I’ve been maintaining sites since 2012 on the WP-Engine platform and have come to think of it as the best platform i’ve used for WordPress hosting. That’s not to say that I haven’t had some bad experiences with them, I definitely have. I manage between 10-20 sites with them and I have clients that average small amounts of traffic every month to in the 100’s of thousands (to million page views) per month. When I first started using them they were still small enough that when I called in for phone support the first weekend we were hosting the site with them I literally got a phone message saying that they were at a WordCamp for the weekend and would not be available for service. I found this very troubling after coming from web hosts that offered 24 hour phone support. As time has passed, however, i’ve come to view them as the most hassle free hosting that i’ve experienced do to site speed, ease of setup, site security, ease of creating and accessing site backups and staging areas.
5 Reasons Why I love WP-Engine
I’ve moved over the majority of the sites I manage on wp-engine (and others as well) and they’ve always run quite a bit faster after moving over to wp-engine. They will claim it’s due to their “special sauce” as well as information stated here, vagueness aside I have found their platform to be noticeably faster.
Ease of Setup
The ease of setting up site extras such as CDN, ssl, and multi-site installs. Wp-engine makes it very easy to set up these site extras that can be a little more involved with shared hosting accounts on other platforms.
Wp-engine has built in security that helps to keep your site secure including real-time security threat detection. If your site does get hacked wp-engine has a partnership with the Sucuri Web Security Platform and Sucuri will get your site back up and running. I’ve had one account get hacked a couple of times and they have had the site cleaned up within half of a day. While wp-engine does have some security in place it’s a good idea to add some security on your own as well, i’ll write more about this in the future.
Relevant links are below.
Wp-engine does daily backups of both your live environment and your staging environment and these are both very easy to get to and either download or revert back to. This is probably one of the most efficient features from wp-engine.
- my video overview of the wp-engine backend
Wp-engine staging environments in combination with backups are by far my two most favorite things about hosting with wp-engine.