While the agency’s prior hosting provider gave plenty of out-of-the-box solutions, the SeaMonster team was looking for more custom solutions that fit the needs and budgets of their diverse client base. Needless to say, the price was a huge factor in choosing a host. The agency works with a broad spectrum of clients, from small businesses to large brands. A cost of $99 each month to SeaMonster’s smaller clients could be difficult, whereas larger clients have a bit more flexibility with their budget.
However, the price was not the only driver in deciding on a new host. SeaMonster was looking for a true hosting partner with a personal touch — one that matched the wit and whimsy they were known for.
Flywheel’s pricing was better and that was a big deal for me,” said Wes Buckwalter, owner of SeaMonster Studios. “I don't need to pay an exorbitant amount of money that I can't easily pass through to our clients."
Wes stumbled across Flywheel through an ad for Local because it seemed like a solid product for his development workflow. After further research and conversations with the team, he really felt connected to the happy and knowledgeable humans at Flywheel.
I was super attracted to the design of all of Flywheel's assets," said Buckwalter. "The marketing materials were designer-focused, not developer-focused. But it also seemed like Flywheel’s employees were super happy and very nice. So, initially, it was the marketing, but the people had a nice gravitational pull."
Over the past year and a half, SeaMonster has grown their client base by 40% and doubled their team. Products like Local and Growth Suite have played key roles in day-to-day workflow improvement and streamlined client billing.
In addition to extensive growth, SeaMonster has found peace of mind in the reliability of the Flywheel platform and the 24/7 support from real WordPress experts.
I rarely see the Flywheel dashboard broken, and sites deploy the way you expect them to," Buckwalter said. "Flywheel is a very nice, white-glove service with cool engineers who know what they were talking about. It is just a solid company with a solid product."
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