With hundreds of web hosting services to choose from in 2022, choosing the right one can be quite a challenge. In this detailed WPX hosting review we explain why we chose WPX for hosting Kikolani and why you should consider choosing the same host for your website.
It can be tempting to opt for one of those $1.99 a month hosting deals when you’re on a budget. But seemingly cheap web hosting is often packed with hidden costs.
Worse still, your site will probably run slow and sluggish, and if anything goes wrong you might have to wait days for support, or be directed to complex technical documents and be expected to fix it yourself.
Luckily, you don’t have to pay over the odds for decent hosting either. WPX is one of the few companies around that offers consistently fast, secure, and reliable hosting with prices starting at under $25 a month.
What is WPX Hosting?
WPX Hosting was founded in 2013 with the aim of offering a premium hosting service in three main areas:
- Fast speeds and high performance, even under heavy traffic loads
- Superior support at any time of the day or night
- Simple administration via a custom-built admin panel
Terry Kyle, the CEO of WPX founded the company after becoming frustrated with hosting that was slow, collapsed under a high load, was lacking in flexibility and features, was difficult to administrate, and had a lack of support.
He also lists his job title as “Chief Dog Lover” and created a foundation to rescue abandoned dogs with the profit from WPX – what a guy!
Cute puppies aside, does WPX hosting fulfill its promise? In a word, yes. We use WPX to host Kikolani so you know we’re putting our money where our mouth is. Want to know the details? Read on to find out more.
Why We’re Using WPX Hosting
We chose WPX to host Kikolani for several reasons:
- They offer a faster service than their competitors, especially for sites with heavy traffic or high bandwidth load (and we didn’t just take them at their word – check out our detailed speed test in our comparison of SiteGround and WPX hosting.)
- Their control panel is intuitive, easy to use, and 24/7 support takes care of anything we can’t handle. We may be WordPress enthusiasts but we’re not server geeks. It was important for us to choose hosting that’s simple to manage, with helpful and responsive support.
- The service is very affordable. Plans start from $20.83 a month. While this may be more expensive than some budget hosting services, you really do get what you pay for. The pricing is actually very reasonable compared to other premium WordPress hosting (see more on that below) and importantly, they don’t hike their prices up after luring you in with a super cheap deal that’s only for new customers.
We’ve tried out many web hosting services over the years and many of them have the same issues:
- They’re cheap but the site speed is terrible and support is a joke
- They offer cheap deals to get you as a customer but then tack on expensive extras or hike up the basic hosting cost after the first year
- Many premium hosts are pricey but the speed and support is disappointing for the price you pay
Of course, there are other good hosting companies out there but we’re more than happy with the service and value for money WPX provides.
And we’re not the only ones. A 4.9 average rating (out of 5) and over 600 glowing reviews on Trustpilot shows we didn’t just get lucky.
WPX Hosting Features
So let’s have a more detailed look at what exactly you get when you sign up for a hosting account with WPX. All these features are included for free with every WPX hosting account, even if you opt for the cheapest package.
- Site speed optimization
- Unlimited site transfers
- Malware detection and removal
- Site fixes if your website goes down
- Custom CDN
- Hosting options in Chicago, London, and Sydney
- Fast support response times (average of 30 seconds on live chat)
- Unlimited free SSL certificates
- Staging areas
- Manual backups
- Automatic backups every 28 days
- DDoS protection
- Basic email service included
- 99.95% uptime guarantee
- 4.9 stars rating on Trustpilot
Site speed optimization
Everyone wants a fast website and for good reason. The speed of your site can play a big part in its success or failure.
With internet speeds being what they are today, most people expect websites to load almost instantaneously. If they’re waiting more than a few seconds for the page to load, chances are they’ll hit the back button and try somewhere else.
Research shows that page speed is one of the most important factors for web users. Google and other search engines also prioritize sites that offer a good user experience, which means they load fast. In other words, if your site is slow it might be hurting your search engine rankings, placing you lower than your competitors.
There are many issues that affect site speed. Ensuring you have a good web host is certainly one of the most important things you can do to optimize your site loading time.
But WPX has taken things one step further and offers a free optimization service. They will analyze your site and offer a list of suggestions for improving the speed – they’ll even make the changes for you!
Free site migration service
If you’ve ever switched web hosts you’ll know how much of a pain it is to migrate your site across. In fact, this is how many “cheap” web hosts make most of their profits. Many site owners have been caught out with a web hosting deal that’s very affordable for the first year only to find the price increases dramatically on renewal. As it’s a huge hassle to move your site, most people just suck it up and pay the higher renewal cost.
If you’ve been putting off changing your web host for this reason, don’t put up with over-priced and under-performing hosting any longer. WPX will move all your sites for free, usually within 24 hours.
