If you're looking to sell products via your website, you'll want a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. It safeguards the data sent from a customer's computer to your site's servers. Fortunately, WP Engine includes one, free of charge, with your hosting subscription. Considering that some web hosts make you buy an SSL certificate, I tip my hat to WP Engine for tossing one in for free.
Speed – WP Engine works exclusively with WordPress, meaning our platform is completely optimized to deliver fast, secure WordPress experiences. And as mentioned above, we use a bespoke combination of technologies to ensure high levels of site performance. All these work in harmony to accomplish an average page load times improvement of 38% when moving from other hosting companies. The WP Engine platform is designed to scale so there is no reduction in speed as customers’ sites and business scales.
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.
Support – Our support team is a shining beacon within the company. We maintain a truly world-class NPS score of 86 along with 3 back-to-back Gold Stevie awards for customer service to prove it (more on that here). The team offers their best every day in an effort to serve our customers’ professional growth, and it shows in the feedback we get from them. This mentality is very much in line with one of our core values – Customer Inspired.
Build amazing WordPress digital experiences with StudioPress’s themes easy-to-use, premium themes. Thanks to the Genesis Framework, all themes are search-engine-optimized with locked down security features. Plus, every theme is Gutenberg ready, helping to simplify the content design and editing process even further. The best part? They’re included with your WP Engine plan. You will get over 35+ fully responsive WordPress themes plus over 35+ beautiful design and coded Studio Press themes once you sign up with any plan from Startup to Scale to Custom hosting solutions. StudioPress is the most well know WordPress premium shop, its has the best and well coded themes available. So you know you getting the best premium themes for free when you sign up for WP Engine any hosting plan.
If you approach them with any issue, they blame it on the developer. This is so they can sell you developer services, getting your current developer fired. Imagine your coding a website for someone and someone comes in when you are not looking and puts a disallow on the site. You know the default is to only disallow the admin panel and you never created a robots.txt file, nor do you even have access to the robots.txt file from the sftp. As far as you are concerned it does not exist. You then get a call from your client screaming saying that they spoke with WPE who says it is a common mistake by a rookie developer. As far as I am concerned the only person responsible for the disallow is the person who puts it there. You cant force code and not take responsibility. What other code has been forced that the developer will get blamed for?
For this testing, I used a website monitoring tool to track my WP Engine-hosted test site's uptime. Every 15 minutes, the tool pings my website and sends me an email if it is unable to contact the site for longer than one minute. I look at the data for the most recent 14 days for each site's review. In my newest tests, WP Engine proved incredibly stable. In fact, WP Engine didn't go down once during that two week testing period. As long as it keeps on this course, you can count on it deliver a rock-solid Web hosting experience.
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.
Our actionable insights tools, like Page Performance and Content Performance are always a hit. Overall however, our most popular tool would be Application Performance. It provides code-level visibility to help teams troubleshoot faster, optimize their WordPress experiences, and increase development agility. It gives development and IT operation teams the visibility they need to build and maintain great WordPress digital experiences.
Some plugins may expose a website to vulnerabilities. Most of the time, this is unintentional, but we still have to draw a line in the sand. Our system scanner searches for these plugins and automatically disables them. Besides disabling plugins for security reasons, plugins can also be disallowed for performance reasons. Our comprehensive list of disallowed plugins (along with explanations as to why they are disallowed) can be found here. You can read more about WP engine security environment here.
I have used quite a few big name hosting companies through the years but they were all the hosting companies that sell their service by price and with the 99.9% uptime promise which is usually pure BS. After years of issues with downtime over an hour at a time slow speed spells and tech support totally denying there was a problem, I switched my main WordPress site which is a life insurance website to WP Engine. The change was like going from driving a Pinto to a Mercedes Benz. I now have consistent super speed, great security which is a major factor for a WordPress site and a team of people that handle all of the updates and actually maintain the website. They even keep track of everyones plugins to make sure none of the plugins are prone to problems that consume heavy resources or become security risks. The only thing I can say is you get what you pay for. I wish I new about these people years ago. It could have saved me a ton of aggravation. When you think of the thousands of dollars you can invest into website design, it only makes good sense to use good hosting. A hosting company can either make or break a nice website.
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 self-hosted WordPress for years until I started experiencing crashes every time a post made it to the first page of Hacker News. I switched to WP Engine right before speaking at a major event. Not only did my blog survive the traffic spike, but I’ve doubled the number of subscribers since then and haven’t experienced a single outage yet. It’s nice to pay someone to handle all the hosting BS that we’re no good at. They’re WordPress Pros.
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