WP Engine is a managed hosting environment specifically designed for WordPress installations, themes, and plug-ins. In fact, you don't need to install WordPress as you do with most other web hosts; the content management system comes preinstalled. It was refreshing to open my introductory email, view my login credentials, and then get started without any additional setup. In terms of creating content, WP Engine functions as any other self-hosted WordPress installation. It's a breeze to create posts, pages, and galleries.
Over the years, WordPress has evolved more than I could’ve imagined, and with more plugins and functionality being added every single day, the demands for a good web host did too. And thus, the search began. After doing a few hours of research for cheap but reliable hosting, I came across multiple hosting providers that provided hosting for only WordPress and nothing else.
We have slower speeds with WPE in comparison to a cheaper route with a collo or digitalocean. Also if you run ads on your site, they have no solution for you. You still need to find a host for your ads, in which case you might as well host wp there as well. Its that or allow yourself to be a part of the game where WPE steals clients with shady business practices that hurt not just the developers but also their own customers.
The hosting itself is fine. But I think they reel in a lot of people that don't know much about wordpress and more or less take advantage of that by charging an exuberant amount per month for hosting. I've been in this game a while and I know what is a decent price and what is is not. I got a good deal with WP Engine so I signed up with them. That's the only reason I signed up. Hopefully they still honor the deal in the coming year but I doubt they will. My websites are running super fast so it'll be a shame if I have to leave.
Support is probably the feature that will make the biggest difference in your hosting experience. When you need help with your site, you want to talk to tech-savvy people who can solve your technical issues quickly, and are patient to help you figure things out. Since you're hosting on WordPress, make sure the support team is comprised of WordPress experts, so they can fix not just the servers, but the site as well.
They make things seem easier than they are at times, to sell people on their service. e.g. the idea of instant transfer to them as if DNS delay does not exist. They have some poor recommendations at times. e.g. CName instead of A-Records. This sort of thing benefits them but is not best practice as you cant assign an apex domain to a CName. I found this sort of thing would happen often… they really sell people on the idea that their way is easier and better than everyone else, but going so far as ignoring best practices. This is noticable in their caching as well, which is how they get such great numbers in regards to speed, however it is not best practice to cache so aggressively.
WP Engine’s product portfolio has grown considerably over the last couple of years. In fact, we just launched our high-performance advanced security solution, Global Edge Security. Depending on the customer, you may see different preferences for different tools. For example, customers on dedicated servers are really enjoying SSH Gateway access. On the smaller, shared-plans side, agencies and freelance developers always praise the ease of the development and production environments on our platform, with our stalwart transferable install feature being a particular highlight.
WP Engine is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a completely hassle-free web host for your WordPress site. For bloggers and businesses who want to stop wasting time on technical details and find a WordPress host that just works, WP Engine is perfect. Developers and freelancers will find that WP Engine’s advanced features will save them time on WordPress development for clients. And growing businesses will find plenty of room to scale up their hosting as their traffic increases.