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WP Engine Review: Pros & Cons of WP Engine WordPress Hosting

WP Engine Managed provides WordPress hosting for sites around the world offering amazing support, and enterprise-class hosting that is optimized for WordPress. But is WP Engine the best option for you?

As an online business owner looking to scale and succeed, you have to find ways to save time, bump up site security and ensure your users have the best experience possible while navigating your site. That’s why so many WordPress website owners love WP Engine.

And especially their discarded motion technologies. Because WP Engine has become the first managed WordPress to adopt the Google Cloud Platform host the latest infrastructure compute-optimized virtual machine (VM) (C2).

WP engine now provides a performance of up to 40% faster. This is on top of software optimization resulting in 15% platform-wide performance improvement.

Pros

  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Free access to Genesis Framework and 35+ StudioPress themes
  • Built-in development, staging and production environments
  • Free backup and built-in EverCache caching (no need for separate caching plugs)
  • Free SSL and CDN (stack path integration)
  • Enterprise-grade WordPress security (DDoS detection, hardware firewall + more)
  • 24/7 support WordPress experts

Cons

  • No email hosting included
  • Premium pricing is not for everyone

WP Engine’s speed technology is the main feature customers love most about them.

WPENGINE REVIEW

WP Engine’s speed technology is the main feature customers love most about them.

In this WP Engine review, I will keep a very close eye on the pros and cons and perform my speed tests to help you decide before you sign up for them with your WordPress site.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS REVIEW

Here’s what I dig their pros are because there are loads of positives especially around the three S of web hosting; Speed, Safety and Support.

Opposition

They get a lot of things right, but as is the case with every (hosting) service, this is not all right, here I cover their points are the cons.

Plans and prices

Here I go through their separation plans and prices and what are the features that are included with their different plans.

Party

Here’s what I dig their pros are, because there are loads of positives especially around the three S of web hosting; Speed, Safety and Support.

Is WP Engine any good?

Finally, I wrap things up in a summary and tell you if they are managed WordPress hosting service I suggest.

Managed WordPress hosting is a premium service designed to not only host your site’s data and deliver it to site visitors quickly, but help site owners manage tedious tasks that make a website Come with a run that is growing.

Although every managed WordPress host has a different suite of features, the main focus should be site speed, performance, customer service, and security.

So, let’s see how they measure up in this WPEngine review.

WP ENGINE PROS

Founded in 2010 in Austin, Texas, WP Engine continued to prove itself as the most popular blogging platform available as a WordPress content management system set out to provide exclusive WordPress hosting.

Built on a world-class network infrastructure, integrated with best-in-breed technology partners such as Google, AWS and New Relic, it is a privately owned company with 18 data centers spread across the globe.

WP Engine believes in the power of the open source. He has built his WordPress Digital Experience Platform (DXP) which is powered by open source technology.

But are they the best managed WordPress hosting solution today? Let’s take a look and see.

1. BLAZING SPEED

Why many factors come into play on your website, no matter what size it is, will load fast and perform well at all times. Fortunately, the WP engine is above all.

Cdn service

He has partnered with Stackpath ( formerly MaxCDN ) to provide access to content network delivery services to all of its customers. Using a CDN can significantly reduce latency and improve site speed as servers around the world work together to deliver site content to users based on their geographic location. CDN is free with all the plans.

WP Engine’s EverCache Technology

They have built one of the most scalable WordPress architectures ever – called EverCache – to speed up and handle traffic spikes on all websites without any downtime.

To do this, customers use a mix of CDN services, aggressive caching performed by EverCache and responsive updates whenever something new happens on your website. In other words, your site quickly distributes content to people around the world, caches all static content, and even updates your site every time you make a change.

WP ENGINE CACHING

Page caching, Memcached, and object caching (enabled in the user portal) are all built-in and can be easily purified from within your WordPress admin area.

The WP engine aggressively caches everything from pages to feed 301-redirects to sub-domains; It makes your site lightning fast.

WP Engine Page Display Tool

In the user portal, all customers have access to the page display tool. To use it, you just have to enter the URL of your site and see how well it is performing.

