Why I Moved My Sites to WPEngine

WPEngine is the hosting provider of choice for serious bloggers and online marketers.  It comes as no surprise if you’ve ever experienced a discount/shared hosting solution like Bluehost, HostGator, or SiteGround.  If you are serious about your project, using a shared hosting solution is dooming yourself to fail.  What a nightmare.

Enough about shared hosting.  I’m over it.  Here are just a few key reasons why I refuse to use anything but WPEngine…

Speed

Speed is one of my top priorities.  Walmart did a case study showing sales drop off exponentially when pages take longer than 3 seconds to load.  Visitors simply don’t have the patience; they bounce.  This is true whether you’re writing an affiliate blog or running an e-commerce site.

Site speed is super important even if you’re just blogging to build a personal brand for yourself.  The quality of your site, both functionally and visually, reflects directly on you.

I started blogtojob.com on Siteground, widely considered one of the best discount hosts.  I started with Siteground so that I could make this tutorial video for migrating your WordPress site to WPEngine.  My page load times went from 4.5 seconds to 1.4 seconds!  I was ecstatic.  WPEngine accomplishes such speeds via aggressive caching, so you can’t use W3TotalCache anymore, but there’s no need.

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Support

WPEngine has the best support of any web hosting company in its class.  They have WordPress experts available to support you 24/7.

I’m not a tech guy.  I build websites to make money and build brands.  The last thing I want is to waste time fixing issues completely outside my domain of expertise.  WPEngine support has never failed me.  In fact, they probably lose money on me as a customer because I make such good use of the support they offer, and you know they have to pay those support guys a pretty great hourly wage.

Security

If you’ve ever had a site hacked and wiped, you know how devastating it can be.  Tens or hundreds of hours of work down the drain.  That’s the least of your worries if you hold sensitive customer data.

WPEngine takes site security to the next level.  Plus, not only do they backup your site automatically every single day, they will update WordPress for you, creating restore points before and after.

Usability

If you’re just starting out, WPEngine will install your WordPress blog with one-click.  From the time you start filling out the sign-up form, it takes just a minute or two to actually have a blog of your own up and running.  This was new for me.  I was pleasantly surprised.  But it didn’t stop with the blog install, domains/DNS were a breeze to configure, and all the work I did from WP-Admin was so much faster thanks to the 300% improvement in page load time.

My favorite part about WPEngine from a usability aspect was the ability to enter a staging mode when I wanted to make important changes.  That way if I screwed something up, I didn’t have to push the changes to my live sites.  I could demo the changes right there.  I know actual web developers LOVE this feature on WPEngine, but I didn’t expect to get so much use out of it as a non-tech guy.  But, thanks to the staging area I’ve been able to get out of my comfort zone a little bit and take some risks, knowing it could all be undone.

Easy Site Migrations

I had never performed a site migration previously, so I was a little nervous when I first moved my sites to WPEngine.  I had heard site migrations were a complex process- probably way outside my skill-set.

Turns out, with WPEngine, you just install their site migration plug-in and copy-paste a few unique codes that they provide you.  Provide log-in credentials for your old host and WPEngine, then the rest is automated.  I filmed the process, and it took me about 5 minutes of work.

Click here to see how you can migrate your site over to WPEngine, step-by-step.

Value

A lot of people will say $29/month is pricey, and it is if you compare it on a percentage basis to discount hosts.  But WPEngine is in a league of its own.  If you can’t justify less than $1/day for your website’s foundation, you should probably reconsider why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place.

Besides, you will recoup the $29 expense and more just by utilizing WPEngine support, saving yourself from hassles and lost time with their automated processes, and making more money with faster page load times.

Conclusion

If you’re using other hosting currently and you want to make more money and experience less hassle, you can’t go wrong moving over to WPEngine.

If you’re just starting out, WPEngine is the best foundation for your project, bar-none.

You can even save 20% off your first payment, and that even includes the annual plan.  If you go the annual route, you will get 12 months for the price of 8.  That’s $.65 a day.  Click here to save 20% on WPEngine now.

You can also find my site migration tutorial video here.

 

  • Sam

    The speed alone was enough to make me satisfied with my decision to switch from Hostgator. Hostgator is super cheap but you really get what you pay for! WPEngine is so much better.

  • Guy

    I agree with all the points you made here, but the one I can definitely attest to is the security – I’ve been on WPEngine for two years and haven’t had any problems with hacks or anything like that during that entire time 🙂

    • Michael

      I’m actually not sure if WPEngine’s security is exceptional, or if the security provided by other cheap hosting providers (Hostgator, Bluehost, etc) is just really bad, haha.

  • TJ

    WPEngine’s support really is top notch – which is super important when it comes to a hosting provider. Nothing is more frustrating (and sometimes even scary) than discovering that your sites are down, or worse, they’ve been hacked! It’s times like those when you really appreciate having top notch hosting support.

  • ShyGuy

    $29 really isn’t pricey at all. It’s just pricey compared to hosting providers like Hostgator… which is kind of like comparing the price of a real hamburger to a McDonald’s hamburger. Like yeah, anything compared to McDonald’s is gonna be “pricey”. You get what you pay for!

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    • Zach

      I don’t do any coding, actually!

  • NBA

    I enjoy the details on your websites. Kudos!.

  • Adam

    Hmm, on their website WpEngine states that they have a “Shared” server environment for their personal ($29 monthly) plan. Yet you state on this webpage that “using a shared hosting solution is dooming yourself to fail.” What am I missing?

    • Zach

      You’re right– WPEngine IS a re-seller of a popular shared host. I really doubt you can get dedicated servers for such a low price. But, WPEngine takes that shared host and adds proprietary security and caching algorithms. I’ve never had any spam-listing issues with WPEngines shared environment, and I don’t know anyone that has.

      Excellent question!

  • Pure

    Just use cheap shared hosting, then use CloudFlare at the DNS layer for content caching / CDN purposes. $3 a month and faster than WPEngine, plus you get full control over the site.