StudioPress Sites offers great managed WordPress hosting for people that don’t want to be bothered with the technical aspects of hosting and it is a good value, too.
Most experts will tell you that if professional blogging is your thing – then you need to be on self-hosted WordPress. You can’t beat the flexibility that it offers through the use of WordPress plugins and themes.
But self-hosted WordPress has a dark side, if you will.
It has the potential of turning into a technical nightmare. It really is only as good as the hosting plan that you are on. And it is up to you to maintain the back end of your site.
Let’s just say that it is definitely not a “set it and forget it” platform.
If you are like me and don’t want to deal with the hassles of WordPress hosting, you just might be searching for an easier solution.
I found my answer in StudioPress Sites managed WordPress hosting.
This is why.
Is Shared WordPress Hosting Driving You Crazy?
I don’t know about you but maintaining my shared WordPress hosting account was driving me crazy.
Don’t get me wrong – I was on SiteGround before I moved to StudioPress Sites – and they are a wonderful host with great customer support, which is very important to me.
But I was spending a good amount of time trying to figure out the technical aspects of hosting stuff.
I am technical enough to be dangerous 😉 and I can certainly figure things out, but I wanted to be spending my time creating content.
That’s the bottom line.
One day, one of my posts was shared on Facebook by a really big blogger. For a few exciting days my traffic went through the roof (for me).
Instead of enjoying the ride and possibly tweaking that post to optimize the traffic, I was biting my nails because I was worried that my site was using too much bandwidth for my plan.
The last thing I wanted was for it to go down.
Hats off to SiteGround for keeping things chugging along.
However, that incident made me realize that I needed a different solution. Something that I did not have to worry about.
That is when I discovered StudioPress Sites.
In fact, it was a new service and I was one of the first ones on board.
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What You Get With StudioPress Sites
StudioPress Sites offers managed WordPress Hosting.
This means that they take care of the back end of your hosting account so you can focus on creating content and all the other tasks that go along with blogging.
Just a Little Background
StudioPress Sites is owned by Copyblogger Media – who are also the folks behind the
- Genesis Framework for WordPress
- StudioPress Child Themes
- WebSynthesis Hosting
- Rainmaker Platform
- and so much more.
My point is that they are a trusted name in blogging and they KNOW WordPress inside out.
In the past I have used almost all of the StudioPress offerings so I was pretty open to their new StudioPress Sites service.
The Benefits That Are Included
As part of your StudioPress Sites account you get
- The Genesis Framework for WordPress
- 22 StudioPress Themes
- SSL Certificate
- Excellent customer support
- World-class security for your site
- Proprietary SEO functionality
- Automatic site backups
- One click install of certain WordPress plugins
- FTP access
- No worries about bandwidth (they will let you know if you need more)
- Peace of mind
It Is Cost Effective
If you have only one website, like me – then StudioPress Sites is a cost effective option.
It comes in two levels:
- The Content Plan – about $24 per month billed annually
- The Commerce Plan – about $33 per month billed annually
If you outgrown The Content Plan, they will let you know. But they assure you that your site will not go down due to excess bandwidth. I love that I don’t have to worry about bandwidth at all, knowing that I am in good hands.
So, you might be thinking that $24 per month seems like a lot for hosting.
However, you must remember that StudioPress Sites also comes with the Genesis Framework (a $59.95 value) and 22 different premium themes (each separate theme would run you about $69.95 on average).
By comparison, on SiteGround (my other favorite WordPress hosting company) you get the StartUp Plan for $3.95 per month or the GrowBig Plan for $5.95 per month FOR THE FIRST YEAR. For the second year and beyond, those same hosting plans will cost you $9.95 per month and $14.95 per month respectively.
When I left SiteGround (as I was starting my second year) I was looking at the GoGeek plan which would run me $29.95 per month.
At that point, StudioPress Sites was actually cheaper.
One very important thing to remember is that StudioPress Sites charges you PER SITE. So, if you have more than one blog, shared hosting at SiteGround may be a better option, because you can host all your sites on one account.
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No More cPanel!
In StudioPress Sites, your WordPress Dashboard looks pretty much like your WordPress dashboard under any other host.
You can add your own WordPress theme if you like (or choose from the 22 that are included).
You can also add whatever WordPress plugins you want as long as they don’t contain malware or compromise the security of the platform.
And best of all – for those of us that don’t want it – there is no techy cPanel to deal with.
I have one WordPress site and all I want to do is grow my blog. All that other stuff that cPanel has to offer is of no interest to me.
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Use One of Their Themes or One of Your Own
StudioPress Sites includes the following WordPress themes:
- Genesis Framework
- Altitude Pro
- Atmosphere Pro
- Author Pro
- Brunch Pro
- Daily Dish Pro
- Digital Pro
- Executive Pro
- Foodie Pro
- Gallery Pro
- Infinity Pro
- Lifestyle Pro
- Magazine Pro
- Maker Pro
- Metro Pro
- Monochrome Pro
- News Pro
- Outfitter Pro
- Parallax Pro
- Showcase Pro
- Smart Passive Income Pro
- Wellness Pro
- Workstation Pro
Which Theme Do I Use?
Ironically, the WordPress theme that I currently use is not included with StudioPress Sites, although it does run on the Genesis Framework.
Excellent Customer Service
I have been a customer of Copyblogger in one way or another for many years now.
One thing that has been very consistent is their fabulous customer service.
I find them to be very responsive and knowledgeable.
One thing you should know is that they only offer customer support via email.
If you are used to customer service via chat then this will be different for you – as you will have to wait for an email reply to your ticket.
However, now that I am on StudioPress Sites, I rarely need to contact customer support.
When I think of all the time that I used to spend on chat with my hosting company – well, right away that is a time savings for me.
StudioPress Sites is Great if You Want Easy Hosting
I find that StudioPress Sites is a great option for people that want easy WordPress hosting without many hassles.
Since I made the switch, I have been able to spend more time on creating content and less time on technical issues.
The cost is also in the ballpark of what I would pay to other hosting companies in the second year and beyond.
I hope I have answered a lot of your questions.
Please click here to visit the StudioPress Sites website to learn more about the service.