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WPEngine is VIP WordPress hosting. Their hassle-free hosting offers fast and robust servers that can handle anything. Your website is practically hacker proof, and their mind-blowing customer service makes you feel like king. They offer automatic security updates, daily backups, one-click restore points, automatic caching, top-tier security, one-click staging area, and more. WPEngine is like having an army of WordPress experts on your side for assistance. Brands like HTC, FourSquare, SoundCloud, Balsamiq, and many others use WPEngine for their WordPress hosting (Just sayin'). If you are a business who do not want to deal with the technical side of running your blog, then WPEngine is the solution for you.
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Based in USA, Austin, the company is oriented towards offering managed WordPress services. They are among the first to be focused mostly on WordPress solutions beings followed by GoDaddy, BlueHost, HostGator, InMotion and SiteGround. Nonetheless, they are still leaders in this niche of the market, with a well-acknowledged name in the industry and stable customers.
FOCUS SOLELY ON WORDPRESS. Whenever a company has solutions for WordPress hosting among other services, it usually means they offer the live hosting installation but do not buy the WordPress hosting itself for the website. It makes a difference in the terms of services they can offer. Thus, instead of tailoring services to each WP website, they just adapt some features. This might later harm website’s speed, security or website’s functionality. This is why WPEngine is strongly recommended for those who deal with WordPress websites only.
SPEED AND PERFORMANCE. WPEngine offers a complex of both basic and advanced solutions depending on the performance of the website and the plan. It offers fast speed loading time regardless of the additional plug-in installed, widgets, ads, forms and files. Thus, even with the development of the website, it needs the load times to keep same fast and good. This is what WPEngine is there for. They have customized servers that allow heavy caching of the files and offer trained support to fix any incoherence that might come up interfering with this specific issue.
MIGRATION OPTIONS relate to many of the clients who come from other hostings and require assistance in migrating their websites, or in cases, someone is not happy with WPEngine and wants to migrate to another hosting. For the first option, migrating to WPEngine is offering a 60 DAYS TRIAL to test the services and a whole subscription fee back within the mentioned period in case you are not satisfied with the result. To make the whole process easy, among their services you can find automated migration from other websites and easy and free installation of the SSL certificates, useful for improving website’s SEO. The support during migration adds value to the next advantage we would like to discuss.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT has been a strong point of the company ever since they have been founded. Because their focus is mostly a managed hosting, their services require a support system that would make customer’s experience worth the run. WPEngine makes all channel for contact available, providing even phone for further than basic plans. Their ticketing system is fast and chat is a great addition. They also supply with large knowledgebase, where one can find some valuable information prior to asking for help in case it’s a routine issue. To add to all the means of contact, a valuable point would be to consider that the staff is a trained WordPress support, with a specific range of solutions.
SECURITY. Covering one-quarter of internet besides making WordPress powerful, uncovers it for various hacking and malware attacks. But this also makes everything else as exposed as WordPress, because the software is basically the same. Running your own install and maintaining the security basic issues should suffice for a good protection. Thus keep the plugins updates, install files that are from known sources, keep the backup files always. WordPress is responsible to keep the files secured even in cases when you go wrong with some of the point, this is why they carry additional protection on their servers.
PRIVATE MARKET. WPEngine has its specific target group and the company doesn’t offer services to everyone. This is mainly for WordPress developers and designers with a budget who are oriented on developing and design and not on website maintenance. Number two customer is usually a growing website owner who wants to avoid technical issues and want simply a better host. Free migration tool and customer support are good points to consider. Then, it’s the startup owners with a budget who want a long-term platform and find WordPress comfortable for going online as soon as possible.
LIMITATIONS. Because of the price policy and in order to protect certain areas, WPEngine limits some installation of plug-ins and some disables some features on the WPEngine platform. Among popular plugins are W3 Total Cache, WordFence, and WP DB Backup.
TRAFFIC CHANGING PAYMENT regarding some bandwidth allocations used. There is a quota of the given traffic and everything else would be billed if you exceed it. You get the report on what has been used, however it still bills. WPEngine is not for those who want to save or prefer a cheaper plan. Its target groups are different, thus the cheapest plan would still be among premium service pay for many other hostings.
NO EMAIL HOSTING OR DOMAINS. Since WPEngine is not a traditional hosting service, it doesn’t offer services like email or domains. You would have to use a third-party service for that.
EXPENSIVE SSL CERTIFICATE. SSL can be bought from WordPress and installed on the website, this is for sure. However, contrasting to many other hostings, that offer it for free, one has to pay in order to use it. Moreover, you have to renew it yearly and handle it yourself. Of course, there is the customer support that is always helpful and trained to help with whatever installation or issues you might be facing. But you will still have to do it yourself and pay separately for it.
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