WP Engine speed test

The data provided by this device is broken in one way:

  1. Recommendations for improving site speed and performance
  2. The number of seconds for the browser to display the first object on the screen
  3. It takes average time for all visible parts of your website to appear on the screen
  4. The number of resources being analyzed by the webpage is being analyzed ( includes resources such as images, fonts, HTML, and scripts ).
  5. The total file size of all elements transferred from your page in the user’s browser
  6. I think the recommendations alone are very clear. They save you the time of using third-party tools such as Google PageSpeed ​​Insights and provide many additional resources to help you understand recommendations that may not make sense.

WP Engine speed recommendation

Finally, WP Engine is ready for PHP 7.2 and even gives everyone, whether they use their hosting or not, access to their exclusive WP Engine Speed ​​Tool ( although you need an email to get the results Must provide the address, which may not sit well with anything ).

My own speed test

Here I wanted to see how fast WPE loads, not using my own speed testing devices.

I created a WordPress engine hosted on the WP Engine’s $ 28 per month plan, so I went ahead and installed the free version of the GeneratePress theme with some dummy content blog posts and pages.

How fast is the WP engine? Really really fast.

GT Metrix Test

According to GTmetrix my site is fully loaded in just 0.8 seconds . No further manual performance optimization was required, thanks to built-in page caching, Memcache, and object caching.

I also wanted to see how their performance was a bit tense, so I ran a load effect test to simulate 3 active visitors to the site over a 30-minute period.

load impact

This chart shows that when the number of visitors (green line) increases, the page load time (blue line) remains constant at about 40 milliseconds (green line).

This is a really good thing because it means that there is no drop in performance to more visitors to the site.

 

2. ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES

The WP engine knows how important site security is, especially for websites that are scaling. This is why they offer your customers many premium security features designed to protect your site’s data.

Threat detection and blocking. Their platform inspects all site traffic, looks for suspicious patterns and automatically prevents malicious attacks.

Web Applications. Web application attacks that occur in both WordPress before they negatively affect your website and the Nginx layer are quickly identified and patched.

WordPress core. WP Engine’s team of experts is fully in keeping with WordPress, whether or not they use their managed hosting services. If a WordPress core patch has been developed, it is pitched to the WordPress Idea Community.

WordPress plugins. Plugins installation and updates are not controlled by the WP engine, so you maintain control over the design and functionality of your website. That said, WP Engine plugin developers keep an eye on plugin vulnerabilities so that their customers do not fall prey to malicious activity.

Automatic patching and updates. They automatically patch WordPress core, so you don’t have to worry about vulnerabilities.

Automatic backup. Just in case something happens on your website, your engine is backed up in WP Engine which is easy to restore. In fact, they perform daily backups and have a one-click restore option.

In addition to all this, the WP engine provides prevention against DDoS attacks, brute force attempts and JavaScript / SQL-injection attacks. In addition, they are known to work with third-party security firms to conduct regular code reviews and security audits to ensure that everything is up to speed.

And the best thing? If your WordPress site is hacked, they will fix it for free.

3. EXCEPTIONAL CUSTOMER SUPPORT

WP Engine is known for stellar customer support. In fact, they have 200 service specialists, who provide one-on-one customer support to customers on 24/7/365.

There are three global support locations so one is available all the time. And to turn it off, the support team does not help you with your hosting issues. They are also WordPress experts who can help you diagnose problems and recommend site optimization.

You can support anyone through the following channels:

  1. Support round the clock live chat for any sales questions
  2. 24/7 phone support for sales questions
  3. User portal supports for any technical hosting or WordPress issues
  4. A loyal billing help section to address your account concerns
  5. A General knowledge base with articles related to various topics
  6. The support team boasts less than 3 minutes of live chat response time and a strong net promoter score of 82, proving that customer happiness is their main focus.

4. GUARANTEE

Almost all successful WordPress hosting companies offer some kind of guarantee to customers. After all, guarantees are a great way to instill confidence in people who have not yet come to know and love a company.

