WP Engine Review

This is why I easily rate WP Engine the best WordPress host I’ve ever used.

One of the rarest web hosting companies as Apple says “it just works“. Who knows how much websites went through my hand that went to nearly every hosting company you heard for development and with that experience, this is my honest review of WP Engine.

Will start with cons

Straight to the point, WP Engine cost more compared to other web hostings but that price for drama-free life is well worth, I highly recommend WP Engine to everyone that can afford $35 monthly for one website (adding more domains will add $20 to the price).

Varnish cache, this is not cons but annoying thing if you have an experience like I. That’s server sided WP Engine cache and in order to be auto-purged you need to wait for 10 minutes (not always working from my experience) or you need to manually purge the cache from WP Engine portal inside WordPress admin. I had an experience where we were working on a sports news website and if you don’t purge the cache no one can see the new posts. Luckily we used WP Rocket, he has the option to purge WP Engine varnish cache on post publish or update you just need to enable varnish cache from option. I was chatting with the WP Engine guys and suggest them to add an on-off switch for purging the cache on post publish or update and they said that they will present the idea to their superiors for making this possible in the further server-side updates.

Another cons is that you can’t but domain name straight from WP Engine.

Last cons is that WP Engine is blocking some plugins. Complete list of disallowed plugins.

Pros

WordPress admin is using a lot of hosting resources and if you login with 2-3 or more accounts you can test if the hosting is good, WP Engine is much faster compared to other hosting companies and you will see that in load times. From my experience, once we had 18 websites working on WP Engine with at least 10 developers, SEO group and Social Media group (sometimes we had 6 users logged in at the same time on one website) and we never got any slow down or experience hosting hiccups it was working flawlessly. Add here the best support ever and you have the best-managed WordPress hosting.

The whole system is so well made and organized that you don’t need to be a “tech” guy to use it. Dev, production, stage is just so good, with one your production or stage or live is ready.

CDN included in price. All you need to do is go to WP Engine portal from WordPress admin and turn CDN on,  it’s that easy. CDN will speed up your website tremendous which is good for users and SEO too as it’s a Google ranking factor.

SSL included in price

WordPress migration with few clicks, just perfect.

Daily automatically backup.

Dedicated dev environment, isolated development and testing environment.

36 Studio Press easy to use themes included in your WP Engine plan.

Git and SFTP connections.

Easy to use user permissions only a few clicks.

WordPress core updates handled by WP Engine and notification for minor updates.

An easy way for agencies and freelancers to transition ownership and billing client post-launch.

SSH gateway, efficiently managing any number of WordPress sites through the command line.

I think everyone heard about WP Engine support, there is no match for the WP Engine support. They are by far the best support in the industry, always online, happy to help, most tech support ever.

Now let’s speak a little about numbers.

WP Engine all plans price and features

WP Engine has four plans Startup, Growth, Scale and Custom.

$35 Startup plan includes:

  • 25 000 visits month
  • 10 GB local storage
  • 50 GB bandwidth
  • 1 website

INCLUDED FOR FREE

  • Genesis Framework
  • 35+ StudioPress Themes
  • 24/7 chat support
  • Dev, Stage, Prod Environments
  • Transferable Sites
  • PHP 7.2 ready
  • LargeFS
  • Global CDN
  • Page Performance
  • Automated SSL certificates

$115 Growth plan includes:

  • 100 000 visits month
  • 20 GB local storage
  • 200 GB bandwidth
  • 5 websites

INCLUDED FOR FREE

  • Genesis Framework
  • 35+ StudioPress Themes
  • 24/7 chat support
  • Dev, Stage, Prod Environments
  • Transferable Sites
  • PHP 7.2 ready
  • LargeFS
  • Global CDN
  • Page Performance
  • Automated SSL certificates
  • Imported SSL certificates
  • 24/7 phone support

$290 Scale plan includes (best value):

  • 400 000 visits month
  • 30 GB local storage
  • 400 GB bandwidth
  • 15 websites

INCLUDED FOR FREE

  • Genesis Framework
  • 35+ StudioPress Themes
  • 24/7 chat support
  • Dev, Stage, Prod Environments
  • Transferable Sites
  • PHP 7.2 ready
  • LargeFS
  • Global CDN
  • Page Performance
  • Automated SSL certificates
  • Imported SSL certificates
  • 24/7 phone support.

Custom plan includes:

  • millions of visits month
  • 100 GB 1 TB local storage
  • 400 GB+ bandwidth
  • 25 websites

INCLUDED FOR FREE

  • Genesis Framework
  • 35+ StudioPress Themes
  • 24/7 chat support
  • Dev, Stage, Prod Environments
  • Transferable Sites
  • PHP 7.2 ready
  • LargeFS
  • Global CDN
  • Page Performance
  • Automated SSL certificates
  • Imported SSL certificates
  • 24/7 phone support
  • WordPress Multisite
  • GeoTarget
  • Content Performance
  • Consultative onboarding
  • Launch readiness assessment
  • SSH Gateway

Available add-ons for all plans:

  • WordPress Multisite
  • GeoTarget
  • Content Performance
  • Global Edge Security
  • Additional Sites

Available add-ons for the custom plan:

  • Global Edge Security
  • Application Performance
  • Dedicated Dev Environments
  • Customer success management
  • 24/7 ticket support
  • High availability

WP Engine is by far best managed WordPress hosting on the market if you have enough money to afford just go for it non managed alternative is SiteGround hosting, cheap iPage for small websites or HostGator in the happy middle.