4.5 / 5.0)

Custom Tools Streamline Development

  • Blueprints™ save development time by packaging frequently used themes and plugins into reusable configurations when creating new sites. No more manual installations!
  • Staging environments make WordPress and plugin updates safer. Push, pull, or merge changes between staging and production with one click.
  • Local™ simplifies WordPress development workflows in local environments. Functionality includes SSL support, SSH access, and shareable demo URLs.

Managed WordPress Security Done Right

  • Free SSL certificates provided by Let's Encrypt can be installed simply through the Flywheel interface. The company's security systems also feature intelligent IP blocking.
  • Security is handled at the server level, meaning there is no need for additional security plugins. If malware is detected, Flywheel experts will remove it for free.
  • Automatic nightly backups are stored for 30 days and can be restored at any time. Customers can also take snapshots whenever their hearts desire, giving users the ultimate peace of mind.

Bulk Plans and Tools Appeal to Resellers

  • Teammates, clients, and other collaborators get full access to manage the website and update files — even better, they're responsible for their own usernames and passwords.
  • Send clients a secure payment form when you're ready to transfer website ownership. You retain full access to the site after the supremely smooth billing process.
  • Create production-ready sites quickly and for free to show new work to clients. The demos are private, password-protected, and free until it's ready to go live.

Top Tech Tools Mean Speedy Page Loads

  • Flywheel includes the NGINX web server as a standard part of the company's stack. NGINX serves static files and acts as a reverse proxy for PHP processes, outperforming Apache.
  • The server-side Varnish caching server is tailored for the WordPress and Flywheel infrastructure, precluding the need for additional caching plugins.
  • Flywheel's partnership with MaxCDN helps customers get an extra performance boost with the add-on service that puts your content closer to your visitors.

Ease of Use

(4.8 / 5.0)
Beautiful, Simple Dashboard
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A perfect mix of brains and beauty, Flywheel's user interface has been engineered with developers and designers in mind. Signup and site management are smooth and efficient, with visually appealing representations of tedious, technical processes. Blueprints, or packaged themes and plugins, provide a streamlined way to set up new projects with tried-and-true components, while Local™ automates virtualization when setting up development environments on your machine.

Pricing

(4.7 / 5.0)

"Tiny" Plan

"Personal" Plan

"Professional" Plan

Upscale WordPress hosts, such as Flywheel, seemingly never fare well when it comes to head-to-head price comparisons with the numerous affordable shared hosting providers. Instead of comparing apples to oranges, however, customers need a more detailed approach to understanding the value Flywheel brings to hosting. The company's managed services are very competitively priced, especially considering the added perks such as one-click staging areas, collaboration tools, and hands-free security services.

The plans highlighted above only cover individual WordPress installations, but Flywheel provides options for supporting multiple sites. Great for resellers and creative agencies, the bulk plans range between 10 and 30 installations, with custom options available for those seeking more.

Reliability & Support

(4.6 / 5.0)

Flywheel guarantees enterprise WordPress hosting customers an above-average 99.99% uptime, but the same guarantee is nowhere to be found on the regular plan descriptions. The terms of service, however, guarantee 100% availability, not counting scheduled maintenance, required repairs, and unforeseeable outages beyond Flywheel's control.

Support agents solved more than 105,000 tickets and migrated nearly 6,000 sites for customers in 2016. Customers can contact Flywheel through phone, email, or live chat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST between Mondays and Fridays. We gripe that the company doesn't have full 24/7 support but have it on good authority that Flywheel will debut around-the-clock support by the end of 2017.

Flywheel Includes

24/7 Emergency Support and Weekday Standard Support With Ticket System, Phone, and Live Chat, as well as Knowledgebase and eBooks

Does Not Include

24/7 Phone and Live Chat

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The Rundown

Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey

Hosting Expert:

To recap, here's a rundown of what Flywheel has to offer

If we lived in a WordPress-only world (and who wouldn't want that?), Flywheel would be at the top of the managed hosting heap. The company's optimized infrastructure, state-of-the-art features, and in-house developer tools make a major splash. We love the emphasis on usability with Flywheel's proprietary administrative portal, local development app, and staging area, as well as packaged theme and plugin blueprints. The lack of email hosting and domain services, coupled with the lack of true 24/7 support keep us from ranking Flywheel among the best full-service hosts, but WordPress aficionados would be hard-pressed to find a hosting company more dedicated to user experience, development efficiency, and customer success.

Flywheel review

Overall Rating

4.8 / 5.0
★★★★★