They provide the following guarantees:

  1. 99.95% server uptime guarantee and 99.99% increased SLA (% uptime for those excluded ) except for downtime, such as scheduled or emergency maintenance, beta services, and even force majeure events )
  2. While this is not true, they have a great article explaining the uptime, the reality behind the mysterious 100% uptime guarantee and what questions you should really ask a potential web host.
  3. 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee on all plans except custom ones
  4. You can also argue that WP Engine guarantees site security because they will fix your hacked site for free, which can diagnose and clean up businesses worth thousands of dollars for a major attack.

5. STAGING ENVIRONMENT

One of the most preferred features for all customers, regardless of their hosting plan, is website staging.

A staging site is actually a cloned version of your actual website that you can safely test for development, design, and content changes.

Staging Area

This facility offers many benefits such as:

  1. Easy one-click staging setup in WordPress dashboard ( or user portal )
  2. An independent clone of your website to test themes, plugins and custom code without fear of experiencing some breakdowns and downtime
  3. Ability to register errors in design or functionality before your site goes live
  4. Local or online setup for your convenience
  5. Easy transfer of site between staging and live environment
  6. Whether your team works together to create sites for WordPress customers, or you just want to test a few things on your website, build, develop and manage a staging environment with the staging environment of WP Engine Is simple.

6. FREE ACCESS TO GENESIS FRAMEWORK AND 35+ PREMIUM THEMES

It’s a monster deal if you ask me.

WP Engine recently acquired StudioPress and features all customers as its Genesis Framework and 35 Premium StudioPress WordPress themes included in their Startup, Growth, Scale, Premium and Enterprise Plan subscriptions.

StudioPress Theme, powered by the Genesis Framework, is easy to create beautiful, professional WordPress sites for WP Engine customers with ease. All themes are loading fast with search-engine-optimized, lock-down security features (I know because this site is built on the Genesis Framework).

WP ENGINE CONS

The WP engine has its drawbacks, as there are also the best things in life.

Let’s take a look at whether those are the things that make you want to go with another managed WordPress hosting provider.

1. NO DOMAIN REGISTRATION OR EMAIL HOSTING

They only provide hosting services to their customers, meaning that there are no domain name registrations available.

This is not only inconvenient ( because you have to get a domain name using a third-party company ), there is no incentive to use their hosting plans to get free domain name registration.

Adding to this, you cannot host your email services with the WP engine. Although some people prefer to host their email on a third-party platform, while the host servers go down, others may not like it.

For example, you have to get separate email hosting from Suite G (previously Google Apps) at $ 5 per email address per month, or Rackspace $ 2 per month per email address.

2. DISAPPROVED PLUGINS

As we mentioned earlier, WP Engine is confident that its infrastructure has everything you need to keep your site safe and running fast. As a result, they have created a list of rejected plugins. They are known to cause problems with their internal services.

You can see a list of completely rejected plugins. In the meantime, here are some of the most famous disapproved plugins:

  1. Caching plugins such as WP Super Cache, W3 Total Cache, WP File Cache, and WordFence. FYI WP rocket is allowed / works.
  2. WordPress backup plugins like WP DB backup and backup
  3. Related posts plugins like YARPP and similar posts
  4. Broken Link Checker
  5. EWWW Image Optimizer ( unless you use the cloud version )
  6. The problem with this is that many people like to control dashboards using site WordPress caching plugins on things like site security, backup, image optimization, and even site speed.

And, while WP Engine claims they handle it all for you, some people may not be ready to relinquish all control and use their favorite plugins to expect that WP Engine has covered them all the time Have done

3. NO CPANEL

Again, while perhaps not a complete deal-breaker, many people looking for a hosting provider use and prefer traditional cPanel to manage their accounts and websites.

The WP engine, however, seems intuitive to use which is a proprietary user portal.

But for those who want to do something new, the user portal can do away with them.

With this, the user portal displays the number of visitors, bandwidth, and storage you have used, which seems like a good thing right?

Well, that is until you find out that all the hosting plans available have visitors, bandwidth, and storage caps for all hosting providers (not managed or otherwise ) to do.

4. COMPLEX WEBSITE (FRONTEND)

Although this may seem minor to some, I found the website a bit difficult to navigate. While there is a lot of information to explain everything, I wish there was a simpler layout.

