Not Sure What The Future Holds
Flywheel and WPMU DEV both focus on premium WordPress hosting for agencies and freelancers and are both solid platforms. With the recent acquisition of Flywheel by WP Engine, we've seen its pricing increase and we're not yet sure the direction the product and service will go.
Performance and Reliability
Both Flywheel and WPMU DEV make some big claims on performance and uptime. Third-party tests show WPMU DEV with a site speed edge. WPMU DEV has a 99.95% uptime guarantee where we pay you back should it not be met. Flywheel works hard to ensure a similar standard but is not backed by any SLA.
Manage Client Sites
If you manage all of your client sites on one host, Flywheel does a nice job with things like transferring the billing of hosting a site off to clients. With WPMU DEV, you get The Hub site manager with every plan, allowing you to manage sites on any host. If you build and pass off most of your client sites, then Flywheel is a good fit. If you continue with support and maintenance, WPMU DEV may be a better fit.
Developer Friendly Tools
We all have our preferred workflows for building and maintaining sites. Both WPMU DEV and Flywheel include easy staging. WPMU DEV also includes SSH access and the use of WP-CLI. SSH is not an option on Flywheel, and WP-CLI is only through its local development tool.
Flywheel offers a dedicated IP per account that is shared across every site hosted on that account. If you’re hosting multiple sites and need a dedicated IP for one of your client’s sites, you’ll need to set up an additional account. With WPMU DEV, every site gets a dedicated IP address at no additional cost.
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