Our actionable insights tools, like Page Performance and Content Performance are always a hit. Overall however, our most popular tool would be Application Performance. It provides code-level visibility to help teams troubleshoot faster, optimize their WordPress experiences, and increase development agility. It gives development and IT operation teams the visibility they need to build and maintain great WordPress digital experiences.
A simple oversight in updating your plugins can be a big deal. Plugin vulnerabilities represent 55.9% of the known entry points for attacks, but keeping plugins up to date is time-consuming and can cause your—or your clients’—mission critical site to break. WP Engine’s Smart Plugin Manager is the trusted solution to keep all your plugins up to date and your sites secure.
This is important when considering the choice of a web host and how it could affect the SEO of an individual site. Google takes site speed into account with their search algorithm because they have found that every additional 100ms of page-load time mean a 20 percent drop in traffic. The longer your site takes to load, the more visitors will abandon the site and go about their day. You want a host that is capable of serving pages in 1.5 seconds or less. Business owners who migrate to WP Engine say it sees their sites load an average of 2-4 times faster, and notice an immediate increase in their search engine results.
If you're looking to sell products via your website, you'll want a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. It safeguards the data sent from a customer's computer to your site's servers. Fortunately, WP Engine includes one, free of charge, with your hosting subscription. Considering that some web hosts make you buy an SSL certificate, I tip my hat to WP Engine for tossing one in for free.
While at first glance, WP Engine seems exhorbitantly expensive, it turns out the host's plans are extremely competitively priced for the amazing hosting provided. These plans are built for developers and agencies, not the first-time site owner looking to publish a family blog. For most sites, the Startup plan is more than enough, and all subscribers benefit from WP Engine's in-house technology. The main difference between plans is the number of visitors you can have coming to your site (ranging from 25K to millions per month), the amount of WordPress installs (ranging from 1 to 25+), and the amount of local storage (10GB and up). The WP Engine team's WordPress expertise really puts the company at the top of the food chain if you want to run a top-tier WordPress site.
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.
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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.
Unfortunately, WP Engine's toll-free, 24/7 telephone support isn't available to people who've signed up for the Startup plan; you must be at least a Growth subscriber to get someone on the horn aroudn the clock. Otherwise, you're limited to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (CST) hours. This could prove vexing if you're a Startup customer who wants to speak to a human being at 3 in the morning. At $35 per month, this seems a bit stingy. WP Engine compensates with 24/7 live chat, so you aren't totally left out in the cold if you're a Startup customer.
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.
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