Getting started with WPOwl couldn't be easier, you can be up and running in a matter of minutes, and there's no confusing forms to fill in. It's simple: Sign Up -> Pay -> Active.
Creating an account with WPOwl is quick and easy - we only take the bare minimum information required to get you set up, so head on over to https://my.wpowl.co.uk/register/ to get started.
As you can see, you can simply log in with your Google account and avoid the sign up process completely, however, if you choose not to, all we need from you is:
This is a very short form and should take less than 1 minute to fill out.
As soon as you've filled out the signup form and clicked on "Register", you'll instantly be taken to the "Add Site" page, which is used for creating your new hosting package.
As you can see, we've simplified this form too - all we need from you at this stage is;
Once you've filled out this short form, click on the Add Site button.
Once you've clicked on the Add Site button, you'll be taken to our payment processor - stripe, to complete your payment.
Simply fill out your card details and click the subscribe button. As long as you entered all of your payment details correctly, your package will automatically provision. You'll be shown an installing screen whilst our automated system sets up your cloud hosting node and your WordPress installation.
As soon as the installation is complete, you'll see our fully custom Managed WordPress Hosting control panel.
Congratulations! You've successfully signed up with WPOwl!
Godaddy is unarguably one of, if not the largest hosting company in the world - but is bigger always better? We don't think so! So, let's take a look at how we at WPOwl compare to this giant in the industry.
There are arguments for and against going for the bigger or smaller company, but we feel that the larger the company, the more faceless it becomes.
Over the years, we've come to realise that the personal touch goes a long way to providing an excellent customer experience - as a customer of WPOwl, you'll get to know the team and recognise them when you make contact, not only that, all of our team are based in the UK and are experts in WordPress, you won't receive a generic response from us on any issue or queries you may be having!
Now, let's get into it and start out with a price comparison.
Whilst GoDaddy have various packages (one of which is cheaper than ours, but lacks features), we'll take a look at the 2 comparable packages - one which matches our pricing, and one which matches our features.
For the purposes of this comparison we're going to be going with our Solo package which is £9.99 per month per site.
Over at GoDaddy, there are 2 comparable options - their "Deluxe" package at £9.99 per month per site, and their "Ultimate" package at £13.99 per month. It is also worth noting that at the time of writing, these prices are only available at GoDaddy when paying annually, which makes it less affordable for many people.
With pricing coming in at £9.99 per month, per site for both of these packages (albeit, GoDaddy require you to pay 1 year upfront to achieve the £9.99 price point), these packages match in price, but how do they fare in terms of features?
Here at WPOwl, every single website we host is given it's own server node (we like to call it a nest, where your website can grown - but you're more likely to know of it as a VPS) - what that means for you is, your website will have it's own, fully dedicated IP address and will not share any server resources.
GoDaddy's offerings are on a shared platform and therefore you will share the server resources, and of course the IP address with other users - whilst this isn't always a problem, it does mean that if anyone on the same server as you over at GoDaddy does anything malicious (hacking, phishing etc) the server's IP reputation will be low, and may affect you.
Here at WPOwl we offer an unbeatable (no, really!) SLA. We Guarantee 100% Uptime, or we'll credit your account, which effectively means you'll get free hosting! Of course, we do have a couple of caveats, such as scheduled maintenance not counting, but aside from that, what you see is what you get!
Whilst it isn't widely publicised, GoDaddy's SLA is 99.9%, and if they do fall short, they will reimburse you for the time that your website was down, however, that means if your website is costing you £9.99 per month, that means a whopping 24 hours of downtime would only give you a 33pence refund!
Our automated migration system means that all you need to do is sign up with us, then fill out your FTP details, our system will do the rest! In the unlikely event that there are any issues, a member of our team will step in and complete your migration, same-day, absolutely free of charge.
What are you waiting for? Sign up today!
Over the past few years, WPEngine have become one of the better known Managed WordPress hosting companies, with 9 years under their belt, and a large marketing budget, it's clear to see where their success has come from.
Whilst WPOwl are a relatively new company by name, the team behind the scenes have been working with WordPress since it's inception, as developers, designers, and of course, hosts.
In terms of features, WPOwl and WPEngine are quite similar, however, we are always working on or discussing new features, and if there's a good reason to have a feature, and it'll make your life easier as our customer, or will improve your usage experience in some way, we'll always look to implement it.
Before we get into the features, let's take a look at one of the bigger differences - pricing.
Here at WPOwl we pride ourselves in our simple, effective, and more importantly, affordable pricing structure.
With our solo package pricing of £9.99 per month per site and no hidden extras, there's no confusion over what you'll be paying or what features you get for your money.
Over at WPEngine, their pricing starts out at $35 per month per site (or slightly less if you pay a year up front) which works out at just under £27 per month per site at time of writing - that's 3 times more expensive!
For an additional comparison, if you hosted 15 websites with us here at WPOwl you would pay £149.85 per month, whilst over at WPEngine on their 15 site package, it would be £220 per month - almost £100 per month more expensive, that £100 extra would get you an additional 10 websites here at WPOwl!
As mentioned previously, the features we offer are very similar to those of WPEngine - we don't mind admitting that WPEngine have a good feature set, and whilst we've not copied them, we do share a lot of them.
Our implementation of some features are different, and we've custom coded every single feature from the ground up to be as user-friendly, fast, and efficient as possible.
Let's take a look at a few features and differences.
First of all, let's take a look at the base package stats/allowances - for the purposes of this guide, we're comparing our packages to WPEngine's "startup" package which is $35 per month, this is their lowest priced package and is roughly 3 times the cost of WPOwl's Managed WordPress Hosting package.
As you can see, the base package stats and pricing are both better here at WPOwl, but how do the features compare?
