WP Engine’s Advanced Network

WP Engine has invested in implementing a faster, more secure advanced network across its entire platform. Customers using advanced network benefit from a more robust, auto-enabled CDN and automatic image optimization that has generated up to 25% better performance as well as more advanced DDoS protection. 

As part of this launch, we will be ending support for our legacy network to ensure all of our customers benefit from these improvements. This means we are requiring customers on our legacy network to point their DNS to advanced network (or Global Edge Security) by a date in the near future to avoid service disruption.

The change is being slowly rolled out across the platform, and you will receive a series of emails before your cohort’s EOL date to ensure ample time to make this change. However, we recommend updating your DNS to advanced network as soon as possible.

Not sure what the differences between the advanced network and our other network types are? Check out our network comparison guide.

About the Advanced Network

At WP Engine, we’re focused on delivering the most innovative, fast, and secure platform in WordPress to power your digital experiences. We have been hard at work this past year to create and deliver innovative improvements to our platform at no additional cost to you. One of these innovations is our new advanced network, in partnership with Cloudflare.

This advanced network delivers increased security and performance out of the box. When you update to this network option you will have Layer 3 & 4 DDoS protection, Cloudflare’s powerful CDN, and Cloudflare Polish lossless image compression.

Additionally, our advanced network supports HTTP/3. HTTP/3 accelerates HTTP requests by using QUIC, which provides encryption and performance improvements compared to TCP and TLS. Learn more on the Cloudflare blog.

Update Network

An environment can be updated to the advanced network through the User Portal. This step ensures that the new Cloudflare features are enabled and ready to go for the environment.

Each domain pointed to the legacy network must have this step performed before updating DNS. Pointing DNS alone will not enable the advanced network and can take your site offline. The option to bulk update will be made available in the future.

Environments created after May 2023 will default to the advanced network and do not need to update their domain. Skip to pointing DNS.

  1. Log in to the User Portal
  2. Select the environment name where the domain has been added
  3. In the lefthand secondary navigation menu, select Domains
  4. Locate the domain name, and open the three dot menu icon to the right
  5. Select Switch Network
  6. Choose whether or not to include the www/non-www domain in this network switch
  7. Confirm that this domain will be switched to the advanced network


Be sure to complete this “Upgrade Network” process for all versions of your domain (www, non-www, and subdomains).

Point DNS

After switching a domain to the advanced network, DNS records must be pointed to complete network activation.

The advanced network DNS Details will be displayed automatically when updating networks and two options will be displayed to point DNS:

To point DNS manually:

There are two options when manually pointing DNS:

That’s it! Once your records have been updated with your DNS host you will have successfully enabled the advanced network. The Cloudflare SSL and CDN will be applied after the DNS has been verified. This process may take a few minutes.

If you have questions, or run into an issue, please reach out to our Support team at any time.


When using the advanced network, SSL and CDN are automatically applied at Edge. Neither needs to be added, activated, or configured.

Let’s Encrypt certificates ordered through WP Engine will not be applied to the advanced network. Third party SSL certificates can be applied, if desired. Learn more about SSL here.


To clear advanced network caches:

  1. Log in to the User Portal
  2. Select the environment name
  3. From the secondary lefthand menu, click Domains
  4. Expand the 3 dot menu icon to the right of the domain
  5. Select Clear cache

NEXT STEP: Learn how to point your DNS to WP Engine

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