Why I’m Switching To WPEngine Hosting
The number one reason why I’m switching to WPEngine hosting can be summed up in one quote. *clears throat*
“I feel the need—the need for speed” – Maverick
According to a Kissmetrics study, 40% of people will leave your website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load and 47% of your visitors will expect your website to load under two seconds. Sometimes, mine takes longer. The reason being; I have A LOT of images on my site. There are other reasons but that’s quite a biggie.
You can read my tales of woe in this post: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving From Blogger To WordPress
An optimised site is…
Fast. Pages and media load quickly.
Stable. There are no error messages or broken elements.
Secure. It’s protected from malicious exploits.
Enjoyable. It’s pleasant and easy to use across all devices.
In this article we’re going to explore some helpful suggestions for optimizing your site, ensuring that you’re creating the best possible experience for your site visitors and users.
HOW CAN WP ENGINE IMPROVE MY LOAD TIMES?
WP Engine is THE premier hosting software. It’s the top in it’s industry and specialise in WordPress. It’s all about WordPress.
Speed is VITAL to your online success
A speedy website builds loyalty and trust. Customers want what they want and they want it fast. Speed should be thought of as an essential business strategy. I am trying to Level Up.. I am ready, my site is ready and I know any visitors will be happy to browse a super speedy site. Who wouldn’t?!
Because WPEngine hosting specialise in WordPress, I know they’re professionals… This also means that their customer support team knows the ins and outs of WordPress. I know this, because they won a gold Stevie award in their Niche for customer service. Gold. As soon as I heard this (on a webinar) my mind was made up. SOLD!
How fast your website loads is directly correlated to your rank in the search engines, if you’re putting even a little bit of effort into optimizing your site for SEO.
As you get more traffic, most shared hosting accounts tend to slow down. I can attest to that.
If you can’t afford to Level Up right now, one way to increase your site speed is to look for a Content Distribution Network (or CDN) which copies your website’s files to other servers, so that the load is distributed across different hosts and not just your main one. There are many plugins that do this and you can even ust the Google Cloud CDN.
WPEngine has this option built-in so I can delete my CDN plugins, to save on some space. Woo!
Another excellent and affordable hosting plan is Bluehost that I would highly recommend.
Related: How To Set Up Your WordPress Blog In Less Than 5 Minutes with Free PDF guide.
You can buy the cute watercolour clip art I used over at Etsy – VianneArt
I hope that you learned a little bit about how website hosting works, and that you feel a little more knowledgeable and less intimidated by hosting choices on offer.
Have you gleaned anything from the reason why I’m switching to a WPEngine hosting package?
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