Note: This review is outdated. WP Engine made some major changes to their hosting plans in October 2015 and they are now a very different beast. Read my latest WP Engine review (updates once every 4 months) at my primary site – Web Hosting Secret Revealed – to find out more.
Oh yeah. I am glad that you come to read my WP Engine review. These guys are so good and I think they deserved more publicity.
WP Engine is a very special hosting company that focuses only on one niche: WordPress Hosting. The entire hosting system runs on WordPress (bye bye cPanel, phpAdmin, e-mail manager, etc).
The company is started by two WordPress experts/serial entrepreneurs – Jason Cohen and Aaron Brazell in 2010. I did an online interview with Jason back in 2011 and was honored to be given a trial account at WP Engine. I wrote a very detail review on WP Engine at WHSR but I guess not everyone wants to read my 2,000 words shit.
So here are some key takeaways for you.
Details You Need to Know about WP Engine
WordPress only web host
- WP Engine is a WordPress-ONLY host. Your Joomla and Drupal sites will have to go somewhere else.
- WP Engine users get world’s best WordPress tech support. Period.
Fast + 100% Uptime
- Blogs hosted on WP Engine are fast. REAL FAST – I saw an instant 100% improvement in side load time when I first moved there (see image below).
- Their 100% uptime promise is for real – at least that’s what I see from my record.
Not the perfect host, though
- But, but, but … just like other web hosts, WP Engine is not perfect either.
- One, their service is over-priced (guess it’s costly to keep all the WP oracles in company).
- Two, WP Engine charge customers based on visits – For example, for Personal Plan (at $29/mo) they allow 25,000 visits/mo. The problem with this is that they count bad bot visits and hot-linked images as visits. You can read Harsh Agrawal’s post for more details.
- Three, they do not host customers’ email. Remember I said WP Engine is a WordPress only host?
- In case you were stuck with the email part – I have tested 5 – 6 email hosting services when I moved to WP Engine and wrote this email hosting guide – should be a good read for those who need help.
WP Engine Load Time
The day I switched to WP Engine = 100% improvement in site load time.
WP Engine Uptime (February/March 2014)
Charts on recent uptime record.
Bottom Line: Is WP Engine for you?
Don’t go to WP Engine if …
- You are not hosting a WordPress blog.
- You are starting a blog for the first time (newbies, what were you thinking? Go back and read my iPage review instead).
- You need to host other applications or programs on your website.
- You want control on Cron, email hosting, Ruby on Rails, htaccess, and so on.
- You hate paying extra for super-tech support that you won’t use (seriously, price is an issue at WP Engine).
WP Engine is for you if…
- You want Superman-kind of tech support in WordPress.
- There’s a possibility of your blog hitting Reddit’s front page (you lucky bastard).
- You are always worrying about hackers and DDoS attacks.
- You want to be king and have Superman to handle WordPress maintenance jobs for you.