Category: WordPress

Is WP Engine Worth It?

About 2  years ago, we made the decision to move all of our WordPress-based websites to a “managed” hosting solution. We didn’t make this decision lightly as it would involve moving a few large websites while also increasing the cost of our monthly hosting (compared to our crappy cheap hosting).

After looking into a few different options, we ultimately decided on WP Engine. We felt WP Engine offered many of the features we were looking for at a very reasonable price. We also loved the fact that we could test the platform for 60 days for free.

So 12-months later, was it really worth it? Lets take a look at some of my favorite features and things that I think could be improved on.

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tl;dr – runs 2-4x faster after moving to WP Engine

Update: Although this article may make it seem like I hate HostGator, that couldn’t be any further from the truth – I still host many sites on HostGator shared services, including some of my own personal sites. With packages starting under $4 a month, their shared servers are great for hosting small or personal websites. I ran many websites, including some large websites, on cheap HostGator packages for many years without any hiccups at all.

A few months ago, while enjoying a nice weekend at home binging on Walking Dead reruns I started getting emails from clients along the lines of “why my website no work!?”.

It turns out our host was doing maintenance to their database server when they ran into some issues. To make matters worse, they were also having trouble restoring the backups they had  – leaving all of our websites with a lovely “Database not found message.”

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