And a slow web site is a big problem.
Did you know Google incorporates your web site’s page-load time into their search engine rankings? This means that sluggish sites get penalized, and web pages that load quickly will rank higher than those that don’t. And not only does Google dislike slow-loading pages. So do your visitors:
- 47% of web site users expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less.
- 40% of people will abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.
- 64% of mobile users expect pages to load in less than 4 seconds.
The biggest mistake (a.k.a. the “fatal flaw”)
Most WordPress site owners will spend countless hours and dollars developing, launching and promoting their sites. They’ll get a fancy theme and load up the site with bloated, unstable plugins (many of which are outdated and/or a security risk). And then they’ll sit and wonder why their site flounders in obscurity, why traffic is so low, and why nobody ever comes back…
And there’s a simple reason why: They spent more time playing around with fonts and designing a logo than they did on the one crucial factor most likely to increase their site’s chances for success: Choosing the right web host.
Sure, almost any hosting company is technically capable of hosting your WordPress web site (as long as they’re running PHP version 5.2.4 or greater and MySQL version 5.0 or greater). But that doesn’t mean they should. If you’re serious about your web site, or if you need a web site for business, you want a hosting company that:
A) Loads your site fast so you look good; and,
B) Solves your problems quickly so you can sleep good.
So where should you host your WordPress site?
While you don’t need to spend a small fortune on hosting, this is the one area where you certainly don’t want to skimp.
It really doesn’t matter what kind of WordPress site you have (or plan to develop). Whether it’s a blog, ecommerce store, or corporate web site… the easiest way to ensure your site consistently loads quickly with as little down-time as possible is to simply host it with a company that:
- Specializes in “managed” WordPress hosting
- Offers simple, one-click WordPress installation
- Provides world-class 24/7 support
And that’s why I use and recommend WP Engine for WordPress hosting.
WP ENGINE – The WordPress Hosting Professionals
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to set up their own WordPress site.
If that’s you, have no fear! Our WordPress installation services just may be what you need…
I’ve been developing web sites since 1996, and WordPress sites since 2008. And up until recently, I’ve hosted and maintained all of these sites on my own dedicated servers. But managing a WordPress web site can be a nightmare. Plugin conflicts, WordPress updates, security issues… they make me wish I had listened to my mother and gone to law school.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got more important things to do. Things I want to do. So that’s why I’m moving all of my WordPress sites and those of my clients over to WP Engine (and CreateABlogNow.com was the first).
WP Engine specializes in what they call “hassle free” managed WordPress hosting services. Unlike most other hosting companies, their primary focus is to make sure every WordPress site they host is rock solid secure and blazingly fast.
And for less than a dollar a day, WP Engine is a steal.
What, exactly, is “Managed” WordPress Hosting?
In case you’re not familiar with it, “managed” WordPress hosting is a niche segment of the web hosting industry that sprung up in the past few years due to the exploding popularity of WordPress, which now powers more than 75 million web sites worldwide.
The main difference between “normal” web hosting services and managed WordPress hosting services is that those offering managed services focus on optimizing servers and sites for the best possible WordPress experience — for both the blog owner and the blog visitor. You’re basically letting someone else worry about aggravations such as:
- System upgrades
- WordPress updates
- Plugin conflicts (a BIG problem)
- Server load balancing
- CDN set up and page caching
- Site optimization, security and back-ups
With a managed plan, you’ll give up a few options and some control (e.g., you can only run a WordPress site, you can’t tinker with the server). But in exchange, you’ll enjoy fewer headaches, superior performance and killer customer service. I was concerned at first about giving up some control when I first signed up with WP Engine. Now I just wonder why I waited so long.
Every WP Engine Hosting Package Includes…
- 60 Day Risk-Free Money-Back Guarantee
- Fast, robust servers that can handle just about anything
- Crazy good technical support (they quickly fixed every problem I threw their way when I moved this site over to them)
- Automatic security updates to make your site nearly hacker proof (and they will fix your site for free if it does get hacked)
- Daily backups with one-click restore points
- Automatic page caching (helps make your site load screaming fast)
- “Staging area” where you can preview real-time changes to your site in private
- Simple “1-Click” WordPress installation
Watch the quickstart video below to see just how fast and easy it is to create a blog or any other type of WordPress site using WP Engine:
Pricing plans for any budget
Their Personal Plan is just $29 per month. For less than a dollar a day, you get a managed WordPress hosting plan which is more than adequate for most small businesses and serious bloggers. Higher-tiered plans are available for bigger sites with more traffic, and you can easily upgrade at any time.
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WP Engine – The Bottom Line
I can’t believe how much easier it is to run a WordPress site on WP Engine than it is on a shared or dedicated web host. Everything just works. My WP Engine hosted sites consistently load fast. And their support is friendly, fast and incredibly helpful.
Here’s how I look at it…
Do you want to sleep better at night knowing you have a WordPress site that is fully optimized, rock-solid secure and lightning fast (not to mention the team of experts who are keeping an eye on it 24/7/365)?
If so, then WP Engine is your web host.
If the big boys such as HTC, FourSquare, Williams-Sonoma, AMD, and The Roots (Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show band) trust WP Engine to host their WordPress sites — shouldn’t you?