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Last reviewed Oct 16, 2016
$ 20.83 / Month
I used them for six months. I had problems with the speed of requests and the service staff can take days to get back to you. They have no phone number to call and you just have to wait for an email back. They seem to have a very small support department too. I just did not feel the price point connected with what they delivered in any way.
Founded in May of 2010 in sunny San Antonio, Pressable self-identifies as being "WordPress Hosting Specialists." With hosting plans designed to attract businesses and developers, Pressable focuses on delivering scalable, secure, and high-performance WordPress hosting.
Managed WordPress hosting providers like Pressable typically stand apart from mainstream shared-hosting providers in three ways:
Pressable offers one product: managed WordPress website hosting.
Hosting plans vary based on the number of sites you want to host and the number of monthly page views you anticipate. Plans advertised on the website start at 5 websites and 15,000 monthly page views and go up to 20 websites and 100,000 monthly page views. Larger plans are available and top-off with a plan suitable for an unlimited number of page views and an unlimited number of WordPress websites.
Customers who need an out-of-the-box hosting plan are encouraged to contact Pressable directly to build a custom hosting plan.
All Pressable hosting plans include an impressive suite of add-on features:
Pressable deploys servers in Rackspace data centers. Websites are arranged in what are referred to as galaxies rather than in a dedicated hosting environment. As a result, it's entirely possible that your WordPress websites hosted by Pressable will be hosted in different galaxies and physically stored on different servers.
Support is what really sets Pressable apart from many other hosting providers. All Pressable support personnel are advertised as "WordPress Experts" who are willing and able to help with all aspects of WordPress management. This means that if you have a problem with a WordPress plugin, need help installing a theme, or get locked out of the Admin area of your website, you'll have WordPress experts standing by waiting to help you sort out the problem.
Customer support is available from 8 am to 10 pm CST. However, the entire network is monitored 24/7 and Pressable will respond immediately to system-wide emergencies. In plain English, what this means is that if a server goes down at 2 AM, Pressable will immediately start working on fixing the issue, but if you accidentally lock yourself out of your Admin area at 2 AM, you're going to have to wait until 8 AM when the support staff comes in to work.
Requests for support are made through an online ticketing system and a knowledge base is also available to answer many common questions.
When you sign up for a Pressable hosting plan you can select either a yearly or monthly billing cycle. Customers who opt for the yearly plan only pay for 10 months of service and save around 17% as a result on the annual cost of hosting. All plans come with a free 15-day trial in which you can try out Pressable's services without committing yourself to paying for the service.
The terms of service do not clearly delineate refund policies for customers who opt for a yearly plan but cancel prior to the end of the billing cycle. If you are considering paying for a yearly plan and think the refund policy could come into play, reach out to Pressable customer support directly to clarify refund terms prior to making a final decision.
All major credit cards are accepted, and accounts renew automatically using the credit card on file unless the account is canceled in writing or using the account control panel.
If you're looking for the cheapest environment possible to host a WordPress installation, Pressable is not what you're looking for. However, if you earn a living with your WordPress website(s), a host like Pressable will provide a best-in-class network paired with highly knowledgeable support staff that will take things several steps further than most other hosts. You will pay quite a bit for the first-class treatment, but if you're looking for a premium environment in which to deploy WordPress websites that keep the bills paid, Pressable should be high on your list.
Email accounts are not included. However, Pressable will configure your domain name's mail exchange servers so that your email is delivered to the email provider of your choosing.
Migration of WordPress sites to Pressable hosting is offered and can be arranged through the control panel. Migrating from other content management systems or static HTML and CSS files is not offered, but Presable can refer you to a qualified consultant to assist with migration.
Yes, WordPress installations are created automatically. However, you initiate the installation process using a site creation tool in your account control panel.
Pressable hosting is just for WordPress websites. If you plan to host both WordPress and non-WordPress sites, you will need to use a different host for your non-WordPress websites.
The standard Pressable WordPress installation includes several popular plugins, such as Akismet and Jetpack, which you can uninstall if you wish. However, there are several other plugins which cannot be removed: Batcache, Never Email Passwords, nginx, Disable Welcome Email, WP SMPT Config, Pressable, and Gauge.es.
Since backups are included with every hosting account, backup plugins are banned. Several other site management, caching, database, and other miscellaneous plugins are banned. Refer to the knowledge base or support for additional details on specific plugins that are not allowed.
The standard hosting plans do not allow enabling of multisite networks. If you wish to host a multisite network, get in touch with Pressable for a custom quote.
Domain name registration is not offered. Customers must use a different domain name registrar, such as GoDaddy or eNom, to register domain names and then point the domains at Pressable's name servers.
All updates to the WordPress core are installed automatically. In addition, any plugins hosted at WordPress.org will be updated automatically. You must update themes and commercial plugins on your own. However, support will assist you in the update process if you are unfamiliar with it.
All sites are backed up once a day. In addition, a tutorial is provided to allow customers to manually back up their websites - a recommended additional step in securing website data. For an additional cost, your backups can be hosted externally.
No, the hosting setup does not support installation of WordPress in a subfolder. However, locating WordPress in a subdomain is supported.
Sort of. A Slack channel, called the Pressable lounge, is available. However, this is a semi-public venue since Pressable staff and other customers will all be able to see messages. It's a great place to talk about WordPress issues in general, but if you have specific support issues, those need to be handled through the support ticketing system.
A CDN is included to speed up website delivery by caching static content, and Pressable has partnered with Google PageSpeed to optimize websites hosted on their servers. All indications are that sites should load very quickly when hosted on Pressable's servers. However, keep in mind that the configuration of your site will affect page load speed.
When you create a new website it will initially be created as a staging site and won't be published live to the web until you're ready for it to be. In other words, a staging site is automatically created when you use the site creation tool in the account control panel.
Yes, an affiliate program is offered. Look for the "WordPress Affiliate Program" link in the footer menu of any page of the website to learn more.
Typical hosting reseller accounts are not offered. However, it does appear that Pressable can be configured to host client websites. If you wish to host websites for clients but provide them with a private area to manage their account, get in touch with Pressable to determine what can be set up.
A system status website is available and updates on system-wide issues are published promptly. To visit the page look for the "Status" link in the footer menu of any page of the website or in the drop-down menu under the "Help" option in the main site navigation.
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