WPEngine is a unique web host as it is designed for WordPress installations and plug-ins. Once you pay up for a hosting plan, you will receive your cPanel and WordPress will be preinstalled. The following overview will delve into details about WPEngine:
A brief history
WPEngine was founded by Aarron Brazell and Jason Cohen in 2010. Brazell is an active WordPress developer, is an author of “WordPress Bible” and speaks at major events. Cohen is a serial entrepreneur and has established startups like IT Watch Dogs and Smart Bear Software. He is also an author and blogger. Today, WPEngine is a popular WordPress host. The company is now funded by a group of investors, including Automattic, the owners of WordPress.com.
WPEngine has 4 managed hosting plans:
1. The Personal plan ($29/month)
This is the most basic plan. Here are its features:
– Supports 1 domain
– 25,000 monthly visitors
– 10 GB storage
2. Professional ($99/month)
– Supports 10 domains
– 100,000 visitors
– 20 GB of storage
3. Business ($249/month)
– Supports 25 domains
– 400,000 visitors
– 30 GB storage
4. The Customizable Enterprise plan
This plan is customized to suit a specific client’s needs. A customer needs to contact them for details like features and pricing.
All plans, apart from the personal plan come with CDN – content delivery network. If you want to add a CDN to the personal plan you need to pay an extra $19.95. All the plans also come with unlimited monthly data transfers.
Pros of Using WPEngine
There is negligible waiting time when you use online chat or when you call 24/7. Toll-free support is only available for a limited number of hours. There is 24/7 email and ticketing support.
– No additional set-up
The WordPress CMS is pre-installed. All you need to do is open the introductory email and view your login credentials.
– Easy content creation
It is very easy to create posts, galleries and pages.
The web host is compatible with a variety of plugins. You will also receive a list of plug-ins that are not supported by WPEngine, due to their negative impact on performance. They also tend to duplicate built-in WP Engine features.
The web host automates various functions, for instance, daily site back-ups and plug-in updates.
– Quick loading time
WPEngine uses Evercache technology which combines proxy servers and caching to ensure that your site’s pages load fast.
– The staging area
This takes snapshots of your site, allowing you to tweak pages without affecting the real site.
The web host offers daily scans for malware. The firewall is updated daily, blocking the latest threats. If your site gets hacked, the company repairs the damage for free.
– Money back guarantee
The company offers a 60-day money back guarantee.
– It only supports WordPress
If you have a website that runs on another CMS apart from WordPress, you cannot host it with WPEngine.
WPEngine hosting plans are a bit expensive when compared with what other web hosts charge.
– No Email Hosting
This is perhaps the greatest WPEngine downside. If you want emails that end with your domain names, you will need to host them separately.
– No domains
WPEngine does not have domains. Your URL has a format of http://name.wpengine.com, something similar to free WordPress hosting, where you have .wordpress.com.
The above overview about WPEngine is a good web host, save for not having email hosting and limiting the number of site visits.