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WP Engine

21 Ratings

Amazon Web Services

310 Ratings
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Score 8.7 out of 101

WP Engine

21 Ratings
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Score 9.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited for companies that don't want to have deal with physical infrastructure and want a high level of security and availability. In most cases Amazon Web Services is a great option for most, but may not be an option if you have met the tipping point of physical cost vs. Amazon Web Services cost. It may end up being a better option in the long run to manage the infrastructure yourself if the cost per hour of Amazon Web Services is greater than what you can provide if your level of availability is equal to or greater than Amazon Web Services.
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WP Engine

I think WP Engine is great for any company that wants a fully-featured WordPress host with several safety and security mechanisms. From automatic backups, to security management, to caching & CDN, all the tools are provided to deploy a world-class WordPress website.If budget is a concern, there are cheaper hosts but they offer fewer tools.If complicated server access or complicated proxying setups are required, I would not go with WP Engine. For example, last time I checked their documentation, they do not support reverse proxying to their sites. For complicated situations where reverse proxying is required, a different solution may be necessary.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Web Services
8.4
WP Engine
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Web Services
8.7
WP Engine
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Web Services
8.9
WP Engine
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Web Services
9.0
WP Engine
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Web Services
7.7
WP Engine
Monitoring tools
Amazon Web Services
7.9
WP Engine
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Web Services
7.9
WP Engine
Operating system support
Amazon Web Services
8.5
WP Engine
Security controls
Amazon Web Services
8.2
WP Engine

Pros

  • The development and administration tools work well, including a consistent API and adequate management console. In terms of business process, it provided an effective "escape valve" for new product development that would have been much more onerous to deploy if we had to provision physical hardware and arrange for associated IT resources.
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  • Highly optimized - site runs fast.
  • Staging environments and backup engine are amazing.
  • Support is first class.
  • They keep innovating and offering ways to make our experience better.
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Cons

  • AWS is really difficult to use if you do not have any training.
  • You need to create your own backups. I cannot verify this, but a co-worker of mine stated that he did now create a back, and lost several items.
  • It is very expensive for everyday use. AWS is for people that have done the research, and know exactly what they need. These instances are not toys, believe me.
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  • I'd like to see WP Engine offer their own monitoring solution. When I say monitoring, I mean specific use cases that may end up being something you could script. This would keep customers from having to pay for additional services like Pingdom, New Relic, etc.
  • I would like to see some proactive analysis done by WP Engine on their customer sites - at least on their home pages, and offer up suggestions. This kind of goes along with the other example.
  • Finally, it would be nice to see a "lighter" offering, perhaps a plan that costs $49 for those who want to host only a few sites, or even 1 site.
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Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Web Services9.4
Based on 10 answers
I would gladly rely on AWS for any large-scale application deployment. For prototyping and small-scale applications, a more heavily managed environment on top of the 'bare metal' virtual infrastructure, such as Heroku or Elastic Bean Stalk, is probably a more productive approach in most cases
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WP Engine3.0
Based on 1 answer
I was in a situation where I had to bolt Wordpress on to an existing infrastructure that could not support it. If I ever end up in that situation again, please kill me. Other than that reasonably common use case, I don't think it offers a lot of value over robust shared hosting, virtual private server (VPS) or dedicated servers.
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Usability

Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 3 answers
Easy to use/learning curve. If you are new to the use of cloud storage, AWS is your entry point. If you have experience in that field, AWS is the way to go.
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Reliability and Availability

Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 1 answer
Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
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Performance

AWS does not provide the raw performance that you can get by building your own custom infrastructure. However, it is often the case that the benefits of specialized, high-performance hardware do not necessarily outweigh the significant extra cost and risk. Performance as perceived by the user is very different from raw throughput.
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Support

Amazon Web Services3.0
Based on 3 answers
Neutral, no experience with either.
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WP Engine9.0
Based on 1 answer
They are quite responsive and not done. I liked the support team's personalities overall and when there were problems, they were quite helpful. I did, in fact, feel special at WP Engine.
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Implementation

Amazon Web Services10.0
Based on 3 answers
The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
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Alternatives Considered

A lot of companies are Microsoft users. It would be good if AWS would work closely with Microsoft. AWS had been working very hard in reaching out to different business verticals and making business cases for using the cloud. AWS's way of coming out with new services faster gives it an edge compared to other cloud providers.
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We tried to run this site on Wordpress-optimized versions of hosting offered at MediaTemple and GoDaddy... neither sufficed.
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Return on Investment

  • AWS has made it easy to host our videos and images and to make them more secure.
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  • I no longer have to worry about managing backups. They automatically backup every night and store them for a month
  • So far I've experienced 99.98% uptime.
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Pricing Details

Amazon Web Services

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

WP Engine

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details