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. 


This ties into the uptime percentages that web hosts frequently display. Uptime is defined as is the measure of the uninterrupted time that a hosting system experiences. Hosts usually advertise somewhere between 99 percent to 99.999 percent uptime. Assuming a 365-day cycle, 99 percent uptime actually means several days of unscheduled downtime, or not scheduled maintenance, for your sites. That means 99.999 percent brings your site down to only a few hours of downtime for that year. That's the difference between paying for a shared host and paying more for a managed host that will give you at least 99.99 percent uptime. To get to 100 percent uptime would require tens of thousands of dollars a month in hosting and system administration time. The intersection between cost and uptime is where most business owners find themselves, and that's why a managed host is again the choice for more business owners. They can pay five or six times more than a shared host would cost and get a slice of enterprise hosting that would otherwise cost tens of thousands a month.


Security – At WP Engine, our mission is to help our customers win online. We know that our customers’ sites represent their businesses, their livelihoods. They rely on us to protect them from attacks. As a result of our security layer, we block over 150 million bad requests every month. We proactively block numerous web application attacks, provide security maintenance and craft a one-off plugin/patches for vulnerable customers and automatically upgrade customer sites with the latest security updates.
With a 99.95% service availability guarantee, WP Engine has above-average reliability. The company's support portal provides nice access to a knowledgebase for the most commonly asked questions regarding WP Engine services, site migration, and common WordPress problems. In addition, the support staff is available via online chat, phone, and a ticketing system. Furthermore, the folks who are helping you are WordPress experts and can almost always help point you in the right direction.
Any serious WordPress site needs four things: security, speed, scalability, and service. Usually you can find a company that gives you one or two of these. Occasionally three, almost never four. WP Engine excels at all four. They are not just a hosting company, they are your partners in success. I’m always raving about them and give them my absolute best recommendation. On a scale of one to ten, I give them an eleven!
WPE is over-rated. They have a lot of issues that people not in the know are unaware of. The canonical name wpengine.c causes double indexing on google and DESTROYS SEO. If you try to point the name back to your domain you run into issues with looping. They also force a no index in robots.txt without alerting anyone of doing so. This disallow gets copied over to the live site causing your site to not be indexed by google. Again DESTROYING your SEO. They added this disallow to solve the problem of double indexing, which does not work anyway because google still indexes it (the correct way is to use htaccess). So in the end the site winds up not being indexed and gets points against it from google.
Many things have changed since WHSR shifted out. Various new features were added as technology advances, the company is funded by a large group of investors including Automattic (the folks behind WordPress.com), and many bloggers and WP experts regard them as one of the best managed WordPress hosting (there were also some who go against them, more about that later).

Site speed is a major differentiator for WP Engine. It’s one of the key hallmarks of our platform which set us apart from our competitors. The technology behind this includes single-click CDN integration, our custom NGINX extension, and SSD technology. The CDN drastically cuts time waiting for assets and ensures resources are freed up for important requests. The NGINX integration provides a better experience for your visitors by prioritizing human requests over automated system requests. And the SSD technology works to avoid RAM saturation and improves backend rendering. For a deeper dive on our technology stack, check out this page.
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.

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.
Torque Magazine is a leading resource for WordPress news. Content equips new and advanced WordPress users with expert insights and information to help them create, grow, and optimize their WordPress sites and build better experiences online. Along with three staff members, Torque features content from a collection of writers, each with different skill-sets and experiences with WordPress. Since its debut in July 2013, at WordCamp San Francisco, Torque has been on the forefront of news and events in the WordPress community. Torque is a WP Engine publication though maintains complete editorial independence.
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?
Content Performance is a product that allows you to pull insights from Google Analytics for your WordPress content and authors. Marketers and content publishers can easily access real site visitor metrics like page views, time spent on a page, and bounce rates to understand which posts, categories, or authors are outperforming, and why. You can build a stronger content strategy and improve site visitor engagement with Content Performance reports, accessible right in your WordPress Admin dashboard. No coding required.
Global Edge Security is a high-performance advanced security solution with DDoS protection and a web application firewall (WAF), designed to keep your sites secure at the network edge while delivering a faster experience for your customers. WP Engine’s Global Edge Security extends the security benefits already included on WP Engine’s platform, such as managed core updates, two-factor authentication, and daily backups.
WP Engine also offers a high-end Custom plan that's designed for "large businesses and mission-critical sites," according to the company's webpage. With Custom, you get millions of visitors of month, 400GB of monthly data transfers, and up to 1TB of storage. You must call a WP Engine sales representative for pricing information, though. It's definitely not cheap web hosting, as WP Engine positions itself as a high-end managed WordPress host.
WP Engine also offers a number of premium security features. The WordPress core is automatically updated to the latest version for you. WP Engine thoroughly tests any major core updates before upgrading their customers. They have a proprietary intrusion detection and prevention system to block any DDoS attacks, brute force attacks, JavaScript/SQL-injection attacks and more.
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