Malware detection and removal
Discovering your site has been hacked is everyone’s nightmare. While some hosts do offer free malware scanning, it’s usually left up to you to remove the malware (or they charge a hefty fee for doing so).
Other hosts suggest you sign up to a third-party security service such as Sucuri, which costs $199 a year.
The fact that WPX offers free scanning and removal of malware on a daily basis not only gives you peace of mind, but also ensures that any issues are dealt with quickly to minimize downtime.
Free site fixes
What do you do if your site suddenly goes down without warning? Most people don’t have a clue, and so they’re straight on to their hosting support.
What happens from here depends on how comprehensive the support offered by your hosting service is. Some hosts will leave you waiting for hours while you try to self-diagnose the issue. Others will help you to figure out the problem but will expect you to fix it yourself.
WPX offers a Fixed For You Guarantee, which means they will get your site back online for you as soon as possible.
WPX is the only hosting company with its own custom content delivery network. As the CDN was specifically created to meet the needs of WPX customers, it integrates fully with their platform, ensuring that every website hosted can achieve its maximum potential speed.
Many hosts offer a free CDN these days, however almost all of them use a third-party service like Cloudflare. Bear in mind that your CDN could be a potential weak point in your website service. Cloudflare recently went down for almost half an hour in several locations, taking thousands of websites and web services with it.
WPX WordPress Hosting Pricing
WPX offers three tiers of hosting plans to meet a variety of needs:
- $24.99 a month (or $20.83 a month when paid yearly)
- 5 websites
- 10GB storage
- 100GB bandwidth
- $49.99 a month (or $41.58 a month when paid yearly)
- 15 websites
- 20GB storage
- 200GB bandwidth
- $99 a month (or $83.25 a month when paid yearly)
- 35 websites
- 40GB storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
The business plan is quite frankly a bargain for the level of service you get for the money, and is well worth considering if you only have a few sites.
But is it really worth paying the extra when there are so many hosting options for under $5 a month?
Well – it depends. If you rely on your website for your business to run in any shape or form, it’s definitely worth paying a little extra for the security of knowing your site is in good hands.
You’re probably paying for lots of other business services that cost more than $25 a month, so it just doesn’t make sense to skimp on something as important as your website.
WPX is also very generous by supporting 5 sites on its most basic package, as most hosts only allow a single site with their cheapest plan. This means that if you take full advantage and run 5 sites off one hosting account, you’ll only be paying $5 per site, per month.
However, if you just run a hobby site or a small blog that doesn’t have much traffic yet, one of the budget web hosts will probably suit you just fine.
WPX hosting’s free transfer service means if you do decide to upgrade at a later date, the transition should be move and stress-free.
WPX Vs. Other Web Hosts
WPX is undoubtedly a good hosting service. But how does it compare to other popular WordPress web hosts? To make it easier for you to compare the services, we’ve compiled some of the most important factors in one place. To simplify the comparison we’re sticking to the cheapest monthly hosting option from each host.
|WPX||$24.99||5||10GB||100GB||Bespoke WPX Cloud CDN||Average 30-second response time. 5 Free site migrations, malware removal, and fixes if your site goes down.|
|Siteground||$14.99||1||10GB||10,000 visits||Cloudflare||Average 15-minute response time. No malware removal service. Manual site migration available for an additional fee.|
|Kinsta||$30||1||10GB||20,000 visits||KeyCDN||Average 1.5-minute response time. 1 free site migration. Free malware removal. 24/7 downtime monitoring and they’ll attempt to fix any sites reported as being down without a support request.|
|WPEngine||$25||1||10GB||50GB, 25,000 visits||MaxCDN||Average 3-minute response time. No site migration service, free malware removal|
|A2 Hosting Managed WordPress||$24.46||1||10GB||No stated bandwidth limit||Cloudflare||No published average response time. Free site migration service. Malware removal via Sucuri charged as an additional fee.|
Conclusion – Is WPX Hosting for You?
So what’s the verdict? Is it worth switching to WPX hosting?
Yes, if you’re disappointed with the speed or support from your current host and you want a better service that doesn’t cost the earth.
Yes, if you have several WordPress websites that need hosting and you’re looking for a plan that’s powerful but affordable.
No, if you have a single hobby website with only a small amount of traffic or you’re not fussed about performance and want to spend as little as possible on hosting.
We’ve tried several hosting services over the years and as a happy customer of WPX hosting we’re more than confident in recommending the service to anyone looking for high-quality hosting for their site.
Looking for something cheaper? In our tests, Siteground stacked up well against WPX hosting in terms of speed, only falling behind with higher traffic and load levels.