In our Rocket review, we’re going to look at a new managed WordPress that was launched in early 2020.
Rocket works by aggressively caching your content to Cloudflare’s global network (via Cloudflare Enterprise) so that it can be quickly served up whether your visitor is browsing from Paris, France or Paris, Texas. As you’ll see a little later on when I run some performance tests, the page load times are remarkably stable (and fast) no matter where you’re testing from.
Beyond that, Rocket still includes all the managed WordPress features that you know and love, like automatic updates and backups.
Keep reading our hands-on Rocket review to learn more about this host and see some test data.
Rocket Review: The Key Features
I already gave away one of Rocket’s key features in the intro – Rocket uses full page caching and Cloudflare Enterprise to automatically cache your site on Cloudflare’s huge network of over 200 edge points. At the same time, Rocket builds in cache rules to play nice with WordPress and popular plugins. For example, it has built-in compatibility for WooCommerce stores so that the full page caching doesn’t get in the way of key eCommerce features.
Beyond performance, Rocket is still a managed WordPress host, which means you’ll get all the convenient managed features that come with that label:
- Custom hosting dashboard
- Easy WordPress installer
- Automatic daily backups with 30-day storage (and manual backups as needed)
- Automatic WordPress core, theme, and plugin updates
- Option to manage plugins and themes from your hosting dashboard
- Staging sites
- Website firewall
- Malware scans
- Free/easy SSL certificates
Rocket also has some other nice performance tricks up its sleeve including:
- Brotli compression
- Automatic database optimization
- Automatic Google Fonts optimization
Rocket’s pricing is competitive for the managed WordPress hosting space – it’s right in line with similar hosts such as WP Engine and Kinsta.
There are four preset plans, along with custom plans if you need higher limits. You can either pay monthly or you can pay annually to get two months free.
Here are the prices and limits for the four core plans:
As you can see in the image above, there’s also a time-sensitive promo that lets you get your first month for just $1.
Rocket Performance Tests
Performance should be the number one consideration with any WordPress host, so let’s start off with running some real performance tests.
To create a realistic test scenario, I set up a site on Rocket using the popular Astra theme and one of its Elementor-powered demo sites – here’s the exact demo site
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WP Mayor.