All in all, I can safely say that, while they are expensive for small Personal users, they are 100 % worth it. You truly feel like they are actually doing great stuff with your money. Speed, up-time, stability, security and support are nothing short of amazing, and they really do deserve credit for that. It’s not for nothing that Automattic, the company behind WordPress, had invested money in WPEngine, They live up to their name in all the ways I can think of, and maybe even more.
If you run a small business that doesn't require enterprise-class WordPress hosting, I suggest checking out A2, the category's co-Editors' Choice. The Linux-based A2 offers four excellent WordPress hosting tiers, starting at $7.99 per month, offers unlimited storage and monthly data transfers across the board. The plans top out with the $24.46 per month managed package that includes unlimited databases and websites.
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.
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.
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.
Speed – WP Engine works exclusively with WordPress, meaning our platform is completely optimized to deliver fast, secure WordPress experiences. And as mentioned above, we use a bespoke combination of technologies to ensure high levels of site performance. All these work in harmony to accomplish an average page load times improvement of 38% when moving from other hosting companies. The WP Engine platform is designed to scale so there is no reduction in speed as customers’ sites and business scales.
All plans come with many excellent features, including a content delivery network (CDN) for faster page load times, staging environments so you can test site changes in a non-public environment, and WP Engine's own LargeFS software for transferring and storing large amounts of data. Here's another important feature: you can select Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform as your site's backbone, enabling no-downtime scalability and tight security. Pressable does not give you this option. Cloudways, on the other hand, lets you select one of five cloud-based infrastructure platforms.
WP Engine does not include email accounts or functions for sending email messages from your domain. But, their hosting does support this. You will have to set up a 3rd party email provider to send email messages from your WordPress site. This will let you send bulk email messages as part of an email marketing campaign or newsletter updates to blog subscribers.
"With a managed hosting company, you get enterprise-quality servers that are fast and scalable, and it means that you as the business owner get the benefit of having enterprise-level system administrators running the servers. You can expect to pay more for this sort of quality, but the alternative is paying a low monthly fee for a slow website that doesn't impress your customers."
WP Engine Small and Medium Business SMB Solution – Let your imagination run free, building on the WordPress content management system (CMS)—the fastest growing CMS used by over 28% of all the web—and 60% of all sites that use a CMS. Don’t have developers to build your site? We have your back. With our ecosystem of theme providers, developers, and agencies, you can create turnkey or custom digital experiences that drive your business forward faster. WP Engine ensures your hosting is properly configured for your business and offers real-time security threat detection, free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificates, our EverCache proprietary caching technology, and a global CDN. We also manage WordPress patches and updates. So, you gain peace of mind always being a step ahead.
We have run many clients on WordPress Engine and have had mixed reviews with our last experience ranging in the “awful” category. DO NOT go to them if you run a high profile client. Use Linode or similar. They use Rackspace for their hosting (which sucks) so any large scale sites will need to go to a better host since they don’t actually manage their own servers. Here are some issues we’ve run into:
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!