Now here’s an interesting business entry on our list. We’d like to introduce you to Pressidium, a WordPress-service-based web hosting company catering to, well, WordPress enthusiasts. The company was launched by a group of four professional engineers and developers, and now serves tens of thousands of customers all around the world from their worldwide servers located in NA, Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia, along with Oceania. The main focus of this company is to provide affordable WP hosting for each and every single customer in the world. In this Pressidium review, you’ll learn the following:
As you may have guessed, Pressidium’s business agenda does not work with the traditional Shared, VPS and Dedicated Hosting plans. In exchange, they offer Personal, Professional, Business and Micro plans, each one of them being tailored around fulfilling different WordPress needs for different budgets. Let’s delve in each one of them:
The personal plan offers up to three WP installations for only $24.90/month. You do receive unlimited bandwidth, which is great, but a bit unnecessary since you are limited to 30,000 visits/month, which can or cannot present problems depending on your project. Included in the price, you also have 10GB worth of SSD space, 24/7 tech support and CDN or SSL certificates for $10/each/month.
The business plan essentially offers the same benefits as the personal does, the sole exception being that you are allowed to host 10 WordPress installations with a traffic cap of 100,000 visits per month. The pricing is $69.90 per month and offers the same add-ons as the personal plan does: 24/7 customer support and CDN and SSL certificates for $10/each/month.
The Business plan offers the best price/quality ratio. For $199.90 per month, you have up to 25 WP installations, unlimited bandwidth and 100,000 visitors/month. This time, the CDN and SSL costs are included in the price. You also have customer support priority, which is a nice perk for high paying customers.
This plan offers the least advantages of all, and is intended to help newbies get started with WordPress, or potential high paying customers get used to the services prior to paying a large amount. It offers a single WordPress installation, 10,000 visitor cap per month 5GB worth of storage space and standard support, along with the customary CDN or SSL certificates for $10/month.
Pressidium are a relatively new entry in the market, and are not the first ones to introduce a full WordPress-based business agenda. They directly compete with WP Engine, a similar company which offers many advantageous plans themselves. A major difference I found between Pressidium and WP Engine was that WP Engine is not very fond of newbies and are only providing services for truly serious entrepreneurs, while Pressidium offer plans that cater to them as well. If you don’t have very serious plans, I suggest you do not go with WP Engine.
Most hosting companies in the world are part of a bigger brand. Only Endurance International Group own dozens of hosting companies that you have surely heard of before. What I like about Pressidium is that, aside from the fact they are an independent company, they act like one. Part of their customer staff is the very founder of this company, to which I have spoken on numerous occasions about my issues. He was very transparent about the issues they were having and what I could do to fix them on my site or at least find a workaround. I liked that a lot, trust me. Let’s see what other advantages and disadvantages they have:
- Reliability: I managed to get 100% uptime with a site hosted on their micro plan over the course of a month. I think it was mostly due to the fact they run all of their servers on SSD architecture, which is the industry’s standard today.
- SLA clause: While other hosting companies offer full refunds for major problems on their end, it’s good to know that Pressidium at least offer a way to compensate you for your distress. Here’s how it works: for each hour of downtime your website experiences due to a problem on their end, you get 5% of what you paid in that month in the form of SLA Credits, which you can redeem later on with the next monthly bill.
- WordPress-based site architecture: Serving only WordPress enthusiasts, their servers are not jack-of-all-trades as with many other hosts you’re used to, so you can expect to squeeze the most out of their excellent services.
- Great price/quality ratio: They are not the cheapest on the market, but as far as I’m concerned, I think they hands down offer the most benefits for the money you are giving. You ought to check out rival companies’ offers in order to really appreciate what these guys have got to offer!
- Cost Per Visit
The biggest disadvantage with this business model (not necessarily with Pressidium), is that each site visit must be paid for. Questions may obviously arise though, as nobody’s really sure how Pressidium actually counts the visitors. Do they count real people or even bots? The founder of this company clarified this in a recent interview, saying that he was fully committed to making the system as accurate as possible, only counting real people and definitely not bots. How he will achieve that is still unclear, but it’s great to see this is one of their agenda plans.
- No Email Hosting
Another huge disadvantage with them is that there’s no support for e-mail database(s). What this means, is that if you want to create yourself an e-mail such as [email protected], you’ll basically be unable to do it easily. There are many workarounds around this, so fret not, you’ll find your way around it easily. One first step is to get in touch with Pressidium ASAP and let them know that you would like to host e-mail accounts but are not sure how.
Definitely. However, do expect to be blinded by the usual technicalities of their service. Their target audience is geeky advanced web developers and designers, so they are not very newbie-friendly. They do offer various articles and FAQs covering frequent issues, so if you are ever experiencing minor problems, you’ll be able to get them fixed in no time. For any other case, well, it’ll be a bit harder if you have never worked with WP before, but if you start off with the Micro plan, you should generally be fine. Have fun and good luck in your endeavors!
If you are currently hosted your site at Pressidium, please don’t hesitate to leave your experience on the comment session below. Cheers!