WordPress powers approximately 40% of the websites on the internet as per kinsta.com.
Out of 100 websites with both CMS & without CMS, 40 Websites are powered by WordPress. If the websites with non-CMS are excluded then WordPress Powers 64% of total Websites.
With such a vast base to cater to, it is no surprise that many web hosting platforms exclusively offer services to this content management system.
WP Engine is one of those hosts. WP Engine may not have been the first of its kind web hosting service but it has certainly emerged as one of the best.
What Makes WP Engine Web Hosting Good ?
The Managed WordPress hosting plans start as low as $25 that include basic features like security and daily backups with site traffic management and one-click solutions. They have an array of plans to choose from that range from professional to startup.
While the visits, storage, and bandwidth remain the same, the plans are upgraded on the basis of plugin update resources and the scalability and security of the site is increased manifold in the hosting plus and secure hosting plans that can go up to $291 per month. These plans are best suited for big eCommerce sites while the new startups can focus on smaller plans that are equally reliable.
Good Customer Service
WP Engine has a team of support executives that are available 24/7 for any query you may have. And if you are paying a small fortune every month, it makes it mandatory to have an executive to help you if you’re stuck. They do provide excellent customer care service. You can contact them via phone, email, or live chat. That being said, though the chat room is always an option it might be a task to get ahold of the executive sometimes; if you are a personal subscriber.
If your site has to be tweaked a little in accordance with specific locations, WP Engine provides a solution for that too. The new GeoTarget tool helps you with that. It will detect the location from where the site is being accessed and will optimize the site accordingly.
If your website is down for even a short amount of time, it can have a very bad impact on the reputation and reliability of the brand or business and it can lead to missed opportunities as the client may not come back. Thus, the uptime of a site is a very important aspect of successful working. WP Engine claims an uptime of 99.95% which is very well delivered. The site with be stable and it can be easily tested with an inbuilt speed testing tool.
The site needs to run smoothly even when there are numerous visitors. WP Engine ensures that the website does not crash even when there is unusual traffic on it. According to a report on ‘Load Impact’, a site was able to respond as smoothly to 199 virtual users as it was to a handful of them.
What Makes WP Engine Not So Good
No Emails and Domains: The only disadvantage we could find was that it does not provide emails and sell domains.
WP Engine Plans & Pricing
WP Engine provides 3 different solutions for Bloggers & People running online business. Each of this hosting plan again consists of different features with different pricing.
WP Engine Managed Hosting
The WP Engine has plans suited for everyone depending on their needs and budget. There are four basic plans which are then upgraded on the basis of plugin and security preferences. They are:
- Startup ($25)- This plan is the most basic plan that includes one site, 10 GB local storage, 50 GB bandwidth per month, and support up to 25000 visits per month with free SSL and SSH and automated migrations among other features.
With additional plugins and security add on it can go up to $28 per month.
- Professional ($49)- This plan upgrades to three sites, increased number of visits to 75000 and 15 GB local storage and 125 bandwidths.
This plan can go up to $52.
- Growth ($95)- It includes ten sites, 100000 visits, 20 GB local storage, and 200 GB bandwidth. The various other add-on adjustments can inflate its price to $104 per month.
- Scale ($241)- This is the plan that is best suited for big businesses with up to thirty sites, 400000 visit support, 50 GB local storage, and 500 GB bandwidth per month.
It can be $291 with additional scalability and security features.
- Customizable- In addition to the above plans there is an option to make a custom plan with the features required by the user with various enhancements that are available apart from the already offered default resources.
WP Engine Managed Plus Hosting
WP Engine Secure Hosting
Yes , WP Engine is true to its claims. It is a steady web host that has all you need to run a successful website. With the exception of domain and email, it provides everything- from backups to security, plug-in updates to speed- that justifies the price for the services. If you can cough up the money with is a little on the heavy side, it is indeed one of the best hosts on the block.