Most small businesses with a WordPress website give very little consideration to web hosting, until they have a serious problem on their hands. The problems I’m referring to include: security breaches; excessive server downtime; the lack of a staging server; stale (or no) backups; slow (or no) disaster recovery; poor performance; and so on. So who has the best hosting for WordPress? Here’s why WPSimplifyd recommends WP Engine.
In the maintenance side of my business, I see these issues over and over again. Usually, they are the result of clients who either insist on budget hosting or more control than they need or can afford.
To keep things simple, I tell susceptible clients to consider migrating to WP Engine. Yes, there are other WordPress managed hosting companies, but I’m most familiar with WP Engine. After all, this is where I host my own websites and most of my clients websites, and they’ve never given me a reason to leave.
But for those who want more details, WP Engine helps prevent these and many other potential problems…
Why WP Engine Has the Best Hosting for WordPress
Protection Against Security Breaches
Yes, there are many things WPSimplifyd does to protect your WordPress website. But the type of security breaches I’m referring to are the result of an insecure server environment. This isn’t only a problem with budget hosts— it can also happen if you’re running your own “web server” (e.g., virtual private server; Amazon Web Services, etc.). Sometimes too much control is a bad thing. Besides, it’s practically impossible to replicate the technical expertise of a large team of WordPress-centric hosting specialists, like those provided by WP Engine.
Very Little Server Downtime
One of the biggest eye openers for WPSimplifyd clients— particularly those who chose a budget web host— is when they realize how unreliable their web host is. If you use a downtime monitor like uptimerobot.com, you can watch the minutes add up. I’ve seen hosting companies openly admit to this deficiency and attempt to sell clients on a far more expensive and unnecessary plan. What they really need is a better host. And just to be clear, no hosting company is immune to downtime. What I’m referring to here is the amount of downtime. That’s another reason why WPSimplifyd believes WP Engine provides the best hosting for WordPress. Very little downtime.
Making all but the simplest of changes directly on your live site can be very dangerous. That’s why WPSimplifyd recommends the use of a “staging” environment— i.e., a place to test modifications and plugin updates before rolling them out to your live site. You can either pay a developer hundreds of dollars to manually migrate between both environments, or you can have him click a button at no cost. WP Engine makes that possible. Yet another reason why WP Engine offers the best hosting for WordPress.
You already realize the importance of backing up your precious data. Yet, many do not have fresh and complete backups of their website. They assume their hosting company is taking care of this for them— until they actually need a backup! Note: WPSimplifyd makes redundant backups (in addition to the WP Engine backups); sends them to an offsite location; and immediately scans each backup for malware.
Fast/Easy to Restore Your Website
It happens. Somebody— maybe an intern or even a hacker, makes a change to your live website and the whole thing goes down. How quickly can you restore your live website? Sure, you have a fresh backup, but do you know how to restore your website with it? You can do it the hard, slow, and expensive way, or, with WP Engine, you simply click a “restore” button to bring the site back online within minutes.
One of the most common issues with budget hosting is that they put far too many websites on a single web server and run outdated server software— which can adversely affect security and performance. So, before you hire a web developer to speed up your website, make sure your hosting environment is finely tuned for WordPress.
Moving to WP Engine
WP Engine makes this process as easy as possible, via their WP Engine Automated Migration plugin. But honestly, there’s a bit of overselling going on here. You don’t just click a button and you’re done. You’ll have to take care of a handful of things that developers like myself typically do. Examples: setting up your sFTP credentials; setting up domains and redirects; updating your WordPress database to change the web address from “example.wpengine.com” to “yourdomain.com”; changing your DNS record (so that your domain points to WP Engine); and so on.
Need help migrating your website to WP Engine? Contact WPSimplifyd today.