This comparison focuses on two of my favorite web hosting companies: InMotion Hosting and WP Engine. In the past, we compared WP Engine’s managed WordPress hosting to InMotion Hosting’s business hosting plans. However, with the addition of the managed WordPress hosting line at InMotion, we’re now better able to compare these two excellent web hosts more accurately, rather than matching up managed and non-managed hosting plans.
Looking at these two web hosting options, first remember that with WP Engine you’re getting pure WordPress hosting—which is fine for existing sites or if that’s all you’re looking for. With InMotion, you’re getting a complete online package including a domain name, email, etc. Given those factors, if you’re creating a website for the first time, InMotion is probably the better choice. WP Engine is better for those with existing sites or business and enterprise WordPress hosting.
WP Engine vs InMotion: Differences
Advantages of WP Engine over InMotion Hosting:
- Completely WordPress Focused
- Expert WordPress Support
- EverCache Technology for Faster Websites
- Free StudioPress Themes Included
- Automatic and Snapshot Data Backups
- Full Website Staging Platform
- Transferable Installs and Billing Transfer for Agencies
- Free Page Performance Diagnostics
- 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
Advantages of InMotion Hosting over WP Engine:
- Max Speed Zone Technology
- BoldGrid Website Builder for WordPress
- Choice of Data Center Location
- Unlimited Email Accounts
- Free Domain
- Free Private SSL
- Preinstallation of WordPress, Joomla, or PrestaShop
- Full 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
WP Engine vs InMotion: Website Speed and Performance
WP Engine and InMotion Hosting are two of the best web hosts when it comes to website speed and performance. And, this category is much closer than you might think. InMotion’s Max Speed Zone Technology and UltraStack servers make them one of the best performing cPanel web hosts. However, with WP Engine’s managed WordPress hosting, you get their EverCache technology along with optimized environment and fully managed CDN.
While this comparison is very close, WP Engine is the winner for speed and performance. See some of our sample test results below:
WP Engine vs InMotion: Website Staging
Whereas WP Engine includes complete website staging functionality that is extremely user-friendly, the website staging with InMotion is provided via BoldGrid. Additionally, WP Engine includes a development environment along with staging and production. So, because they include multiple environments and have one of the easiest to use staging interfaces, WP Engine is the winner here.
WP Engine vs InMotion: Data Backup and Restore
When it comes to data backup and restore, WP Engine is the winner. With WP Engine, you get automated daily backups, the ability to restore from the previous 30 days, and snapshot backup capability where you can perform an on-demand backup when you need to. By contrast, InMotion now requires you to purchase a separate backup option with their business hosting, and with their managed WordPress hosting, data backup is available via JetPack.
WP Engine vs InMotion: Customer Support
The customer support at both WP Engine and InMotion is outstanding. You get responsive, helpful, and friendly support with both of these web hosts. With live chat support, the wait time is slightly less with WP Engine, so they get a slight advantage here.
Started Business: 2013
BBB Rating: A+
Data Center Location:Data Centers: U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia
Price: $23 mo. – $56 mo. (Premium Customized Plans also available)
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: No
Unlimited Email: No
Host Multiple Domains: Yes (except Personal Plan)
Hosting Interface: WP Engine Client Portal
Server Uptime: 99.99%
Full Refund Period: 60 Days
Dedicated Hosting Available: Yes
EverCache technology speeds up page-load time
Transferable Installs and Billing Transfer
Free Let’s Encrypt SSL
Page Speed Tester
WordPress Solution Center
Advantages of Choosing WP Engine:
- You can try it risk free for 60 days.
- Faster Performance with Google Cloud Platform Virtual Machines.
- WP Engine Migration Plugin for easily transferring your site over.
- Managed upgrades and daily backups.
- Staging area environment where you can test out plugins or themes.
- Two-Factor Authentication Available
- More Data Center Location Options
- Expert support staff.
- They automatically scan for and fix hacking attempts on your site.
Started Business: 2001
BBB Rating: A+
Data Center Locations: Los Angeles, CA and Ashburn, VA
Price: $2.29 mo. – $12.99 mo.
Unlimited Bandwidth: Yes
Unlimited Storage: Yes
Unlimited Email: Yes
Host Multiple Domains: Yes
Hosting Interface: cPanel
Server Uptime: 99.99%
Full Refund Period: 90 Days
Dedicated Hosting Available: Yes
Solid State Drives (SSDs)
Free SSL Certificates
Free Website Transfers
Safe Application Rollback
$75 – $100 Google Adwords Credit
Premium Website Builder
Advantages of Choosing InMotion:
- InMotion utilizes their Max Speed Zones for faster performance.
- cPanel interface with easy 1 click software installs using Softaculous.
- They offer phone, email, and chat support.
- You get a separate Account Management Panel for your account and billing issues.
- Fast live chat customer support responses.
- You get over 400 applications to use for your websites.
- Secure Remote Server Access via Command Line (SSH)
- Pre-Installation of WordPress, Joomla, or PrestaShop
- Free Sectigo SSL
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The good news here is that it’s a win-win situation with these two web hosts. However for Managed WordPress Hosting, we would recommend WP Engine for most websites. See our WP Engine review ratings below: