Below, we’ll be comparing two very different web hosts: WP Engine and While WP Engine is a premium WordPress-specific web host, is a very cheap host with basic features. We’ll break down their similarities and differences, and at the end, we’ll give you our best hosting advice.


  • 24/7 support

Major Differences:

  • WP Engine is only for WordPress hosting and has many WordPress-specific features
  • WP Engine is far more expensive
  • WP Engine has better security features and technical support
  • WP Engine has a lengthy 60 day money-back guarantee, while has a short 15 day money-back guarantee
  • uses the industry-standard cPanel
  • has a ‘Starter’ plan for just $.25/month, perfect for basic websites, blogs & email hosting
  • has no phone support
  •’s plans are very affordable, but are very basic and have many feature limitations

Plans: hosting:
  • Shared
  • WordPress
WP Engine hosting:
  • WordPress
  • Managed WordPress

Prices: is one of the cheapest hosts out there. Aside from their practically free Starter plan (mentioned above), their next cheapest plan costs just $2.50/month. Meanwhile,¬†WP Engine’s cheapest plan, the Personal plan, costs $29.00/month. WP Engine has managed and custom WordPress hosting plans as well, which gets far more expensive.


These hosts are about as different as they come. While offers extremely cheap hosting, their plans are very limited. WP Engine, on the other hand, is quite expensive, but their plan features, uptime, page-loading speeds, and technical support are all top-notch. Overall, WP Engine is clearly the superior host, but if you are on a budget, then is a solid option in terms of value.

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