When the New York Times told me they were doing a big story about my site, I knew I needed to get to a new host. Like. Yesterday. … WPEngine got my site onto their servers pronto, and when the Times story hit, the day went off without a single hitch. Even though my pageviews quadrupled, my site speed is much, much faster. I’m a writer, not a techie, so I don’t really understand WPEngine’s “secret sauce”. But so far, so good — it’s rockin’ my site like never before.
– Pam Kueber
“…the go-to destination for enthusiasts who want to restore houses built during the post-World War II boom.” — New York Times, August 2011
Google loses 20% of their traffic for each additional 100 milliseconds it takes a page to load. Google also incorporates your page-load time into your site’s search rankings. Faster sites win — literally.
WordPress can be slow, especially when you’re competing for hardware resources at a discount host, whether in a shared environment or “cloud” service. Many plugins and themes make it worse.
WP Engine serves your blog really fast. First there’s the server stuff: We use only top-of-the line dedicated hardware, we spread your web requests and database queries across multiple boxes, and we’ve hand-built a WordPress-specific EverCache system that delivers pages in 150 milliseconds.
And we’re the only WordPress hosting company who includes a fully-managed CDN service, where we serve your static content from “edge” servers all around the world, reducing latency by seconds.
Our proprietary EverCache technology combines proxy servers, database, disk caching, and content delivery networks to serve your media incredibly quickly. We’re also proactive to make sure you’re using scalable plugins that don’t slow down your site.
Then there’s the stuff inside WordPress itself: We crunch bytes out of your images, and rewrite the WordPress HTML output to take advantage of more optimizations.
I used to run all my WordPress sites on a high spec managed and dedicated server which I rented from a top hosting provider. It was only after attending a WordCamp and listening to a discussion on WordPress scalability and security that I learned that even with the server I had, my sites were not as solid as I had thought. After many hours of research on optimized WordPress hosting I decided to try WP Engine. WP Engine has been amazing — all of my sites’ page load speeds increased by at least 42%.
– Jann Krynauw