A Year With WPEngine

I host a lot of websites at Duce Enterprises. Most of them are WordPress. About a year ago, I made a very wise business decision. I made the jump to managed WordPress hosting through WPEngine (WPE). It was a significant expense for me at the time. As I’ve learned this year, though, that expense was minimal in comparison to the overall value, and the time and cost savings I received.

Three simple reasons why I <3 WPEngine:

  1. Speed. Good grief they are fast. And that affects the user experience and search engine rankings. One client site jumped into the top five after I made the switch, something I hadn’t been able to achieve through other campaigns and techniques. I give credit to the speed improvement I got when jumping to WPE.
  2. Support. This is critical. I must have good customer service or I will walk. I don’t care how awesome your product is. These folks are great. Early on, they had some issues with response time, but they quickly resolved that, and even in those few cases they were very friendly and helpful. Now I know I can jump into their awesome live chat to get a quick answer, or submit a ticket and they’ll take care of everything for me. Need SSL added to a site? Simple. Ticket. Bam. Done.
  3. Peace of mind. This is the big one. I just don’t have to worry about anything. My sites, and my clients’ sites, are just up. And secure. And backed up. And fast.

I’ve never had this level of quality and service with any other host. So, if you’re running WordPress, go get you some WPEngine. It’s worth it.

Bonus: Coupon HappyNewHost14 gets you 30% off through the end of the year.

This (and last) Week in Browsing

The Org Chart is not the Org

A Phone to Save Us From Our Phones – WTF? If I wanted that, I’d just go back to an old Razr. In typical Microsoft fashion, they’re advertising message is weird and off the mark, unless their goal was to keep people from buying their phones.

Oh, and no copy/paste on launch. To quote their own commercial, “really?”

Learn Math on Your Regular (non-iOS, non-Microsoft) Phone – Very cool. (via HybridKris)

The ‘Back to the Future\’ That Might Have Been – I had no idea. Very interesting. Goes well with this “making of” for the Goonies.

Minimalism by Example – I’ve had issues with Web Design Ledger before. They’re out to make a buck. While it seems to have worked for them, I do not like their methods.

Being Geek Book Trailer – Awesome. And ordered.

We Know More – good stuff on modern knowledge management

An Introduction to WordPress Multisite – going this route with the family site(s) soon

Fluid + WordPress + WooThemes Crisp = Awesomesauce

I’ve been contemplating a switch to Tumblr or Posterous for my blog. However, I didn’t want to lose the control I have with WordPress, which has been good to me. I also want to use it on my blog so I can continue to support it at a high level for my clients.

So, I’ve been waiting for something like Crisp to happen. Brilliant tumblog theme from WooThemes. Simple functionality added to easily add link posts, image posts, and other types of posts from a single area on the dashboard.

I use MarsEdit primarily, so going back to the WordPress admin interface to post content was not my preference. However, I was able to make it work by simplifying the screen options (collapsed menu, single column) and using Fluid. I still use MarsEdit for my regular longer posts, but for everything else I am now using the Crisp tumblog area with it’s simple publishing options.

I’m happy.