Pressidium Hosting Review

Pressidium Hosting

URL:
http://www.pressidium.com
Services:
WordPress Hosting
Price:
Starts at $17.90/mo

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
Review Last Updated: May 10, 2016


Summary

We started testing and tracking Pressidium Hosting early this year; and we are very impressed with their services. The web host, in short, is a no-brainer for those who are looking for premium WordPress hosting (and don't mind paying a little extra). To learn more about Pressidium, read on.

When it comes to where to host your WordPress website, you want to be sure you choose a hosting company that will keep your site running smoothly on the backend. Pressidium Hosting was launched by a team of experienced engineers and developers. The team is made up of four colleagues who started off work together at a major telecommunication and media company. The team includes IT experts, software engineers and senior developers.

The vision of Pressidium is to offer premium WordPress specific hosting for everyone. With a global focus, they have servers located in North America, Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Pressidium Hosting Plans

Pressidium offers a variety of plans to meet the needs of everyone from the beginner blogger to the professional business owner. Keep in mind that all of these plans are highly scalable.

Personal: The personal plan offers up to three WordPress installations for $24.90/month. While you’ll get unlimited bandwidth, you are limited to 30,000 visits/month. You’ll also get 10GB SSD space, doubling your storage from the micro plan. Additional benefits include 24/7 support via a ticketing system. You can add support for CDN or SSL for additional fees of $10 each per month.

Professional: If you need more than 3 WordPress installs or think your traffic will top 30K, the professional plan offers up to 10 WordPress installations and unlimited bandwidth with up to 100,000 visits/month. The Professional package runs $69.90/month and includes 20GB of SSD space. You’ll get 24/7 tech support and can also add on support plans for SSL and CDN for $10/month each.

Business: If your site is growing like crazy, the $199.90/month Business plan may be your best choice. This package comes up with up to 25 WordPress installs, unlimited bandwidth, 500,000 visits/month and 30 GB SSD space. With this plan, SSL and CDN support are included in the monthly cost.

Micro: This plan is aimed at entry level users who are just getting started with WordPress and don’t need a lot of space or get a lot of traffic. The micro plan features a single installation of WordPress and up to 10,000 visits per month. You’ll get 5GB o storage space, standard support for only $17.90 a month, and the option to add CDN for $10/month. The micro plan without any extra bells or whistles is $17.90/month.

In Summary…

FeaturesMicroPersonalProfessionalBusiness
WordPress Installs131025
Visits/mo10,00030,000100,000500,000
Storage (SSD)5 GB10 GB20 GB30 GB
SSL+ $10/moIncludedIncludedIncluded
CDN+ $10/moIncludedIncludedIncluded
Staging SitesYesYesYesYes
Auto UpdatesYesYesYesYes
Price$17.90/mo$24.90/mo$69.90/mo$199.90/mo

* Hosting features and price details from Pressidium website (March 17, 2015) – please refer to the officials for most accurate info.

Pressidium = the new WP Engine?

Pressidium hosting plans run on a similar model as WP Engine’s.

Both hosting companies are charging customers based on visits. For example, WP Engine’s smallest package, which comes in at $29/month stacks up to the personal package with about 25,000 visits allowed per month and 10 GB of storage. WP Engine does not offer a smaller, micro-sized package for beginners, though. WP Engine does offer larger packages for those sites that receive millions of visits per month.

What I like about Pressidium Hosting

I have to add that there was a feel good factor when dealing with Pressidium founder Andrew Georges. For example, I experienced a small glitch when I first setup the test site. Andrew was very fast to respond to my questions and very transparent with their issues. Honesty from a web hosting company is vital to good communication between you and tech support. It goes a long way toward resolving any underlying issues you might have with your site.

Major Advantages

On top of this, there are a number of things I found impressive about Pressidium, including:

  • Very reliable and fast servers 100% server uptime so far for our test site. SSD storage made the test site load extra fast – very low response time on our test site (averaging 200ms).
  • Service backed by SLA – 95% service availability  Customers will receive 5% of customer’s monthly credit for each hour of service interruption in the form of SLA Credits, which are applied to the monthly fee. However, you must make your request for the credits in writing within 30 days of the incident and the amount can’t be more than the fees the customer is paying. My experience shows this wouldn’t be a problem, though.
  • Pinnacle Platform Pressidium’s built-from-the-ground hosting platforms come with all sort of advanced WP features – including auto updates, staging sites for WP development, and automated backup. Also, was easy to use their platform and a smooth transition so far – adding a site and configuring it was easy.
  • Reasonable price The price at Pressidium is slightly cheaper than similar hosting companies that offer the same WordPress specific service. All other things being equal, saving money is a nice perk.

