The first decision to make is what software you want the site built on. At this juncture, WordPress powers 30 percent of the Internet, rating higher over competitors like Joomla, Drupal, and Magento. WordPress's content management system (CMS) has transcended powering personal blogs and now helps to create digital experiences for enterprise companies.
I self-hosted WordPress for years until I started experiencing crashes every time a post made it to the first page of Hacker News. I switched to WP Engine right before speaking at a major event. Not only did my blog survive the traffic spike, but I’ve doubled the number of subscribers since then and haven’t experienced a single outage yet. It’s nice to pay someone to handle all the hosting BS that we’re no good at. They’re WordPress Pros.
Support is everything when you have a website and suddenly you mess up and accidentally do something to the site. Support techs have been stellar every time I mess up one of my site (I tinker around with the code too much for my own good). These techs specialize in wordpress so they can help you fix the issue easily and effortlessly. Highly recommend to those like myself who seem to mess with the coding too much haha.
WP Engine is awesome. I have a number of sites hosted with them. Super fast, easy backup/restore, staging area to play with changes, and fantastic support. Hosting is definitely an area where you tend to get what you pay for. If you have a site that you really care about or that you’re trying to actually make money with, then WP Engine is a no-brainer and absolutely worth it.
What followed, was nothing but amazement. At first, when entering the administration panel, I felt like it was a little bare bones.There weren’t halve as many pretty icons as there were on cPanel, which I was used to, and it was a bit strange to encounter something like this. However, after reading through their extensive documentation on how to do literally everything to start up Your Site, it was a true piece of cake.
And then there’s a separate level of managed WordPress Hosting where you are not really buying hosting per se – but rather services to keep your WordPress install live. Basically, a Managed WordPress Hosting service offers a menu of services tailored to WordPress at a higher price point, so that the website owner can focus less on speed + security and more on the website content + functionality.
For more than a decade, Jeffrey L. Wilson has penned gadget- and video game-related nerd-copy for a variety of publications, including 1UP, 2D-X, The Cask, Laptop, LifeStyler, Parenting, Sync, Wise Bread, and WWE. He now brings his knowledge and skillset to PCMag as a Managing Editor. When he isn't staring at a monitor (or two) and churning out web hosting, music, utilities, and video game copy, Jeffrey makes comic books, mentors, practices bass and Jeet Kune Do, and appears on the odd podcasts or convention panel. He also collects vinyl and greatly enjoys a craft brew.
WP Engine specializes in WordPress hosting, so as you'd expect, you should tap the massive CMS plug-in library for ecommerce tools. You can find useful plug-ins from Shopify, WooCommerce, and other companies. There are numerous email marketing tools, too. Drip, DirectIQ, Mailflow, and many other companies offer WordPress plug-ins that let you leverage customers' email addresses to make money.
If you approach them with any issue, they blame it on the developer. This is so they can sell you developer services, getting your current developer fired. Imagine your coding a website for someone and someone comes in when you are not looking and puts a disallow on the site. You know the default is to only disallow the admin panel and you never created a robots.txt file, nor do you even have access to the robots.txt file from the sftp. As far as you are concerned it does not exist. You then get a call from your client screaming saying that they spoke with WPE who says it is a common mistake by a rookie developer. As far as I am concerned the only person responsible for the disallow is the person who puts it there. You cant force code and not take responsibility. What other code has been forced that the developer will get blamed for?
Customers can receive credits if WP Engine fails to meet their SLA. This credit will be determined as a percentage of your monthly fee for each hour they fail to meet their agreement. To receive this credit, you’ll have to make a request to WP Engine’s customer support within 30 days. Your credit cannot exceed a maximum of your entire month’s bill.
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