What is WP Sifu

4 Jan 2017


You can easily find many service providers who either offer WordPress website hosting, or support and maintenance services, but hardly one who offers both and more. WP Sifu fills in that space.

Months before we launched WP Sifu, we have already started talking to our existing clients about our managed hosting service (we used to be only a web design agency for past 10 years). Many of our clients liked the idea and thought it’s the right way forward, some have expressed concern about our price point when they compared WP Sifu to traditional hosting service providers. We are going to touch on the subject in this post and explain the real value that comes with the price you pay us.

We are not a big fan of the term; but WP Sifu is really a “one stop shop” for everything WordPress! Let us break down our services and you’ll see WP Sifu is quite a few things:

  1. WP Sifu as WordPress hosting service provider
  2. WP Sifu as WordPress maintenance service provider
  3. WP Sifu as WordPress content publishing service provider
  4. WP Sifu as WordPress website development service provider

WP Sifu as WordPress hosting service provider

Before you can set up a website, you need a hosting space for it. So naturally, hosting service is probably the first thing on your shopping list.

Here’s where we need to emphasize: WP Sifu is not just a typical hosting service provider. We partner with WP Engine — one of the best in the business who supplies servers that are optimised for running WordPress websites. If your current website runs on WordPress, or you are thinking of using WordPress for your next website, WP Sifu is probably your best option yet!

Though we offer hosting service, you can’t compare us with the traditional hosting service providers whose servers are meant for any kind of website but specialize in none. To make it fair, we’ll focus on comparing WP Sifu with hosting service providers who offer WordPress only hosting plans. Good news is we have already done the legwork for you, we’ve done a price comparison which you will see at the end of this post. Meanwhile, please bear with us as we continue.

WP Sifu as WordPress maintenance service provider

This is where things get interesting. We don’t just simply provide you a space for your WordPress website. We actually take care of your WordPress website too! These are some of the things we do day in and day out:

  • we monitor and update your WordPress version;
  • we check and make sure your plugins and theme files are not prone to cyber security risks;
  • we shield your website from potential hacker attacks before they can even come close;
  • we speed up your website by using proprietary caching technology, coupled with CDN that basically gives your website a blazing fast load time
  • we even set up SSL for your website so Google may rank you better!

When it comes to updating WordPress software, we do not rely on auto-update that makes us look lazy. We make a backup copy of your WordPress website and test the update with the copy, we’ll make sure the software update didn’t break anything, then we replace the live site with the updated copy. It does sound labor intensive, but we are happy to do that, because it’s always better be safe than sorry! That’s how we roll!

WordPress releases major software updates and security patches almost every month, so we have to assume you will set aside some budget for that each month.

SEE ALSO: How We Keep Your WordPress Website Safe

WP Sifu as WordPress content publishing service provider

This is where we really shine! WP Sifu is probably one of the very few (if not the only) who also offers content publishing support. By content publishing, we mean anything from uploading new banners to posting new blog posts.

You may wonder: Isn’t WordPress meant for letting you update your own content without any technical skill? On this note, you are right. You will still be able to do your own content update if you choose to. But wouldn’t you like to have choices? How about choosing to spend the time on something more important to you, for example, grow your business, or spend time with your loved ones?

Also, when you send us your raw content materials, we do not simply copy and paste the text and slap in the photos. We endeavour to make the newly created content look nice before we call it a job done.

To hire someone to perform these tasks, you may probably need to shell out minimum SGD50 per hour. At this point it’s impossible for us to say how many hour of services you may need, but we guess it’s fair to say at least two hours a month? So you are looking at spending about SGD100 per month to have someone help you upload new content (and make them look good).

WP Sifu as WordPress website development service provider

Prior to WP Sifu, we have been building websites for 10 years. We have seen the heyday of dotcom, witnessed the bubble burst, am now watching the rise of web 2.0. We can do a lot more than just installing WordPress with a nice theme. So you can actually hire us to build your website either from scratch, or revamp your current one. You can imagine us taking full ownership of your website and treat it as if it’s our own!

Try imagine how much you would have to spend if you hire someone (who has 10 years experience) to build your website. Then, think about how nice it is when the guys who build your website are the same guys who will continue to take care of it. WP Sifu will be your guys!

WP Sifu compared to others

Here comes to fun part — comparing prices (we are Asian, this is what we do best!) It would be uncool for us to name our competitors, but you can be rest assured the prices shown are accurate at the time of publishing this.

Competitor “G” Competitor “V” WP Sifu
Hosting SGD264 SGD120 SGD828
SSL certificate SGD113 SGD59 Incl
Security Incl SGD300 Incl
Maintenance & update SGD828 SGD600 Incl
CDN SGD126 SGD126 Incl
Cost per year SGD1331 SGD1205 SGD828

Looking at price comparison above, you may wonder if you actually need “maintenance & update” every month. The answer is an uppercase YES! Take a look at WordPress Versions and you can see how often WordPress updates it’s software. Yes, WordPress is that on the ball! To put things in perspective, if the public transport service in Singapore is run by WordPress, we will never have train breakdown!