Plans and Pricing
WP Engine has five different plans to meet the needs every kind of customer and business. These packages range from their most basic shared hosting offering to a truly powerful subscription that gives customers their own dedicated server. No cloud hosting or VPS options, though. All five of WP Engine’s plans are fully managed, too—top-level assistance and ease of use in all aspects of web hosting is a given. Customers also get unmetered bandwidth, so you need not worry about any sudden upticks in audience engagement or visitor traffic.
Of WP Engine’s five WordPress hosting plans, three are built on the foundation of shared hosting: Personal, Professional, and Business. Each of these three packages comes with an industry-leading 60-day money-back guarantee, too; as well as two months free of charge with annual billing. The latter means that you only pay for 10 months for a whole year’s worth of service! For example: The Personal plan is $29/month, but only $290/year with annual billing. Below is a quick look at the different shared hosting plans’ pricing and features.
|Regular Monthly Price||$29.00||$99.00||$249.00|
|Storage||10 GB||20 GB||30 GB|
|CDN Speed Boost||Extra Fee||Yes||Yes|
|WP Multisite Ready||No||Yes||Yes|
If you are unsure of which plan would best meet your needs, you can check out the feature slider on the pricing page. This on-site tool WP Engine provides allows you to set the features you need, in order to give you a subscription plan recommendation.
- Personal allows for 25,000 visits per month, 1 website ($14.95 a month for each extra site), 10 GB local storage, 24/7 chat support, automated SSL certificates, and optional CDN speed boost at $19.95 a month.
- Professional allows for 100,000 visits per month, 10 website installs, 20 GB local storage, 24/7 chat and phone support, and automated and imported SSL certificates. It is also multisite ready and already inclusive of a CDN speed boost.
- Business is similar to the Professional but with the addition of a few more features; such as 400,000 visits per month, 25 website installs, and 30 GB local storage. It is also GeoIP enabled.
These plans come with many notable features, as well. Aside from the technical specs stated above, WP Engine’s plans also include: a staging environment for you to test your websites before going live; LargeFS, which integrates Amazon S3 to their service; and transferable installs, meaning you can create a free website and move it later on to a paid subscription.
With an updated and pro-active security protocol for their network, WP Engine manages to stop hackers and attacks dead in their tracks, too. Aside from running the latest version of WordPress at any given time, upgrades are done automatically whenever a software patch is released, no matter how minor. Major updates, on the other hand, are thoroughly tested by their team of WordPress experts first before they give the go signal to users.
In the event that your needs grow beyond the capabilities of the three shared hosting plans and might benefit from the the power of a dedicated server, you can contact the WP Engine sales team and inquire about their Premium and Enterprise plans. Pricing for these packages are not readily available on the website, which may be an indication of how expensive it can get.
|Storage||100-300 GB||400 GB – 1 TB|
|CDN||1 TB free||1 TB free|
|WP Multisite Ready||Yes||Yes|
|24/7 Ticket Support||No||Yes|
If you’re in charge for a large website that sees millions of visitors per month, these two plans may be your best bet. As previously mentioned, these jump to dedicated server hosting, so you’re assured of exclusive resources that you won’t have to split with any other accounts. There are still limitations when it comes to WordPress installs and storage space, but you do get a bunch of great freebies.
- Premium allows for one million+ visits per month, 150 installs, a dedicated server, 100-300 GB local storage, strategic account management and launch readiness assessment.
- Enterprise has similar features to the Premium but allows for five million+ visits per month, 400 GB-1 TB local storage and 24/7 ticket support.
What is launch readiness assessment? It is WP Engine’s way of offering a personalized pre-launch review of your website to assess whether or not you’re geared up for a proper and problem-free start. Coupled with efficient account management, these top-level perks feel like ingredients of a recipe for success.
Innovations for WordPress
It is no secret that WordPress is open source, meaning any decent developer can work on features and updates to help improve the platform. In this regard, WP Engine has several projects focused on innovating the service:
- WP Engine Search, a plugin that aims to improve searching capabilities on each user’s website; and
- Related Posts, which—similar to sticky posts—places content on the the footer of the WP Engine Search to help drive more traffic and exposure.
Support comes aplenty with WP Engine! Contacting their award-winning support team is a breeze with channels via live chat, phone call, or email. You can also find them on popular social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and CrunchBase.
Those who also have a WP Engine account can log in and access the support options provided them. Potential customers can contact WP Engine by filling out an online form, sending an email or calling their hotline number from 7am to 7pm CST.
FAQs and Guides
The main means of customer support offered by WP Engine to their customers is the extensive FAQ section on their website. Customers can browse through the different articles or use the search engine to find the support topic they are looking for. There is also a platform overview, setup guide, and tips and tricks.
Monthly subscription fees with WP Engine are rather high so it is good to make sure that you are fully committed to using their services before subscribing. One way of doing this is by taking advantage of their 60-day money-back guarantee to try out all the features of their subscriptions extensively without any financial risk. This guarantee is available for the Personal, Professional and Business plans only, though.
What's the Verdict on WP Engine?
WP Engine Review 2018 – Conclusion
WP Engine proves to be quite a competitive web host, especially with its strong focus on WordPress. If you are looking for a way to start your personal blog, online store, or other online project—and you’re comfortable with WordPress—one of the better choices around is WP Engine. The easy to use platform combined with WP Engine’s quality hosting features will get you through a lot without having to do trial and error, or go through growing pains with non-optimized hosting plans. Though subscription fees are rather high and storage is limited, they do offer two free months with annual billing—not to mention the generous two-month guarantee! Their prices can be too much for the starting blogger; but those with sufficient resources to subscribe will find that peace of mind and ease of use is paramount with this hosting provider.