Created in 1996, Portal is one of the best known (and most experienced) companies in the Web hosting industry that provides well-structured and cost-effective hosting solutions to small and medium-sized businesses around the world. According to them, at the time there was a vacuum in the market and one calling for a complete, highly secure solution that won’t hurt their budget much.
To meet this need, they have focused their resources on providing “best in class” Managed WordPress solutions, with particular attention paid to security issues, as well as to the management and maintenance of the website. Their head office is located in Chicago (United States), but they have several stations in the United States, Canada and Europe. As a member of Hostway Corporation, they share their US-based data centers with powerful corporations such as Disney, Wrigley, and Fox News Channel.
Gate’s main website has completely changed the way it looks over the past few years and for the better, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality. However, it is only available in English, which suggests that their target market is in the English speaking parts of the world.
Gate’s website has a blog that appears to be their latest addition to the site, as it has a total of five posts, two of which contain links to posts on other sites. They are, however, well written and rich in information about the services they provide. They don’t seem particularly active on social media, even though they were in the past, especially on Facebook.
Packages and prices
Gate currently offers three premium managed WordPress hosting solutions with enterprise-grade security, an “all-in-one suite” of management tools and a myriad of attractive features. All plans are displayed in meticulously detailed but easily understandable fashion and include a dedicated ‘new era’ managed virtual machine, premium security, ‘WordPress Toolkit’ (automatic updates, daily backups, one-click staging, program one-click install, WordPress instance sync and one glass to rule them all), unlimited monthly visits, free SSL certificate and free migration for all your WordPress websites (if you own them, of course).
The most affordable in three is labeled as “Heart”And it will cost you $ 36.75 for a month (if you subscribe for a year) and $ 49 if you choose to go only for a month. While far from something that one would describe as economical, “Core” is, by all means, reasonably priced considering all of the features it includes.
While Gate doesn’t provide a free trial, there’s an incredible 90-day money-back guarantee and a promise that they’ll give you a full refund of everything you’ve paid to them with no questions asked.
When it comes to payment methods, Gate currently accepts all major credit / debit cards, PayPal, and they also claim to support Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Microsoft Pay, so there’s a decent choice.
Ease of use
Since Gate is a managed WordPress hosting solutions provider, since you’re interested in this, you probably already have an idea of what you want. However, if you get it wrong and aren’t sure where to start, you have the option of booking a demo with the Gate team. You can do this by providing them with personal data (your name, email address, and phone number) and patiently waiting for them to contact you and show you around the Gate platform.
Keep in mind that all of this will be accessible to you under one condition (and one condition) and that is that you are not a robot. If, however, you are a robotic machine capable of hiding its identity with a single click (check “I’m not a robot”, which sounds like a robot anyway), do so, by all means. because we are not here to judge.
On the other hand, if you want to create an account with Gate, you will be happy with the simplicity and brevity of the whole process. After deciding on a plan, you will decide what to do with a domain name and, in addition to all the options provided, you will have the choice to start with Gate’s own subdomain (wp.gate.com) and add your own domain later. After that you will have the option to configure your plan by selecting a billing cycle, the server location (for “Core” two are available at the moment) and the site title.
In the final steps, you’ll be asked to provide a fairly standard amount of personal information, choose a payment method, create a password, and proceed to checkout. After verification (probably via email), it shouldn’t take long for your website to appear.
Gate’s dashboard matches its website in color and functionality, and if you’ve had previous experience, you’ll find it very user-friendly. All hosting packages include Plesk as a control panel, which is (although slightly overshadowed by cPanel) fairly easy to use.
Speed and experience
Gate promises nothing less than “high caliber performance” thanks to the “built-in speed kit theology to speed up your website speed, retain traffic and increase revenue”. They continue to emphasize the importance of speed by sharing an anecdote that an average 40% of visitors will abandon a website if it takes more than three seconds to load. After reading all of this, we had high hopes while waiting for GTmetrix to give us the results of the speed test performed on their main site.
It’s no wonder we had to do a double take in the face of a D (60%) and the fact that it took 6.1 seconds for Gate’s website to fully load, which is better than the average result (8.1 seconds), but twice as long as the three seconds they took as an example above.
As for uptime, it seems like there was a 100% uptime guarantee at some point, but we haven’t found anything on that yet. However, after monitoring Gate’s main website uptime for a month (provided by Uptime Robot), we received a report showing 99.6% uptime, which is, unfortunately, below the industry standard. . Most of the downtime was pretty short (the average score was around five minutes), but the most concerning was 2 hours and 43 minutes, which didn’t look very good.
Describing its own customer support as “critical,” Gate offers its users 24-hour access to ensure (as they say) that “your WordPress site is stable, secure, and lightning-fast.” The technical team can be contacted by email, ticket (for sale) and telephone. Since there was no promise regarding response time, we submitted a support ticket with a few simple requests and got our response in just over 30 minutes, which is enough.
For those who prefer to fend for themselves, there is a knowledge base and a well-made one. There you can browse through the articles by selecting a category (and there are eight of them, including the newcomer one), clicking on a tag, using a search box, or opting for one of the most popular (five are displayed at the bottom of the page). While there aren’t many (around 60 at the moment), the knowledgebase has managed to cover all of the important WordPress hosting questions in an easy-to-understand way, with most of the articles also containing appropriate images. .
One of the latest products from Bluehost is (you guessed it) managed WordPress hosting solutions, and the ones that will give you value for your money. Bluehost may not offer some of the enticing unlimited features of Gate or erect the equivalent of a digital fortress in terms of security, but with a promotional price of $ 14.95 per month, it can attract many users.
In addition to offering premium WordPress hosting with a range of attractive features, HostGator offers basic shared hosting, VPS, reseller and dedicated servers as an option, allowing it to cover most small and medium businesses, unlike Gate. Additionally, all WordPress plans with HostGator (premium or not) come with free domain registration, 99.9% uptime guarantee, 45-day money-back guarantee, and $ 150 off. Google Ads credit, which is a nice little bonus.
SiteGround is a pretty popular choice for anyone looking for specifically managed WordPress solutions, and for good reason. Like Gate, they offer a lot of powerful features for advanced users, but also have a lot of basic features to boost the confidence of newcomers. However, since Gate uses the Plesk standard as its control panel, it can be appealing to those familiar with it. On the flip side, SiteGround uses its own control panel, which is (to be honest) one of the best bespoke control panels we’ve seen so far.
Created in 1997, DreamHost is Gate’s one-year youngest. Both hosts essentially offer an endless list of features, even with their most user-friendly WordPress packages. That being said, with DreamHost you’ll get a few more, including a free domain name for one year, a 100% uptime guarantee, and (most recently) a free drag-and-drop WP website builder filled with templates. However, DreamHost’s money back guarantee is valid for the standard 30 days, while with Gate you are free to wait 90 days “forever” before making a final judgment.
Gate promises first-class managed WordPress hosting installed in a dedicated virtual machine environment, enterprise-level security, and a comprehensive set of website management tools, and it delivers on that promise, without a doubt. However, for bloggers and those looking to launch their first websites in cyberspace, this can all be overkill.
While Gate’s substantial 90-day money-back guarantee means you can try them out without worry, if you’re not crazy about managed WordPress, take a look at what HostGator and Bluehost can offer before you take any. decision.