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.
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.
After switching to WP Engine we saw site response times improve drastically from an average of 2100 milliseconds to 210 ms. Our previous host experienced regular outages, but since moving over to WP Engine we’ve seen reliability improve to 99.99% up-time. We would recommend them to any businesses or WordPress users looking for a scalable, responsive and secure hosting solution.
WP Engine is a great company to work for if you go anywhere but support. If you do go in for support get ready for a high stress levels as management will want to enforce metrics while not having a full understanding of the metrics to begin with. When you start out management will judge you almost immediately as they do have their favorites. This will affect advancement which is very slow paced than advertised unless you fall into said favoritism. Like anywhere else it is cut throat and other employees will not hesitate to point out mistakes as failures rather than making it a learning experience. The pay for support is grossly underpaid compared to other companies out there. The culture is great and that is about the only thing great as they do have out of work functions for team outings. Pros Free lunch, Culture, Environment Cons Management, Long Hours, Office Politics.
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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