Flywheel brands itself as: “Beautiful WordPress hosting & management. Built for designers and agencies.”
But what does that actually mean? And should you choose Flywheel to host your WordPress site?
In this post, I’ll discuss the general features that you’ll get with Flywheel hosting, as well as some of the unique features Flywheel offers that help you save time when developing WordPress websites.
In comparison to many other WordPress hosts, Flywheel puts a ton of effort into differentiating itself, so you’ll definitely want to check those features out.
At the end of this post, I’ll compare Flywheel’s pricing with some other managed WordPress hosts and give you my recommendation for whether or not you should choose Flywheel WordPress hosting.
As I told you at the beginning, Flywheel brands itself as being “built for designers and agencies”. That means you get access to a number of unique features that you won’t find with other WordPress hosts.
Now, depending on your specific needs, you may or may not actually take advantage of every single one of these features. That is, some of the features are only really helpful if you are a designer or agency working with clients.
However, some of the unique features are helpful no matter what.
The most notable of those features are…
That means you can quickly spin up a new local WordPress site using your own PHP version, web server, and MySQL version:
You don’t actually need to be a Flywheel customer to take advantage of Local by Flywheel (the tool is free to the public).
But if you are a Flywheel customer, you can use its Connect to Flywheel feature to automatically push your WordPress site straight from your local environment to your Flywheel server. Similarly, you can go in reverse and automatically create a local development version of an existing site on Flywheel’s servers.
While this is especially helpful if you’re working with clients, it’s also a huge time-saver if you need to do development work on your own site(s).
Another unique feature that you get with Flywheel is something called Blueprints.
A Blueprint is a pre-defined package of themes and plugins. Once you create some Blueprints, you can use them as the foundation for quickly launching new WordPress sites.
For example, you could create a “Blog Blueprint” that includes all the plugins every blog needs. Then, to launch a new blog, you just create a site from that Blueprint rather than manually installing each plugin every time you launch a new blog.
Like Local by Flywheel, this helps save you time when creating WordPress sites.
While the previous two features are helpful even if you’re just a regular WordPress user, Flywheel’s team and client workflows are really only helpful if you’re running an agency that works with clients.
These features include things like:
For the features that it offers, Flywheel has competitive pricing. Here are the three main plans (the table below shows the monthly prices, but you get a free month if you pay annually):
While the TINY plan is an affordable way to get started, it lacks some of Flywheel’s more advanced features. So if you want all of the features that I discussed above, you’ll need to choose the PERSONAL plan starting at $30 per month.
How does that stack up to other managed WordPress hosts?
As you can see in the table above, Flywheel is definitely competitive with other major managed WordPress hosting providers.
If you build WordPress websites for clients, I think Flywheel hosting is a great option. It has a ton of unique features that will save you time and make your life easier. Better yet, Flywheel gives you those features at a competitive price.
If you’re a regular WordPress user (that is – you don’t build sites for clients), the decision is a bit tougher. While some of Flywheel’s unique features are still helpful, the managed WordPress hosting market at Flywheel’s price point just got a lot more competitive.
Given that you can now host your site at Kinsta for the same price as Flywheel’s PERSONAL plan, and based on my own positive personal experience with Kinsta, I would recommend Kinsta as the first choice if you’re a normal WordPress user looking for managed WordPress hosting at this price point.
But that’s not to say that Flywheel isn’t good! Give it a shot and let me know!
Have you used Flywheel to host your WordPress website? Let me know your experience in the comments below!
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