Here is my super indepth review of EasyWP.
EasyWP is the new Managed WordPress Hosting from the team, NameCheap. I was looking to host one of my sites and before that, I wanted to test it, thoroughly.
In this EasyWP Review, I shared about
- EasyWP Platform Details
- Uptime & Response Time
- EasyWP Pricing
- Pros & Cons
Let's get started with EasyWP Review now.
What is EasyWP?
EasyWP is the new Managed WordPress Hosting platform from NameCheap which comes with easy to use interface and inbuilt backups. The plans start from $3.88/month and go up to $11.88/month.
Pros of using EasyWP
1. Beginner Friendly User Interface
Setting up WordPress sites has never been this easy and quick before and it hardly takes 90 seconds for one to set up a WordPress site with EasyWP.
EasyWP includes a 1-click setup using which customers can create and launch a custom WordPress site in just 2 minutes without having to deal with the cPanel technicalities.
Once installed, you can simply get the site login details from dashboard and start publishing posts in minutes.
2. Average Performance
Intially, I rated them as average performance but now, I can say EasyWP is going below average, check the updated section below.
EasyWP claims their website load 3x faster than standard WordPress by using a completely containerized cloud to eliminate the noise in a shared hosting environment.
But I'm not so impressed with their claims as I got two downtimes within the first 15 days of testing and yes, we are Turbo plan of $7.88/month. Let's see how it performs in the coming days.
The average response time is around 500ms which is not the fastest as I tested ChemiCloud which loads around 400ms yet priced aggressively cheaper with multisite hosting support.
June 12, 2020 update: My EasyWP went down multiple times and there is an outage for more than 15 minutes.
Monitoring tools reported 503 Internal Server Error and Timeout issues. The internal server error usually appears in shared hosting when the server gets overloaded or poorly optimized. So, I got around 20 minutes of downtime in my first 20 days of using EasyWP. I will update this section in the coming days with more data.
3. Cheap Price
Pricing is certainly another important aspect to cover in this EasyWP review. If we consider the pricing, it is pretty reasonable and affordable. Customers can start for as low as $3.88 and resources-wise, it offers you a good value for money on all plans.
For users asking about $0.01 plans as seen in Google ads, its applicable for the first month alone, and below are the regular charges from the second month.
EasyWP plans (with their monthly visitors and monthly pricing):
- EasyWP Starter: 10GB SSD storage, 50,000 visitors, $3.88
- EasyWP Turbo: 50GB SSD storage, 200,000 visitors, $7.88
- EasyWP Supersonic: 100GB SSD storage, 500,000 visitors, $11.88
All the plans are covered by a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. But keep that in mind, the pricing is a per-site basis and you can't host another site in the same account.
4. EasyWP Support got 24×7 support
Nothing works without good customer support these days and the managed WordPress hosting certainly has one of the finest and quickest comprehensive 24×7 support with the NameCheap team through live chat at every stage.
As a matter of fact, the NameCheap support team comprises executives with deep knowledge of WordPress and other hosting technicalities. The support has largely proved this point over the years by their dedicated role in assisting the customers.
5. Free SSL / CDN on Top Tier Plans
EasyWP offers customers a Free CDN on the Turbo and Supersonic plan. A free content delivery network would help users to have their content delivered to their target audience in any region of the world at the best speeds by choosing the closest server location.
The company also offers Free PostiveSSL on its higher plans to add encryption, validation, and trustworthiness to your site.
Cons of EasyWP
1. No CDN & SSL On Starter Plan
If you think EasyWP is the cheapest way to start a blog, then you are wrong. While the starter plan is priced at $3.88/month, it doesn't include SSL & CDN. Considering you can buy the cheapest SSL from NameCheap for $5.88/year and using a free Cloudflare CDN, the total hosting cost will be around $4.37/month.
Is the pricing affordable? No. There are many similar hosts like FastComet that start from $3.95/month which also comes with free SSL & CDN even available on monthly billing.
2. CDN works only with Namecheap Domains
I don't know whether it's a kind of initial limitations, you can't use Namecheap CDN when your domains are hosted somewhere else.
If you bought EasyWP Turbo or SuperSonic plan yet unable to use their CDN, try StackPath which costs just $10/month for unlimited sites. This is the only solution, that comes to my mind right now.
3. Limitations on WordPress Plugins
It's a tradition, Managed WordPress hosting companies restrict a set of plugins but NameCheap EasyWP got a very long list of banned plugins.
While the EasyWP performance is similar to NameCheap's shared host, you can use their shared host and use any plugins of your won choice.
Is EasyWP Worth it?
EasyWP impressed me in several aspects like
- The fastest way to launch a site
- Good support etc
But still, EasyWP feels like in beta and also doesn't offers something out of the box. For example, I started using them from June 21st but even after ten days, the backups haven't generated and it seems the backups need to be generated manually.
Their claim of Fastest WordPress Hosting is wrong as there are many hosts with even lower TTFB value yet cheap priced. The lowest and highest TTFB of EasyWP recorded across the US & UK location is 129ms and 484ms.
Here is a similar priced A2 Hosting that comes with 74ms lowest TTFB to 359ms TTFB in Europe location.
When to choose EasyWP? The supersonic plan promises to handle 500,000 visits per month at just $11.88/month which is great considering no shared host can handle such traffic.
I tried them first in 2019 & again in 2020. There was great improvements and let's see how EasyWP grows in the coming months & I'll test them again in the near future.
Right now, I can't recommend them for serious business websites.
Cloudways: At $10/month, you can host unlimited sites and comes with no traffic limits. Cloudways user interface is similar to EasyWP yet advanced as Cloudways was first launched in 2011 now became a stable product compared to EasyWP which got launched in 2018.
ChemiCloud: At $2.76/month (36 months billing) you can host a single website and get a free domain for lifetime. As long as you keep hosting with them, they will renew your domains for free.