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:
"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."
That said, WP Engine plans are priced a bit on the high side especially compared to shared hosting, which is not helpful for those on limited budgets. However, for those that plan to scale their business in the near future, or are already generating a lot of revenue, the high price is worth the services they provide and the peace of mind that their site is safe and always running.
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.
They need to have predictable plugins; predictable visitor patterns; predictable use cases. Every hosting company has rules (or very real physical limits), but WP Engine goes a bit further to define what you can and can’t have on your WordPress install in addition to tiered overage pricing to discourage seasonal traffic spikes and local storage usage.
Welcome to WP Engine’s system status page. If you want to keep on top of any disruptions in service to our WP platform, support services, or product features, this is the page to check. We report major outages to this status page. This is great feature if you want to see if your server is down or what is the issue with wp engine hosting you can check wp engine system status.
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.
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.
Malicious code can embed itself into a website by writing to the file-system. This occurs when a vulnerability is present in a theme or plugin that leaves the door open for malicious injection. The WP Engine environment limits the processes that can write to disk. So even if you’re using a theme or a plugin with a vulnerability, it is harder for them to be exploited.
No. The least expensive plan provides 50 GB of monthly bandwidth. But more important is the number of user visits they allow. For example, the Startup plan offers 25,000 user visits per month. They have ways of differentiating between real users and bots and spammers, and the 25,000 applies only to real users. So 25,000 user visits should be fine for most sites. But the higher level plans offer more visits.
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.
WP Engine also offers a high-end Custom plan that's designed for "large businesses and mission-critical sites," according to the company's webpage. With Custom, you get millions of visitors of month, 400GB of monthly data transfers, and up to 1TB of storage. You must call a WP Engine sales representative for pricing information, though. It's definitely not cheap web hosting, as WP Engine positions itself as a high-end managed WordPress host.
My site was under attack from a Distributed Denial of Service attack on my old shared host. I was getting 1.5 million requests per hour that took my site down and 20 other sites who were also hosting on the same server. It took the old host three days to identify the problem, and even then offered no real solution. I switched to WP Engine and within hours the DDOS was dealt with *and* my website was loading about four times faster. I definitely recommend WP Engine!