When it comes to the creation and management of websites, no Content Management System (CMS) is, perhaps, as popular as WordPress. W3Techs, a technology usage analysis site whose reports are updated on a daily basis, indicated on the 7th of December 2016 that WordPress currently commands about 27.2% of the global population of websites. This translates into about 58.5% of the CMS market. Think that’s not impressive?
Not surprisingly, a number of companies have sought to capitalize on the popularity of WordPress. Look up any Web Hosting Services provider, including big names such as Bluehost, HostGator, DreamHost, Rackspace and many more, and you will discover that WordPress Hosting is always offered as one of the available products.
So, what can you expect should you decide to either move to, or create a new website with WP Engine?
The one thing that has made WordPress so popular is that it is Open Source and is simple enough to be accessible to everyone, including beginner bloggers and established professionals. However, do the plans that are available at WP Engine reflect all these facts?
The Personal Plan is WP Engine’s entry level WordPress Hosting offering. The one thing that you are likely to notice about it is that it is not, dare we say, competitively priced, particularly for beginners who, in most instances, are looking to create simple websites at the lowest possible prices. Beginning at $29 per month, the Personal Plan is more expensive than entry level offerings at other hosts.
Here are WPEngine’s latest pricing. This pricing isn’t on their website.
Specialized WordPress Hosting
WP Engine’s entry level plan comes packed with a number of useful features. When you sign up, you can expect;
The Free SSL Certificates, in particular, should turn out to be useful, considering the fact that people around the world are fast becoming conscious of the many threats that exist on the internet. Securing your site adds credibility to your brand and gives the transacting public confidence in the fact that none of their personal information will be compromised through interaction with your website.
Personal Plan: The Cons
WP Engine’s next offering on its WordPress Hosting portfolio is the Professional Plan. Beginning at $99 per month, there is clearly a huge price disparity between it and the Personal Plan. As the name implies, this is a plan that has been put together for those whose hosting requirements are a bit more serious. So, how does it stack up against the Personal Plan?
WP Engine’s business plan is where things really get interesting (Okay, we admit they were already interesting). Should you choose this plan, you will have to pay $249 per month. However, you also get the following;
You also get everything else that is in the first two plans, with the addition of the fact that the Business Plan comes GeoIP enabled. This gives you the ability to dynamically serve visitors to your site based on their geographic location.
WP Engine’s Premium Plan ups the ante when it comes to pricing, by asking you to call the given number for a quote. You can be sure that it will be above the Business Plan’s $249. This is definitely hosting for professionals and allows for up to 1 million visits per month. If you have a site that generates that much traffic, then you probably can afford whatever it is that you are going to be quoted.
The last of WP Engine’s offerings is the Enterprise Plan. It has practically everything that is on offer at the web host; 24/7 ticket, phone and chat support, up to 5 million visits, 150 installs, dedicated servers and 1000GB “Free” CDN.
WP ENgine: The Pros
WP Engine prides itself in being able to deliver content at lightning speeds. This is essential, considering that poor performance leads to higher bounce rates and poor Search Engine rankings. The company has multiple data centers, which allows for redundancy and better performance. You also get Daily Backups, which is important, and a powerful firewall that has been designed to guard against most threats. In addition, the company also offers free Malware Scans with every plan, which should add another layer of security for your website.
As mentioned earlier, the price is not entry level enough to be entry level. WP Engine has also turned some essential hosting elements, such as support, optional. What that means is that should something go wrong, your options in terms of getting help are limited, depending on whether or not you were willing to fork out money for the higher priced plans.
Conclusion: We Highly Recommend WP Hosting
Despite these shortfalls, we have to say that we highly recommend WP Engine for WordPress hosting. Although not the best option for individuals, the company is a suitable host for small to mediums sized businesses whose websites generate a respectable amount of traffic.
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