WP Engine Review


Web hosting is a critical part of the jigsaw when creating an online presence. If you fail to choose appropriately, you could be hurting your online business in the long run. Choosing the right web hosting for your site is akin to house-hunting; all things equal, it doesn’t make any sense renting an apartment in an area with security issues, or an area where it takes so much time for visitors to get to your house.

The same applies to web hosting – web hosts must offer your site security, fast loading times and robust servers that make your hosting experience seamless. This can be especially daunting for WP blogs and site owners whose sites generate loads of traffic. One of the options available to such people is WP engine. WP engine is a web hosting service provider for WP installations and plug-ins only. In this article, I shall be reviewing WP engine – the technicalities and non-technicalities, who it is for, and what you get for what price.

The Technicalities

In my experience using WP Engine to host some websites, here some of the things I loved about WP engine:

Simple to use panel and migration: Can you remember how you felt when you first logged into your cPanel? Well, the feeling is quite the opposite with WP engine panel, if cPanel felt overwhelming, this felt a little underwhelming – and for good reasons. The idea is to remove as many hassles from you and leave you to run your business. Moving my WP site was also a breeze.

Security: Security is a serious matter for all blogs and sites; thankfully, WP engine hosting has got you covered in this regard. With a “Proprietary adaptable intrusion detection and prevention system” to handle threats such as JS/SQL injection attacks and XML-RPC attacks, WP engine keeps your site safe. Additionally, WP engine hosting uses “multiple firewalls”, “network monitoring tools”, and “blocks identified IP addresses of spammers and hackers.”

Speed: With the use of features such as CDN (content delivery network), EverCache system, and the use of a front-end layer would boost the speed of your site. My WP site loading time cut into a third of what it was. Have your images and all kinds of media on your site? Then WP engine might be perfect for you.

A staging site: WP engine hosting allows site owners to test their sites before going live. You can make changes and see how it is before publishing it for the public.

WP engine backup:  WP engine backup ensures your site is backed up daily and also offers a one-click restore point should anything go wrong.

The non-technicalities

For starters, it is only a hosting platform for WP installation and plug-ins. Asides this, if you are running a WP blog/site and you are considering migrating, consider the following factors:

WP engine pricing: WP engine pricing is relatively more expensive than your regular shared server. Cost is always a relative factor for people; however, the deciding factor should be the state of your site. If you are just starting out, then it might be wise to start with a shared hosting. If traffic to the site increases, you can easily migrate your WP sites to a more robust managed WP hosting like WP Engine. You can check out their plans and see which fits your needs.

WP engine support: I must admit that the support was a tad underwhelming in my experience, and it seems the case was similar to others as well. However, the company responded in 2015 by hiring 50% more support staff and increasing access to engineers with more technical knowledge. There is less outrage about WP engine support these days when I have asked around.

WP engine mail: WP engine hosting doesn’t offer any mail hosting. So you cannot have an email that ends with your domain name. You can offset this with hosting your own email accounts. The WP engine mail fails can actually be a drawback for some people.

Last words

Despite the relative difference between WP engine pricing and other options available, WP engine hosting has been designed to power WP sites with loads of traffic in an easy and efficient way. If you are like me that always considers price, you can get extra two months when you pay for 1 year.

How to improve pagespeed of your WordPress blog.

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In the world we live in, speed is important. As things advance and things get increasingly better, you will need to be able to keep up if you want to compete and not get left behind. So it shouldn’t be the craziest idea for a person to make sure that their WordPress blog is at a nice and fast speed. Nobody likes to wait for things so don’t expect for people to tolerate waiting to view something on the internet. Don’t risk potential viewers for by having a slow blog.

According to a report by the Microsoft Bing search team, a 2-second longer delay in page responsiveness reduced user satisfaction by 3.8%, increased lost revenue per user by 4.3%, and a reduced clicks by 4.3%.

Google now incorporates site speed when it does its ranking. That implies that your site’s speed directly impacts its SEO, so if your site is slow, you will presently lose viewer from speed issues and will suffer diminished rankings in search engines as a result.

The hosting package you choose for your site has a big impact on your site’s speed. Don’t be cheap and use a cheaper alternative. In order for any one of your endeavors to be successful you need to invest into it properly. Make sure you spring for a good hosting company and package if you want a fast and successful site.

A caching plugin might also prove very useful in ensuring that your website is as quick as can be. These plugins drastically improve page loads time, and are free and easy to use. W3 Total Cache is the best possible caching plugin available. It provides you with all of the features that you need while being easy to install at the same time.

Another surprising thing that has a noticeable effect on the speed of your site is your choice of theme. Some themes are fast and very well coded while others carry many unneeded components that add nothing to your actual site.

The fastest possible loading framework is the Thesis Theme Framework. It is a whole lot better than the other basic WordPress themes and hold a lot of flexibility. It’s an incredibly solid framework that won’t slow you down with excess plugins or custom edits.

Compressing your site is also a great idea to add speed and to save bandwidth at the same time.Gzip is a great way to compress your site in the most effective way possible.

Gzip saves your site’s documents as ZIP files, sparing data bandwidth and accelerating page-loading times. At the point when a user visits your site, their program will naturally unzip the documents and reveal their content. This system for transmitting content from the server to the program is significantly more productive and spares a considerable measure of time.

Nobody has time to wait. Most things that people enjoy are fast and easy to access to if you want views you have to be fast in order to even compete with other blogs out there. Following these methods will easily improve the page speed of your blog and will naturally increase the viewership and SEO of your WordPress blog.