As a web agency, our clients naturally assume that we can host the websites that we build for them. In reality, the only companies that actually physically ‘host’ websites are the hosting providers themselves, so in effect agencies have to act as a middleman between their clients and their chosen hosting provider. That’s why it’s essential for you that your agency uses a high-quality provider, so that in the event of any problems, you can be confident that they can act on your behalf to get things sorted quickly.
As WordPress specialists, we use WP Engine to host our websites. WP Engine is a dedicated hosting provider, specialising in optimisation, security and support for WordPress websites and as it’s Valentine’s day, what better time to express our love and appreciation? Here’s our top reasons why we fall for WP Engine every time.
Communication is key to any great relationship, so when questions need answering your agency will need to provide you with a quick response. WP Engine’s dedicated team are quick to respond, plus your agency will be speaking to a WordPress expert, not just any untrained agent reading from a script. 24/7 phone support and online live chat are also available.
Fast loading times
Website users and search engines love a fast site. As a managed hosting solution, your website’s hosted on top-of-the line dedicated hardware and uses a hand-built WordPress-specific caching system – meaning it can serve webpages up to 10x faster than other hosting providers.
Built in CDN
WP Engine offers the ability to use a Content Delivery Network. This is a collection of servers situated around the globe that are used to load your site’s static content, like images, from the closest server to your browser. Not only does this boost loading times, but maintains speed in heavy traffic.
WordPress updates are made automatically, SSL certificate’s are available, and WP Engine are so confident in their security measures, they guarantee to fix hacked sites for free. There’s plenty of security to avoid the heartache from a hacked website.
Websites are backed up daily, and backups stored offsite. Should the worst happen, your agency should be able to restore your site from a back up in a single click.
A staging area is an independent clone of your live production site that can be used to test updates and changes. WP Engine allows these to be created easily, and allows you and other stakeholders to preview any changes before they go live. Changes can then be easily copied to the live site once approved.
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