In fact, some of his best feature support was hidden deep within the articles, making them difficult to find. Not to mention, I need to read a lot more content than I can find out the easy things to know about WP Content Managed Hosting.

Although I have to say, when you sign up and get access to the “backend”, everything is very well laid out, simple and easy to understand.

WP ENGINE HOSTING PLANS

WP Engine is 3 Managed WordPress plans to choose from, unless you need a custom plan in which you have to reach out to build a team.

WP Engine plans

Each plan comes with a set of specific features that you can do . See full here . However, we are going to take a look at each scheme and the key features that are there in each of them so that you can see the difference:

WP ENGINE STARTUP PLAN (STARTING AT $ 28 / MONTH)

This startup plan is perfect for those who are small WordPress hosting websites but still offers hosting benefits.

The main features of this scheme are:

  • 1 wordpress website
  • Up to 25K visits per month
  • 10GB local storage
  • 50GB of bandwidth per month
  • Free site migration
  • Global CDN
  • Automated SSL certificate
  • Page display device
  • 24/7 live chat support

WP ENGINE DEVELOPMENT PLAN (STARTING AT $ 115 / MONTH)

It is designed for those with development plans for WordPress websites that continue to see more traffic, or at least want to use in the near future.

The main features of this scheme are:

  • 5 wordpress websites
  • Up to 100K visits per month
  • 20GB local storage
  • 200GB of bandwidth per month
  • It has a startup plan, plus imported SSL certificates and 24/7 phone support.

WP ENGINE SCALE PLAN (STARTING AT $ 290 / MONTH)

This scale plan is for large WordPress websites that need hosting services to help them manage and succeed.

The main features of this scheme are:

  • 15 wordpress websites
  • Up to 400K visits per month
  • 30GB local storage
  • 400GB of bandwidth per month
  • It has everything except a growth plan.

In addition, they have recently acquired StudioPress, which all customers have full access to the Premium Genesis framework and 35+ premium themes, which if you ask me is a steal deal .

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions:

What type of hosting plans are available with WP Engine?

All hosting plans are managed WordPress hosting. They vary in price based on the number of websites per month, bandwidth, storage and number of visitors expected.

What type of control panel is used?

WP Engine’s custom-built user portal.

Why is WordPress hosting managed?

In short, managed WordPress hosting means that your hosting provider takes care of things like site security, speed, updates, and backups, so you don’t have to.

What happens if my website exceeds the number of visits given in my plan?

The WP engine is very clear about how many site visitors can visit a website per month, while also noting that there may be sudden spikes in traffic. Depending on your hosting plan, you will receive an additional fee based on the number of experienced visits to your site.

Will I get an SSL certificate?

Yes, all domains hosted by the WP engine encrypt a free late SSL certificate and enjoy a 1-click install executed in the user portal. Other types of premium SSL certificates are also available.

Can I host an email account?

No, WP Engine does not host email services on its platform. However, they have some third-party solutions that may work for you.

Does WP Engine provide a website builder?

No, they only offer WordPress hosting services. That said, they give all customers access to the page display tool in the user portal to monitor site speed and performance. They are also offering Genesis Framework and 35 StudioPress Themes to customers for free, so Building a WordPress website is a cinch.

What type of customer support can I expect with WP Engine?

All customers have access to live chat support throughout the day, every day. When you invest in more expensive plans, you get 24/7 phone support and one-on-one support for optimizing your site.

What kind of guarantee is there?

The WP engine offers a 99.95% uptime guarantee as well as a 60-Day money-back guarantee.

Is there a coupon code for WP Engine?

Use Yes WP engine coupon code wpe3free and get 4 months free (or 20% off your first month on monthly plans).

WOULD I RECOMMEND WP ENGINE?

WP Engine is by far one of the best managed WordPress hosting solutions on the market today. They take security, speed, and performance to their website seriously, and do not fail to come through customer service when it comes.

Conclusion

So is WP Engine any good? WP Engine is by far the best managed WordPress hosting solution on the market today. They take the security, speed, and performance of your website seriously, and when it comes to customer service, do not fail to come through.

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