RocketPress Hosting Review

I like to review WordPress hosting because a) they’re topical and interesting to our readers and b) they tend to focus on the needs of WordPress users over those of the general population.  Web hosting providers are a dime a dozen.  Especially when you consider reseller accounts.  Hell, I’ve got a reseller package that more than pays for my hosting costs.  But when it comes down to the nitty gritty details, there are only a handful of super high quality hosts out there.  RocketPress is one of those hosts.

Cost

Let’s get to the first thing on your mind, how does it compare in cost?  The cheapest plan, if paid annually, is $3.95 per month.  That’s not a lot of money, as long as you can front the $47.40 once every year.  If you want to pay monthly, the cheapest plan is $6.95.

Platform

RocketPress is using Cpanel combined with a piece of software called WHM (Web Host Manager).  Both of which are very stable, regularly supported frameworks.  Cpanel is a ubiquitous software package that many many web hosts use.

RocketPress is hosted on servers managed by a company called FDC Servers.  They DO NOT offer reseller hosting which is a good thing for you.  This means RocketPress has invested in their hardware and co-located with a company who makes their business managing server farms.  This is a very smart move.  Picture this: a business that buys and manages all their own hardware sounds great.  Now picture this “business” in someone’s garage, with a $400 Windows desktop acting as a “server”.  It’s supervised when this person is home, but when they’re away, anything could happen.  Outsourcing server management seems like a pretty sweet deal now doesn’t it?

Support

They offer Live Chat which is a great resource.  Although they weren’t online while writing this review, there is also a toll-free phone number which says a lot about this company and their intentions to be there for you when needed.

Security and Reliability

Their servers are backed up nightly, so you can trust your data can be restored if something goes wrong.  RocketPress claims to have never been hacked, ever.  That’s 17 years of zero-tolerance.  They claim to never overload their servers but do not back that up with numbers which, to be fair, is hard to quantify.  Hopefully, they follow through on this expectation and their hosting accounts are sound, solid and secure.

WordPress Specific

RocketPress claims to have been built by WordPress coding experts with significant IT security experience.  They will automatically install WordPress on each new hosting account within 10 seconds.  I’m not sure that’s necessary, but it’s a nice feature if you want this hosting account for a very specific website.  The hosting plans are designed to support WordPress installs, and RocketPress offers free WordPress consulting and advice.  Because RocketPress runs Cpanel, it supports Fantastico, which offers two-minute WordPress installations without any database work.

Extras

RocketPress will transfer your existing WordPress site for free which is a really nice perk if you only run one WordPress site.  There’s no mention of how many websites they will migrate.

Each new account gets a free domain.  That’s worth $10/year so it’s not like you’re getting a primo parking spot or anything, but every little bit counts.

Summary

We tried to be both honest and fair in this review of RocketPress.  Whichever host you choose, consider how it will meet your specific needs, and try to ignore flashy sales and gimmicks.  There are so many web hosts out there, you can be a very discerning customer.  If you love WordPress as much as we do, you’ll want to choose a web host that specializes in supporting the most powerful blogging platform on earth.

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8 thoughts on “RocketPress Hosting Review”

  1. Seems like they offer everything good companies offer and more. I exclusively use WordPress for my sites so it’s good that you mentioned it here. Thanks

  2. Wow, $3.95 per month is QUITE cheap. It’s a lot less than I’m paying now, I’ll tell you that.

    Re: the “BigFeature” WordPress seen above, is that your design?
    I took a look at the “Live Preview” for this theme and I’ve got to say, I quite like this one a lot. This is a really nice example page: http://illusiodesign.com/
    I’ve never payed for a layout before as I make them myself, but I’m tempted with this one.

    greg

  3. I use Dreamhost for my web hosting needs. So far it seems pretty good. I think I pay about 6.95 and I have unlimited websites. Although after reading this article there seems to be some good reasons to switching to Rocketpress. Thanks Dusty, something to think about in the future.

  4. I always get fooled by the low prices of hosting companies. It turns out you have to pay in advance 1 year if you want to get the advertised low price. It’s cool to read reviews like this before commiting to a hosting company for one year.

    1. Mario you’re absolutely right, they drive me crazy too! I run a hosting company and from day 1 I refused to use this pricing model (maybe a financial mistake but this is just so misleading it’s so wrong!)

  5. My host constantly seems to be having minor tech problems which can be frustrating.

    But at the same time their customer service is pretty damn good, so I never end up pulling the trigger on changing hosts, even though I go thru the process of checking out a bunch of hosting reviews.

    I think its a bit of a combination of laziness and ‘better the devil you know’.

  6. Never heard of Rocketpress before but I will check it out, the annual payment plan is pretty affordable. If they have Fantastico and the loading speed of the websites is good, I might well be a customer in the near future!

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