We're big fans of managed WordPress hosting providers for self-hosted installs with automated backups, added security, increased speed and more. Here are a few favorites.
WPEngine plans start at ~ $29/mo when paid annually. In addition to typical managed WP bonuses, their plans also include Genesis and premium themes.
Kinsta is a managed hosting provider built on Google Cloud. Plans start at $25/mo when paid annually. They have a hack fix guarantee in addition to other managed hosting goodies.
Flywheel plans start at $25/mo when paid annually. Works amazingly with Local by Flywheel for a painless local > production deployment process.
Pantheon basic plans start at $29/mo when paid annually. Their higher-level plans comes with uptime guarantees and they also have upstream workflows built in.
Powered by AWS, Pagely is geared towards enterprise WordPress clients. They focus on the complex scaling and security needs of that base. Plans start at $199/mo.
SiteGround is the cheapest managed WordPress host and still a pretty solid choice for projects with less-intensive server needs. Plans start at $11.95/mo.
Local WordPress Environments
These tools make it incredibly easy to get a local install up & running on your computer for those less comfortable tooling directly with Docker, XAMPP or MAMP. Local installs are perfect for testing plugins & themes.
DesktopServer helps create locally installed WordPress websites in seconds. It has both a free and a pro version.
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