WP Engine: All Good Things!

Yes! I am happy with the new home for my website. WP Engine, it is.

Why I moved to WP Engine:

I have been using HostGator since the day one. But, I realized this is the right time to make a shift. Being a freelancer, my site is the major source of business. I wanted it to be insanely fast and needed a reliable host so that I don’t face any down-times. Above all, security was a major concern. I sale Thesis Skins and would have never wished to get hacked!

I moved iCustomizeThesis to WP Engine, leaving behind all the sub-domains and other test sites with HostGator. So, now HG acts as a development server for me. I need not worry about the performance any more.

My Blog is 4 Times Faster Than Your Blog

It’s Fast:

Yes, it’s insanely fast. I don’t use any caching plugins and CDN yet the site loads in less than a second. I got to chose my server location and picked up US as that’s my major source of traffic.

Reliable:

Being a Managed WordPress hosting provider, it’s much more reliable than any other regular web host. I get automatic upgrades, daily backups, one-click restore points. I don’t spend a single minute “taking care” of my website. No worries. It’s absolutely worth every penny.

Secure:

Getting hacked could be a nightmare! But, their malware scanning system is always in action and if something goes wrong, you can rely upon the technical team. They will fix it for you, for no extra penny. Heard of any other hosting provider doing that?

Staging Area:

That’s always a developer’s dream. What could be better than developing on a sub-domain and going live with a single click or a command. WP Engine is the only Manage WordPress hosting provider with Git for version control fully integrated with WordPress.

Amazing Support:

They have got a great support team in place. Not only after-sales support is great but the pre-sales support is amazing as well! All my pre-sales questions were answered really well and up to my satisfaction. I had some issues getting the payment processed. Despite of weekend, I received quick response and was able to get started with their services in a few hours.

What’s missing?

You get to run ONLY your website. You don’t get mail boxes and some fancy stuff that many other web hosts provide. So, is that bad? Not really. At least not for me, as I use Google Apps for Business. The personal plan at WP Engine starts at $29/month which allows you to run one WordPress installation. You can pay more to run additional instances or upgrade to higher package.

At the end, your website is in safe hands:

Yes! At WP Engine, your website is in safe hands and you get complete peace of mind. They are expensive but you know, all good things come at a good price. 

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  • Keith Davis May 14, 2013, 2:36 am

    Hi Puneet
    Love the idea of being hosted on WP Engine for all the reasons you’ve mentioned.
    Security, backups, pagespeed… I am one jealous guy.

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  • Chris May 20, 2013, 6:46 am

    Puneet,

    Good post. But I have to say, I don’t see any value beyond a managed VPS account with a good provider. The WP Engine website limitation is just beyond ridiculous in my opinion, and I don’t think there is a performance advantage over a VPS account. So for only about 50% more expense on a monthly basis, having unlimited installs and arguably the same performance makes managed VPS a no brainer over “Wordpress Hosting” providers.

    As for backups, there are tons of largely automated backup solutions for WP, so that doesn’t even factor into the equation for me. And for support, there is no better support than the leading managed VPS providers (which doesn’t include Hostgator BTW).

    You can delete this if you want, I know you may be an affiliate of WP engine and this won’t help the cause, lol.

    Chris

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    • Puneet May 20, 2013, 12:32 pm

      Hi Chris!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I agree, you make some valid points with regards to VPS. I am not an affiliate marketer, so this isn’t any promotional post to generate some sales :)

      There are some good things that a VPS host might not provide but WPEngine does:
      1. Dedicated support for WP
      2. Staging area: Which lets you create a copy of your existing site before you make any changes. You can make the changes on staging site and then deploy it to main site.
      3. Backups: I have used most of the popular backup solutions (including BackupBuddy, ManageWP, InfiniteWP) and at some point they fail to create complete site backups (be it on shared host or VPS).

      At the end, I think it’s matter of choice. I might give a try to a managed VPS, someday. Would love to know if you have any recommendations.

      Reply
  • Chris May 20, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Puneet – WiredTree is what I use and I hear LiquidWeb is also extremely good.

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  • Ashraf Kamal May 21, 2013, 6:30 pm

    Hi Guys ! I have used 2 shared and 1 VPS hosting, but now finally migrating to wpengine after a long research throughout web. I have just bought plan, could not migrate my blog their yet. But I think wpengine is the best WP managed hosting if you are paying your hosting bill from your website rather than your pocket.. :)

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