If you’ve been living under a WordPress rock, you may have never heard of WP Engine before.
WP Engine are the unrivaled premier host in the WordPress arena. They are a WordPress-specific host, meaning that they only host WordPress sites, and as such, they have tailored their hosting environment for ultimate performance and reliability specifically for WordPress.
Speed and security
What that means for you is that you have a very secure and extremely fast site. A few features of their hosting environment that help them achieve this include:
- Running on nginx, which is extremely fast when compared to the bloated Apache, which is what most web hosts run.
- Very aggressive caching, and deployment of a CDN, for extremely fast loading of pages and static assets.
- Load-balancing, enabling their network of servers to help take the brunt of a traffic spike, instead of hoping your individual server makes it through alive.
- Scanning for and disabling plugins that cause security or performance issues.
In short, it’s a set-it-and-leave-it WordPress host, where as soon as you migrate your site, you can expect massive performance improvements.
But that’s not all. While that in itself is reason enough to move to WP Engine, their service comes with some really nice extras, some of which are unique to WP Engine.
WP Engine’s support team is second-to-none. A helpful knowledgebase is your first port-of-call, and then if you need to speak to a human, you can either open a ticket, or get on live chat for instant gratification. Everyone you speak to is an expert and can help resolve your issue. Response times on tickets are always quick, and of course, on live chat, you can have your issue resolved before your very eyes.
Your site should be backed up regularly. Luckily, if you’re hosted on WP Engine, that’s one less thing for you to worry about: they automatically update your entire site (files and database) every single day, and you can create as many manual backups as you want (such as before upgrading WordPress or plugins), free of charge.
WP Engine have a staging area, where you can create an exact copy of your site at any given time, make changes to the site so that you can test them out (without testing them out on your live site), and then push those changes to your live site. How awesome is that! And it’s easy to use too: just click a button to copy one way, edit as needed, and click another button to copy it back. It doesn’t get much more painless than that.
If you’re a developer, or are going to have a developer work on your site, the Git-push feature allows multiple people to work on your site at the same time and push their changes once they’re tested and ready. Awesome!
My own experience
I never recommend products that I haven’t tried myself. I popped my WP Engine cherry thanks to a client who was hosted there. I loved how fast their site was, and how easy it was to develop on. It was a dream come true for me, as a site owner and a developer.
After a few months of going back and forth, I made the leap and set aside a day to transfer my sites to WP Engine. As it turned out, I only needed a few hours to make the transition of all 8 sites, including downloading the content from my old sites, uploading it, modifying the database with my new paths and uploading that to WP Engine.
I had to open a support ticket for them to install my SSL certificates on two of my sites, but they were quick to respond and even informed me that I didn’t need a dedicated IP address, like I had thought, so they refunded me the $50 I had paid at signup for that.
Now I’ve been on WP Engine for a few days, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s definitely the best way to host your WordPress sites and I’d be glad to talk to you about my experience with them at any time.
If you sign up before the end of the year, you can enjoy 30% off all hosting plans. WP Engine doesn’t do discounts too often, so when they do, it’s worth jumping on. Use code HappyNewHost14 to save 30% on your WordPress hosting plan.