I interrupt the regularly scheduled program to give a shout-out to my new hosting company: WP Engine. A blogger-BFF found these folks — they specialize in hosting WordPress sites with “secret sauce” technology uniquely tuned to WordPress’ technology. I moved to WP Engine in desperation. I have become a fan — and want to offer them up as a resource to other bloggers, especially if you are making any level of a living on your blog. What WP Engine aims to provide — again, optimized solely for WordPress sites — is 100% uptime and speed, which is now part of Google’s algorithms. Here’s more about why I moved to WP Engine, and my experience:
Why did I move? When the New York Times told me it was doing a big story about my site, I knew I needed to get to a new host. Like. Yesterday. My old host had really nice and responsive staff, but whenever I had a traffic bump, my site was prone to crash. With the New York Times about to send a lot of fantastic traffic my way, I was sick at the thought of this happening!
I’ve been on WordPress since 2007. My blog has been hosted at two other companies since then — and as it grew, it outgrew both. It kept crashing whenever I had a lot of traffic, and it got slower as it got bigger. These other hosting companies were not specialized to handle Word Press – in fact, I didn’t know of anyone who was. Until BFF, who always has her ear to the buzz, found WP Engine, “the premier, WordPress-only hosting company.”
So, once I knew the Times story was coming, I rushed over to WP Engine. They were very helpful in getting me all set up, with just days to spare. I was still worried. BUT: When the Times story hit, the day went off without a single hitch – even though my pageviews quadrupled. Oh, and yes, my site speed is faster, and WP Engine has helped me to identify some other issues I need to watch to keep speed up.
I’m a writer, not a techie, so I don’t really understand WP Engine’s “secret sauce”. But so far, so good – it’s rockin’ my site like never before.
Check it out: WP Engine
Disclosure: WP Engine did not ask me to do this story. But I am a client, and a member of their affiliate program — if you sign up through one of my links, I get a little spiff.