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.
The most basic plan, Startup (starting at $35 per month), supports one WordPress installation, 25,000 monthly visitors, 50GB of monthly data transfers, and a scant 10GB of storage. Moving up the ladder is Growth (starting at $115 per month), a tier that offers five WordPress installations, 100,000 visitors, 200GB of monthly data transfers, and 20GB of storage. Building on Growth is Scale (starting at $290 per month), which boasts 15 WordPress installations, 400,000 visits, 400GB of monthly data transfers, and 30GB of storage. Pressable, a rival managed WordPress host, boasts plans with larger specs, but also larger prices.
Traditional Hosts: Beware of this new breed of hosting. WP Engine removes the need for a caching plugin. They’re faster than 97% of all websites tested by Pingdom. WP Engine enables your site to be as fast without the optimization tricks. Their support has earned an A+ in my book. The WP Engine staging area is a favorite of my development team, no more developing on a live platform. That gives them a hat trick.
A major focus for WP Engine has been, and continues to be, around contributing to the WordPress community. In fact, it’s another one of our values – Committed to Giving Back. Our commitment in time, money, writing, coding and thought leadership totaled more than $1.7 million in 2018 so far. The StudioPress acquisition is the next level for us in these community giveback efforts. As WP Engine moves from strength to strength, we have the resources to help the Genesis Framework to grow and flourish. In fact, 15% of all our customers are using Genesis, with 25% of our largest customers utilizing it. As a company, it’s a framework we are already very familiar with.
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