As many of you know, a big part of my business between 2008 to 2018 revolved around WordPress. My company had the world’s most popular design framework with Genesis, plus plugins and a range of WordPress hosting options.
We originally got into the WordPress hosting business just to have a reliable solution for the high levels of traffic that hit our flagship site Copyblogger. Our solution was released to the public as Synthesis, and we then added StudioPress Sites a few years later.
When we sold those assets in 2018, I found myself for the first time in need of someone else to host my personal sites, including Unemployable. I ended up going with the newly released iThemes WordPress hosting, which is owned by web hosting juggernaut Liquid Web.
As you might expect, I’m a pretty tough customer when it comes to hosting. So I took about six months to carefully observe the performance of this site before drawing any conclusions.
At this point, I can tell you I am overwhelmingly impressed.
I suspect it has something to do with the robust hosting infrastructure that iThemes’ parent company Liquid Web has built over the years. With one exception — you’re not paying normal Liquid Web prices when you sign up for iThemes.
Affordable WordPress hosting … not cheap
Now, this is not some $4 per month hosting that would amount to one of the worst decisions you can make when it comes to the digital home base for your business. I’ve been railing against those cheapo hosts for over a decade, and I’m certainly not changing my mind when it comes to my own sites.
At the same time, iThemes hosting doesn’t carry the higher price tag you’d expect when moving up into the realm of serious WordPress hosts. On top of that, I’ve worked out an exclusive discount for you that only Unemployable people get.
More on that in a minute — but essentially you’re getting world-class WordPress hosting at an even more affordable price. Let’s dig a little deeper.
Three features that set iThemes hosting apart
A website with reliable uptime that's also able to hold up when you get hit with traffic bursts is just table stakes at this point. Any WordPress host that you can't trust when it comes to performance isn’t worth considering.
Given that the company I headed up hosted my sites, I was a bit worried how hosting performance and support for Unemployable might play out. Turns out there are no worries at all — I’ve never had a hiccup with traffic spikes, and if the site has ever been down, no one seems to have noticed (and people definitely tell me when the site is down).
That’s what matters. Anything else you get from your WordPress host is a bonus. Turns out, iThemes gives you serious bonus functionality that makes dealing with WordPress much easier, while also protecting your content and keeping bad people from damaging your site.
1. Sync Pro
At the very center of the iThemes hosting experience is Sync Pro. Sync Pro allows you to manage crucial aspects of one or multiple sites from one easy to use dashboard. You can update WordPress core, themes, plugins with just a few clicks, and also run remote WordPress backups.
Also, you can monitor your site’s uptime performance and log in to your WordPress admin area for all your sites. Plus, check your Google analytics, access Search Console, and view SEO Checker reports. Sync Pro delivers the professional-level site management experience you need to succeed.
2. Security Pro
The features of Security Pro are as self-explanatory as they are mission critical. Security Pro protects your WordPress site from hacks, security breaches, malware, and brute force attacks.
In many ways, your website is your business, whether you’re a freelancer, affiliate marketer, or selling your own products. And that means protecting your site is critical. iThemes Security Pro gives you all the tools you need to keep your WordPress website safe.
iThemes created the popular BackupBuddy premium solution back in 2010, and it’s included at no charge with your hosting account. It’s a best-of-breed database tool that allows you to easily do a complete backup of your WordPress website.
You can quickly set scheduled automatic backups, store your WordPress backups off-site, and if necessary, restore your entire website. You'll sleep better at night knowing you've got BackupBuddy on your team.
Save $50 off your first year of iThemes WordPress hosting
If all that’s not good enough, it gets even better. I’ve been able to negotiate an exclusive $50 discount for the Unemployable community. You won’t find this discount anywhere else, because I’m literally taking part of my affiliate commission and passing it along to you.
It’s my opinion that iThemes WordPress hosting is the right choice for you, because it’s the right choice for me. And I’m happy to save you money to get you on board with really great (and really affordable) WordPress hosting from iThemes.