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.
WP Engine is a managed hosting environment specifically designed for WordPress installations, themes, and plug-ins. In fact, you don't need to install WordPress as you do with most other web hosts; the content management system comes preinstalled. It was refreshing to open my introductory email, view my login credentials, and then get started without any additional setup. In terms of creating content, WP Engine functions as any other self-hosted WordPress installation. It's a breeze to create posts, pages, and galleries.
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.
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.
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 is an ideal choice if you’re looking for a completely hassle-free web host for your WordPress site. For bloggers and businesses who want to stop wasting time on technical details and find a WordPress host that just works, WP Engine is perfect. Developers and freelancers will find that WP Engine’s advanced features will save them time on WordPress development for clients. And growing businesses will find plenty of room to scale up their hosting as their traffic increases.