In this article, we explore the similarities and differences between Liquid Web and Nexcess, two different web hosting brands, that are united under one motto: “Powering Your Online Potential”
This is the motto of the Liquid Web Family of Brands, a group of three brands, namely, Liquid Web, Nexcess and StellarWP that collectively provide web hosting services, software, and applications that are designed to help businesses and organizations thrive online!
More on these two companies in a moment.
“Liquid Web versus Nexcess” or “Liquid Web and Nexcess” ?
When we started writing this article, we thought of giving it the title “Liquid Web versus Nexcess”
But we gave it another thought, and asked ourselves: Is it really Liquid Web versus Nexcess?
Or should it be Liquid Web and Nexcess?
Before you can understand that, you need to understand the five Ws of Liquid Web and Nexcess as a group of companies operating as one family.
You need to know what products and services these companies offer: high performance web hosting services and WordPress plugins designed to power online sites and stores.
You need to know who they serve: people like you and me, whose businesses, nonprofits and organizations need to expand their online footprint.
You need to know where these web hosting services and applications are better suited than those of their competitors: for websites and online stores that require mission-critical performance and features.
You need to know when you can rely on them for support: 24/7/365.
You need to know why they rightfully call themselves “The Most Helpful Humans in Hosting.” and “Better is Built-in”
Once you answer these five Ws, you’ll see the similar qualities that run in the blood of this family of brands, and how they work together with their shared objective of powering your online potential.
So the more and more you learn about these two sister web hosting companies, the more you will understand why it is “Liquid Web and Nexcess” and not “Liquid Web versus Nexcess”
But then again, what’s the difference between the two web hosting providers?
Liquid Web and Nexcess: The Differences Explained
Before we delve into the details of what is different between the two web hosting services, let’s make the main difference clear first.
What is the main difference between Liquid Web and Nexcess?
Liquid Web offers Virtual Private Servers, Dedicated, and Cluster hosting for applications that require advanced customized hosting solutions, whereas Nexcess provides fully Managed Cloud hosting for applications that require simple hosting environments.
So, for example, if you need to start with a website or e-commerce store for your business, you should go for Nexcess, as they offer Managed WordPress, Managed WooCommerce and Managed Magento hosting plans that would be more than sufficient for most small businesses.
However, as your business grows and/or requires more complex hosting environments that must be custom-designed to meet the needs of your business, you should go for the web hosting solutions offered by Liquid Web.
Now let’s take a look at how their products and services differ.
Different Hosting Services offered by Liquid Web and Nexcess
As mentioned above, while Liquid Web offers web hosting products that can cater to the needs of advanced applications and large businesses, including Fortune 5000 companies, Nexcess offers web hosting services that are more suitable for SMBs that require a content management system (CMS) based websites.
Liquid Web Hosting Services
Here are some of the Web Hosting solutions offered by Liquid Web:
Managed Virtual Private Server (VPS)
VPS stands for Virtual Private Server and is a virtual operating system that is hosted on a parent server, and shares hosting resources with other virtual servers hosted on the same parent server.
VPS hosting is ideal for companies that have outgrown their shared hosting or managed hosting plans and require more flexibility in their hosting environment, at lower costs.
Managed Dedicated Server Hosting
A Dedicated server is a remote server that is used for hosting just one client, organization, or their application.
A dedicated hosting solution offers the optimum hosting environment in terms of security, reliability, resource availability and customizability.
Managed Cloud Dedicated Hosting
As the name suggests, Cloud Dedicated Hosting solutions offer the performance and resources of a dedicated server with the scalability and flexibility of a cloud hosting service.
Managed Cloud Servers
These fully Managed Cloud Servers have been designed for customers that require scalable cPanel hosting solutions with enterprise level cloud computing resources.
If your business is engaged in high volume ecommerce, provides a Software as a Service (SaaS), or is launching a social media app or any other resource intensive application, Server Clusters would be a good option for powering such online applications.
High Availability Database Hosting
If you need hosting for SaaS, Big Data, Analytics, Informatics, Scientific or any other mission critical applications that require a highly available database, you should definitely explore the High Availability Database Hosting solutions offered by Liquid Web.
In this solution, they make sure that your databases are always available with 100% Network and Uptime guarantee, zero downtime due to hardware failure and zero downtime due to upgrades and maintenance.
HIPAA Compliant Hosting
If your business collects, transmits, or creates electronic protected health information (ePHI), you will require a hosting solution that is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
In such a case, you can avail the Liquid Web HIPAA Compliant hosting solution powered by Liquid Web’s wholly owned Core Data Centers, fully Managed Servers, Locked Server Cabinets, Hardware Firewall, and extensive administrative and physical safeguards.
Private VPS Parent
Instead of renting just a VPS on a parent server, as described above, you can rent the entire VPS Parent server itself, if you want your own private cloud environment.
Such a hosting environment will allow you to create, move, resize, or destroy any number of virtual VPS instances.
Private VPS Parent is great for reselling hosting, or for hosting multiple websites and apps, and much more!
VMware Private Cloud
While the Private VPS Parent is powered by Liquid Web’s proprietary cloud platform, the VMware Private Cloud is a fully managed private cloud environment, powered by VMware and NetApp.
Nexcess Web Hosting Services
Here are some of the Web Hosting solutions offered by nexcess, Liquid Web’s younger sister:
Managed WordPress Hosting
As mentioned above, if you own a small business, the fully Managed WordPress hosting solution offered by Nexcess, is one of the best web hosting services you can find on the market to host your business websites.
These WordPress Hosting packages start at $9.5 per month, can store 15 GB – 800 GB data, provide a bandwidth of 2 TB – 10 TB and can host 1 – 250 WordPress websites.
Managed WooCommerce Hosting
Similarly, if you, as a small business owner, want to create an e-commerce store online or already have an existing e-commerce store hosted elsewhere, you may want to consider the Managed WooCommerce hosting provided by Nexcess to power your e-commerce shop.
Like their Managed WordPress Hosting plans, the Managed WooCommerce plans also start at $9.50 per month and can host 1 – 30 stores with 500 – 10,000 orders per hours and with 30 GB – 800 GB storage.
That’s not it! You should read our detailed Nexcess review to learn more about what their Managed WooCommerce and Managed WordPress Hosting are truly capable of!
Managed Magento Hosting
In addition to Managed Hosting for WordPress and WooCommerce, Nexcess also offers fully Managed Magento Hosting, which is ideal for e-commerce websites that require an e-commerce store based on Magento.
These managed Magento plans start at $49 per month, and are capable of handling 20 – 120 concurrent users, storing 50 GB – 800 GB of data, and hosting 10 – 50 domains.
Flexible Cloud Hosting
If WordPress, WooCommerce or Magento is not something that you require, you can also check out their Flexible Cloud Hosting packages, which are capable of hosting websites built on other CMS including:
Summary of Differences
Now that we have covered most of their products in brief, let’s sum it all up in an infographic.