After i interviewed the co founder and Ceo of WPEngine, Jason Cohen, i decided to contact some of his staff and learn more about why the company behind WordPress, Automattic, invested $1.2m in them.
I didn’t find out the answer to that question so i’ll have to ask WordPress but i did find out something else which i never knew about them.
WPEngine Don’t Host E-mail
I was really fired up after spending so much time looking into WPEngine and then had to look for a solution.
What do you do when the company hosting your WordPress site doesn’t provide hosting for your domains email accounts?
I contacted Austin at WPEngine and he told me this:
We’ve chosen to focus on providing amazing managed wordpress hosting, and letting Google (et. al) focus on doing email
I wanted to try out WPEngine’s 60 day free trial so i had to learn how to configure my email to get delivered to Google Apps servers rather than WPEngine’s.
So i decided to write a tutorial which you can use to setup Google Apps for your email management.
WPEngine doesn’t host email because they focus purely on hosting WordPress sites for speed and security.
And then i read this on the WPEngine blog.
Expert Help Is Expensive
Experienced WordPress programmers are in high demand right now. (If you know of any, please, introduce them to us — we’re hiring.)
They can charge correspondingly high rates. Many of the consultants we work with charge $200 an hour for assistance with setting up and tweaking WordPress sites. If you need to have a consultant perform maintenance on your website for only 5 hours a year, that is $1,000, almost triple what you’d pay for hosting with WPEngine for the year.
If you switch to WPEngine in the next week, we’ll throw in two hours of our experts’ time to assist you in the transition, including getting your site up and running, configuring it to work best with our systems, and optimizing it for speed.
We’ll do (warning, geekery incoming) CSS/JS optimizations, stage your content to a CDN, code profiling, hotspot analysis, and even give you advice about better alternatives to any slow plugins you might be using.
If geek is Greek to you, just trust us, it will be faster than you’ve ever seen it. A commodity hosting provider chugs along with 10,000 sites running a variety of software on a single server: we just do WordPress, and we do WordPress *right*.
Check your sites speed here and get access to the best team in our business, just like you built the best team for your business.