Unlike a lot of WordPress businesses, WP Engine is definitely not the “small guy” in the room. WP Engine raised $250 million in funding in 2018 and has likely passed the $1 billion valuation mark by this point in 2021.
WP Engine has also snapped up a ton of other WordPress companies, including Flywheel (another popular managed WordPress host), StudioPress (makers of the Genesis Framework and many child themes, which you get for free as a WP Engine customer), and Array Themes (makers of Atomic Blocks, which WP Engine rebranded into Genesis Blocks).
All that to say, WP Engine is a behemoth in the managed WordPress hosting space. But does its size and popularity mean it’s the best managed WordPress host?
Well… not necessarily. To be clear: WP Engine hosting is quite good, but it might not be the best managed WordPress host in 2021. We’ll talk about what makes WP Engine a good WordPress host, and discuss some other options that might fit you better. Just keep reading this full WP Engine review. ?
WP Engine in 2021: The Summary
If you’re in a rush, here’s a quick summary of our WP Engine review in 2021…
Overall, WP Engine is still a high-quality managed WordPress host and you certainly won’t go wrong picking it for your WordPress site(s). There’s a reason it’s been so successful.
However, it’s not the “best in class” option in the managed WordPress hosting space and you might be able to get better value for your money with a host like Kinsta or even WP Engine’s subsidiary, Flywheel, especially depending on the number of sites you need to host and how much traffic each site receives.
For example, if you look at the data that we’ve aggregated from a variety of sources, you can see that WP Engine customers are reasonably satisfied and happy, but WP Engine still lags behind many of its close alternatives:
Basically, WP Engine is a world above even the managed WordPress offerings from hosts like GoDaddy and Bluehost (and the rest of the EIG hosting crowd), but it isn’t quite as well-regarded as a host like Kinsta or SiteGround (which has arguably recently become a “managed WordPress host”), both of whom we generally do prefer.
WP Engine Pros
Let’s start off with what WP Engine does well…
As a premium managed WordPress host, you’d expect top-notch performance from WP Engine, and it doesn’t disappoint.
First off, WP Engine offers a lot of built-in performance improvements including:
- A server-level caching solution based on Varnish and Memcached.
- A built-in content delivery network (CDN) powered by MaxCDN/StackPath.
- Cloud hosting
This article was written by David Hayes and originally published on WPShout.