Time for a short WP-Engine review. While I haven’t done an exhaustive evaluation of all the great wordpress hosting options — I have been using WP-Engine for a few years and I couldn’t be happier. Skip to the bottom of this post if you just want to get started — and get four months of hosting free.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog, you can go with a cheap host and do a lot of manual stuff yourself (boo-hiss) OR you can pay a little more and have butler service (yay!!!).Here’s why I have fun blogging with @wpengine Click To Tweet
Some of the things WP-Engine does for me:
- Backup every night, automatically; even better, they warn me to create a new backup when I’m about to change anything, and it’s one-click to restore if I screw up (there is nothing better than the feeling of safety this provides, at least when it comes to wordpress hosting). Page.ly also does backups every night, but because they’re behind the scenes I don’t have the same level of trust with their backup… plus it’s a support call to restore.
- Update my wordpress installation so that I have the latest security updates all the time. LiquidWeb who I haven’t used, but know they have a killer team does the same. When companies do this sort of service, they make sure the update doesn’t break your site. Sometimes I think that the little extra I pay for wordpress hosting is actually insurance; something I will be glad I have if I ever need, though I hope I never do.
- Sandbox environment for more substantial changes I want to make; with a simple “create sandbox” and then “roll this thing into production” capability so that I can do it myself.
As with all the wordpress hosting solutions you’ll find, they provide great support (I can attest to that for Page.ly and WP-Engine), are friendly and fun to do business with, and help to manage performance/load so that you’re visitors get the best service, and whatever arrangement is needed on the backend — your users don’t suffer if that’s being worked out.
Why this mini wp-engine review now?
Summertime is a great time to get your blog going because everything else tends to be a bit slow. And, if you’re a tinkerer, summertime tinkering as you watch the world go by is blissful.
I also happen to, as a WP-Engine affiliate, have a great deal for you. Four months free if you sign up before the end of July using coupon code: summersavings20.
Of course, if you’re a traditional workplace employee and still don’t know why you should be blogging, you totally need to read this. It’s a work in progress, but you should be able to understand the intent. Work is changing, and your blog is going to be increasingly important to keeping you productively employed over the next twenty years.