Updates March 2016 – Pressidium hosting is extremely reliable. I hardly see any site outage for the past one year! See Uptime Review section below for more details.

Insiders’ View of Pressidium User Dashboard

For your reference, here are a few screen caps from the inside:

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How Pressidium works – A quick view on Pressidium architecture.

 

Pressidium dashboard - this is where you manage sites hosted at Pressidium. Note that Pressidium is a WP-focused hosting, your primary administration tasks are done at WP dashboard.

Pressidium dashboard – this is where you manage sites hosted at Pressidium. Note that Pressidium is a WP-focused hosting, your primary administration tasks are done at WP dashboard.

What I dislike –

Nil. I am very impressed with Pressidium so far and didn’t find anything that would throw up a red flag for me.

Important to know

1. Cost per visit

However, it’s important to note that Pressidium charges users based on the number of visits to the site, similar to other WordPress specific hosting companies, such as WP Engine. The problem here is that there is no way to know how the web hosting company calculates those visits. For example, what if the visit is from a bot and not a real visitor?

The co-founder of Pressidium, Andrew Georges, did inform us in an interview that they don’t count bots and that their goal is to help businesses succeed, so if you have concerns over how visits are counted, you should first read that interview. If you still have questions about visits, contact Pressidium directly with specific questions.

WP Engine, which uses the same concept, has been on the receiving end of complaints from quite a few bloggers who feel they are being overcharged. Will the same problem crop up with Pressidium? It’s too soon to say. Only time will tell if the calculating process is fair to website owners.

2. No email hosting

Take note that Pressidium does not provide email hosting. If you want an email address ending with your domain name (something like email@mydomain.com), you will need to host your own email accounts. Given that their targeted audience are mostly advance Internet users and geeks – I suppose that shouldn’t be a problem.

Just in case you need help – I had tried a few different email solutions in the past and I had written a lengthy article on how to overcome this issue – What to do when your web host does not provide email hosting services – so… no big deal with that.

Pressidium Hosting Uptime Review

We setup a dummy site on Pressidium early 2015. The following is the uptime score recorded using third party tracking service – Uptime Robot. We will be posting more uptime record in future.

Pressidium March 2016 Uptime Record – 100%

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Pressidium Hosting Uptime for March, 2016 = 100%. The last recorded outage was 3 months ago (on December 31, 2015) where our test site went out for a brief one minute.

Pressidium February 2016 Uptime Record – 100%

pressidium feb 2016 uptime

Pressidium Hosting Uptime for Jan 24 – Feb 23, 2016 = 100%. The last outage happened 2 months ago (on December 31, 2015), our test site went out for a brief one minute according to our record.

Pressidium March 2015 Uptime Record – 100%

Pressidium Hosting Uptime for Feb 13 - Mar 12, 2015 = 100%.

Pressidium Hosting Uptime for Feb 13 – Mar 12, 2015 = 100%.

Pressidium Server Speed Test

We added a new server testing method in February 2016 and began tracking our test site response times from 8 different locations. On February 2016, test site hosted on Pressidium hit 135 and 76 milliseconds from United States West and East Coast servers (not a bad result). The overall rating, as compared with 10 millions websites on the Internet, is “B”.

pressidium feb 2016 response speed

Pressidium server speed test results from 8 different locations (Feb 2016).

Bottom line – Pressidium is a 5-star for advance WP users

Even though Pressidium offers a Micro package for newbies, the platform really isn’t good for newbies for a number of reasons, including that a new site has no way of calculating costs because visitors can fluctuate widely in the early days of a new site.

However, Pressidium is suitable for large WordPress sites that are getting a lot of traffic and want a site that loads ultra-fast. If you do decide to give this web hosting company a try, consider a one-year commitment as you’ll get two months free by paying in advance. That discount could help with any minor hiccups as the hosting company finds its footing and as your site grows.