When I checked out their websites, I found they had an amazing plethora of options and security just for WordPress which I could only dream of at the web hosts I had partnered up with earlier. There was a downside however, the price. I finally came along WPEngine and I decided to sign myself up with them, due to a promotional code which allowed the first 3 months to be hosted for only 4$ a month, instead of the usual 29$.
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:
WP Engine partners with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform to build your websites on the same industry-leading architecture those companies use to power their own digital experiences. Global data centers and cloud coverage ensure your site is available and loading fast no matter where your visitors are in the world. And, with WP Engine optimizing these cloud environments for you, you can spend your technical resources building beautiful experiences instead of the systems to power them.
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.
WP Engine offers 60 days money back guarantee if you are not happy for any reason cancel your hosting within 60 days and get full 100% refund no questions ask. This refund policy applies to all the plans, personal, business or custom. So you can try wp engine for 60 days risk free and if not 100% happy just back up everything and cancel the service.
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.
The site I worked on had great SEO until switching to WPE. The site speeds slow to a crawl at certain points of the day. Not surprising since you are sharing the server with many other sites and they are tightly managing your percentage of that server. Any large spike that happens and you cant serve those requests. They just cant get to it fast enough. They were honest about this from the beginning so kudos to them for not hiding this.
WP Engine will also work to ensure that your website is secure and protected. All of their Enterprise Solutions include EverCache, a global CDN, and Let's Encrypt SSL certificates. WP Engine will also take care of managing and installing any patches or updates to WordPress for you. This will help to remove a task from your plate, while also ensuring that updates are compatible and installed correctly.
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.
I knew from the start that the #1 single most important decision would be the hosting provider. There’s loads of options out there and my business partner and I tested several of the key players in the market. Ultimately we went with WP Engine…while not the cheapest option out there, they offer the most impressive list of features. Add to that the quick responses we get from WP Engine’s support team and you’ve got a solid win.
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.
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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.
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.
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.