I am not one to openly push a hosting company’s sale, but I think the recent offer from WP Engine is worth sharing with our readers. It’s their anniversary and they are currently offering four months of free WordPress hosting.
Over that last year we’ve referred a large number of our clients over to WP Engine. We’ve done so because we trust them and their ability to manage the needs of our valued customers.
You may be asking why we don’t host websites ourselves for clients. We actually do, but we also recognize that there are a lot of people that don’t want to be tied to a web design firm.
They’ve been burned by disappearing designers (not us of course) in the past and they want to keep control. In our effort to restore their trust in reputable web design companies, we help them to be as autonomous as possible.
We get that they are concerned and we appreciate it, so we make sure we have some solid third party hosting companies to recommend. WP Engine is always on our list of recommended WordPress hosting companies.
Six Reasons Why We Recommend WP Engine
Staging – With WP Engine’s staging area, we can build an entire website in a protected environment without ever touching the client’s live website. This means the development website is safely stored in the client’s own hosting account and when it’s ready to go live, we move it to production and update the DNS records. That’s a whole lot technical babble, for ease of use and protection for the client.
Daily Backups – If you’ve ever had an issue with your hosting account and lost data, you’ll know daily backups are critical. If you ask low end hosting companies about backups, you’ll quickly discover they are only backing up weekly or they expect the customer to manage the backups. What? Aren’t they the hosting company? That’s why Backup Buddy has been so popular. With companies like WP Engine, you don’t need Backup Buddy. We do really like the Backup Buddy plugin and highly recommend it if someone is on low end WordPress hosting.
One-Click Restore-Points – Since you have a daily backup, you can easily restore your entire website with one simple click. How’s that for an easy button? If something goes wrong, they’ve got your back by having a stored copy and a quick way to get the website live again. It’s also easy to make a backup of the website on the fly too.
Malware Scanning – If you’re on low end hosting, we recommend you install the WordPress security plugin from the cool kids over at Sucuri. They are protectors of the inter-webs and they are top notch. If you’re hosting with a company like WP Engine, you’re already covered with malware scanning.
SSL Support – Are you planning on deploying an e-commerce solution and accepting credit card transactions? If you’re taking any of this data in through your own website, you’ll need an SSL certificate. Fortunately, WP Engine supports it so you can host e-commerce websites with ease.
Multisite Support – While most WordPress users have never heard of multisite, we here at Web Savvy love it. It allows you to run multiple websites all with unique themes and plugins, right from one single installation. Multisite isn’t for everyone, but when you need it, you really need it. WP Engine supports it and for us that’s a bonus. You will need to upgrade to their professional plan to utilize multisite.
Get Four Months of Free WordPress Hosting at WP Engine
Now until June 15 2014, you can sign for hosting and receive four months free. That’s one-third off a year’s hosting bill.
This offer is only valid for a few weeks, so check them out if you’re tired of low end WordPress hosting and you want something and someone you can trust.
Head on over to their website and review their full offering ->
Then use the WP Engine discount code “Anniversary4” at check out.
If you do sign up and would like to share your experience, I’d like to hear about it. Leave a comment below and tell us about your experience with WP Engine’s hosting.