Updated February 2023
A relative newcomer to the world of hosting, Flywheel was established in 2012 with a mission to help designers and developers around the world build websites on WordPress. With over 70,000 customers, the company specializes in WordPress hosting, with dedicated plans for individuals, small businesses and enterprises. Flywheel also actively supports hosting resellers and agencies with a range of plans supporting bulk installations.
Flywheel Plans & Pricing (2022)
Flywheel’s single site plans start at $14 (USD)/ $17.02 (CAD) per month (billed annually) which is more expensive than some hosts, but still half the price of premium service providers. The single-site Tiny plan supports a pre-configured WordPress installation with free migration, 5GB storage, 250GB bandwidth and 5,000 visits – ideal for starter sites – but established websites will hit those caps quickly. Flywheel states that these are soft limits, however, and your site will not be disabled if your monthly traffic exceeds the boundaries. A free SSL certificate, enhanced security scanning and malware removal, plus integrated, server-side caching is provided with all plans, while CDN support is available as an addon at $10 per month.
The company also offers two more expensive tiers, Personal and Professional, with higher usage caps, WordPress Multisite and CDN support, plus a site staging feature that allows you to build, test and deploy new sites or updates with minimal downtime.
Flywheel’s Enterprise plans start at $2,500 (USD)/ $3040 (CAD) per month, but offer a significantly enhanced package of features. A 99.99% uptime guarantee ensures practically no outages while the enterprise-grade server architecture scales to support traffic spikes in seconds. Security monitoring and automated malware scanning protects your WordPress installation and users from malicious activity, while nightly, offsite backups safeguard your content and site configuration. Daily health checks and managed updates ensures maintenance of both the WordPress core and your plugins.
As a value-add, Flywheel also offers a package of features for web designers and developers. They include local WordPress deployment tools and site blueprints - user configured packages of themes and plugins which can be applied as starter sets for new installations. Site cloning allows quick and easy duplication of existing sites as new installations, while free demo sites allow developers to quickly produce scamps and test out features before deployment. Add collaboration tools, plus healthy discounts on a wide range of third-party WordPress themes, plugins and associated services, and you have a comprehensive offering for web agencies and freelancers.
Flywheel does not advertise an uptime commitment on their standard plans, but guarantees 99.99% availability for customers operating on the company’s Enterprise tier. Users seeking geographic flexibility will be pleased to hear that Flywheel offers a choice of ten data centres around the world (across North America, Asia and Europe) that allow you to launch sites closer to your target users. Flywheel’s (unnamed) CDN network supports 30 nodes worldwide.
Flywheel offers a proprietary dashboard designed to make site administration simple, particularly for designers, developers, or agencies managing multiple sites. All of your sites are available via a single login, with access to in-house SFTP, database administration and other tools.
As a managed WordPress service, Flywheel states that many of the features delivered by cPanel are unnecessary for most users and anything missing can be handled by the company’s team of WordPress support technicians. Seasoned WordPress users, familiar with cPanel administration, may miss that granularity, but the approach will work just fine for busy designers and content creators.
Flywheel’s customer support team operates Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm CDT via telephone, chat or email, with “emergency support” available 24/7 for outages and major issues. The company also offers a growing range of friendly and easy to read knowledge base articles, focusing predominately on presale questions, plus Flywheel’s own tools and configuration requirements.
Overall, Flywheel’s premium, “boutique” proposition looks well suited to agencies, resellers and web designers seeking simple to manage, secure and optimized WordPress hosting with value-added tools for collaboration and deployment.
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