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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.