StudioPress Sites is a new offering from Rainmaker Digital AKA Copyblogger Media. Rainmaker Digital also offer two even more powerful web hosting solutions.
The three web hosting solutions are…
Synthesis and Rainmaker
Web Synthesis is a web host aimed at relatively high traffic sites. The Rainmaker Platform is a complete web hosting solution that includes many features to enable you to sell digital products, run e-courses and podcasts etc. via your website.
StudioPress Sites is aimed at people who are looking for a small business website but don’t need the extra power and functionality of The Rainmaker Platform, or the scale and bandwidth that Web Synthesis customers demand.
What do you get with a StudioPress Sites, site?
- Fast secure hosting for one website
- Two pricing options. With or without e-commerce
- WordPress automatically installed
- Twenty StudioPress themes to choose from
- A list of trusted plugins installed and ready to be activated. Although some of the plugins do cost extra if you want to use them!
- Extra built in SEO features
- A special menu bar for mobiles
- A free Let’s Encrypt secure https certificate if desired
- Daily backups. To roll back, contact StudioPress support
What you don’t get…
A domain name: you have to buy your own domain name from a third party such as Google Domains or Go Daddy etc.
Email hosting: you do not get an email address automatically set up to match your domain name. You’d have to set this up separately with a third party.
No telephone support or online chat support: support is via email.
I think StudioPress Sites are competing directly with the entry level packages offered by the many hosting companies who specialize in premium WordPress hosting. Such as…
- WP Engine
- Media Temple
What’s special about StudioPress Sites?
Built in StudioPress themes
You get to use one of twenty StudioPress themes as long as your site is hosted with StudioPress Sites. This is a great way for you to try out different themes and see which one suits your needs best.
A brand you know, like and trust
If you’re the type of person who’s willing to pay a small premium to use a business you know like and trust, StudioPress sites could be the ideal solution for you. It’s a bit like buying an iPhone. Although there are cheaper options available, you trust Apple and you’re willing to pay a small premium for an iPhone. Because deep down inside you know that’s what you really want.