Closte.com Review – The Hidden Gem in WordPress Hosting

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I thought Kinsta was the best WordPress hosting provider, both in terms of performance and features. But Closte changed my mind.

I’ve been using Closte for the last 7 months and I’m very happy with it.

This is an honest review from a happy customer. I’m not affiliated to Closte.com.

What is Closte.com?

closte dashboard

Closte.com is a managed WordPress hosting platform. What makes them different from others is mainly the performance.

Closte sites

Features

Just like you see in a managed WordPress hosting provider, you’ve all the basic features you need:

  • Google Cloud servers
  • Google CDN
  • LiteSpeed webserver
  • Staging environment
  • Backups
  • Collaboration
  • Free SSL
  • Free migrations
  • SSH, FTP, git, WP-CLI, logs, phpMyAdmin etc

But Closte has some features that some others don’t provide or they do it really well.

Here are they:

LiteSpeed Webserver

There are only a few hosting providers which provide LiteSpeed.

LiteSpeed is pretty new webserver (an alternative to Apache and Nginx). Some of the biggest advantages are performance and free LiteSpeed cache plugin. There are plenty more.

PS: OpenLiteSpeed is the open-source version of LiteSpeed.

CloudSnap and Backups

I don’t manage any external backups when I’m in Closte.

I would say Closte has two levels of backups. One is normal incremental backups (automated and manual) and another one is CloudSnap.

CloudSnap is like a snapshot of the whole site. You can easily create a new site from the CloudSnap backup. It’s a kind of blueprint!

I’ve got a few CloudSnaps like “Elementor”, “WooCoomerce”, “Blog”, etc. So whenever I need to test something with these, I just create a new site from these snapshots. It’s very useful for me as a plugin developer.

CloudSnaps Closte

Closte also has distributed and disaster backups.

Security

Ever since I moved to Closte, I’ve never received spam via contact form submission or a brute force attack or any such security threats. I also don’t use any security plugins.

Closte has some inbuilt security features like real-time malware detection, DDOS, WAF etc.

closte security

Google CDN

There are many managed WordPress hosting providers and controls panels which let you run your site in Google Cloud. But none of that has Google CDN integration.

Fastest CDN

What’s so special about Google CDN? It’s the fastest of all (source: cdnperf.com).

CDNperf Google CDN

Cache-to-Cache Fill

Google CDN also has a cache-to-cache fill feature, which means if an edge server doesn’t have the file requested, it will try to serve from a nearby edge server. This increases cache hit ratio and reduce requests to the origin.

Staging Sites 

Unlimited Staging Sites

Almost all managed hosting providers provide a staging environment. However, in Closte, you can create unlimited staging sites for the same site.

No Resource Limits

Also unlike other providers, resources are not limited in staging. You get full power as in the live environment. This is something I really hate in Kinsta and WP Engine.

CDN in Staging

You also get CDN for staging site too. Comes handy when you’re doing speed optimizations in a staging site.

Pricing

Unlike other hosting providers, Closte doesn’t have a fixed price or plans. It’s a pay-as-you-go model.

So the monthly cost of a website varies based on several factors like:

  • CPU and memory (RAM) usage (includes staging site)
  • No. HTTP requests
  • Bandwidth usage
  • Disk usage
  • CloudSnap disk usage
  • CDN bandwidth usage (varies based on location)

This makes it extremely difficult to predict pricing.

A good method is to host with them for a minimum of 1 month and see how much you’re charged.

There are some advantages to the pay-as-you-go model. If your site has low traffic in a month, you’re charged less.

Also, to test different things while developing plugins, some days my account may have 10 live sites and in some days it’s just 2 or 3. If I’m in Kinsta or WP Engine, I’ve to pick a plan that supports up to 10 sites.

No such issues in Closte!

Pricing of a few sites I worked with

Here is the pricing of a few sites that I’ve worked with, from my clients/friends:

Type of siteMonthly pageviewsPricing
Site #1Blog30k$9/month
Site #2Product portfolio17k$11/month
Site #3Blog670k$50/month

As you may have noticed, predicting cost based on pageviews is also very difficult.

Site #3 was previously using Kinsta and they were charging him $200/month. After moving to Closte, he’s only charged $50/month.

Tips to Reduce Cost in Closte

  • Use a full page caching plugin – Usually memory and CPU consumes ~50% of the total cost. Using a full page cache plugin like LiteSpeed cache or WP Rocket can reduce memory and CPU usage dramatically.
  • Use an external CDN – Google CDN is extremely fast, extremely costly too. It takes a good percentage of the overall cost. Use an external CDN provider like BunnyCDN which is almost 10 times cheaper than Google CDN.
  • Delete staging site when not in use – As I said before, Closte charges based on usage. Even if you’ve no visitors to your staging site, it will consume CPU and memory. So delete the staging site when not in use.

Support

This is something Closte lacks.

They don’t have live chat support. Only support tickets and it may take 24-48 hours to get a response.

For me or anyone a bit technical, this won’t be an issue. All my clients, including myself, are pretty happy with their support.

I’ve also heard a few feedbacks saying that their support is rude.

From one of my tickets:

closte support

I didn’t like their reply “You don’t have any benefits”. They could be a little more friendly and polite. I replied them with the detailed features and bug fixes in v5.3.

Kinsta vs Closte support

Kinsta is very well known for its award-winning 24×7 support. Yes, they’re really good at it.

However in Kinsta, while optimizing my clients’ sites, I occasionally had to contact them for changing Nginx config, increasing PHP workers limit, some issues with their inbuilt Nginx caching, increasing resources in staging etc.

kinsta support
Talking to Kinsta support for enabling WebP

However, in Closte, I’ve never run into such issues.

Everything works out of the box, their platform is so stable. Most of my supports tickets are either suggestions or “when will feature X be ready”.

Also thanks to LiteSpeed server, I never had to deal with Nginx configs!

Performance

I’ve tested almost all managed hosting providers like Kinsta, WP Engine, Cloudways, SiteGround, etc and control panels like RunCloud, CyberPanel, GridPane with VPS from popular Cloud providers like Googe Cloud, Vultr, Linode, DigitialOcean etc.

From what I’ve tested so far, I haven’t seen anything which has better performance than Closte. Thanks to their super tech stack with Google Cloud, Google CDN, LiteSpeed server etc.

Uptime

I’ve got 100% uptime since I migrated to Closte.

Report from UptimeRobot:

uptimerobot closte

Final Thoughts

I really really like Closte. Using it for 7 months till now and will continue.

However, I don’t recommend it to everyone. Two reasons – Support and Pricing.

If you’re not really that technical and need live chat support 24×7, then Closte may not be the right choice for you.

Similarly, Closte is not cheap. Even if your site has very low traffic, Closte will have a minimum charge. Also, if you’re are an agency or developer, it’s extremely hard to tell your clients how much it will cost.

If you want similar performance, with all good features, predictable pricing, good support, I highly recommend Cloudways hosting (along with WP Rocket and BunnyCDN). A $10/month or $20/month plan would be enough to host multiple high-performance sites.

Comment below if you’ve any queries or feedback. I read and reply to each of them within 8 hours!

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