I finally found a WordPress specific hosting company that I whole heartedly trust and need to tell you about. My experience consulting with clients over the last 4 years has led me to explore about 20 hosting companies up close and personal, through thick and thin, surges and outages, builds and hacks, great and terrible support.
I've finally found a company I am 100% behind WPengine.
I love WPengine because
- they're super speedy
- they let you have a free "staging environment" aka copy of your website on a test link so you can feel confident playing with updates and website changes before they go live
- They are state of the art in security services, scanning your website for hacks all of the time and fixing your website for you if it ever gets hacked (SAY WHAT?)
- They're cloud hosting set-up means you can scale easily in surges (just give them a heads up beforehand)
- Best of all? They include free backups and an easy restore button so that you can have the peace of mind about your website
CDN Ready WP Engine has partnered with a CDN (Content Delivery Network) to ensure your website loads lightning-fast no matter where your visitors are for when you want to activate it on your plan. Your images, CSS, and other files get served from one of a dozen datacenters around the world, whichever is closest to where each visitor is located. If you require real-time streaming of your content, they recommend using a solution designed for this specifically. One Click Staging Area Eliminate fear and worry by creating a dev environment with one click and safely test out new plugins or updates in a staging area before pushing changes to production. Firewall Has your site been hacked or exploited? If you’re using a typical hosting company, it might just be a matter of time. Not so with WP Engine. They block tens of thousands of known attacks, and update their system every day to ensure even the newest attacks are blocked right away. If you can’t afford for your site to be hacked, choose WP Engine. One-Click Restore Points With a single click you can take a snapshot of your entire site — database and files — stored on their servers. Restore that snapshot with another click. Now you have a safety net before doing something risky like upgrading plugins. Included at no charge with your hosting plan. Malware Scanning Never wake up to your site having been hacked again. They automatically scan for, and fix, hacking attempts on your site. Their guarantee: They’ll do everything they can to ensure your site won’t get hacked. And if your site still gets hacked, they’ll fix it…for free. (And save you the trouble of looking: No other hosting company offers anything like this.) Surprising Support They’re the only hosting company where their team is 100% focused and dedicated to WordPress. They also have the best “number of customers per technical employee” ratio of any hosting company out there. That means quality, personal support, every single time. Daily Backups Stop struggling with backup plugins and stop paying for backup services! When you host with WP Engine, we automatically back up your site every day—files and database—and you can restore it easily with a few clicks. Of course, this is included at no charge with your hosting plan. Managed Updates They keep your site secure without you having to think about it. Whenever WordPress issues a security update, they test it, and then proactively apply it to your site. Chat Support In addition to their ticketing system, you can also chat with their WordPress experts via their website from 9 AM to 6 PM CST. Generous SLA Of course even with an SLA it’s possible to have more downtime than the SLA allows. In that case, they credit your account at 5% of your monthly bill for every hour of SLA violation (i.e. downtime), up to a maximum of that entire month’s bill. You’ll see that credit on your next invoice. No Lock-In They even make it easy to leave – just ask, and they’ll provide you with a full backup of your site at any time. DIY Migration Process Migrate it yourself with their public tutorials so you can get over this week. http://wpengine.com/support/migration-process/