Here at WPOwl, every single website is given it's own Nest to live in - that is, we put every individual website on it's own private server node, that means that the resources we allocate to you are yours alone, no other website is placed on that node.
Our understanding of the WPEngine system is that it is a managed shared hosting platform, so whilst they do allocate you resources, it is from a larger pool on a shared hosting server, so other websites can use more CPU or Memory, effectively slowing down every other website on the server.
Here at WPOwl we're so confident in our service uptime, that we offer a 100% service level agreement - if your website is offline for any period of time, and it is our fault, we will compensate you by way of account credit, the longer your website is down, the more credit we apply - but you'll never need it!
WPEngine's Service Level agreement is 99.95% on normal products, and they also offer 99.99% on enhanced SLA products, although we were unable to confirm the cost of this.
WPOwl's Nest structure means that every individual package is given it's own IP address, nobody else uses that IP address, and the only other website which will use it is your staging site, if you choose to have one!
We attempted to find WPEngine's stance on dedicated IP addresses, but apart from using their dedicated server option (very expensive) we were unable to find any other way - that, coupled by their recent posts giving reasons why you don't need an IP address (rather than the benefits of having one) would suggest that it is not possible on their standard packages.
We previously mentioned that we share a lot of features - some of the most requested and useful features are listed below - unless mentioned otherwise, both companies offer these features.
These are just a selection of features, and of course there are many many more.
Are you an existing WPEngine customer who's interested in giving us a try? Why not get in touch and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements with you - if you choose to give us a go and aren't completely happy, just let us know within 30 days and we'll give you a full refund, no questions asked.
A very common question we see regarding WordPress is "What is the difference between WordPress.org, and WordPress.com?"
Here at WPOwl, our service provides uses the self hosted (WordPress.org) script, rather than WordPress.com, so let's take a look at the differences between what we offer here at WPOwl, and what WordPress.com offer.
Before we get to that though, it's important to understand what the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com are, as there's a distinct difference.
The main difference between the two is simple - WordPress.org is the home of the WordPress content management system, the most popular content management system in use today - not only that, it's open source too!
WordPress.org doesn't also provide downloads of the content management system itself, it also provides a large searchable repository of WordPress plugins and themes, which are all completely free to download and use!
WordPress.com on the other hand, is a hosted WordPress platform - they are similar to WPOwl in some ways - we provide website hosting specifically tailored to run the WordPress CMS, we provide the hosting, just like they do, however, apart from that, the similarities are few and far between.
Whilst WordPress.com are a WordPress hosting company, there are many restrictions on what you can and can't do. Below is just a selection of the features/differences between WordPress.com and wpowl.co.uk hosted WordPress packages.
The differences don't end there, and there are too many to list - WordPress.com may be a potential choice if you're looking for a small, free blog that you don't wish to make money from, but if you're looking to use the true potential of WordPress then using the WordPress.org self hosted option here at WPOwl is the right choice.
Welcome to WPOwl, the best in Managed WordPress hosting... No, really, we're really good at what we do, let us tell you why.
Our pricing is extremely competitive compared to other players in the Managed WordPress Hosting market. In fact, our pricing is better than some standard web hosting packages at other companies! However, price should not be the top factor when choosing a WordPress host, so what else do we have to offer?
Our Managed WordPress packages run on a fully tailored web stack, we've ensured every piece of software, and every configuration is fully optimised to run specifically WordPress, we're not like other website hosts who will put your website on a shared webserver running a generic configuration. Every single website is contained on it's very own virtual server, with it's own resources and configurations.
We've built our Managed WordPress Hosting Control Panel from the ground up - concentrating on the features you want and need, rather than using a standard hosting control panel with hundreds of features that are useless, and slow down the servers.
Every website package comes with it's on staging environment - a simple click of a button will see your live website copied over to the staging platform for you to test out changes - whether you're looking to build a completely fresh website, or just try out a troublesome plugin update, you can do it without fear of breaking your live website.
Once you're ready to go live, simply visit the staging page within my.wpowl and click on the button to push your staging website live - it's all completely automated and takes less than a couple of minutes!
Perhaps one of the most valuable, but overlooked aspects of a webhosting account, is the team in the background who run the services, and those who handle any support queries you may have.
Our team have worked with WordPress since it's very early days, and know it inside out, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that if anything does go wrong, we're here to help, day and night.
Our Managed WordPress Control Panel will show you a list of the latest backups in a simple to use calendar format. You can choose to take a fresh backup at any point, or restore the files, or database (or both, of course!) from any date within the past week, all at a click of a button.
If you need to store a longer range of backups, we have that option too!
Having various versions of your website indexed in Google can be a real nightmare, but our control panel takes the pain out of ensuring your website uses the same URL structure throughout.
Whether you want to serve your website over https or http, or you'd prefer to use www. for all URLS rather than just your domain name, a simple toggle of a switch is all it takes, once you enable or disable https or www mode, our system will not only reconfigure the webserver to ensure those links are always served, it will also update your WordPress database to ensure every image, post and menu item uses it too.
Turn server side caching on and off with a toggle of a switch, and clear the cache with a click of a button.
Caching is an excellent way to speed up your website, which isn't only great for visitors to your website, but also to search engines - fast loading websites tend to perform better in Google Search results than websites which take a long time to load.
From free SSL certificates, to free migration of your website by a member of our team, to specialist WordPress optimisation options to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights rank and GTMetrix ranking, we have many features that you may not even think about when choosing a host - they all have something in common - they're simple to use, work well, and don't require any prior knowledge from you!
What are you waiting for, sign up today - if you're not completely happy with our service, get in touch within 30 days and we'll refund you, what more could you ask for?